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Betty Boo 'My Man Flint'

Betty Boo 'My Man Flint' cover

As part of the deal brokered between Soul Bowl's John Anderson and Richard 'Popcorn' Wylie, some fantastic unreleased gems from Richard's vaults in Detroit were released on the ever popular Grapevine series of 45's and LPs.  Betty Boo, the International Woman of Mystery for so long for some gained cult status with her tracks 'Spellbound' and even more so with 'Say It Isn't So'.

An instrumental entitled 'Let's Do The Duck' by the fictitious Motor City Shakers was tucked away on one the the LPs.  Fast forward to today and having had exposure via the radio and a select bunch of DJs in the clubs, Betty Boo's the vocal, 'Our Man Flint' finally sees the light of day on general release via Soul Junction's first release of 2016.

Press Release: Betty Boo   “My Man Flint” (Vocal & Instrumental)   SJ1003

 

Release Date: Monday January 18th 2016

 

Betty Boo A.K.A Betty Winston who along with her late sister Jackie, and fellow sisters

 

Diane and Pat Lewis recorded three 45 singles for the legendary Detroit Golden World label during 1964 and 1965 under the group name of The Adorables. With their final Golden World release “Ooh Boy/Devil In His Eyes” (GW-25) becoming a hugely collectable dance floor favourite in more recent times.

 

Following the disbandment of The Adorables’ Pat and Diane Lewis both went on to record as solo artists and as part of Isaac Hayes Hot Buttered Soul project.

 

As for Betty she would go on to record several, at the time unissued songs with Richard ‘Popcorn’ Wylie (the producer on “Ooh Boy”). These unissued masters would remain in the can until their eventual discovery during the mid 1970’s by Soul Bowl’s John Anderson. Therefore, through a subsequent licensing deal followed by extensive airplay via advance acetates given to the influential DJ’s of the time Richard Searling, Ian Clark and Poke amongst others. Two of Betty’s songs would become dance floor favourites within the Northern Soul scene.  Firstly the track entitled “Spellbound” which only appeared on the first Grapevine album ‘Talk Of The Grapevine’ amongst a host of other excellent previously unissued Popcorn masters, released during 1978. Followed a year later by the perennial favourite “Say It Isn’t So” which gained a release on a highly collectable Grapevine 45 as well as featuring on the second Grapevine album, ‘The Sound Of The Grapevine’.

 

 

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So fast forward to 2016, and a third unissued Betty Boo track “My Man Flint” will be gaining a belated release. “My Man Flint” is Betty’s contribution to the media’s 1960’s cold war influenced obsession with espionage. The British had James Bond, The Russians a whole bunch of former 1930’s Cambridge graduates and the Americans one Derek Flint.

 

Master spy Derek Flint (played by Actor James Coburn) featured in two spoof spy films, “Our Man Flint” (1965) followed by “In Like Flint” (1967) as a suave, undisciplined philandering secret agent (much to the annoyance of his boss Lloyd Cramden, played by Lee J. Cobb) who invariably saved the western world from being held to ransom by some evil clandestine organisation.

 

 

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One can only assume that Wylie and Hester wrote and produced this track in the hope that it would be used as part of a future film score? But what seems to have turned out to be the big screen’s loss will now become the Northern Soul scenes gain. Soul Junction’s release of “My Man Flint” features both the vocal and instrumental version.  With the instrumental version albeit as a shorter cut being previously issued on the aforementioned Sound Of The Grapevine album under the fictitious artist and title of The Motor City Shakers, “Let’s Do The Duck”.

 

 

SJ1003 - Betty Boo - My Man Flint - Promo.mp3

 

 

 

For further information please contact Soul Junction at:

 

Tel: +44 (0) 121 602 8115 of E-mail: sales@souljunctionrecords.co.uk

 

To purchase go straight to Soul Junction at 

http://www.souljunctionrecords.co.uk/SJ1003.html or via the usual stockists.

 

 

 




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Wow! Absolutely fantastic. Imagine having the only cut of that. Dance floor viagra at it's best.

Popcorn, what a guy.

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Excellent release always liked the Instrumental (even if the editing on the grapevine album was shocking) & can't believe this vocal was not played with the other Betty Boo tracks?

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Great track and dare I say it, a far better vocal than the other two Betty Boo tracks. I wonder how many more gems there are still to be unearthed? Has a vocal to the Innocent Bystanders Frantic Escape ever appeared?

 

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Another gem from the Master Popcorn, great track and certainly right up there with all her other gems. So much great unissued stuff being released at the moment; past 6 months or so; still great to hear and own these gems. 

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On 11/01/2016 at 11:13, Paul r said:

Great track and dare I say it, a far better vocal than the other two Betty Boo tracks. I wonder how many more gems there are still to be unearthed? Has a vocal to the Innocent Bystanders Frantic Escape ever appeared?

 

Paul

Why not say it? It's true. The two Grapevine tracks leave a little to be desired in terms of what could have been. This track shows they could have been much better with a stronger vocal. I like this track but the only (slight) downside (imo) is that the lyric content gives it a slight novelty value that a different lyric would have avoided. Still pretty good though and very worthy of release.

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My copy arrived this morning - both sides are nice and clear sounding, love it! it's archetypal Popcorn (with a capital P). For the price of three pints you get some proper northern in your box!

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1 hour ago, SoulStu said:

My copy arrived this morning - both sides are nice and clear sounding, love it! it's archetypal Popcorn (with a capital P). For the price of three pints you get some proper northern in your box!

Stu

There dispatch department must have been busy as mine arrived this morning too :lol:

Cheers

Martyn

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6 hours ago, maslar said:

Why not say it? It's true. The two Grapevine tracks leave a little to be desired in terms of what could have been. This track shows they could have been much better with a stronger vocal. I like this track but the only (slight) downside (imo) is that the lyric content gives it a slight novelty value that a different lyric would have avoided. Still pretty good though and very worthy of release.

Blimey! I think they are both fantastic. :ohmy:

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Mine arrived too this morning..... Must be selling well. I'm going to watch top of the pops tomorrow night to see if its charted!

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32 minutes ago, tobytyke said:

Mine arrived too this morning..... Must be selling well. I'm going to watch top of the pops tomorrow night to see if its charted!

I sold 9...

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On 13 January 2016 at 17:07, Pete S said:

Do some people really think this is better than Say It Isn't So?   

No I dont 

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On ‎13‎/‎01‎/‎2016 at 17:07, Pete S said:

Do some people really think this is better than Say It Isn't So?   

I do. Say It Isn't So is a mess imo. When I first heard it in the mid 80s I couldn't believe that it was big at Wigan. It just sounds like a very rough demo to me with no polish whatsoever.

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1 hour ago, daved said:

I do. Say It Isn't So is a mess imo. When I first heard it in the mid 80s I couldn't believe that it was big at Wigan. It just sounds like a very rough demo to me with no polish whatsoever.

Apart from the brass, string arrangement, brilliant vocal...

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I have to say I hate the vocal to 'My Man Flint', it's not her voice, she has a great voice, its the lyrics and the way her vocal is set to the music, I hated it immediately...... the Instrumental however is brilliant...

 

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