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Right I aint been paying attention !!!, I love the 'Sweet Temptation' track that Ady has been playing at the 100 Club for years, I believe the version that Ady plays is the Cressa Watson version ?. However there are versions by both Martha Starr & Ward Burton, I know Ward Burton was released on Panther, but can someone pse post the details off the other releases, although I'm assuming Cressa Watson is unissued ?. I also have Tobi Lark in my head in connection with all of this too, but wondered if it had been covered up as TL at some point ?.

Many thx

Russ

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Mine's a Martha Starr vinyl release Russ, I think Cressa Watson was an unreleased master tape that Ace put out on a weird LP in the 80s and it may well be the same as the Martha. Ward Burton is the same song but a much different backing and not actually a Major Bill recording as far as I remember. I've heard the Martha/Cressa version with added girl b vox from tape and it sounded great but I don't have a copy.

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Mine's a Martha Starr vinyl release Russ, I think Cressa Watson was an unreleased master tape that Ace put out on a weird LP in the 80s and it may well be the same as the Martha. Ward Burton is the same song but a much different backing and not actually a Major Bill recording as far as I remember. I've heard the Martha/Cressa version with added girl b vox from tape and it sounded great but I don't have a copy.

Ady

Thank you Ady thats brilliant mate........its amazing the things that come into ya head when killin' time in the dessert sorry desert :thumbsup:, so Martha Starr got an official release, was this on Charay ?.

Thank you for your help Ady

Best Russ

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Also, how come Martha Starr ended up recording a Major Bill tune ?.

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Martha and Cressa are the same singer to my cloth ears. Difference between the two is the break or lack of it in one or t'other.

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Martha and Cressa are the same singer to my cloth ears. Difference between the two is the break or lack of it in one or t'other.

So which has the break Martha or Cressa & what was the Ace LP called please.

Russ

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Can't remember, need to listen again.

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Whilst the vocal sounds similar, I think some of the phrasing is different...cant quite explain....anyone ?

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So which has the break Martha or Cressa & what was the Ace LP called please.

Russ

LP is a budget type of thing released on Cascade "20 great unknown soul classics". You can pick it up very cheap

And here's an interesting quote lifted from the Soul Strutter blog site:

It turns out that 'Sweet Temptation' was also recorded on Charay by Cressa Watson who also recorded as Carolyn Sullivan on Philips

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ward burton is on the bay!

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ward burton is on the bay!

Yes it is & whilst it is a cool version, I personally prefer the female vox & the different tempo with the female versions - sweet as sweet can be to these ears........I must have been dancin' to these for 10 years or more, but only just got to really thinkin about em.

Russ

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Thx Benji.....anyone have one for sale pse ?

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Martha Starr has the long instrumental break, Cressa Watson doesnt, but other than this its the same vocalist deffinitly.......pse can anyone shed any light on why one version has been credited to Cressa Watson (unissued) & one to Martha Starr, issued on Charay ?.

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Martha Starr has the long instrumental break, Cressa Watson doesnt, but other than this its the same vocalist deffinitly.......pse can anyone shed any light on why one version has been credited to Cressa Watson (unissued) & one to Martha Starr, issued on Charay ?.

Best Russ

Just got in and had a listen and was about to get back to you but you've already sussed which is which.

I've said all along (for years) Martha and Cressa versions the same female singing :thumbsup: Presume it is the same Martha Starr we know from Detroit.

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Just got in and had a listen and was about to get back to you but you've already sussed which is which.

I've said all along (for years) Martha and Cressa versions the same female singing :thumbsup: Presume it is the same Martha Starr we know from Detroit.

Yes mate, I'm certain as I can be theyre the same, which raises a couple of questions, on the assumption Martha Starr was based in Detroit, what was she doing recording for Charay ?, also & I might be stating something people already know (?), but I'm wondering whether the unissued Cressa Watson cut was uncredited when found & as it was an alternative take (although Martha Starr version may not have been widely known ?) was incorrectly credited to Cressa Watson ???........

Would be very grateful if anyone can shed any light on this ?

Best Russ

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Got Cressa Watson on a compilation lp called "20 great unknown Soul Classics of the 60's & 70's" On the UK Cascade label.

Purchased this about '90,went down the 100 club and Butch played the other one with the instru break.

"What have you done to Cressa Watson?",i asked...I wont repeat the reply...:thumbsup: Written and produced by Major Bill Smith,1973.

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Yes mate, I'm certain as I can be theyre the same, which raises a couple of questions, on the assumption Martha Starr was based in Detroit, what was she doing recording for Charay ?, also & I might be stating something people already know (?), but I'm wondering whether the unissued Cressa Watson cut was uncredited when found & as it was an alternative take (although Martha Starr version may not have been widely known ?) was incorrectly credited to Cressa Watson ???........

Would be very grateful if anyone can shed any light on this ?

Best Russ

One could have been a demo?

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Cheers Kev........

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Yes mate, I'm certain as I can be theyre the same, which raises a couple of questions, on the assumption Martha Starr was based in Detroit, what was she doing recording for Charay ?, also & I might be stating something people already know (?), but I'm wondering whether the unissued Cressa Watson cut was uncredited when found & as it was an alternative take (although Martha Starr version may not have been widely known ?) was incorrectly credited to Cressa Watson ???........

Would be very grateful if anyone can shed any light on this ?

Best Russ

Actually Martha Starr is out of Greenville South Carolina, and just happened to cut 3 -45's for Thelma :thumbsup:

Dave

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Hi Dave

Thanks for the info......any other thoughts. Hope you are well.

Russ

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Martha Starr was from Greenville as Dave says and was a member of Moses Dillard's Tex-Town Display (along with the young Peabo Bryson). I'm guessing that live and session work with Dillard bought her to the attention of Bill Smith, hence the Charay recordings. Moses Dillard was part of the Sons of Moses of Soul Symphony fame of course.

The Tex-Town name of the group has nothing to do with Texas, but instead refers to the fact that Greenville South Carolina was once the centre of the South's textile industry.

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Wasnt TOBI LARK what Butch had Martha Starr covered up as???????

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Wasnt TOBI LARK what Butch had Martha Starr covered up as???????

That's right, it came from Soul Bowl to Mick Smith who chose the cover -up name Tobi Lark. But after a couple of spins at the 100 club Mick decided to traded it to Butch for some big oldie he wanted more, it may have been Johhnny Hunnicut ?I think but then again that was over 20 years ago :lol::yes:

Dave

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I have Cressa Watson on Charey doing a version of Dead ( same as Carolyn Sullivan on Philips ) but definatley a different version, a great inst break in it too, tother side is an inst, not of dead. Vocally they do not sound the same so not sure if the info stating it was her is correct.

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Anyone got a decent photo of Martha, this is best I can find right now....

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some info posted on Soulful Detroit courtesy of Martha's sisster Ruth...

Martha (Shamley) was born in 1945. Her and her older sister (Ruth) was raised by their grandmother. Martha went to St. Francis elementary school, Sterling High School outside Greenville South Carolina. She started singing when she was 12 in the choir at Sweet Canaan Baptist church.Martha started singing in her church and they would travel around to other country churches and sing there. She made a gospel record there in South Carolina.

In 1964 Martha went to Michigan with her older sister after their grandmother died. They moved there because they knew there was better opportunities. In 1969 she went to Ford Motor Company, but she still did her music, didn't give up her singing career at all.

Martha started singing at Mull's bar on Joy road, near Grand River. She met Dennis Edwards and they started singing there, on weekends. After she left Mull's bar she sang at the 20 Grand, went to Motown with Berry Gordy.

After her and Dennis split up, he went with the Temptations, Martha Ann went to her mam & dads studio on Grand River across from Northwestern High school. There she sang with Steve Mancha, Marvin Gaye and Emanuel Lasky.

Martha Ann was a backup singer for Marvin Gaye, and she also sang backup with Marv Johnson too.

Around the time she started working at Ford, '68 or '69 Martha started getting pains in her chest that hurt her when singing. She worked on the line and painted cars, and did other things. In 1975 she relocated to California.

Martha Ann passed away in 2002. She never got married.

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I thought I have seen copy's of both these records Martha and Cressa on the same label? :yes:

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I thought I have seen copy's of both these records Martha and Cressa on the same label? :yes:

Never seen a Cressa Watson but could've sworn I'd seen a label listing with it listed many moons ago.

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Never seen a Cressa Watson but could've sworn I'd seen a label listing with it listed many moons ago.

I getting mixed up now.Is "Salvation" - CRESA (one "s") Watson on yellow Charay? Or "Sweet temptation" one "s" Cressa?

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Never seen a Cressa Watson but could've sworn I'd seen a label listing with it listed many moons ago.

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13 J. Frank Wilson - Last Kiss '69 / Black Car

14 Riels - There'll Be An Angel / Tuxedo Junction

15 Castlemen - Donna's Dream / Long Black Veil

16 Florida Deep Six - I Don't Wanna Cry / Start From Here

17 Elite - One Potato / Two Potato

18 Bill Mack - San Antonio Rose / Blue Jean

18 Bill Mack - Six Big Men / Blue

18 Bill Mack - San Antonio Rose / ?

19 Canadian Rogues - Oop-Poop-A-Doop / Keep In Touch

20 Larry & The Blue Notes - She'll Love Me / Everybody Needs Somebody

20 Larry & The Blue Notes - She'll Love Me / The Phantom

20 Larry & The Blue Notes - She'll Love Me / Talk About Love

20 Mark V - She'll Love Me / The Phantom

21 Dawning Villagers - A Girl Named Shea / ?

22 Goodsons - Twisted Mind / Alpine

23 Howard Crockett - Star / Word

23 Howard Crockett - Cross Eyed Mary / Strike A Match

24 ?

25 James Duncan - Waitin' On That Train / My Baby's Back

26 Amos Milburn - Gloria / The Last One

26 Amos Milburn Jr. - Look At A Fool / ?

27 Misfits - Work Song / Turn On Your Love Light

28 Wyld - Fly By Nighter / If I Had It

28 Wyld - Fly By Nighter / Lost One

28 Wyld - Lost One / Know A Lot About Love

28 Wyld - Lost One / Alley Oop

29 ?

30 Wayne Rozell - Paper Clown / ?

31 Elite - My Confusion / I'll Come To You

32 ?

33 Danes - To Make Me A Man / Lost Love

33 Danes - Little Summer Girl / Just A Dream

33 Sirs - Wow / Sixteen Candles

33 Bruce Channel - Hey! Baby '67 / Tipped Out

33 Bruce Channel - Hey! Baby '67 / My Baby

33 Bruce Channel - Baby Please Come Back / Baby Heartbreak

34 Dirte Four - On The Move / Hang Up

34 Dirte Four - On The Move / I Want To Give You All My Love

35 Jimmy Stewart - Ann / Patsy

35 Martha Starr - Sweet Temptation / Little Girl Blue

36 Rick & The Keens - You Can't Go / Rose Marie

37 Nat Kelly - Looking Back / Down the Pike

37 2 + 2 - Fact That I'm Back / I'll Take My Chance

38 Willie Hobbs - On The Move / Gloria

39 Carolyn Sullivan - Do You Believe In Magic? / Alpine Winter

40 Wayne & Wise Men - Take My Advice / Cinda

40 Electric Love - This Seat Is Saved / Gotta Get Back To My Baby

41 ?

42 ?

43 ?

44 Larry & The Blue Notes - There's No Other / You Cheated,You Lied

44 Larry & The Blue Notes - In And Out / Love Is A Beautiful Thing

44 Larry & The Blue Notes - In And Out / I'll Be True To You

45 Art & English - Why Did He Go Away / If'N

46 ?

47 Gene Summers - The Clown / Green Eyed Monster

47 Electric Love - This Seat is Saved / Gotta Get Back To My Baby

48 Paul - Happy Music / Hey, You Walk On Me

49 Sue Marin - Alpine Winter / Happiness Across The Street

50 Ray Roberts - Baby / ?

51 ?

52 ?

53 ?

54 ?

55 Mitch & The Mistys - Gonna Leave / Hey Baby

56 Elite - Bye, Bye Baby / All I Want Is You

57 Those Guys - I Want To Hold You Hand / Teresa

57 Those Guys - You Bet It Is / Teresa

58 Uptowners - She's Mine / Down The Pike

58 Mitch & Mistys - Patsy / She's So Fine

59 ?

60 Pic & Bill - What Would I Do / What Does It Take

60 Pic & Bill - What Would I Do / Patsy

60 Pic & Bill - Patsy / Over The Mountain

60 Pic & Bill - Patsy / Together Till The End Of Time

60 Pic & Bill - How Many Times / Funny How Time Slips Away

60 Pic & Bill - How Many Times / I Love You, Baby

61 Billy Mills - Monkey Time / Under The Pines

62 Paul & Paula - Hey! / Walk Through The World With Me

63 Orville Couch - Gone / If You Really Want Me To I'll Go

63 Orville Couch - Patsy / ?

64 Texans - Patsy / ?

65 ?

66 Mitch & The Mistys - I Lost My Head / Let It Be Me

67 Pic & Bill - It's Not You / All I Want Is You

68 Upper Class - Can't Wait / Help Me Find A Way

69 ?

70 ?

71 Rick & The Keens - I Cry / The Hippie

72 Jimmy & The Mustangs - Ruins Of Time / Summertime, Summertime

72 Jimmy & The Mustangs - Try To Love Me / The Ruins of Time

73 Pic & Bill - This Is It / Nobody But My Baby

74 Fiery Spartans - Cool / Talk About Love (same recording as Pic & Bill)

75 Ron-Dels - 100 Pounds Of Honey / Hey! Baby

76 ?

77 ?

78 ?

79 Ray Roberts - Alpine Winter / Together Till The End Of Time

80 Patti Johnson - Walking After Midnight / ?

80 J. Frank Wilson & Cavaliers - The Clown / Cool

81 Upper Class - Renee / Wow

82 C. Vaughn Lesley - I Need Someone / Together Till End Of Time

83 ?

84 ?

85 Mark II - Alpine Winter / Dead

85 Mark II - Dead / Bread And Soul

85 Mark II - Wipe Out / Soul Of A Man

86 J. Frank Wilson - Day Before Our Wedding / Boy Lonely

86 J. Frank Wilson - Darling / The Clown

86 Uptowners - She's Mine / Down The Pike

87 Robert Thomas - Salvation / Soul Of A Man

88 Nat & John - Pretty Woman / Alpine Winter

88 Pendergast - Wow / Break My Mind

88 Pendergast - Wow / Sheila

89 The Men From Macon - Soul Of A Man / East Of Eden

89 The Men From Macon - Soul Of A Man / Fire Lighter

89 The Men From Macon - Soul Of A Man (Vocal) / Soul Of A Man (Instrumental)

90 cresa watson - salvation - your no good - charay

91 Cresa Watson - Alpine Winter / These Boots Are Made For Walking

91 Cresa Watson - Dead / Alpine Winter

91 Cresa Watson - A Woman Is A Nice Thing/These Boots Are Made For Walking

92 Leon Rausch - Last One / ?

92 Nat & John - Louie Louie / ?

93 Chili Ray - Moon Mouse / ?

94 Paul - Lollipops, Teardrops / Down The Pike

95 Johnny & The Mark V - Sands Of Malibu / Down The Pike

96 Country Dick Lightfoot - Miner, Sixty Niner / ?

97 Phil Watson - Jan / Walk About

97 Phil Watson -Have You Lost Your Children America? / Jan

98 ?

99 Pic & Bill - Talk About Love / A Man Without A Woman

99 Pic & Bill - Talk About Love / For The Good Times

100 Gene Summers & The Platinum Fog - Hot Pants / Young Voices Of Children

100 The Men From Macon - Salvation (inst.) / Black Velvet

100 ROBERT THOMAS WITH THE SIX FEET UNDER - SALVATION - CHARAY

100 fish and chips - octiopus's garden - tough - charay

101 Rita Lee - Salvation / So Ho

101 Ronnie Kelly - Tough / ?

101 MEN FROM MACON - SALVATION - CHARAY

102 Bruce & Patty - Thanks / ?

103 Danes - Lollipops, Teardrops / Teresa

103 Danes - Just A Dream / Little Summer Girl

104 ?

105 ?

106 Charlie Brown - Carla / Pt.2.

107 ?

108 Bobby Wayne Loftis - Back Together Once Again / So Good For Me

112 Men Of Sugar Hill - Calvin / ?

227 The Cattlemen - Black Mountain Rag / Down Draft

303 Danes - Little Summer Girl / Just a Dream (33)

304 Linda & Damon - Forever / Always Lonely

700 Cresa Watson - Dead / Alpine Winter (91)

701 Jimmy Stewart - Patsy / You Just Need to Love

1001 scotty mckay and the jones men - high on life - you realy want me to i'll go

1003

l b gibson - treat her right - ?

1004 Scotty McKay & the Jomo Men - High on Life / If You Really Want Me To I'll Go

1005 Bruce Channel / Paul & Paula - Hey Baby / Hey Paula

1009 Ronnie walters - its getting better - who am i - charay

1010 Sunny & The Carolina Tikis - Teen Angel / Rap

1010 the carolina tikis - she had wings to fly - wipeout

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Anyone got a clip of "These boots are made for walking" - Cressa Watson.?

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rolleyes.gif I've seen the listing Ken and recently......

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'Right I aint been paying attention !!!, I love the 'Sweet Temptation' track that Ady has been playing at the 100 Club for years, I believe the version that Ady plays is the Cressa Watson version ?. However there are versions by both Martha Starr & Ward Burton, I know Ward Burton was released on Panther, but can someone pse post the details off the other releases, although I'm assuming Cressa Watson is unissued ?. I also have Tobi Lark in my head in connection with all of this too, but wondered if it had been covered up as TL at some point ?.'

Above is my original post & just to stop things getting confusing & to get back to the original topic here is what has surfaced so far:

Martha Starr - Sweet Temptation/ Little Girl Blue - Charay (35).

Cressa Watson - Sweet Temptation - ?

Previously unreleased (?) until appearing on the LP '20 great unknown soul classics'. Altnough there is a reference to the Cressa Watson version having a release on Charay (?) on the Soul Strutter blog site , however the supplied Charay discography doesnt list it.

Soooooooo.........

Can anyone pse post a label scan from the Martha Starr release & a sound file please.

Could anyone pse post the Cressa Watson version from the LP (Are there any liner notes with the LP that might shed some light ?).

Does anyone have any information that would confirm Cressa Watson having been released on Charay & if possible with label scan & sound file to compare whether the same as the LP or Martha Starr versions.

And to stop further confusion, my initial thoughts with regard to Martha Starr having been covered up as Tobi Lark were correct.

Thank you everyone for your contributions so far

Best Russ

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first heard this on a tape i got from that soul legend Tef back in late 80's, he had it covered up as Rula Lenska laugh.giflaugh.gif

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Ted Carrol licensed the Cressa Watson named version from Major Bill in the 80s and that's who Bill must have put on the tape box or alternatively remembered it as being by (or Ted got 'em mixed up!) it wasn't a big deal to either of them, just a nice odd soul song to stick on an LP. It's assumed more importance since it's become popular.

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Ted Carrol licensed the Cressa Watson named version from Major Bill in the 80s and that's who Bill must have put on the tape box or alternatively remembered it as being by (or Ted got 'em mixed up!) it wasn't a big deal to either of them, just a nice odd soul song to stick on an LP. It's assumed more importance since it's become popular.

Thank you Ady.

Best Russ

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Here's the sleeve notes for the LP Russ...

Here's a real treat for all soul fans.20 steaming soul goodies on 1 album.! Side One concentrates on uptempo dance tracks including several treid and tested "Northern" favourites.On side 2 we get down - real low for some emotional,drama packed Deep Soul performances.We've tried and we hope we've succeeded in getting that real soul feeling flowing from start to finish on this album.

If you would like more of the same,or have any constructive criticisms to offer,please write.(Sorry we cant reply to individual letters,but thanks to everyone who's written in about other albums in the Cascade series).

Lindi Waters.

(NB: You may notice slight surface noise on one or two tracks.The master tapes of a few of the rarer tracks have been destroyed and we have had to dub from disc.)

Side 1..

Millionaires - And the rains came

Mary Love - Hey Stoney face

Vernon Garrett - Slow and easy

Al King - Get lost

Millionaires - Aint that soul

6/ Cressa Watson - Sweet temptation

Mary Love - Dance,children dance

ZZ Hill - You cheated and you lied

Jackie Shaine - You are my sunshine

Vernon Garrett - If i could turn back the hands of time.

Cascade Records 48-50 Steele Road London NW10 7AS.

Mastered by Bob Jones at CTS....( you lurking on here DR.Bob?)

Track 6 ,only credits to Major Bill Smith.

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Also, how come Martha Starr ended up recording a Major Bill tune ?.

Best Russ

She spent some time down Texas way, and teamed up with Moses Dillard for a couple of tunes.

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She spent some time down Texas way, and teamed up with Moses Dillard for a couple of tunes.

I was under the impression that the Moses Dillard stuff was recorded in the Carolinas before she moved to Detroit ?...I cant find any reference any where to her having recorded in Texas, although she must have done (?).......

Thank you for the information........but still a mystery to me ???. I think Cressa Watson & Martha Starr are the same & that the information on the LP is incorrect...........oh bugger, theres still the mention of the release in the discog oh poo !!!angry.gif

Best Russ

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