I ran across some of the finest voices in soul music when I listened to the album Walkin’ By Myself And Other Blues Hits Of The Past”, released by Chess Records in 1959. Lula Reed or in earlier days Lulu Reed recorded Anything To Say You’re Mine in 1958 for Argo records.
Enchanting voice and soulful melodies
She had an enchanting voice and carries you away with the soulful melodies that come out of your speaker. Lula Reed recorded with Anything To Say You’re Mine one of the dreamiest love songs around. She reminds me of Etta James and Little Miss Cornchuck who also had the gift to lift music up to more than words and notes.
Lula Reed alongside Freddie King
She was born Lula Marietta McCleland or McClelland on March 21, 1926. She had quite a recording career as a gospel and Rhythm and Blues singer in the 1950s and 1960s. Alongside Freddie King she recorded the song “You Can’t Hide” for Federal Records. This up-tempo Rhythm and Blues song is a high grooving hit!
She was mentored by blind gospel singer Professor Harold Boggs, before winning an audition over 50 other contestants in Toledo to become the vocalist with Sonny Thompson’s band. Most of her later records for King were credited in her own name, although she continued to record with Thompson, who became her husband in 1954.
Her 1954 recording, “Rock Love”, was later covered by Little Willie John.