The Town I Live In CD
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McKinley 'Soul' Mitchell was the credit on the distinctive soul-blues anthem 'The Town I Live In', a big R&B hit in 1962 on the Leaner Brothers' cleverly-named One-Derful Records from Chicago.
Born in Mississippi, Mitchell had migrated north along with numerous blues and soul singers in search of the bright lights and big city, and found steady work for some years in the clubs and bars of the Windy City's south side. Mitchell recorded for One-Derful for two years, releasing a clutch of 45s and an album of rare sophistication for its era, which sold steadily at the time and was even issued in the UK by President.
Four decades later, the album and singles from those Chicago sessions are sought-after collectors' items, and this significant re-issue on Shout Records presents the opportunity for McKinley's beseeching soul-drenched voice to reach both the vintage music fans and the nu-soul audience influenced by the passion and lyricism of soul from the classic years.
Mitchell also recorded for Chess and local Chicago labels before returning south to Mississippi in the 1970s to score a further hit single, and later recorded LPs for Malaco and Rhetta's before his untimely death in 1986
This gorgeous CD contains the album and singles from Mitchells One-Derful period; highly sought after Chicago recordings for all Classic Soul fans.