Norman Scott

A few years before fronting Lou Ragland’s funk-rock quintet Wildfire, guitarist/vocalist Norman Scott got credit for the last 45 to bear the Way Out name. While the Rust Belt blues-funk of “Ain’t That A Heartache” recalled Bill Withers’ Sussex years. Scott's resurrection of the Occasions’ “Baby Don’t Go” was perhaps the most fitting farewell to a label that even its own architect considered a long shot. Gone were the perfectly calibrated harmonies that defined Big Jim releases. Now there was just the sinewy plea of Norman Scott, a breathy solo delivered opposite an overdubbed drum kit. Just Scott, a drummer in a hulled-out studio, and the label’s biggest hit of 1966, stood on the bow of East 55th Street’s sinking ship.

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