Milton Marlin hailed from South Georgia, and seems to have recorded first for Atlanta entrepreneur Bill Haney. Haney leased the one 45 he cut on him to the Nashville based Carol label. The superb ballad Wasting My Life Away with its early, almost R & B approach, and marvellous “open” arrangement is a perfect vehicle for Marlin’s tenor voice. The very lively flip is well worth investigating too. Marlin recorded for a couple of Jesse Boone related labels and of the sides cut I think Here I Yam, a very good example of strutting southern funk, very well produced by Bobby Marchan may just be the pick, although the big band ballad I Won't Make You Cry No More has a lot to commend it. Sadly his versions of "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart" and "you Send Me" are too mawkish for my taste.
UPDATE ~ Rev Jon Gray has kindly written with the very sad news that "my Uncle Milton Marlin who recorded the tune "Wasting my life away" ...passed away on Saturday november 10th, 2012." Yet another god man sadly gone.
Wasting my life away / Working on a new love ~ CAROL 104 (1965)
Here I yam / How You send me ~ SOUL POTION 115 (late 60s?)
Here I yam / How can you mend a broken heart ~ SOUL POTION 116 (late 60s?)
I won't make you cry no more / I fell in love ~ BRUBOON 500
Note ~ "Wasting my life away" can be found on the Kent UK CD "Bill Haney's Atlanta Soul Brotherhood Vol 2".