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Hey everyone,

I just ran across some pretty sad news while surfing the Soulful Detroit web site:

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My name is Pat Covington and I am the cousin of Ray Pollard, best known for his hit, Darling, Take Me Back I'm Sorry. My friend Nosey was kind enough to post this for me.

It is with great sadness that I announce his passing. He lost his valiant battle with cancer on Wednesday, January 26th in Las Vegas. Although we will miss him, his music will live on in the hearts and minds of true R&B lovers everywhere.

His funeral will be in Las Vegas on Tuesday, February 1, 2005.

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( http://www.soulfuldetroit.com/forum/ )

All I can say is at least he got some deserved recognition before he died and his great sides will live on.

R.I.P. Ray...

KTF

Jas

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Hey everyone,

I just ran across some pretty sad news while surfing the Soulful Detroit web site:

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

My name is Pat Covington and I am the cousin of Ray Pollard, best known for his hit, Darling, Take Me Back I'm Sorry. My friend Nosey was kind enough to post this for me.

It is with great sadness that I announce his passing. He lost his valiant battle with cancer on Wednesday, January 26th in Las Vegas. Although we will miss him, his music will live on in the hearts and minds of true R&B lovers everywhere.

His funeral will be in Las Vegas on Tuesday, February 1, 2005.

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( http://www.soulfuldetroit.com/forum/ )

All I can say is at least he got some deserved recognition before he died and his great sides will live on.

R.I.P. Ray...

KTF

Jas

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:shhh: very sad news indeed

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Indeed, very sad. One of THE great voices IMO.

I suspect we're going to have get used to more of this kind of news now.

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He was a lovely unassuming man who loved to laugh. When he was on at the 100 Club I had one of the original Drifters, who lived in London, ringing me up and begging to reserve him a table! Ray was his ultimate musical hero and he couldn't believe he was going to be singing a set down Oxford Street with a full band. The sound guy had problems because his voice was so soft but exquisite. It was subtle and emotional rather than full of histrionics like many today.

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This Time is my favourite Shrine record.

The Drifter is my favourite ender.

Never heard him live unfortunately and now I never will.

Very sad.

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One of the scenes great artists.  HAd the pleasure of seeing him live few times.  His Yarmouth performance early 90's was brilliant.

R.I.P.

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Remember Ray's performance like yesterday, correct me if I'm wrong but Eddie Parker, Garland Green and I think Pat Lewis were on at the same time?

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Remember Ray's performance like yesterday, correct me if I'm wrong but Eddie Parker, Garland Green and I think Pat Lewis were on at the same time?

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Just dug the flyers out.....

Should have been Jackie Day, Ben E King, Tams, Tommy Hunt, 22/23/24 March 1991.

but later changed to Ray, Eddie Parker, Lorraine Chandler, Pat Lewis, Jackie Day and Garland Green...what a weekend :yes: Pretty sure either Lorraine Chandler or Pat Lewis didn't come over due to illness :shhh:

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Just dug the flyer out.....

Jackie Day, Ben E King, Tams, Tommy Hunt, 22/23/24 March 1991.

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just spoke to the misses, she sez it may have been 89/90 yarmouth weekender?

I distinctively remember Eddie Parker where a Stetson and Garland Green (real tall guy) wearing a white suit or am I dreamingggggggggg :shhh:

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just spoke to the misses, she sez it may have been 89/90 yarmouth weekender?

I distinctively remember Eddie Parker where a Stetson and Garland Green (real tall guy) wearing a white suit or am I dreamingggggggggg :shhh:

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Def 1991. The first Northern Weekender at Yarmouth was 1990 featuring Chuck Jackson, Gene Chandler, HB Barnum, Eddie Holman and JJ Barnes. The ones previous were Motown. The flyers I have are on the RSF under memorabilia.

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Knew one didn't come over Ady, memory not what it used to be  whistling.gif

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WE WILL BE DOING SOMETHING AS A TRIBUTE TO RAY AT PRESTATYN, CERTAINLY ON THE RADIO MAYBE IN ONE OF THE ROOMS.

A GREAT MAN EVEN GREATER PERFORMER , WE WERE VERY LUCKY TO GET RAY AT THE FIRST PRESTATYN, HE GAVE A SUPERB PERFORMANCE TO THE 900 OR SO WHO WERE LUCKY ENOUGH TO SEE HIM, WE HAD PLANNED TO BRING HIM OVER AGAIN. NON OF US ARE GETTING ANY YOUNGER, SEE THESE ARTISTS WHILE YOU CAN !!!!

ROB & KAREN WIGLEY

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One of the scenes great artists.  HAd the pleasure of seeing him live few times.  His Yarmouth performance early 90's was brilliant.

R.I.P.

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Truely memorable night Chalky, I can still see the look in his eye, as the crowd warmed to "The Drifter" I'm sure he stopped a moment and the whole room carried on! He was gifted with one of the finest voices around IMO I loved his earlyer stuff with the Wanderers, A big fav of mine is the stunning ballad, "After He Breaks Your Heart" stuck it on here as my tribute to the great man. not Northern, just dam good IMO

steve

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big respect to the man,my personal favorite of the soulscene,i also had the honour of seeing him in the early nineties at gt yarmouth,been a young 17 yr old,he was very impressed when he signed my "its a sad thing"demo,great bloke....will be sadly missed.

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Very sad news. Ray Pollard was one of the greatest singers I ever heard. I remember reviewing a Wanderers record in Shades Of Soul and saying he had tonsils of gold, but not the tawdry metal sort, but the bottomless pure gold of midsummer sunsets. That's how Ray's voice made me feel, and for years people would tell me that they felt the same way. Ray's records are in so many people's all-time favourites lists, and deservedly so. Total respect.

Nick

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extremely sad news.................

i too had the honoured pleasure to see and hear him perform at the 100 club in '91. I was blown away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(i swear he had tears in his eyes at one point, think it was during the drifter, but not 100%).

His music will forever be in all our hearts and souls!

Rest in "soulful" peace, Ray................

Carl.

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I loved his earlyer stuff with the Wanderers, A big fav of mine is the stunning ballad, "After He Breaks Your Heart" stuck it on here as my tribute to the great man. not Northern, just dam good IMO

steve

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Got a spare of this on UK United Artists for £40 if anyone's interested.

Paul

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Very sad news.  Ray Pollard was one of the greatest singers I ever heard.  I remember reviewing a Wanderers record in Shades Of Soul and saying he had tonsils of gold, but not the tawdry metal sort, but the bottomless pure gold of midsummer sunsets.  That's how Ray's voice made me feel, and for years people would tell me that they felt the same way.  Ray's records are in so many people's all-time favourites lists, and deservedly so.  Total respect.

Nick

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Remember that revue! I hadn't heard "Somebody Elses Sweetheart" before, but after ya revue I tracked a copy down, (with a revue like that I bloody had too!) :( an I wasn't disapointed! :huh:

Steve

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I remember first hearing the Drifter and Walk with a Winner (GM) from a compilation LP, and having been used to the normal 100mph stompers, they threw my conception and definition of Northern Soul. For the better of course.

Sad loss again of another Quality singer who defined putting your soul into singing.

Ed

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Very sad news.  Ray Pollard was one of the greatest singers I ever heard.  I remember reviewing a Wanderers record in Shades Of Soul and saying he had tonsils of gold, but not the tawdry metal sort, but the bottomless pure gold of midsummer sunsets.  That's how Ray's voice made me feel, and for years people would tell me that they felt the same way.  Ray's records are in so many people's all-time favourites lists, and deservedly so.  Total respect.

Nick

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What a beautiful post, so well put Nick. ranting_1.gif

Colin

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Was fortunate enough to see and hear Ray Pollard at Prestatyn along with my 11-year-old son, Joe, we spoke to Ray as he sat in the gallery watching the dancers and he posed for photo's, one of which takes pride of place on my music room wall, the photo is of Ray Pollard and Joe Miller, both hugging and smiling, a lasting memory for us.

Bless

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From Prestatyn 2005 website

Due to the sad news about Ray Pollard, a special tribute will be broadcast on the onsite Channel 6 24 hour radio station, hosted by John Smith. This will also feature contributions from Troy Keyes who as well as being a personal friend also performed with Ray as a member of the Wanderers

http://www.soul-weekenders.co.uk

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Ray's 100 Club gig in 1991 remains one of the greatest gigs I've ever seen. The sheer emotion in there that night was incredible.

There's not been many times when I've wanted to give an old bloke a hug - but that was one!

In the end I just asked him to sign the setlist that I swiped from the stage.

Cheers Ray. God bless.

Mark

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Danny Romenello's "GROUP HARMONY REVIEW" on February 12th included a great tribute to Ray Pollard, Clarence Bassett, David Lerchey, and Alton Bradley, plus a salute to Bronx vocal groups.

Listen to the archived WFUV show (windows media player) on http://wfuv.venaca.com/archive/4633.asx

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This is a radio show that goes out weekly from New York. The show features original recordings from the 1940s and '50s and occasional live performances and interviews with the singers who made them. You can view more arched files at:-

http://wfuv.venaca.com/cgi-bin/colinker.cg...100818474640758

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Remember Ray's performance like yesterday, correct me if I'm wrong but Eddie Parker, Garland Green and I think Pat Lewis were on at the same time?

D

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Very sad news indeed. The Drifter and Sad Thing were 2 of the very first records that gripped me, when I was getting into northern in the mid-late 80s.

Gringo, you're right - his performance at Yarmouth was magic - he was in a full tuxedo - very smart and his voice dripped emotion. Yep, Eddie Parker was there (in stetson!), Garland Green (in white suit!) and also Lorraine Chandler - some line up fair play. When Ray did Drifter the place went mad, especially when the break comes in near the end and he belts out the emotion - class. Sad loss. I'll have to try and dig out the photos from that weekend - I've got them at home somewhere, framed, with the flyer and with all the autographs.

RIP sir.

Rich

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Very sad news indeed. The Drifter and Sad Thing were 2 of the very first records that gripped me, when I was getting into northern in the mid-late 80s.

Gringo, you're right - his performance at Yarmouth was magic - he was in a full tuxedo - very smart and his voice dripped emotion. Yep, Eddie Parker was there (in stetson!), Garland Green (in white suit!) and also Lorraine Chandler - some line up fair play. When Ray did Drifter the place went mad, especially when the break comes in near the end and he belts out the emotion - class. Sad loss. I'll have to try and dig out the photos from that weekend - I've got them at home somewhere, framed, with the flyer and with all the autographs.

RIP sir.

Rich

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Got the video of that...

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Will never forget seeing Ray at the 100 in the early 90's, one of the best nites of my life and then seeing him again at the Yarmouth weekender shortly afterwards!just bloody awesome.

R.I.P.

Jim.

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