Tuesday, 4 January 2011

NS543 Martha Starr [1965] - Love Is The Only Solution [Thelma 112]

b/w: I'm Lonely
Format: 45
Label: Thelma
Cat No: 112
Year: 1965
Value: £?

Martha Starr had the final 3 consecutive releases on Detroit's now legendary Thelma label.  This release along with 111 'No Part Time Love For Me' have been huge sounds on the scene over the years.

111 - Martha Star - No Part Time Love For Me / It's Too Bad Baby
112 - Martha Star - Love Is The Only Solution / I'm Lonely
113 - Martha Star - I Wanna Be Your Girl / Sweet Louie

The mainstay on the label was Emanuel Laskey who had no fewer than 7 of the label's 24 releases.  Other notable acts on the label included Joe Matthews ('Ain't Nothing You Can Do' fame), Rose Batiste and Will Hatcher.

Martha Starr [1965]- It's Too Bad Baby [Thelma 111]

Martha Starr [] - Sweet Temptation [Charay C-35]
Played by Butch in early 90s covered up as Tobi Lark. This is quality mid-tempo / crossover 'right up my street'!

It turns out that 'Sweet Temptation' was also recorded on Charay by Cressa Watson who also recorded as Carolyn Sullivan on Philips. I think this version just edges it for me over Martha Starr's !

Cresa Watson [] - You're No Good [Charay C-90]
The thing is when you start browsing around You Tube is that it leads you in sorts of directions.  Having liked the Cressa Watson's Sweet Temptation it lead me down another path ...

Cresa Watson [] - Dead []
This track appeard on Funk Spectrum III compilation
The plot thickens ... she also recorded this as Carolyn Sullivan AND apparently Ede Robin also recorded it.  It was written by Moses Dillard (featured in an earlier post)  and there's the connection with Ede Robin who recorded the vocal version of Dillards' Sons Of Moses - 'Soul Symphony', the vocal being named 'There Must Be A Love Somewhere'.

Lydia Pense (of Cold Blood) along with Tower of Power covered this tune on an album called 'Lights Out San Francisco' that goes on for 7:11 min.

Carolyn Sullivan [] - Dead [Philips]

Ede Robin [] - Dead []

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