The inaugural inductees for the Soul Source Northern Soul Hall Of Fame have been selected and a list of successful inductees is below. We would like to thank everyone who took part by nominating their selections, which produced a fantastic ‘who’s who’ of Northern Soul for the Board to work through. As you can see by the list, although it’s a subjective project, I don’t think many would argue with their inclusion.
Over the next couple of weeks we will be preparing individual pages in order to pay tribute to each Inductee and these pages will be housed within the HOF Forum.
The next round of nominations will begin on 01 November so thinking caps on and if your particular favourite didn’t make the list this time, feel free to nominate them again. (And again until they make the list!)
The nomination process and the required format are being tweaked for the next round. Hopefully people will be able to use a simplified form at the click of a button.
Please feel free to add comments or suggestions for future improvements.
INAUGURAL INDUCTEES TO SOUL SOURCE — NORTHERN SOUL: HALL OF FAME - OCTOBER 2014.
Linda Jones : Often quoted as THE quintessential femme soul voice. A tragic end to a glittering soulful legacy.
Maxine Brown : An ever popular and respected artist with a whole slew of Northern favourites,
Edwin Starr : Perennial professional, both on wax and on stage. From Detroit legend to UK home boy.
Roy Hamilton : Elvis’ favourite singer. Sang it all, from operatic pleaders and beat ballads to storming uptempo dancers.
Andantes : As vital to The Sound Of Young America as the Funk Brothers. Unrivalled success as a backing sound.
Marvelettes : Motown’s oft overlooked ladies. Great musical legacy.
Masqueraders : Epitome of group harmony.
Precisions : Produced classic Northern Soul and many people’s favourite live act over he years.
MIXED GROUP (MALE AND FEMALE)
Exciters : “Blowing Up My Mind” and appearance at Wigan made this duo a ‘shoe in’ for lots of people.
Sapphires : Fantastic group that delivered classic after classic. Perfect foil for Jerry Ross and Joe Renzetti.
Mike Terry : Legendary musician, arranger, producer and all round musical genius.
Van McCoy : Did it all. Created legendary sides by a whole host of artists. Legend among Northern Soul fans.
Popcorn Wylie : Record label owner, publishing company owner, Detroit maestro. Expect to see Popcorn’s name appear in Pre Production category too I’d expect.
Weldon A McDougal III : Producer, manager, label owner, promo man, photographer. Proper ‘record guy’ involved in all aspects of soulful vinyl business. Worked for Berry Gordy, Gamble and Huff and everyone in between.
Ady Croasdell : At the centre of the Kent/Ace catalogue of reissues and unissued material, responsible for the longest running soul club in the world and has brought many acts to the attention of soul fans that may otherwise have slipped away.
Bob Abrahamian : Soul fan, historian, archivist, presenter of iconic radio show “Sitting In The Park” and a friend to many artists and fans alike.
Link to Northern Soul HOF index