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