June Sims

James Brown wrote and produced this lovely blues ballad ListenI Cried on Tammy Montgomery (Tammy Terrell) on his own Try Me label as early as 1963. And of course the chord changes bear an uncanny resemblance to “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World” but June Sims’ version has a lot more bite to it thanks to her tough tone and super phrasing, and a more sympathetic arrangement. I just love it when the horns come in – so subtle. The other side is a pretty good ballad too but without quite the impact. For some reason this 45 seems to have been issued twice. June may well have been part of Brown’s revue for a short while.



Tell the whole world / ListenI cried ~ KING 6070 (1967) / KING 6162 (1968)

Note ~ You can find "Tell The Whole World" on the Kent UK CD "Here Comes The Hurt".

Thanks to my friend Matt Futerman for the suggestion, to Bob Abrahamina for the details of the second issue and to Barry Martin for the CD details.

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