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Fire-Fury Records Story
Genres: Blues, Special Interest, Pop, R&B, Rock
When people lament the corporate takeover of pop music and long for the days of the independent hustler with his ear to the street, the kind of label owner they have in mind is Bobby Robinson. Robinson operated a successio... more »
When people lament the corporate takeover of pop music and long for the days of the independent hustler with his ear to the street, the kind of label owner they have in mind is Bobby Robinson. Robinson operated a succession of companies--under names like Whirlin' Disc, Red Robin, and Enjoy--out of his Harlem record store from 1951 on, but his most successful ventures were the Fire and Fury labels, which released Top 40 pop hits for Lee Dorsey, Wilbert Harrison, Gladys Knight, Buster Brown, Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford, King Curtis, and Bobby Marchan from 1959 to '62. In the same period, Robinson recorded memorable sides by Elmore James, Lightnin' Hopkins, Sam Myers, Arthur Crudup, Titus Turner, and Noble Watts. --Geoffrey Himes
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Robert S. Estes | Santa Rosa, Ca | 11/11/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Fire and Fury were labels owned by Bobby Robinson, a record store owner with a shop near the Apollo Theater, NY. "Bobby's Records" was the place to get the newest, the coolest, the damnest things. Mr. Robinson took it farther and recorded artists, blues, R n B, Pop, historic and better left unlit.
This 2 CD set is a brief compendium of hits, near misses, and fires that still burn. One off artists like Buster Brown "Fannie Mae" Les Cooper's intrumental fun "Wiggle Wobble", classic country blues artists Elmore James "Dust My Broom" , R N B wonders Wilbur Harrison "Kansas City" Lee Dorsey "Ya Ya" (how did he get to NY from NO?!?), legendary sideman saxman King Curtis hit "Soul Twist", Gladys Knight's first pop hits " Letter Full of Tears" "Every Beat of My Heart"
Rock artists from the 60's on covered these great songs from Beatles doing Wilbert Harrison's "Kansas City" Jimi Hendrix doing Elmore James' "The Sky is Crying" Fleetwood Mac doing Elmore James' "Shake Yr Moneymaker"
The box set has a booklet with historical notes and pictures that add to the warmth of this Fire/Fury."