Young Jessie (With Plas Johnson) - Atco 6101 (1957)

With a musical mom who performed under the name of Plunky Harris, and who was also related to Blind Lemon Jefferson, one can understand how Obediah Jessie ended up in the music industry.

He teamed up with Richard Berry (who wrote The Kingsmen's hit, Louie Louie) and the group eventually became The Flairs, winning a recording contract with Modern Records.

He joined The Coasters for a spell in 1957 and sang harmony on Youngblood and Searchin'.

His brother DeWayne Jessie played the part of Otis Day in Animal House.

Backing Jessie on these sides is Plas Johnson (& The Sharps), the bebop tenor saxaphonist. He is probably best known for playing the unforgettable saxophone on Henry Mancini's Pink Panther Theme and also opposite Sweets Edison's trumpet on the theme to the 70s sitcom The Odd Couple.

Apparently both men are still active on the jazz scene.

Recorded in Los Angeles on October 11, 1957.

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