Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Barbara George--I Know (You Don't Love Me No More)--1961

     New Orleans has always been a hotbed of music and in the early 60's, many record companies sent their scouts to that great city to find new talent. One who decided there needed to be a local company that catered to the needs of the black musician was Harold Battiste. More can be read about him and the AFO (All For One) record label here: and
     One of his breakthrough artists was Barbara George. Born in Smithridge she was discovered singing in her church choir by singer Jesse Hill, who recommended her to Battiste. She recorded the first single on the AFO label, and it hit big reaching number one on the r&b charts and number 3 on the Hot 100. I Know (You Don't Love Me No More) was written by George herself.
     She had a couple more songs which reached the charts on AFO in 1962, but nothing that reached the success of her hit. Along with others, George was poached by Sue Records (which AFO had a distribution agreement) and shortly afterward AFO folded and Battiste headed to Los California. She never approached the success with Sue that she had with AFO and by the mid-60's was out of music.


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