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Jean Knight, 80, 1971 classic pop & R&B smash "Mr. Big Stuff"

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Bill Smith

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Nov 27, 2023, 5:20:33 PM11/27/23
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Nov 27, 2023, 7:17:14 PM11/27/23
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Hadn't heard this unfortunate news.

The late Knight's career didn't crack the Top 40 much--or maybe even ever after that, relegating her to One-Hit Wonder status?--but her vocal "response" rejoinder to her solo call-and-response remains one for the (AM radio) ages:

"WHO do you THINK you ARE, Mr. Big Stuff ?!?"

Hadn't thought of--much less HEARD, amid any oldies station's rotation--this tune anytime this century; thanks for the memory, Sir Smith!

BRYAN STYBLE/Florida

Bill Smith

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Nov 28, 2023, 9:51:24 PM11/28/23
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She had three more Hot 100 entries, but "Mr Big Stuff" was her only Top 40 hit. The closest she came to getting another one was in 1985 with the novelty-ish "My Toot Toot" which reached #50. But a competing version by another late R&B singer, Denise LaSalle, may have prevented it from getting there (though LaSalle's version did not chart).

radioacti...@gmail.com

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Nov 28, 2023, 10:36:14 PM11/28/23
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Much appreciate the additional data, Bill.

Incidentally, no one should infer from my posting that I disdain (or even under-appreciate) so-called One-Hit Wonders; one is certainly a larger integer than the number of hits I'll ever chart.

(And hey, I'll repeatedly hear and then savor, say, The Sanford-Townsend Band's amazing yet sole Billboard entry* over the entire recorded CATALOG of many multi-gold bands.)

STYBLE/Florida
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* "Smoke From a Distant Fire"...though that tune is so exquisite--melodically, lyrically, vocally, instrumentally AND conceptually**--that I doubt many reading this needed to be reminded of its title.
** And the single's PRODUCTION is top-notch, too...but that wasn't a surprise to me, once I read the 45's label--as it was the work of the late Jerry Wexler, arguably the greatest producer in pop music recording history.
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