Steve Cropper – Dedicated (Due 8/9/11)

Steve Cropper will have a new recording coming out on August 9th, 2011 on the 429 Records Label. Its entitled, Dedicated and it is a tribute to the R&B/Doo Wop Act, The 5 Royales who gave us such hits as “Dedicated to the One I Love” , “Think”, and “30 Second Lover”.

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Dedicated features reworked versions of The Five Royales most enduring songs, and includes duets with Lucinda Williams, Bettye LaVette, John Popper and Sharon Jones. There is also plenty of guest star collaboration with B.B. King, Brian May and Steve

“We grew up on their music. ‘Think’ had some great funky licks. I used the same licks in the Mar-Keys. Pauling’s sound was funky, gutsy. He would alternate lead and rhythm, which is something I always did.”  – Steve Cropper

Dedicated: A Salute To The 5 Royales

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Steve Cropper is known as the preeminent soul guitarist, and has also been an A & R man, engineer, producer, as well as a songwriting partner of Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd, dozens of other others and founding member of  both Booker T. and the MG’s and The Mar-Keys, Cropper was literally involved in almost every record issued by Stax Records from the fall of 1961 through year-end 1970.

The 429 Records Label has a great roster of artists that includes many new recordings by The New York Dolls, Bruce Hornsby, Robbie Robertson, Dr. John, Jackie Greene, Marshall Crenshaw, and many others….

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One Reply to “Steve Cropper – Dedicated (Due 8/9/11)”

  1. New York Times Review
    August 7, 2011
    Jon Pareles
    http://goo.gl/dMc2b

    Steve Cropper

    The “5” Royales, the North Carolina vocal group who sang the original “Dedicated to the One I Love,” were among the bluesiest of the early-1950s doo-woppers, perhaps because their guitarist, Lowman (Pete) Pauling, was their main songwriter. He was also a stinging soloist and riff-maker, and Steve Cropper, the premier Memphis soul guitarist (as a member of Booker T. and the MGs), claims him as a major influence. Mr. Cropper has remade an album’s worth of “5” Royales songs with various singers and guest players on “Dedicated” (429 Records), and it’s a good platform for his playing, whether he’s seizing Pauling’s licks or, in “Help Me Somebody,” replacing the vocal line with sighing lead guitar. The songs rise or fall with their singers — thumbs up for Bettye LaVette, Dan Penn, B. B. King and Shemekia Copeland — and the performances are stalwart enough. But they can’t come close to the rip-snorting gusto of the “5” Royales nearly half a century ago.

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