Mr. Big Stuff

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"Mr. Big Stuff"
Single by Jean Knight
from the album Mr. Big Stuff
B-side "Why I Keep Living These Memories"
Released May 1971
Genre Funk, soul
Length 2:27
Label Stax STX 1014
Writer(s) Joseph Broussard
Carol Washington
Ralph Williams
Producer(s) Wardell Quezergue
Jean Knight singles chronology
"Mr. Big Stuff"
(1971)
"You Think You're Hot"
(1971)

"Mr. Big Stuff" is a song by singer Jean Knight. The song was recorded in 1970 at Malaco Studio in Jackson, Mississippi, at the same session as Groove Me by King Floyd. Both songs are defined by two bar, off beat bass lines and tight arrangements by Wardell Quezergue.[1] Released on her 1971 debut album of the same title, it became a huge crossover hit. The song spent five weeks at number one on the Billboard Soul Singles chart and peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, behind "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" by The Bee Gees.[2] "Mr. Big Stuff" would become one of Stax Records's most popular and recognizable hits. It was also featured in the 1977 mini-series, "The Bronx Is Burning.".

Credits[edit]

No credits are listed for the Malaco studio musicians on the record. According to Rob Bowman's liner notes from the 1999 box set, The Last Soul Company: Malaco, A Thirty Year Retrospective, the musicians for this session included:

  • Vernie Robbins - Bass
  • James Stroud - Drums
  • Wardell Quezerque - organ
  • Jerry Puckett - guitar

During this time at Malaco, horn lines were typically played by saxophonist Hugh Garraway and trumpeter Perry Lomax. [3]

Cover versions[edit]

Sampling[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bowman, Rob. (1999). Malaco Records: The Last Soul Company. http://www.peermusic.com/ecard/LastSoulCompanyboxsetBooklet.pdf
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 331. 
  3. ^ Bowman, Rob. (1999). Malaco Records: The Last Soul Company. http://www.peermusic.com/ecard/LastSoulCompanyboxsetBooklet.pdf
  4. ^ "D2: The Mighty Ducks - Original Soundtrack" allmusic.com. Retrieved 2010-11-03.
  5. ^ "Girl Talk - All Day". 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Don't Knock My Love (Pt. 1)" by Wilson Pickett
Billboard Soul Singles number-one single
July 3–31, 1971
Succeeded by
"Hot Pants (Pt. 1) by James Brown