Monday, April 04, 2005
glisten: FAMILY VALUES FIVE: MORE MAMA MUSIC
For more info about the FAMILY VALUES series, go here.
Mama's Family Theme Song
Mom: Oh dear; is it TV time again? This reminds me of a quiz show or of mindless and simple days. Well, at least it's upbeat.
Sis: You know what? This one rocks! Shake it, Thelma!
Dad: I'm glad that it's short.
Explore this obsessive "Mama's Family" fanpage.
With video clips, including the Mama on Jeopardy episode.
Explore TV Tome's Mama's Family episode guide.
If you think you can handle the truth, read five complete "Mama's Family" transcripts.
Here's a vicious rumour about the never-heard lyrics to this little ditty:
"Joe Hamilto refused to pay Vicki (Lawrence) for the lyrics of the song saying that he could write something better on the back of the toilet in five minutes..."
Mama's LEATHER Family
Ruth Brown - "Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean (Nashville Version)"
Mom:I like this number; it's Rough-N-Tuff old rock style. It gets an 8 out of 10, but what makes it a "Nashville Version", exactly? This is the song where we find out Mama's not so perfect, is she? Can't even keep after her daughter too well. It sure is sassy and gutsy. I don't believe Ruth takes no shit. While listening to the chorus sing falsetto on "TREAT YO DAUGHTER MEAN", Mom yelps and hoots for awhile.
Dad: This late arrangement has a contrived feeling, unlike the 1953 Atlantic original, which is full of the life force of newborn rock and roll. Ruth Brown told Dad Wilson that her father sang with a famous gospel quartet in Tidewater during the 1920's; I believe he may have been James C. Brown, who recorded with the Excelsior Quartet of Norfolk all the way back in 1922.
Sis: I saw Ruth Brown in person some years ago and she’s the real deal. I love “Mama”, but I much prefer the original version; it’s tighter, more simple and just has more impact. I could do without the generic guitar solos on this take and the backup singers don’t add much either.
If it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it.
Buy "Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues (1945-1970)", the '04 Grammy winning compilation of southern-fried rnb, from Amazon.
"Night Train" is a great listen, with more than a few tracks that I'm likely to sample on here in the future, but those who would like to hear more from Ms. Brown are directed to buy "The Best of Ruth Brown" from Amazon.
Explore "Ms. Rhythm's" biography and discography at this extensive fan page.
Listen to this intriguing forty-five minute NPR profile/interview of Ruth Brown.
Don't miss her responses to the callers: "They're on the computers. I love that you can find them. I'm not gettin' PAID, but... HA HA HA!"