The great Marlena Shaw’s music runs the gamut of jazz, R&B, pop, disco, and more, and she’s got some of the most outstanding chops around.
My favorite song of hers is from her 1977 album, Sweet Beginnings.
The song, entitled “Go Away Little Boy,” is a cover of a Carole King/Gerry Goffin hit, and Marlena’s version was so soulful, so lush, so timeless, so…appropriate…that its beauty, fun, and downright truth lingers on long after the song is over. You find yourself humming it for the rest of the day. I think any woman who’s ever heard it can relate because you’ve had that moment—or something close—with the man who came home with fourteen mirrors, some Afro Sheen, some Afro clean, some afro fluid, some afro do-it to-it and was gonna just sit up and look at you to do all the work while he “gets himself together.” I’m just sayin.’ This song is simply wonderful, from the extravagant arrangement, to Marlena’s reflective introductory banter (nearly half the song) and ultimately soaring voice, to the feel-good sentiment it evokes in me of the late 70’s. I will always love this song, will always sing along every time it comes on. Hopefully, y’all love it and will sing along, too. (Click the link below to listen.)