Thursday, July 22, 2010

Jim Dandy - Margie Hendrix

Margie Hendrix takes Lavern Baker's 1950s "Jim Dandy" and adds some hep-jivin', soul-stompin' funk twenty years later. Margie Hendrix's claim to fame was that she supported Ray Charles as his lead Raylette in hits like "Hit The Road Jack". Her character figured prominently in the biopic Ray, however it wasn't until discovering her solo records that I garnered R-E-S-P-E-C-T for this forgotten singer of roots driven R&B. Perhaps it's the curse of the Hendrix name (although she's not related to Jimi), but Margie's life was cut short by a drug overdose in 1973. Luckily for followers of big, brassy soul she left behind an amazing legacy.

Here's a live recording of Lavern Baker's original "Jim Dandy" from 1956.

"Don't Destroy Me" is the a-side to 1968's "Jim Dandy". 


  1. Do somebody have all Margie Hendrix songs in one archive??????collection??? I tried to find in almost 2 monthes(((
    please let me know where i can download it.
    thank you

  2. Sorry Alex, as far as I'm aware there is no archived collection. Unless someone has a personal mp3 folder stashed away somewhere. That being said there needs to be a retrospective released. One that contains all her work with The Cookies & Raelettes, in addition to her solo efforts. Good luck with your continued searching.