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ARTIST
TITLE
After Laughter Comes Tears
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
LITA 080CD LITA 080CD
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RELEASE DATE
2/7/2012

Subtitled: Complete Stax & Volt Singles & Rarities 1964-65. "First ever anthology of Southern soul legend Wendy Rene including eleven singles, nine rarities and two unreleased songs. Born Mary Frierson in Memphis, Tennessee, home of Stax Records, Wendy Rene was christened by Otis Redding on signing to Stax as a teenager in 1963. Back then, she and brother Johnny Frierson, both singers at the Church of God in Christ, were determined to make it in music. Forming singing quartet The Drapels with two friends, they took the bus to 926 E. McLemore Avenue, auditioned for Stax co-founder Jim Stewart, and won a deal on the spot. 'As soon as we finished with the Drapels' songs and [the rest of the band] were going to the bus stop, I showed Mr. Stewart my songs,' recalls Rene. The result? Stewart found two acts in one, and Mary had two contracts with Stax. Though her career was brief, Wendy Rene left behind a thrilling catalogue of classic soul. Here, Light In The Attic gives it the archive treatment it richly deserves. Listen, delve and enjoy. Glorious mono sound restored and remastered from the original tapes."