Joe Little

Rev HH Harrington in Chicago continued his gallant little Atomic-H label for over a couple of decades from the 50s. With the classic Chi-Town mix of blues and gospel titles sadly Harrington never that big hit, but for blues lovers like me his catalogue contains a good few gems by the likes of Eddie Clearwater, Mighty Joe Young and Harmonica George.

But in the middle of the label’s output comes this lovely gem. Like almost all Atomic-H releases this is small band music – just guitars, bass and drums – over which the obscure Joe Little emotes his pain like a southern soul singer. Sometimes the simplest things can be the most effective as is the case with this unheralded piece.

The flip is a spoken song – more a riff really – by the equally unknown Bill Spiller who is backed by Joe’s band.


ListenBaby don’t leave me / Hot pants girls ~ ATOMIC-H 916 (1971) Note ~ flip by BILL SPILLER


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