Wendy Rene

After Laughter / What Will Tomorrow Bring

Stax : 154

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  • Artist: Wendy Rene
  • A Side: After Laughter
  • B Side: What Will Tomorrow Bring
  • Label: Stax
  • Format: 45s



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

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What a loss to Soul Music when Mary Frierson (Wendy Rene) decided to leave Stax and devote herself to her Church Choir. A unique voice that with her brother Johnny released two extremely rare 45 on Volt with the 4 member group The Drapels. Then 3 solo 45s for Stax, only one having any impact "Bar-B-Q" becoming a popular club play, both sides of the Atlantic.and later being pick ed up by more than one fast food chain advert through the decades.

"After Laughter" lay hidden in total obscurity for decades, it wasn't until those who dug deep to find "lost" greats, to integrate into their own new productions, that the standout talent of Wendy Rene became know across the world. Notably more recently this Brother & Sister Frierson composition has been part of songs by Sweet Tea, Alborosie etc. Even film producers and advertising agents began using Wendy Rene's singing to promote their work..

Thus "After Laughter Comes Tears" has become a very highly sought-after 45 to own. Spawning a album release of all of Wendy's work as a solo artist and within the group The Drapels. Over 40 years after she left the home of Stax, Wendy was at last receiving recognition..

Today is a window for ownership of her most-wanted 45, one of Stax's most elusive singles, impossible to acquire in this flawless condition.. .

PS please do not overlook the equally fabulous Deep Soul flipside... her persuasive voice, again digging deep, right inside your consciousness...dragging out reluctant emotion...
Two bright clean powder blue label, NO storage rub (see brilliant images) both sides are free of writing, tears, stains or stickers MINT MINUS labels. Vinyl is immaculate! revealing a full gloss, mint minus playing surface.

Condition Report

TOP COPY archive condition still in its birth sleeve, bright clean label no grime or rub, full gloss vinyl, reveals just a few soft hairline when angled in birth sleeve, plays perfect, still housed in birth-sleeve

A Side

  • Title: After Laughter

    B Side

  • Title: What Will Tomorrow Bring
  • Year: 1964
  • City: 926 East McLemore Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee 38106