I Think I´m Falling In Love / Tonight I Feel Like Dancing

The Sandersville, Georgia-born Annette ‘Slim’ Snell arrived at the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in April 1977 at a time when the studio’s house band, nicknamed ‘The Swampers’, was firing on all cylinders. The thirty-two-year-old Snell was at the cusp of becoming a successful solo artist after more than a decade as a Miami backing vocalist and latterly in Nashville, where she cut for Buddy Killen’s Dial label. The Muscle Shoals session, which was produced by Jimmy Johnson and Roger Hawkins, resulted in four tracks but only two appeared at the time.

Annette Snell never got to hear the finished labours. She was killed when the plane in which she was returning to Atlanta crash-landed and caught fire near New Hope, Georgia. Soul music had lost a rising star.

These two cuts, co-written by pre-eminent songwriters including George Jackson and Philip Mitchell, have been languishing in the vaults for over forty years, a forgotten testament to what might have been.

(Greg Burgess)



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