50 Years Ago Today the Mello Souls

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50 years ago today four guys drove from Wilmington, Delaware, to Frank Virtue’s studio located on 1618 N. Broad St, Philadelphia to record their debut single as the Mello Souls.

Silas, Fisher, James T and Randy were accompanied by their manager Mr Marshall and George Lewis, who co-wrote both of the songs. A group of local teenagers, Keith, Kenny, Larry, Johnny and Frank  provided the music.

‘I Got My Pride’, which featured Silas on lead, was cut in one take and this was the song that was pushed as the A side. ‘We Can Make It’, with Fisher on lead and James T providing the response vocal, took 3 takes as Mr Marshall couldn’t quite synchronise his tambourine with Keith’s guitar intro;  an intro that he acknowledges was inspired by ‘You Keep Me Hanging On’ which had been released five months previously by The Supremes

Despite local promotion and live shows the record didn’t make the impact that had been hoped for. The disappointment felt by the group was further compounded by a failed audition at Motown and as a result they simply dissolved.

For us the rest as they say is history

Andy

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 Post By Rupert

Here's a photo of them , from when they had a reunion . Plus a couple of hangers on . 

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On 29/09/2017 at 20:24, chalky said:

Thanks Andy.

Is Silus still with us?  I know Steve Green met him in a home some years ago now.

Sadly not ....

This is a picture of his (ex) wife & daughter

Andy

 

 

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Best bloody record never to be played at the casino IMHO top sound that epitomised the 80s niter scene and beyond  fav record of all time one day I'll own a copy :-)  them opening bars just grab you 

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3 hours ago, speedlimit said:

Best bloody record never to be played at the casino IMHO top sound that epitomised the 80s niter scene and beyond  fav record of all time one day I'll own a copy :-)  them opening bars just grab you 

Same here - remember someone on SS I think saying it wouldn't have stood up in the golden era but I reckon you could easily file it next to say Cecil Washington

Great article Andy - how did you get to meet them? 

Shame the thread is spread over two articles - could they be put together?

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Great article about my #1 Northern Soul favourite of all time! Thanks Andy!

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Thanks for posting that Andy - very interesting read :thumbup:

Mello Souls "We Can Make It" up there with the best!

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On 9/26/2017 at 21:46, Chris Turnbull said:

Same here - remember someone on SS I think saying it wouldn't have stood up in the golden era but I reckon you could easily file it next to say Cecil Washington

Great article Andy - how did you get to meet them? 

Shame the thread is spread over two articles - could they be put together?

just to acknowledge the bolded comment

the articles/forum posts thing has always been a concern - people do use and view the site in different ways so to try and deliver the content in such a way that suits all can be awkward and even now in year 21 have still never come up with a 100% satisfactory method

however...

trying something new today 

 



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