Earl White Jr.

Very Special Girl / Never Fall In Love Again

Cygnet : 102

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  • Artist: Earl White Jr.
  • A Side: Very Special Girl
  • B Side: Never Fall In Love Again
  • Label: Cygnet
  • Format: 45s



  • Vinyl Condition: M-
  • Label Condition: M
  • Sleeve Condition: M-

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Divine Soulful 70's of the very highest calibre!

Shreveport, Louisiana has had a rich vein of Soul music running through it since the early 60's. Exceptional local labels like Paula, Ronn, Jewel, Murco, Hy Sign, House Of Orange the list goes on and on. None of these labels picked up "Very Special Girl" a beyond superlative recording, for wider distribution; because it was astonishingly a B-side of a middle-of-the-road ballad.

But this Earl White project was fortunate to have alongside a local producer of great prowess, in the form of James Stroud. Who with Earl White's heartfelt lyrics "Very Special Girl" the pair created one of the most-wanted rare 70's Soulful dance 45s it is possible to own. In 1977, Shreveport based Stroud was working with Dorothy Moore producing her first album. Using his five man group, the fabled " Malaco Rhythm Section" Carson Whitsett, Dino Zimmerman, Don Barrett, Fred Knobloch and James Stroud himself provide the music on "Very Special Girl", crafting a very special arrangement indeed...

A simplistic piano woven into a soft brass intro, is the springboard for Earl to become a passionate, expressive Soul singer. Brilliantly elevated by James Stroud's embellishments of swirling strings, stabbing horns, soaring girl-group choruses, subtle instrumental breaks, in the same formula as the intro, bring fluid continuity to this beautiful dance creation

One of the all-time greats! Hidden away on the flipside of a rather ordinary ballad. The combination of an unrestrained Earl White vocal, James Stroud summoning up the " Malaco Rhythm Section" makes for one of the greatest D.I.Y. soulful steppers of all time.

Breathtakingly inspiring....

Condition Report

Two totally clean labels, full gloss play perfect mint minus vinyl - a beauty

A Side

  • Title: Very Special Girl

    B Side

  • Title: Never Fall In Love Again
  • Year: 1977
  • City: 2450 Barksdale Boulevard, Bossier City, Louisiana