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ARTIST
TITLE
Action Speaks Louder Than Words
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
VAMPI 071CD VAMPI 071CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
6/7/2011

Super Size Soul? Sho' Sounds Sweet? Southern Soul Shake? Regrettably, the SSS in SSS International denotes something a little less sexy -- Shelby S. Singleton. As the proprietor of this and number of other labels in the late '60's and early '70's, Shelby is more frequently acknowledged as the man who astutely bought the Sun Records catalogue from Sam Phillips in 1969, a year after conceiving SSS International. But despite his less than thrilling name, Shelby S. Singleton is actually something of a music biz enigma and a Southern record man who's unquestionably nurtured both black & white artists for a significant part of his life. Born in 1931 in Texas, he established himself as product manager, then producer, for Mercury Records in the early 1960s. Here, Shelby worked with both country and soul musicians, from Jerry Lee Lewis and Charlie Rich to Clyde McPhatter to Brook Benton. From it's birth in 1968 until the early '70s, SSS International pumped out up to 200 singles. This compilation is a snapshot of the catalogue, mixing the labels more popular acts like Jo Jo Benson, Sam Dees and Johnny Adams with more obscure artists like Clarence Murray and Mr Jamo. There's not a ballad in sight. It's just uptempo dancers and funky soul stompers that reverberate with the spirit of Otis Redding and his gospel rooted R&B. With SSS International, Shelby S. Singleton certainly didn't start a label to match Atlantic or Stax. And it never achieved its alleged "international" status. But as this compilation illustrates, Shelby cut some fine soul sides that still pulse with the love and life of the funky South.