Start Movin' in My Direction

Start Movin' in My Direction

by Edna McGriffEdna McGriff


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Edna McGriff had a little success as an R&B singer in the early 1950s; her "Heavenly Father" made the R&B Top Five in 1952. By the time rock & roll had taken over the pop charts in the mid-'50s, however, she was assigned to the odd task of recording budget covers of then-current hits for the Bell label. More than half of the 29 tracks on this collection of 1954-1959 recordings are taken from her Bell releases, which were largely devoted to interpretations of rock and pop hits of the period like "Mr. Lee," "Pledging My Love," "Dance with Me, Henry," "The Fool," "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands," and "Don't You Just Know It." Even before her stint at Bell, she got in on the covers act with a 1954 version of "Sh-Boom" for the Bell-affiliated Favorite label. Although McGriff was African-American, these are fairly stiff readings whose arrangements uncomfortably recall the numerous bowdlerized interpretations of R&B and early black rock hits by white artists who attempted to recast them for a white audience. She actually sounds a little more comfortable when working outside of rock and R&B, as on her 1957 performances of the folk standard "Freight Train" and Della Reese's pop hit "And That Reminds Me." She did have the opportunity to record pop
ock-R&B blends for other companies in the late '50s that weren't directed toward the budget cover market, but the material wasn't distinguished, and McGriff's rather mannered pop delivery simply didn't sound at ease with the earthier approach such tunes seemed to require. It's telling that she seems better suited to the three Rodgers & Hammerstein compositions she did for a 1959 Bell LP of numbers from the Flower Drum Song musical. Start Movin' in My Direction's packaging boasts fine liner notes, a thorough discography, and abundant photos/clippings
ecord sleeve graphics from the era. But it's nonetheless a peculiar release that will have little appeal to rock or R&B fans considering other versions of many of the songs are so superior, and that it generally reflects how poorly some labels and artists attempted to adapt to the changing times by trying to make rock music over into mainstream pop.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/21/2012
Label: Bear Family Germany
UPC: 4000127172761
catalogNumber: 2717276
Rank: 75186

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Edna McGriff   Primary Artist,Vocals
Dick Hyman   Piano
Bells   Choir, Chorus
Frank Carroll   Bass
Buddy Lucas   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Maxwell   Trumpet
Terry Snyder   Drums
Allen Hanlon   Guitar
Artie Melvin   Vocals
Four Spooners   Choir, Chorus
Alonza "Buddy" Lucas   Tenor Saxophone,Vocals

Technical Credits

Etta James   Composer,Source Material
Johnny Otis   Composer
LaVern Baker   Composer
Hank Ballard   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Don Robertson   Composer
Bennie Benjamin   Composer
Johnny Bragg   Composer
Dorian Burton   Composer
Ray Ellis   Director
Naomi Ford   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Leroy Lovett   Composer
Don Robey   Composer
Dick Sherman   Composer
Joe Sherman   Composer
Stillman   Composer
Peter Udell   Composer
David Ritz   Source Material
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes
Dorinda Morgan   Composer
Alan White   Composer
Galen Gart   Source Material
Geoff Love   Arranger
Reather Dixon   Composer
Carl Feaster   Composer
Claude Feaster   Composer
Helen Gathers   Composer
David Hill   Composer
James Keyes   Composer
Floyd McRae   Composer
Osten   Composer
Emma Pought   Composer
Jannie Pought   Composer
Laura Webb   Composer
Joel Whitburn   Source Material
John Vincent   Composer
Dave Booth   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer
Buddy Smith   Composer
Sol Marcus   Composer
Robert Riley   Composer
Bobby Stevenson   Composer
Camillo Bargoni   Composer
Ferdinand Washington   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Victor Pearlin   Illustrations
Rose Marie McCoy   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Dave Coleman   Composer
Dave Martin   Composer
Joe Martin   Liner Notes
Dave McRae   Composer
William Edwards   Composer
Howard Plummer   Composer
John Broven   Source Material
Charles Singleton   Composer
Huey Smith   Composer
Este   Photo Restoration
Bob McGrath   Source Material
Bill Baer   Composer
Ruth Cage   Liner Notes
Freddy Elzinga   Illustrations,Photo Scanning
James M. Salem   Source Material
Thomas Goodman   Composer
Alonza "Buddy" Lucas   Composer
Dave Coleman   Composer

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