Thursday, October 01, 2009
Jango Song Of The Day-Maxine Brown
Song:Oh No Not My Baby
Album:25 All Time Greatest Hits
The 1964 hit Oh No Not My Baby wasn't Maxine brown's biggest hit but it is her most memorable hit. She probably should have been a much bigger star in the 60s. She was born Aug. 18, 1939 in Kingstree, SC. She grew up singing in church and was in a couple of New York gospel groups as a teen. She signed with the tiny Nomar label in 1960 and All In My Mind went to #2 on the R & B charts and #19 on the Billboard Hot 100. This song was her biggest hit. Maxine signed with ABC-Paramount in 1962. But things didn't go well there and she left and signed with Scepter Records in 1963. They assigned her to the Wand label. Oh No Not My Baby reached #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1964. Of course the song is a classic written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin and has been covered by many artists with Rod Stewart and Cher charting with their versions. Maxine also had several R & B hit duets with Chuck Jackson produced by Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson before they went to Motown. Why wasn't she a bigger star? Dionne Warwick was on Scepter and they were a small company and focused their promotional efforts on Dionne and Maxine took a back seat. You can get her Wand and pre-Wand recordings on this Varese comp. Maxine left Wand in 1969 and didn't have any success with Commonwealth United or Avco. She still tours the oldies circuit today and recorded a CD on her own label in 2004. Here's Maxine Brown performing Oh No Not My Baby on a PBS special 2001.