Mr Big Stuff – Jean Knight
Feminist anthem?, or at least that’s what Google told me. Whatever, I guess, I still really like the song, without seeing the need to culturally appropriate good music to attempt to further an identity politics cause. For me largely it’s about talent, not identity.
Jean Knight has charisma and talent, it’s a cool catchy tune, and I like it. Just enjoy the music and the lady’s art.
The Studio Version
The Kinda Live Version
“Mr. Big Stuff” is a song by American singer Jean Knight. The song was recorded in 1970 at Malaco Studio in Jackson, Mississippi at the same session as “Groove Me” by King Floyd. Knight’s single was released by Stax Records because of the persistence of Stax publisher Tim Whitsett, and “Groove Me” by King Floyd, which Whitsett strongly urged Malaco to release, also became a hit. Both songs are defined by two bar, off-beat bass lines and tight arrangements by Wardell Quezergue.
Released on Knight’s 1971 debut album of the same title, it became a huge crossover hit. The song spent five weeks at no. 1 on the Billboard Soul Singles chart and peaked at no. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, behind “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” by The Bee Gees. Billboard ranked it as the No. 18 song for 1971. The song went double platinum and the no. 1 Soul Single of the year.
Source – Wikipedia