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Just finished a book on The Supremes by Mark Ribowsky in which he states that Popcorn Wylie left Motown (early 60's) to join a label called Northern Soul!

 

Never heard of that one before, or is it common knowledge?

 

Paul

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Guest Dave Turner

One of his first 45s was on Northern so that's where it got twisted

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Just finished a book on The Supremes by Mark Ribowsky in which he states that Popcorn Wylie left Motown (early 60's) to join a label called Northern Soul!

 

Never heard of that one before, or is it common knowledge?

 

Paul

 

Mark sure has his facts mixed up!

There was a label called Northern and a label called Northern de La in Detroit in the 60's, but the phrase Northern Soul wasn't even in place until the early 70's.

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Popcorn Wylie left Motown in spring 1962, to join Robert Bateman and Sonny Sanders at Wilbur Golden's Correc-Tone Records.  He had recorded with Johnnie Mae Matthews' Northern Records in late 1959/beginning of 1960, just before changing from a part-timer to a full-timer with Motown.

 

"But the phrase Northern Soul wasn't even in place until the early 70's".  So true.  Those 2 English words probably NEVER appeared adjacent to each other (in ANY context) during the early 1960s.

 

"Just finished a book on The Supremes by Mark Ribowsky in which he states that Popcorn Wylie left Motown (early 60's) to join a label called Northern Soul!"  People who write books should really do extensive research and editing before releasing books or so-called, "informative" literature of any kind.  I've read a lot of inaccurate material and a lot of nonsense in recent years.  A lot of drivel turns to would-be "substantiated" "information" on The Internet.  People shouldn't use Wikipedia as an "authority".

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