Screaming Jack Wilks

Jimmy Liggins’ Duplex label had some very fine pieces of music on it courtesy of Ervin (Big Daddy) Rucker, Willie Clayton, Bobby Williams and Ernie Johnson among others. One of the more obscure releases was this one from the unknown Screaming Jack Wilks. And as Liggins released his 45s wherever he happened to be touring, it’s perhaps not too much of a surprise to find that this comes from San Diego, CA. “Come And Get Me” is a strong easy paced R & B number, but the flip ListenI Still Love You is something else. If you give yourself the nickname “Screaming” you’d better have a voice to match – and Jack certainly fits the bill. What a great rough tone, and a suitably rasping intonation he gets on this blues ballad. The production is really pretty crude with the horns too low in the mix, but Liggins own guitar fills are just right as is the tenor sax solo in the middle.


Come and get me / ListenI still love you ~ DUPLEX 9007 (mid 60s)


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