CP Love was born in New Orleans in 1945, and raised in the city on it’s jazz and R & B roots. He first cut for Earl King and Elijah Walker’s King Walk label in the 60s, with the deep “You Call The Shots” being his first great performance. This cut featured his high clear baritone over a dead slow NOLA rhythm, pumping piano and big horns.Share
In the early 70s he was one of the Crescent City artists who joined Wardell Quezergue’s conveyor belt to Malaco. And it is not a big exaggeration to say that his Chimneyville 45 “I Found All These Things” outshone all the other tracks cut in Jackson in the early 70s. He really is the crème de la crème of deep soul.
CP returned on wax in a more traditional New Orleans setting as the featured singer with Hiram Armstrong’s NOLA Jazz Band, as well as cutting a solo set of covers in the 80s for Southland. These tracks showcased his regular performances in the French Quarter and were no doubt sold to the tourists who thronged there. Rather better though were the cuts on a 12” single on his own label and a CD released by Carlo Ditta on his Orleans imprint. These were mostly cut during a spell on the West Coast and were a good mixture of modern dancers and covers of classic material. The lively “Falling” was probably the pick of the 12” and the funky midpaced “Stubborn Girl” and “True Blue” were among the best of the new cuts on the CD.
“CP Love” (1990)