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Hope you won't think I'm flooding the forum with daft questions; it's just that one seems to prompt another, and frankly, this is such a great place to get answers to those things that have puzzled me for years.

Here goes: anyone know the Invitations song that came out on JayBoy around 1971? It was titled "Picking Up"; was this a label misprint? To my ears they are singing "PACKING up".

And are these the same Invitations who we know and love? The production sounds a tad British.

And lastly, anyone think "Hallelujah" by the (same?) group is just the most gorgeous slab of mid tempo soul?

Thanks all!

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"Hallelujah" was played by either Nige Shaw or Cookie at the Rhyl Weekender earlier this year, the only time I recall hearing it played out at a venue. As you say superb piece of mid tempo soul, cheapish too at about £30.

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I don't think they are the same Invitations (but i'm sure someone will know for sure).

The Invitations that recorded Hallelujah hailed from New York and were made up of Bobby Rivers, Herman Colfield, Wilson 'Gary' Grant , Bobby Rivers and at some point O'Neil "Duke" Johnson ). The original label was Dyno Voice (formerly owned by Bob Crewe) and it was b/w "Written On The Wall".

Jayboy was a subsiduary label of President UK (as was Joy) and i don't think the above invitations had any association with either Jayboy or President. President primarily issued west coast stuff. Pete Smith wrote a Soul Source article a while back on President -

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I've got a track on Sky Blue records :

The Invitations "They Say The Girl's Crazy",

an absolutely brilliant piece of early seventies soul, I don't know anything about this, anyone ?

Cheers

NickG

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REPLY TO BIG O-NOTHING WRONG IN GOING TO SCOTLAND AS LONG AS YOU TAKE YOUR WINTER GEAR.

ALSO WHILE I'VE BEEN AWAY I'VE HEARD THAT YOU'VE BEEN PLAYING A LOT OF CDS AT YOUR LETCHWORTH DO?-HOW THE MIGHTY HAVE FALLEN.

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Mick, as most of my family are based in Scotland I know about warm clothing..as the other half are based in Minnesota I know about REALLY WARM CLOTHING (-40!!!)

That would be Mr Hulutt you've been talking with, oooooh I'll have to spank him when I next see him :-)))) On the plus side at least you acknowledge we were mighty at some stage. We'll just have to have you and Butch back again once your trial in Iraq's over with :-)))))))

Catch up with you later.

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I've got a track on Sky Blue records :

The Invitations "They Say The Girl's Crazy",

an absolutely brilliant piece of early seventies soul, I don't know anything about this, anyone ?

Cheers

NickG

Nick

There are other Invitations tracks on Silver (not Sky!) Blue:

Love has to grow (also released over here on Polydor) - both releases are quite rare;

Look on the good side;

I didn't know;

Let's love (and find together).

I have the first two and 'Crazy' and they're excellent 70s records.

Incidentally lead singer with the Invitations (from 1972) was a certain Lew Kirton (of Heaven in the afternoon fame - bit of trivia free-of-charge!!)

Hope this helps

Brian

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Incidentally lead singer with the Invitations (from 1972) was a certain Lew Kirton (of Heaven in the afternoon fame - bit of trivia free-of-charge!!)

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Brian

He was also the drummer! a little more trivia.

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He was also the drummer! a little more trivia.

Is it "the" Lew Kirton?? as his name is actually spelt Lou Curtin.

The Invitations made frequent visits to the UK under the guise of The Original Drifters.

Jayboy did put the odd track or two out that weren't issued in the US so they could well have recorded the Invitations on one of their visits.

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