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The thread on European 60's soul is highlighting just how many US soul singers came over to Europe back in the day. In the UK, we had Geno Washington, R B Greaves (Sonny Childe), P P Arnold, Jimmy Thomas, the Fantastics, Flirtations, Clyde McPhatter, J J Jackson, B J (Brenda) Arnau, Johnny Johnson & the Bandwagon, Johnny Moore & the Drifters, Tommy Hunt, Rosetta Hightower and more.

But as well as relocating both ways, some US soul acts recorded here and a number of UK acts went on to record in the US. In addition to this, a number of US acts cut live recordings here & likewise, UK acts in the States. Lots of US blues & jazz artists cut over here (some in studios, some live -- for instance Sonny Boy Williamson cut a live album with the Yardbirds). More in the soul vein; Larry Williams + Johnny Watson plus Garnett Mimms cut live albums in the UK. A number of US Acts also cut soul tracks in the studio over here, the likes of Timi Yuro, J J Jackson (before he relocated to the UK) and Bloodstone cut popular tracks here.

As time passed, some UK acts that had become popular in the US started cutting tracks in US studios; the likes of the Average White Band and Billy Ocean spring to mind. At one stage (when the Foundations were having hits in the US), it was even proposed that the 4 Tops would come to London to work with Tony MacCaulay but I don't think the session actually took place. Of course, UK pop / rock acts such as the Rolling Stones (@ Chess), John Lennon, Jeff Beck (with the Funk Bros @ Motown) had got the ball rolling earlier on.

Anyone know of other US Acts who cut here or UK acts who cut there ??    

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Sonny Boy Williamson also did a live album with the Animals, I prefer it to the Yardbrids one, its on Youtube although (as the sleeve notes say) he was quite drunk and slurry it's pretty raw in places and sometimes he seems to be doing a different song to the band. 

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34 minutes ago, Roburt said:

Rocky Roberts was a Yank who based himself in Italy ... he did come over here to record though.

Was this Major Lance acetate track cut over here too ?

 

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The Major Lance cut is on the flip of the 1974 WB version of 'Without a Doubt' which I remember being told years ago was recorded in the UK 

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The Showstoppers, the Invitations & Felice Taylor all cut here in the UK too ...  plus Gloria Jones cut here after she married Marc Bolan & moved to the UK.

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17 hours ago, Chris Turnbull said:

Wonder who played on it - Chas & Dave?!

Quite possibly; Chas Hodges and Dave Peacock were respected session musicians in London at this time. Here's Chas playing on the Soul Survival LP that same year, same city, same label and the same studio: 

 

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4 minutes ago, Timillustrator said:

Quite possibly; Chas Hodges and Dave Peacock were respected session musicians in London at this time. Here's Chas playing on the Soul Survival LP that same year, same city, same label and probably the same studio: 

 

...plus of course "Get Down With It" was produced by Norman Smith , who went on to have a couple of pop hits as "Hurricane Smith"...

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