Saturday, 8 January 2011

NS522 Steve Flanagan [1967] - I've Arrived [Era 3154]

b/w: I Need To Be Loved So Bad (Official A Side)
Format: 45
Label: Era
Cat No:3186 / 3154
Year:1967 / 1965
Value: $400-$500

I've arrived was also issued a a flip side to Era 3154 - You Don't Need A Crown by Jewel Akens which I have seen for sale for £80.

This is a 'strange' record.  It obviously has the 'right beat', however to my ears this sounds like 'Rawhide' and is a cross between a rock and country & western tune and also sounds like a show tune from the very early 60s.  This pre-65 sound is what seems be termed 'Popcorn' these days.  As you can probably detect not really my kinda soul.

It was first issued in 1965 as a B side for Jewel Akens and Flanagan released it in 1967, again as a B side.   

I'd stick my neck out and guess that this is a white country & western artist.

I've never heard this played out, but apparently it was a Stafford sound in 90s.  It sounds like it 'could' be a Ked Darge discovery as Keb loves this early 60s stuff.  Incidentally I  first met Keb when he was a 'slip of a lad' at 18 in Aberdeen when we used to frequent the Center City Soul Club in 1976 with regular excursions to Dundee, Edinburgh and Wigan.

Era was also the label for Billy Watkins 'The Ice Man'.  The label ran from 1955 until 1970.  It was Steve Flanagan's only release on the label as with Billy Watkins.  Jewel Akens, however, had 9 releases between 1964 and 1969.

Jewel Akens [1966] - My First Lonely Night [Era 3164]
Unfortunately I can't find a clip of  Aken's version of 'I've Arrived' so have selected this instead.

NS523 Marv Johnson [1966] - I Miss You Baby [Gordy G-7051]

b/w: Just The Way You Are
Format: 45
Label: Gordy
Cat No:G-7051
Value: £20

Marvin Earl Johnson recorded the first 45 on Tamla in 1959 'Come To Me'.  He had his greatest success in the early 60s (released on United Artists) and ceased recording for Motown in 1968 but continued to work for them in sales.  

He is another Detroit artist who joined up with Ian Levine and re-recorded 60s hits and new material in the 90s. He died from a stroke in 1993 age the age of 54.

His finest bour on the Northern scene was 'I Miss You Baby' issued on Gordy in 1966 but not picked up on until much later. It was issued in the UK as the flip to 'I'll Pick A Rose For My Rose' in 1969.

Marv Johnson [1966] - You Got The Love I Love [Gordy]

Another of my favourite Marv Johnson tracks issued on Gordy as the flip to I'll Pick A Rose For My Rose' is ' You Got The Love I Need' produced by Frank Wilson.

Marv Johnson 1967] - Save My Love For A Rainy Day [Unissued]

Marv recorded Save My Love For A Rainy Day (a big tune on the scene for The Van Dykes (Gordy) also done by Undisputed Truth) in October 1967, it was out on the shelf, where it stayed until 2002, when it was included in A Cellarful Of Soul compilation.

Marv Johnson [1969] - So Glad You Chose Me [Tamla Motown TMG 737]

NS524 John Leach [1965] - Put That Women Down [Lawn L-256-P]

b/w: Love Don't Turn
Format: 45
Label: Lawn
Cat No: L-256-P
Year: 1966
Value: $750-$1150

Lawn was a subsidiary of Swan records of which this was the penultimate release in 1965. This sounds very blue-eyed to these ears but nevertheless this was a monster all-nighter tune in the late 70s.  Scanning through the Lawn roster, other notable 'Northern' acts include Modern Red Caps, Billy Harner and Larry Clinton ('She's' Wanted In Three States')  all of whom I believe also to be white acts, so perhaps this was a 'white' offshoot of Swan records?

'Put That Woman Down' and the flip side were written by General Norman Johnson (Chairman Of The Board)  and is reminiscent of the style put out by The Showmen ('Our Love Will Grow') of which he was a member ansd who also recorded for Swan.

Released in the UK on Destiny in 1979 owing to huge demand.

NS525 Danny Monday [1966] - Baby, Without You [Modern 1033]

b/w: Good Taste Of Love
Format: 45
Label: Label
Cat No: Cat No
Year: 1966
Value: $2035

Pretty rare blue-eyed soul from Danny Monday and one of the rarest singles released on Modern.  Originals don't crop up very often and the price reflects this.  Beware of bootlegs issued in the mid 70s as white demos with black writing, the originals have red writing which is easily identifiably different from the bootleg.  I have included images of both.

It is believed that Danny Monday is white, however you can not tell from the soulful flip side, which I actually prefer and is perfect for today's scene but would have been far too slow in the heyday of Northern Soul.  Check out the youTube clip below.  The topside is a stomper.

Yet again, unfortunately, nothing known about the artist.

Good Taste Of Love

NS526 Marvin Holmes & Justice [1974] - You'd Better Keep Her [Brown Door MH-6567]

b/w: Kwami
Format: 45
Label: Brown Door
Cat No:MH-6576
Value: £40

Marvin Holmes was one of the major movers and shakers of Bay area soul and funk through the 60s and 70s, recording with the Uptights, Justice, and under his own name. He recorded 45s for a number of different labels including Revue, Brown Door, Uni, Kon-Kord, and Boola Boola.

'You Better Keep Her' is a 70s shuffler first played at Blackpool Mecca from initial release.  The track was taken from their second LP on Brown Door 'Honor Thy Father', the first being 'Summer of '73'.  

He also recorded an album 'Ooh Ooh The Dragon & Other Monsters' as Marvin Holmes & The Uptights in 1969 on Uni.

NS527 Jimmy Ruffin [196?] - He Who Picks A Rose [Soul Unreleased]

527 Jimmy Ruffin [196?] - He Who Picks A Rose [Soul Unreleased]

b/w: ?
Format: 45
Label: Soul
Cat No:S-20661
Value: £10

Originally recorded, but unreleased, by Jimmy Ruffin (on Soul?) and later released by Edwin Starr on Gordy and appeared on his '25 Miles' LP.  The Carstairs recorded a version on Okeh.

Jimmy is the elder brother of ex Temptation David Ruffin. 'He Who Picks A Rose' featured on The Temptations' 1968 'I Wish It Would Rain' LP.  He is best known for his 1966 Motown hit 'What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted' which was originally written for The (Detroit) Spinners.  He was never able to repeat it's success and was more popular in the UK than US. He left Motown in 1974, had a hit on Chess / Polydor with 'Tell Me What You Want'  and another on RSO 'Hold On To Love' 1980 and eventually moved to the UK in the 80s.

This track is available on a white label Soul reissue (bootleg?) or on Jimmy Ruffin The Motown Anthology CD released in 2004.

Edwin Starr - He Who Picks A Rose [Gordy]

Carstairs - He Who Picks A Rose [Okeh]

The Carstairs performing The Salvadors 'Stick By Me Baby' live @ Blackpool Mecca 1998

NS528 The Brooks Brothers [196?] - Looking For A Woman [Tay 501]

b/w: Unknown
Format: 45
Label: Tay / Kingy
Cat No:501 / 47-8.11.56
Value: £1500

Very similar to 'I Can't Get No Satisfaction'.  I can find no information on Brooks Brothers.  There was a white duo called Brook Brothers who also recorded in the 60s but I don't think it's the same duo that recorded this track.

Originally released on Tay 501-A.  The only copy I have found on eBay sold in May 2005 for £1,500.  It was reissued (bootlegged?) on Kingy 81156 around 2004.

NS529 Lorraine Chandler [1966] - I Can't Hold On [RCA Victor 47-8980]

b/w: She Don't Want You
Format: 45
Label: RCA Victor
Cat No:47-8980
Value: $150-$200

Motor City soul singer, songwriter, and producer Lorraine Chandler was born and bred in Detroit, she met songwriter and producer Jack Ashford, previously known for his own percussion work with the Funk Brothers, and together they penned 'I'm Gone', a 1966 single for singer Eddie Parker.

After collaborating on the O'Jays' 'I'll Never Forget You', Ashford convinced Chandler to sign on full-time with his fledgling Pied Piper Productions not only as a writer but also as a performer. Her first single, Ashford and Mike Terry's 'What Can I Do',  appeared on Jo Armstead's Giant label in 1966, becoming a smash in Detroit and Chicago. RCA then picked up the song for national distribution, soon followed by Chandler's sophomore effort, 'I Can't Hold' On. RCA also cut a production deal with Pied Piper that resulted in a series of Chandler-authored singles for the likes of the Cavaliers, the Metros, and Willie Kendrick. While in Chicago for an RCA-funded session, she also cut her third solo single, 1967's 'I Can't Change'. That same year, Chandler also recorded an unreleased version of the title theme to the James Bond film 'You Only Live Twice'. (Nancy Sinatra's rendition was instead present over the opening credits.)

OOTP Bootleg

In addition to the RCA deal, Pied Piper negotiated a similar production agreement with Kapp, forcing Chandler to focus her time and energy behind the scenes. For singer Freddy Butler, she penned the singles 'I Fell in Love' and 'There Was a Time', and for the Hesitations she authored the hits 'Soul Superman', 'Wait a Minute,' and 'Clap Your Hands'. In 1968 she and Ashford attempted to go it alone, founding their own Ashford label. The venture would yield just one single before going bankrupt, but what a single: Eddie Parker's 'Love You Baby 'was a flop upon its initial release, but enjoyed new life in the 1970s thanks to its massive popularity among the DJs and clubgoers populating Britain's Northern soul revival scene. Chandler and Ashford then resumed their careers as writers and producers for hire -- the former's compositions of note include:
The Sepias 1968 'Tell Me You're Mine', 
Billy Sha-Rae 1969 'Do It', 
Sandra Richardson 1971 Buddah label release 'The Ring', 
Baby Washington 1973 'I've Got to Break Away', 
Ray Gant & the Arabian 'Don't Leave Me Baby'

When Ashford relocated from Detroit to Los Angeles in 1976, Chandler was left in limbo, and did not resurface until 1980, when she co-produced Parker's 'The Old, the New, the Blues 'LP, even headlining a pair of duets. During the mid-'80s, British record exec Ady Croasdell unearthed a cache of unissued Pied Piper productions in the RCA vaults, among them Lorraine Chandler's 'You Only Live Twice' - when issued on vinyl, the song became a cult hit, inspiring the singer to cross the Atlantic to sing live at a Northern soul weekender. In the decades to follow, Chandler has been a staple of the Northern soul touring circuit, with her original singles reissued on CD to much renewed interest.

Taken from TheSoulGuy

Ian Levine re-recording 90s

NS530 The Trammps [1975] - Hold Back The Night [Buddah 507]

b/w: Tom's Song
Format: 45
Label: Buddah
Cat No: 507/ BDS 437 (UK)
Year: 1975
Value: £5

This track should need no introduction as it crossed over onto the pop charts, however it was played as a new release on the Northern scene (probably starting life at the Blackpool Mecca) and 'dutifully' dropped as soon as it became 'popular' with pop audiences.  The Trammps are probably most famous for 'Disco Inferno' which was featured in in the movie Saturday Night Fever and subsequently went on to become a worldwide hit in the summer of 1977.  'Disco Inferno and 'Hold Back The Night' were their biggest hits followed by 'That's Where The Happy People Go' and 'Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart'.

An instrumental version of Hold Back The Night was titled 'Scrub Board' and was released in the UK  as a 45 on the B side of '60 Minute Man' BDA 321 from 1972.

The flip side 'Tom's Song' is a mellow philly instrumental.

The Trammps started their career as The Volcanos on Arctic releasing 'Baby' in 1965.  'Storm Warning' (with 'Baby' re-released on the flip) from the same year later became popular on the scene as did '(Its Against )The Laws Of Love'.  They recorded 6 45s on Arctic. and 2 on Harthon. They also recorded as The Body Motions.  They changed their name to The Trammps in 1972 releasing 'Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart'. 

1992 Remake By Ian Levine featuring Jimmy Williams (from Double Exposure) on lead vocals who replaced Jimmy Ellis in 1982 when he retired, along with the remaining original members of the group going back to when they were The Volcanos.

Scrub Board ('Hold Back The Night' Instrumental)

Tom's Song

NS531 The Fiestas [1965] - Think Smart [Old Town 1178]

b/w: Anna
Format: 45
Label: Old Town
Cat No: 1178
Year: 1965
Value: $400

The Fiestas were Tommy Bullock, Eddie Morris, Sam Ingalls and Preston Lane, although there were various line-up changes in their history from 1958 - 1978, these were the core members.  Bobby Moore was part of the line-up in 1960.

Their doo wop background is evident on this release with some nice soul harmonies to that requisite on the fours driving Northern beat .

NS532 Jr. Walker & The All Stars [1974] - I Ain't Going Nowhere [Tamla Motown TMG 894]

b/w: Gotta Hold On To This Feeling (Official A Side)
Format: 45
Label: Tamla Motown
Cat No: TMG 894
Year: 1974
Value: £10

Junior Walker is the stage name for Autry DeWalt Mixon Jr. born 14th June 1931 died 23rd Nov 1995.

He formed 'Rhythm Rockers' band with some friends in the 50s and was discovered by Johnny Bristol in 1961 who introduced him to Harvey Fuqua and signed to his label. It was whilst with Fuqua that the band changed their name to Junior Walker & the All Stars. Fuqua's label was acquired by Berry Gordy and hence they joined Motown's Soul label.

'I Ain' t Going Nowhere' was the flip to 'Gotta Hold On To This Feeling' and as such got picked up by the Northern scene.  It was not released as a 45 in the US.  'Gotta Hold On To This Feeling' was released on Soul 35070 in 1970 with 'Clinging To The Thought That She's Coming Back' on the flip.

'I Ain't Going Nowhere' was written by Gloria Jones and Pam Sawyer .  Jones was to later release her version of it on EMI in the UK in 1976 (see below).  Gloria Jones married T-Rex's Marc Bolan which brought her to the UK.  She recorded, the now legendary,'Tainted Love' on Champion in 1965 which was later made famous worldwide by Soft Cell in 1982 with their new wave version.

Gloria Jones

NS533 Edwin Starr [1965] - Backstreet [Ric Tic RT 107]

b/w: Back Street Instrumental
Format: 45
Label: Ric-Tic
Cat No: RT-107
Year: 1965
Value: £0

The late Charles Hatcher aka Edwin Starr with his second release on the legendary Detroit Ric-Tic label, later bought by Motown (the first being Agent Double-O-Soul RT-103).  This is archetypal Northern Soul.  It simply has everything, every ingredient that was required, Detroit and Motown connection, the beat, the vocals, the breaks.  A dancefloor favourite and still sounds good today. 

103 - Edwin Starr - Agent Double-O-Soul / Instrumental - 1965
107 - Edwin Starr - Backstreet / Instrumental - 1966
109 - Edwin Starr - I Have Faith In You / Stop Her On Sight - 1966
114 - Edwin Starr - Headline News / Harlem - 1966
118 - Edwin Starr - Girls Are Getting Prettier / It's My Turn Now  - 1966
120 - Edwin Starr - My Kind Of Woman / You're My Mellow – 1966
Edwin Starr should need no introduction and there must be plenty of info on the web, so just enjoy one of his finest moments.  The other killer track from him (for me) is 'Time' which will be featured in a future post.

I saw Edwin around 1975 at one of the US Air Force bases in Suffolk (can't remember now whether it was Lakenheath or Mildenhall (the latter I think)) and then again at St Ives all-nighter in 1976 and my copy of this record was autographed by him.

Owing to his popularity on these shores, Edwin moved over to the UK to live in the 70s and later joined up with Blackpool Mecca DJ turned record producer / label owner Ian Levine and wrote and recorded many tuens with Ian on his Motor City label.

Live in studio re-recording 'Back Street' in 1990 for Ian Levine's Motor City label.

This is what Ian wrote about 'The Man':
'This was originally Edwin's second release on the Ric-Tic label, and one of his all time beloved Northern Soul classics, and we recut it in the 1990s and filmed him doing it in my old studio in Chiswick. The late great Mister Charles Hatcher, more commonly known as Edwin Starr, was one of the greatest artists in the history of soul music. While we were doing Motorcity, I wrote over a hundred songs with him, and I find it so hard to accept that he's no longer with us, that sometimes I almost want to pick up the phone to him, and have to stop myself. Someone like Edwin was so full of life and vigour and vitality, that it's easy to think he'll always be around, and that much harder to accept that he truly is gone. But never, NEVER, forgotten. We released six singles of Edwin's on the Motorcity label, and recorded about fifty songs in the end, and it's one hundred percent true to say that he really cared very deeply about what we were trying to do with Motorcity, and indeed, was our greatest ambassador for it, ceaselessly championing it everywhere he went. A true gentleman and a true friend. This song was one of his earliest releases originally, back in 1965 on the legendary Ric-Tic label, from out of Detroit, which got absorbed by Motown, and this became a record that over the decades, people cared about very passionately.'

Check out Ian's You Tube channel for more great artists and info.

NS534 Terry Callier [1972] - Ordinary Joe [Cadet CA 5692]

b/w: Golden Circle Of Your Love
Format: 45
Label: Cadet
Cat No: CA 5692
Year: 1972
Value: £0

Taken from his 1972 album 'Occasional Rain'.  This was a huge tune which still gets plays today.  Jerry Butler also did a version on his 1970 album 'You And Me' (see below).

The first time I heard Terry Callier was back in the mid/late 80s on Steve Aggasild's Soul City Show on North Sound Radio in Aberdeen.  It was 'Sign Of The Times' from his 1978 'Turn You To Love' LP. Apparently this track was used by DJ Frankie Crocker (who had a Northern hit with 'Ton Of Dynamite' as Frankie 'Loveman' Crocker) and became Callier's only chart hit (#78 R&B in 1979).   At the time I felt it was a bit 'folky' and African for my taste.

Callier hailed from Chicago and was friends with some of Chicago's greats Curtis Mayfield, Jerry Butler and Major Lance.  He debuted with 'Look At Me Now'.

He released 3 critically acclaimed albums 'Occasional Rain' 1972, 'What Color Is Love ' and 'I Just Can't Help Myself' 1974 for Cadet but were not successful commercially and he was released from Cadet.  He released another 2 albums on Elektra 'Fire On Ice' 1977 and 'Turn You To Love' 1978.

He continued to perform until 1983 when he retired from music.  In the late 80s his music was 'discovered' by DJ's in the UK.
He returned to music and started recording again in the late 90s and has released 5 albums since 1998.

Callier only release 3 45s on Cadet, all of them have been played and in demand on the Northern scene.
5623 - Terry Callier - Look At Me Now / / You Goin ' Miss Your Candy Man – 1968
5692 - Terry Callier - Ordinary Joe / Golden Circle Of Your Love – 1972
5697 - Terry Callier - I Just Can't Help Myself / Get Closer To You – 1973

Some of the 'heavy weights' who also recorded for Cadet included Ramsey Lewis, Etta James, The Dells and Marlena Shaw.

Jerry Butler Version

Friday, 7 January 2011

NS535 Dalton Boys [1965] - I've Been Cheated [V.I.P. 25025]

b/w: Take My Hand / Something's Bothering You
Format: 45
Label: V.I.P. / OOTP
Cat No: 25025 / 039
Year: 1965
Value: £0

Originally released on Motown's V.I.P. imprint and became a huge sound (at The Torch I believe) resulting in bootlegging on OOTP (Out Of The Past) in the early/mid 70's for the UK Northern Soul scene.  OOTP issued quite a number of bootleg pressings to cash in on demand.

Intrigued as to who The Dalton Boys were I did some digging around Soulful Detroit archives and discovered the following.

Bob Babbitt (one of The Funk Brothers) was a member of The Dalton Boys at Motown but NOT the same group that recorded these tracks as they did no recording.  The members were Bob Babbitt, Marcus Terry, Dave Sandy and Vern Parker.  Marcus Terry left and was replaced by a singing drummer called George (surname unknown).  Later Bob Babbit left the group.

The Dalton Boys who recorded on V.I.P. started as a whitefolk group. They were brothers Dan, Jack and Wally Dalton.  Their father owned a funeral home in Dearborn, Warren & Schaefer.

The brothers appeared on ABC TV's Hootenany, Mike Douglas, etc. They worked the folk circuit in NYC, San Fran, LA and Cleveland where they operated their own club for a while. Dan Dalton joined a group called The Back Porch Majority, sort of a New Christy Minstrals reserve team. Jack and Wally brought their folk act back to Detroit and played all over the area as well as Windsor, where they resided. After the folk/comedy faze died out, Jack and a buddy named Gary Montgomery formed a rock version of The Dalton Boys and recorded 'I've Been Cheated' which received heavy rotation on most of the Detroit stations, and as such, was a minor local hit. They were the first white group signed by Motown.

Jack Dalton and Gary Montgomery moved to CA and created a new group called Colours which was signed and received substantial acclaim, but after two albums they disbanded. Interestingly enough, their drummer's  name was Jimmy Keltner and the bass player was Carl Radle - both of whom went on to much bigger things. Keltner played with George Harrison, Eric Clapton among others.

Jack Dalton moved back to Detroit area and did solo gigs for a number of years, as well as recording 'Lots'. He also was featured in The Red Garter Band all over town. He's still in the business and as I understand it, is still recording.

Wally Dalton moved to LA and worked as a writer for Barner Miller, Mork & Mindy, It's a Living and was head writer for Laverne & Shirley. He's now living in Seattle where he still writes and acts in a variety of TV and MOW episodes.

Take My Hand

Something’s Bothering You

Thursday, 6 January 2011

NS536 Johnny Honeycutt [196?] - I'm Coming Over [Triode 111]

b/w: If You Love Me
Format: 45
Label: Triode
Cat No: 111
Year: 196?
Value: £1551

Johnny Honeycutt is yet another mystery artist to me.  I have discovered that he is white although not obvious from this recording.  A driving RnB beater from I would guess around 1964 but may be a year either side.

This record has only ever appeared on eBay once. Here are the vendor's ( comments when it was listed in June 2009:


The record was reissued on Triode 1001 to meet demand.  One of these will cost you around £40.

 A couple of other of his recordings can be found at:

Johnny Honeycutt - Advice On Man's Love Life [Fury-415'74]

Johnny Honeycutt - A Woman And A Man's Love Life [New Life N-7275]

NS537 The Twans [196?] - I Can't See Him Again [Dade 1903]

b/w: Darling Tell Me Why
Format: 45
Label: Dade
Cat No: 1903
Year: 196?
Value: $1626

Discovered by Blackpool Mecca DJ Ian Levine on one of his regular US trips to Miami in 1975, this became a massive sound at Wigan Casino in 1977.  A typical mid 60s girlie group sound so popular at the time which sounded great in big all-nighter halls. I'm not sure of the year it was issued but would guess around 1964/65.

The Twans are a mystery and I don't know if they ever released anything else.  According to Jeff Lemlich (author of 'Savage Lost' a 416 page book covering the music scene in Miami in the 60s) in a comment in response to Colin Dilnot's article, The Twans were one of many Miami girl groups of the 60s and one of the singers replaced Annette Snell ('It's All  Over Now' Epic) as lead singer of The Fabulettes ('The Bigger They Are The Harder They Fall' fame). You can read more about Annette Snell here.

The record itself is ultra rare the last copy selling on eBay for a wopping $1525 in April 2010, only 3 or 4 original copies have been auctioned on eBay.

Written by Brad Shapiro and Steve Alaimo and issued on Henry Stone's Dade label, this is the most elusive record to find on the label.  According to Jeff Lemlich this is the only Miami girl group record that he does not own and he has never been able to find it despite living in Miami all his life!

You can hear the flip side Darling Tell Me Why over at InDangerousRhythms.

NS538 The Trends [1967] - Thanks For A Little Loving [ABC 10993]

b/w: I Never Know How Good I Have It
Format: 45
Label: ABC
Cat No: 10993
Year: 1967
Value: $300-$800

Played at Stafford around 1985 covered up as Freddie Gorman.  This is a great mid-tempo typical 60s (Motownesque) dancer.

The Trends were from Chicago's west side and consisted of Eddie Dunn, Emmett Garner Jr., Ralph O'Neill and Jerome Johnson.

They cut 2 45s on Smash in 1964 before moving to ABC where they released 7 45s between 1965-68.  Unfortunately they never had a national hit.

Emmett Garner Jr. released a solo single Maxell in 1970.

Both sides of their follow up to the featured 45 i.e. Soul Clap / Big Parade is still available over at Derek's Daily 45s

Dance With Me Baby [Smash S-1914]

No One There [ABC]

That's How I Like It [ABC]

NS539 Bobby Womack [1981] - So Many Sides Of You [Motown TMG 1267]

b/w: ?
Format: 45
Label: Motown
Cat No: TMG 1267
Year: 1981
Value: £20

Taken from The Poet album.  It would appear that this was only released as a single in the UK on Motown.  Great crossover Northern / Modern tune.

Bobby Womack is one of the truly great soul men and although he has been recording since the early 60s and has had 45 entries on the R&B charts, I don't believe that he has truly recieved the wider recognition that his talent deserves outside of soul circles. It is a travesty that only one of his singles ('Looking For A Love' #10 a 1974 remake of his first R&B hit in 1962 recorded with The Valentinos) has made the Top 10 nationally and only 18 of the other 45 have made the national charts only 2 of which made Top 40.

'Looking For A Love' and 'Woman's Gotta Have It' (a Modern Soul favourite) both made #1 in R&B charts in 1974 and 1972 resepectively.

His other high notes are:
'Wish He Didn't Trust Me So Much' from So Many Rivers LP in 1985
'That's The Way I Feel About Cha'
'Nobody Wants You When You're Down And Out'

Full R-E-S-P-E-C-T to the Soul Man as he has never sold out and to highlight the quality of his music I have listed a few of my favourite Womack tracks which barely scratch the surface as these are 45 A sides without delving into B sides and album tracks.  If you are a lover of real soul music I defy you not to like every single track listed here!

What Is This
Harry Hippie
Across 110th Street
You're Welcome To Stop On By
Check it Out
Home Is Where The Heart Is (Northern & Modern Soul classic)
Trust Your Heart
How Could You Break My Heart
If You Think You're Lonely Now
Where Do We Go From Here
Love Has Finally Come At Last with Patti LaBelle
Tell Me Why
Ain't Nothing Like The Loving We Got with Shirley Brown

Bobby Womack 45 Discography @ soulfulkindamusic