Louisiana born Mabel John came from a very large musical family that included her baby brother “Little Willie John” of “Fever” fame.
Mable was the first woman ever to record for Berry Gordy’s first record label, Tamla, in 1959. Backed by the Primettes (later to become The Supremes), none of her excellent blues recordings for the label broke out to become big hits.
Gordy moved away from the blues and concentrated on what was to become the Pop oriented “Motown Sound” and Mable left the label to persue a deal with Stax.
Her very first single for the label was the Isaac Hayes & David Porter penned “Your Good Thing (Is About To End)”, which climbed to #6 on the Billboard R&B Single charts and #95 on the Billboard Pop Single chart in the summer of 1966.
John also served as musical director and leader of Ray Charles’ world-famous Raelettes and continued to have a successful career at Stax until 1977 when she left secular music to record, produce and manage in the Gospel music world.
Mable John received a Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 1994.
Her official website is www.mabeljohn.com.
Keep the oldies alive.