VARETTA DILLARD – Mercy Mr Percy

VARETTA DILLARD - Mercy Mr. PercyA powerful, versatile, big-voiced singer, Varetta Dillard was rated by many pundits as very nearly the equal of peers like Dinah Washington, Lavern Baker, Ruth Brown and Big Maybelle.  However although she undoubtedly possessed a magnificent voice, Varetta was, sadly, physically handicapped, which greatly restricted her career.  Consequently, although she registered a trio of big R&B hits during the early 50s, she failed to achieve any significant crossover Pop success and as a result, remains something of a cult figure, little known outside of specialist, collectors’ circles.  Her recording career covered some ten years, from 1951-61, during which she released twenty-eight singles.  All appear on this unique compilation, Disc 1 comprising her Savoy recordings, 1951-55, whilst Disc 2 features her Groove, RCA, Triumph and Cub releases between 1956-61.

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