“Mr. Big Stuff” Performed By Jean Knight (1971)

August 30, 2010


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#1 R&B, #2 Pop

Almost every wedding reception I have ever been to plays three songs that get the entire crowd up to dance. Those songs would of course be Marcia Griffin’s  “Electric Slide,” Betty Wright’s  ” Clean-Up Woman”  and of course Jean Knight’s  “Mr. Big Stuff.”

“Mr. Big Stuff” was one of the largest selling singles  to ever come out of the Stax label and yet it was rejected by the Stax “suits”  before it was finally accepted for release. Once management came to their senses and released the song,  it sat at the top of the R&B charts for 5 weeks! It also  stayed on the Pop charts at #2 for two weeks.

“Mr. Big Stuff”  was composed by Joseph Broussard, Carrol Washington, Carol Washington and Ralph Williams. It was to be Knight’s only top ten hit.

In October 2007 Knight, born Jean Calista, was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of  Fame. This video is of her performance at the induction ceremony.

Check out these additional live performances of “Mr Big Stuff” at OSML’s sister site EOINA.

Musically Yours,

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1 SupaStarry September 2, 2010 at 5:59 am

This song is SO classic! and i didnt even know Jean was with Stax! wow. this months topic looks like fun! i cant wait for the boogaloo dance because ive heard that before (i think on Sanford And Son) and i thought Redd was just making a joke LOL.

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2 SonDan September 2, 2010 at 10:45 pm

Fred Sanford, George Jefferson and Carlton Banks were the three best dancers to ever appear to TV (ROTFL).
Fred and George were dancing real dances – guaranteed! I am laughing just thinking about those men and their smooth moves.

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3 SupaStarry September 10, 2010 at 4:38 am

Omg yes! i love all of them!

Here’s a tiny clip of Redd dancing from the show Sanford (Which i have never seen actually). i almost died when he started doing what looked like “The Robot” LOL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukmv4m8k0XE

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4 SonDan September 10, 2010 at 8:41 pm

ROTFLOL. Great clip. Thanks Supa. Fred wss doing the robot in jeans , a vest and a gold chain. Can’t beat that.

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