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Byrdie Green • Sister Byrdie!

Byrdie Green (real name Bertha Greene) is a big-voiced jazz singer, today unjustly forgotten. Her father was a Baptist preacher. She made several singles and 3 LPs: "The Golden Thrush Strikes", "Sister Byrdie" and "The Stinger Meets the Golden Thrush" (with Johnny "Hammond" Smith). Byrdie Green has been singing around New York since the 1950's. She has a clear, forthright voice that can turn sly and cutting ˆ la Dinah Washington. She is a soul sister, and she never lost sight of her roots in blues and gospel music. Her 1968 rendition of "Return of the Prodigal Son" is the perfect mix of gospel, jazz and soul. Delivered with the authority of a preacher, and the soul of a diva, the story from the Bible is told, brilliantly. She allegorically uses this Biblical fable as a means to comment on the very obvious wealth discrepancy she saw all around her in late sixties America. In 1985 and 1996 she performed in the USA and all over Europe with Linda Hopkins and Maxine Weldon in a show entitled "Black and Blue".
Enjoy Byrdie's strong and impressive style!

Tracklist Show Credits
A1 You'd Better Sit Down Kids 4:18
A2 Since You've Been Gone 3:18
A3 When A Woman's In Love 3:15
A4 Return Of The Prodigal Son 3:16
A5 You'll Never Walk Alone 2:45
A6 Where There's A Will 2:30
B1 Muddy Water
B2 Let Them Talk
B3 I Can't Live Without You
B4 Dr. Feelgood
B5 Night Time Is The Right Time

Arranged By, Conductor – Johnny "Hammond" Smith*
Chorus – Anna Craig, Lucille Burgess, Lynn Daniels
Drums – John Harris (8)
Electric Bass – Jimmy Lewis (2)
Guitar – Wally Richardson
Organ – Johnny "Hammond" Smith*
Vocals – Byrdie Green

Label: Prestige ‎– PRST 7574
Released: 1968

Producer – Cal Lampley
Recorded By, Engineer – Rudy Van Gelder
Recording Date: March 22, 1968 - April 1, 1968

Catalog Prestige 7500 series (12 inch LP)
PR 7574 Byrdie Green - Sister Byrdie!
Johnny "Hammond" Smith (organ) Wally Richardson (guitar) Jimmy Lewis (electric bass) John Harris (drums) Byrdie Green (vocals) Lucille Burgess, Ann Craig, Lynn Daniels (chorus)
NYC, March 22, 1968

You'd Better Sit Down Kids
Since You've Been Gone
When A Woman In Love
Return Of The Prodigal Son
You'll Never Walk Alone
Where There's A Will
Muddy Water
Let Them Talk
I Can't Live Without You
Dr. Feelgood
Night Time Is A Right Time

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