Soul Articles Archives


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A Quick Soul Train Cruise Lookback - San Diego Oct 2013

This was the 2nd annual Soul Train Cruise to set sail, this time from San Diego. It was incredible value for money, not only to travel to the Mexican Riviera & stop off in Puerta Vallarta & Cabo San...

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Soul Legend Bunny Sigler En Route to Manchester Allnighter 30th Nov 2013

A full detailed look at the upcoming appearance of Soul legend Bunny Sigler at the New Century Soul Club Allnighter 20th Nov 2013 by Dave Moore

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Era Northern Soul Cd - Kent

Herb Newman’s Era Label was well established in Los Angeles by the time the soul era came about. With over 150 singles behind him by the time our musical story starts in 1962, Herb was a record label veteran.

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The Ivy Jo Hunter Story by Rob Moss

The Story of the man who wrote some of Motown’s most beautiful and important songs and become one of the most successful song writers in the world

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The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club Kindle

An occasional series where the site makes the most out of the amazon "look inside" to provide some heads up reading on both old and new books available on kindle This time its a freebasing based look...

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Ron Littlejohn & The Funk Embassy - Shining On

Of interest to many on here I'm sure

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Levi Stubbs - 5 Years On

October 17th sees the fifth anniversary of the passing of Levi Stubbs. Not an anniversary to celebrate but just to make one think... read more...

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Vice Mag - Poor-Man's Speed: Coming Of Age In Wigan's Anarchic Northern Soul Scene

18 months ago featured this via Paul Mason here's a longer more featured piece on Vibe Mag site POOR-MAN'S SPEED: COMING OF AGE IN WIGAN'S ANARCHIC NORTHERN SOUL SCENE

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Bobby Martin Dies

On Friday in San Diego. A hugely talented man and a vital part of Philly soul and the Philly Sound

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Debbie Taylor Story - Story Plus UK Concert Details

Debbie Taylor Article - Her story plus a look forward to the UK Concert in Yorkshire on 9th Nov 2013

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Seven Days Of Loving You Author Article

The website Daily Bulletin features an article by David Allen titled 'Northern Soul fans dig Southern California song' Which concerns itself with words from past song writer Dominic Di Giamarino” wh...

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Are Re-Edits And Mash Ups Killing Soul Music?

For quite some time now as a Modern DJ I have been quietly expressing concern to a few people about the amount of re edits/re workings/remixes/mash ups being played on the Modern Soul scene...

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Marvin Gaye Film delayed?

Recently reported that the Marvin Gaye film project "Sexual Healing" has hit a few problems. All sounds a bit up in the air, here's the link to the June news item

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Relaunch of Tracks To Your Mind Fanzine

I found some copies of the first edition in my garage So here it is... the re-launch of 'Tracks to Your Mind' with the first edition available again for £5

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Mary Love Remembered by Ady Croasdell

Mary Love Remembered. An article by Ady Croasdale

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Modern Musings In Soul Up North......End Of An Era!

I've decided to knock my Modern Musings column in Soul Up North on the head after 11 years in the "modern soul" seat. I figure 11 years is long enough for both readers and scribe alike!

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Soulgate 31st Final Annual All Dayer London 22June 2013

Celebrating 31 years of Northern/Deep soul Alldayers in memory of the late great 6t’s co founder Randy Cozens. The longest running all dayer in London & South east is 31 and this will be the last annual...

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Keb Darge & Little Edith's Legendary Wild Rockers Vol 3 -BBE Music

Recent Release from BBE Music and one for the freebasing side Keb Darge & Little Edith's Legendary Wild Rockers Vol 3 A Collection Of Rare Rockabilly & Surf From The 50s & Early 60s

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Darondo 1946-2013 Article

An article to mark the passing on of William Daron Pulliam better known as funk and soul icon Darondo – passed away from heart failure on Sunday June 9th by Alec Palao Ace Records

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Gamble Records Full Discography

Here's the latest label in my Mighty 3 discographies. The legendary Gamble label. Also, at the bottom I have included a YTube video showing all the 7" releases

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Modern Musings With Mark Randle May 2013

Modern Musings…….…news and grooves from the Modern Side with Mark Randle Once again I’ve left it to the last minute to pen this piece, so it’s just as well that we’ve had another dumping of snow because if...

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Wholly Holy and Epilogue

Part 3 of a series of articles - The final part of this series of words. Wholly Holy, Inner City Blues, Let’s get it on and Epilogue

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Mel Britt - Northern Soul Icon

With the passing of Mr Mel Britt I thought it timely to remind ourselves of a very special day in his company. In a strange quirk of fate I almost missed this day as I’d visited Motown a few times in previo...

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Flying High in the Friendly Sky - Brainy Soul

Part 2 of a series of articles - Save the Children – Who really cares? and Flying High in the Friendly Sky

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Soul at the Crossroads - What’s Going On and What’s Happening Brother?

Originally titled Soul Wars – a New Hope, but I try not to be too provocative. OK, so I don’t try that hard, but it’s what elevates Art above politics. Has anybody, DJ or otherwise, recently thought twice...

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Royal Mail Postage Prices To Change 2nd April

Just posted a parcel and was informed changes due on April 2nd 2013 a new category (small parcel and medium parcel introduced too) here is some info

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Margaret Little - Her Story

Margaret Little was born in Detroit on August 7th 1945. She was the oldest of 3 children. Her parents divorced when she was very young and her father, a member of the Four Kings who recorded for Fortune Reco...

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Don Juan Mancha – The Story

The Story of Don Juan Mancha – songwriter, producer, musician and talent scout by Rob Moss

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Pcrl Basement Soul Show Videos - Revisited

Both the show and the other vids have been mentioned a fair few times over the years on here, so after John P made mention of them on the minidisc article thread I had a quick trip to Mickey d's page on...

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My Obsession With The Preview Label - A Feast Of Teri's

It all started back in 2011 I got a phone call from Nige Brown telling me he heard a sound bite on ebay of a record he thought had something special and he would like my opinion on it before he set his bid ....

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MiniDiscs - 21 years of almostness

The BBC reports the end of MiniDisc player production by Sony

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Tim Brown Talks

Tim Brown, one of Rare Soul's premier collectors and dealers has kindly given me permission to use his blog as an article. Tim has written many articles, price guides and books about the music and has...

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Mark Randle's Contemporary Countdown 2012

I create listings of my favourite cuts at each year end from a contemporary soul/dance/jazz perspective, and can't remember whether I've posted them here before, but here they are for 2012

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Mark Randle's Modern Soul Musings

I find myself tempted to start once again with mention of the weather here in the UK, but it’s all just a little too depressing so I’ll keep it brief. Suffice to say my thoughts go out to all those affected...

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Dunn Pearson & The 9th Street Exit

Dunn Pearson was around on the Cleveland soul scene from the late 60's through to 1980 when he relocated to New York. In that time, he backed up many local soul groups & singers, formed & led gro...

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Edwin Starr's Cleveland Years


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Charles Drain: Two Stupid Feet

Charles Drain was born in Eupora, Mississippi back in 1939. He began singing at the age of eight and formed his first group a couple of years later. After moving to St Louis, he secured work singing back-...

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It's About Time - Bobby Brooks Wilson

His story is a true rags to riches tale. Bobby Brooks Hamilton was born in New York (1961?) but as an infant he found himself in the foster care system in South Carolina where he grew up in Columbia. His c...

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TOPPS 45s – “Yeah, But Can You Play ‘Em?”

The memorabilia available to collectors of Berry Gordy’s Motown and its subsidiary labels and companies covers the whole spectrum of artefacts. From rare unreleased acetates that never made it past the infam...

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Let Our Love Grow Higher

“I hope these dreams will come true”, so goes a line in the song “Let Our Love Grow Higher”. Well we often dream that rare soul icons such as Eula Cooper would be re-discovered and make a triumphant return t...

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Marie Knight: “That's No Way To Treat A Girl”

Marie Knight came into the world way back in 1925 and though she enjoyed a recording career that stretched over 61 years, she savoured little actual commercial record success. Born in Sanford, Florida in Jun...

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Gil Scott-Heron: The Revolution Begins

The three albums Gil Scott-Heron recorded for Bob Thiele’s Flying Dutchman label are some of the most important in the history of black music. They show a multi-talented artist reaching maturity with his fir...

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Barbara Stant: Unsatisfied Woman

Barbara Stant got into the recording business at the end of the 1960’s after she dropped in on the offices of Shiptown Records in Norfolk, Virginia. Just about anyone with talent was welcome to call by at Sh...

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Paul Riser MBA - Motowns Brilliant Arranger

Paul Riser Motown’s Brilliant Arranger. The importance of the arranger in the musical process, whatever the genre, cannot be overstated …or underestimated. The arranger translates the basic structure of a s...

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Forever Saturday Night

Native Detroiter Oliver Cheatham was born February 24th 1948 into a family of eight other children. It was his gospel trained mother, Maddie that encouraged her son to sing. Oliver was a shy child who would...

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Roger Hatcher

Roger Hatcher was a member of a very musical family, apart from his brothers Will and Roosevelt, his cousin was of course the most famous Hatcher, Charles (Edwin Starr). Roger had been involved in the music...

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Frank Wilson - The Story of Do I Love You (Indeed I do)

Thanks go to Andy Rix for making this article available to all. Orignally written and published to accompany the fairly recent auction (2009) of the 45 via John Manship and for inclusion in a special catalog...

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Soul Power - Don Letts Subculture Films Online

In the mid-70s, one of the later outcrops of the Mod emerged: The Soul Boy. Clothes- and dance music- obsessed, with a geographical divide between the Northern and the Southern Soul Boys...

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Ivy Joe Hunter: See You Around!

Native Detroiter Ivy Jo Hunter was born Ivy George Hunter on August 28th 1940. As a child his parents sent him to music classes where he learned to play the Trumpet and Euphonium. Which pre-teens saw him per...

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David Bursey: A Soul Journeyman.

David Bursey is yet another one of soul music’s many unsung heroes, a soul journeyman who has spent a life time living the dream of recording a hit record. David Charles Bursey was born on May 23rd 1943 in t...