Frankie & Johnny by Pinocchio James – R&B Soul 45

Posted by Robert Rodriguez on: May 04 2011

Frankie & Johnny b/w Sad Feeling by Pinocchio James - R&B Soul 45 on Glad Hamp Records #2021 This record caught my eye right away and I wasn't sure what to expect as far as sound. I know the Glad Hamp as Lionel Hampton's label, which had some real funky music. When I looked at Pinocchio James' name I was thrown for a loop, then I played the record. To my surprise it was a blues record on the "Sad Feeling" side, which is nice. I then flipped it over and discovered a voice filled with feeling, some funky blues guitar and a danceable R&B Soul beat. Even though it's a tale with a sad ending, the beat took over and I was so busy toe tapping that I almost missed the story. "When Frankie saw Johnny with Nellie, sipping beer and wine, she pulled out a big black pistol and shot him 15 times". What can I say, the rhythm had me, I was hooked!