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Blue Heart Records reissues 'Fine! Fine! Thing!' by Floyd Dixon
HighJohn Records Reissue Series continues with Dixon's penultimate release
By: Blue Heart Records
A pioneer of the early R&B and West Coast jump blues sound, Dixon was born in 1929 in Marshall, Texas, not far from the Louisiana border and the sounds of bayou blues, gospel, and roots music. His family moved to Los Angeles in 1942, where he ultimately met and was mentored by Charles Brown, whom he would later replace on piano and vocals in the band Johnny Moore's Three Blazers. The 1978 Blues Brothers live cover version of "Hey Bartender" (Cat Records, 1955), immortalized Dixon's hit, for which he later received a Billboard Blues Award. In 1984, Dixon was commissioned by the Los Angeles Olympic Games organizing committee to write "Olympic Blues."
Now, sixteen years after his passing, Dixon's life and legacy are honored with this reissue of his penultimate release, Fine! Fine! Thing!. Songs including "My Wish," "Love's The Key" and the stirring title track reduce life's complexities to simple, understandable equations accompanied by a distinctive blues soundtrack. The entire album reverberates with the honesty, decency, and traditional values so beautifully reflective of the late Dixon.
For Bob Auerbach, HighJohn Records president, the reissue is bittersweet. "I am proud to have Floyd's final two albums in the HighJohn catalog," says Auerbach. "I treasure the memories of working with him, and deeply appreciate Blue Heart Records' commitment to revitalizing the album, and his memory, in this way."
"The musical legacy of East Texas is part of the foundation upon which Blue Heart Records was built," says label partner Sallie Bengtson. "Working with Bob Auerbach to reissue his HighJohn Records back catalog is a privilege. Both Betsie Brown and I are honored to add this blues heirloom to the Blue Heart Records catalog."
Fine! Fine! Thing! will be available beginning July 15 at https://lnk.to/
For more about HighJohn Records, visit http://highjohnrecords.com/
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