Reggie P. (21st Century)

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"Why Me?"

Reggie P. (21st Century)

October 1, 2016:

I love to hear today's artists remembering Reggie P., as--for instance--Christopher La'Mont does in his new song, "Catch A Groove (Dancing Shoes)". Most fans remember Reggie P. for "Why Me?", but he was no one-hit wonder. "Droppin' Salt," "Come On, Girl" and "Hold On" are just a few of the memorable songs Reggie recorded. But the Reggie P. song I never hear any more--and the song that has had the most checkered and obscured history in terms of fan accessibility--is "Your Love Is A Bad Habit". (See some of the commentaries below.) The good news is that "Your Love Is A Bad Habit" is back on YouTube in a couple of versions.

Listen to Reggie P. singing "Your Love Is A Bad Habit" on YouTube.

Listen to Reggie P. singing "Your Love Is A Bad Habit (Remix)" on YouTube.

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Note: Reggie P. also appears on Daddy B. Nice's original Top 100 Southern Soul Artists (90's-00's). The "21st Century" after Reggie P.'s name in the headline is to distinguish his artist-guide entries on this page from his artist-guide page on Daddy B. Nice's original chart.

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Listen to Reggie P. singing "Why Me?" on YouTube.

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April 5, 2014: GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN


Reggie P. died in his sleep of heart complications in Biloxi, Mississippi on April 17, 2011 and was buried ten days later in West Monroe, Louisiana. Reggie P. had a history of strokes and reportedly carried a defibrillator/pacemaker since suffering at least one prior heart attack.

--Daddy B. Nice

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For the latest updates on Reggie P., scroll down to the "Tidbits" section. To automatically link to Reggie P's charted radio singles, awards, CD's and other citations on the website, go to "Reggie P." in Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index.

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March 30, 2013:

Daddy B. Nice's Revised (21st Century Countdown) Profile:



In November of 2008 your Daddy B. Nice wrote a column entitled "Is That All You Got, Reggie P.?" that ran on Daddy B. Nice's Corner. Would I have published such a headline had I known at the time that Reggie was wearing a defibrillator (almost unheard-of at his age), enduring strokes and minor heart attacks? I ask that question now, two years after Reggie's untimely death in 2011, and the answer is, "Most assuredly not--and definitely not the headline."

Here was the context leading up to the headline-- from a Daddy B. Nice CD review of Your Love Is A Bad Habit:

"Your Love Is A Bad Habit (the original)" is a great if uncommon Southern Soul song. Without it Reggie P.'s new CD would be a scant measure of his talent. Reggie has spent a lot of time on the sidelines. Almost a decade has gone by with little more than an album's worth of distinctive material, most of it on the amazing, name-making Why Me CD. For an artist with vocal chops reminiscent of the great Bobby "Blue" Bland, this is under-achieving--a case of untapped potential--especially at a time when Southern Soul fans are begging for true stars. If Reggie P was the football player and Daddy B. Nice was Coach, I'd be asking, "Is that all you got, Reggie P?"

Reggie P. always brought out my hyperbole and highest expectations...

.... He had a voice arguably unequaled in the younger generation of soul singers, at least as good if not better than Sir Charles himself, and I think Charles always recognized that in Reggie and saw Reggie as a true and interesting equal.

And when I compared Reggie to specially-endowed vocalists like Bobby Bland and O.V. Wright, it's easy to forget just what that means in terms of soulful quotient and praise.

At his best, the otherwise shy and unprofessional Reggie P. could sing a song better than just about anyone in R&B...

But Sir Charles always "had it together," for the most part, and Reggie P. (who called himself "The Prince of Southern Soul" in deference to Charles' "The King of Southern Soul" long before seizing on "The Rude Boy of Southern Soul" label) didn't.

It's only in these latter years that the greater musical community has come to realize what a mentor-like role Sir Charles provided Reggie P...

.... Who knows if Reggie would have been able to record anything after Why Me? if not for Charles's longstanding generosity and support?

Reggie P. and Jackie Neal are the two greatest deceased stars of the younger generation of Southern Soul...

.... But the song "Why Me" catapults Reggie P. to the top of Daddy B. Nice's Top 100 21st Century Southern Soul Countdown in the same way the song "Sho' Wasn't Me" catapulted Ronnie Lovejoy to the top of the first. "Sho' Wasn't Me" was far and away Lovejoy's masterpiece, while in Reggie P.'s oeuvre a number of songs jostle near the top ("Droppin' Salt," "Your Love Is A Bad Habit," "Hold On," "Come On, Girl,") but don't quite equal the rocking, uptempo groove and blistering intensity of Reggie's "Why Me."

In addition, it's almost impossible not to regard Reggie P.'s Why Me? CD as one of the ten most essential Southern Soul LP's of the 21st century.

To automatically link to all the awards, citations and references to Reggie P. on the website, go to Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index.

--Daddy B. Nice


About Reggie P. (21st Century)

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Reggie P. (born Reginald Pettes) entered the music business via the legendary funk band, the BarKays, in the late nineties. His first solo effort, Who Am I (Avanti, 2000), was an uneven assortment of songs and styles ranging from rock--"Dream Weaver" and "Your Love Is A Bad Habit" (misprinted as "Your Lover Is A Bad Habit on the original liner notes)--to urban-smooth ("In The Air Tonight") to the Southern Soul promise of "Let Me. . . " and "Nobody Wants You."

The same year, Reggie P. teamed up with fellow Avanti artist Tina Diamond on a cover of Lee Fields' obscure Southern Soul masterpiece, "I'll Put My Life On The Line." The track, "Life On The Line," was included on the "Casino Queen's" In The Heart Of The City CD (Avanti, 2000).

An even more obscure LP, Can't Turn A Street Woman Into A Housewife, appeared in 2003. The CD found Reggie P. still vacillating between styles, with yet another reprise of the Gary Wright tune, "Dream Weaver." The disc, however, was notable for introducing two mid-tempo tunes that defined the Southern Soul formula Reggie P. would finally choose for good: "Don't Want To Lose Your Love" and "Droppin' Salt." "Droppin' Salt" in particular intrigued deejays in the Deep South, and word of mouth drew fans to Reggie P.

Reggie P.'s breakout CD, Why Me? (Allison), arrived in 2005. Led by its title track, the independently-produced disc was everything its forerunners had not been: a tightly-focused, emotionally and musically-overpowering expression of Southern Soul music at its best.

The vocal mastery displayed on the album stand-outs--"Why Me?," "Come On Girl," "Hold On," "Eyes Are Rainin'" (with Sir Charles Jones, who also composed) and "Droppin' Salt" (wisely reprised from the Can't Turn A Street Woman Into A Housewife album)--catapulted Reggie P. into the first rank of Southern Soul vocalists and set the standard for gritty, O.V. Wright-style Southern Soul in the new millennium.

In 2007 deejays Ragman and Handyman from WMPR (Southern Soul's flagship station in Jackson, Mississippi) began playing Reggie P.'s "Your Love Is A Bad Habit" from his debut disc, Who Am I?, and in February of 2008 Southern Soul RnB's Daddy B. Nice broke tradition in featuring the seven-years-old song as his featured #1 "Breaking" Southern Soul Single.

The following summer, prodded by fan interest, Reggie P. released Your Love Is A Bad Habit (Rude Boy, 2008), which recycled much of Reggie's debut Who Am I album, including "Let's Start All Over Again," "No More Tears," "Motel," "Nobody Wants You" and--most prominently--Your Love Is A Bad Habit, done in both the original and remix versions. The LP also included a new up-tempo duet with Sir Charles Jones called "I've Got That Feeling."

Reggie P.'s last album, The Rude Boy Of Southern Soul, (Rude Boy) came out two years later, in 2010. Once again, Sir Charles Jones was featured on a highlight track, P's & Q's.

The CD also included a cover of Teddy Pendergrass's "Love TKO" and a Marvin Sease homage ("Preacher Man") modeled on Sease's opening self-testimonial in "Mr. Jody." And for the first time Sir Charles Jones was listed as co-composer and producer on all the album's songs, although he had been instrumental in each of Reggie P.'s albums from Why Me? on.

Reggie P. died in his sleep of heart complications in Biloxi, Mississippi on April 17, 2011 and was buried ten days later in West Monroe, Louisiana. Reggie P. had a history of strokes and reportedly carried a defibrillator/pacemaker since suffering at least one prior heart attack.

For more details, see Daddy B. Nice's Original Artist Guide to Reggie P. (90's-00's).


Song's Transcendent Moment

"I haven't showered
In a few days,
I looked in the mirror--
I hadn't even shaved.

Somebody please, please
Tell me what to do.
I'm about to do some things
I don't want to do.

All my friends say,
'Reggie P, Reggie P,
Don't you know
What you've got yourself into?

Why me?
Why me, baby?
Why me?
Why me?
Why me?"


Tidbits

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March 27, 2013: Reggie P. on YouTube


Listen to Reggie P. singing "Why Me" on YouTube.

Listen to Reggie P. singing "Your Love Is A Bad Habit" on YouTube.

Listen to the first half of Reggie P. singing "Come On Girl" on YouTube.

Listen to Reggie P. singing "Hold On" on YouTube.

Listen to Reggie P. singing "Can't Turn A Street Woman Into A House Wife" on YouTube.

Listen to Reggie P. singing "Ready To Accept" on YouTube.

Listen to Reggie P. singing "Not Gonna Cry" on YouTube.

Listen to Reggie P. singing "Hold On" Live Onstage in Austin, Texas less than two months before his death on YouTube.

Listen to Reggie P. singing "Me On Top Of You" on YouTube.

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March 30, 2013: Read Big K-9's review of an August 5, 2008 Sir Charles and Reggie P. (Your Lover Is A Bad Habit) CD Release Party.


WELCOME 2 DA DAWG POUND!

(In the photo, Sir Charles Jones is the second from the left; Reggie P. is standing in the background.)

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March 1, 2015: REGGIE P. RETROSPECTIVE, PART 2

Daddy B. Nice Notes: Reggie P.'s "Your Love Is A Bad Habit" has been "removed by the user" from both its YouTube and MySpace pages. I don't believe these valuable showcases for this blues-drenched classic were removed by Reggie P. before his death. And if Reggie himself did not desire to withhold them, why would the heirs to his music withdraw them from the public?

Reggie did two versions, a scorching take dominated by his scathingly fierce vocal and a remix emphasizing the jazz-inflected instrumental track. Now, due to song being out of print, there is no way for Reggie P. fans to hear it. And I never hear it played the deejays any more. "Your Love Is A Bad Habit" was the precursor to "I Don't Want To Know" by The Revelations featuring Tre' Williams.


If You Liked. . . You'll Love

If you liked Johnny Rivers' "Mountain Of Love," you'll love Reggie P.'s "Why Me?"


Honorary "B" Side

"Your Love Is A Bad Habit"



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Sample or Buy Why Me? by  Reggie P. (21st Century)
Why Me?


CD: Why Me?
Label: Allison

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Why Me?


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Your Love Is A Bad Habit


CD: Who Am I?
Label: Avanti

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Who Am I?


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Sample or Buy Come On Girl by  Reggie P. (21st Century)
Come On Girl


CD: Why Me?
Label: Allison

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Why Me?


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Droppin' Salt


CD: Why Me?
Label: Allison

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Why Me?


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Hold On


CD: Why Me?
Label: Allison

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Why Me?


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Sample or Buy Don't Wanna Lose Your Love by  Reggie P. (21st Century)
Don't Wanna Lose Your Love


CD: Can't Turn A Street Woman Into A House Wife
Label: K.O.W.

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Can't Turn A Street Woman Into A Housewife


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Life On The Line w/ Tina Diamond


CD: Life On The Line MP3 w/ Tina Diamond
Label: Avanti

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Life On The Line MP3


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Me On Top Of You


CD: The Rude Boy Of Southern Soul
Label: Rude Boy

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The Rude Boy Of Southern Soul


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My Eyes Are Rainin' w/ Sir Charles Jones


CD: Why Me?
Label: Allison

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Why Me?


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Not Gonna Cry


CD: Why Me?
Label: Allison

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Not Gonna Cry


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P's & Q's w/ Sir Charles Jones


CD: The Rude Boy Of Southern Soul
Label: Rude Boy

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The Rude Boy Of Southern Soul


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Preacher Man


CD: The Rude Boy Of Southern Soul
Label: Rude Boy

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The Rude Boy Of Southern Soul


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Ready To Accept


CD: Why Me?
Label: Allison

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Why Me?


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Soul Steppin'


CD: Why Me?
Label: Allison

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Why Me?


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T.K.O.


CD: The Rude Boy Of Southern Soul
Label: Rude Boy

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The Rude Boy Of Southern Soul


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Your Love Is A Bad Habit (Remix)


CD: Your Love Is A Bad Habit
Label: Rude Boy

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Your Love Is A Bad Habit


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Sample or Buy Can't Turn A Street Woman Into A House Wife by  Reggie P. (21st Century)
Can't Turn A Street Woman Into A House Wife


CD: Can't Turn A Street Woman Into A House Wife
Label: K.O.W.

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Can't Turn A Street Woman Into A Housewife


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Sample or Buy Let's Start All Over Again by  Reggie P. (21st Century)
Let's Start All Over Again


CD: Your Love Is A Bad Habit
Label: Rude Boy

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Your Love Is A Bad Habit


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Sample or Buy Unforgettable Dreams by  Reggie P. (21st Century)
Unforgettable Dreams


CD: Your Love Is A Bad Habit
Label: Rude Boy

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Your Love Is A Bad Habit


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