Even the most diehard soul connoisseurs can be forgiven for not knowing the name of Carl Hall. After all, he left behind just a handful of singles on labels including Mercury, Loma, Atlantic and Columbia before focusing on a stage career. But thanks to Omnivore's recent release of You Don't Know Nothing About Love: The Loma/Atlantic Recordings 1967-1972, it's highly unlikely that you'll forget the name, and sound, of Carl Hall. Distinguished by both his intensity and his stratospheric vocal
We've already filled you in on Ace's recent collection from the great Jackie Wilson; today, we turn the spotlight to another classic R&B vocalist, Garnet Mimms! West Virginia-born, Philadelphia-raised Garnet Mimms is best remembered today for his 1963 hit "Cry Baby," which reached No. 1 R&B/No. 4 Pop and inspired Janis Joplin's scorching revival years later. "Cry Baby" was the work of songwriters Jerry Ragovoy and Bert Berns, both of whom played key roles in the vocalist's career.