Sep 7, 2014
Little Ann “Going Down A One Way Street (the Wrong Way)”
Here’s a hot slab of horn heavy funky soul from the Motor City. Born in Chicago, Anne "Little Ann" Bridgeforth recorded a slew of track for Detroit producer Dave Hamilton before having this song picked up by the Ric Tic label in 1969. “Going Down A One Way Street (the Wrong Way)” was the only 45 released in the US by her (and she only got the A side too. The flipside was taken by an instrumental ‘I’d Like To Know You Better’, credited to Ric Tic’s owner Wingate).
In the late 80’s a couple of soul aficionados were visiting Hamilton and going through the many reels of tape he had. One of those reels included Ann’s unreleased recordings. Some of those songs started appearing on British label Ace record compilations in the 90’s, introducing her to a new audience as well as being flown over to the UK to play for adoring fans before passing away in 2003.
In 2009, Finland based label Timmion label released an entire album of Little Ann tracks under the name Deep Shadows.