Jimmy Hughes' breakthrough hit had been 1964's "Steal Away", which had also helped launch Rick Hall's Fame Studios' reputation for producing the best in southern soul. Hughes recorded more singles at Fame, all released on Vee-Jay Records, but most of them went nowhere. Vee-Jay then folded in 1966, and Hall signed a new distribution deal with Atlantic Records. With Atlantic's help Hughes returned to the charts, first with a cover of Huey Meaux's "Neighbor, Neighbor", which was a #4 R&B hit. This was actually the second version of this song he had released, as an earlier recording featured on his debut album. His next was hit was the brilliant Dan Penn / Spooner Oldham composition "I Worship The Ground You Walk On" (#25 R&B), and this was followed by James Gilreath's "Why Not Tonight" (#5 R&B).
An excellent second album came out in 1967, featuring the three recent singles, plus a few more Dan Penn tunes, three Hughes originals and a cover of Jerry Butler's "I Stand Accused".
Steal Away (1965) <|> Something Special (1969)
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