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Don't Mess Up A Good Thing
Composer: Oliver Sain

Don't Mess Up A Good Thing was performed by the Grateful Dead in 1966.

At the time of recording the original version of the song Fontella Bass and Bobby McClure were both members of the Oliver Sain Revue. Oliver Sain, a well known St. Louis saxophonist, band leader, songwriter, producer and studio owner, also produced the original recording.

The Fontella Bass and Bobby McClure version of Don't Mess Up A Good Thing reached #5 in the R&B charts. The song was recorded at Chess studios in Chicago and released on the Chess subsidiary label Checker.



Grateful Dead

info Rare Cuts and Oddities 1966, Grateful Dead, 2005

Other recordings

no info Single (Don't Mess Up A Good Thing / Jerk Loose), Fontella Bass and Bobby McClure/Oliver Sain, 1965
no info Single (Don't Mess Up A Good Thing / Baby What You Want Me To Do), Fontella Bass and Bobby McClure/Oliver Sain, 1965
info Sing A Song Of Soul, Various Artists (Fontella Bass and Bobby McClure), 1965
info And Now...Booker T. and the MG's, Booker T. & the MG's, 1966
info Laid Back, Gregg Allman, 1973
no info Single (Don't Mess Up A Good Thing / Please Call Home), Greg Allman, 1973?
info The Gregg Allman Tour, Gregg Allman, 1974
no info Country Partners, Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn, 1974
no info Bop Till You Drop, Ry Cooder, 1979
no info Just Restless, Jo Ann Kelly Band, 1984
no info The Best of Chess/Checker/Cadet Soul, Various Artists (Fontella Bass and Bobby McClure), 1984
info Live at Slim's, Vol. 1, Joe Louis Walker, 1991
info 1000 Volts of Stax, Various Artists (Carla Thomas), 1991
no info Rescued: The Best of Fontella Bass, Fontella Bass, 1992
no info Can't Get Away from This Dog, Rufus Thomas, 1992
no info Chess Rhythm & Roll, Various Artists (Fontella Bass and Bobby McClure), 1994
no info American R&B Hits, Vol. 1: Feelin' Good, Various Artists (Fontella Bass and Bobby McClure), 1995
no info Soulful Love Duets, Vol. 1, Various Artists (Fontella Bass and Bobby McClure), 1995
no info Guilty, Ruby Turner, 1996
no info Chicago Radio Soul, Various Artists (Fontella Bass and Bobby McClure), 1996
no info The Chess Story: 1947-1975, Various Artists (Fontella Bass and Bobby McClure), 1996
no info Chess Soul: A Decade of Chicago's Finest, Various Artists (Fontella Bass and Bobby McClure), 1997
no info All Live, Allman Brothers Band, 1998
no info Best of British Blues, Various Artists (Ruby Turner), 1999
no info Don't Mess up a Good Thing, Darren Jack, 2001
no info Fool Me Good, Precious Bryant, 2002
no info From Austin With Soul, W.C. Clark, 2002
no info The Sound of the City: Chicago, Various Artists (Fontella Bass and Bobby McClure), 2002
no info Ridin' High Live, Joe Louis Walker, 2003
no info I'm Already There, Ricky Traywick, 2004
no info Suspicious Again: The Indigo Sessions 1996-98, Ruby Turner, 2005
info Chess Pieces: The Very Best of Chess, Various Artists (Fontella Bass and Bobby McClure), 2005
no info The Very Best of Fontella Bass, Fontella Bass, 2008
no info Chess Chartbusters, Vol. 3, Various Artists (Fontella Bass and Bobby McClure), 2008
info Sweet Soul Music: 1965, Various Artists (Fontella Bass and Bobby McClure), 2008

 
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