Joe Barry

Joe Barry

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Fifteen years after Joe Barry cracked the Top 40 with his Fats Domino sound-alike version of "I'm a Fool to Care," he made a minor comeback with a full-length album for ABC/Dot in 1977. The label had successfully resurrected another veteran rocker, Narvel Felts, a couple of years earlier, and Barry must have seemed like a worthwhile gamble. The most interesting thing about the album is that Barry does not always sing in the Fats Domino voice he used on his classic recordings. He falls back on it in places, particularly on side two, but sings straight much of the time, which will come as a bit of a revelation for anyone who ever wondered whether his Domino sound was an affectation. Barry also shows that Domino isn't the only impression he can do -- he does a pretty good Lefty Frizzell on "Always Late (With Your Kisses)." In retrospect, Joe Barry doesn't sound like hit material, but it is an interesting epilogue to the career of this New Orleans rock & roller who returned again in 2002 with Been Down That Muddy Road.

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