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Sweet and Innocent

Cry Love

While Al Bell was busy across town turning Stax into a national Black powerhouse, Ron and Sari Bledsoe’s short-lived Active imprint operated out of a storefront on Chelsea Avenue, using nearby Manassas High as a talent pool. Rubye James and Linda Royston—Sweet & Innocent—joined a roster that included The Epics, First Company, and The Memphis Mustangs, groups all lost to the tide of time. The Sweet & Innocent’s three singles are a rare blend of atmospheric blues, post-Beehive girl group harmony, and Jacksons-inspired kid soul.

Track List

  1. The Sweet & Innocent & The Memphis Mustangs Express Your Love
  2. The Sweet & Innocent & The Memphis Mustangs Cry Love
  3. The Sweet & Innocent & The Memphis Mustangs I Don't Know What You're Full Of
  4. The Sweet & Innocent & The Memphis Mustangs Express Your Love Theme