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The Best of Wynonie Harris In the late '40s and early '50s, big-voiced blues shouter Wynonie Harris was a black R&B star, virtually unknown to the white community. One...The Best of Wynonie HarrisReissues, R&B In the late '40s and early '50s, big-voiced blues shouter Wynonie Harris was a black R&B star, virtually unknown to the white community. One...1994-03-18
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The Best of Wynonie Harris

Genre: Reissues, R&B; Lead Performer: Wynonie Harris; Status: In Season

In the late ’40s and early ’50s, big-voiced blues shouter Wynonie Harris was a black R&B star, virtually unknown to the white community. One Caucasian youth who was listening, however, was Elvis Presley, who introduced ”Good Rockin’ Tonight” to middle America six years after Harris recorded it. Harris didn’t always get the quality of material or promotion that he deserved, but The Best of Wynonie Harris (along with other early R&B hits Rhino is reissuing) is an invaluable reminder of rock’s black roots. B

Originally posted March 18 1994 — 12:00 AM EST

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