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HARRY CROSBY

Carol & Gerri

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One of my nerdy loves is finding out who artists were etc. Recently ive been looking into who these two were, i came across this after a tip from a friend a couple of years ago, i`m understanding this recording is not the band Fifth estate, but they were the writers. Do any of you folks have any ideas who Carol & Gerri were?. Many thanks for any info on this-H 

https://youtu.be/2UMWa08sWkI 

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a question often asked ... here is a post from Spectropop in 2004   ....  http://spectropop.com/archive/digest/d1337.htm

This is a VERY HOT record on the Northern soul all-nighter scene right now. Both sides get played, and both are tremendous. I'd bet the record will wind up in the UK, and the buyer WILL be delighted, regardless of whom the artists are.

I've been trying to find out who Carol & Gerri were, so far with no luck. The backing band is the D-Men, who later became the Fifth Estate -- in fact, one of the tracks appears on the Fifth Estate "Ding Dong! The Witch is Back" CD.  The band also wrote both sides. Unfortunately, they don't recall who the singers were. According to the liner notes, "a soulful number titled "How Can I Find The Way" sparked (manager Kevin) Gavin to sign a female trio and produce a Motown-esque master tape, complete with brass and strings. Unfortunately, it was never released." That obviously is wrong, since the song was released as one side of the Carol & Gerri MGM single.

The CD also includes the Wadhams-Askew (D-Men/Fifth Estate) team's demo of "It's Waiting There For You", which was recorded by Reparata & The Delrons.  That led me to believe that "Carol" might be former Delron Carol Dombrowski.  I sent an mp3 of the song to Dombrowski's cousin, who does not recognize her as one of the voices.  So who were Carol & Gerri?   Good question.

Jeff Lemlich
http://www.limestonerecords.com

Andy

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you Can search for my thread RARE SOUL ONLY FOR COLLECTORS AND CONNISSEURS. There must be some biographical and pictorial info.

somebody said it must ne blue-eyed!

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a question often asked ... here is a post from Spectropop in 2004   ....  http://spectropop.com/archive/digest/d1337.htm

This is a VERY HOT record on the Northern soul all-nighter scene right now. Both sides get played, and both are tremendous. I'd bet the record will wind up in the UK, and the buyer WILL be delighted, regardless of whom the artists are.

I've been trying to find out who Carol & Gerri were, so far with no luck. The backing band is the D-Men, who later became the Fifth Estate -- in fact, one of the tracks appears on the Fifth Estate "Ding Dong! The Witch is Back" CD.  The band also wrote both sides. Unfortunately, they don't recall who the singers were. According to the liner notes, "a soulful number titled "How Can I Find The Way" sparked (manager Kevin) Gavin to sign a female trio and produce a Motown-esque master tape, complete with brass and strings. Unfortunately, it was never released." That obviously is wrong, since the song was released as one side of the Carol & Gerri MGM single.

The CD also includes the Wadhams-Askew (D-Men/Fifth Estate) team's demo of "It's Waiting There For You", which was recorded by Reparata & The Delrons.  That led me to believe that "Carol" might be former Delron Carol Dombrowski.  I sent an mp3 of the song to Dombrowski's cousin, who does not recognize her as one of the voices.  So who were Carol & Gerri?   Good question.

Jeff Lemlich
http://www.limestonerecords.com

Andy

Thanks Andy, top info as always.:thumbsup:

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you Can search for my thread RARE SOUL ONLY FOR COLLECTORS AND CONNISSEURS. There must be some biographical and pictorial info.

somebody said it must ne blue-eyed!

Cheers mate, i`ll see if i can dig that out.

 I too have tried to find out who they were but nothing definitive, pretty much what has been said. 

The quest continues Chalky.

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The thing is I've seen another post somewhere and i'm 99% sure it identified them ... but I just can't find it on the net

Has anybody had time to check out the comments on YouTube ...... might discover there is one of the "that's my mum singing' posts

 

Andy

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There are a couple of old threads here on S/S which mention the writing/production involvement of the D-Men / Fifth Estate. As other contributors have said the band themselves can't remember the identity of the singers. I think the nearest thing to a recollection on any of the youtube clips is a mention of the vocalists as being 'a couple of girls from the neighbourhood'.

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On 10/30/2015 at 03:31, Hooker1951 said:

Could Carol n Gerri be possibly Carol King and Gerri Goffin stranger things have happened

Keep on doing it

ML

If there names were spelt:  "Carole and Gerry", that theory might bear more creedence.  AND, in addition, if the female sounded even remotely like Carole, AND, if the songwriting sounded anything like their writing style, I might think there would be a possibility.  However, None of the non-name elements are promising, and I really doubt that Gerry Goffin would have allowed his name to be written with an "i" ending.  That just wasn't done during Gerry's youth.  It's too Monti Rockish, if you get my drift. :lol:

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19 hours ago, Winsford Soul said:

Bruv. Think you should have asked. How can I ever find a way to find out who they are. :hatsoff2:

Steve

Lol Yes, I should have Steve. :)  :thumbup: 

  That's what I like about the site you learn something every day about these great old sounds! :hatsoff2:

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On 8 April 2017 at 03:24, RobbK said:

If there names were spelt:  "Carole and Gerry", that theory might bear more creedence.  AND, in addition, if the female sounded even remotely like Carole, AND, if the songwriting sounded anything like their writing style, I might think there would be a possibility.  However, None of the non-name elements are promising, and I really doubt that Gerry Goffin would have allowed his name to be written with an "i" ending.  That just wasn't done during Gerry's youth.  It's too Monti Rockish, if you get my drift. :lol:

Hi Robbie

It was meant slightly tongue in cheek but I admire your clinical dissection of my thoughts anyway 

ML

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53 minutes ago, Hooker1951 said:

Hi Robbie

It was meant slightly tongue in cheek but I admire your clinical dissection of my thoughts anyway 

ML

Mine was tongue-in-cheek as well!  :rofl:

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This was really popular when I started going out to soul nights again in 2002. Think it's a great double sider and always dance to both sides if I hear it played out. Would be interesting to know who the ladies were, but there so many mysteries like this in our music.

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23 minutes ago, Geoff said:

This was really popular when I started going out to soul nights again in 2002. Think it's a great double sider and always dance to both sides if I hear it played out. Would be interesting to know who the ladies were, but there so many mysteries like this in our music.

Along with Joy Lovejoy, Vala Regan, perhaps we'll never ever know?

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