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Thread promted by the resurgent post “Celebs who are OR Have been into Northern Soul”

Perhaps done before...but how about Film/TV stars that also became NS related artists without knowing!

Just two to start...

Nichelle Nichols - It's Been On My Mind

Connie Stevens - Tick Tock

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32 minutes ago, the yank said:

Toni Basil was a featured dancer on another American television show "Shindig".

 

32 minutes ago, the yank said:

Toni Basil was a featured dancer on another American television show "Shindig".

She was also in Easy Rider

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Aki Aleong featured in a number of movies and record labels. You’ll also find his name as a producer for the Minit label eg The Trensations ‘Soulin and a Rollin’/ ‘Saucy’.

Also Prince Philip Mitchell, Bob Relf, Jackie Lee, the Quotations, the Turnarounds and others

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Several Motown artists  had tv/acting careers including Bobby Darin, Connie Haines, Barbara McNair, Paul Petersen....Albert Finney as well.

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6 minutes ago, DavidM said:

Further to reply above, Leslie Uggams was brilliant in Deadpool: 

 

She was brilliant also as Kizzy in Roots - as were so many great actors in that series.

Speaking of which - Ben Vereen:

 

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wasn't Lester Tipton better known for dancing on tv show (winning a car with his sister in a national competition)......

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16 hours ago, the yank said:

Lada Edmund Jr. was a featured dancer on the tv show "Hullabaloo" before cutting "The Larue".

I think she also appeared in a movie with Jon Voight, and I seem to remember hearing she was in an episode of Banacek.

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Excuse me, I'm not a "Northern Soul" connaiseur, but I think in some soul artists who have been also TV and / or Film and / or Theater actors:

- Melba Moore

- Lou Rawls

- Carl Anderson

- Phyllis Hyman

- Isaac Hayes

to name a few who I think have one or more "cult" tracks in the N.S. scene.

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George Kirby "What can I do"...was  a US comedian , known for his TV appearances.

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6 hours ago, bbrich said:

wasn't Lester Tipton better known for dancing on tv show (winning a car with his sister in a national competition)......

I've heard Lester was known for dancing in local clubs and on tv (not sure about the car part of the story though).

     Major Lance got his break as a featured dancer on Jim Lounsbury's "Time For Teens" and then got a deal with Mercury Records.

   I think the Major was well aware of the Northern Soul scene though.

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FilmEdit

Year Film Role
1958 Sing, Boy, Sing Virgil Walker
1958 Mardi Gras Barry Denton
1961 Love in a Goldfish Bowl Gordon Slide
1961 Babes in Toyland Tom Piper
1962 The Longest Day U.S. Army Ranger
1964 Ensign Pulver John X. Bruno
1965 None but the Brave 2nd Lt. Blair
1967 The Violent Ones Mike Marain

TelevisionEdit

Year Series Role
1957 The Singin' Idol as himself
1957 The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford[16] as himself
1960 The Larry Hanify Story, as Larry Hanify[17]  
1964 Slattery's People Jed Haskell
1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre Eddie Riccio
1965 Bonanza (episode, The Debt) Wiley Kane
1965 Combat! Private Carey
1968 Hawaii Five-O Joey Rand
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  Actor Bobby Diamond who as a youngster made his name in the late 1950's series Fury, Bobby recorded a couple of records in the 1960's one of which was Stop this was played at Northern Soul nights in the late 1970's.          

 

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Guest Spain pete

Same as Shawn Robinson , l know it's been done before , but can we do it again because l love my dear heart 🎶🎶👅

13 minutes ago, Stuart Ross said:

Pretty sure "Holly St.James" was an Italian actress - no idea what hear real name was though.

 

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I don't knows if that counts or not. Spanish / american singer / guitar player Charo who recorded solo and with The Salsoul Orchestra on Salsoul Records and Kaytronics was also a prolific actress in the TV series field.

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On 01/03/2018 at 21:19, DaveNPete said:

Ray Pollard was an extra in Ghostbusters.

Barbara McNair pops up in various things - including Playboy.

Dx

Not quite Playboy but....

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8 hours ago, Modularman said:

What about Nichelle Nichols, although she had been in Star Trek for a year before this double sider was released!

 

And it was even written by Doc McCoy!

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8 hours ago, Mickey Finn said:

And it was even written by Doc McCoy!

The song was written by Joe McCoy in 1941 for Lil Green and covered by Peggy Lee, Julie London, Mark Murphy etc. 

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Excellent record. Got the LP somewhere. From sleevenotes on back he was an actor in a US daytime soap, or something and the record was a spin off from that.

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Here's one to totally mess up your Saturday.

 

 

 

 

Tony Blackburn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take a bow 'Lenny Gamble.:wicked:

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On 01/03/2018 at 20:45, Joey said:

 

Brill sound Joey, never gets  played anywhere these days. Hope you're ok Regards Fred. 

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37 minutes ago, Mr Fred said:

Brill sound Joey, never gets  played anywhere these days. Hope you're ok Regards Fred. 

Thanks very much for such kind words Fred. Yeah, massive back when northern soul was northern soul! Never heard it played for donkeys years. Probably not "soulful" enough, nor by an acceptable artist with suitably soulful credentials. Nor rare enough? Or maybe all three? If it was changing hands for a grand and up, maybe then! Then again, could any of us dance to this the way we use to? Ha! Hip and knee replacement ops spring to mind!

Keep well,

Kindest regards,

Joey.

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On 12/03/2018 at 16:54, Joey said:

Thanks very much for such kind words Fred. Yeah, massive back when northern soul was northern soul! Never heard it played for donkeys years. Probably not "soulful" enough, nor by an acceptable artist with suitably soulful credentials. Nor rare enough? Or maybe all three? If it was changing hands for a grand and up, maybe then! Then again, could any of us dance to this the way we use to? Ha! Hip and knee replacement ops spring to mind!

Keep well,

Kindest regards,

Joey.

Interesting credits on the label, Wonder, Moy, Cosby. So the three are Stevie Wonder, Sylvia Moy and would it be Bill Cosby?; always wondered or is it just a coincidence. I have considered playing it at the Central but it's a difficult one to dance to. Regards Fred. 

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No...Henry Cosby, writer/producer who produced a lot of Stevie's tracks.

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