Thursday, 12 November 2009

Northern Soul Top 600 Cont...

Continuing the series of the Northern Soul Top 600 here's the next batch:
Also missing link to 597 The Ambassadors has been updated.

585 - 590
585 Marvin Smith [196?] - Have More Time [Brunswick]
586 The Soul Brothers Six [196?] - Thank You Baby For Loving Me [Atlantic]
587 Debbie Dean [1968] - Why Am I Loving You [VIP]
588 Sandra Philips [1967] - World Without Sunshine [Broadway 403 WD]
589 The Petals [197?] - (You Can't Close) The Windows Of Your Heart [Mercury]
590 Bobby Williams [196?] - I've Only Got Myself To Blame [Sure-Shot]

591 Bobby Jason - Wall To Wall Heartaches [Ranwood R-813]
592 Cajun Heart - Got To Find A Way [WB]
593 Cliff Nobles - My Love Is Getting Stronger [Atlantic 45-2352]
594 Isley Brothers, The [] - My Love Is Your Love [MFP]
595 The Inspirations - Your Wish Is My Command [Midas 9003]
596 Charles Sheffield [1961] - It's Your Voodoo Working [Excello 45-2200]
597 The Ambassadors - Too Much Of A Good Thing [Pee Vee 1000]
598 William Powell - Heartache Souvenirs [Power-House 101]
599 Bobby Treetop [1965] - Wait Till I Get To Know Ya [Tuff 417]
600 Lorraine Silver [1965] - Lost Summer Love [Pye 7N15922]

NS585 Marvin Smith [1966] Have More Time [Brunswick]

b/w        Time Stopped
Format: 45
Label:    Brunswick / UK Coral
CatNo:   ? / Q.72486
Year:      1966
Value:    £127 UK Coral Demo

Check out 'Sitting In The Park' interview with Marvin Smith 

Just as strong singing natural or falsetto, Marvin Smith often switched between the two every other word in a song. He sang with the El Dorados from 1957 until 1961. During his tenure, they recorded as the El Dorados, Those Four Eldorados, and the Tempos. In 1964, he replaced Charles Davis to become the Artistics' fourth lead singer; Curt Jones, Robert Dobyne, and Davis preceded him. Producer Carl Davis asked Smith to join the group and sing lead; Smith wanted to solo, but acquiesced. Smith, Aaron Floyd, Jessie Bolian, and Larry Johnson recorded perky ditties on OKeh Records like "Got to Get My Hands on Some Lovin'," "Patty Cake," and "This Heart of Mine." But he didn't unleash his falsetto until the group followed Davis to Brunswick Records for a series of singles and albums. Brunswick dropped singles on Smith (solo) and the Artistics simultaneously. Singing in his natural range, with the Artistics (uncredited) backing him, "Time Stopped" (1966) made a little noise in some regions. At the same time, Brunswick issued "I'm Gonna Miss You" (with Smith on lead) by the Artistics, which soared to number nine on the R&B charts and number 55 on Billboard's Pop 100 to become their best-seller. They cut both songs at the same session at CBS Studios; the rhythm section consisted of brothers Daniel and Bernard Reed (guitar and bass respectively) and Quinton Joseph (drums). Smith quit the group the day after the session and didn't participate in promoting the record. Tommy Green replaced him, but his falsetto was different and "I'm Gonna Miss You" live, minus Smith, missed the mark. The next tandem was Smith's "Love Ain't Nothing but Pain," which didn't go anywhere, and the Artistics' "Girl I Need You," which charted. Brunswick issued their second LP, I'm Gonna Miss You (they also had one on OKeh); Smith wasn't pictured on the album cover, and most of the tracks featured Green (who did appear on the cover). Green fell into disfavor with Brunswick's honchos, who told the group to fire him, opening the door for Smith's return and two acclaimed albums: The Articulate Artistics and What Happened. Smith's final solo, "Hold On" (1967), a lilting falsetto number, deserved better, but was probably squashed for the sake of the group. By the late '60s, Smith left again and didn't participate in the group's recordings from 1970-1973. As a songwriter, he wrote most of his solo sides, plus "Patty Cake," "I'm Gonna Miss You," "The Chase On," "Troubles, Heartaches, and Pain," and other Artistics sides. He resurrected the Artistics with Tommy Green, Robert Dobyne, and Larry Johnson. Originals Aaron Floyd, Jessie Bolian, and guitarist Daniel Reed are deceased.
~ Andrew Hamilton, All Music Guide

NS586 The Soul Brothers Six [196?] - Thank You Baby For Loving Me [Atlantic]

586 The Soul Brothers Six [196?] - Thank You Baby For Loving Me [Atlantic 45-2592 / UK K 20471]
b/w Someone Else Is Loving My Baby

Format:  45
Label:    Atlantic
CatNo:   45-2592
Year:     196?

Value:    £46 Mint Demo

A 'traditional' 60s stomper played early in the scene at the Wheel probably as a new release.

From Wiki
Soul Brothers Six were an American rhythm and blues band formed in Rochester, NY during the mid-1960s. They are best remembered for their song "Some Kind of Wonderful", which was later a big hit for Grand Funk Railroad.
The band was originally called the Soul Brothers Five and featured brothers Sam Armstrong, Charles Armstrong, Moses Armstrong, Harry Armstrong and Gene Armstrong. Shortly after forming, vocalist John Ellison joined the group, prompting a name change. This lineup released two unsuccessful singles in 1965, "Stop Hurting Me" and "I Don't Want To Cry" before both Harry Armstrong and Gene Armstrong left the group, being replaced by Vonn Elle Benjamin and Lester Peleman.
It was this lineup that released the single "Don't Neglect Your Baby" before Sam Armstrong left the group to be replaced by Joe Johnson. They then signed a deal with Atlantic Records after being introduced to Jerry Wexler by a Philadelphia DJ and subsequently released "Some Kind of Wonderful" which reached #91. They followed with several more unimpressive singles before being dropped by Atlantic.
This prompted Charles Armstrong, Harry Armstrong, Vonn Elle Benjamin and Lester Peleman to leave the group and be replaced by James Johnson, Charles Pevy and Eddie Reno. This lineup released six singles as John Ellison and The Soul Brothers Six (despite there only being five band members) during the 1970s before disbanding.
John Ellison continued on in the music business and released two solo albums Welcome Back in 1993 and Missing You in 2000.

NS587 Debbie Dean [1968] - Why Am I Loving You [V.I.P. 25044]

b/w Stay My Love

Format:  45
Label:    V.I.P.
CatNo:  25044
Year:    1968
Value:   $238

Debbie Dean was Motown's first white artist. Her first success was an answer song to Smokey Robinson  The Miracles 'Shop Around'  entitled 'Don't Let Him Shop Around' released on Motown 1007 Feb 1961.

Both sides of this 1968 release have the classic Motown sound - the A-side is a great uptempo floor filler with a persistent dance beat; B-side has the slightly slower shuffling Motown feel, as in The Supremes' 'Baby Love'.

Debbie Dean had a long career, but only a small amount of success. She was born Reba Jeanette Smith February 1, 1928, in Corbin, KY, a quaint town of just under 10,000 people located on I-75 between Lexington, KY, and Knoxville, TN. She recorded as Penny Smith, Debra Dion, and as Debbie Stevens for ABC Paramount (1959) and Roulette Records.

In 1960, Berry Gordy made her the first white artist signed to any of his fledgling labels. The blond-reddish-haired singer debuted as Debbie Dean with "Itty Bitty Pity Love" b/w "But I'm Afraid" (August 25, 1961), but it never had a chance, Motown pulled it in favor of an answer to the Miracles' "Shop Around" entitled "Don't Let Him Shop Around" a month later, September 25, 1961. Smokey Robinson, Berry Gordy, and Gordy's sister Loucye Wakefield wrote the ditty that sunk without a trace. A third single, "Everybody's Talking About Me" b/w "I Cried All Night" March 11, 1962, crashed as well, and Motown, who were changing their image to the Sound of Young America, cooled on Dean (who was 34 at the time).

Dean migrated to California where she attempted to further her career. The -- many say -- stereotypical blonde frequented the clubs and entered talent shows and showcases and dabbled in acting. Nobody knew she was an ex-Motown artist and assumed she was just a singer who needed a break. Ike & Tina Turner were the featured act at some of these clubs and may have helped Dean get a one-off deal with Sue Records. As Debra Dion she released "Don't Bug Me Baby" b/w "I Want to Know If Your Love Is Real" in 1964. It failed to chart, and she didn't have another release until 1966, as Debra Dion again, but this time for Treva Records; unfortunately, the single "Take My Hand" got no takers.

She befriended Deke Richards (the Clan, the Corporation) at a California club while auditioning for a showcase. Richards was gigging there with his band Deke & the Deacons and often opened for Ike & Tina Turner; Deke had recently signed to Motown as an artist, producer, and writer. After witnessing her performance, the two struck up a conversation and Dean spoke of her Motown days. The revelation stunned Richards, who was still buzzing about being with the label. With Richards' help, Dean renewed her ties with Motown and the two collaborated on songs, the most notable "I Can't Dance to That Music You're Playing" (Martha & the Vandellas), "Honey Bee" (the Supremes), and "Why Did You Leave Me" on the Temptations. Betty Boo later hit with a coupling of "I Can't Dance..." and "Hey DJ."

As Debbie Dean, she recorded some new songs produced by Richards but only one single came out, "Stay My Love" b/w "Why Am I Loving You" on VIP, a second single, "You Asked Me," was scheduled for release then scrapped. She became a life-long California resident and stayed on the fringes of music. The singer died February 17, 2001, in Ojai, CA; a memorial service was held April 22, 2001, at the Pine Hill Cemetery in Corbin, KY.
~ Andrew Hamilton, All Music Guide

NS588 Sandra Phillips [1967] - World Without Sunshine [Broadway 403]


588 Sandra Phillips [1967] - World Without Sunshine [Broadway 403]
b/w Oki

Format: 45
Label:   Broadway
CatNo:  45-403
Year:    1967
Value:   £83

Thankfully loads of info on Ms Sandra Phillips courtesy of Ian Levine's YouTube prescence.  This was one of the very first Northern Soul records I bought (from Soul Bowl in Kings Lynn).

"Sandra Phillips' monster Blackpool Mecca anthem "World Without Sunshine". International singer and actress, Sandra Reaves Phillips was born in Mullins, S.C., sang in church and entered talent contests when she arrived in New York City. After performing in talent shows and singing in clubs around New York City, she landed a contract with Sue Records, 'You Succeeded' and 'World Without Sunshine,' then signed to EPIC/OKEH Records 'Hoping You'll Come Back', Canyon Records 'Too Many People In One Bed.' Her last single was 'Miss Fat Back' Brown Dog/Mainstream Records. In pursuit of her dreams she studied acting and won female leading role off-Broadway in Little Bit, garnered critical and audience acclaim as Mama Younger in the Broadway musical,Raisin. Ms.Reaves-Phillips received a Drama League Recognition Award for Rollin on the T.O.B.A on Broadway. She co-starred at the Chatelet Theatre in Paris in the original production of Black And Blue. Her numerous stage appearances include American Dreamsat the Negro Ensemble Company, Champeen, in which she starred as Bessie Smith, winning an Audelco Award for outstanding female performer, and the title role in the Citadel Theatre and Pittsburgh Public Theatre productions of Ma Raineys Black Bottom. Other stage appearances include Before it Hits Home at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.,Further Mo at New Yorks Village Gate, the national tours of One Mo TIme!, Miss Moffat,Dont Play Us Cheap, and the Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.Off-Broadway she was featured in blues In The Night, Basin Street, and Stompin At The Savoy, and co-authoredOpening Night. She performed at The Cotton Club, The Supper Club, The Village Gate, Dangerfields and Sweetwaters in New York, the Cinegrill in Hollywood and the Groschenoper in Frankfurt, the Meridien LEtoile in Paris, Jaylins in Switzerland and The Casino in Lucerne. Sandra made her Carnegie Hall debut in Cavalcade Of Stars and performed in the W.C. Handy Anniversary Tribute at Lincoln Center. She continues to tour in the her shows: Bold & Brassy Blues, Glory Hallelujah Gospel! and Late Great Ladies of Blues and Jazz"

~Ian Levine

Ian Levine Production 1998

Filmed for "The Strange World Of Northern Soul" in late 1998. This was first recorded in 1967 and then we recut it in 1998 when we were filming our marathon six disc, twenty four hour massive documentary about the entire history of the Northern Soul scene, which contained 131 specially recorded performances of all the classics, and is still available on a six disc box set from Wienerworld. We tracked Sandra down to make this one and only one-time performance especially for us, for our ground breaking Encyclopedia Britannica of Northern Soul, and I am so glad that we did.

~Ian Levine

Sandra Phillips [] - You Succeeded [Broadway]

Sandra Phillips [] - I Wish I Had Known [Okeh 4-7310]

NS589 The Petals - (You Can't Close) The Windows Of Your Heart [Mercury]

589 The Petals [196?] - (You Can't Close) The Windows Of Your Heart [Mercury 72661]
b/w Up And Down

Format:   45
Label:     Mercury
CatNo:   72661 (Reissue)
Year:      196? / 197? (Reissue)
Value:    Original £60 Reissue £10

A 60s girly Chicago skip-a-long style midpaced dancer played at the Blackpool Mecca by Ian Levine around 1974.

A very elusive record to track down. I can't find any further information about this release or the artists.  Copies on original 60s (Red label) sell for around £60 and 70s 2nd issue (Multicloured) label  go for around £10.  I suspect the 70s 2nd issue is a legitimate reissue / pressing due to UK demand.

NS590 Bobby Williams [1967] - I've Only Got Myself To Blame [Sure-Shot 5031]

590 Bobby Williams [1967] - I've Only Got Myself To Blame [Sure-Shot 5031]
b/w I'll Hate Myself Tomorrow

Format:   45
Label:     Sure-Shot
CatNo:   5031
Year:      1967
Value:     $361

Sadly, once again, I can find no significant information about the artist.  He is known as Bobby Earl Williams and I believe he hailed from Washington D.C..  He has a highly regarded and super rare funk album 'Super Funky Fly' issued in 1974 on R&R which is now available on Japanese CD (P-Vine).  The album is very much in the James Brown vein.  He recorded another album later in 1976 entitled 'Anybody Can Be A Nobody' on R&R (also reissued by P-Vine).  He recorded 45s  for LuPine in Detroit, Sure-Shot (Chicago?) and R&R Records in Florida clipsof which are included here.  He also recorded 'Funky Super Fly' on MTVH.

Sure-Shot 45s Discography
Sure-Shot issued around 40 (5000-5040) singles between 1963 and 1967. This was Bobby William's sixth and final release for Sure-Shot.  It was a reissue of 'I'll Hate Myself Tomorrow' from 1966 with 'I've Only Got Myself To Blame' officially on the B side.
Other notable artists on the label included The Malibus who released 4 singles with 5028 being 'Gee Baby' which was played on the scene, and also Kim Tolliver ('I Don't Know What Foot To Dance On' fame)  had a release in 1967 5035 'In Return For Your Love' / 'Get A Little Soul'

His 1974 'Super Funky Fly' album is pretty rare and sells for between $300-$600.  It's very much a funky album in the James Brown mould.  Track 3 'Morning Of Love' is a tasty deep soul ballad very reminiscent of early James Brown.

Also found this whilst 'rummaging' around YouTube.  A lovely slice of mellow Modern Soul from 1976.  You Need Love Like I Do on R&R 15312 out of Florida. This track is on the 'Anybody Can Be A Nobody' R&R album.

... And as an added bonus here's an early 6ts number 'Tell It To My Face' on LuPine 111: