LP released: Oct 27, 2023
STAND BY YOUR MAN
Released in August 1970, as well as detonating hard and reaching #4 in the US R&B charts, 'Stand By Your Man' became a break-through single for Candi Staton, spending 14 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #24. When it came to the follow-up to 'Stand By Your Man', the formula was repeated with Candi taking on another country song 'She Called Me Baby'. This song was written by country singer Harlan Howard and appeared on "Harlan Howard Sings Harlan Howard" released in 1961. It was first drenched in strings and sung from the female perspective as 'He Called Me Baby' by Jeanne Newman in 1965 and then, in more soulful form, by Ella Washington, whose version got to #77 in the Billboard Hot 100 in 1969. As with Newman and Washington's versions, Rick Hall dressed the song in strings as well as belting brass. Staton's definitive southern soul version of 'He Called Me Baby' got to #9 in the R&B chart and #52 in the Billboard Hot 100 when released in January 1971.