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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. Durand Jones & The Indication from Colemine records have released a superb version of 'Young Americans'. Available on Spotify and on Bandcamp. Download only at the moment. This would make a great 45.
  2. A new one from Nick Corbin, formerly of New Street Adventure. A new album drops in June and he's released a couple of 45s as an introduction. As always its a great song . I got my copies direct from Nick's website on https://www.nickcorbin.co.uk/about
  3. The lead singer on 'Baby I Love You' was Michael Bransford who hailed from Glasgow, Kentucky. He still performs in Glasgow with The Mysts of Tyme. http://mystsoftyme.com/uni/AssocDesc.asp?AssocID=23
  4. According to John Ridley's fantastic website Bobby Long released fifteen singles between 1957 & 1970 but as Sirshambling points out there is virtually no information of note on this singer & musician. He was probably from New Jersey and he used a stage name - it has been suggested that his real name was Sammy Bratcher Does anyone know anything more ? There is surely more to tell. My favourite of his that I have is this one.
  5. Hamilton Bohannon RIP with the late Liz Sands. A beautiful soul record.
  6. https://eu.freep.com/story/entertainment/music/brian-mccollum/2020/04/19/barney-ales-motown-obituary/5161576002/ Detroit Free Press Obituary April 19
  7. Sometimes the live version is better. The soul this man emotes sends tingles shooting through me.
  8. This is the Jamaican version produced by Harry J. Proving that less is more.
  9. As soulful as they come. A Studio One cut c 1964
  10. Bob Andy R.I.P. One of the great interpreters. Here's two positive songs for these dark days.
  11. 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.
  12. The Na Na Hey Hey refrain at the very end reminds me of a track by late 60s/early 70s band Steam.
  13. 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.
  14. A lovely ballad reminiscent of The Dells. The arrangement is sweet soul perfection. Alvin Alexander provides the guitar parts. R.I.P.

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