b. January 18th, 1933 in Omaha (Nebraska)

I MADE MY OWN WORLD

Kent

1960 - 1970

Grâce à l'apprentissage du chant à l'église dès l'enfance, Vernon est embauché pour chanter au sein des Swan Silvertones (dont le leader est Claude Jeter) à la fin des années 40. Puis, il chante avec les Mixers. Par la suite, Vernon quitte Omaha pour Los Angeles où il exerce différents métiers (ouvrier, gardien d'usine, conducteur de camion) tout en continuant sa carrière de chanteur. Puis, il intègre les Sliders. En 1960, Vernon fait la rencontre de Jeweline Whittaker alias Jewel qui devient sa femme et sa partenaire sur scène pour chanter avec lui sous le nom de Vernon & Jewel. Le duo propose une poignée de titres très convaincants pour Imperial, Bay Tone, Modern/Kent : "Those lonely lonely nights", "Just to hold my hand", "Sail on", "In my heart" (dans une superbe version live dans ce CD). Malheureusement, Jewel décède soudainement d'un cancer et Vernon est forcé de reprendre sa carrière en leader. Superbe chanteur, il délivre quelques superbes pièces Soul comme "If I could turn back the hands of time", "Shine it on" (produit par Maxwell Davis), "Slow and easy", "Running out" (composé par Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson, produit par Arthur Wright). Ce CD est consacré pour moitié à Vernon & Jewel et pour l'autre moitié à Vernon seul.

Through learning singing in church from childhood, Vernon was hired to sing in Swan Silvertones (whose leader is Claude Jeter) in the late 1940's. Then, he sings with the Mixers. Subsequently, Vernon leaves Omaha for Los Angeles where he practices various jobs (worker, factory guard, truck driver) while continuing his career as a singer. Then he joins the Sliders. In 1960, Vernon met Jeweline Whittaker aka Jewel who became his wife and partner on stage to sing with him under the name of Vernon & Jewel. The duo offers a handful of compelling titles for Imperial, Bay Tone, Modern/Kent : "Those lonely lonely nights", "Just to hold my hand", "Sail on", "In my heart" (in a superb live version in this CD). Unfortunately, Jewel suddenly dies of cancer and Vernon is forced to resume his career as a leader. Superb singer, he delivers some great Soul pieces like "If I could turn back the hands of time", "Shine it on" (produced by Maxwell Davis), "Slow and easy", "Running out" (composed by Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson, produced by Arthur Wright). This CD is dedicated for half to Vernon & Jewel and the other half to Vernon alone.

THE STORY OF VERNON GARRETT

Tramp

1967 - 1970

Après sa collaboration avec Modern/Kent (qu'il quitte en 1968), Vernon joue pour différents labels comme Open G (le curieux "Caveman"), Soul Clock ("Just ain't my day" produit par Richard "Dimples" Fields), Glow Hill ("Christmas groove", "Merry Christmas baby"), Kapp ("We people of the ghetto", "You blew my mind" sous la houlette du producteur Bill Mac Cloud). Il travaille aussi pour Venture (une filiale de MGM) où il enregistre quelques morceaux sous la supervision de Mickey Stevenson et Clarence Paul. Mi-compilation mi-anthologie, ce disque reprend une poignée de singles de cette époque ainsi que plusieurs titres issus du LP "Going to my baby's place". La version CD est agrémentée de plusieurs titres bonus. Au final, un opus intéressant qu'on conseille surtout aux fans confirmés de Vernon Garrett.

After collaborating with Modern/Kent (which he left in 1968), Vernon plays for various labels like Open G (the curious "Caveman"), Soul Clock ("Just ain't my day" produced by Richard "Dimples" Fields), Glow Hill ("Christmas groove", "Merry Christmas baby"), Kapp ("We people of the ghetto", "You blew my mind" under the leadership of producer Bill Mac Cloud). He also works for Venture (a subsidiary of MGM) where he records some songs under the supervision of Mickey Stevenson and Clarence Paul. Half-compilation half-anthology, this album comprises a handful of singles of this time as well as several titles coming from the "Going to my baby's place" LP. The CD version is embellished with several bonus titles. In the end, an interesting opus that is recommended especially to confirmed fans of Vernon Garrett.

GOING TO MY BABY'S PLACE

Grenade

P-Vine

Prob. 1970

Contacté par le producteur Bill Mac Cloud (avec lequel il a travaillé chez Kapp), Vernon trouve l'opportunité de sortir un album complet sur la marque Grenade. Enregistré probablement en 1970 mais publié seulement en 1975 par Grenade, ce microsillon reste aujourd'hui fort rare. Parfaite synthèse de Soul, Blues et Funk avec aussi de fortes influences Gospel, il est dominé par le chant profond de Vernon. Sur ce recueil, il est accompagné par deux formations distinctes : Love Ltd (ancien groupe de Sam & Dave) et Total Black Experience. A noter d'ailleurs qu'il chante sur des bandes pré-enregistrées. Un programme très consistant : "Going to my baby's place", "I learned my lesson", "Satisfied woman satisfied man" (en duo avec Margaret Love), "One man's loss", "I made my own world", "Don't do what I do".

Contacted by producer Bill Mac Cloud (with whom he worked at Kapp), Vernon finds the opportunity to release a full album on the Grenade imprint. Probably recorded in 1970 but issued only in 1975 by Grenade, this LP remains very rare today. Perfect mix of Soul, Blues and Funk also with strong Gospel influences, it is dominated by the deep vocals of Vernon. On this collection, he is accompanied by two separate formations : Love Ltd (former group of Sam & Dave) and Total Black Experience. Note also that he sings here on pre-recorded tapes. A very consistent program : "Going to my baby's place", "I learned my lesson", "Satisfied woman satisfied man" (duet with Margaret Love), "One man's loss", "I made my own world", "Don't do what I do".

CROSSROADS

California Gold

1982

SOMEBODY DONE MESSED UP AT THE CROSSROAD

White Enterprise

1984 / 1987

IF YOU CAN'T HELP ME BABY

White Enterprise

1988

CAUGHT IN A CROSSFIRE

Ichiban

1991

TOO HIP TO BE HAPPY

Ichiban

1993

HALF PAST THE BLUES

Ichiban

1997

DON'T LOOK ANY FURTHER

Evejim

2000

WHEN SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH MY BABY

Evejim

2002

Second album pour le label Evejim de Leon Haywood. Style Soul-Blues cuivrée parfaitement chantée par Vernon Garrett, parfois en duo avec l'excellente Brenda Lee Eager. D'excellents morceaux inspirés et accrocheurs comme "My trial of love", "When something is wrong with my baby", "I'm not gonna go down", "Don't look any further", "I still love you", "I've got to get over (to my baby's place)". Un disque remarquable probablement un de ses plus aboutis.

Second album for Leon Haywood's Evejim label. Brassy soul-Blues style perfectly sung by Vernon Garrett, sometimes in duet with the excellent Brenda Lee Eager. Inspired and catchy songs like "My trial of love", "When something is wrong with my baby", "I'm not gonna go down", "Don't look any further", "I still love you", "I've got to get over (to my baby's place)". A remarkable record, probably one of his most achieved.

NEW BEGINNINGS

Video Uptown

2005

BLUES IN THE KITCHEN

Video Uptown

2007

I'M TOO FAR GONE

Video Uptown

2009

DON'T FALL IN LOVE WITH ME

Video Uptown

2011

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