Sunday, October 31, 2010
Jango Song Of The Day-The Soul Sisters
Song:I Can't Stand It
Album:The Best Of Sue Records
The Soul Sisters had their biggest success with the 1964 song I Can't Stand It. They are not to be confused with the Reggae girl group of the same name. From what I could tell, it looks like they recorded a few singles and that was about it. The Soul Sisters were Thresia Cleveland and Ann Gissendanner from New York City. They recorded for a small label called Sue Records. Sue Records was started in 1957 in New York by Henry "Juggy" Murray Jr. and Bobby Robinson. They started out recording doo wop groups like The Matadors and probably had their biggest success with Ike & Tina Turner. They also recorded jazz artists like Ray Bryant and Jimmy McGriff. Sue probably had their biggest hit with Charlie & Inez Foxx's Mockingbird in 1963. The Soul Sisters recorded in 1964. I Can't Stand It was their first single in Feb. 1964 and reached #8 on the R & B Singles chart and #46 on the Billboard Hot 100. Follow up singles didn't do as well and by the end of 1964, The Soul Sisters were no more. I Can't Stand It was written and produced by Sue Records house producer Smokey McAllister. One odd thing about the song is it has a trombone solo where you would normally hear a sax. Meanwhile in England, The Spencer Davis Group had their first hit single with a cover of I Can't Stand It. It doesn't look like the two women stayed in the music business. There is some confusion because of unrelated groups with the name The Soul Sisters. Collectables has released a CD of The Soul Sisters recordings. But it's a short CD and The Best Of Sue Records CD seems more interesting to me. Henry Murray sold Sue Records to United Artists in 1967 and continued to run the company until 1970. Thanks to David Edwards & Mike Callahan at BSN for the info about The Soul Sisters and Sue Records. Here's a video for I Can't Stand It by The Soul Sisters.