60s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, June 17, 2010 19:51:52
"Lee" Rogers Craton or "The Prince Of Detroit" met Mike Hanks, a pivotal figure on the Detroit music scene whilst, a member of the group The Peppermints. Hanks was then a budding piano player in and around the motor city, and when he founded his own labels, Mah´s and D-Town, he immediately signed Rogers. Some local hits followed, "I´m A Practical Guy", "I Want You To Have Everything" and "Go Go Girl" amongst others. Rogers left his native Detroit in the early 70s but continued to record in his new hometown San Francisco for the Loadstone label. He later found himself stepping back from the stage and becoming an promotions man instead for a number of companies, but it is as an artist he is most foundly remembered. Enjoy!
60s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, June 16, 2010 21:14:52
The Intertains released four singles on the Philadelphia based Uptown records during 1965 and ´66. Their first 45, "I See The Light" made some noise locally, but after that Uptown seems to have removed their promotional resources from the group as the following three sunk a trace. This track is their third release and features "Glad I Found You" on the other side, which had previously been issued as an A-side. The lead singer, Larry Hancock, later recorded with S.O.U.L. on Musicor and cut the excellent "Top Of The World" and This Time Around" as well as with the group TRUTH on Devaki. Enjoy!"Glad I Found You"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, June 04, 2010 19:46:40
Born in the late 1940s Chris Bartley grew up near the famous Apollo theatre in New York,which was to have a great deal of influence (obviously) on his career choice. He formed his first group, The Soulful Inspirations, at a very young age and this group later metamorphed into The Mindbenders which got an audition with Van McCoy. Although the group was dismissed, Van McCoy signed the lead singer, Chris Bartley, as a solo artist to his newly formed Vando records. Bartley´s first 45 for the label "The Sweetest Thing This Side Of Heaven" came out in ´67 and was an instant hit. In fact, his first record was also his most succesful and he did not have any further releases that would be as commercially viable as "Sweetest..." However, Bartley cut another four singles for the label and even had a full album out. This is his second 45 for Vando records, released in 1967. Enjoy!
"Baby It´s Wonderful"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, June 03, 2010 17:08:40
No need really to introduce these ladies, as they are problably known to most readers of this blog. What is interesting though is that The Supremes were not an instant success at Motown, in fact they were known as the "no-hit" Supremes for a long time at Hitsville HQ. This was all to be changed though since the release which followed this one, "Where Did Our Love Go" catapulted the ladies to superstardom in 1964. I quite like these early sounding Holland-Dozier-Holland tracks, with a simplistic approach to them, just listen to the piano in this one for instance. A perfect fusion between pop and RnB. Enjoy!
"Run Run Run"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, June 02, 2010 22:22:42
When a new format of radio was introduced in the early and mid-sixties, with stations that focused on playing RnB and soul music almost exclusively a new kind of star was also born, the radio DJ. These new celebrities could literalyy make or break a record by either getting behind it or not, and as such they were of immense importance to the promotion men and label owners of especially smaller companies. E. Rodney Jones was one of Chicago´s most popular and important radiojocks during soulmusic´s heyday and could ask for pretty much anything he wanted, the labels would agree if it ment having him on their side for the next release. Thus, he became not only a DJ but also an artist and songwriter, as well as concert arranger, where he got acts from various labels to perform at his events in exchange for airtime on his show. This is the second of his own two 45s for the TUFF label, released problably sometime during 1967. Enjoy!"Peace Of Mind"
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"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, May 28, 2010 16:01:14
Bit of RnB influenced soul music to kick the weekend of. If yesterdays addition owed alot to both the 60s and 70s, thereby being a "crossover" record, this has be the same but at the other end of the scale. Set at a medium pace and with an arrangement similar to alot of the black music produced in the earlier 60s this release om the miniscule Space-Age label out of Chicago must have felt almost dated since I´m guessing this was released in ´64-´65 rather than ´61. The label did not bother adding any credits to the 45, not even for songwriting so they could not have hoped for this to set the top 40 charts alight. nonetheless, its a fine transitional piece, albeit on the other side of the era. Enjoy!"How I Feel About You"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, May 27, 2010 16:18:56
Most likely a hispanic soul recording here. Why? Well, partly because the track is written by an Al Maldonado, partly because it is published on the Conata publishing company and partly because the other side is called "Latin Blood"! Anyway, a great crossover soul track that is typical for that hard to define area of soul music in the late 60s and early 70s. I have gone with this as a 60s recording ,because to these ears it just owes more to that era, but I may well be wrong. Apart from the fact that Spectrum records resided in Los Angeles California (which has traditionally had a large hispanic population), I know virtually nowt about the label or the group but I do seem to recall that a couple of Billy Sha-Rae´s releases were on a label with the same name.
I wonder if it is the same set-up? Enjoy!
"You Came Into My Heart"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, May 26, 2010 19:07:38
Going all the way back to the late 50s, Eugene Pitt has had five Jive guys singing behind him on a host of different labels, actually too many to mention. Of course, over the last 50 years the group´s members has changed more than once, but Pitt himself is still there. The group was signed to Musicor records out of NYC through their manager Otis Pollard in 1967. They released three singles during their two year stint with the label, or technically onlyfour different songs since the tracks on this 45 was re-released just four months later with Richard Fischer on lead instead of Pitt. The group continued to hop between labels well into the new millenia and Pitt is still active in the music business today, a true veteran. Enjoy!
"You´ll Fall In Love"
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"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Mon, May 24, 2010 18:41:08
The northern soul theme that Soultreats! had last week ended on a high with our season´s finale at Östgöta Nation, with some great great music being played by guest DJs Andreas Dienel and Magnus Rähms, thanks guys! To start this week off I´ve picked this wonderful crossover track from 1969, which in fact has a great northern track on the other side but that´ll have to wait for now...
This group is not the same as the one who recorded out of Chicago and had releases on the Bashie and Dakar labels. I´m not exactly sure where this incarnation of The Visitors came from but the record gives credits to J. Carmichael as arranger and Len Jewell as a writer and producer which suggest somewhere on the West Coast, possibly Los Angeles. The group consisted of Godoy Colbert, James Nelson, Esko Wallace, Robert Taylor and possibly a fifth member called Orlando (last name?). Only two records were released on Tangerine, this one in ´69 and the second, and final, in 1970. Neither did much for the group at the time of release, but has since risen in stature and are now cherished items by soul collectors all over the world. Enjoy!"My Love Is Ready And Waiting"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, May 21, 2010 18:23:03
The fifth and final installment in Soultreats! special northern Soul week, to
celebrate our upcoming club night this Friday (21/5) with guest DJ
Brother of famous Chicago singer Jerry Butler, Billy had a career of his own in music which saw some great music for the Okeh logo during the 60s. This track in particular has been a long standing favourite on the rare soul scene. Hope too see you tonight at Östgöta Nation for this season´s finale of Soulville! Enjoy!
60s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, May 20, 2010 19:06:32
The fourth installment in Soultreats! special northern Soul week, to
celebrate our upcoming club night this Friday (21/5) with guest DJ
Not to be confused with his namesakes that sang in The Notations or Sly, Slick & The Wicked, our Clifford Curry today hails from Knoxwille TN and has managed to sustain a career in music for almost fifty years. Beginning back in the 50s Curry was a member of a few doo-wop styled groups, The Five Pennies, Hollyhocks & The Contenders. He eventually branched out and got himself a recording deal as a solo act with Excello records which released two 45s on him in 1963-64. Curry´s biggest hit came a few years later in 1967 when his "She Shot A Hole In My Soul" came out on Elf records, the single did very well and nearly charted on the Top 40 chart. Today´s addition came out as a B-side to his 1968 single "I Can´t Get A Hold of Myself", also on the Elf label which released some nine singles on him. What is interesting to note is that Curry has long been a favourite artist on the "Beach" scene in the U.S., a similar phenomena to the Northern Soul scene in the U.K. but with a slightly different preference in music and they would in fact problably go for the other side on this one. But not I. Enjoy!
"Ain´t No Danger"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, May 19, 2010 20:29:49
The third installment in Soultreats! special northern Soul week, to
celebrate our upcoming club night this Friday (21/5) with guest DJ
Long before computer commercials and Motherships, George Clinton was proving himself a creative man with his group The Parliaments, which evolved to Funkadelic in the late 1960s. Clinton had been involved with music since the mid 50s and together with Grady Thomas, Calvin Simon, Clarence Haskins and Raymond Davis he earned a recording contract with Detroit based Golden World records. The group only had one release on Golden World though, the great "Heart Trouble" before moving to Revilot records, also a Detroit label. This is there second out of five singles for the label, released in 1967 in captures the essence of uptempo motorcity music during the mid 60s perfectly and also demonstrates Clinton´s great songwriting and production skills. Enjoy!"Don´t Be Sore At Me"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, May 19, 2010 16:10:25
The second installment in Soultreats! special northern Soul week, to celebrate our upcoming club night this Friday (21/5) with guest DJ Andreas Dienel.
Way-Out records was a local Cleveland Ohio label that released mainly soul recordings beteween 1964 and ´73. The label did not get any big hits but some of its releases got some local attention. The Sensations were problably not a Cleveland group but came there to record, and was in fact one of Way-Out´s most prolific artists. The group consisted of Roosevelt Simmons, John Washington, Joe Kelly and Chester Florence. The group is not to be confused with others by the same name (notably Yvonne Baker and The Sensations on Argo records), this incarnation only recorded for Way-Out and had one release on De-Lite as The Realistics. The Sensations had six releases on Way-Out between ´66-´69, most of them sank without a trace. this is problably their best seller, as the other side "Find Myself Another Girl" warnered some radio-play with is very motownesque beat and harmonies. I´ve opted for "Lonely World" today simply because its slightly more frantic approach, which suits this week´s theme. Enjoy!
60s SoulPosted by Martin Mon, May 17, 2010 16:25:06
Since we have a club night this friday and have invited top Northern soul DJ Andreas Dienel to join us behind the decs down in the basement at Östgöta Nation I am hereby announcing this week as Soultreats!´ Northern Soul week, and have found the perfect record to begin with.
Several labels released record by outfits named the Citations during the 60s and it is hard to tell if they are one and the same or different set-ups since since the members are, as of yet, unknown. This particular track was released on the small Ballad label in 1967 and pressed at the Southern Plastics record plant, leaving me to believe that the label itself, and perhaps the group as well, must have been based in the southern parts of the U.S.
From its opening drumroll to its pounding and repetetive chorus, this track is a perfect way to start off Northern Soul week, it seems like this was almost tailor-made for the U.K.´s rare soul scene since the song´s title soon became a Northern Soul catchphrase. Enjoy!"(To Win The Race) Keep The Faith"
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"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, May 06, 2010 11:07:11
Even though it was released on Bell, a New York label, this is a Los Angeles recording which Anthony Renfro, who was the founder of the Renfro label there, recorded and subsequently leased to Bell records to get more exposure (it did eventually gain a release on Renfro records as well but not until several years later). The membership of The Attractions is somewhat unclear because it was really a one-man show, focusing on lead singer Morris Chestnut. Other members were used on the recordings but often only to provide backing for Chestnut and enhance his performance. This is the groups first (of five) 45, released in 1967 and it is already clear that it is Chestnut´s rather unique vocals that seperates the group from the countless others that were trying to break through in the RnB market of the mid-60s. After Chestnut had fallen out with Renfro producer / songwriter Ronald Saunders the group disbanded and Chestnut went on to record with other groups as well as a solo artist, including the northern biggies "Lonely Lonely" with The Soundmasters and, of course, the pivotal "Too Darn Soulful" as a solo artist. Enjoy!"Destination You"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, May 06, 2010 10:42:49
Although Garnett Mimms was born in West
Virginia he spent most of his childhood in Philadelhia where he got
involved with music through different local gospel groups. After a
stint in the military Mimms returned to the City of Brotherly Love
and formed a doo-wop group called The Gainors in 1958. Even though
The Gainors recorded frequently they failed to get a breakout hit and
Mimms decided to leave to form a new group, The Enchanters in the
early 60s. Mimms & The Enchanters went to New York to look for a
fresh start and the group; Sam Bell, Charles Boyer & Zola
Pearnell together with Mimms as their lead singer, got a recording
contract with United Artists which released their first 45 ” Cry
Baby” in 1963. That proved to be their biggest hit. Several great
singles followed on the United Artists logo in ´63, ´64 and ´65
including thyis great 1964 offering, but none managed to repeat the
success of their first recording. Mimms decided to go solo in 1965 to
record for United Artists as well as its subsidary Veep and the Verve
and GNP labels. Garnett Mimms came full circle when he after his late
1970s released his final recordings and went back to the church as a
born again christian. Enjoy!
"A Quiet Place"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, May 05, 2010 09:53:36
Hailed by some as Tampa´s premier soul singer, Lewis Clark started singing at just seven years of age. His first tracks "Come With Me" / "If You Ever Leave Me" were cut by himself when he was just 17 and pressed in 200 copies which he sold to friends and family. After that Clark got a recording deal with the Tigertown label which released three singles on him, all in 1966. One of these, "I Need Your Lovin´ So Bad" has long been a cherished item on U.K.´s northern soul scene. After his stint with Tigertown, Clark moved to Brent records where he had his biggest hit with "Dog (Ain´t A Man´s Best Friend" in 1967 and it is the B-side to this release which we feature today. He had further releases on other small indie labels, Fuller, Ultimate & Red Ram records throughout the late 1960s and early 70s but the hits never materialised.
Seemingly a talented writer Lewis Clark wrote most of his own material, and by listening to his recordings, we can tell that he was an extraordinary singer. Sadly Lewis Clark suffered from a severe stroke in 1999 which he never fully recovered from. Enjoy!"I Need You Baby"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, May 05, 2010 09:30:43
I originally bought this for the other side "Sweet Thing" which is a decent enough dancer, but as the years have gone by I have found myself playing this wonderful deep soul cut more & more. Rudy Mockabee is still going strong after some 40 years in the business. He started singing, like so many of his peers, in gospel groups at an early age and then moved on to secular music. After a short stint as a member of The Drifters, Mockabee had his first solo record, today´s addition, released in 1969. One more 45 followed the year after, also on Atco records called "Piece Of My Heart" / "Think About It". After that it seems like Mockabee´s recording days were over but he has continued performing to present day, especially in and around his native Huntsville Ala. area. Enjoy!"Cheer Up (Daddy´s Coming Home)"
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"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Mon, May 03, 2010 18:01:04
Simply called Tim on the label, my guess is that the artist here is the same T. Smith who is credited as a writer together with a V. Taplin on this track. Otherwise I´m drawing blank on this, the backing track is the same as Lee Shot William´s "Love Now Pay Later" on Gamma records and with the prominent guitar lick it skips along nicely. The record is produced by Teen Town productions, which I know did some TV-shows etc. in Detroit in mid 1960s, maybe this is the same set-up´s music branch? For all the questions there are few answers, at least from me, and we´ll have to settle for what´s in the grooves. Enjoy!"I Need Your Love"
80s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, April 27, 2010 19:42:26
The third track by this great female singer to be added to Soultreats!.
Previously both her "Lead Me On" and her duet with former husband
"Winners Together Losers Apart" have been featured on these pages and I
urge you to look them up if you haven´t already done so. McCrae had
string of commercially viable singles in the early to mid-seventies
(the era which the previous tracks are taken from), this is a slightly
later recording, being from 1982 as it is. Only released as a single in
the U.K. the track was lifted from her U.S. LP "On My Way", however it
remained an album only track in the U.S. whilst it got both a 12" and
7" release in Great Britain. There is another version of this track by
Chuck Strong which came out on Invasion records in 1983, again both as
a 45 and 12-inch single. Hard to choose which version is actually the
best one, Strong´s cover is much harder to track down for sure, and the
versions of this Wille Hutch written track are quite different.
Strong´s take on it is problably more soulful, whilst McCrae´s owes
more to the electronic boogie style. Enjoy!"Doin´ It"
80s SoulPosted by Martin Mon, April 26, 2010 22:12:05
John William Bristol was born in 1939 in North Carolina but it was in the booming record industry in Detroit he found himself employment by Motown maestro Berry Gordy, mainly as a writer and producer. During his stay with the company Bristol worked with almost all the labels major stars and was involved with several major hits like "Ain´t No Mountain High Enough", "25 Miles" and "Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday". Bristol also had a personal involvement with Motown as he married Berry Gordy´s sister Iris and he stayed with the company throughout its booming success in the 60s, joining in 1961 and eventually leaving for the CBS label in 1973. Bristol had not been as active as an artist at Gordy but rectefied this by signing as an artist to MGM in 1974 where he released his biggest hit "Hang On In There Baby" the same year. It proved to be his biggest hit and even though Bristol would have several singles that charted after that, he seemed unable to produce the same magic for himself as he did for countless others. This track in from 1980 and a personal favourite, enjoy!"Love No Longer Has A Hold On Me"
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"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, April 20, 2010 20:06:31
The Sharpees were a st. Louis group who came in contact with Chicago label One-Derful through its A&R man Mack McKinney and St. Louis bandleader Benny Sharp. In 1964 the group, then consisting of Horise O´Toole, Herbert Reeves and Vernon Guy, signed with George Leaners One-Derful records and soon thereafter they went into the studio to cut their first single "Do The 45". Horise O´Toole had to leave the group because of health issues and was replaced by Stacy Johnson in 1965. The group recorded their material both in St. Louis as well as in Chicago and their first two releases "Do The 45" and "Tired Of Being Lonely" made some noise and had the group touring the chitlin circuit, singing at a number of famous venues like the Apollo in New York and the Regal in Chicago. This is the group´s third release for the label, not as commercially viable as the previous two but nontheless just as good. Released in 1966 it was the beginning of the end for The Sharpees, which came abruptly and tragically when lead singer Herbert Reeves was shot and killed in November 1972.
"I´ve Got A Secret"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Mon, April 19, 2010 21:48:36
Not an easy band-name for an aspiring radio DJ to play around with, perhaps this is why this record sank without trace, twice on the same label and then again on Kool Kat just shortly after. Originally released on Tommy Wills´Indiana label Airtown the single sold next to nowt, and when Detroit based Kool Katrecords tried their luck with it this did not change, if anything, this release is problably even scarcer than the Airtown ones. Even though I personally love this type of frantic stomping soul with garage influences it is hard too see the market which it was aimed for at the time of its release in 1968. Problably the white college kids in the Michigan and Indiana states who loved a good toga party accompanied by a mix of soul and rock sounds. Actually the college circuit was quite profitable for smaller bands from the area to play and I guess that eventually the cross breeding of musical styles that took place on stage at these hedonistic events eventuallyhad to give birth to some records. Enjoy!
"I Still Care"
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"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Sun, April 18, 2010 18:07:26
Jean Wells was born in West Palm Beach in Florida, but cut her first two records for local Philadeplhia label Quaker Town in 1964. After a brief stint at ABC records the year after, which resulted in just one 45, she moved to Morris Levy´s Calla records in 1966 or 67 where she had the bulk of her material released. Over the next two years she released eight 45s and one LP ("Here Comes Jean Wells" ) on the Calla label but to little avail. Some of her records have since then been picked up by rare soul DJ´s and collectors alike and are now put in greater esteem then when they were first released. I´m yet to find a definitive discography of Wells´ output, most seem to either omit or include different records, but this is problably the same person that recorded for the Eastern and Sunshine labels as well. Enjoy!"What Have I Got To Lose"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, April 14, 2010 22:21:25
Timothy Andre Wilson was prior to going solo the lead singer with both The Serenaders who recorded on Riverside and V.I.P. records ,as well as with Tiny Tim & The Hits. His first solo record came out on Veep records in 1965 and after one more release that same year on the logo he moved to Buddah records, where his first record for the label "Please Baby Please" was released in ´67. This wonderful track is the last of his quartet of 45s for the Buddah label. Released in 1968, it is a wonderful crossover type record with swirling production and Wilson´s aching vocals. He later recorded for both the Blue Rock and Sky Disc labels, and saw some success on the rare soul scene with his 1972 outing on Sky Disc "I Must Love You".
Timothy Wilson stayed in the business and is still active today , singing lead with an incarnation of the legendary 1950s group The Teenagers.
"Just Another Guy On A String"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, April 13, 2010 21:32:28
The Tams only reached moderate success on the charts, but have been hugely popular on the "Beach" scene in the U.S. which, much like the northern soul scene in the U.K., thrives on the forgotten gems of yester-year. Made up by brothers Charles and Joseph Pope together with Horace Key, Robert Lee Smith and Albert Cottle (who replaced original member Floyd Ashton in ´65), the group had a string of nearly there but not quite (at least not chart-wise) records in the early and mid-sixties, "Be Young Be Foolish Be Happy", "Untie Me" "What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am) and "Hey Girl Don´t Bother Me" to name but a few. This track was released in 1966 and catches Joseph Pope´s powerful lead singing perfectly. Enjoy!"Shelter"
80s SoulPosted by Martin Mon, April 12, 2010 22:36:34
This is the only 45 that charted for Memphis native Randy Brown, who started singing with local act The Newcomers in the early 70s. The Newcomers recorded for Memphis based Stax records and had some success with their "Pin The Tail On The Donkey". Brown then sat out on a solo career which lasted for almost two decades, recording material for the Truth (a Stax subsidary), Mainstream, Parachute and Chocolate City labels, often working together with Homer Banks and Chuck Brooks to great result. Like on this 1980 single which made it to # 16 on the R & B charts that year and deals with the appropriately named Randy´s favourite theme, carnal desire. Enjoy!
"We Ought To Be Doin´It"
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)"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, April 07, 2010 20:43:17
Our 300th addition this, and what more fitting than to add the track that started it all?
Ten years ago, almost exactly, I bought a CD called "It´s Okeh Up North", I had been intrigued by this thing called Northern Soul for some time, and when I flicked through generic indie-pop releases of the day one CD saying "A collection of 24 classic Northern Soul monsters from the vaults of OKEH" suddenly appeared. Fast forward to my room at mom & dad´s and the CD was promptly played. Anticipation galore.
Although the music that boomed out of my speakers was enough for me to understand that this was something I had to investigate further, it was when track
# 15 on the CD, this track, suddenly jumped out of the stereo I really got hooked. I must have played track 15 at least twenty times in a row before I eventually switched the stereo off and laid down on my bed, exhausted. Since then I have heard lots and lots of soul music, but rarely have they touched me as this one. The first cut is the deepest as they say. Whether this is the first or the 100th time you hear this song, I sincerly hope that you will feel the same goosebumps I did ten years ago. Here is to another three hundred, keep on keeping on and enjoy!"Too Late"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, April 07, 2010 12:41:48
James "Bull" Parks, Milton Hardy and James Otis Love were a local Chicago act who signed to Ernie & Tony Leaner´s Toddlin Town label in 1968. The Leaner´s had just started this new venture after their previous labels in the One-Derful & Mar-V-Lus stable had gone out of business. The group enjoyed immediate success with their 1968 release "The Funky Judge" which was a top 40 hit nationally. Unfortunately their next couple of 45s did not do as well. Their recipe for success was tried again just five months later on their second release for Toddlin´Town "I Can´t Forget" which sank without a trace and this, their last release, was put out in the summer of ´69. Enjoy!"If You Decide"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, April 06, 2010 09:52:39
Lead singer Larry Bell together with Jimmy Diggs and Jerry Norris formed The Carltons who released three singles on the Chess subsidary Argo during 1964-65. Their first releases was very much in the popular Impressions vein, but on this their final record they seem to have found their own formula with a slightly different approach to the lead and the backup harmonies, a shame that they could not go on a discover it further. The Carltons hailed from Washington D.C. but somehow got connected to the Chicago label, most likely through Jimmy Diggs, who recorded as one of the Knight Brothers ( "Tempation About To Get Me") for Chess records during the mid 60s and who also was a native of the U.S. capital. Enjoy!"I´m A Man"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Mon, April 05, 2010 14:00:12
The state of Ohio was a real hotbed for independently cut soul music in 1960s, with lots and lots of small labels trying to capitalize on Motown´s success that was happening just north of the state. Bob Rice was just one of these budding entrepreneurs who set up his own label and recorded the local talent of the day. Often managed on a shoestring budget these indiependents could all but hope for their productions to be picked up by a bigger company and generate some much needed cash for the next release. It was not unusual that, as with this release, the label owner also served as the songwriter, arranger and producer etc. to keep costs at a minimum. The Variations was a local act out of Cleveland OH and had releases on POW and Amy before trying their luck with Bob-Joy records. This did actually get picked up by Okeh records was re-relased on that imprint, which leads me to believe that it sold reasonably well at least locally in the Ohio area when it came out in ´68. Several groups used the name Variations during the 60s but I don´t think that there is any connection between these guys and for instance the outfits that recorded for Right-On or Amour & Sal Soul. Enjoy!
"Yesterday Is Gone"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Sun, April 04, 2010 13:02:10
Not to be confused with recording artist Fred Hughes, Freddie
Hughes cut a couple of 45s and even an album back in the late 60s and early 70s. On the strength of his "Send My Baby Back" for the small Wee label, N.Y. based Wand records picked up the record and also Hughes´ contract and released three singles and one LP on him. This track was featured on two of his Wand 45s, coupled with "Natural Man" and " He´s No Good" respectively, his third single for Wand label was "Send My Baby Back" B/W " Where´s My Baby". Hughes subsequently had releases on both Brunswick and Janus records and is still active as a performer today. Visit his website; http://www.freddiehughes.com or http://freddiehughes.blogspot.com/ for more information. Enjoy!
"I Gotta Keep My Bluff In"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Sun, April 04, 2010 12:29:56
Thelma Gordy (Motown founder Berry Gordy´s sister) was also involved in the music business in Detroit during the 60s. Her main label was aptly named Thelma and had some great releases on it, but today we fetch our track from one of her smaller enterprises, the short-lived Ge Ge label. With only three releases on it, all in 1965, Ge Ge records disappeared before it had a chance to leave any real mark on the Motor City´s musical heritage. But, as with many others the records, these were later picked up by The U.K´s northern soul scene and played to great appreciation on the other side of the Atlantic. This is the second of the three releases on the label, a classic Detroit production through and through. Eddie Hill also recorded on other small local labels like M-S for which he cut the excellent "Nothing Sweeter (Than You Girl)". Enjoy!
"I Can Hear You Crying"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, March 30, 2010 23:57:32
Famous rare soul DJ Richard Searling ( I have read) once defined Northern Soul as being "deep soul with a beat". If this is so, and the last addition to Soultreats.se (Le Bleau Monde) fits the bill as Deep Soul (which I think it does) then this is surely Northern Soul, at least in Mr. Searling´s point of view. Whatever the genre, the track is excellent and Brendetta Davis turns out one hell of a performance on this track, which was one of the first that future soul-superstar Barry White contributed to. Released problably between ´66-68 on Liberty records from Los Angeles, this track has had a new lease on life as it was featured a couple of years ago on the great "Deep Soul Treasures" CD-series on the reissue label Kent. Enjoy!"I Can´t Make It Without Him"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Mon, March 29, 2010 22:16:03
Deep soul and then some!
Counterpart records was a small Cincinatti label that released mainly Rock n´ Roll and Garage records between 1966-72. Amongst these there are a few soul records tucked away as well and this must be one of the finest. Label owner and local radioman & record promoter Shad O´Shea gave this release the green light in ´66, making it one of the first releases on his newly started Counterpart company. A fine double header, as the other side is a classic 60s soul dancer which have had some plays on the northern soul scene recently, it seems that it was Le Bleau Monde´s only release on the Counterpart imprint. As for the artist some sources on the net suggest that it is in fact a group formerly known as The Nutrons from Cincinatti Ohio which had releases on labels like Federal, El-Dee and Fabar records. Hopefully someone who reads this can confirm. Enjoy!
"If I Told You"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, March 25, 2010 18:29:48
If ever a saxophone could burp, it was Mike Terry´s. Such a classic 1960s Detroit feel to everything about this record, from the the cooking rhythm, the aforementioned saxplaying and Mrs. Edwards distinct vocals. Dee, you´re the greatest thing! Enjoy!
"The Greatest Thing"
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"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, March 25, 2010 18:15:42
From what must be one of the more solid 60s soul LPs, and certainly The Platters best offering in that veing, comes this great midtempo number. The entire LP is in the same style and will only set you back £10 or so for an orginal copy, so if you don´t already have it make sure to snap it up the next time you see it. Enjoy!"I Can´t Get Used To Sharing You"
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"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, March 19, 2010 19:10:36
Not everyone´s cup of tea, but personally I love this type of kitschy soul. Elsewhere on these pages you´ll find Rayford Tucker´s "If You Need More Time (Time Will Tell", which is in a similar poppy vein, and also utterly wonderful. I believe this to be Kenneth Gamble (label owner and famous Philly songwriter) himself recording under a different name. Love it or loathe it, here it is. Enjoy!"You´re Taking Too Long"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, March 19, 2010 18:56:27
An Ohio recording ( I believe), again from the late 60s by the sound of it. Judging by what little info we can gather from the label, Roy Williams was the groups most prominent person, as he is not only credited individually but also has writing credits. A great little dancer that seems to have grown in popularity over the last five years or so. Enjoy!"You Got What I Want"
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"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, March 19, 2010 18:33:36
Another late 60 or early 70s recording. Hard to date these type of transitional records as so much was happening with recording and production techniques in soul music between, say, 1968-72. Whatever the date of release, the music is timeless and I have to thank Peter Wiman, co-promoter of some great nights in Stockholm Sweden, for basically giving me this, thanks mate!
"The Beginning Of My Life"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, March 19, 2010 18:28:08
Similarly to Emanuel Laskey, Gene Chandler was a big local artist in the 60s but some 100 miles further west, in Chicago to be exact. However Chandler´s fate turned out to be more fortunate, at least music business wise, as he had several top 40 entries and and also a couple of national hits. This is not one of them though, cut before he hit the big time this is a perfect example of the type of uptempo joyful soul that the windy city locals produced en masse in the mid 60s. Enjoy!"Such A Pretty Thing"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, March 19, 2010 18:20:30
One of my favourite northern soul records, from one of my favourite northern soul artists. A veritable star on the northern sky (over northern England that is) Laskey sadly never broke out of local, or regional at best, sales. But he did have a long and rather prolific career cutting great material for a number of great detroit labels in the 1960 - 70s. I´m sure we´ll return to mr. Laskey soon again on these pages.
Enjoy!"I´m A Peace Loving Man"
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"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, March 11, 2010 18:05:14
Still going strong, Bobby Boyd started his career as a recording artist with this mid sixties release on the N.Y. based Bang label, a subsidary of United Artists. Moving to New York after he had finished his education in Augusta Georgia to pursue his love of music, Boyd soon found himself booked in nightclubs to perform as well as a striking a deal with United Artists. He has since stayed in the business and toured all over the world, including long stints in Europe. To find out more about what Bobby boyd is doing today visit his website: http://www.bobbyboyd.com Enjoy!"Whatcha´Gonna Do About It"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, March 11, 2010 17:39:48
Syl Johnson is perhaps most known for his work with legendary producer Willie Mitchell on Hi records, but he did also cut some excellent material for smaller labels like Twilight records (Is It Because I´m Black) and also this one for Zachron records in 1966. He started out in the mid 50s as a blues guitarist before signing with Federal records ( a subsidary of King records in Cincinatti which was a big blues label at the time) and has since continued performing and recording right up to present day. Enjoy!"Try Me"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, March 11, 2010 17:29:04
James Jay Barnes, although being a prolific artist during the midsixties up to the early seventies, never got the recognition he deserved. At least not in the U.S. On the other side of the Atlantic it is quite another story though ,where he is particulary in the U.K. somewhat of a cult figure for soul fans. With plenty of material to choose from, and within a range of different styles from northern soul to deep soul ballads, I´ve opted for this 1969 crossover gem released on the Memphis based Volt label. Barnes worked mainly out of his native Detroit but found himself releasing records on a host of different labels through his connection with Don Davis. Enjoy!"Snowflakes"
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!
60s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, March 09, 2010 19:54:07
Maybe not as rare or expensive as his seminal northern soul classic "Baby Can´t You see" on the same label, but this is a great record is own right, and can be found for a fraction of what you´d have to shell out for "Baby"... Sounding like a mid-sixties recording to me this has all the ingredients to become a northern favourite in its own right. Co-Written and produced by the label owner Mr. Wiggles (which has to be an alias I suppose). Enjoy!
60s SoulPosted by Martin Sun, March 07, 2010 15:06:46
The T.S.U. Toronadoes (or sometimes Tornadoes) were formed at Texan Southern University by students Cal Thomas and his brother Will Thomas, Jerry Jenkins, Dwight Burns, Robert Sanders, Darrel Busby, Clarence Harper, Leroy Lewis and Nelson Mills. The band soon got gigs backing up local artists at their shows, such as Archie Bell and The Drells. Local radioman and owner of the Ovide label in Houston, Skipper Lee Frazier, signed them to his label where they both recorded and served as in-house studio musicians. Although somewhat successful locally, the group never got a big national hit, but got enough local attention on some of their releases, like this one, to get their material picked up by a major label for release. The group dispanded in the early 70s after having released some ten singles or so. Enjoy!
"I Still Love You"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Sun, March 07, 2010 14:48:30
The Four Sonics recorded two singles for the short lived Sport label in Detroit. The label was only active for about a year but in that short period of time managed to release eleven singles, of which many have become very collectable on the northern soul scene. The Four Sonics evolved out of a group called The Velvet Angels and consisted of Jay Johnson, Bill Frazier, Steve Gaston and Eddie Daniels. The group also cut material for thye Sepia, Trible B and JMC labels, sometimes under the name of Four Sonics + 1. Enjoy!
"Easier Said Than Done"
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"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, February 18, 2010 13:37:29
Written and arranged by Del-Val founder and owner Joe Stevenson, who started the label in 1965, this frantic number was one of first releases on his new Philadelphia enterprise. Gene Woodbury, as I´m sure you can hear by listening to the tune, was barely out of junior high school when he recorded this, sounding almost like a girl. Woodbury had three releases on Del-Val records, but none seemed to do much for him at the time. Now it is a different situagtion though, and his and others releases on the Del-Val imprint are fetching high sums on the collectors market. Enjoy!"That´s Not Half Bad"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Mon, February 15, 2010 21:22:04
Lead singer Johnny Matthews and his Expressions released three singles on the Josie label between 1965-66 before, from the looks of it, fading into obscurity. Somewhere on the net I know I´ve read that the lead singer was actually one Johnny Wyatt, but I doubt that it´s true because he (Wyatt) was recording for other labels at the same time as this came out in 1966. Whatever the case may be, this is a fine midtempo almost sweet soul track. Enjoy!
80s SoulPosted by Martin Sun, February 14, 2010 18:37:57
Dubbed on this particular release as Bobby Story instead of Patterson, perhaps because of some contractual reasons, Patterson is one of the soul worlds most enduring and versatile figures. Beginning his career as an artist in 1967 on the Jestar label he cut a dozen or so great singles before moving on to Paula records in 1971. Patterson has since recorded for a number of different labels and also found work as a songwriter, producer, arranger and even as a DJ on the radio, which is his current occupation. This track is lifted off his 1982 "Storyteller" album, and was sadly never relased on a 45. Enjoy!"Let´s Do Something Different"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, February 11, 2010 17:49:07
Perhaps more known as The Soul Survivors, brothers Charles & Richard Ingui together with Kenny Jerimiah, Chuck Trois, Paul Venturini and Joseph Forgeon formed The Dedications in the early 60s and cut this fine blue-eyed effort for the New York based Bell records in 1962 or ´63. It was a hit locally and got plenty of airtime on N.Y. radio stations. The group then changed their name to Soul Survivors and had a massive hit in 1967 with "Expressway To Your Heart" an early collaboration with budding songwriting/producing duo Gamble & Huff from Philadelphia. The group is still active, which is a pleasant surprise. Here is their very their very first effort, enjoy!"I Ain´t A Bit Sorry"
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!
60s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, February 10, 2010 15:29:29
The Vibrations formed in 1963 when former members of the RnB group The Jayhawks Carlton Fischer,David Govan and James Johnson teamed up with Ricky Owens & Donald Bradley. Even though the group was based in Los Angeles they released a lot of their material on Chicago based labels, particulary the Okeh label which they stayed with between ´64-68, with no less than 13 singles being released during that time. The group had previously cut two singles for the Atlantic label without any success but had some moderate hits during the mid 60s with releases like "Sloop Dance" and " Misty". Todays track is the B-side of their 1965 release "Misty". Enjoy!"Finding Out The Hard Way"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Sat, February 06, 2010 13:35:16
Another of James Brown´s proteges, Marva Whitney sang with Brown´s revue (together with fellow funk divas Lynn Collins and Vicki Anderson) from the mid 60s and onwards as well as recording and performing as a solo artist as well. Orginally from Kansas City, Whitney began singing at just three with a family based gospel group called The Manning Gospel Singers. Although she never got a real breakthrough her work has been much sampled by hip-hop artists over the years. This is the B-side to her first single for the Cincinatti based King label "It´s My Thing", a remake of the Isleys Brothers track. It was released in 1969 and proved to be one of the most commercially successful singles for Whitney, reaching the top 20 in RnB chart. Connie Austin also recorded a terrific version of "Ball Of Fire" for the same label, set at a slightly lower pace. Enjoy!
"Ball Of Fire"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, February 04, 2010 22:35:59
Another early 60s outing today. Bobby Byrd was sadly very underrated as an artist in his own right because, of course, the immense shadow that the "Godfather of Soul" James Brown cast over him. Always one to be modest, Byrd seldom complained about this relationship, at least not in public. This is one of Byrd´s first solo records and really shows off his vocal abilities in a fine way. Enjoy!"Time Will Make A Change"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, February 03, 2010 22:04:03
Just a short note today, as the story behind Sonny Til & The Orioles is well documented elsewere on the web. This is the third incarnation of the group I believe, the first one formed in the late 40s and was one of the most influential RnB / DooWop groups of its time, even starting the whole "bird" trend with groups, The Ravens, The Flamingos etc. Must be early to mid 60s for this release as The Orioles only stayed with CP Parker for a short period of time. Til moved on to record as solo artist, amongst other his great crossover soul classic "Tears & Misery". Enjoy!"Hey! Little Woman"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, February 02, 2010 20:33:30
Set at a pleasent midetempo pace is The Astors 1965 waxing "Candy". Consisting of lead singer Curtis Johnson, Sam Byrnes, Ed Stanbeck and Rich Harris the group was one of the first to record for the newly found Stax/Satellite set-up in the early 60s, making their debut as The Chips in 1961 with "You Make Me Feel So Good" on the Satellite label (who had to change its name to Stax because their was already another label with that name). The Astors recordings came sporadically, they had one in 61, then another one in 63 and after that two releases in ´65 before releasing their fifth and final single in 1967. Enjoy!"Candy"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Mon, February 01, 2010 22:24:58
Reuben Bell, who sadly died a few years ago, was a talented singer from Shreveport Louisiana. Born in 1945 Bell released his first 45 on the local Murco label in ´67 called "It´s Not That Easy". He then recorded this which came out almost at the same time on both the Murco and Silver Fox labels. Silver Fox was run by Shelby Singleton, one of the main men of southern soul in the 60s. Bell continued to release material on a myriad of labels, he had his biggest it on the King subsidary Deluxe in 1972 with "I Hear You KNocking (It´s Too Late)". Bell was also a talented writer and wrote for fellow southern soul singers like Bobby "Blue" Bland. He is also one of the writers to this wonderful skippy thing which saw the light of day in 1969, enjoy!"Action Speaks Louder Than Words"
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!
60s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, January 29, 2010 16:09:26
The Incredibles released a series of singles, and even an album, on Audio Arts records in the mid 60s. The original group consisted of lead singer Cal Waymon, who also wrote this, Carl Gilbert, Alda Denise Edwards and Jean Smith. Later on, in 1968, Gilbert & Smith left the group and was replaced by Don Rae Sampson, who had previously recorded for E records as a solo artist "Standing Here Crying" was released no less than three times, twice on Audio Arts in 1967 and 69 and also on Tetragrammon in ´69. The Incredibles are a well known act to many northern soul fans because of their fabulous uptempo sides like " There´s Nothing Else To Say" or " Miss Treatment" but today we focus on this slower paced little gem, enjoy!
"Standing Here Crying"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, January 28, 2010 18:10:46
This guy never did a duff record... On a Chicago label that was set up almost specifically for Fletcher, this particular track seems to be a Detroit job through and through. Written by Ronnie McNeir and Don Mancha (who also produced it) and arranged by Mike Terry, it is like a veritable who´s who of Detroit soul on the label. Not his best seller, but if you like (as I do) your soul uptempo and filled with angst, you will absolutely love this (as I do). Enjoy!
"What Good Am I Without You"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, January 28, 2010 17:59:23
This group did not have anyone named Teddy in it, which I suppose you might be forgiven for assuming with such a name. But no, the group consisted of Fred Cohen who was lead singer and also songwriter on this together with Larry Williams, John Williams, Sam Connors and Ben Hart. All members had been involved with other groups before joining The Twilights and the Swan label. Swan records was based in Philadelphia and was active between 1957 - 68, it was co-owned by Bernie Binnick and Tommy Mammarella, and supposedly the famous tv-character Dick Clark had invested in it as well. Later on, sometime after 1962 I guess which was when this was released and it is not on this record, the Swan label stamped all labels with " Don´t Drop Out" as a message to kids to stay in school. A nice gesture and a nice track, enjoy!
"I´m Just Your Clown"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, January 27, 2010 22:20:42
A mysterious figure on the Chicago soul scene and a one time member of the group The Steelers (who had a big hit with "Get It From The Bottom" on Date records in 1969) Wallace recorded as a solo artist on a host of the city´s labels, including all of Brunswick´s subsidiaries (BRC, Dakar & Bashie) as well as other locals like Renee, Innovation II and Now Sound, but never on Brunswick itself. Even though Wallace and his often used producer Wille Henderson never broke any sales records, the quality is consistently high, my pick today is his 1969 debut on Bashie records, enjoy!
"We´re Not Happy"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, January 27, 2010 21:50:13
Born Camille Bob in Arnaudville LA in 1937, Little Bob traded his horse for a drumkit and after that there was no stopping him. He formed his own band in the late 50s after having served as a drummer for local act Good Rockin´ Bob for a while. Little Bob & The Lollipops recorded for several Louisiana labels during the 60s and early 70s and even released a full length album on Carol Rachou´s La Louisianne label on the strength of the title track "Nobody But You" which did well on the singles chart locally in 1965. A pleasant surprise to the story is that both Little Bob and the La Louisianne label are still active today, more than 50 years later, a very rare feat indeed. This is problably my favourite track, a cover version of Billy Bland´s "My Hearts On Fire" on Old Town, which Bob manages to improve even though the original is an excellent track in its own right, enjoy!
"My Hearts On Fire"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, January 26, 2010 18:58:51
Tucked away on the B-side of a local Chicago hit "Uh! Uh! Boy, That´s A No No" is this wondeful atmosperic 1969 crossover dancer. Love worked as a schoolteacher in Chicago and recorded most of the material that was released on the Aquarius label which was set up by Ricardo Williams, a veteran on the music scene and owner of several labels like Criss-Cross and Zodiac records. Candace Love also recorded for another of Williams´ labels, Shock, but then under the name "Woman". However, this is to my knowledge her first and most successful 45. Sadly Love has passed ,but she left a legacy of great music to be cherished forever. Enjoy!"Wonderful Night"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, January 26, 2010 18:16:29
We return to the New Jersey group The Ad Libs for their wonderful 1968 outing "Giving Up". Very different from their previous addition to this blog "Johnny My Boy", the group shows off their versatility in dealing with both uptempo numbers as well as doom-laden ballads as this one. On this particular record the group teamed up with producing/arranging maestro Van McCoy who also wrote the song which leads to high expectations, but no-one needs to feel disappointed. One of my favourite deep soul tracks of all time, enjoy!"Giving Up"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, January 26, 2010 18:08:27
Lester Johnson, David Richardson and Clifton Knight all co-wrote this song (as well as the other side on this record "My Heart Cries"), this was their second release on the label, they made their debut a year earlier in 1964 with the wonderful "Heart Full Of Love". The group continued to record for various labels throughout the late 60s, releasing material on labels like Loma, Ciray, Double-Shot, Rampart and Stardom. They also recorded as The Soul Gents on Stardom and the small Fros-Ray label. Enjoy!"It´s That Love Of Mine"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, January 26, 2010 17:58:12
A nice mixture between RnB and Soul with some seductive horn arrangements that leads the song forward. Written by Marrs himself and released in 1966 the B-side is more of the same. Enjoy!"Love Message Pt. 1"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, January 21, 2010 22:17:08
From 1962 and the Detroit based Lupine records comes this wonderful
early soul record. Robert West, who owned the label and ran it all the
way up until 1980 ( it was founded in 1960), was an artist in his own
right and had several records under his belt on various local labels.
Bobby Williams released a few records during the 60s and also fronted
the group Bobby Williams & The Mar-Kings. Enjoy!
Tell It To My Face
60s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, January 12, 2010 18:09:36
Aaron Schroeder, Art Talmadge & Harold Daily ran the Musicor label together out of New York City together during the mid sixties, although Talmadge eventually gained control over the label himself a few years later. Musicor´s main stars were singers Gene Pitney and Country star George Jones. However, the label issued together with its subsidary Dynamo a fair share of soul records as well. This particular one came out in 1966 and is produced by none other than Van McCoy himself. Who Billy T. Soul was is still clouded in mystery, but there are some suggestions that he is one Ken Williams (co-songwriter on this), but that´s just speculation. Enjoy!"Call On Billy"
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"