70s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, March 01, 2012 11:31:41
Marva Whitney got her musical training from the tender age of three as a member of her family's gospel group in Kansas City. She later moved on to study music in college and also joined local RnB groups before she joined the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, as one of his background singing divas in the late 1960s. Whitney got a chance to record as a solo artist in 1969 and had a promising start with her Top 20 hit "It's My Thing (You Can't Tell Me Who to Sock It To). Although her subsequent records did not do as well commercially as her debut, her work has been sampled heavily over the years and still command admiration and appreciation from soul and funk aficinados worldwide. Enjoy!"Don't Let Our Love Fade Away"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, February 24, 2012 10:28:37
For different reasons it's been a while since these pages were updated. However, things are looking a little brighter for Soultreats! now and hopefully we'll have regular updates at least once or twice a week this coming year.
Today's track is all about Chicago and the 5 Wagers who had a long recording career on various local labels in the Windy City before finally making it big with "Come and Ask Me" in the early 1970s. Sadly though it also proved to be the group's last recording. A shame really since they were a very talented outfit a deserved to enjoy more success. Check out the interview with original member James Westbrook Jnr here
."Come and Ask Me"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, September 13, 2011 17:18:52
To be honest, I know very little about Richard Marks so any information is welcome. He released a few records in the late 60s and early 70s, this particular track being from 1970. He also recorded a version of the classic "Funky Four Corners" which was released around the same time I believe. This is his only release for the Shout label, a great double-sider where this side only just edges it for me, although "Don't Take It Out on Me" on the other side is great as well, enjoy!
"Love is Gone"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, July 19, 2011 19:51:31
One of of the rare soul scene's heroes, James Jay Barnes, again turns out a wonderful performance on this romantic crossover track from 1970. After Barnes had his few charters in the 60s for indies like Groovesville and Ric Tic he struggled to get a solid contract with a label that had the financial muscle to back him up. As we can hear the material was great and his voice was still in fine form but lack of promotion meant that most of his late 60s and early 70s recordings went to and early grave, at least in the U.S. I'm unsure of how many releases there were on the small Leo label which was owned by James Thorpe, but I'm pretty sure that the catalogue number on this, 884, is somewhat misguiding. Enjoy!"Wouldn't It Be A Pleasure"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, July 06, 2011 18:42:43
The Masters of Soul consisted of Eddie Webb, Fred Kibble, Harold Hopkins, Clarence Bellard and Tom McPherson. They made their debut for Philadelphia based Guyden records in 1963 as The Royal Masters, but only had one release on the label. Their Guyden release went nowhere and it was to be five years before the group cut another record. By 1968 original member Jerry Porter had been replaced by Tom McPherson and the group changed their name to Masters of Houston. They were also signed to Ovide records, a Houston based record company owned by Skipper Lee. The new name only lasted for one single though, their 1968 Ovided debut "Please Wait For Me (My Darling)". For the remaining five records they cut on Ovide, and also the tracks that they later recorded for Capitol and Duke records, they used Masters Of Soul. This 45 is from 1970 and was pointed out to me by Soul man and all around great guy Magnus Räms. Enjoy! "Sad Face"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Mon, July 04, 2011 18:31:36
The Whispers tried long and hard before they eventually had their share of success through some immortal cuts in the 70s and 80s. Before that though, they had been recording for almost a decade, making their debut with "It Only Hurts For a Little While" on the Los Angeles based Dore´ records in 1964. Todays track is from 1970 and Ron Carson's Soul Clock label (Carson was the group's original producer). It came out with two different titles; the more common "Remember" and a scarcer pressing with "Remember Me" as the title of the track. The backing track is the same as the perhaps more famous, to northern soul fans anyway, "Time's A Wasting" by the Fuller Brothers, which was released on the same label the year before. Enjoy!
70s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, June 28, 2011 16:27:18
Carl Carlton a.k.a. The 12 Year Old Wonder, Little Carl Carlton and 14 Year Old Sensation began singing, you guessed it, at a very early age. He was just eleven when he had his first record released in 1964 on Lando, a local Detroit label . In 1968 he recorded the now classic "Competition Ain't Nothing" and was also signed to Don Robey's Back Beat label. Carlton lived at Robey's ranch for a while whilst recording some great material for the label between 1968-74. He later recorded for a number of labels: ABC, Mercury and 20th Century to name but a few. Today's addition is from 1970 and although he was just 17 at the time of release, Carlton's voice and choice of material had already matured compared to his earliest recordings. Enjoy!"Drop By My Place"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Sun, June 19, 2011 17:20:32
Adam Wade's career in music goes back all the way to the late 50s when he recorded ballads and standars for labels like Coed and Epic. He has at the same time worked as an actor, with parts in the classic blaxploitation film "Shaft" and a number of other films and tv-shows, he was in fact the first African-American to host a game show! Today's track was released in 1977 and is in a different style than what is usual for Mr. Wade, as it is more in a mellow 70s soul groove than the classic ballads which he forst became famous for. A perfect track for a rainy Sunday (which it has been in Stockholm), enjoy!"Keeping Up With The Joneses"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, June 15, 2011 15:44:31
The Girls were from Ardell Gardens, a housing project in Chicago and to my knowledge only ever had one record released. It does sound very much like a Chicago production, even though the label quite clearly states that it was released in Memphis Tenn. Written and co-produced by Earl Cage who did a fair amount of work with Spencer Wiggins for the XL & Sounds Of Memphis labels. A 1970 release with a great midtempo swaying sound and a wonderful lead, what more could a boy ask for? Enjoy!"The Hurt's Still Here"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Mon, June 13, 2011 17:33:24
What a great record to start of the week with! A 1972 gem from the pen of songwriting genius Phillip Mitchell issued by the small Texas based Ovide label. Beau Williams, a.k.a. Bobo Mr. Soul, released two singles in his early twenties for the Ovide imprint before he teamed up with Capitol records, where he recorded under his real name. The track was originally intended for Curtis Wiggins but Mitchell could not get a deal for that version and re-recorded it with Williams instead. Beau Williams to this day enjoys a successful career in gospel music. Enjoy!"Hitch Hike To Heartbreak Road"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, June 10, 2011 15:23:50
Mainly a jazz singer, East St. Louis native Leon Thomas (Leone from ´74 and onwards) studied music at Tennessee State University. He relocated to New York in 1958 where he joined a show sponsored by the famous Apollo Theatre. He sang and recorded with some of the all time greats in jazz music; Count Basie and Louis Armstrong to name but two. Today's track illustrates Thomas' more soulful side. Released in 1975 on a local New York label, this track was recorded in several versions and also issued by at least two different labels. I have opted for this version, as it is the one which my mate Oskar made into a winner at the Soulville! nights a few years ago. Enjoy!
"Thank You Baby Pt.1 "
70s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, June 03, 2011 08:47:17
The Magictones were Virginia McDonald, Paul Willis, Tyrone Douglas, Tyrone Barkley and Calvin Stevens. In the mid 60s to early 70s they released a number of great records for local Detroit labels like Mah's, Wheelsville, Chrysler, Ram-Brock, Shur-Hit and Westbound. The group almost had a breakthrough with their 1968 release "Together We Shall Overcome" on Mike Hank's Mah's label, released shortly after the assassination of Dr. King. Today's addition was first released as the A -side to their 1969 release on Westbound #145, backed with "Trying Real Hard". This release was issued in ´71, and I think it is the same mix as on Westbound #145.
Group memeber Paul Willis had a surgery for a brain tumor in 1972 and passed in 1975, which made the group disband. McDonald, Barkley & Stevens later went on to join The Undisputed Truth. Enjoy! "Happy Days"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, May 26, 2011 08:18:03
A wonderful southern crossover track that I was reminded of when top man Gareth Donovan played it recently.
Hot Sauce was a group from Detroit area that consisted of Rhonda Washington, William Callaway and Glynton Ashley. They cut four singles for the Stax/Volt label between 1972-1975 before they disbanded and Washington continued as a solo artist using the Hot Sauce name. This is their first release which came out in April 1972. Detroit record producer Al Perkins arranged the deal with Stax records, he´d been a radio DJ in in the Mephis area before moving north and had contacts in the business. Although they were off to a promising start with this which reached #35 on the Billboard RnB chart, the group failed to achieve the same success again and their only other chart entry was in 1974 with "Stop Dogging Me" which reached #78. The latter singles on Volt shows that the company had plans on releasing an LP with the group called "Good Woman Turning Bad", it even had a number assigned to it. Sadly this project never materialized, most likely because of the financial difficulties the label was going through in the mid 70s. Enjoy!"Bring It Home (And Give It To Me)"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, May 20, 2011 11:42:08
Lamont Dozier might be known mainly for his songwriting abilities as he together with Brian & Eddie Holland created hundreds of great tracks for the Motown company in the 60s. Today though we focus on his work as an artist in his own right, and a track that he did not write himself. Dozier released some nice material in the early 70s, the album "Out Here On My Own" is great all the way through. I've selected this track as it is something of a personal favourite. Enjoy!"Fish Ain't Bitin'"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, May 19, 2011 08:41:22
A lot of 60s material have been added to Soultreats! lately so I thought it's time to mix it up a little.
This great little stepper was recorded in 1978 and went on to become Barrow's best seller, reaching #26 on the RnB chart the same year. Keith Barrow had started singing in church and had his own Gospel Group called The Soul Shakers (his father was a minister with Jesse James' Operation Push) before he signed to Columbia records.
He released two albums for Columbia records in the late 70s and a further one for Capitol records in the 80s before he died of complications from AIDS in 1983.
"You Know You Wanna Be Loved"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, May 12, 2011 10:12:54
Gloria Edwards was born in Houston and followed in her mother's footsteps when she began performing on Blues and Soul shows at local clubs, something she has done over the last four decades and thereby earned her nickname "The Queen of Texas Soul". She recorded a number of tracks for the Crazy Cajun production company which were then leased to different labels for release, like this excellent 1972 fingersnapper. Enjoy!
(Need Nobody To Help Me) Keep Up With My Man
70s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, May 10, 2011 09:31:20
I know very little about Michael Cloud I must admit. This 1976 single and an LP called "This Love I Have" for the same Atlanta label is all I've been able to find under his name. There is a Michael Cloud who recorded a couple of gospel tracks in the 80s and 90s, and I know that the LP "This Love I Have" also has something of a gospel influence so it might that it is the same guy behind them, but this is just a guess. Whatever the story may be, he can be proud over this terrific mellow dancer. Enjoy!"Check Your Direction"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, May 05, 2011 21:53:38
With credits like the ones on this label, you could buy it without having heard it first and still be quite certain that it would be a winner. Heaps of talent involved in this production with names like Lorraine Chandler and George Roundtree as songwriters and the production being handled by Jack Ashford, wall of fame names all of them I would say. Sandra Richardson also recorded as Sandra Feva under which name she released three albums in the late 70s and early 80s. This track is although it may sound like a 1960s recording actually from 1974. Inter Soul was a Detroit based label which I think was owned by one Ernest Kelly. Richardson had previously recorded for Buddah records in the early 70s as well as singing backup behind major acts like The Dramatics and the queen of soul herself, Aretha Franklin. Enjoy!
"Stay Here With Me"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Mon, April 04, 2011 14:34:53
Something a little bit different from the Godfather of Soul is this slice of 1977 crossover soul which is far from his usually more funky outings. It is nice to hear Brown's soulful voice being used in such effect rather than his usual grunting, growling and rapping. Smooth stuff for a Monday afternoon, enjoy.
"People Wake Up And Live"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Sat, March 05, 2011 22:40:39
One of the defining voices in soul music´s history Eddie Kendricks could not achieve the same success as a solo artist as he had with The Temptations, much like stablemate David Ruffin (although Kendricks had several hits on his own in the 70s). Many of the groups at Motown seem to have been more than the sum of their parts, having more success collectively than when members broke out / were lifted out of them to perform as solo artists. However, even if the commercial side of it may not been as rewarding as previously, he did record some wonderful music on his own before he sadly passed away in 1992.
"Darling Come Back Home"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Sun, February 27, 2011 21:48:03
Have finally managed to get the Internet to work again since relocating to Prague, and this will hopefully mean that Soultreats! will be updated much more frequently than what has been the case the last week or two. Starting off with this great piece of 70s dance music on the Abet label by Skip and his Casuals. Released in ´76, it is one of the groups four singles on the label, all released between 1976-77. For more info on the group, visit their homepage at: http://www.skipmahoneythecasuals.com
Enjoy!"Running Away From Love"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, February 10, 2011 21:08:53
The Kent label was based in California and owned by Jules Bihari, one of the Bihari brothers who also owned the Modern label out of Los Angeles. Kent focused mainly on blues and RnB/Soul and released a number of great records between 1958-73. Ruth Davis only had one release, this 1970 number which features a very Sam & Davesque guitar riff and has what I think instant commercial appeal. However for all its "Soul Man" resemblance I don´t think it ever charted, at least not nationally. Perhaps Kent did not put enogh money into promotion, BB King was the label´s main artist and much like James Brown at King records, these superstars tended to get much of the label´s resources, leaving little for other smaller artists to fight over. Whatever the reason, I still think its a great track that should have been more popular.
Ps Does anyone know if this is the same Ruth Davis as the one who recorded with Bo Kirkland in the 70s? Ds"I Need Money"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, December 01, 2010 20:00:08
Arthur Freeman is not to be confused with Art Freeman who recorded for Fame records in the 1960s, although both of them recorded and had releases on labels based in the south of the U.S. Arthur Freeman is in fact from Florida and this track was first released in a completly, and in my opinion inferior, version in 1962 on the Florida based Regal label. In 1971 it was re-recorded and briefly surfaced on the Astor-Arts label before being leased to the more financially stable Excello records. Sadly, this was Freeman´s last recording but he can be proud to the contribution he has made to the soul music history. Enjoy!"Played Out Playgirl"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Mon, November 22, 2010 22:44:01
An 1976 outing and to my knowledge one of the last 45s to be released on Anthony Renfro´s L.A. based label, the B-side being an instrumental called "Whole Lot Of Nothin´" and credited to Anthony C Renfro & Friends. The info on who Luke Day was is scarce to say the least and this seems to be his only record. According to Renfro himself, Luke Day was a guy with a great voice and lots of girlfriends. And I think it´s fair to agree (at least with the first part) after listening to this.
70s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, September 15, 2010 21:49:25
Apart from Detroit, Chicago was problably the city that the strongest independent soul music business in the 1960s and early 1970s. A myriad of small lables cropped up tying to steal some of the Motown thunder that was high in the charts all over the U.S. in the mid 60s. Very few succeded however, but it has left us a rich legacy of great soul music that has (until now) been undervalued and under appreciated. The Soul Majestics were Vandy Hampton (who later recorded with The Chi-Lites), Dean Willams (later of Heaven & Earth) and other, to me, unknown members. They cut this record orginally for the Chicago Music bag label, but it was re-released on Al-Tog records in 1972. The group cut one more 45 for Al-Tog before disbanding called "Time And Time Again". Enjoy!"Missing You"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, September 10, 2010 14:57:13
A great little northern romp that was released twice on the Sussex label, only three months apart, in febrary and May of 1971 to be exact. The Decisions recorded one more 45 for the label entitled "Do You Love Me" before vanishing into obscurity. Enjoy!"I Can´t Forget About You"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Mon, September 06, 2010 20:14:51
The Whispers consisted of Walter Scott, Wallace Scott, Nicholas Caldwell, Marcus Hudson and Gordy Harmon (replaced in 1973 by Leaveil DeGree) and started their recording career on the Doré label with "It Only Hurts For A Little While" in 1964. They did several 45s for the label, but only getting small RnB hits throughout the 60s. The 70s and 80s where nore succesful for the group and they recorded for a number of labels like Soul Clock, Janus, Roker, Soul Train, and Solar and had hits like "The Beat Goes On" and "It´s A Love Thing". This is a 1975 release which never charted but is pleasant nonetheless. Enjoy!"In Love Forever"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Mon, September 06, 2010 20:02:56
Released in 1971 on the Memphis based Volt label, this is a leased in job from the great Van McCoy who co-wrote and also produced the track. Who Ilana is remains a mystery, I haven´t found any information about her or any other records by her either. Whoever she is she can be proud over her achievement with this one even though it failed to chart at the time. Enjoy!
"Where Would You Be Today
70s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, September 01, 2010 21:58:19
Today´s treat might actually be more known in its instrumental version, "Sweet & easy" by Van McCoy. This version was issued in 1971 on the Philadelphia based record label Top & Bottom and recorded in the famous Sigma Sound Studios in the same city. This is last release for Brenda & The Tabulations ( Brenda Payton, Eddie L. Jackson, Maurice Coates and Jerry Jones ) on the label. They later moved on to record for both the Epic and Chocolate City labels. However, the group had their most success with their earlier recordings for Dionn (also a Philly label) and Top & Bottom. Enjoy!
"A Love You Can Depend On"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Mon, August 30, 2010 05:53:54
One of the finest moments in LaSalle´s career, this 1975 track, co-written by the artist herself, tells the bittersweet tale of adultery with no other outcome than heartbreak. LaSalle proved herself to be more than just a passing singstress in music history, much to her ability to craft great material for herself and thus becoming less dependant on record company employees to come up with the goods for her. just listen to this and her other track featured on this site "Here I Am Again" and you´ll se what I mean. Enjoy!
"Married, But Not To Each Other"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, June 02, 2010 21:50:02
Born Denise Craig, LaSalle started her singing career in her local church choir. Inspired by such greats as Ruth Brown and LaVern Baker she also wrote material for others and it was as a songwriter she got connected to Chess records in Chicago, a city which she moved to in her early twenties. Her breakthrough came a few years later when her 1971 Westbound recording "Trapped By A Thing Called Love" got a lot of both local and regional play. When the label was sold to MCA in 1975 LaSalle together with many other acts where shuffled aside and never got the promotion and attention that they deserved. This is the title track from her last album on the label. Enjoy!"Here I Am Again"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, May 26, 2010 07:41:35
Born in Cooksville Maryland, Parker did not have the classic musical upbringing that so many of 60s and 70s soul artists had, which begins with singing in church and high school groups. In fact he did not enter the music world until he was around 16 years old and then ít was as a saxophone player. After having played with some local groups Parker was signed to Little Richard´s band and toured with them for a couple of years. When he returned to Maryland again he started singing as well and was signed to Rufus Mitchell´s Ru-Jac records out of Baltimore. His first 45 came out in 1967 on the label and was also leased to Atco records, the songs were "What Do You Say" / "Sweet Little Girl". Several singles followed on a number of different labels, Arctic, Spring, GSF and also this on his own P&L records. A 1977 release which I believe is Parker´s last secular 45 to get released, as he is now involved with gospel music. Enjoy!"I Wanna Be With You"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Sat, May 15, 2010 17:39:00
Much like our previous contributor, Major Lance, Edwin Starr was at his prime during the 1960s when scored several RnB hits, and of course his pivotal "War" in 1970.
Born in Nashville TN, Charles Hatcher, as he was christened, formed his first own group in high school and after his service in the military he relocated to Detroit and signed to the fledgling Ric-Tic label. He brought with him a composition called "Agent 00-Soul" which was an instant hit and Starr was quickly up and running as a solo artist. Motown decided that RiC-Tic proved too much of a threat and bought the entire company, artists contracts and all, soon after. Although releases like "25 Miles" and "I´m Still A Struggling Man" sold fairly well, it was with the Norman Whitfield track "War" that Starr really broke out of the RnB charts and into the mainstream, being one of the most memorable performances ever. Although he never had a hit similar in size again, Starr continued to record and perform all the way up to his death in 2003, relocating to th U.K. in the 1980s. This is an early 70s recording, released whilst Starr was still signed to the Motown subsidary Gordy. Enjoy!"Running Back And Forth"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, May 13, 2010 17:07:58
One of the most cherished artists on the northern soul scene has to be Major Lance, who with his string of uptempo numbers for Okeh records set dancers and collectors into a frenzy. Introduced to the music business by childhood friends and soon to be colleagues Otis Leaville and Curtis Mayfield, The Major struck gold with his 1963 recording "The Monkey Time" for Okeh records. The partnership between Lance, Mayfield, Carl Davis and Johnny Pate proved to be a fruitful one and Mayfield compositions were often given a soft almost latin influenced vibe that connected well with the Chicago listeners. Good things often come to an end though, and when Mayfield moved on to form his own company and Davis fell out with the label owners it was time for Major Lance to find his own way. Although he recorded for a number of different labels,and even had a small hit with "Follow The Leader" on the Dakar label, the consistency of quality material and expert guidance that he had benefitted from in the 60s was not there anymore. However, that is not to say that the material that he released after his departure from Okeh was bad, it just did not warrant as much attention with the record buying public as it used to. This is a 1972 recording on the famous Memphis based Volt label which proves that even though Lance had to fend for himself more than previously, his warm and soulful voice could still do the business. Enjoy!
"Since I Lost My Baby´s Love"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, May 12, 2010 16:27:35
Eugene Dixon´s, or more famously, Gene Chandler´s story is well covered both on this site (this is the fifth addition by him to these pages) as well as elsewhere on the net. So, really no need to do too much of a write-up. This is a 1973 recording that came out on Curtis Mayfield´s Curtom records and was co-written and produced by Chandler himself. Not his most succesful recording chart-wise, but as with pretty much everything he recorded and released between 1965-1980 it is a five star product when it comes to quality. The official A-side " I Understand" is almost equally good but for me "Baby I Still Love You" shades it, if only just. Enjoy!
"Baby I Still Love You"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, May 11, 2010 17:33:31
Remember buying this from an awfully nice guy that had (still has I hope) a little record shop on Hanway Street in London which I used to frequent during my lunchbreaks. The strangest thing was that he had a daughter who lived in Sweden, in Linköping I believe, of all places. If you know him, do give him the heads up on this.
Anyway, ancedotes aside, this is a top notch 70s soul recording lifted from the much sought after 1973 album with the same name. Backed by Julius Brockington & The United Chair Band, Johnson turns out one magical performance on what seems to be his only album. Every track on it is a winner and since it has recently been re-issued, there is no longer a must to shell out hundreds of dollars for an original copy. Strangely the singles lifted from the album "Visions Of Paradise" / "Stop me" and "Give It Up" / "Baby I Love You" seem much easier to track down than the album itself, I wonder why? Enjoy!"Visions Of Paradise"
Ps. Does anybody know if this is the same guy that recorded as Benny johnson & The Soul Serenaders on Tarx? ds
70s SoulPosted by Martin Mon, May 10, 2010 23:57:16
Released on the Stax subsidary Respect in 1975, this is one of the group´s last recordings, after nearly 20 years in the music industry. Tommy Bullock, Eddie Morris, Sam Ingalls, Preston Lane and Randall Stewart released their first record together as The Fiestas way back in late 1958, the track "So Fine" was a big success and got the group a long recording contract with the Old Town label. In a strange twist of fate their first single for the company also proved to be their most succesful one and although several more than worthwhile 45s followed throughout the early and mid-sixties, none of them captured the listening audience in the same way as "So Fine" had done. The Fiestas eventually left Old Town in 1966 ( a year after they had cut their excellent "Think Smart" for the label) and recorded for a number of different companies; RCA, Vigor, Chimneyville and Respect, sometimes altering the group name as well to The Fabulous Fiestas or just Fiesta. This is one of the last 45s to have the groups original members singing, in 1978 an new group with the same name was formed and released two singles for Arista records, but the only remaining member from the Old Town days in that outfit was lead singer Tommy Bullock. Enjoy!"Sometimes Storm"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, May 07, 2010 20:56:58
Released on the Brunswick subsidary BRC in 1970, and arranged and produced by one of the Brunswick family´s biggest stars Eugene Record this, I believe, is Wales Wallace´s second release (his debut is featured elsewhere on this site). Not much is known about Wallace apart from the fact that he had a few 45s out in the late 1960s and early 70s which sold regionally, but did not do well enough to warrant any major commercial gains for the artist who was good friends with both Eugene Records and Brunswick stablemate Barbara Acklin. Sadly, Wallace has since passed and will not be able to enjoy the success his music has since then enjoyed on the rare soul scenes worldwide."Somebody I Know"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, May 04, 2010 17:14:38
Frank Johnson´s only record to my knowledge, which he wrote, produced, arranged and performed on his own. From 1978 and Hollywood California, this was released during the heyday of disco but still manages to avoid that typical lighweight / bubblegum feeling that many of the disco records had at the time. This is to my ears rawer and more sinister, which problably led to its downfall commercially. A perfect club sound, which was compiled by Keb Darge a few years back on the excellent Soul Spectrum series. Side B is more of the same with a Part 2.
"Keep On Gettin´ Down"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, April 23, 2010 19:12:21
Niteflyte´s core members were Sandy Torrano (who also wrote alot of the lyrics for the band) and Howard Johnson, other members came and went depending on the type of project, for instance Phyllis Hyman did some of backing vocals on their album. In 1979 Niteflyte relased their only LP "Niteflyte", which came out on the New York based Ariola label (a subsidary of Arista records) and had some success with it, particulary the track "If You Want It" which made it to number 37 on the Billboard Top 100 chart as a single. This track is also lifted from the LP, and is set a slightly faster, and more dancable, pace than their other singles. Enjoy!
"All About Love"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, April 23, 2010 18:55:34
One of those songs that everybody seems to like, no matter what musical preferences they may usually have.
Nolan Porter was born and bred in Los Angeles but soon left the City of Angels to explore the world on his own. His first released recording came out in 1971 on a ABC LP called just Nolan, which was the name that he recorded under for the first part of his career. He also recorded for the Lizard label under the supervision of Gabriel Mekler (the producer and co-writer on this record) and released the northern soul favourite "Keep On Keeping On" under the name of N.F. Porter. Not an soul artist as such, Porter has always presented himself as a versatile type of artist and his albums contains several different musical styles with both soul, rock and world music being thrown in the mix. Nolan Porter released one more LP in 1972, this time on Lizard records, and also worked extensively for other artists as a writer. However this 1972 single-only track on ABC records is, for me, his finest hour. Enjoy!"If I Could Only Be Sure"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, April 21, 2010 20:17:39
Lost of northern soul being added to the site recently so I thought I´d make a change and add a few 70s type records as a warm-up for this Friday´s Soulville! night at Hotel Gillet.
Johnny Taylor managed to have a long a rewarding career all the way up to his passing in 2000. Taking the same way as many of the African-American artists of the day, Taylor first sang in church and in gospel groups (among others the well known Soul-Stirrers) before he recorded secular music. Raised in West Memphis, Taylor started singing at an early age and at just 15 he moved north to Chicago. after a few years with different gospel groups he landed a record deal with Sam Cooke´s newly founded SAR label. Fast forward some 15 years and Taylor releases what was to become his biggest hit ever for the Columbia label "Disco Lady". Tucked away on the B-side we find this wonderful midtempo dancer, which has been a firm favourite at Soulville! nights for some time now. Enjoy!"You´re The Best In The World"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Sun, April 18, 2010 18:36:42
Jackie Robinson, Robert Burton and James Smalls had all sung together in a Doo-Wop group called The Kac-Ties, in 1964 they added female singer Gloria Harrison and changed their name to Jackie & The Umpires, but only for one release on the Sew City label. They then released the same song, "Three Kinds of Love", on the WOW label but this time under the name of The Relatives. The Relatives became The Realtions for a couple of 45s on the Kape, Davey Jones, Demand & Utopia labels before it was changed to Glora & The Relations (I guess she was the lead singer by then) and a record on the Bonnie label. The group then changed their name, again, back to The Relations for another three releases on as many different labels, one each on the Lebby and community labels, and then (finally) this. What makes the whole thing even more confusing is that this is most likely an early 70s production, but with a strong throwback feel to it. The Zell´s label was founded by Zelma "Zell" Sanders (one of few female record bosses) in New York in the early 1960s and had some success with girl groups during the first part of the decade. My guess is that she and The Realtions tried to cash in on that one more time with this, although some 70s soul features are evident on the 45 as well ,like the prominent bongo drums. Well, as you may have guessed ,it did not happen. Perhaps because someone decided that the other side, the nicely named "Crowd With The Phony Tatoo" should be the official A-Side... All anorak stuff and strange name changes aside, this is a wonderful early soul side (by sound and not by date) which I hope you´ll enjoy as much as I do.
"Say You Love Me"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, April 09, 2010 18:50:01
Just a short blurb today as there really is much to say about Mr. Harper, because try asI might I cannot find any information about him. What is for sure though is that he released this great track (which he co-wrote) in 1977 on the Loadstone label and even had a full album out on the same label. Much compiled, this track seems to win over anyone who listens to it. Set at a steady pace, Harper´s vocal starts of easy enough but soon takes over the enitre production and his nice tenor soars over the backing towards the end. Nice one Mr. Harper, now tell us who you are."Headed For The Streets"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, April 08, 2010 22:59:06
We return to this great St. Louis group for their second release, the previous addition "Unwanted Love" was actually released after this so there is no chronological sense at all here at Soultreats!. Anyway, cut at the Archway studios in St. Louis, this 1970 release was the groups last before they joined the Paula label and finally got something back chartwise from their efforts. Led by Phil Perry (who later embarked on a solo career), Kevin Sanlin, George McClellan, David Frye, and Clifford Williams show off their tight harmonies in a song which although it never seems to get out of second gear has that certain something. Enjoy!"Is This For Real (Or Is It Just A Dream)"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, March 25, 2010 18:22:56
From a classic Van McCoy sweet soul LP, that similarly to our previous addition also can be picked up relatively cheap, this is the standout track for me. A deceptively slow intro soon erupts into a great little early 70s dancer that I´m not sure many people would be able to place if it was played to a dancefloor. Enjoy!"Girl You Cheated On Me"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, March 23, 2010 23:11:06
Since I mentioned southern soul in my previous addition, here is what I believe to be my favourite southern ballad of all time. Most famous to the public perhaps for her massive 80s hit "Young Hearts Run Free", Candi Staton cut some excellent material before that. For me, this is the cream of the crop and music simply does not get any better. Enjoy!"Too Hurt To Cry"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, March 23, 2010 23:06:08
Only 41 years old when he passed in 1995, R.B. Hudmon cut some fine southern soul records for a number of labels. His debut recording " How Can I Be A Witness" was released in 1966, when he was just eleven years old. He then recorded for a number of smaller labels until he settled with the Atlantic / Cotillion stable in 1976. The year after we find him in fine form on this Atlantic release, a great little bubbling number just perfect for a lazy tuesday evening. Enjoy!"Holdin´ On"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, March 19, 2010 18:39:43
A Soulville! night tonight and although sadly I cannot be there myself I knów that there will be some quality soul music played, along the lines of this Sam Dees penned 1975 recording for Barbara Hall. Oskar has always championed great modern tunes like this Chicago dancer and aided by problably the best modern soul DJ in sweden today, Karl Marthon, I know it is going to be a great night down in the catacombs of Östgöta nation tonight, so don´t miss out!
"You Brought It On Yourself"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, March 19, 2010 18:13:29
We featured Wilson´s first recording ("Feels Good" on the Volt label) previously, this is a later recording and is lifted from his early 70s LP "I´ll Be Your Rainbow" on Buddah records. A wonderful album throughout but I opted for this midtempo Marvin Gaye-ish piece.
Enjoy!"Don´t Shut Me Out"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, March 19, 2010 18:07:53
Written and originally done by Joshie Jo Armstead, this takes a rather different approach to the song with great effect. Set a slower pace than the original we move firly into crossover kingdom with early seventies recording. Enjoy!"A Stone Good Lover"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, March 11, 2010 18:17:18
From the same year as our JJ Barnes addition "Snowflakes", 1969, comes this wonderful crossover (that vaguely defined term again) track. For some reason I believe this to be a Chicago production but I´m not sure why, just a hunch maybe. What I do know is that the backing track was also used for a track called "We´ve Been in Love Too Long" by El Anthony which was released on La Cindy records (there´s the Chicago connection for you!) before this came out. Who the Tomorrow´s Men were still is a mystery to me, so if you happen to have any information please get in touch. Enjoy!
"Who´s That Lady"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, March 09, 2010 20:32:12
A group with a long history and plenty of members coming and going over the 20 odd years the group was active. Unfortunately, I will have to dig deeper into the story of these guys another time as I haven´t got access to my books at the moment, but rest assureed that we will return to this New York group at a later date. For now I´ll leave you with one of their final recordings, a great uptempo number recorded sometime during the late 70s-early 80s. Enjoy!
70s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, February 19, 2010 18:55:31
Soulville U-A! night tonight so I thought I´d feature a popular spin of ours from the last couple of years, one that outstanding modern soul DJ Terry Jones first introduced to us on one of his visits, thanks TJ! First released on a label called Smooth City in the late 70s sometime, this got released again some ten years later on this label. Perhaps they just thought they´d give it another chance, I don´t know. What I don know is that it is a terrific modern dancer, issued during the height of the disco fever but not even remotely sounding anything like it. Hope to see you tonight, enjoy!"How Long Is Forever"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, February 18, 2010 14:01:36
The Sounds Of Unity and Love, formed in 1970 in Cleveland and soon after entered a talent show where they won first prize, a record deal with Musicor records. The members; Larry Hancock, Lee Lovett, Gus Hawkins, Paul Stubblefield and Bernard Taylor had all been performing locally before they got together to form S.O.U.L. Their first single for Musicor "Down In The Ghetto" came out in 1971 and did well enough for the label to invest more time and money in them. Another seven singles came out between ´71-74 on the Musicor label, with today´s addition being the most successful one, cracking the RnB top 50 chart in the summer of 1973. The group cut one record for the Dynamo label as well (a subsidary of Musicor records) in 1975 before going their seperate ways. Enjoy!
"This Time Around"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, February 18, 2010 13:47:44
Ronnie Roosevelt Shannon´s claim to fame came when he in 1967 penned the now classic tunes "Baby I Love You" and "I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)" for Aretha Franklin. LaShannon was mostly a background figure in the music industry concentrating on songwriting and producing. But today we´ll feature one of the rare occasions when he got in front of the microphone himself, and to great avail to. Released in 1976 on Chicago label Brunswick, this is still on the right side of disco, and shows that LaShannon could problably have carved out a career as an artist as well. Enjoy!
"Where Has Our Love Gone"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, February 11, 2010 17:30:42
A vocal version of Al Kent´s classic instrumental which came out in the 60s on the Detroit based Ric-Tic label. This was problably released a few years later and seems to be the first record on the Glo-Whiz label, which was a part of Shelby Singleton´s set up down in Tennessee. Gloria Taylor released records on a number of different labels, King, Mercury and King Soul to name but a few. Her "Poor Unfortunate Me" (another cover of a Detroit song) is problably the one that most northern soul fans would remember her by, until now that is. Enjoy!
"You Got To Pay The Price"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, February 10, 2010 15:43:36
James Kelly Duhon released a couple of singles on the Texas based Jude label in the mid to late 70s. All of them a are pretty scarce, but this is problably the easiest one to find, as it was also released on Mainstream records in 1975, a year after Jude issue came out so it must have caused a stir at least locally somewhere. The other side is called "Heart Breaker (Child Maker)" and on my copy there are two crosses on the label to signal the DJ´s which side to push, my guess is that this is another B-side. "Heart Breaker..." has also been compiled on a CD I believe so that further strengthens my suspicion that it was the intended A-Side. Duhon wrote both tracks on this 45 and seems to have been a talented guy. I wonder what happened to him? Enjoy!
70s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, January 29, 2010 16:18:11
As with our last addition, The Incredibles, this record was also released three times. Or I should say, the A-side of this record which is called "Gotta Let You Go" was released thrice. Firstly on the Red Ballon label in 1969 and then again on the Locket and Commonwealth labels in 1970. It is on these two 1970 issues we find the wonderful B-side "Fear Not". I haven´t found any info about the group but my guess is that they were a Chicago outfit, or at least from that area as the record is produced by a Clarence Johnson who was involved with a lot of the local windy city talent, it also carries, what I think, that certain Chicago soul sound, but I may be wrong so feel free to correct me. Enjoy!
70s SoulPosted by Martin Mon, January 11, 2010 17:58:23
I´m unsure if this outfit is the same as the one that were recording for the D.P. and Royal Crest labels, if anyone out there knows or has any other info about the group please let us lnow.
By 1970, when this record was released, the music industry was changing. The light-hearted and danceable lovesongs that had helped the Motown label to dominate the charts some five years earlier were now being replaced with either funkier or more rock influnced sounds. Sadly, or gladly depending what your preferences in music are, no-one told The Soul Merchants or Harold Montgomery (who wrote the song). As it is a Choker Campbell production, who was an essential cog in the Motown machinery both as a saxophone player and arranger/producer, it is easy to see what the guys were aiming at. But it was not to be, even if the label owners of the Michigan based Tri-City records believed enough in it to issue it twice. First on the subsidary Moonville U.S.A. and then again the year after on the parent label itself. Enjoy!"Tender - Loving - Care"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, December 18, 2009 23:39:48
Just as short blurb tonight. Don´t know anything about Walter Jenkins or the Faterkat label other than it has one of the nicest label designs that I have seen in a long time. I think this record got released twice with the other one being a red label credited to to Walt Jenkins instead of Walter, the same company put them out though, but I´m not sure of this and if so which one that came out first. It states that this one came out in 1975 on the label, if anyone has any info on the other release or on Walter Jenkins don´t hesitate to contact me. Enjoy!"Back In My Life"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, December 16, 2009 18:10:38
A record that was given to me by fellow Soulville! founder Oskar, thanks mate!
Estus and Lester Patterson were born in Magee, Mississippi in 1946. They started their singing in church and in high school and had their first record out in on Big Beat records, dubbed as The Soul Twins in 1972. They later connected with producer and arranger Hense Powell (who they are still working with in fact) and recorded material for Star Fox Enterprises. The strange thing though is that this record was initially leased to the King label in Cincinatti and came out in 1973, four years prior to the release on Star Fox. I guess that the people at Star Fox tried to cash in once again on the record by re-releasing it but this time on their own label and with a different B-side. I guess that a record this good deserves to be released at least twice, for me this is problably one of the finest southern soul ballads ever put to vinyl. Enjoy!
"Back In Love Again"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Mon, December 14, 2009 17:14:22
Alright, back on track with the additions finally, (think that I actually posted one extra, but consider that an early X-mas gift...) we´ll start off this week Soultreats! with this nice midtempo mover from June 1970.
Leroy Crume and Calvi April signed with the Stax subsidary Volt records in 1969 and had their first 45 out shortly after. Crume ( I assume it´s the same guy) had earlier recorded with his brothers Dillard, Arthur and Rufus on Peacock, Atco and Chess, going back as early as 1962 for their Peacock release. His new venture, the duo Branding Iron only had two releases on Volt "Right, Tight An Out Of Sight" (the official A-side on this record) in 1970 and "Born Too Late" BW "If I Could See" the year after. Branding Iron cut one more record in 1974 on the Stag label before vanishing into obscurity. Although today´s addition was deemed the less markable track, being the B-side of the record, I think this is actually the better side of the two. Enjoy!"Slave For Love"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, December 11, 2009 20:08:00
Another recent addition, this came from modern soul man Martin J. in Sthlm who played it when he was a guest DJ at our latest Soulville! night. Instantly hooked, I was so lucky that Martin had a spare copy of it and we managed to work out a deal, thanks Martin. Apart from that the label was based in Florida and that this came out in 1977, I really don´t have any other info on it. It has been compiled on a Soul Spectrum CD by Keb Darge a few years back which briefly made it popular on the modern soul scene, and the other side " We Tried it We Made It" is sought after by funk collectors. But we´ll focus on the soul stuff as usual here on Soultreats! Enjoy!"Baby I Love You"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, December 11, 2009 20:01:11
I had heard this song by two other artists, James Phelps and John Edwards who released their cuts on Apache and Bell records respectively, but I had not heard this particular version until my good friend Samuel played for me over the phone. Lo and behold, it turns out to be the easiest of the three to get a hold of (both Phelps and Edwards´ version are quite expensive nowadays), so after two weeks or so I was glad to welcome this wonderful record into my home. Evans was a one time member of the Impressions, ca. 76-79, and also cut some other excellent material on local Chicago labels like Twilight. Enjoy!
"The Look On Your Face"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Mon, December 07, 2009 22:40:13
Released on the Atlantic subsidary Cotillion records in 1971, this actually wasn´t the groups first shot at stardom. They had recorded as The Jades with Wardell Quezerque, who arranged this record and produced the wonderful "Lucky Fellow" which they had out on the miniscule Mode label, a record which is now a very sought after item on the northern soul scene. Although the line-up of the group is unknown to me most things point to the fact that these guys were based in the south, since this track was recorded at the Malaco studio in Jackson Mississippi and their previous connection to Quezerque who was based in New Orleans. To my knowledge the group only had one more release on Cotillion called "God Bless Tomorrow" / "Thief" before fading into obscurity. Enjoy!"Calling For Your Love"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, November 26, 2009 21:02:01
Another one from the great Minit label, but this time it is a leased in production I believe. The Blues Busters were a male duo from Jamaica who originally recorded reggae and ska records, and were quite successful doing so. In 1964 the duo, Phillip James and Lloyd Campbell, were invited to play at the world fair in New York by famous jamaican artist and band leader Byron Lee (of Byron Lee & The Dragonaires) . They also supported Sam Cooke on his jamaican tour, and were soon recording and performing soul music rather than reggae or ska. The Blues Brothers frequently went over to the U.S. to perform and record, and had several records out on a host of different labels. This particular track was released in either ´69 or 70 and was co-written by the duo themselves, they also wrote the other side "Speak Your Mind". Sadly though, none of their soul material was as commercially successful as their earlier ska stuff, but is in my opinion still more than a worthwhile addition to any collection. Here is what I see as the finest one.
Enjoy!"Love Is The Answer"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, November 19, 2009 21:59:03
Not much of a looker but, as the saying goes, it´s what in the grooves that counts!
A warm-up track for tomorrows Soulville! night which will have none other than "Modern Master" Martin Johansson doing a guestsport behind the decks. We expect danceable modern soul tracks, such as this, of the highest order, no doubt! This record was released on the Florida label Reid´s World in 1977. I believe that the label was Clarence Reid´s own vehicle for getting out his productions (like this one for instance) and songs but that´s just me guessing. Who Wille and Barbara were is beyond me but they do get things going rather nicely on this I have to say. Enjoy!"Sleep With Me"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, November 18, 2009 18:48:24
We return to Nate McCallas New York label for today´s treat as well.
Orginally released on the small Cleveland, Ohio label Saru, this
self-penned gem by Bobby Dukes was first released in 1972, but by another group called The Elements. But Dukes had his own version of it out as the very next release on the Saru label. It didn´t
sell much at any of its initial releases and it took another two years before
Calla records picked up Dukes´ version and gave it another chance. However, it
didn´t fare much better the second time around and it soon sunk
together with thousands of other independent releases. A Cleveland
native, Dukes seems to have been a multi-talented guy, he wrote for
other acts on the Saru label and also co-produced this record. He is
also credited on a Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes album "The Blue
Album" (which contains the modern soul classic "Prayin´") as a piano player. Backing him on what seems to be his sole release as an artist himself are Clarence Gillespie on drums, Russell Evans on guitar and Richard Shann on keyboard.
"Just To Be With You"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, November 17, 2009 19:30:27
Sadly no longer with us, James Ralph Bailey cut some excellent material before passing in 1980, just 48 years old. Previously a member of the Doo-Wop groups The Halos and The Cadillacs, this is (I believe) his first record as a solo artist. Released in 1968 on Nate McCalla´s and Morris Levy´s New York based Calla records, it precedes perhaps his most famous work by a couple of years. In 1974 Bailey had an excellent album out called "Just Me n You" on MAM records. Although very hard to come by in its original format nowadays, this underground soul classic has be re-issued on CD by Soul Brother records. JR. Bailey was also a gifted songwriter and penned amongst others "Sweet Sweet Lovin´" for The Platters and "Seven Days Too Long" for Chuck Wood (which Dexy´s Midnight Runners later covered) as well as the excellent "Love Love Love" which has been featured on these pages earlier with Donny Hathaway. This track though was written and produced by Billy Guy (Ex Coasters) who Bailey also had a label together with called GuyJim records. Enjoy!Love Won´t Wear Off (As The Years Wears On)
70s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, November 13, 2009 16:01:14
This weeks last tune, and it´s another B-Side. Born William Hale in Arkansas in 1945, Little Beaver relocated to Florida in his teens. There he was contracted by CAT records and has his first album "Joey" released in 1972. Little Beaver had recorded before he joined the CAT label but it was not until his move to the T.K. labels subsidary that he found some success. "Party Down Pt. 1" from 1974 proved to be his biggest record but to my ears not his best. Three years later he released this which has taken dancefloors all over europe by storm over the last decade or so. Enjoy!"Listen To My Heartbeat"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, November 12, 2009 22:03:04
Two new tracks today as, which I apologize for, there was no addition to the blog yesterday. Thought I´d spotlight a couple of Oskar´s, the other half of Soulville!, big records from previous nights. First off is this wonderful 1979 dancer from Rena Scott. Rena Scott was a troubled teenager who sought refuge in her singing at a local baptist church in her native Detroit. It didn´t take long before her talent was discovered and she soon found herself singing backup behind childhood idols like The Temptations and Aretha Franklin. However, her own career never reached the likes of such superstars and was for a long time largely a disappointment to her. She kept going though and in the recent years she has found a new audience more within the jazz and easy listening circuit. But today, we return to Scott´s roots once again with this James Mtume and Reggie Lucas production which is taken from her first album. Enjoy!"We Can Make It Better"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, November 06, 2009 16:29:16
Wonderful midtempo soul from 1975. Scorpio records hailed from Atlanta and my guess is that the Dave Crawford who is credited with wrtiting and producing the track is also the David that sings it. A certain Mike Terry gets arranging credits and I would be surprised if this was anybody else but the Detroit guy, which shows just how much stuff he was involved during the "golden era". Enjoy!"I´d Be A Millionaire"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, November 03, 2009 18:25:25
A Los Angeles group, The Olympics had a long a fruitful career stretching over five decades (they´re still active today) and had releases on over 10 different labels. Originally known as Walter Ward & The Challengers, the group consisted of Walter Ward, Eddie Lewis, Charles Fizer, Melvin King and Walter Hammond. At the beginning of their career the group recorded mainly novelty type songs, much in the same vein as the Coasters did at the time. When they moved to the Loma label in 1965, things get a bit more interesting, soul music wise at least. They had three singles out on Loma before moving to L.A.´s Mirwood imprint, were they continued to set dancefloors alight with a string of uptempo soul numbers, perhaps most notably "Mine Exclusively" and "Baby Do The Philly Dog". By the time of this release, 1970, the line-up had changed. Still there from the original members were Walter Ward, Eddie Lewis, and Walter Hammond. Fizer was killed in the Watts riot in 1965 and King had left the group the year after. Fizer was replaced by Julius "Mack Starr" McMichael . Kenny Sinclair also joined the group in 1970, but I´m not sure if he is on this record. Taken at a slightly slower pace than their manic sixties recordings, this sound just right for today. Enjoy!
"Girl, You´re My Kind Of People"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Mon, November 02, 2009 17:44:55
The Pretenders was the last major act on Joe Evans´ Carnival label. They released eight singles on the New Jersey label in the early 70s, having almost a monopoly on the labels output for a few years. The group was a mixed quartet with three men: Eugene Cohen, Neil Page and Harry Simpkins as well as a Patricia Tandy who shared the leads together with Page. She had replaced Valerie Scott who´d been with the group on their first release, their 1970 rendition of The Manhattans "I Wanna Be" which was originally released in 1964 on Carnival # 507. Fast forward a decade and some 50+ excellent releases on the label and we find this great two-sided single. Both sides are uptempo dancers with "I Call It Love" on the flip being equally good.
Enjoy!"It´s Everything About You (That I Love)"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, October 28, 2009 19:44:26
Cherished on both sides of the Atlantic, but sadly only in specialist circles, The Montclairs are loved for their sweet soul ballads by U.S. collectors and for their uptempo sides by the U.K.´s northern & modern soul aficionados. Written by the group´s main man Phil Perry (who also sings lead on this, as with most their releases) "Unwanted Love" is a nothing less then a gem. Flip it over, and "Beggin´Is Hard To Do" will do it for most balladeers out there. Perry is aptly supported on this 1972 release by Kevin Sanlin, George McClellan, David Frye and Clifford Williams which was the group´s line-up for all their releases but one (on their last Paula 45 "Baby, You Know I´m Gonna Miss You" Williams is missing because he was drafted).
Perry turns most of the groups records into nice double-headers, with a dancer on one side and a ballad on the other. The Montclairs released no less than seven 45s on Stan Lewis´ Paula label, which they recorded in Shreveport LA. - home to Paula records and its sister label Jewel (also owned by Lewis). The Montclairs had previously recorded on local St. Louis labels like Arch, Vanessa and United International but without any success. After five years at Paula records The Montclairs decided to call it quits and shortly after Phil Perry became a solo artist as well as recording as a duo with old Montclairs member Kevin Sanlin."Unwanted Love"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, October 27, 2009 19:57:24
Well, Soultreats! has made it to its 200th addition today! To celebrate, todays featured record is something special indeed. Simply one of the finest recordings ever put to vinyl, bar none, this 1975 outing just keeps getting better the more you play it! Born Bettye Jean Plummer she started her career at Checker records in 1967 where she recorded (what I suspect) a gospel 45 called "I Must Tell Jesus". It took another four years before she released her second single., But in 1971 she was back with a record on the local Chicago label Salem records entitled "I Believe". The following two years was spent at Bell records, with a another two releases but, until she hooked up with legendary songwriter and producer Willie Mitchell down in Memphis, success evaded her. This is her first release with the famed Hi label collaborating with Mitchell, and with it she finally received some long overdue airplay. She recorded another eight tracks whilst at Hi records, but only another two singles were released at the time. This (in my opinion) her finest hour although her follow up "Here I Go Again" comes a close second. Enjoy!
Ps All of Bettye Jean Plummers unreleased Hi recordings can be found on Westside CD called "Jean Plum &
Belles Vol. 3 The Hi Recordings 1965-1978" Ds"Look At The Boy"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, October 23, 2009 14:30:56
A fine crossover type tune from 1973 and King records. Willy Wiley (great name by the way) seems to have been a one-hit wonder at the famed Cincinatti label. I haven´t found any other records by him, or any info at all for that matter. But this release is pretty easy to find, even 35 years later so it must have sold reasonably well back in´73. A nice little dancer that´s perfect to start the weekend with, Soultreats! is back again on Monday. Enjoy!"Just Be Glad"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, October 06, 2009 22:26:04
Well, I guess this guy is pretty much known to most people, so no need for me to dwelve deeper into that. But what might not be known is that the King of Pop cut some excellent soul stuff on his own, in between superstardom with came with "Thriller" and childhood success with The Jackson Five. Well, this is problably my pick from that era. A wonderful emotionally filled crossover item with a poignant message. Oh, what happened Michael?"We´re Almost There"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, October 01, 2009 17:30:29
With credits like the ones on this 45, you know it´s going to be a winner. Written by the former Motown songwriting giants brothers Eddie & Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier and sung by souldiva Freda Payne the label looks promising enough. And when the stylus hits the vinyl, no one need to feel disappointed. Out comes three minutes of wonderful soul music, a vintage 1973 offering from the masters themselves.
Freda Payne was mainly a jazz singer in the 60s before joining the Invictus label (owned by Holland-Dozier-Holland of course) in 1969. She hit the charts right away with "Band Of Gold" which was a U.K. number one in 1970, and reached #3 on the U.S. charts. Although she never had a hit as big as "Band Of Gold" again, she scored once again with the Vietnam-war inspired song "Bring The Boys Back Home" shortly after. She has since stayed in the music buisness and still performs throughout the U.S. as well as having a career in acting on the side.
"We Got To Find A Way Back To Love"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, September 29, 2009 23:21:30
Born Gwen Mosley in Pensacola Florida in 1943, McCrae met her future husband George twenty years later. They married after a week. George was also dabbling in music and they soon formed the aptly named duo George & Gwen. They had some small hits, especially the wonderful "Winners Together Losers Apart" but as both also had solo careers to manage their marriage soon struggled and they filed for a divorce. Gwen has since then continued to release music, but today we´ll focus on this 1970 outing which was her first top 40 hit."Lead Me On"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, September 22, 2009 19:34:40
Perhaps mainly known as a blues singer, Perry did cut some nice material of interest to soul fans in the early 1970s. Most of this was produced through Huey P. Meaux´s Crazy Cajun setup and then leased to bigger labels, such as Mercury. Perry made his recording debut as early as 1957, and was still performing well into the 20th century."He Sent Me You"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, September 17, 2009 10:31:54
Born Ray Buckner and part of the family group the Buckner brothers, this is one of his last recordings and ironically also his biggest hit. The Buckner Brothers consisted of Ray and two of his younger brothers, Clarence and Charles. They had a wonderful 45 out on Sanla records in the late 60s that unfortunately flopped. However, this did not deter Ray from the music business. He was soon in action with his own solo career, both as an artist and as a writer. He struck a deal with the newly formed Playboy records (yes, a division of the magazine) in the early 70s and rounded up some local Chicago talent to help him record the material, that was co-written by himself. This is by far the biggest hit, which managed not only to get national play but also was featured in the Billboard charts."Its Gonna Be Alright"Ps Get Ray Buckners full story on Bob Abrahamian´s excellent radio show! Ds
70s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, September 10, 2009 12:52:12
Otis Clay, a well known Chicago soulster, cut some excellent material for George Leaners One-Der-Ful label in the mid 60s. He then relocated to the Memphis based Hi label where he had some commercial success with "Trying To Live My Life Without You". Although the deal with Hi records eventually grew cold, Clay kept himslf busy with gigs all around the globe (he is a cult figure in Japan).
To me this is his finest hour. A track that some eight years after its original release became a hit for Yazz & The Plastic Population in 1988. Written by Johnny Henderson and George Jackson (who also cut a great version of it which was sadly never released) this heartfelt song about hope and love has become a classic in clubs everywhere. Take a bow Otis!
"The Only Way Is Up"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, September 08, 2009 20:46:19
Born Autry DeWalt II in 1931, Junior Walker was one of few Motown instrumentalists who also had a successful solo career. With early hits like "Shotgun" and "Roadrunner" in the early 1960s to his much covered "What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)" in the 70s, Walker stayed with the company longer than most. Known for his incredible tenor-saxophone playing, Walker proved that he could also sing in jis later years with the company. Here´s a prime example of just that. Enjoy!
Do You See My Love (For You Growing)
70s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, September 04, 2009 18:57:35
OK, welcome back! After a lengthy summer break Soultreats! returns to make the the coming autumn a little bit easier. We´ll start of with one of my favourites from this summer, a wonderful piece of music by the incredible Phillip Mitchell!
I´m Gonna Build California From All Over The World.
70s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, May 28, 2009 08:58:25
A smooth 1978 outing from Jean Carn (Born Sarag Jean Perkins), that Philly-soul legends Gamble-Huff wrote and produced. Taken from her album "Happy To Be With You", her second LP on the PIR label. She later had one more album for the Philadelphia label before moving to Motown, where she also ha considerable success. Jean Carn still performs to this day and draws crowds both from the jazz and soul camps.
"Don´t Let It Go To Your Head"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, May 27, 2009 08:12:09
Johnny Otis (born John Veliotes) was a multitalented jazz and R&B aficinado who so loved the african-american culture that he changed his name to "blacker" sounding Otis. Discjockey, bandleader, talent scout and Tv-host are some of the things that Otis can put down on his CV.
Here he takes on the, to me, unknown singer Barbara Morrison and creates a nice fusion between jazz and modern soul. Not sure on the exact release date on this but I would guess somewhere around the late seventies."Hey Boy! I Want Ya´"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, May 26, 2009 08:13:22
Another midtempo gem, this time from King records in Cincinatti. Again it is the groups only effort, but judging by this 1970 release they should´ve had more. King records had plenty of great soul artitst and released some wonderful material during the 1960s and early 70s but due to the label putting most of its money into James Brown´s career the other artist on the label lacked the right promotion, an move the label would regret when their only superstar left for Polydor. Actually it was only a few years back when this cache of great tracks from the King label was made available due to Kent records great reissue CD´s of the lesser known tracks from the label. Accordingly, after this the prices on the original 45s by groups like The Solars have gone up and are now very collectable indeed."Here´s My Heart"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, May 15, 2009 11:21:37
Recorded in the small Harmonic Sounds studios in Colombus, Ohio sometime around 1969-70 this is just a fantastic piece of soul music. It was released in 1970 but sadly it sunk without a trace, well until now that is. Eddie Ray was born in Griffin, Georgia but moved in his early teens to Florida to find work.
There he befriended David Prater and Sam Moore (Sam & Dave) but missed being the third wheel on their upcoming success by an inch.
He soon met up with Clem Price who saw the talent in Ray and signed him to his Prix label. This is Ray´s first single on the label.
For the full story on Eddie Ray and Prix records, check out the great compilation by the Numero group called "Eccentric Soul: The Prix label" Numero CD 015.
"Glad I Found You"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, May 13, 2009 10:43:29
Making the numbers right by adding an extra treat today.
Little Dooley recorded a few tracks during the sixties that came out on small independent labels. None made it to the charts at the time but quite a few of them are now priced northern soul collectables. Judging by how hard or easy it is to find his material nowadays this had to be his biggest seller. A seventies sounding recording which came out on the label North Bay who dabbled with a bit of everything, including soul.
"(It´s Got To Be) Now Or Never"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, May 13, 2009 10:33:40
Sorry about the treat-less Monday, had some technical issues that are now sorted.
Inez and her brother Charlie had a top-ten hit in the early sixties with their own composition "Mockingbird". They stayed together throughout the decade creating an exciting stage show and they also toured Europe extensively during this time. Inez then developed a solo career that never really took off, despite releasing some very good material. Here is one of her earlier efforts as a solo artist from 1970."You Shouldn´t Have Set My Soul On Fire"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, May 06, 2009 10:35:39
Well, I did promise to put an extra treat up last night because there wasn´t one on Monday, but because of Arsenals defeat in the C.L. game I had to go straight to bed, so here it is instead.
Nowhere near as easy to any info on this compared to the Reflections track, what little I have found is on the label itself. Artly was obviously a small indie label out of N.Y. City and released this track in 1974. Who Calvin Stewart was I don´t know, it might be the same guy that was in the gospel group The Harmonizing Four but that´s just a guess based on what google turned up on a search. I couldn´t find any other recordings by him, but he can be proud of this one. Both sides, the other being "You Turn Me On" has had plays in soul clubs all over Europe, including our own Soulville! night in Uppsala."Try Loving Me (I´m Willing)"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, April 28, 2009 07:41:23
Well known artist on a well known label, but a slightly lesser known track. Written and produced by the man himself this is a record that when I first heard it played by DJ Terry Jones I had to run up to the decks to see what it was. Lo and behold, it was not a rare or expensive track on some obscure label, but rather an overlooked goodie by soul legend Edwin Starr. Love when that happens, when a track just gets you from the very beginning, and even better when you can go home and bag it for peanuts. Edwin Starr had his share of success of course with the anthem "War" and several other classic tracks but I wonder if this isn´t actually his finest hour."There You Go"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, April 24, 2009 09:54:36
One of my favourite 70s soul records, no doubt about it. This is actually Hot Chocolate, the group that Ragland sang with performing, but the record was credited to him as a solo artist for some reason. Neither Hot Chocolate or Ragland alone lasted very long on the charts, the groups name had a duplicate in the U.K. which had a smash with "You Sexy Thing" and then it was over for the U.S incarnation of the band. But before that they released a few singles and an LP which is today sought after by both soul and funk collectors. Ragland himself is fondly remembered on the rare soul scene because of such tracks as "I Travel Alone" a 1960s release on the Amy/Mala label and his 70s material like this one and also a classic LP called "Lou Ragland Is The Conveyor" on which this track also features.
"Since You Said You´d Be Mine"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, April 22, 2009 09:33:22
A real feel good tune that just gets you right away. The production seems to nice and tidy that I would almost assume that this is an early 70s recording even though it has a slight retro feel to it. Cortex Greer apparently worked as airline baggage handler by day and performed at night. Based in Atlanta Greer´s promising careers was sadly cut short as he passed in 1976, only 36 years old. For more of Greer´s music, check out The Birmingham Sound: The Soul of Neal Hemphill, Vol. 2.
"Very Strong On You"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, April 21, 2009 09:56:52
Arthur Lee "Pep" Brown was born in Macon, GA and has stayed through to his southern roots throughout his musical career. This wonderful double-sider from 1971 is no exception. Owing much to stars like Al Green (who wrote and recorded this in his own right) and Otis Redding in his style, Brown has a distinctive enough voice to be recognized worldwide by fans as a fine deep soul singer. Sadly though he only got the chance to showcase himself on a few recordings, two for the Lava label and another two for Polydor records. He did cut a couple of tracks on the Walden label in the eighties (named after his longtime associate in music Alan Walden), but I haven´t heard any of that material."Are You Leaving Me"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, April 02, 2009 09:29:09
The groups only record as far as I now, at least under the name Smoke. Brothers Ernest & Arthur Malone, Larry Brown and Melvin Manning had this released on the J.Bridge label in 1975. J.Bridge I believe is a subsidary to Midwest records out out Missouri. The intended A-side is called "I´m So Lonely" but the real gem to me is "Have I Really Lost You" whick is a nice midtempo thing with several different lead singers. The only thing though, and this is not common for me to think about a soul record, is that it might actually be a bit long. The last 30 seconds or so seems to me that they could have edited out, as it really doesn´t contribute to the song. That´s my opinion though, you may feel differently. And I guess the group wanted it to go on forever as it was their only release."Have I Really Lost You"
70s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, April 01, 2009 05:57:13
Named after their ability to emulate other vocal groups routines in the chitlin circuit, performing as other acts, The Masqueraders is one of the longest living group in soul music. They go all the way back to the late 1950s when they formed in Dallas, Texas. So you can see there is fifty years of music history and to pick one track out of these fifty years is a hard task I must admit, but I´m sure we´ll return to this wonderful groups outings later on in Soultreats! as well. Anyway, this nice little dancer came out during the groups short stint at the ABC record company and was released in 1975. Produced and written by Isaac Hayes it starts of deceptively slow before erupting into a great dancer that has picked up some plays at our Soulville! nights recently."Sweet Sweetning"