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I've mentioned this before, butI was the first to see his collection of forgeries when he met me in the YMCA in LA after a copy of Broadway Sissy. He offered me several copies of the lookalikes that were all prisitine and when I checked they were obviously boots, so I wasn't interested. I had 5 copies of Broadway Sissy though (I forgot to tell him that) so I think he gave me a good handful of all the titles once he realised he hadn't been fooled. The point of re-telling this is that I told a UK collector to put the word about that they were boots but people still bought them as they were cheap and they wanted to believe they were real. When they arrived everybody was pissed off but they were buying of Soussain and had been warned so not many grounds for complaint really.

This thread reminded me (aka John Evans) of the time myself and Detroit Soul Legend Bob Foster, no not that one the real one from Llandudno who Ady knows well, having found Johnny Maestro in Bob's coal shed one time, jointly funded a trip to New York in Feb '72 to buy records. Sorry if this wanders off thread a little, but you might find it interesting. I 'interviewed' Bob this week over a pint, a pork pie and a roaring log fire at his favourite pub (the only way to guarantee getting him out).

I'd answered an ad in record Mirror in 1971 for a 100 record Soul pack for $9 from an address in Trenton, New Jersey. The records arrived and they were a great selection. You have to bear in mind that neither mine nor Bob's awreness of 'rarity' was particularly developed at that time. I sent for another pack which never arrived and so we decided Bob should go and track him down, as you do. I couldn't go as I was married and only had 2 weeks holiday a year then which I was expected to spend with my wife in Ibiza :g:

Bob got the plane and asked the bus driver to recommend him a hotel, the recommendation was perfect as it was very near Colony Records in N.Y. On his first visit there he bumped into Simon Soussan who was already sending out lists in the U.K. Bob remembers buying Larry Atkins- Lighten Up for 75p. Bob met S.S. again at Greenwich Oldies a few days later. They never 'teamed up' buying competition being the priority :thumbup: Bob went out to the Trenton, N.J. address and was shown a garage full of records in 50 record boxes, Okeh Demos etc. Bob filled 2 hold alls at 3 cents a record because of what the guy owed us. Bob admits to just grabbing handfuls as many titles meant little to him at the time. While he was there, 2 guys from Selecta Disc arrived and Bob thinks they probably bought the lot.

When Bob got back we put lists out and I got most all my money for the trip back, Bob took records in lieu for what was left. Bob gave me a copy of one of the lists which I will post on here sometime, some very rare stuff on it. Jimmy Ruffin on Miracle was on there for a £1 but we couldn't shift it at that price nor 75p so Bob kept it. We made most money on Mamie galore- It Aint Necessary which was huge then and Swinging Camels - Detroit Road Runners!

Bob also went to The Apollo on his own :yes: and saw Joe Simon, Betty Wright, Jimmy Briscoe etc. he also went to Earl Wright's record shop on 125th St although he is not sure if it was That Earl Wright.

Perhaps I should start a Bob Foster thread as he was a noted collector of Detroit Soul in particular and he told me the story of his copy of Lady In Red - The Magnetics which he bought in '72 and how he sold it to Martin Barnfather (Soul Sam) who I introduced him to and his second visit to The States in '76 where he met up with Martin Koppel in Detroit and his visit to Ron Motown Murphy.

By the way Ady, I have persuaded Bob to go to Prestatyn in March so hopefully we can meet up again if you have the time.

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At one of the recent “Mecca Memories” events at Teddington (2019), Ian Levine told me that he is in touch with Simon Soussan who is “living in Israel , I think ; he’s on Facebook!” 

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2 hours ago, Mark Malvern said:

At one of the recent “Mecca Memories” events at Teddington (2019), Ian Levine told me that he is in touch with Simon Soussan who is “living in Israel , I think ; he’s on Facebook!” 

Common knowledge his whereabouts and that he is on facebook, or so I thought. He doesn’t get involved and has no interest in the scene. 

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1 hour ago, Chalky said:

Common knowledge his whereabouts and that he is on facebook, or so I thought. He doesn’t get involved and has no interest in the scene. 

Yep Karl and it says he lives in 

Beverly Hills, California

Current city

and studies at

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

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On 05/01/2013 at 10:34, slimharpo said:

 

 

This thread reminded me (aka John Evans) of the time myself and Detroit Soul Legend Bob Foster, no not that one the real one from Llandudno who Ady knows well, having found Johnny Maestro in Bob's coal shed one time, jointly funded a trip to New York in Feb '72 to buy records. Sorry if this wanders off thread a little, but you might find it interesting. I 'interviewed' Bob this week over a pint, a pork pie and a roaring log fire at his favourite pub (the only way to guarantee getting him out).

I'd answered an ad in record Mirror in 1971 for a 100 record Soul pack for $9 from an address in Trenton, New Jersey. The records arrived and they were a great selection. You have to bear in mind that neither mine nor Bob's awreness of 'rarity' was particularly developed at that time. I sent for another pack which never arrived and so we decided Bob should go and track him down, as you do. I couldn't go as I was married and only had 2 weeks holiday a year then which I was expected to spend with my wife in Ibiza :g:

Bob got the plane and asked the bus driver to recommend him a hotel, the recommendation was perfect as it was very near Colony Records in N.Y. On his first visit there he bumped into Simon Soussan who was already sending out lists in the U.K. Bob remembers buying Larry Atkins- Lighten Up for 75p. Bob met S.S. again at Greenwich Oldies a few days later. They never 'teamed up' buying competition being the priority :thumbup: Bob went out to the Trenton, N.J. address and was shown a garage full of records in 50 record boxes, Okeh Demos etc. Bob filled 2 hold alls at 3 cents a record because of what the guy owed us. Bob admits to just grabbing handfuls as many titles meant little to him at the time. While he was there, 2 guys from Selecta Disc arrived and Bob thinks they probably bought the lot.

When Bob got back we put lists out and I got most all my money for the trip back, Bob took records in lieu for what was left. Bob gave me a copy of one of the lists which I will post on here sometime, some very rare stuff on it. Jimmy Ruffin on Miracle was on there for a £1 but we couldn't shift it at that price nor 75p so Bob kept it. We made most money on Mamie galore- It Aint Necessary which was huge then and Swinging Camels - Detroit Road Runners!

Bob also went to The Apollo on his own :yes: and saw Joe Simon, Betty Wright, Jimmy Briscoe etc. he also went to Earl Wright's record shop on 125th St although he is not sure if it was That Earl Wright.

 

Perhaps I should start a Bob Foster thread as he was a noted collector of Detroit Soul in particular and he told me the story of his copy of Lady In Red - The Magnetics which he bought in '72 and how he sold it to Martin Barnfather (Soul Sam) who I introduced him to and his second visit to The States in '76 where he met up with Martin Koppel in Detroit and his visit to Ron Motown Murphy.

 

By the way Ady, I have persuaded Bob to go to Prestatyn in March so hopefully we can meet up again if you have the time.

That was a great read John ,I’m sure a thread on Bob would prove really interesting.

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On 03/02/2020 at 15:58, Eddie Hubbard said:

That was a great read John ,I’m sure a thread on Bob would prove really interesting.

Eddie, unfortunately John aka @slimharpo passed on a few years ago.

https://www.soul-source.co.uk/profile/430-slimharpo/content/

 

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