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"