Young Jessie

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Young Jessie
I Smell a Rat / Lonesome Desert
45rpm 7"

Early in his still-active career, Young Jessie cut a bunch of great R&B rockers, including “Mary Lou,” “Hit Git and Split,” and “Teacher Gimmie Back.” His first record, “I Smell a Rat,” was released in 1954 when he was only 17 years old, but his shouting voice sounded full-grown and then some. It maybe even cuts Big Mama Thornton’s version of the song, which is no small feat. If I play it once I’m usually inclined to play it several times in a row: 2011 reissue.