New Orleans vocalist Jean Knight was earning her living baking cakes and biscuits at a Catholic women's college when she traveled to Malaco Studios in Jackson, Mississippi in May 1970 to cut "Mr. Big Stuff" for veteran Crescent City producer-arranger Wardell Quezerque. The single, with its tightly locked, uniquely syncopated bass-and-drum bottom pumped way up in the mix, was released nearly a year later by Stax. Shooting to No. 1 on the r&b chart (No. 2 pop), it sold 2.7 million copies and stands as the biggest single in the label's history. Knight turned in her apron, headed straight to the Apollo, and has been strutting her soulful stuff ever since. This CD, an expanded version of the original LP, contains all 16 of Knight's classic Malaco-made Stax tracks.
with Wardell Quezerque, Jerry Puckett, William Laverne Robbins, James Carey Stroud