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“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.  “Congratulations Baby” was the A-side of an August 1971 single release, with “Divorce Decree” on the flip side.

Doris Duke - I'm a Loser

Album recorded & mixed at Capricorn Studios, Macon GA – with string overdub done in Philadelphia.  Songs arranged and 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.

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