Day 122: The Mad Lads – Cry Baby

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The Mad Lads – Cry Baby

 Always finding it difficult to make a name for themselves among the Stax all-stars like Otis Redding and Carla Thomas, The Mad Lads remain one of the lesser-known treasures of 926 E. McLemore.  Heavily inspired by The Temptations and the doo wop sound, they weren’t on top of the whole crunching soul scene like their peers. However, their version of “Cry Baby,” which I present to you today, has as much of that good ol’ Memphis sound as anyone could ask for.  From the noodling Memphis electric guitar, the weeping chorus and the classic spoken-word verses, in the style of Joe Tex or Solomon Burke, this cut makes it hard to believe The Mad Lads’ career was ultimately out of the spotlight.

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