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  • Birthday 10/01/1957

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    Soul Lover.

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    Sean Hampsey
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    Chesterfield / Rotherham / Sheffield
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    Bobby McClure "To Get What You Got"

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  1. Hi, it's not a 'one off' but one of the small handful of Private Presses that Warren Schatz did at the time of the recording. Read the full article where it's explained. Cheers, Sean
  2. Thanks all for the feedback. More great Soul 45's to come from Diggin' Deep in 2020. Cheers and take good care, Sean
  3. News/Article/Feature Highlight: New Diggin' Deep 45 - Joe Johnson out 24th April. Available for pre-order now, release date 24th April 2020. Read and listen... View full article
  4. New Diggin' Deep 45 - Joe Johnson out 24th April. Available for pre-order now, release date 24th April 2020. Read and listen... Joe Johnson "I’ve Done No Wrong" / "Trust In Me" NEW FROM DIGGIN’ DEEP RECORDS THE ONE YOU'VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR! THE NEWEST ‘DIGGIN’ DEEP’ LIMITED EDITION 45 RELEASE DATE FRIDAY 24th APRIL 2020 TWO RARE AND PREVIOUSLY UNAVAILABLE SIDES FROM NEW YORK CITY USA. SHOWCASING THE TALENTS OF JOE JOHNSON & WARREN SCHATZ. AVAILABLE TO PRE ORDER NOW! Can You Dig It? DD011A Joe Johnson ‘I’ve Done No Wrong’ DD011B Joe Johnson ‘Trust In Me’ It is with great pleasure that we announce the latest Diggin’ Deep 45. A new release and two beautiful sides, to lift your spirits and feed your soul! Both these tracks are from the vast repertoire of Warren Schatz in New York City. The maestro who brought us The Brothers ‘Are You Ready For This’, The Voice Box ‘I Want It Back Your Love’, The Third Time Around ‘Soon Everything’s Gonna Be Alright’, The American Youth Choir ‘Keep Your Fine Self Near Me’, Evelyn Champagne King ‘Shame’ and many more! JOE JOHNSON – I’VE DONE NO WRONG / TRUST IN ME (Written by Robert G Maxwell) Joe Johnson was born May 18th 1950 in Dixie Georgia, just about as far south as a person can get before hitting the Gulf of Mexico. As a young child he attended Georgia Baptist Church, where he watched his mother and grandmother singing. He knew in his earliest years that he wanted to sing more than anything else. Aged seven his family moved to New York where he was exposed to popular music for the first time, a very different style of music to what he had been used to. Away from the south, Joe lost interest in singing until in December 1959 when he visited Georgia to see family for Christmas. Finally, he felt back home, listening to good southern music once again, in the environment he had grown up in. It would be 1963 before he returned to New York, aged just thirteen years old. And he knew what he wanted to do for the rest of his life…. sing southern soul music. In the early 70s, a friend who heard him sing said that he should try to get a recording deal and suggested he should go to Associated Recording on Broadway where many artists went to record demos. It was there that he met Warren Schatz, who at the time was a young engineer working at the studio. Warren had a track of a song he had just finished called “Keep Your Fine Self Near Me”, which he asked the young Joe Johnson to sing. Schatz and his writing partner Stephen Schlaks had just finished a demo of a song of Steve’s called “Together We Can Make It”, which the publisher, George Pincus of Gil Music had placed with Polydor for release under the name of the American Youth Choir. They decided to use Joe’s recording of “Keep Your Fine Self Near Me” as the “B” side. The record gained a 45 release in the UK, as well as the USA and fans of Northern Soul will remember it getting occasional spins in the mid 70’s. Around that time Warren Schatz was publishing songs by The Main Ingredient (formerly the Insiders) who were with RCA and one of their writers, Robert Maxwell had written two new songs: “Trust In Me” and “I’ve Done No Wrong”. Warren and Robert had previously worked together and a couple of years earlier had recorded a demo of “Baby, Don’t You Know That I Love You” backed with “I Want It Back (Your Love)” by the Voice Box for Loma Records. Warren finished recording the background tracks for the two new sides and decided to try Joe on those as well as ‘Keep Your Fine Self Near Me’. The result was two further fabulous soul sides combining the sublime blend of a big city arrangement, instrumentation and production with the rich southern timbre and raw emotion of Joe Johnson. Warren knew he had something, but having nowhere to place the tracks at the time, decided to private press just a handful of discs to get around to DJ’s, aiming to create some interest in Joe. He said “I think I just enjoyed seeing my name on a record. But nothing happened. I got busy. They never got to the DJ’s and the project ended” Right after that Schatz and Johnson somehow lost contact and their gem of a record was shelved and put away. Until now. Diggin’ Deep are proud to bring you the first official label release of this absolutely wonderful Warren Schatz hidden gem; Joe Johnson ‘I’ve Done No wrong’ c/w ‘Trust In Me’. Please take a few minutes to listen to the promotional video. Both sides are now available on a beautifully mastered 45. DD011 collector’s release is a limited pressing @ just £12 each plus postage and packing. Avoid Disappointment. Pre-order ON WEBSITE ONLY now, while stocks last: www.Diggin-Deep.com First come, first served. Diggin’ Deep Records – Sheffield, England. Making available a series of excellent Soul recordings from the 60’s and 70’s, most of which will be released as a limited edition 45 for the very first time, and the occasional, carefully selected, re-issue. Many more titles are already lined up for limited future release. Keep informed by collecting the vinyl, joining the mailing list, visiting the website and social media pages regularly and ensure you’re among the first to know! https://www.Diggin-Deep.com
  5. Morning all. Please accept my apologies for the Radio Silence on this forum! I've not been on SS since providing the Pre-Order Press Release info to Mike, a couple of weeks ago. To give you an idea on timescales, we always try to schedule the records to be with us, at the studio, two weeks before a planned release date. In this case it was scheduled for 14th Feb to coincide with Valentines day. The discs arrived as planned. We give priority to all Pre-orders (those placed before the release date) and then spend the Saturday & Sunday after the release date (always a Friday) to pack the discs. These are then taken to the Post Office on the the Monday and are labelled up by the PO and shipped First Class signed for over the next couple of days. So if you've only just got your records they're actually right on time! Hopefully you'll get many years play and pleasure out of these and I tend to agree with you, the Milton Bennett has all the attrubutes of a future Monster! Thanks for your patience everyone. There's more in the pipeline! Sean
  6. Thanks all. Glad you're loving what we're doing. Lots more in the pipeline! Cheers, Sean
  7. Latest news from Diggin' Deep Records, read and listen below... ANNOUNCING DIGGIN’ DEEP RECORDS NEWEST 45! A VALENTINE’S SPECIAL! PRE ORDER NOW FOR 14th FEB 2020 Can You Dig It? DD 0010A The Exceptions ‘So Much in Love’ DD 0010B Milton Bennett ‘I’m Ready’ It is with great pleasure that we announce the latest Diggin’ Deep 45 which will be available for you to pre-order before the Valentine’s Day Release Date. Both these tracks are from the GWP production team out of New York, which started in 1969 by Jerry Purcell. These sides are up there with anything the GWP label put out on vinyl during its three-year tenure: THE EXCEPTIONS - SO MUCH IN LOVE (Bennie Gordon, Chuck Dean) The Exceptions were a group that Benny Gordon brought to GWP Records. Not related to others of the same name, this unknown group can certainly sing and they deliver a stunning performance here on a song which Benny co-wrote and recorded himself on his own Estill Records. It is an easy-going group soul number that has been well received by the Low Rider and Sweet Soul community of South Los Angeles, via advance copies in the hands of Ruben Molina and Arlene Sepulveda (Soulera 5150). It’s a beautifully crafted love song timed for release on Valentines day 2020. MILTON BENNETT – I’M READY (Unknown) Though he is best remembered for his song writing, including seminal works such as ‘Go Now’, ‘Showdown’ and Kenny Carter’s ‘Don’t Go’, Milton Bennett was also a very good singer. Northern Soul fans will be very familiar with his ‘What’s One More Lie’ and here we have another traditional ‘old school’ uptempo dancer that could do some serious damage on that scene. Quite why this fabulous record remained in-the-can is a mystery, but here it is now, some 50 years since its recording. Please take a few minutes to listen to the promotional video. We hope you’ll agree, this great double-header is a 45 that every Soul fan will want to have in their collection. Both sides are now available on a beautifully mastered 45. DD0010 collector’s release is a limited pressing @ just £12 each plus postage and packing. Avoid Disappointment. Pre-order ON WEBSITE ONLY now, while stocks last https://www.diggin-deep.com
  8. News/Article/Feature Highlight: Latest news from Diggin' Deep Records. The Exceptions ‘So Much in Love’ and Milton Bennett ‘I’m Ready’ Announcing Diggin' Deep Records Newest 45 read and listen View full article

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