THE FOOL * EDNA McGRIFF * GALA 1014 * UK
Although the sixteen year old Edna McGriff had an offer from Apollo records her first recordings were for the New York based Jubilee label in 1951. It is Heavenly Father her second single for the label that established her name for R&B fans for decades to come, but due to poor management decisions she was unable to repeat or build on the artistic and commercial success of the record, which had three cover versions. after a few label changes the talented young singer found herself recording for budget labels like Bell which is where The Fool backed with Born To Be With You was first issued in1956. Written by a young Lee Hazelwood in 1956 the song is something in between Country and a Blues, which sounds like it could have originally been recorded by Patsy Cline, but was in fact a hit for Sanford Clark. On this British budget label EP Miss McGriff also does a good cover of The Bobbetts original Mr. Lee.
THE FOOL * EDNA McGRIFF * BELL 4 * USA
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