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"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, June 01, 2011 08:29:33
A wonderful 1966 dancer from Philadelphia PA. The Volcanos released nine singles between 1964 and 1968, and used only thirteen songs. Such is the case with this release, where "Help Wanted" had previously been used as the A-side (it's the B-side here) in ´65, then backed with "Make Your Move". Here the official A-side is instead "A Lady's Man". I believe this is the group's first collaboration with songwriters Gamble & Huff who later on had huge success with acts like O'Jays etc. on Philadelphia International Records in the 70s. Although The Volcanos only charted once in the 60s, they too did well in the 70s when a large part of the group formed the backbone of disco act The Trammps. Enjoy!"Help Wanted"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Mon, May 30, 2011 19:26:07
This 1966 release seems to have been Larry & The Larks' only release, and there is precious little information about them on the internet. Written and produced by a Tony March it seems like the group more or less passed by the studio, cut their record - win or lose, and then disappeared from the business, at least under this name. Nevertheless, the track is an excellent guitar led dancer, a fusion between Soul, RnB and garage that works really well. Enjoy!
" Tell Me"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, May 27, 2011 08:51:15
Joe Hinton was born in in Evansville
Indianapolis in 1929 and is not to be confused with Joe Hinton the
songwriter and artist who worked for Motown among others in the 70s.
After he´d been in two gospel groups he was persuaded by Don Robey
who owned Peacock records (where one of Hinton's gospel outfits The
Spirit of Memphis had released three singles in 1957-58) to have a
stab at the secular market. Hinton signed as a solo artist to
Peacock's subsidiary in 1958 but had to wait five years and an equal
amount of releases before he finally got a hit with his 1963 ”You
Know It Ain't Right”. Hinton's biggest success came the year after
when he managed to get a top 20 hit with his rendition of Willie
Nelson's ”Funny How Time Slips Away”. This is Joe Hinton's final
single for the Bacbeat imprint, where he released a total of 16
singles and one album. Sadly he died from skin cancer in 1968, the same
year this wonderful piece of music was released.
"Got You On My Mind"
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)"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, May 25, 2011 08:12:24
This is to my knowledge the last release by this Georgia group who also recorded as The Fabulous Dinos for the local Saber label in the early 60s. Members Robert Fears (aka Bobby Dixon), Allan Pace, James Walker, Hezekiah Sheffield and Rickey Andrews formed a band playing RnB in clubs in and around the Atlanta area in the late 50s. After an unsuccessful release on the Saber label in 1960 and one on New York's Musicor Records in 1962 they relocated to Macon Georgia to try out their luck. There they were signed to the King label and had a further two 45s released in 1964. Although both 45s are absolutely top drawer ("Bad Girl" has also been featured here previously) they sank without a trace. The co-writer of this track and most of the Denos' material Robert Fears later had his share of success as a member of The Ohio Players. Enjoy!
"I've Enjoyed Being Loved By You"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, May 24, 2011 09:09:16
Long before Aretha, Otis, The Spinners and countless others there was Ruth Brown.
Way back in the early 50s when Atlantic records was still just a fledgling RnB label alongside many others, Ruth Brown almost single handedly carried the label to its unique position it had a few years later. For almost a decade her records kept the company afloat and gave it the ability to expand. Sadly, when RnB turned to Soul in the 1960s she was to a large extent forgotten about.
This track is proof, if anything, that she could still deliver the goods though. A personal favourite from 1968 and the Solid State label which was a subsidary of Uniter Artists. Ruth Brown eventually got back into the music business, as a recordning artist but perhaps more importantly as a key figure in fighting for royalties for RnB and Soul acts. Enjoy!"A Stone Groovy Thing"
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"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, May 18, 2011 08:14:41
A great midtempo track with that classic Chicago 60s sound. The Mandells were a local group who recorded a couple of tracks for the Moneytown label ("I Just Can´t Win") before they got their own label, Trans World Sound. This had actually been the idea from the beginning, to start a record label rather than a group. The Mandells then released quite a few sides on their Chicago based Trans World Sound, and often handled production, songwriting and arrangement themselves as well. This is my pick from their Trans World material. Enjoy!
"How To Love A Woman"
Ps Get The Mandells' full story at Bob Abrahamian's excellent site http://sittinginthepark.com/interviews.html Ds
60s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, May 17, 2011 18:42:51
When this great cut was released in 1966 the glory days for this famous outfit were over. Formed as early as ´51 The Platters struggled for a few years before hooking up with producer and songwriter Buck Ram who almost single-handedly turned them into one of the most successful Doo-Wop groups of all time. At their prime in the mid and late 50s they were seldom of the charts and had huge hits like "The Great Pretender" and "Only You". The group continued (with some line-up changes) to record in the 60s, trying to adapt their style to the new realms of music. Although they never were as successful commercially as in the 50s they did record some great records, especially during their stay at the New York based Musicor label. Enjoy!"With This Ring"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Mon, May 16, 2011 09:37:38
Another great 45 from this dynamic duo and their 1967 album "Two For The Price of One". Recorded and produced in Los Angeles it was released on Chicago's Okeh label. The Okeh label has become somewhat of a favourite for northern soul fans worldwide because of its wealth of great uptempo tracks they released in the mid 60s and you could problably spend both a lot of time and money if you wanted to collect them all. Enjoy!"A Quitter Never Wins"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, May 13, 2011 08:17:59
Hard to believe that with this addition there are now 400 Soultreats! listed on these pages! A big thank you to all of you who visit the blog and those of you who have taken the time to comment, it is very much appreciated!
Today's addition is from 1965 by The Superiors, a group that cut some excellent material for the MGM label and its Verve subsidary during the mid-60s. Hope you all enjoy, here's to the next 400!"What Would I Do"
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
60s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, May 11, 2011 17:42:28
Born in 1942, Spencer Wiggins cut some excellent southern soul ballads for the Goldwax and Fame labels during the 1960s and early 70s before turning his back on secular music in 1976. Like so many of his peers he began singing in church and formed a group together with his siblings Percy (who's been featured previously on theses pages) and Maxine Wiggins. In 1964 he was signed to Quinton Claunch's Goldwax label where his first recordings were leased to the Bandstand USA label. Although he is most known for his wonderful ballads, Spencer Wiggins recorded some great uptempo music as well. Perhaps most known to northern soul fans is his unreleased "Let's Talk it Over" which has been reissued on CDs and bootlegged many times over. Today we focus on this 1967 release with Wiggins' rumbling voice in fine form.
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"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Mon, May 09, 2011 08:48:06
Born in Mississippi in 1939 as Roger Lee Craton, Rogers' family relocated to Detroit when he was just three years old. There he joined the church choir and also began to sing with local street corner groups. In 1959 he was a member of The Peppermints, a group that had two releases on the local Hob label the same year. In the early 60s Rogers met Mike Hanks, a local musician and entrepreneur who brought him to his stable of labels. Rogers had a big hit in 1964 on Hanks' D-Town label with his track "I Want You To Have Everything, which made #17 on the Billboard RnB chart in early ´65. Sadly this was Rogers only breakout hit, and although he continued to record frequently throughout the decade, none of his following records managed to repeat the success of "Everything". This great double-header, the other side is called "I'm A Practical Guy", was released in 1966. Enjoy!"Go-Go Girl"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, May 06, 2011 09:57:57
A personal favourite from Joe Evans' great New Jersey label.
The Manhattans consisted of George Smith, Winfred Lovett, Richard
Taylor, Kenneth Kelley and Edward Bivins. The group recorded a number
of singles for the Carnival label between 1964-68 which are all worth
looking up. They had their major breakthrough in the 70s however with
the smash hit "Kiss and Say Goodbye" for Columbia records which became
the second single ever to reach platinum, after Johnny Taylor's "Disco
Lady". This great little dancer is from 1967. Enjoy!
"All I Need Is Your Love"
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"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, May 04, 2011 09:16:11
A 1966 release by this talented falsetto singer who tragically died in a motorcycle accident shortly after. This was his only official release, the A-side to this record is called "Help My Love". McCants was brought to the King label by songwriter Charles Spurling I believe who also wrote most of McCants material. The King label released one more record by McCants "She Wrote It I Read It" B/W "Try Me For Your New Love" but it was withdrawn right after McCants death in respect of the singer's family, leaving just a few promo copies in existance which are incredibly sought after.
Enjoy!"The Boy Needs A Girl"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, April 28, 2011 00:15:16
Another great dancer by this immensively talented singer. Set against the blaring horns and a relentless beat Carr cries out his agony for a love he cannot deny, brilliant stuff! Enjoy!"A Losing Game"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, April 26, 2011 12:51:31
Although a recording artist in his own right James Norman Scott is most known for his songwriting abilities. He wrote "Time Is On My Side" for Irma Thomas which was later covered and a smash hit for The Rolling Stones. He has also worked with both Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix during the beginnings of their career and he was a member of the Coasters. Born in Nashville in 1937 he has now relocated to New York where he has made a comeback with his 2004 album "Little Pieces".
This track was problably recorded in New York during the mid to late sixties. Enjoy!
Find out more about Jimmy Norman here
."This I Beg Of You"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Mon, April 25, 2011 12:26:57
Ramsey Emmanuel Lewis has over the past five decades released a string of piano led pop/jazz records that have become popular on the U.K's mod and scooter scene. Lewis formed his own trio way back in 1956 and has since then stayed in the music business, a remarkable achievement and a proof of that his music has stood the test of time. Enjoy!"Wade In The Water"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, April 19, 2011 12:28:12
Really named Earl Nelson, Jackie Lee had a massive hit called "Harlem Shuffle" in 1963 as part of the duo Bob & Earl together with L.A. legend Bob Relf. He had previous to that been in a number of groups, including Bobby Byrd's The Hollywood Flames. Lee's solo career got of to a flying start when he released "The Duck" in 1965, a dance record that quickly climbed the RnB charts. Mirwood (a Los Angeles based company) quickly released a full length L.P. to capitalize on its success. Lee continued to record throughout the 60s, releasing a number of wortwhile uptempo grooves. This is my personal favourite. Enjoy!
"Oh My Darlin' "
60s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, April 12, 2011 19:36:08
One of soul music's best kept secrets, Jimmy James Barnes is held in high esteem by soul fans all over the world for his 1960 & 70s recordings. JJ Barnes was born in Detroit Michigan in 1943 and cut his first solo recording just 17 years old for the local lable Kable records in 1960, a track called "My Love Came Tumbling Down". He recorded prolifically during the 60s, releasing stellar material on labels like Mickay's, Scepter, Golden World (as part of the group The Holidays) Ric Tic and others. This 1967 release was his best seller and it reached #11 on the RnB chart in '67. Enjoy!"Baby Please Come Back Home"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, April 05, 2011 11:36:51
Born in 1946 and a native of Pittsburgh P.A. Chuck Corby got in to the music business in his teens and this record was released in 1966. It fared pretty well and was picked up by Scepter records for national distribution the same year. Corby moved on to release material on a number of labels during the 1960&70s, including some great records on Spectre, Chess and the Fee-Bee label, among others the epic "Those Lonely Nights" in 1968 (then dubbed as The Soul Communicators). Currently residing in Clairton P.A. Corby is still active today, and has also made an appearance on the U.K. soul scene a few years ago. Enjoy!
"Happy Go Lucky"
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"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, March 31, 2011 10:44:53
Most known for his seminal "The Dark End Of The Street", James Carr is regarded by many as one of the most talented soul singers of all time. Born in 1942, Carr like so many of his peers began singing in church and gospel groups. Together with friend and former band mate Roosevelt Jamison he started searching for an entrance into a secular recording career in the early 1960s, and was eventually signed to Quinton M Claunch and Rudolph 'Doc' Russell's newly founded Goldwax label in '63 after another Memphis label, Stax, had turned him down. At Goldwax Carr recorded the bulk of his material including this B-side to the classic "You Got My Mind Messed Up" in 1966.
Enjoy!"That's What I Want To Know"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, March 31, 2011 00:06:29
Most likely a 1963 or 64 release from the short lived Success label. Based In Des Moines Iowa, the label had just ten releases before folding but, judging by the records that I've heard, it wasn't quality that was lacking. The Blendtones had their two releases (number 1 & 5 in the Success catalogue) and the first one entitled "Dear Diary" B/W "Lovers" sold well in the L.A. area, reaching #3 on the local chart. The group consisted of brothers and Des Moines natives Gilbert & George Davis together with Ronnie Brewer. This is the B-side to "The Slide", their second and final outing for Success. It was written, as all their Success material, by George Davis who is now back performing with his brother again in the Des Moines area.
Enjoy!"Come On Home"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Sun, March 27, 2011 22:01:26
One of the more commercially viable tracks from this Los Angeles based label, this was also done in a female version, aptly named "That Boy" instead.
Henderson had another northern winner with his "I'm Scheming" on the same label, which is a lot harder to find. For me though, this is his finest hour. Enjoy!
60s SoulPosted by Martin Sat, March 26, 2011 23:34:40
One of the original members of The Impressions, Butler also had a fantastic career as a solo artist and is remembered as one of the Windy City's most memorable voices. This is perhaps not one of his best sellers or most know tracks, but anyone with a history in northern soul will surely have fond memories of it, as it just the type of happy go lucky dance music that usually attracts new followers.
60s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, March 23, 2011 21:51:34
Deep soul of the highest order on this 1969 release from the King subsidary Federal records. Sadly I have no information whatsoever abot the real identities behind the duo. From my understanding this is their one release and it sank without a trace, only to be rediscovered some thirty years later when it was compiled on the excellent Ace / Kent CD "King Deep Soul". Nice little double sider it is as well since the flip "I Don´t Have Worry" is southern crossover at its best.
"All I Want Is You"
OtherPosted by Martin Sat, March 19, 2011 12:06:22
Hej Bohemka je jenom jedna,
vi på Soultreats tycker att det är jättebra att du spelar northern soul tills öronen blöder.
Vi har slagits för den typen av musik i ett allt mer likriktat klubblandskap under flera år nu och blir därför väldigt glada när fler tar upp "kampen".
Dock så anser vi att det inte enbart går att föra kampen genom att spela skivor "tills öronen blöder" eller dansa och ha roligt. Det krävs ytterligare engagemang. Vi tycker inte att man kan, eller bör, sprida musik enbart genom glädje och dans. Glädjen och dansen måste sättas in i en meningsfull kontext.
Vi vill därför föreslå att ni ändrar er "approach" till kvällens tillställning något. Vore det till exempel inte ett utmärkt tillfälle att belysa de tragiska villkor som dessa musiker ofta levde under när de var aktiva? Detta kan också enkelt länkas till workshops om t.ex. huruvida det amerikanska facket för musiker i själva verket inte alls stod på dess medlemmars sida, utan snarare skivbolagens.
Vi publicerar detta brev för att belysa den problematik som uppstår när man närmar sig en musikalisk genre utan reflektion, och därmed går miste om unika tillfällen att upplysa allmänheten om vikten av förståelse och kunskap om det unika i northern soul.Högaktningsfullt,Soultreats
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"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, March 04, 2011 23:00:52
A 1967 release on this short lived record label which I think was based in Detroit MI. Martin was a Detroit native and had previously, dating back to the 50s, been in various Doo-Wop and RnB groups, The Pearls and The Top Notes, as well as singing with Duke Ellington. In the mid sixties he decided to go solo and recorded for several labels like Roulette, Tuba and Crackerjack. This 45, which was also picked up bý Stax records and released on that label in the U.K., is to me his best although his #47 RnB hit "You Better Go" for Roulette records comes close, enjoy!"Sly Girl"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, March 03, 2011 22:21:32
Another girl group winner and this time from 1969, which was problably after most the girl groups had already faded away and funkier rhythms had taken over. And it is none other than the king of funk himself, James Brown, who produced this track. I haven´t found a line-up of The De Vons and I don´t know of any other releases by them, some suggest that they may the samé girls who recorded as The Devonnes on "I´m Gonna Pick Up My Toys And Go Home", but I´m not sure of that.
"Someone To Treat Me (The Way You Use To)"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, March 01, 2011 21:06:53
For many this is the ultimate girl group record, and I agree. From the opening bars to the soaring lead vocal by Margaret Ross´ it is just perfection. The group never got much attention during their time, although they are the ones that are singing most of Little Eva´s "Locomotion" and were the first group to record "I´m Into Something Good" which was later covered by Hermans Hermits and a million seller. Whatever raw deal they were dealt The Cookies can be proud that this, to me their finest hour, will never crumble.
"I Never Dreamed"
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"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, February 09, 2011 20:54:05
Another one of King´s lesser known tracks, I´ve featured his great "I
Can´t Break The News To Myself" some time ago. This was released the
year before, in 1964 to be exact and although it sold fairly well
judging by how it is to find nowadays it still has to be considered a
poor seller by King´s standards. Still active to this day, Ben E King
has a recording history that spans over five decades and includes hits
with both The Drifters as well as a solo artist. He also managed to
make a remarkable return to the spotlight in the 70s after having been
out of the limelight for some time. Definately one of the most
rememberable voices of soul music, here it is in all its glory, enjoy!
"What Can A Man Do"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Mon, February 07, 2011 17:58:08
Another one that I don´t know much about, and I can´t seem to find out anything about it either. Sounds like a mid- to late 60s production to me and Smith is obviously a talented guy. For some reason I think that Conclave records were out of Chicago, but the label doesn´t say anything so that is pretty much just a hunch. The flip "Human", is also a great track, more of a classic ballad but equally as good which makes this little cheapie a contender for this weeks "best value" award.
Enjoy!"Don´t Find Me Guilty"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Sun, February 06, 2011 20:25:38
From time to time ,no matter how hard you try to find out a little something about these records, you come up with nothing. Nothing at all in fact. I guess it is bound to happen, since quite a few of the tracks presented on these pages never got the public´s attention in the first place, and thus in many cases were never documented. This is one of those. The Spoilers were problably a white outfit (sounds like it to me) that got a chance to cut a record in 1967, which never took off and that pretty much ended their claim to fame right there and then. The record itself isn´t half bad though, some decent harmonies and nice orchestration sees this little dancer through in a good way.
Enjoy!"Something About You"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, February 03, 2011 21:09:41
The Volumes consisted of Ed Union, Elijah Davis, Larry Wright, Joe Travillion, Ernest Newsome and on one of their releases (Impact 1017) Gerald Mathis sang lead. During their eight years together, from approx. 1962-70, the group went through eight different record companies, but stayed with the same production team for most of the time. Harry Balk (co-owner of the Impact and Inferno labels) and Duke Browner (co-owner and songwriter extraordinaire) worked closely with the group throughout the sixties without getting that all-important breakthrough hit. The group actually came closest on their first attempt, the 1962 release "I Love You" on Chex records which made the Top 30 on Billboard´s pop chart. This is their first release on the Inferno imprint, released in 1967.
Enjoy!"You Got It Baby"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, February 02, 2011 20:50:22
James Phelps sadly passed on October 26th last year and the news made it into several distinguished music papers, mainly because of his involvement with the legendary gospel group The Soul Stirrers. Phelps moved to Chicago from his native Louisiana in his late teens with that precise objective in his head, to be in the Soul Stirrers. Although he did not sign up with the group immeadiately it wasn´t long before he was fronting the group and was singled out as the next secular star to be signed as a secular solo artist, after his famous predecessor Sam Cooke of course. Phelps´ solo career got of to a very good start with his "Love Is A Five Letter Word" which was released on Argo in 1965. Sadly his following records did not fare as well, although the were just as good, as you can hear. Although that promising start did not blossom into a fully fledgled solo-stardom, Phelps made his living as a popular club act in Las Vegas and other places for many years.
To hear Phelps´ full story, and possibly one of the last interviews with him, please visit the excellent website: www.sittinginthepark.com
Enjoy!"Don´t Be A Cry Baby"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Mon, January 31, 2011 21:36:57
Mutt records was a small record company out of Inkster Michigan. The label dabbled in a bit of everything, including some very nice soul releases by artists like The Two Fellows and Dusty Wilson. This wonderful and slightly funk influnced 45 came out in 1968 and was released in several different versions (with or without strings I think is the main difference between them ). The Mutt label was run by Nate Dore and Bill Williams, allegedly in the same office as one of the owners bail-bond office. Labels like these could never in a million years compete with the Motown monster, but that is not to say that they didn´t try, and that they didn´t deserve to win from time to time. I think Carol Jones´ moment of fame is one of those, see for yourself.
"Don´t Destroy Me"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, December 02, 2010 12:16:59
The Casinos only released one single for Joe Stevenson´s Philadelphia label Del-Val records, and not much else is known about them. It may be the same group that had a hit with "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye" in 1967 and recorded for the Fraternity label but I´m not sure on this. The timing seems right however since this number came out in 1965, and it did next to nothing so the group may have searched for their pot of gold elsewhere. Whatever the truth is, this is a fine uptempo Philly number that deserves a spin or two. Enjoy!"If I Told You"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, December 02, 2010 11:40:47
Franky & The Spindles were problably from the N.J. area. The group was made up by Frankie Kennedy (lead), Robert Kennedy, Charles Graves, Joseph Shields and Raymond Shields. They are not the same Spindles that recorded for ABC records, that incarnation was problably from the Florida area.
Franky & The Spindles released four singles on Philadelphia based Roc-Ker records between 1968 - 1970, and went on to record for a number of local labels after that as well. Their last 45 came out on the tiny Strawberyy label in 1977.
The Roc-Ker label was co-owned by George Kerr, a well established player in the Philadelphia music industry (he is the "Ker" in the label) and another person who is a this point unknown to me. The label worked as a subsidary to the larger Phil LA of Soul and used various distribution networks to get the product out, in this case the Amy - Mala - Bell setup.
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"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, November 30, 2010 21:47:03
A 1966 release with an almost frantic approach, thus making it perfect for the northern soul scene. If northern soul music is basically about on the fours Motown copycats, but with a twist, then this fits the bill perfectly!
The International GTO´s consisted of Willie Powell, Tunde Aleem (later replaced by Arthur Allen) Norman Dade and Tommy Lockhart (lead). They only had one 45 released under that name, but had previously recorded in 1963 as The Master Four on Tay-Ster and released a wonderful doo-wop ballad called "It´s Not The End". I believe that the Tay-Ster and Rojac labels were connected (possibly owned by one
Jack Taylor) but I´m not sure on this. It also seems like both labels and the group originated from the Harlem area in N.Y.C.
"I Love My Baby"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, November 26, 2010 16:04:59
Problably one of my top ten records of all time, I just never get tired of hearing this 1966 release.
Barney "Duke" Browner worked mainly as a producer and songwriter at Harry Balk´s Impact label, which was located in Detroit Michigan. There is not much information about him to go about but what is clear is that he was involved in a lot of recordings that later on became northern soul classics, "Lady In Green" by The Magnetics, "Walk On Into My Heart" by Bobbie Smith, "If You Ever Walk Out Of My Life" by Dena Barnes and many, many more. Rumors has it that Browner converted to islam and is no longer interested in talking about his musical past. A shame if we cannot get the full story, but the music that he left behind will stand well on its own.
Ps It´s a rough looking label, as my good friend Samuel calls it "Detroit Mint". The sound is hopefully what you´re interested in... Ds"Crying Over You"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, November 25, 2010 23:52:39
Released almost simultaneously on both the Strata and Open labels, this
wonderful girl group track did not set any charts on fire back in 1966.
Produced by Leroy Lovett and Frank Bendinelli (Ben-Lee productions)
this Philadelphia cut seems to have been the girls only release. A
shame since the energy it carries should have carried them a lot
"Call On Me"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, November 23, 2010 21:02:31
The famous frontman of The Drifters of course, Ben E King became a legend in his own right through a successful solo career. This one of his lesser known records from the mid 60s, but it deserves just as much attention and appreciation as his many million sellers.
Enjo!"I Can´t Break The News To Myself"
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.
60s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, November 19, 2010 14:16:55
A tricky little record to find, it can´t have sold many copies when it was released back in 1969. Eddie Gross seems to be the key player here since his name is on the label no less than five times, writing, singing, arranging, publishing and even in the little slogan "If It´s Gross, It´s The Most". Great stuff, and I can´t understand why that, together with the wonderful horn arrangments, did not carry this record to greater heights. The Queen G setup most have been a minscule little operation (perhaps by Gross himself) because I only know of one or two other records on this San Diego label and they are very hard to get as well.
"It´s Not The Way You Walk"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, November 18, 2010 19:03:10
The one that got away. Lead singer Marvin Smith was sure that this was the group´s big breakout record and it sold very well in the Chicago area when it was released in 1965. However, for some reason the track did not do as well outside of the Midwestern area and Smith together with members Lawrence Johnson, Jesse Bolian, Aaron Floyd & Curt Thomas moved to another Chicago label, Brunswick, the year after where they recorded extensively during the late 1960s.
"This Heart Of Mine"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, September 29, 2010 23:17:15
Formed at the Hyde park YMCA in Chicago in 1966, The Dynamic Tints released their first, of three, 45s "Package Of Love" on the local label Twinight in 1969. Led by a Robert Brown this is a fine mellow crossover tune that unfortunately did little for the group to help them break out from local venues. Written by the Pieces Of Piece bassist Bernard Reed it is most likely that it is also them playing behind the group. Enjoy!
"Package Of Love Pt. 1"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, September 28, 2010 23:15:27
A song penned by Motown staff writers Frank Grodon and Frank Wilson and it has been recorded in fine versions by both Ike & Tina Turner as well as Darrell Banks. However, sometimes it is just small portions of records that really captures me, in this case it is the wonderful bridge just before the refrain with its blaring horns and furious stomp fromn this all white garage band that just slays me. Soul ? Maybe not. Northern soul? Most definately! Enjoy!"Somebody Somewhere Needs You"
Ps For an excellent page on The Mid Knights, click here!
60s SoulPosted by Martin Mon, September 27, 2010 22:20:59
A wonderful ballad from 1969 featuring John Gary Willams on lead vocals backed by Julius Green, William Brown and Robert Phillips. The group recorded quite a few 45s for the Volt label during the mid to late 1960s and early 70s, including several gems like this one and "I Don´t Want To Lose Yor Love". Enjoy!
"Make This Young Lady Mine"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, September 15, 2010 22:08:50
Brothers Earl Smith andTimmie Smith and two of Solomon Burke´s sons Alec & Laddie Burke made up the Showstoppers who had a medium sixed hit in 1968 with "Ain´t Nothing But A Houseparty". Although that particualr single managed to get released on no less than four different labels ( Party Time, Showtime, Heritage and Guyden) it did not guarantee the group´s future success, in fact, they only released a few more singles in the U.S. after it. But it was on the other side of the Atlantic that the group´s record really broke, courtesy of the U.K.´s local youth clubs, mod and scooter scenes. That is also why another group toured the United Kingdom disguising as The Showstoppers to cash in on their success, leaving the original members none the wiser (or richer). they did get a chance to release a canned track from their Showtime sessions on the British Beacon label (today´s treat) but this did not get the same attention as their debut single and the group decided to call it quits. Enjoy!
60s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, September 15, 2010 21:54:42
Long before Barry White become the superstar and ladies man that he perhas is most known for to the general public, he was a struggling artist and songwriter on the west coast. Blessed with a deep and emotional voice, and also a songwriting genius he soon made some noise locally and was offered to both record, produce and write for himself as well as for other artists. This is one of White´s earliest tracks as a solo artist and it is very interesting to listen to and compare to the music which he made later on in the 1970s that took him to the top of the charts (and women). Enjoy!
"All In The Run Of A Day"
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"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Mon, September 13, 2010 21:33:08
This is the group´s second 45 for the Minit label, it came out in June ´66 about six months after their wonderful Vietnam war inspired ballad "He´ll Be Back". The group conisted of Herbert Butler (lead) Johnny Carter, Verne Allison, Mickey McGill and Chuck Barksdale on their debut 45 but several members left before today´s treat was released; Carter, Allison and McGill disappeared and were replaced by Tommie Johnson, Joe Brackenridge and Otha Lee Givins respectively. This incarnation saw two more 45s out on Minit records the following year but saw little success with them. Enjoy!
"Why Did I Lie"
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
60s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, September 02, 2010 23:25:10
Released in 1968 on Curtis Mayfield´s own label, this was only the second single to warrant a release on the now collectable Curtom label. Conquest had previously recorded on Fame and Jet Set, both southern labels, but had her first break with this Chicago production which was a big local hit. Later releases saw Conquest teaming up with Donny Hathaway (allegedely it was supposed to be Sam Cook´s brother LC Cook but he never showed up for the sessions) for a couple of duets for the label but none had the same impact as her debut 45. Enjoy!"What´s This I See"
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"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, August 31, 2010 17:15:53
I rarely buy expensive records nowadays, there is simply too many good cheap ones to pick up first. However, when a long lasting "want" pops up and eventually sells for a fraction of its value, that certain itchy feeling comes back to me, must have mode! The condition of my copy of this late 1960s group track is less than stellar, but to be honest I don´t mind that much. just to be able to play it and hold it gives me a thrill, as I hope it will to you. I know very little about the The Fourcounts, but to my knowledge this is their only release. The Lyndell label seems to have been located mainly in Philadelphia and also released a now much sought after single by The Soul Brothers Six. Enjoy!
"A Home In Loveland"
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"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, June 22, 2010 17:26:41
Toussaint McCall released his first (of seven) 45s on the Ronn label in 1967. The song, "Nothing Takes The Place Of You" proved to be his biggest hit, and climbed all the way up to a number five position on the r&B chart. Released the same year, and similar in style is this wonderfully sung ballad although it did not far as well commercially as his Ronn waxing. Enjoy!"I Would Rather Have All Of Nothing"
60s SoulPosted by Martin Mon, June 21, 2010 22:46:56
Such a great little midtempo gem. Little information to be found about Ms. Shivers on the net (or elsewhere), but she had several releases in the O-Pex label, sometimes with her surname spelt as Chivers. They should all be quite easy to get, so get those favourite searches on Ebay ready, enjoy!"Won´t You Come Back Home"
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"