Tobi Lark Cancels Cleethorpes
Spencer & Percy Wiggins Sign For Cleethorpes
After several years of tough negotiating and then finally settling on the highest
price I've ever offered an artist, Tobi Lark baulked at the signing of the contract
that had been thrashed out with her manager / agent. Several phone calls followed
where I managed to convince her that it would be a memorable and fulfilling event
and I managed to assuage her fears so much that she gave me her word she'd be there.
A couple of weeks down the line she pulled out again with absolutely no reason given.
This time I didn't fight it as I didn't feel I would have been able to guarantee her
From adversity comes opportunity. In the ensuing weeks I've been able to work out a deal, and a
contract that has been signed by all parties, for actual Memphis soul brothers Spencer and Percy
Wiggins. Both are fantastic singers who appeared at the Porretta Soul Festival in Italy a couple
of years ago, where Ace Records colleague Tony Rounce reported that they blew everybody away.
There they mainly sang deep and southern soul, but they also have a great catalogue of Northern and
Crossover under their belts too. Kent have already featured Percy's two Northern classics,
'That's Loving You' and 'It Didn't Take Much' on CDs as well as some of his
great ballads. 'Can't Find Nobody' was a exciting surprise for me, a 60s club
soul classic that up until recently had eluded me and his second RCA 45 'Love
Is A Wonderful Thing' is a cracker too.
Brother Spencer's song roster is even more extensive and appropriate to a Kent sponsored gig.
We have spent many hours examining andexcavating his wonderful Goldwax sides for release
and then negotiating with Fame and EMI to get his Northern Monster 'Let's Talk It Over' out on CD and
vinyl legitimately for the first time. Though he has a splendid repertoire of
dancers and mid tempo movers like 'Love Attack', 'Lonely Man' and 'I Never
Loved A Woman', the recent revelation has been his very recently discovered
Fame masters. These include a top notch rendition of the classic 'Make Me
Yours' and the revelatory Crossover monster-to-be that is 'Breaking Point'.
'Breaking Point' in particular has been universally accepted as a future soul
dance classic by everybody who has been lucky enough to hear it and many more
will be intimate with it by the time Spencer sings it live on stage for the
first time since it was recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama in 1969.
The brothers are also going to combine for a show-stopping duet and we've lined up
three horns and two backing singers along with our regular group to do their songs justice.
If anyone has booked tickets solely to see Tobi Lark, feel free to cancel them for a
full refund. If you are now further enticed to join our soul soirees (three of 'em) we still have
weekend passes available. If we do not sell out by May 31st, we will
make a limited number of evening-only tickets available then; but not before.
Ady & Charlie