Today’s divine smoky little r&b, popcorn jazz number was originally released in 1960 (I believe) issued on US label, World Pacific Records.
The song was recorded by a band called the Titans, who were accompanied by “Roy and Sonny” (these being Roy Porter on drums, Sonny Kenner on guitar, Bob West on bass and Joe Sample on piano), Lonesome Mood was accompanied on the a-side by the more standard sounds of Blues For Dee.
Trying to find out more about the band has proved to be a little tricky, but I what I did find out was that band included member Curtis Knight (real name Curtis McNear aka Curtis McNair), who was already a music business veteran by the time he joined. He had been in various other bands under the guise of a couple of other names and had also worked with the likes of Jimi Hendrix!! Between 1957-1960 Curtis recorded with The Titans and in 1957 the band appeared in the film Bop Girl Goes Calypso. In a clip from this film the band performs track So Hard To Laugh, So Easy To Cry, and in a video of this you can see Curtis McNear aka Curtis Knight (2nd from the right).
Lonesome Mood definitely seems a little more edgier than their than their other sounds and seems to err on the more bluesy side with that wistful guitar tunefully howling its way through the gloom….but its good gloom, don’t get me wrong! Vocal harmonies are pained and heartfelt, expressive with their explosive embellishments, adding something that takes this into darker realms….. Check it out above