7-inch series, part 696 – Darrell Banks

Darrell Banks – Don’t Know What To Do
label: Ever Soul/Daptone
year: 1969/2009
side a: Don’t Know What To Do
side b: My Love Is Reserved

Darrell Banks - Don't Know What To Do

Reissue of two great tracks from Darrell Banks’ album Here To Stay, originally released on Stax/Volt in 1969. Banks was one of those artists who could have been superstars, had it not been for an untimely meeting with the Grim Reaper. In this case, death came from a bullet from the gun of the policeman supposedly having an affair with Banks’ girlfriend. Word has it the soul singer had a bit of a temper and when he took his girl from the arms of her other lover, the latter tried to intervene, upon which Banks pulled a gun on him. Alas, the other one was faster.

Darrell Banks released only two albums, Darrell Banks Is Here! (Atco Records, 1967) and Here to Stay (Stax Records, 1969). Read his story over at Soulful Detroit.

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