Hayley Records - Latest 45 Release News

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Word from Hayley Records concerning their latest 45 releases...


New releases from BOBBY SHEPPARD, JIMMY DELPHS, JIMMY GILFORD and JIMMY SCRUGGS and a smoking BAND TRACK from the Funk Brothers are now for sale worldwide.

Hayley Records is proud to announce the release of two sparkling soul smashes that have never been available before.

JIMMY DELPHS The flip side b/w BAND TRACK Don't tell me maybe HR 023

HR 023 A Side. 

JIMMY DELPHS 'The flip side' was only ever seen publically as a battered Atlantic acetate rescued from eternal anonymity by an eagle eyed record store owner in a suburb of Detroit. It was produced by the legendary Ollie McLaughlin in conjunction with arranger Mike Terry and was scheduled for release on one of his labels – probably either Carla or Karen with distribution and promotion from Atlantic Records. 

Recorded at United Sound Systems with the cream of Detroit's session musicians, 'The flip side' oozes a soulful vocal delivery over a typically tight rhythm and horn section with delightful female vocal accompaniment from Pat and Diane Lewis.  Why it was never released remains a mystery. 

HR 023 B Side.

BAND TRACK 'Don't tell me maybe' is released under it's original title, as identified by sound engineer Danny Dallas in the count in, but is easily recognisable as the backing track to The Capitols 'Don't say maybe baby' which gained a release on Karen Records in 1967. Led by drummer extrordinaire George McGregor and Bob Babbitt's killer bass, the tune fair stomps along with timely contributions from Detroit Symphony Orchestra and two separate sax. solos from Eli Fontaine. Ollie McLaughlin produced the session, with Mike Terry arranging, at United Sound Systems. Best played VERY LOUD!


BOBBY SHEPPARD Surely b/w GILFORD & SCRUGGS Don't let me lose it. HR 024

HR 024 A side


Another unreleased Detroit gem from out of left field and, to date, the only recording by the elusive Mr. Sheppard, who is rumoured to be Detroit native Bobby Williams, whilst he was under contract to Sure-Shot Records of Texas, and therefore unable to identify himself. An all-star cast of Detroit musicians provide a sumtuous backing track beginning with Eddie Willis's guitar and Jack Brokensha's vibes introducing Sheppard's impassioned vocals. Interesting to see the involvement of famed Funk Brother Eddie Willis as arranger and co producer, with Don Davis, on a rare foray outside his usual playing duties.

HR 024 B side

JIMMY GILFORD & JIMMY SCRUGGS 'Don't let me lose it'.

A scintillating United Sound session, again featuring Detroit's finest session men and two of the city's lesser known talents. Jimmy Gilford is better known for his recordings at Thelma, Solid Hit and Wheelsville whereas Jimmy Scruggs is making his debut on vinyl. They work superbly together creating a truly atmospheric slab of Detroit soul reminiscent of some of the best R&B duos. Recorded at United Sound Systems. Produced by Don Davis.   


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