B.B. King's Bluesville


Don't yell or hit.
Feb 2, 2019
Glendale CA
Bluesville just played Katie Webster's version of Ray Charles' Hallelujah I Love Her So, retitled Hallelujah I Just Love Him So. She recorded it during the sessions for her 1989 album Two Fisted Mama but it remained unreleased until February 1999 when it appeared on Katie Webster: Deluxe Edition. Sadly, Webster died of heart failure less than seven months later. She was 63.

Webster, born Kathryn Thorne in Houston in 1936, was known as The Swamp Boogie Queen. She played piano on more than 500 recordings in the 1950s and '60s, most notably on Phil Phillips' Sea Of Love. In 1965 she joined Otis Redding's touring band. Had she not been pregnant in 1967, she would have been on the plane that crashed and took Redding's life. Webster recorded several albums for the Alligator and Ornament labels in the 1980s-90s. Here is Hallelujah I Just Love Him So: