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Pianist Harold Burrage started out singing blues and R&B during the
1950s and ended up as a linchpin of the emerging Chicago soul sound of
the '60s; he made recordings in both styles and more than a few
idiomatic shades in between. Burrage mentored young soul singers Otis
Clay and Tyrone Davis, but never had a chance to see them fully blossom.
Burrage's first record was in 1950 with a jumping "Hi-Yo Silver" for
Decca. Further singles followed for Aladdin and States before he joined
Eli Toscano's Cobra label. His spell at the label saw him recruit some
sterling guitarists on his sessions. In 1956, Burrage cut the amusing
"You Eat Too Much" for Cobra, backed by a solid combo featuring
guitarist Wayne Bennett (Bobby Bland band) and bass legend Willie Dixon.
For 1957's "Messed Up," he used Jody Williams while "Stop for the Red
Light," his third Cobra 45, was a novelty complete with auto-wreck sound
effects. "Betty Jean," his last Cobra single, is unabashed rock &
roll, with Otis Rush on guitar. Burrage also served as a session pianist
for Cobra, backing Magic Sam and Charles Clark. He moved to Vee-Jay and
cut a storming "Crying for My Baby" but by the early 60's he was with
One-derful's M-Pac! subsidiary and had moved into a soul groove. His
only national R&B hit (# 31) came in 1965 with the driving "Got to
Find a Way" which was later revived by one of protégés, Otis Clay.