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Ronnie Whitehead


Fourteen-year-old Ronnie Whitehead was a regular fixture at Out Of Sight. Aside from singing along to records in his living room he had never sung before. The fact that his parents were accomplished gospel singers was all the convincing Lenaburg needed. On the date of the session he gave Whitehead the lyrics to "Begging You" to memorize and apparently a whole lot of blind faith, as none of the session players or Whitehead had even practiced the song before. The result was pure, spontaneous soul. Through Ramsey's connections, Bob Shad's Brent label released the song nationally. "Out Of Breath," a screechy James Brown photocopy, was a suitable b-side, but not nearly as impassioned as Whitehead's red-raw performance on the flip.


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