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About Firecrest

  • Birthday 08/04/1957

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    London born and raised, bought first soul 45 in 1969 the year my family first got something I could play it on, first non compilation album was 'In Session' from Chairmen of The Board. Just carried on listening and collecting through school, university, career, marriage , children and into early retirement. Until children arrived used to spend time in club land about five / six times a month - just loved the music. I moved to the sticks in 1987 so have been Sussex based for most of my life now.

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    The Whispers - Flying High (Soul Clock)

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  1. Sometimes the live version is better. The soul this man emotes sends tingles shooting through me.
  2. This is the Jamaican version produced by Harry J. Proving that less is more.
  3. As soulful as they come. A Studio One cut c 1964
  4. Bob Andy R.I.P. One of the great interpreters. Here's two positive songs for these dark days.
  5. Ask DJ Sean Hamsey. He own's the acetate containing this track. It was played on Solar Radio around 2008 but seems to have disappeared from playlists since.
  6. The Na Na Hey Hey refrain at the very end reminds me of a track by late 60s/early 70s band Steam.
  7. A great showman . He was unique. A Cameroonian master. Not soul but the music was so uplifting and that Afro-beat was just infectious. R.I.P.
  8. A lovely ballad reminiscent of The Dells. The arrangement is sweet soul perfection. Alvin Alexander provides the guitar parts. R.I.P.
  9. You are surely right John but at the moment most people on this site aren't ready to accept the fact. The membership of this site is older and maybe many still have funds, at least for awhile. The current crisis will hit the younger generation first. Robbie Vincent used to say that Soul Music should be on the NHS - seems a facile comment now.
  10. Emory Cloud was an older singer who had first recorded in 1957 with the Atlanta based The Debonaires. According to a doo-wop website. He co-wrote their reasonably successful 'Darling' on Herald. Bill Lowery produced the Debonaires, or Five Debonaires as they were called originally on "Whispering Blues / Darling" (Herald 509). The group included: Emory Cloud, Arthur Simon and Milton Boykin, while Wesley J. Jackson arranged and provided guitar backing. Donn Clendenon, the manager of the MVPs owned clubs in Atlanta but was at the height of a stellar career as Most Valuable Player for the New York Mets. Now I know what MVPs stood for!
  11. According to John Ridley, our greatest living writer on Soul Music, Emory & the Dynamics were from Albany, Georgia, worked at a club called The Royal Peacock and were managed by by civil rights campaigner Jess Williams. A little research via the internet has revealed Emory & The Dynamics to be led (as soulstrutter suggests) by Emory Harris. He was a member of the cultural significant The Freedom Singers who were chronicled by Alan Lomax in the early 60s on an LP called 'Freedom In The Air, Albany , Georgia' (on You Tube). There is a Wikipedia entry for them. They began as a movement at Albany State College. Emory Harris sings that rousing anthem 'We'll never turn back'. Emory & The Dynamics were present and performed at the famous 1967 Southern Christian Leadership Conference where Bernice Reagon and Sydney Poiter addressed a large crowd . They are described as SCLC 'Freedom Singers', suggesting that they were a political singing group. The members of the group are recorded on another site and the Harris family are prominent. One of the leaders of the Albany Civil Rights Movement is Rutha Harris, who is Emory's sister. Emory Harris cut a few secular records with the Dynamics (two?) but returned to Civil Rights campaigning. Here he is with his sister Rutha in 2014 singing the moving anthem mentioned above.
  12. Wessex Auctions (Chippenham) today sold a copy of Toomy Dent on Cobblestone for a whopping £2900 . It was an individual lot in a large auction of rare soul. It included: acetates, demos, unknown cuts (particularly some unknown Buddah releases from Monk Higgins publishing) , rare northern and a few rare deep. The more expensive lots such as Tommy Dent and Lainee Hill (£500), Kenny Wells (£320), went for considerably more than their estimate but those with an estimate of around £100 went for about £60 - £80. Some 380 items and maybe a dozen only not sold. Personally I'm happy with what I paid. I had expected to pay more. Prices seem to have dropped for middling price records but stayed high for the genuinely rare Record
  13. Hi Tena, There are people on this website with influence in getting music to the right listeners. Do you own the publishing rights? Maybe they can explore further. I have a few 45's by your uncle. This one on Ascot is probably my favourite.

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