Doris Duke – Congratulations Baby – RRG


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Doris Curry was born on May 18th, 1941 in Sandersville, Georgia and by 1963 she was working in New York City on sessions and as a backing singer at the Apollo Theatre. She also recorded some demos for “Motown” records, but none were ever released. She married Johnathan Augustus “Gus” Willingham, an original member of The Cadillacs,  and under her married name of Doris Willingham recorded her first single, “Running Away from Loneliness” in 1966 on “Jay Boy” records. In 1969 Jerry “Swamp Dogg” Williams Jr  signed her as a solo artist, renaming her Doris Duke and recording the album I’m a Loser at the Capricorn studio in Macon, Georgia. The album was eventually issued on Canyon Records, and over the years became regarded, by Dave Godin and others, as one of the finest deep soul records of all time. She recorded a second album on “Mankind” records in 1971. In 1973, Duke recorded unsuccessfully for  Bob Shad’s  Mainstream label, before being signed to the British “Contempo” records in 1974.  Doris Curry Willingham, known as Doris Duke, sadly died on March 21st, 2019. This RECOMMENDED slab of Northern is in EXCELLENT condition.


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