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Excellent!!!  Thanks Graham.  Keep 'em coming!!! 

It would be nice to have all of these on a single website, like Bob A.'s "Sitting in The Park".

 

And it would be nice for all that you learned about Detroit Soul music (labels, artists. producers, arrangers, musicians, distributors, recording studios and engineers) in a mini encyclopedia of Detroit soul music, divided into several volumes.  It would be nice if I'd write one, too.  But I'm too old and tired to take on such a large project.

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Thanks to all for the positive feedback.

I've just realized there are two recordings involving The Sterophonics (spelling varies) and The Debonaires that didn't get mentioned:

Timmy Shaw's 'I'm a Lonely Guy' (Audrey and Wand) has The Sternphones backing and this is possibly the group that Charles Stokes was managing. I did track down the lead singer, who married Charles when she was just 16, but her memory was vague. Charles died a long time ago in a house fire.

The other 45 is also a Johnnie Mae Matthews production - Spencer Sterling's 'Tell Me Right Now' / 'I Wish You Were Mine' (also on Audrey), which has The Debanaires (sp) backing.  I'm sure I asked Elsie about this, but it must have been during a different interview to the one used for the YouTube video. I'll have to dig it out to hear what she said.

 

 

 

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On 07/10/2021 at 06:14, G F said:

Thanks to all for the positive feedback.

I've just realized there are two recordings involving The Sterophonics (spelling varies) and The Debonaires that didn't get mentioned:

Timmy Shaw's 'I'm a Lonely Guy' (Audrey and Wand) has The Sternphones backing and this is possibly the group that Charles Stokes was managing. I did track down the lead singer, who married Charles when she was just 16, but her memory was vague. Charles died a long time ago in a house fire.

The other 45 is also a Johnnie Mae Matthews production - Spencer Sterling's 'Tell Me Right Now' / 'I Wish You Were Mine' (also on Audrey), which has The Debanaires (sp) backing.  I'm sure I asked Elsie about this, but it must have been during a different interview to the one used for the YouTube video. I'll have to dig it out to hear what she said.

 

 

 

I think I remember that The Sternphones also back up Gino Washington on a couple of his cuts, when The Rochelles didn't.  I think they were with him on one of his Wand 45s, and the other one was The Rochelles (his high school group members).

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