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    Entered the Northern Soul scene in the late 1980's.Returned after a  long lay off a couple of years ago

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    Michael Viner
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    London
  • Top Soul Sound
    The Steinways You've Been Leading Me On

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  1. I'll have The Tams-Shelter if you still have it.Thanks,Michael
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  2. The melody of Patti Labelle & The Bluebells 'A Groovy Kind Of Love'(written by Toni Wine & Carole Bayer Sager) is based on Clementi's Sonatina Opus 36 No.5 (Rondo movement) . The Shangri-La's 'Past,Present & Future' is from Beethovens' Moonlight Sonata. There's more but I can't think of them at the moment.. I don't think 'Bok to Bach' references any Bach melody-not one that I'm aware of anyway;I think it's just a play on words( 'Back to Back') like Mike Sammes 'Oh, My Twisted Bach' (Oriole) or Peter Cook(Peter London)'s RGM 45' There And Bach Again' (Pye)
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  3. Dear Dave,I'll have The Fantaisions if you still have it. (£3 1st class signed for P&P)Thanks, Kind Regards,Michael
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  4. Cash McCall 'When You Wake Up' -"..just a nothing thing" (at 8.00) ? OK, it's not rare, but a really nice,underrated record I always thought
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  5. Dolly & The Fashions were a trio from LA-two sisters Dorothea & Loretha Moody and their cousin Shirley Allen. Their debut 45 was as The Queen Tones backing Zeke Strong in 62' .The Dolly & The Fashions 45 on Ivanhoe was their last, the excellent,soulful 'Just Another Fool '(A- side of the above) in 1965 which was a local LA hit; sadly,without major label distribution it did'nt manage to break out. (info from Steve Propes & Galen Garts' 'LA R&B Vocal Groups 1945-65')
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  6. A couple of Northern LP's- Postage Free in UK (Overseas email for rates) Dusty Springfield-Where Am I Going (67' UK Philips Original) In really nice,clean Ex condition-sleeve and record £22 One of Dusty's best! Contains not only her great version of Sissie(Cissie) Houston's 'Bring Him Back' but a host of other fine covers inc.Baby Washington's 'I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby's Face', Aretha's Don't Let Me Lose This Dream' and Evie Sands' 'Take Me For A Little While' It also has a wonderful, period- piece 67' Psychedelic cover! Georgie Fame -Seventh Son (69'UK CBS Original) In basically Ex-condition,cover and record-save for storage 'bag rash' marks on Side 1,not affecting play. Orig.CBS inner sleeve. £10 Contains original full length version of Northern/Mod fave 'Somebody Stole my Thunder' on Side 2 (45' was edited) and nice title track
  7. Doris moved to London in 1969 and lived and performed here for a few years.She recorded a live LP of a concert she did at the Rainbow Theatre in North London with her choir & band 'The Gospel Truth' .It was called 'The Rainbow Testament' which came out on Mojo in 1972.I had the LP many years ago but did'nt think that much of it at the time(not a huge fan of 'Live' LP's on the whole) I would'nt mind hearing it again though, to give it another go,but it does'nt seem to turn up that often these days
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  8. Sad news indeed(what an age he reached)- as well as Fats, Dave played on/wrote/produced so many great 50's New Orleans R&B sides by the likes of Smiley Lewis,Shirley & Lee ,Bobby Mitchell, The Spiders etc
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  9. 'Power Of Love' definitely is on the LP -the 66' UK CBS one,anyway.Maybe it's not on the US Columbia version
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  10. It was probably called 'Right Now' to reflect that Mel Torme was doing contemporary hits & bang up to date mid'60's Pop/Soul rather than the Jazz/MOR he usually performed and personally favoured(apart from 'Comin' Home Baby' his one other dip into Pop/R n'B) 'Power Of Love' is a great track on the LP-and 'Better Use Your Head' is a decent version
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  11. Bobby Kline wrote The Ocapellos' nice late (1966!) Doo-Wop minor hit 'The Stars' (General/later Checker) but was'nt a member of the group
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  12. The bootleg was on 'Auroro'-a plain grey label.Interestingly, around the same time as it's early 70's Northern popularity, ' Do It,To It' was a popular number at Pittsburgh DJ Porky Chedwick's 'Oldies' dances/record hops in the States and is featured on one of his 'Porky's Favourite Oldies' LP's which I have-the only Soul track amongst some great and beautiful obscure Doo-Wop.
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  13. Very sad news;Chuck was not only a Soul great but his work with The Dells in the 50's made him a legend of Doo Wop, too- a fine bass voice of R&B Group Harmony. A sometimes overlooked aspect of The Dells story is their work as-often uncredited- backing vocalists,most famously on Barbara Lewis' lovely classic 'Hello Stranger'
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  14. Dave-I'll have the Fantasions if you still have it.Thanks,Michael
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  15. Dear Dave,I'll have the Festivals- Music if you still have it. Pay via Paypal? Thanks,Michael
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