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from last year B-4 'Do I Love You' and After NEW INSIGHTS INTO FRANK WILSON’S MASTERWORK by Adam White A thorough backstory about “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)” was written nine years ag

News/Article/Feature Highlight: Thanks go to Andy Rix for making this article available to all. Originally written and published to accompany... View full article

Brilliant,loved the part about how taking part in the sit in during the civi; rights protest era led to Frank going to Los Angeles as he had lost the chance of his scholarship.This just makes the reco

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hats off to you andy, that is a truly breathtakingly, staggering read, adding colour and gloss to what we mearly percieved was the story. if ever there was an inclination for a biopic, this is it, right here, right now.

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Brilliant,loved the part about how taking part in the sit in during the civi; rights protest era led to Frank going to Los Angeles as he had lost the chance of his scholarship.This just makes the record even more soulful knowing the man behind it just that little bit more.If he hadnt been willing to put himself on the line for what is right then maybe there would never have been such contributions as he made to soul music.Well done Andy for bringing to attention these things.

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Thanks Andy your knowledge is incredible 'a really interesting read .

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An emotional read.... To say the least - Cheers Andy

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good read...so frank recorded under the name sonny daye..would that be the same sonny 'dave' daye that released merry go round on ring-o?..or would the dave have been added to distinguish this sonny from franks?

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good read...so frank recorded under the name sonny daye..would that be the same sonny 'dave' daye that released merry go round on ring-o?..or would the dave have been added to distinguish this sonny from franks?

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No! Sonny "DavE" Day was a Pittsburgh "Blue eyed Soul" and Novelty/pop singer, who did much of his recording in New York. Ring-O was a New York label with Al Oliver on A&R. He also recorded the novelty song, "Tarzan", released on Jubilee Records, also recorded in New York. frank Wilson did all his recording as Sonny Daye in Los Angeles. And his voice is much deeper and richer than Sonny Dave Daye's.

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yeah thought as much!...only heard merry go round and didnt think he was black which is why i was a bit surprised when i read the article...thanx for confirming it

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Thank you all for your comments

Maybe I should have expanded the article to talk about Frank's life.

That is maybe something I should do when time permits.

That aside I appreciate the fact that it has been of interest

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Andy Rix

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Thank you all for your comments

Maybe I should have expanded the article to talk about Frank's life.

That is maybe something I should do when time permits.

That aside I appreciate the fact that it has been of interest

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Andy Rix

Hi Andy hope you're o.k mate i really enjoyed Your piece on Frank Wilson as per usual your impecable information .see you around mate simon (hunt) !!!!

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Its what makes the scene what it is! a twist of fate that creates a legend. Must be the most famous alternative motown record of all time. Maybe a film will be made about it one day!

Ed

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thats the best reading i have had in ages ,i picked up the record for kb.that was an experiance itself for me .also i took him on the pepsi max on return to edinburgh .kb asked what would i have done if i dropped it . my response there would only be one .....

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You learn something everyday don't you!

 Never knew 'toast to the lady' was actually by 'Frank'............So glad I met him, shook his hand, and said thank you! What a talent indeed.

Ed

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On 10/3/2012 at 08:52, spacehopper said:

good read...so frank recorded under the name sonny daye..would that be the same sonny 'dave' daye that released merry go round on ring-o?..or would the dave have been added to distinguish this sonny from franks?

 

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No.  There were several Sonny Dayes.  I believe that the one on Ring-O was an East Coaster.

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from last year

B-4 'Do I Love You' and After

NEW INSIGHTS INTO FRANK WILSON’S MASTERWORK by Adam White

A thorough backstory about “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)” was written nine years ago by Andy Rix, with recollections from Wilson himself, among others. Even so, some key facts were missing – which have now come to light through the prism of paperwork obtained by musicologist Andrew Flory, author of the essential I Hear A Symphony: Motown and Crossover R&B. The document is a “B-4,” used to log details of recording sessions undertaken by members of the American Federation of Musicians, such as those who played on “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do).” So now, indeed, there is more to know about this moment in Motown history....

https://www.adampwhite.com/westgrandblog/2018/7/13/frank-assessment-anew

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Wow ! Great article to read. Again and again and deeper at some stages. Particularly for me is that explanation bit with the story for the 1979 TMG release at Abbey Road Studio comparing the tape sent from Motown and the Eddie Foster boot whose sound had been lifted off from an original SOUL copy. My gut feeling was right but now I know the insight of it.

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