“Congratulations Baby”: Marriage as Payback

Doris Duke (the singer, not the tobacco heiress) is getting married out of spite, and frankly, I think she’s making a big mistake:

“Congratulations Baby”     Doris Duke     1969

This classic track is from 1969’s I’m a Loser — Duke’s first solo album after singing backup for the likes of Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Carolyn Franklin, Dusty Springfield, Frank Sinatra, and Sammy Davis, Jr., among many others.

Doris Duke - I'm a Loser

Album recorded & mixed at Capricorn Studios, Macon GA – with string overdub done in Philly.  Arranged & produced by Jerry Williams, Jr. (a.k.a., Swamp Dogg) with help from the following musicians:

Piano:   Paul Hornsby & Jerry Williams, Jr.
Organ:   Paul Hornsby
Guitar:  Jesse Carr
Bass:    Robert Popwell
Drums:   Johnny Sandlin

Note:  Duane Allman did play on these sessions, as well, but not this particular tune.