Tuesday, 4 January 2011

NS546 Jimmy Robins [1966] - I Can't Please You [Jerhart 207]

b/w: I Made It Over
Format: 45
Label: Impression / Jerhart / UK President
Cat No: 108 / 207-A / PT 118
Year: 1966
Value: $40 US Issue - £100 UK issue

Jimmy Robins was born as James Ray Robbins on 31st July 1934 in Texas and recorded about 14 45s between 1958 and 1972 under several pseudonyms such as Robbin Ray, James Robins, Jimmy Robins, Jimmy 'Preacherman 'Robins and finally in a duo Patrizia and Jimmy, recording for labels such as Combo in 50s, Federal, Jerhart (the featured track is his first of 2 45s on the label which was originally issued on Impression 108), 20th Century, Kent, Tangerine in 60s, Convoy and Ala in 70s.

I Can't Please You is a gritty, driving 60s RnB dancer which appear to be the staple of today's Northern Soul scene. Unusually for a Northern record this one made 21 in the US Billboard charts in 1967 which would suggest that there are quite a number of copies still in circulation.

An informative article on Jimmy Robins may be found over at: Sir Shambling's Deep Soul Heaven.

The Impression label release is the rarest, it is much rarer than the U.K President issue. Impression label copies very rarely come up for sale and are usually demos.  Apparently the issue copies had their labels reversed and were withdrawn for this reason which probably explains their scarcity. 

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