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50 Years Ago Today the Mello Souls

  • Andy Rix
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50 Years Ago Today the Mello Souls cover

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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Fabulous record, one of the best all-nighter records for me.  Still talk of it being Butch’s “Del-larks”.

andy, apart from Silus, were any if the group on the Candi 45 featuring the Mellow Fellows?  Silus given lead credit on one side, Edwin Johnson the flip  

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On 9/25/2017 at 06:42, chalky said:

 

andy, apart from Silus, were any if the group on the Candi 45 featuring the Mellow Fellows?  Silus given lead credit on one side, Edwin Johnson the flip  

Hi Chalky

I think James T was in the Mellow Fellows ... but I'd need to go through my stuff again to pin down the ebb and flow of who was in what group & when

And just to clarify that the photo is of the 'teenagers' who were the band on the recording

Andy

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22 minutes ago, Andy Rix said:

Hi Chalky

I think James T was in the Mellow Fellows ... but I'd need to go through my stuff again to pin down the ebb and flow of who was in what group & when

And just to clarify that the photo is of the 'teenagers' who were the band on the recording

Andy

Thanks Andy.

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

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7 minutes ago, 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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