Knowing that Willie Johnson also recorded as “Little Willie” I use to search out 45s under this name on the off chance that it might be the same vocalist. And one of the records I found was this little beauty. This real rarity was issued on one of the labels owned by the redoubtable New Yorker Zelma Sanders who is probably best known in deep soul circles for her productions on Clarence Ashe. Baby I’m Wondering is an early soul treat with riffing horns and a tricky piece of drumming. Willie himself is a fone gritty vocalist particularly when he gets going from the second verse onwards. The fine uptempo flip has considerable merit and seems to have awakened the interest of dance fans.
Baby I’m wondering / I’ll do it for you ~ SPROUT 1620900
1. "I'll Do It For You" is included on the Kent UK CD "J & S Harlem Soul" (CDKEND 306).