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Carleton Pierre (C.P.) Love was born in 1945 on the West Bank of New Orleans. By the age of 12, he was a self-taught guitarist leading a four-piece band. Love later joined Little Benny and the Creoles playing the bass, but when the vocalist couldn’t learn new material, he dropped the bass and concentrated on singing.

Influenced by what he heard on radio - Sam Cooke, Elmore James, Danny White, Smiley Lewis, and Johnnie Taylor, C.P. also picked up pointers at the Dew Drop, listening to Deacon John, Esquerita, and Earl King.” And on his first marquee gig he shared the stage with Professor Longhair.

In the late ‘60s, C.P. cut his first record (“You Call the Shots”) for Earl King’s label . Then in 1968, Tim Whitsett brought C.P. to Malaco Studios in Jackson, MS, and produced “Trick Bag”, a New Orleans classic written by Earl King. Whitsett joined Stax Records soon afterward, and “Trick Bag” languished unheard - apart from releases in the U.K. and Japan in the 1980s and ‘90s - on a tape reel buried under a stack of others. So here, after nearly five decades, we present to the world C.P. Love’s high clear baritone rendition of “Trick Bag”.





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