“Just me and you” / “Stay there and try to be strong”
Label: Hit & Run Records
Catalog: HR 1533
Release Date: September 2021
Mary Gresham has always been a special artist for this label and for Soulscape. It was her great ‘I’ll Never Let You Walk Alone’ from the CD that convinced me to restart the label back in 2009; since then she’s become a much-loved lady amongst collectors worldwide and so I’m really pleased to be able to commit to vinyl another 2 of her unreleased cuts from the CD.
Side A is ‘Just Me And You’ – cut in 1969 at Finley Duncan’s Playground studios, this is a full session and was intended for a 45 release but never made it and sat in the can until I went there with Mary around 2007 and we rediscovered it. Now 52 years old but this sounds so right for today’s dance or home listening. And it’s 100% OVO Compliant !
Side B is ‘Stay There And Try To Be Strong’ – the one that started it all off for me and the quest to find who the singer was. This track and ‘You’ve Never Really Lived’ was in a series of literally hundreds of Muscle Shoals Sound songwriter demos that I ploughed through at Malaco when auditioning tracks for the George Jackson and Phillip Mitchell CDs. It hit me from first hearing as just a totally brilliant deepsoul even though it’s a demo and not a full session. That brought about the quest to find out who the singer was – which I eventually did a short time later as I was about to leave a meeting with Jimmy Johnson and drive back to Atlanta for the flight home.