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You’re Late Miss Kate – Otis Waygood Blues Band

You’re Late Miss Kate - Otis Waygood Blues Band

You’re Late Miss Kate – Otis Waygood Blues Band

Better late than never, or so the saying goes and this Miss Kate who was remiss with her time keeping took her good time to reach our ears in the version performed by the Otis Waygood Blues Band as it was just over a decade after Jimmy Dee first recorded his rock-a-billy version of the song that our local lads turned it into a bluesy stomp-a-long cover.

Featuring as the b-side to their single, ‘Fever’, the Otis Waygood Blues Band gave it the gravelly voiced treatment and warmed it up with some bassy sound while a Jerry Lee Lewis-ey piano frantically marks off the seconds that Miss Kate is keeping everyone waiting. It is difficult to think that the band was having anything but a great time recording this as it fairly bounces along at such a pace that it’s a wonder they didn’t spill the whiskey that surely must have fuelled some of the vocals here (or maybe they did).

The band came to the fore at University of Rhodesia and ‘You’re Late Miss Kate’ was their tune. According to the liner notes of the Retrofresh re-release of ‘Otis Waygood Blues Band’ (the album that is), when lead vocalist Rob Zipper, stood up to talk to the Student Union he was drowned out by cries of ‘You’re Late Miss Kate’ which gives a good indication of the impact their vesion of the song had even before it was committed to what was known back then as hot wax.

Miss Kate may have been late, but this song is timeless.

Where to find it:
Otis Waygood Blues Band – Otis Waygood Blues Band (2001), Retro Fresh, Fresh CD109


Straight Ahead – Otis Waygood Blues Band

Straight Ahead – Otis Waygood Blues Band

Simply Otis Waygood

Simply Otis Waygood

‘Staight Ahead’ originally appeared on the 1971 album by The Otis Waygood Blues Band ‘Ten Light Claps And A Scream’ and eventually made it’s was onto the CD re-issue of ‘Simply Otis Waygood’ as a bonus track. Unlike most of the Waygood’s other material, this is an instrumental piece and Rob Zipper who normally tackled vocals, decided to put his mouth to good use, blowing away on a mean sax.

It does, however, sound as if Rob was sitting in a different room to the rest of the band as the sax is sort of muted and distant, but he does a wonderful job of running a three legged race with his brother Alan on bass as the two play the same tune and are essentially the driving force behind the song. Despite the bass and sax being the engine of the song, one must not forget the interludes where Leigh Sagar butts in with his guitars, adding some screech to the chatter of the Zipper brothers.

There is an overall down and dirty dub kind of sound which was not common in music back then, but did echo in a number of 80s indie bands like Pig Bag and A Certain Ratio. This song sounds like it is floating up from some dingy smoke-filled basement club, causing the pavement to vibrate to the beat. They weren’t just good these guys, they were waygood.

Where to find it:
Simply Otis Waygood – Otis Waygood Blues Band (2003), RetroFresh, freshcd 135


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