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FRANKIE CROCKER

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  1. FRANKIE CROCKER

    How rare is rare ?

    You forgot ‘Holy Grail’... Is this is the best descriptor for Rarest of the Rare or just eBay sales pitch by an over-optimistic seller who knows little about records?
  2. FRANKIE CROCKER

    How rare is rare ?

    Rarity applies to the number or records pressed. Availability pertains to the number of records that come onto the market for sale. I rather like John Manship’s diamond classification in Million Dollars of Rare Soul - OK, not perfect, but nevertheless a solid guide for the most part. Because we communicate with each other and attend events where rare records are spun in public, some of us have a pretty good idea who actually owns the scarcest records. Key dealers also have knowledge of rarity/availability through sales/stocktake figures - their comments are always worth taking note of. Finally, Popsike indicates potential record rarity/availability and should be checked before bidding on expensive items. Bottom line is, if you like the record enough, pay what it takes to own it.
  3. FRANKIE CROCKER

    Lonnie Lester you can't go original demo

    The record did not have a DJ promo copy release as far as I know. The issues have a white label. You might be better off advertising for an ordinary copy. Good luck in your search.
  4. FRANKIE CROCKER

    Removing Dymo tape

    Almost impossible to remove from a paper label without leaving a trace. Some sort of powerful solvent may weaken the adhesive eg Goo-Gone. Over a long period of time, the adhesive may dry out to the point peeling may be possible. It might be better to just leave it alone to avoid unsightly label damage.
  5. FRANKIE CROCKER

    Wombat I'm Gettin On Life - Background Info

    Thanks for posting. Great tune back in the day - remember recording it at Wigan in 1975. Was bootleged due to popular demand. Hard to find an original copy but well worth seeking out. Hearing Wombat today is still a joy as it’s become a forgotten spin.
  6. FRANKIE CROCKER

    Help With Lost Record...

    Know what you feel like Len. Restless nights until you find the record or come up with an explanation. Did you leave it on the decks when last DJing? Always best to list records sold in a little book - helps preserve sanity and keep an eye on the profits. Hope it turns up but you need to go through the whole collection a couple of times to be absolutely certain that it’s gone AWOL.
  7. FRANKIE CROCKER

    Talc - yes or no?

    Len - please can we have more details of the elderly lady who slipped over? Was it a 101 year old wandering in with her dog, a 53 year old soulie swirling around in a circle skirt or a cleaner tidying up the church hall the day after?
  8. FRANKIE CROCKER

    Talc - yes or no?

    Far too much...this bloke’s slipped over...
  9. FRANKIE CROCKER

    Talc - yes or no?

    Talc shouldn’t be necessary on a well conditioned wooden dancefloor but some are poorly maintained and not polished resulting in the need for talcum powder. Much depends on footwear and style of dancing but there is a case for talc at some venues where the floor is old and sticky. If the venue has carpets to help keep leather brogues dry, there’s a lesser need for talc, but when it’s pouring down outside, the toilets are flooded and the dancefloor has beer spilled on it, talc becomes useful. The 100 Club once had a hand-written notice stuck on the pillar stating ‘No Talk On The Dancefloor’...made me smile.
  10. FRANKIE CROCKER

    Prince George - Wrong Crowd

    Excellent news Kim. Wrong Crowd was bootlegged and the original release is very hard to find. Great record back in the 70’s and very popular at Wigan Casino. Please give my regards to George.
  11. FRANKIE CROCKER

    Nolan porter- if only I could be sure

    Rediscovered in the mid 90’s. One of the biggest spins by the late 90’s. Hammered to death in the Noughties - by now a poppy-soul sound featured everywhere, filling the floors up and down the country. Can’t believe it’s still being discussed, let alone played, at the end of the Teenies decade. Funny how a slightly different different record gathers a cult following. I think records by Terry Callier (Ordinary Joe) and Les Mc Cann (Sad Little Girl) did much to popularise mid-pace tunes such as If Only I Could Be Sure. That said, Nolan’s record is very common and a staple in every Wannabe DJ’s box which perhaps explains why it hasn’t gone away yet.
  12. FRANKIE CROCKER

    Male Voices

    Just thought of Tony Middleton and Lou Johnson as two class acts to add to the list of those not yet mentioned.
  13. FRANKIE CROCKER

    Male Voices

    Ray Pollard. Gene McDaniels. Dean Parish. Major Lance. Romance Watson . Not mentioned so far in this thread but pretty close to Roy Hamilton when it comes to belting out a song. Impossible to pick a Top Three as there are dozens and dozens of unsung heroes.
  14. FRANKIE CROCKER

    Mourinho Gone

    Ferguson is partly to blame as he left the club in a timewarp. His autocratic style of management left the club in an unstable position where it still sits with robber-owners, inept management and second rate players. United need a spell in a lower division to sort things out. At least we won’t have to put up with the ego of the Special One anymore.
  15. FRANKIE CROCKER

    first three records to start a set

    It might have been me who suggested a change in tempo at the end of a set. Of course, it doesn’t have to be a mid-tempo sound to close a set, but after a few fast and furious records, something like Bob and Fred ‘I’ll Be On My Way’ or Johnnnie Mae Matthews ’I Have No Choice’ goes down well, fills the floor, builds the atmosphere, allows for some hand-clapping, gives the dancers a chance to applaud and helps the next DJ cue up a hjgh-impact sound.


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