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DEBBIE TAYLOR

LOST AND FOUND

 

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DEBBIE TAYLOR is a highly acclaimed but relatively obscure soul singer who released nine singles and an album during an eight-year period from 1967 to 1975, during the ‘golden days’ of soul music. Three of her 45s reached the R&B charts but, despite her obvious talent, she failed to make a significant impact in commercial terms and her name was soon forgotten by most.

 

THE MARKET WAS CROWDED in the golden days and dozens of new releases competed for precious exposure each week. Many fine records were overshadowed or completely overlooked and many gifted singers were restricted to regional success or even total obscurity.

 

Only one of Debbie’s 45s was released internationally and although it was championed by soul fans it was doomed to fail at a time when the focus of most people was on the emerging disco sounds which were beginning to dominate the airwaves.

 

Despite the odds, her records were cherished by loyal and passionate soul fans in many parts of the world, particularly in the UK, Europe and Japan where she acquired a cult ‘underground’ status with a level of admiration usually reserved for more prolific and successful artists such as Aretha Franklin or Gladys Knight. And the notion that Debbie Taylor was ‘lost’ just added to the mystique.

 

But Debbie wasn’t lost at all. She hadn’t slipped into obscurity in 1976, she had intentionally put her ‘Debbie Taylor’ identity on the shelf and had returned to ‘real’ life as Maydie Myles. No wonder so many music journalists and fans had been unable to find her.

 

GOSPEL ROOTS

 

MAYDIE MYLES was born Maddie Bell Galvin on 23 June, 1947, in Norfolk, Virginia. Maddie is pronounced as Maydie so that’s how she spells her name today. She was the youngest of four children born to Janie Galvin and the Reverend James Galvin, a pastor in the Pentecostal church. Her upbringing was typical of many who went on to be soul singers: she played piano at home from the age of five and with her older sister was singing in church ahead of her father’s sermons by the time she was a teenager. They travelled from church to church in one state after another, singing gospel music. That was Maydie’s introduction to performing in public.

Reginald Walker, her high school choir teacher, had a jazz trio and he invited Maydie to sing with the trio when she was age 11. She worked with Walker’s group for two years, gaining more musical knowledge and valuable experience of performing in front of an audience. As a teenager she also toured with several gospel groups, one of which also featured Barbara Stant, and even performed at the 1965 World Fair.

 

Because her parents were so religious, Maydie adopted the name ‘Debbie Taylor’ for secular music and hung out at sessions on Church Street which was Norfolk’s centre of activity for R&B and home to a record store owned by Noah Biggs who also operated an independent label called Shiptown.

 

Maydie’s friend Barbara Stant would later record for Shiptown Records but Maydie got a bigger break when in 1967 she was spotted performing at Bob’s Lounge by Joe Medlin, a regional promoter and talent scout for MCA’s Decca Records subsidiary.

 

TEENAGE SUCCESS

 

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Maydie was still a teenager so her mother co-signed the contract which enabled her to record for Decca using her ‘Debbie Taylor’ pseudonym. She had crossed from gospel and jazz into soul music; she had become Debbie Taylor.

The first Debbie Taylor sessions were held at Willie Mitchell’s Royal studio in Memphis and yielded four masters which were essentially produced by Stax hitmakers Isaac Hayes and David Porter, although credited to Joe Medlin, and featured members of Mitchell’s in-house rhythm section with The Memphis Horns.

 

Her first single, ‘The Last Laugh Is On The Blues’, was penned by Buddy Scott and Jimmy Radcliffe and was issued on Decca 32090 in 1967 (not 1968 as is often reported). Coupled with the Don Bryant song ‘I Get The Blues’, it was an impressive debut which showed the world that Debbie had a natural soul ability and it hinted at a promising future.

 

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The follow-up was even stronger. Written by Willie Dean Parker and Henderson Thigpen, ‘Wait Until I’m Gone’ (Decca 32259) is a moody slow-beat song with a tearful lyric and a soulful delivery. It got enough airplay to reach the top 40 R&B chart in early 1968 and was a well-deserved success.

 

Anyone who bought that 45 would have been delighted to find that the slower flip, ‘Check Yourself’, offered an even more deep and soulful demonstration of Debbie Taylor at her most intense.

 

‘Check Yourself’ is a haunting blues-flavoured ballad written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter who also recorded the song as ‘I’d Better Check On Myself’ with Stax/Volt artist Ruby Johnson during the same period but her version was unreleased at the time. ‘Check Yourself’ showed that the teenage Debbie Taylor could convincing play the role of a woman hurt by a lover who had eyes for someone else. An emotive performance any soul singer would be proud of.

 

If she had never made another record, Debbie would have been eternally admired for her four Decca sides. Little would she have thought that her youthful performances would have such a profound and lasting impression on so many strangers in distant places. I was just a 9-year-old kid when those singles were released but thankfully I stumbled on them a few years later when I developed a heavy thirst for soul music as a teenager. And ever since then I kept a sharp eye out for Debbie Taylor or whoever she really was.

 

NEW YORK CITY

 

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In March 1969 Debbie launched Gerard Purcell’s GWP label and the dreamy midtempo ‘Never Gonna Let Him Know’ (GWP 501) gave her a second R&B chart entry, this time reaching the top 20.

 

Once again she sounded even more in control on the dramatic B side, ‘Let’s Prove Them Wrong’, written by Eddie Jones with George Kerr who also produced these sessions with Paul Robinson who was GWP’s vice president.

 

Later that year came the brassy uptempo ‘Don’t Let It End’ (GWP 510) which was paired with the ballad ‘How Long Can This Last’, another song co-written by Eddie Jones and another opportunity for Debbie to really express herself as a soul singer with strong conviction.

 

Less commercial was her third GWP single, issued in late 1969 and featuring Debbie on only one side. Credited to Debbie Taylor & The Hesitations, ‘Momma, Look Sharp’ (512) was a Sherman Edwards song from a Broadway musical called ‘1776’. Produced by Paul Robinson, it was a piano-led duet between Debbie and an uncredited member of The Hesitations. Curiously, the flip side was a Hesitations track called ‘No Brag, Just Fact’.

 

Debbie’s next single was released in early 1970 on the Grapevine label, a short-lived GWP subsidiary, and both sides were penned and produced by Ray Dahrouge and Billy Terrell, the team who had written ‘Never Gonna Let Him Know’. ‘Don’t Nobody Mess With My Baby’ (202) was an obvious attempt to replicate the classic Motown sound, as was the even more uptempo ‘Stop’ on the other side. Debbie sounded comfortable and in control but these sides sounded a little more dated and less distinct than her earlier GWP sides.

 

As with all of her GWP tracks, these sessions were arranged by Ed Bland.

 

Whilst at GWP Paul Robinson also cut Debbie on a Larry Saunders song called ‘All That I Have’, recorded circa 1969 and supported by The Hesitations, but it remained on the shelf until 2005 when it was featured by Ace Records on a Kent compilation album of material from the GWP archives.

 

ALBUM DEAL

 

In 1972 Gerard Purcell hooked Debbie up with Terry Phillips and Boo Frazier at Perception Records and she recorded an album at New York’s Blue Rock studio which was released on Perception’s Today label subsidiary. Comin’ Down On You (Today 1007) is a nine-track LP produced by David Jordan with Patrick Adams who also served as arranger.

 

The highlight of the album was the sparse and dreamy ballad ‘Leaving Him Tomorrow’, which had previously been recorded for Today Records by The Exciters on their 1971 album Black Beauty, but the song was perfect for Debbie and its theme was sorrow; once again, her man was running around with other women. She said she was gonna leave him tomorrow and I hope she did.

 

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Only one 45 was lifted from the album, the infectious and uplifting ‘No Deposit, No Return’ (Today 1510) which was written by Jordan and Adams and is similar in style and spirit to some of Freda Payne’s Invictus hits.

 

The single deserved more success and should have been issued in the UK where its commercial potential would have been quite strong at the time. On the flip was ‘Too Sad To Tell’ which was also taken from the LP.

 

Other high points from the album include the ballads ‘Second To None’ and ‘Touchin’ You’ (which Jordan and Adams also cut with JJ Barnes for his Perception LP Born Again in 1973) and the uptempo tracks ‘Romance Without Finance’ and ‘No Ifs, Ands Or Buts’ which was also recorded for Today Records by Black Ivory in 1972.

 

THE PHILADELPHIA SESSIONS

 

David Jordan took Debbie to Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia for a session with MFSB and arranger Richard Rome which sadly only resulted in one single.

 

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The excellent ‘I Have Learned To Do Without You’ / ‘Cheaper In The Long Run’ was issued on Polydor 14219 in late 1973. Jordan had penned ‘I Have Learned To Do Without You’ with JJ Barnes and Don Davis, producer of the original Mavis Staples version which had been issued on Volt in the summer of 1970.

 

Few singers can compete with Mavis Staples but Debbie’s version is equally worthy and it deserved more support than it received.

 

A follow-up single was scheduled for release on Polydor 14252 in 1974 but for some reason it never surfaced. ‘Superstar’, a version of the oft-recorded Leon Russell and Bonnie Bramlett song, was to have been backed with ‘A Good Woman Don’t Grow On Trees’ which Jordan had previously cut on JJ Barnes as ‘Good Men Don’t Grow On Trees’.

 

More than a year would pass before the release of her next single and, sadly, it would turn out to be her last record as Debbie Taylor. It’s also considered by many to be her very best...

 

I DON’T WANNA LEAVE YOU

 

The tearful ballad ‘I Don’t Wanna Leave You’ was produced by David Jordan at an ambitious live session at Broadway Sound in New York in 1975. With a full band and orchestra, featuring Motown veteran Earl Van Dyke on keyboards, the result was a stunning slow-build arrangement of an anguished love song co-written by Jordan with drummer and arranger Andrew Smith.

 

The dramatic musical setting was perfect for Debbie’s intensely soulful performance. Yet again she played the convincing role of an emotionally tortured woman who loved her man but could no longer trust him.

 

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Jordan hired Tom Moulton for the final mixdown at Sigma Sound’s New York studio and leased the master to Arista Records who had the confidence to release ‘I Don’t Wanna Leave You’ (Arista 0144) in its entirety — with a duration of 5:30 — but radio DJs were also serviced with an edited version. It was playlisted on many stations and rode the R&B charts for three months which was impressive for such a slow and soulful ballad at a time when the black music scene was dominated by disco and funk sounds.

 

Much of its success may have been due to independent promotions man ‘Rocky G’ who was hired by Arista to work the record on east coast stations. His methods may have involved payola because in August 1975 Rocky G (Ellsworth Groce) admitted to a grand jury in Newark, New Jersey, that he’d paid more than $10,000 in cash to influential radio DJs such as Frankie Crocker who ruled the airwaves at WBLS, the most popular New York station for black music.

 

‘I Don’t Wanna Leave You’ was the first Debbie Taylor single to gain international release but when Arista’s UK office issued the single via EMI in early 1976 they disappointed soul fans by using a short edit which was also sonically inferior. The uptempo flip side ‘Just Don't Pay’ was also edited, losing over a minute, and lacked the vibrancy of the original Tom Moulton mix. The single was also released by Arista licensees in Japan and Brazil.

 

‘Just Don’t Pay’ eventually found popularity in underground UK soul clubs and in 1989 it was briefly reissued on a 12” single.

 

THE LOST YEARS

 

Nothing more was heard from Debbie Taylor after 1975 and it was a mystery that such a talent could have just disappeared into obscurity without any explanation. It later transpired that she had declined an opportunity to sign a direct deal with Arista because it would have meant cutting David Jordan and Andrew Smith out of the picture. Loyalty is quite rare in the music business and few artists would have refused such an offer.

 

Disillusioned with the business, she put her ‘Debbie Taylor’ persona in the closet and became Maydie Myles once again. She left Virginia in the early 1980s and moved north to Stamford, Connecticut, before relocating to the nearby city of Norwalk in 2003.

 

Maydie didn’t leave the music business but kept a lower profile. She was featured vocalist on six 12” singles issued by indie dance label K4B Records between 1994 and 1998 and continued to perform with her band in soul and jazz clubs. More recently she has done many vocal sessions for TV and radio adverts and jingles.

 

REDISCOVERY

 

Early in 2011 Maydie Myles self-released a jazz-flavoured CD album titled The Ones I Love and casually revealed that she had previously recorded under the name of ‘Debbie Taylor’, not really expecting anyone to be very interested. And that’s when her phone started going crazy...

 

The word was out: ‘Debbie Taylor’ had been found at last, even though she had never been lost. Understandably, Maydie was completely overwhelmed.

 

In November 2011 Selrec issued an extended mix of ‘Just Don’t Pay’ on their Shotgun label in the UK, intended to coincide with a scheduled live performance of ‘Debbie Taylor’ at a weekend soul festival.

 

Sadly she was unable to appear at that event but it has now been confirmed that she will visit the UK in November 2013 to perform on stage with a full band for her most loyal fans, some of whom have waited more than thirty years for the opportunity.

 

PAUL MOONEY

 

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NOTES: Numerous attempts have been made to locate David Jordan over the past thirty years. He seems to have ‘disappeared’ in the 1980s and is now assumed to be deceased. Sadly, Andrew Smith passed away in East Brunswick, New Jersey, in 2000

 

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DISCOGRAPHY

Debbie Taylor

Decca 32090 - The Last Laugh Is On The Blues / I Get The Blues - 1967

Decca 32259 - Check Yourself / Wait Until I'm Gone - 1968

GWP 501- Never Gonna Let Him Know / Let's Prove Them Wrong - 1969

GWP 510 - Don't Let It End / How Long Can This Last - 1969

 

Debbie Taylor & The Hesitations

GWP - Momma, Look Sharp - 1969 (unissued at the time. Alternate lead group vocalist to version released on GWP 512. This version was released in the UK on a 2009 Kent CD GWP : NYC : TLC Volume 2 CDKEND 326)

GWP 512 - No Brag Just Fact / Momma, Look Sharp - 1969

GWP - All That I Have - 1969 (Unissued at the time. This track was released in the UK on a 2005 Kent CD "GWP NYC . TCB" CDKEND 249)

 

Debbie Taylor

GWP's Grapevine 202 - Don't Nobody Mess With My Baby / Stop - 1970

Today T-1510 - No Deposit, No Return / Too Sad To Tell - 1972

Polydor PD14219 - I Have Learned To Do Without You / Cheaper In The Long Run - 1973

Polydor 14252 - Superstar / A Good Woman Don't Grow On Trees - 1973 (Unreleased)

Arista 0144 - I Don't Wanna Leave You (3:58) / I Don't Wanna Leave You (5:30) - 1975 (Promo release only -label miss-press on (5:30) version)

Arista 0144 - I Don't Wanna Leave You (3:58) / I Don't Wanna Leave You (5:30) - 1975 (Promo release only)

Arista 0144 - Just Don't Pay / I Don't Wanna Leave You (5.30) - 1975

Arista 50 - I Don’t Wanna Leave You (3:58) / Just Don't Pay - 1976

Old Gold OG 4509 — Just Don’t Pay — 1989 (12” single with B side by Jeff Perry)

Shotgun 110 - Just Don’t Pay (Long version 4.40) / Just Don’t Pay - 2011 (UK)

 

LPs

Today TLP 1007 - Comin' Down On You - 1972. Track listing: No If's, And's Or But's / (I Can't Believe I'm) Touchin' You / Too Sad To Tell / Second To None / Romance Without Finance / Leaving Him Tomorrow / No Deposit, No Return / Eye Doctor / Jeremiah.

 

CDs

 

UK Releases:

 

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Sequel 50232240941 - Still Comin' Down On Ya! - 1997. Track listing: No If's, And's Or But's / (I Can't Believe I'm) Touchin' You / Too Sad To Tell / Second To None / Romance Without Finance / Leaving Him Tomorrow / No Deposit, No Return / Eye Doctor / Jeremiah.

 

J J Barnes / Debbie Taylor

Sanctuary 5050749415011 - Soul Twins - Volume 1 - 2007. Track listing: J J Barnes - Can't See Me Leaving You / Time Is Love / Good Men Don't Grow On Trees / You Are Just A Living Doll / Wishful Thinking / You Owe It To Yourself (Part 1) / You Owe It To Yourself (Part 2) / No If's And’s Or But's / I Just Make Believe (I'm Touching You). Debbie Taylor - No If's And’s Or But's / (I Just Can't Believe I'm) Touching You / Too Sad To Tell / Second To None / Romance Without Finance / Leaving Him Tomorrow / No Deposit, No Return / Eye Doctor / Jeremiah / Time Is Love / No If's And’s Or But's / Wishful Thinking.

 

 

 

THE DEBBIE TAYLOR UK CONCERT - Saturday 9th November 2013

 

Debbie Taylor will be making her debut performance in the UK at the New Wheatsheaf Conference & Banqueting, Altofts Lane, Whitwood, Castleford, WF10 5QB.

 

This venue has been the home of the legendary Wilton Allnighter for almost 20 years. Although the allnigher sadly closed last year, the promoters continue with their Soulful Sessions Nights which include occasional live acts from the US.

 

Last year Darrow Fletcher, direct from the Windy City, performed an amazing set that will be remembered for a very long time by the capacity crowd who attended.

 

Saturday 9th November 2013 features a very special debut performance in the UK from the fabulous Debbie Taylor (Maydie Myles) supported by PUSH, an incredible full eight piece band including background vocalist

 

Band leader and bass player Ernie McKone has secured a very special keyboard player for the night, no other than Mick Talbot.

Mick is the former keyboard player for the Style Council; he played with them for over 6 years until they split. Prior to joining them he was with Dexys Midnight Runners and then went on to work with Paul Weller.

 

The night will run from 9.00pm through till 3.00am.

 

Debbie’s performances will commence around 11.30pm.

 

Please note there will be no admission after 11.00pm.

 

Dj's on the night will be Arthur Fenn - Mike Charlton - Boxy - Mouse

 

A few of the songs Debbie will be performing at this special night at the Wilton:

 

" Just Don't Pay" / "I Don't Wanna Leave You" / "Don't Let It End" / " I Have Learned To Do Without You" / "Kiss Of Life" / "No Deposit, No Return" plus other classics she recorded in the 60/70’s

 

Get your tickets early to avoid missing this fantastic night.

 

Tickets now available at: http://www.wheatsheaf.com/allnighter by Paypal or Credit Card.

 

Admission: Advance Tickets £15 + Paypal and Postal charges or £18 OTD if not sold out.

 

 

NOTES. Michael 'Mick' Talbot (born 11 September 1958, Wimbledon, London) is a British keyboardist famous for playing with the 1980s outfit The Style Council. He attended Rutlish School in Merton, south London.

 

Talbot played with the late 1970s mod revivalists The Merton Parkas, Dexys Midnight Runners and The Bureau and can be seen in the latter's music video for their song "Only For Sheep". In 1982 he started working with Paul Weller to form The Style Council which released their first records early in 1983. Since the break-up of the Style Council in March 1990,Talbot has continued to play with Weller on his solo material. He is a member of the current lineup of Dexys (formerly Dexys Midnight Runners).

 

He has also released albums with fellow former Style Council member Steve White, under the name Talbot/White. He has since begun playing alongside White and former Ocean Colour Scene bass guitar player Damon Minchella, in the jazz/funk band, The Players. Talbot played keyboards in Galliano, on tour with Gene, and on the 1991 Young Disciples album, Road to Freedom. Talbot toured the UK in 2009 with Candi Staton

 

Soul Source Event Guide Entry Link

 

 

Debbie Taylor biography courtesy of Paul Mooney — Selrec

 

Discography/additional text by Dave Box. August 2013

 

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RE: ‘I Don’t Wanna Leave You’ was the first Debbie Taylor single to gain international release but when Arista’s UK office issued the single via EMI in early 1976 they disappointed soul fans by using a short edit which was also sonically inferior. The uptempo flip side ‘Just Don't Pay’ was also edited, losing over a minute, and lacked the vibrancy of the original Tom Moulton mix. The single was also released by Arista licensees in Japan and Brazil.

 

I've got the 45 on a Brazilian copy (& a UK copy). I posted a scan of the label up on the old 'raresoulforum' site many moons ago but that has now disappeared. Can't seem to find a copy of that jpeg anymore either (good job I still have the single itself somewhere).

I seem to recall discussing the edit issued on the Brazilian version with John Benson over on 'raresoulforum' and believe it is the longer version that escaped there.

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Ahh a scan of the lp with the missing strings version of Alice Clark. Roburt i will try and find mine a get back to you

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Hello John,

 

Yes I remember seeing a scan of a Brazilian copy, that's why I mentioned the other overseas issues in the biography.

 

A lot of people don't realise that the UK single (issued in 1976 not 1975 as stated in Dave's discography) also has a shorter edit of the flip side, 'Just Don't Pay'. It's actually a slightly different mix and further confusion was caused by the fact that the US label copy gave the incorrect duration anyway, the track is at least 1:00 longer than stated. In 1989 the shorter UK version was also used for the Old Gold 12" which isn't listed in Dave's discography.

The version of 'Just Don't Pay' that I issued on Shotgun Records in 2011 is different to both previous versions.

 

Dave's discography also describes the UK Arista single as a demo with no commercial release but of course it was issued and as I write this I've just noticed a few other discography errors so I'll ask Dave to use my discography which is below the original biography on my website: www.selrec.com/debbietaylorstory

 

Paul

 

P.S.  I hope to see you at the gig

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Very interesting read Paul Thankyou .

 

Ticket got,

 

Look forward to hearing her belt out some great stuff.

 

Regards

 

 

Julie :-)

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Hello John,

Yes I remember seeing a scan of a Brazilian copy,

    Paul

P.S.  I hope to see you at the gig

Paul, retired now so HAVE to take lots of holidays ..... so only usually have a few free weekends .... but the missus is plagued by the thought that this winter will be another 'bad un' (especially after this great summer we have enjoyed). She's convinced we'll get snow in November, so she's stopped me booking much so far that month. Away for a short break in the days running up to that weekend, but 9th November is free & should be just right for a visit back up to 'God's country'.

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Hi John

God's Country. Castleford is not that far north. We don't get snow around here in November??

The warm welcome you get from us Yorkshire folk stops any chance of that!!

Hope you can get to the concert

Dave

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Hi John

God's Country. Castleford is not that far north. We don't get snow around here in November??

The warm welcome you get from us Yorkshire folk stops any chance of that!!

Hope you can get to the concert

Dave

Dave, Cas is too far north for me.

I grew up in the much warmer climate we enjoyed in Doncaster !!!

Kids at my senior school traveled down from places like Upton & South Elmsall and told me tales of the 8ft deep snow drifts they got up there every November.  :D

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Found my copy of "I Don't Wanna Leave You / Just Don't Pay" on Brazilian Arista.

 "I Don't Wanna Leave You" (the A Side) lasts 5 min 30 secs and is the 'Tom Moulton' remix. 

"Just Don't Pay" lasts 3 mins 10 secs (or so it says on the label) and is the 'Tom Moulton' remix.

This 7" plays at 33rpm like most Brazilian singles (though it doesn't say so on the label) and it was put out in Brazil by EMI - Odeon Fonog.

The Odeon label had started life in Germany but after WW2 the label name was used by EMI on records pressed up in Germany, Brazil, West Africa, Spain, Argentina, India, France & elsewhere.

Debbie's Brazilian release (from EMI-Odeon) came out on Arista though just like it did in the US / UK.

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 DEBUT? Did she not do the concert in Newcastle in 2011.

She was supposed to do the Scottish weekender that year in Dumfries around the same time as the Newcastle concert but allegedly wouldn't leave the hotel to do the gig in Dumfries!

 

Will she turn up this time cos I would love to hear her!

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Hi Ernie, and any other doubters

I was there in Dumfries. I don't want to get involved with what went on in 2011.

I want to focus on November 9th, 2013. We have put a lot of work into making this concert a success. Yes, I can guarantee that Debbie will be appearing on stage at the Wilton. So go ahead and get your tickets: www.wheatsheaf.com/allnighter.

The answer to your question: Debbie will be making her debut in the UK at the Wilton. Debbie did not perform at SSW Dumfries, nor at Newcastle in 2011

Dave

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 Debbie did not perform at SSW Dumfries, nor at Newcastle in 2011

Dave

Dave - I had my ticket lined up for the Newcastle show....: :(

 

Hi Michael

The Debbie Taylor event at Hoochie Coochie last weekend was unfortunately cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. The organisers would like to pass on there sincerest apologies and make you aware a refund for the face value of the tickets has been processed. Please note this may take anywhere between 1-5days to clear into your account.

Apologies for any inconvenience,

The Skiddle Team

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Well done Paul, i really enjoyed reading that. Looking forward to seeing her live on stage in November.

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Hi Ernie, and any other doubters

I was there in Dumfries. I don't want to get involved with what went on in 2011.

I want to focus on November 9th, 2013. We have put a lot of work into making this concert a success. Yes, I can guarantee that Debbie will be appearing on stage at the Wilton. So go ahead and get your tickets: www.wheatsheaf.com/allnighter.

The answer to your question: Debbie will be making her debut in the UK at the Wilton. Debbie did not perform at SSW Dumfries, nor at Newcastle in 2011

Dave

Yes but people paid money to travel  to see her and the excuses were lame to say the least or if you were there then enlighten us all as to what happened  - I know their are no absolute guarantees but the old saying "Once bitten"  or Fool me! I would love to see her singing some of her Northern classics!

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Hello Ernie

Without discussing anything private or confidential between Maydie (Debbie Taylor) and the promoters and without expressing any personal views I'd like to point out that Maydie turned up but was unable to resolve some issues she had with the promoters and it is regrettable for all concerned that she decided not to perform. It wasn't a breach of contract.

It was a big weekend event with several other artists and many DJs and I'm glad to hear it was a success but obviously some people had a particular interest in seeing Debbie Taylor so it's sad that they were disappointed.

Maydie was 
disappointed too and I've no doubt the promoters also regret that things couldn't be resolved. These things happen sometimes, I'm not here to judge or blame anyone.

 

Maydie is a friend and I can assure you she was very upset, she was a long way from home and didn't feel responsible for the way things turned out. She had been looking forward to the show.

 

Almost two years have passed and right now she's looking forward to the Castleford event which is being staged specifically for her and I can't imagine any issues which could effect it.

 

Paul

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Which of her GWP tracks also escaped on these two LP's ?? ............

 

'Don't Nobody Mess With My Baby' and 'Stop'.

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Here is a pic of the Japanese press of her GWP 45...quite rare as you may imagine :hatsoff2:

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Great to see Debbie is coming back to the U.K.  I jus' hope a certain meddler can keep his nose out of this gig and not attempt to steal the glory once again.  I will fill you in on the details once this gig is out of the way.  I know Dave Box has worked very hard to make this happen and it will be an incredible night at Debbie's debut gig!  It all went a lil' bit Lorraine Chandler!  

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Which of her GWP tracks also escaped on these two LP's ?? ............

I will try and find the album on the right and assist you Roburt.  It's in my collection somewhere and off the top of my head I can only remember one track off the album and that is You Hit Me Alice Clark but I'll keep diggin'.

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If not already aware, interested fans may want to check out John Manship’s current auction list that includes an unreleased, blistering duet on 8” acetate by the duo of Debbie Taylor and Danny White from the Royal Studios sessions.

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Hi Guys

Those of you that are planning to come to Debbie's concert at the Wilton,

tickets are selling fast. I know it's still just under two months away but compared to this time last year for the Darrow Fletcher concert we have already sold twice as many.

We have sold tickets to fans from all over the UK. Remember this is the only concert Debbie will be performing at in the UK.

The regular Wilton crowd and our locals are always the last to purchase tickets, so be warned, don't leave it until the last minute. I'm sure we will have a capacity crowd so for fans expecting to turn up at the door, there is no guaranteed admission, you could be disappointed.

We don't want to face having to turn anyone away, especially our regulars.

Get your tickets early to avoid missing this fantastic event.

Tickets www.wheatsheaf.com/allnighter by paypal or Credit Card

Dave

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WEYHEY, our kids just confirmed he's got us both a ticket for this event.

Now, where's me snowshoes just in case !!!

Hope they serve John Smiths at the Wilton.

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Which of her GWP tracks also escaped on these two LP's ?? ............

Roburt here is full track listing for ST2041

Hesitations Yes I'm Ready

Debbie Taylor Don't Nobody Mess With My Baby

Betty Barney You Want My Lovin'

Little Rosie Little Family Tree

Pazent Brothers A Nitty Gritty

 

Side 2

Hesitations Good To Me (As I Am To You)

Debbie Taylor Stop

The Persions I Can't Make It Anymore

Alice Clark You Hit Me

Chili Peppers Chicken Scratch

 

Hope this fills the gaps.

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Great read Paul, tickets in the bag, thought our chance had gone back in 2011, sure it will be worth the wait

 

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Only just over three weeks to this fantastic night.

 

We have had requests for tickets from all over the UK. The Wilton crowd and our locals always seem to leave it to the last minute, so be warned, don't leave it too late, we don't want to have to turn anybody away especially our regulars.

This night is going to be something very very special. Debbie is getting so excited, she can't wait to get over to the UK to do her debut performance.

We need a capacity crowd to welcome her, so get your tickets to hear this fabulous lady of soul - DEBBIE TAYLOR.

Debbie will be performing her Northern Soul classics from the 60's along with Crossover/Modern songs and some spine tingling Deep Soul songs that we have all been waiting to hear her perform live for such a long time.

Debbie (Maydie Myles) will also be performing the track "Kiss Of Life" from her latest (2011) cd album "The Ones I Love"

Remember this is the only concert Debbie is performing in the UK.

 

Don't forget the great soul spins throughout the night from our DJ's: Arthur Fenn, Mike Charlton, Boxy & Mouse.

 

Tickets hot line: https://www.wheatsheaf.com/allnighter
 

 

Tickets will also be available at the following events: Soul in Selby, Just Soul, Scottish soulful Weekender (Dumfries).

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Chuddly Dudley has reserved my ticket I believe so looking forward to it, and will now start drumming up some support. She might be Moodie Maydie but just think of her voice, its impossible not to imagine the sheer orgasmic ecstasy of her Arista material floating through the room and cuddling and caressing you like a secret lover. I am aurally aroused already.

Her CD is actually pretty good and wouldn't mind hearing her doing her version of The Look of Love, she can sing that to me backstage later if she likes....

And I hope those London soul fans that normally get altitude sickness on the rise of the M1 out of London are taking their travel sickness pills and getting ready.

No ifs and buts, this concert will be second to none, and you need an doctor, aye you do, if you don't leave home tomorrow, and start walking now if need be to get here. No deposit needed but no return to sanity if you miss this.

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Chuddly Dudley has reserved my ticket I believe so looking forward to it, and will now start drumming up some support. She might be Moodie Maydie but just think of her voice, its impossible not to imagine the sheer orgasmic ecstasy of her Arista material floating through the room and cuddling and caressing you like a secret lover. I am aurally aroused already.

Her CD is actually pretty good and wouldn't mind hearing her doing her version of The Look of Love, she can sing that to me backstage later if she likes....

And I hope those London soul fans that normally get altitude sickness on the rise of the M1 out of London are taking their travel sickness pills and getting ready.

No ifs and buts, this concert will be second to none, and you need an doctor, aye you do, if you don't leave home tomorrow, and start walking now if need be to get here. No deposit needed but no return to sanity if you miss this.

 

 

HI Jock

 

Yes your ticket has been requested by Mr Cuddly, but he hasn't paid for it yet.

 

Hope you partner Mr Law is going to make the trip south.

 

Thanks for the support and your post - love it.

 

See you soon.

 

Dave

 

 

 

 

 

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Bettye Swann at Cleethorpes,   the great Phillip Mitchell in Bilbao (what a wonderful show -fantastic venue, band and performance!) and now Debbie Taylor !

 

So in 2013 I will have heard performed live - 'Make Me Yours', 'There's Another In My Life' and 'I Don't Wanna Leave You' - three of my all-time favourites!

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Love live artists  :thumbsup: ...............getting quite giddy  :ohmy: .................not too long now  :thumbup:

 

 

Julie :)

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Love live artists  :thumbsup: ...............getting quite giddy  :ohmy: .................not too long now  :thumbup:

 

 

Julie :)

 

It must be in the genes.   :thumbsup:

 

Nothing beats a great live performance. :thumbup:

 

Regards,

 

Dave

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It must be in the genes.   :thumbsup:

 

Nothing beats a great live performance. :thumbup:

 

Regards,

 

Dave

Well have been brought up with some superb role models Eh !! Dave  :D  X

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LATEST UPDATE - Debbie Taylor Concert at Wilton’s Soulful Sessions - 9th November.


I spoke to Debbie last night, and she is so excited about coming to the UK to make her debut performance at the Wilton’s Soulful Sessions night. We are initially planning that Debbie will perform two 30 minute sets with a 30 minute break, commencing around 11.30pm. The night will run from 9.00pm - 3.00am. Debbie will perform her recordings from all eras - 60’s Northern / 70’s and Crossover Soul including some spine tingling Deep Soul songs; in fact something for every taste. Debbie’s performances will be supported by eight London based musicians and vocalists, assembled by bass player Ernie McKone, owner of Boogie Back Records. DJ’s on the night are Arthur Fenn, Mike Charlton, Boxy & Mouse, so be assured there will be some great records played throughout the night. A number of record dealers have requested tables at the event so there will be plenty of soulful vinyl available on the night. This night is going to be something very, very special, a fantastic night not to be missed. We have spent a lot of time and money setting up this event, so all we need now is your support to make this night a success and something you, not forgetting Debbie Taylor, will remember for a very long time. Remember this may not happen again so get your tickets secured; details below.
 

Ticket sales are going well, but we still have a few left to sell. Everybody we speak to say they are attending but many haven’t bought tickets yet.
 

Ticket Hot Line: https://www.wheatsheaf.com/allnighter
 

The last date for PayPal orders for postal delivery is 31st October; these will be mailed out on 1st November which should allow time for tickets to reach you before the event, even if the planned one day postal strike goes ahead.
 

Any PayPal orders received after 31st October will be acknowledged by email, stating your ticket number, and must be collected on the night.
 

At this stage, with three weeks to go, we have tickets available at £18.00 on the door, but if we have a mad rush for tickets approaching the concert date, which was the case last year for the Darrow Fletcher event, we can’t guarantee that.
 

Tickets at £15.00 will be available at the following events: Just Soul; Red Bar Wakefield; Scottish Soulful Weekender (Dumfries). Please help us get the word out.
 

Tickets can also be ordered by phone on the following lines: Boxy - 01924 894555; Mouse - 07717 338009; Mike Charlton - 07946 434621.
 

Please note no tickets will be reserved for collection on the night unless paid for in advance. This is only fair to those who have paid well in advance and helped us with cash flow whilst setting up this event.
 

There will be no admission after 11.00pm.
 

For anyone arriving early or staying over, the Wheatsheaf Pub, adjacent to the venue, has a top class restaurant with carvery and bar meals available during the day: Saturday from 12.00 — 2.00 pm and 5.00 pm — 8.30 pm in the evening, Sunday lunch 12.00 — 8.00 pm

 

https://www.wheatsheaf.com  See website for menus.

 

See you soon!!
 

Boxy

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                      DEBBIE TAYLOR CONCERT ALMOST SOLD OUT

 

Hi Guys

We have just about sold out on tickets for the Debbie Taylor concert at the Wilton.

We intend to close the Paypal sales tomorrow morning. so it would be better if you contact us direct on 01924 894555 before ordering on line.

There may be some cancellations, so please call us direct.

 

IT IS VERY UNLIKELY THAT THERE WILL BE TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR

See you soon

Dave

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Debbie Taylor concert at the Wilton's Soulful Sessions is now Sold out.

Therefore there will be no OTD admission to people who haven't already made reservations.

There will be no admission after 11.00pm to anybody. Get there early. Seating will be very limited.

Thanks to everybody for your support on this event. Such a great welcome in store for Debbie when she walks on that stage!!!!

The website for PayPal sales will be closed asap, so don't try to use it as we would only have to refund your payments.

See you all soon.

Dave

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Hi Guys

I would like to thank you all again for your support for this concert, the response has been fantastic. The event is sold out, every possible ticket has been sold. The venue has a maximum satety capacity and that has been reached.

There is no 'on the door' admission available. So be warned -

DON'T TRAVEL TO THE EVENT WITHOUT A TICKET OR A RESERVATION, BECAUSE YOU WILL NOT GET IN.

We need to give Debbie a fantastic welcome when she finally steps up on that stage for the very first time in the UK.

Seating will be limited, so if you want to be seated come early.

See you all tomorrow.

Dave

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Will we get a chance to have 45's, photos, CD's signed by Debbie after her show has finished ??

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Will we get a chance to have 45's, photos, CD's signed by Debbie after her show has finished ??

 

Hi John

 

Yes, Debbie will be only too pleased to sign things after the show.

 

Also Howard will have copies of SUN available at the event, which features Debbie's Bio. Plenty of room on the front cover alongside Debbie's photo for signatures

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The Maydie Myles jazz number that she performed last night as an encore ...............

 

What a great show ....... 'light & shade' from start to finish .... 60's & 70's (+ a 2011 cut); dancers & deep gems; a jazzy soul number ..... this show had it all.

Sell out venue, great backing musicians (& singers) who had really prepared well. A 'star' who still has her full vocal abilities. 

A show I'm really glad that I made the effort to attend (and even though I'd travelled around 160 miles to be there, there were others who had come further).

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Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You!


I would like to thank everybody who attended on Saturday 9th November. People queuing at the door at 8:15 when we planned to open at 9:00. People on the floor by 9:30. The start of something very special was about to happen. Who were all the people piling through the door? — many of the most knowledgeable, long standing fans on the UK soul scene from all four corners of the country.

What was the occasion? — Debbie Taylor’s debut performance in the UK.

What can I say about the night that hasn’t already been said? - absolutely fantastic from start to finish.

When Debbie joined the band on stage for rehearsals and the band hit the intro to “Don’t Nobody Mess With My Baby” we all held our breath; for any live act promoter this is a crucial moment. We all melted - hey, has someone put the 45 on the decks? no, this was live, incredible! Debbie sailed through all 12 songs and left us all speechless. I looked at Mike and the others in disbelief; Mike had tears in his eyes and said ‘I think we’ve cracked it’.
Debbie did make a few fine adjustments to the arrangements and changed a key or two, which were quickly adopted by the band. The whole rehearsal was sheer perfection. Can it get any better on the night? — Well from what you all say on this thread, yes it did, and more.

Thank you time:

To Debbie Taylor:
for being such a fabulous lady to deal with during the build up to the show and for the sensational performance she delivered on the night, not forgetting the time she spent with you all signing everything you put in front of her, until the early hours after the show.

To the band: they are equally as important to a show as the artist. I would like to thank my friend Ernie McKone for assembling a group of musicians second to none. A special thank you to our keyboards man Mike Talbot for agreeing to be part of our special night. Background vocalists — Wow!! Sam & Janessa were just fantastic, their support for Debbie was just great but their little solo parts, encouraged by Debbie, were just sublime.

To the sound guys: A fabulous artist, and band, but without a professional sound team and PA equipment, which is the third essential part of a show, we would have been in trouble. I would like to thank John & Chris (JSS Audio) for their constant attention to the sound quality throughout the show, which made a great show fantastic.

To the DJs: What can I say, I was one of them! Along with Arthur Fenn, Mike Charlton & Mouse - a great mix of tunes, something for everybody’s taste, just great soul music. Thank you for your support.

To the team: Thanks to Mike and Jenny for their support from the start, when I first suggested the project at Soul Essence, back in April this year. To Val, the boss, for putting up with my tantrums and skilfully dealing with all financial aspects and ticketing. To Mouse for ticket sales, promotion and helping prepare the venue.

To the venue staff: Thanks for support and willingness to provide every request I threw at you; Website use, catering, venue facilities, etc, etc.

Special thanks to Rob Lawrence and Hazel (Caister Weekenders) for security for Debbie and general help on the door.

To you the fans: A show like this would be pointless without you. Debbie went home after an experience she will never forget. She told you on the night, from the stage, how she felt, and continued until we put her safely on the plane.

What’s next at the Wilton’s Soulful Sessions: I haven’t a clue right now. I think it would be impossible to top this, maybe we will have Debbie back again — What do you think? Watch this space.

Thank you

Dave (Boxy)

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There are a couple of videos of Debbie's show on my youtube page with more to follow at the weekend.

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There are a couple of videos of Debbie's show on my youtube page with more to follow at the weekend.

Another great one Chalky! & it's Mrs Stead Debbie was asking to lip sync ha ha!

I was stood right next to Mrs Stead & wish she'd have listened to Debbie, so that I could have heard Debbie more than I could hear Mrs Stead ha ha !

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Uploading some more videos from then show...

 

This one is great...ten minutes or so long but worth it.

 

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Another great one Chalky! & it's Mrs Stead Debbie was asking to lip sync ha ha!

I was stood right next to Mrs Stead & wish she'd have listened to Debbie, so that I could have heard Debbie more than I could hear Mrs Stead ha ha !

Shame Debbie's request to stop flash photos was ignored too, she was in quite some discomfort.

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Shame Debbie's request to stop flash photos was ignored too, she was in quite some discomfort.

 

 

Yep, I stopped straight away, I'd only taken 3 or 4 too.

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Shame Debbie's request to stop flash photos was ignored too, she was in quite some discomfort.

 

I took a fair few photos, but I don't think it was the flash on my tiddley little camera that was causing the discomfort.  Most of my shots are not straight in her eyes (I lack somewhat in height :D ) & she wasn't looking in my direction when she asked for the big flashes to stop. 

 

I've got a funny video of Mrs Stead doing the duet with Debbie, will post it on her FB wall (Mrs Stead's) as I'm sure she'll like it   :thumbsup:

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