Soul Treats! - Soul music blog by Soulville UA

Soul Treats! - Soul music blog by Soulville UA

What it is.

Soultreats is Soulville U-A´s music blog. It´s updated several times a week with a new soulful record. It is our chance to spotlight the artists and record labels that made the music but rarely the charts.
It´s a celebration!

The legacy.
If you are, know or have any information about the artists, labels or musicians etc. that are mentioned in these pages, please share it with us by sending an email to: info@soultreats.se

Do not use the comment button for this since there is no way for me, for now, to know which additions have been commented on. Help us be as detailed as we possibly can in our description of this wonderful music.

Thanks in advance.

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Martin

Gwen McCrae - Doin´ It - Atlantic

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"

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Johnny Bristol - Love No Longer Has A Hold On Me - Handshake

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"

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Niteflyte - All About Love - Ariola

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"


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Nolan Porter - If I Could Only Be Sure - ABC

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"

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Johnny Taylor - You´re The Best In The World - Columbia

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"

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The Sharpees - I´ve Got A Secret - One-Derful

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"


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Virgil Murray´s Tomorrow´s Yesterday - I Still Care - Kool Kat

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"


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The Relations - Say You Love Me - Zell´s

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"


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Jean Wells - What Have I Got To Lose - Calla

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"

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Timothy Wilson - Just Another Guy (On A String) - Buddah

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"


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The Tams- Shelter - ABC

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"

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Randy Brown - We Ought To Be Doin´ It - Chocolate City

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"


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Herman H. Harper - Headed For The Streets - Loadstone

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"

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The Montclairs - Is This For Real (Or Is It A Dream) - Vanessa

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)"

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Williams & Watson - Too Late - Okeh

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"


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Bull & The Matadors - If You Decide - Toddlin Town

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"

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The Carltons - I´m A Man - Argo

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"

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The Variations - Yesterday Is Gone - Bob-Joy

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"


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Freddie Hughes - I Gotta Keep My Bluff In - Wand

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"

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Eddie Hill - I Can Hear You Crying - Ge Ge

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"


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Brendetta Davis - I Can´t Make It Without Him - Liberty

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"

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Le Bleau Monde - If I Told You - Counterpart

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"


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Dee Edwards - The Greatest Thing - D-Town

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"


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The Presidents - Girl You Cheated On Me - 5-10-15-20-25-30 Years Of Love LP

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"

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The Platters - I Can´t Get Used To Sharing You - Going Back To Detroit LP

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"

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Candi Staton - Too Hurt To Cry - Fame

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"

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R.B. Hudmon - Holdin´ On - Atlantic

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"

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The Boss Man - You´re Taking Too Long - Gamble

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"

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The Ebonies feat. Roy Williams - You Got What I Want - Midwest

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"


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Barbara Hall - You Brought In On Yourself - Innovation II

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!

Enjoy!

"You Brought It On Yourself"


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The Chimes - The Beginning Of My Life - Down To Earth-

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!

Enjoy!

"The Beginning Of My Life"


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Gene Chandler - Such A Pretty Thing - Checker

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"

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Emanuel Laskey - I´m A Peace Loving Man - Thelma

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"

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Bobby Wilson - Don´t Shut Me Out - Buddah LP

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"

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Vee - A Stone Good Lover - Mier

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"

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Tomorrow´s Men - Who´s That Lady - Congress

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"


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Bobby Boyd - Whatcha´ Gonna Do About it - Bang

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"

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Syl Johnson - Try Me - Zachron

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"

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JJ Barnes - Snowflakes - Volt

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"

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Topics - Man - Token

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!

"Man"


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Little Tommy - Lov´h - Sound Of Soul

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!

"Lov´h"


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T.S.U. Tornadoes - I Still Love You - Volt

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"


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The Four Sonics - Easier Said Than Done - Sport

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"


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Frank & James - How Long Is Forever - W.E.

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"

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S.O.U.L. feat. Larry Hancock - This Time Around - Musicor

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"


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Ronnie LaShannon - Where Has Our Love Gone - Brunswick

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"


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Gene Woodbury - That´s Not Half Bad - Del-Val

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"

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Johnny & The Expressions - Shy Girl - Josie

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!

"Shy Girl"


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Bobby Story - Let´s Do Something Different - Proud

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"

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The Dedications - I Ain´t A Bit Sorry - Bell

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"

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Gloria Taylor - You Got To Pay The Price - Glo-Whiz

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"


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James Kelly Duhon - In School - Jude

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!

"In School"


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The Vibrations - Finding Out The Hard Way - Okeh

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"

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Marva Whitney - Ball Of Fire - King

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"


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Bobby Byrd - Time Will Make A Change

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"

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Sonny Til & The Orioles - Hey! Little Woman - CP Parker

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"

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The Astors - Candy - Stax

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"

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Reuben Bell - Action Speaks Louder Than Words - Silver Fox

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"

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The Ledgends - Fear Not - Commonwealth

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!

"Fear Not"


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The Incredibles - Standing Here Crying - Audio Arts

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"


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Darrow Fletcher - What Good Am I Without You - Jacklyn

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"


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Teddy & The Twilights - I´m Just Your Clown - Swan

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"


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Wales Wallace - We´re Not Happy - Bashie

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"


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Little Bob - My Hearts On Fire - La Louisianne

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"


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Candace Love - Wonderful Night - Aquarius

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"

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The Ad Libs - Giving Up - Share

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"

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The Invincibles - It´s That Love Of Mine - Warner Brothers

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"

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Troy Marrs & The Dynamics - Rhythm Message Pt. 1 - Sure Shot

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"

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Bobby Williams - Tell It To My Face - LuPine

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


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Billy T. Soul - Call On Billy - Musicor

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"

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The Soul Merchants - (T.L.C.) Tender - Loving - Care - Moonville U.S.A.

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"

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The Insiders - If You Had A Heart - RCA

60s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, January 08, 2010 15:37:40

Donald McPherson, Antonio Silvester and Luther Simmons Jnr. first recorded as The Poets on Leiber & Stoller´s New York based Red Bird label. The group formed in Harlem in 1964, and their first release, the excellent "I´m Stuck On You", came out the year after. They then changed their name to The Insiders, problably because there was another group called The Poets, who recorded for the Symbol label about the same time. This is their second release on the RCA label, and both sides are written by the group members themselves. It came out in 1967 and was also the last record they put out before changing their name yet again, this time more permanantly to The Main Ingredient. With the name change came more success but also tragedy as the lead singer, Donald McPherson, died of leukemia in 1971. He was replaced by Cuba Gooding, who had sung back-up for the group up until then. The Main Ingredient with Gooding as their lead singer enjoyed several hits during the early 70s, like " Everybody Plays The Fool" and " I Just Don´t Want To Be Lonely".
Enjoy!

"If You Had A Heart"


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Janette Renee - Whats On Your Mind - Sheridan House

80s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, January 07, 2010 16:19:44

I´ll give you two treats today, as I intended to have the first addition up yesterday already. It´s going to be a short blurb anyway because sometimes when you look for info on these artists you draw an absolute blank. Other than what is stated on the label, this is the B-side to "I´m Gonna Be Your Lover" which she co-wrote, and that it was also released as a 12 inch with some other mixes on it (which I haven´t heard) I have found absolutely nowt about Janette Renee or the Sheridan House label. I have a vague recollecion that I have read somewhere that this was released in 1984 , but that might just as well be wrong. So you are more than welcome to add any information.
Enjoy!

"What´s On Your Mind"

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Bobby Wilson - Feels Good - Volt

60s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, January 07, 2010 15:56:10

Soultreats! first addition of 2010 and I´ll start with a personal favourite of mine.

Originally from New York, Bobby Wilson seems to have recorded most of his material out of Dayton Ohio, and then had it released on various labels. His first record is on the Memphis based Volt label, a subsidary of Stax records. He wrote both of the songs on this 1967 release, the official A-side being a ballad called "Let Me Down Slow". Wilson had subsequent releases on both the Chain and Buddah labels in the 70s, and had a full album out on Buddah in 1975 called "Let Me Be Your Rainbow" which contains some great material. Still active today, you can seek out his more contemporary material on cdbaby.com
Enjoy!

"Feels Good"

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Happy New Year!

OtherPosted by Martin Mon, December 28, 2009 13:41:55
Hi all. As you may have guessed Soultreats! has taken (what I believe) a well earned break during christmas. It will be back with new additions to the blog on Januari 6th, when we start a brand new year of soulful sounds for you to enjoy. Hope you´ve had a great christmas and that the new year finds you all well, thanks for the support durin 2009, hope see all of you, and some new ones, back on Soultreats! in 2010. Happy New Year!

/Martin

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Sunny Ridell - Come Out In My Girl - White Cliffs

60s SoulPosted by Martin Mon, December 21, 2009 18:30:37

Nick-named Sunny as a child by his grandmother because of his joyous outlook on life, Ridell recorded this, his first release, sometime during the early to mid sixties. The White Cliffs label also had Little Richard and Fats Domino in their roster and this could have been why Ridell only ever had one release on the label. A Native of Crystal Springs Mississippi ( where he still resides) Sunny Ridell has worked extensively as a blues artist both in the U.S.and overseas as part of other artisst revues, like B.B. King. He was only sixteen when he recorded this track, which is very impressive indeed when you listen to his alreaady mature voice. Ridell has also been active as an actor starring in among others "Leadbelly" and "Outlaw Blues". His latest efforts include "Hey Osama", a tongue-in-cheek kind of song about the no. 1 guy on the White House hitlist. Enjoy!

"Come Out In My World"

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Walter Jenkins - Back In My Life - Faterkat

70s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, December 18, 2009 23:39:48

Just as short blurb tonight. Don´t know anything about Walter Jenkins or the Faterkat label other than it has one of the nicest label designs that I have seen in a long time. I think this record got released twice with the other one being a red label credited to to Walt Jenkins instead of Walter, the same company put them out though, but I´m not sure of this and if so which one that came out first. It states that this one came out in 1975 on the label, if anyone has any info on the other release or on Walter Jenkins don´t hesitate to contact me. Enjoy!

"Back In My Life"

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The O´Jays - Miracles - Apollo

60s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, December 17, 2009 11:25:22

The very first record released by the group which would eventually have major success in the 70s on labels like Philadelphia International and The Sound Of Philadelphia. This came out in 1961 on New York based Apollo records and was also, according to some discographies, released on the Daco label but I have never seen a copy of that. The original line-up featured Eddie Levert on lead, Walter Williams, William Powell, Bobby Massey and Bill Isles, but the group had gone through several changes before the eventually hit the charts big time with classics like "Backstabbers" and "Love Train" in the 70s. Very raw compared to their later material this one of my favourite early soul records. Enjoy!

"Miracles"

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The Patterson Twins - Back In Love Again - Star Fox

70s SoulPosted by Martin Wed, December 16, 2009 18:10:38
A record that was given to me by fellow Soulville! founder Oskar, thanks mate!

Estus and Lester Patterson were born in Magee, Mississippi in 1946. They started their singing in church and in high school and had their first record out in on Big Beat records, dubbed as The Soul Twins in 1972. They later connected with producer and arranger Hense Powell (who they are still working with in fact) and recorded material for Star Fox Enterprises. The strange thing though is that this record was initially leased to the King label in Cincinatti and came out in 1973, four years prior to the release on Star Fox. I guess that the people at Star Fox tried to cash in once again on the record by re-releasing it but this time on their own label and with a different B-side. I guess that a record this good deserves to be released at least twice, for me this is problably one of the finest southern soul ballads ever put to vinyl. Enjoy!

"Back In Love Again"


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Little Charles & The Sidewinders - It´s A Heartache - Decca

60s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, December 15, 2009 19:37:23

Little Charles, or Charles "Wigg" Walker, is originally from Nashville Tennessee but recorded most of material during the 60s in New York. Nicknamed "Wigg" by his mother because his was born with a full set of hair (on his head), he soon started venturing into the music buisness. He had his first record out in 1959 on the local Tenessee label Champion. Today´s addition is from 1966 and was his next release, by which time he had moved to New York and got his band, The Sidewinders, together. A popular live act in the N.Y. area, Little Charles & The Sidewinders had a chance to record with the local Decca label. Although the records (they had four singles out on Decca between 1966-68) gained little more than regional play, it was enough to keep a steady flow of work for the group. Further releases came on the Drum, Botanic and Red Sands labels but again to little commercial avail. Little Charles and his Sidewinders parted ways in the early 70s but he is still active today, as one of the few original soulmen still out there, and has recently released a new CD which you can find on cdbaby.com
Enjoy!

"It´s A Heartache"

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Branding Iron - Slave For Love - Volt

70s SoulPosted by Martin Mon, December 14, 2009 17:14:22

Alright, back on track with the additions finally, (think that I actually posted one extra, but consider that an early X-mas gift...) we´ll start off this week Soultreats! with this nice midtempo mover from June 1970.
Leroy Crume and Calvi April signed with the Stax subsidary Volt records in 1969 and had their first 45 out shortly after. Crume ( I assume it´s the same guy) had earlier recorded with his brothers Dillard, Arthur and Rufus on Peacock, Atco and Chess, going back as early as 1962 for their Peacock release. His new venture, the duo Branding Iron only had two releases on Volt "Right, Tight An Out Of Sight" (the official A-side on this record) in 1970 and "Born Too Late" BW "If I Could See" the year after. Branding Iron cut one more record in 1974 on the Stag label before vanishing into obscurity. Although today´s addition was deemed the less markable track, being the B-side of the record, I think this is actually the better side of the two. Enjoy!


"Slave For Love"

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Vise - Baby I Love You - Chocolate Mama

70s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, December 11, 2009 20:08:00

Another recent addition, this came from modern soul man Martin J. in Sthlm who played it when he was a guest DJ at our latest Soulville! night. Instantly hooked, I was so lucky that Martin had a spare copy of it and we managed to work out a deal, thanks Martin. Apart from that the label was based in Florida and that this came out in 1977, I really don´t have any other info on it. It has been compiled on a Soul Spectrum CD by Keb Darge a few years back which briefly made it popular on the modern soul scene, and the other side " We Tried it We Made It" is sought after by funk collectors. But we´ll focus on the soul stuff as usual here on Soultreats! Enjoy!

"Baby I Love You"

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Nate Evans & Mean Green - The Loook On Your Face - DPR

70s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, December 11, 2009 20:01:11

I had heard this song by two other artists, James Phelps and John Edwards who released their cuts on Apache and Bell records respectively, but I had not heard this particular version until my good friend Samuel played for me over the phone. Lo and behold, it turns out to be the easiest of the three to get a hold of (both Phelps and Edwards´ version are quite expensive nowadays), so after two weeks or so I was glad to welcome this wonderful record into my home. Evans was a one time member of the Impressions, ca. 76-79, and also cut some other excellent material on local Chicago labels like Twilight. Enjoy!

"The Look On Your Face"


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H.B. Barnum - It Hurts Too Much To Cry - RCA

60s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, December 10, 2009 18:39:38

A jack of many trades (actor, singer, songwriter, arranger, producer and minister) Barnum has first and foremost been a veritable giant working in the (music) studio. Though an occasional artist, as on this great 1962 single, Barnum soon decided to put his own performing career on hold to focus more on the increasing amount of arranging and producing that he was doing. With an impressive span in style, he has worked with Frank Sinatra as well as Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs, Barnum has had a lifelong career in music, stetching from the early fifties to present day. Enjoy!

"It Hurts Too Much To Cry"


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The Zodiacs - Don´t Ever Leave Me - Deesu

60s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, December 10, 2009 18:26:02

The Zodiacs, with lead singer and group leader Maurice Williams, is probably only known to most people vecause of their massive 1960 hit “Stay”, which reached #1 on the charts way back when, and was also given a new lease on life because of its inclusion in “Dirty Dancing” some 25 years later. But however good that record may be, there was more to the Zodicas than just one record. The group recorded from the late 50s into the early seventies, alternating their line-up several times but Williams always stayed at the helm. With such a vast catalogue of recordnings from an RnB group, your bound to eventually come up with some unknown goodies. This was released on Marshall Seahorn´s Deesu label which was based in New Orleans in 1968 and is also written by one of the main players behind New Orleans soul, Allen Toussaint. Enjoy!


"Don´t Ever Leave Me"



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The Volcanos - Storm Warning - Artic

60s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, December 10, 2009 18:02:01

I know that the additions to Soultreats! has been a little haphazard lately, but by the end of this week it should be back to business as usual with one track each day (except on weekends) and not two or three one day and then none the next. That said, today there is some great stuff added, here we go!

Local Philadelphia radioman Jimmy Bishop set up his Arctic label in 1964 and one of its first acts were The Volcanoes. John Hart, Stanley Wade, Steve Kelly, Harold Wade, Gene Jones and Earl Young had their first 45 out on the label the same year with their “Baby” bw “Make Your Move”. The group released a total of nine singles on three different labels, six of them were on Arctic, two on the Harthon label and a sole effort on Virtue records, and they all originated from Philly. Actually, technically the group only had eight releases, because the last record issued (on Virtue) credited to The Volcanos was in fact Gene Jones (Gene Faith) using the groups name, there were no other original members from the group on that. This is their second release on Arctic from 1965 and also their biggest seller, which managed to reach a respectable #33 position on the RnB charts. They had some equally good, albeit not as commercially successful releases later on as well, like “Help Wanted” and “It´s Against The Laws Of Love”. Eventually though, the group did get their share of monetary reward, or at least parts of the group did, as they in the 70s mutaded into The Trammps of "Disco Inferno" fame. Enjoy!


"Storm Warning"

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Bobby Bland - I Ain´t Myself Anymore - Duke

60s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, December 08, 2009 17:35:18

At one time the driver for RnB stars like B.B. King and Roscoe Gordon, Bobby "Blue" Bland soon had made his own mark on the charts, at least on those connected to the black community in the U.S. Never really achieving crossover success, meaning reaching the white audiences, he did not receive the same media attention as those black bluesmen who did, like King or Muddy Waters. But Bland was in fact highly succesful both as a performer and as a recording artist, although within the black markets. Beginning his career in Memphis in the late fifties Bland has had, and still has, a remarkably stable and enduring career. He has been inducted in both the Blues Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has a host of great material to explore. Enjoy!

"I Ain´t Myself Anymore"

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The Ad Libs - Johnny My Boy - Blue Cat

60s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, December 08, 2009 17:13:17

This New Jersey based group formed in 1964 and released their biggest hit "The Boy From New York City" the same year on the Leiber & Stoller owned Blue Cat records. The Ad Libs grew out of another group called The Creators, who were discovered by jazz musician John T. Taylor (who also wrote this track) in the early sixties. The Creators had released two records to little avail and soon the group decided to call it quits. But members Hugh Harris, Danny Austin and David Allen Watt Jr. kept going and soon added two new members, Mary Ann Thomas and Norman Donegan, and formed The Ad Libs. Ann Thomas and Hugh Harris switched leads and it is Thomas who sings on their successful debut on the New York based label which gave them a Top Ten hit on the Pop charts in ´64. This would prove to be highest entry for the group who struggled to get another hit that big for the rest of their careers. However, even if not as commercially potent, they released a lot of nice product along the way. This 1966 outing being one of my particular favourites. Enjoy!

"Johnny My Boy"

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The Enticers - Calling For Your Love - Cotillion

70s SoulPosted by Martin Mon, December 07, 2009 22:40:13

Released on the Atlantic subsidary Cotillion records in 1971, this actually wasn´t the groups first shot at stardom. They had recorded as The Jades with Wardell Quezerque, who arranged this record and produced the wonderful "Lucky Fellow" which they had out on the miniscule Mode label, a record which is now a very sought after item on the northern soul scene. Although the line-up of the group is unknown to me most things point to the fact that these guys were based in the south, since this track was recorded at the Malaco studio in Jackson Mississippi and their previous connection to Quezerque who was based in New Orleans. To my knowledge the group only had one more release on Cotillion called "God Bless Tomorrow" / "Thief" before fading into obscurity. Enjoy!

"Calling For Your Love"

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Darrow Fletcher - What Have I Got Now - Jacklyn

60s SoulPosted by Martin Mon, December 07, 2009 22:15:14

If it is one thing that you seldom see on the rare soul scene it is a consistent artist or group. The whole northern soul scene is more often than not based on one (none) hit wonders who released their record and then promptly disappeared. Not so with Darrow Fletcher though. He recorded and released a wealth of great material from the mid sixties until the late seventies although none of hit managed to give him a well earned break in showbiz. Born in 1951 in Chicago, Fletcher made his debut on the local Groovy label with "The Pain Gets A Little Deeper" when he was just 14 years old. Another trio of 45s on the same label followed before he switched to the Jacklyn label, which was set up specifically for him by his stepdad Johnny Haygood. This being perhaps my personal favourite. From 1966 ( a year when Fletcher had no less than five singles out on two different labels) comes this great swaying dancer. Enjoy!

"What Have I Got Now"


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Billy Frazier - Baby You Satisfy Me - Capitol

60s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, December 01, 2009 20:32:22

I know little of this record apart from what is stated on the label. My good friend Samuel Hugosson gave me the heads up on this one and I soon got a copy as it isn´t particulary hard to find. Maybe that is why it hasn´t received more plays on the rare soul scene is Sweden, because music wise it is everything that you would want from a northern soul record. Written and produced by Frazier himself, this guitar led dancer is two minutes of great uptempo soul music and the flip side is quite a nice funk track to boot as well, so make sure you get a copy whilst they are still available. Enjoy!

"Baby You Satisfy Me"

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Clarence Murray - Baby You Got It - SSS International

60s SoulPosted by Martin Mon, November 30, 2009 20:07:40

Staying in the south of the U.S. for this weeks first record, this harmonic dancer comes from one of Shelby Singleton´s many labels. Clarence Murray released a few records on the SSS label in the late 1960s, and so did his brother Mickey Murray who had a small hit with "Shout Bamalama" in 1967. Success eluded Clarence though, and to my knowledge he quit the buisness soon after his stint with the Louisiana label was over. Shelby Singleton was a pivotal figure in both Soul, RnB and Rock music and sadly passed on October 9th this year, but his legacy lives on through records like this. Enjoy!

"Baby, You Got It"


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Benny Spellman - Fortune Teller - Minit

60s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, November 27, 2009 17:07:35
We´ll round up this week´s Soultreats! with another record from the New Orleans based Minit label. Born in Pensacola Florida in 1931, Benny Spellman entered the music industry by chance after he had offered Huey "Piano" Smith and his band a ride when their car broke down in 1959. He was originally a promising football player who earned himself a scholarship to the Southern University in Baton Rouge. However, faith intervened and Spellman was soon added to the fledgling Minit set up where he released his first single in 1960. His biggest hit came the year after with "Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette) & "Fortune Teller" which charted at number 80 on the Hot 100 chart and as hight as # 28 on the Black singles chart and it stayed on the charts for six weeks. "Fortune Teller" was also covered by The Rolling Stones as well as several others. Benny Spellman stayed in the music buisness for most part of the 60s, and had another small hit with "Word Games" on Atlantic records in 1965, before he left the industry altogether to become a promotion man for Miller´s beer. In 2009 he was inducted to the Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame for his contribution to the city´s musical heritage. Enjoy your Miller beer responsibly and have a great weekend!

"Fortune Teller"

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Otis Brown - Who´s Gonna´ Take Me Home - Lujuna

60s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, November 26, 2009 21:35:18

A recent aquisition and a personal favourite of mine. Very independent sounding, this seems to be almost home-made in a sense. But it still contains that so hard to define soul factor, and is getting some heavy rotation on my decks during these dreary november nights. Little is known about Otis Brown apart from his discography. He had a small hit locally in Chicago with his 1966 "Southside Chicago" on Olé records. He then seems to have put out most of his product on his own labels Lujuna and exSpectmore. This one is all by Brown, from the writing and producing to the arranging and singing, it even came out on his own label and I would not be surpriced if he played most of the sparse backing track by himself too. But I have no idea who the background singers are and I´m unsure about the release date as well, to hazard a guess I would say the late 60s, ´68 or ´69 maybe?

"Who´s Gonna´ Take Me Home"

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The Blues Busters - Love Is The Answer - Minit

70s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, November 26, 2009 21:02:01


Another one from the great Minit label, but this time it is a leased in production I believe. The Blues Busters were a male duo from Jamaica who originally recorded reggae and ska records, and were quite successful doing so. In 1964 the duo, Phillip James and Lloyd Campbell, were invited to play at the world fair in New York by famous jamaican artist and band leader Byron Lee (of Byron Lee & The Dragonaires) . They also supported Sam Cooke on his jamaican tour, and were soon recording and performing soul music rather than reggae or ska. The Blues Brothers frequently went over to the U.S. to perform and record, and had several records out on a host of different labels. This particular track was released in either ´69 or 70 and was co-written by the duo themselves, they also wrote the other side "Speak Your Mind". Sadly though, none of their soul material was as commercially successful as their earlier ska stuff, but is in my opinion still more than a worthwhile addition to any collection. Here is what I see as the finest one.
Enjoy!

"Love Is The Answer"

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The Marvellos - Why Do You Want To Hurt The One That Loves You - Loma

60s SoulPosted by Martin Tue, November 24, 2009 18:46:48

Not to be confused with The Marvelows, this Los Angels group cut some nice material during the 60s as The Marvellos and then evolved into The Sons Of Watts and Street Corner Symphony. Milton Hayes, Harold Harris, Willey Holley, Lance Porter, Jesse Harris and Lawrence Miller were all members of the group at some point, but I´m unsure on who are singing on this 1966 release. Loma was operated by Mike Maitland & Bob Krasner and was based in Burbank California, it was used by its mother label, Warner Brothers, as its soul imprint during 1964-68. The Marvellos had recorded as early as 1962 on Exodus records, and had material released on several other labels as well, Reprise, Warner Brothers, and Modern records to name a few. Although they did their fair share of recording, the group never saw a major hit, which is a shame because (as you can hear) they really had some excellent harmonies. Today´s featured track was written and co-produced by Willie Hutchinson (Wille Hutch) who of course was a pivotal figure on the west-coast soul scene. Enjoy!

"Why Do You Want To Hurt The One Who Loves You"

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The Turn-A-Rounds - Can´t Take No More - Minit

60s SoulPosted by Martin Mon, November 23, 2009 21:31:36

Originally founded and owned by Joe Banashak, Minit records was a New Orleans based record label that had its biggest hit in 1961 with Ernie K Doe´s "Mother In Law". By the time this track was released though (1968) the label had been sold to Imperial records and then again to Liberty records which aquired it in 1963. Banashak kept his other label Instant records which was also based in New Orleans. Although it was no longer a New Orleans owned vehicle, a lot of the recording and producing of the label´s releases were still taking place in the crescent city. This one being one of them with the local legend Jimmy Holiday (somewhat successful artist in his own right) at the helm of production. The Turn-A-Rounds had other releases as well, on Era records in 1965 and on Tangerine (Ray Charles´ label) in 1969, but none of them even dented the charts. Enjoy!


"Can´t Take No More"


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Jeff & Aleta - Love Touch - SRI

80s SoulPosted by Martin Fri, November 20, 2009 16:41:13

Similar in style to yesterday´s addition, this 1980 duet grooves along nicely at 112 BPM (according to the info provided on the lable). Another small time Florida label, SRI had som great releases out in the 70s and early 80s which are now picking up the interest from collectors and DJs alike. A firm favourite at the Soulville! nights, what better way to start of your evening?
I´ll see you on the dancefloor tonight... Enjoy!

"Love Touch"

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Willie & Barbara - Sleep With Me - Reid´s World

70s SoulPosted by Martin Thu, November 19, 2009 21:59:03

Not much of a looker but, as the saying goes, it´s what in the grooves that counts!
A warm-up track for tomorrows Soulville! night which will have none other than "Modern Master" Martin Johansson doing a guestsport behind the decks. We expect danceable modern soul tracks, such as this, of the highest order, no doubt! This record was released on the Florida label Reid´s World in 1977. I believe that the label was Clarence Reid´s own vehicle for getting out his productions (like this one for instance) and songs but that´s just me guessing. Who Wille and Barbara were is beyond me but they do get things going rather nicely on this I have to say. Enjoy!

"Sleep With Me"

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