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  • Birthday 10/01/1957

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    Sean Hampsey
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    Chesterfield / Rotherham / Sheffield
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  1. THE NEWEST ‘DIGGIN’ DEEP’ LIMITED EDITION 45 Two superb sides dedicated to the memory of our old friend Dave Godin. Showcasing the talents of two artist’s he championed: Joan Bates (AKA Jaibi) AND Larry Banks! Can You Dig It? DD 007A Jaibi ‘It Was Like A Nightmare’ DD 007B Lawrence & Jaibi ‘You Make Me Feel Good ’ This is the latest Diggin’ Deep 45, available to pre order on what would have been Dave’s 83rd birthday. It is no exaggeration to say that Dave was one of the most influential, if somewhat controversial, figures on the UK Soul scene. He will mainly be remembered for promoting Tamla Motown in this country and coining the terms ‘Northern’ and ‘Deep’ Soul. No mean feat! His contribution to ‘Soul Journalism’ was exceptional and his ability to unearth or exposure underrated talent was legendary. Both Joan Bates and Larry Banks were artists very dear to Dave. It’s no exaggeration to say that their musical legacy would be ‘lost’ to many of us if it wasn’t for him. Both these tracks are from the GWP production team out of New York which included Larry Banks. Banks was responsible for bringing acts such as Kenny Carter, The Exciters and The Dynamics to the fold as well as recording himself and his then wife, Joan Bates. The ‘A’ side, ‘It Was Like A Nightmare’ was written by Joan and Larry Banks and we feel it is a typical ‘Dave Godin side’. Taken just below mid-tempo it’s the familiar tale of a ‘lover’s triangle’; a well-used idiom for some of the very best Soul records. Our heroine is at the alter waiting to take her vows but has she got the man of dreams? One thing is for certain, the indecision is giving her nightmares! Whatever the outcome, she is definitely with the man of her choice on the flipside, ‘You Make Me Feel Good’. This was co-written by Zerben Hicks and a version by the Dynamics was issued on the flip of his magnificent opus ‘Lights Out’. Quite why this superior version remained in-the-can is a mystery and was beautifully described by Dave himself: “Working with an escalating intensity and depth, their gospel-based question and response technique, takes the record to dizzying heights of brilliance” Now if that doesn’t whet your appetite and have you eager to own this music on a 45, nothing will! 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. DD007 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 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. Dozens 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! In Memory of Dave Godin 21st June 1936 – 15th October 2004 Avoid Disappointment. Pre-order now, while stocks last. www.Diggin-Deep.com
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  2. Hi there, go to www.diggin-deep.com or just type diggin deep into google. But be quick, it's selling fast! Cheers, Sean
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  3. News/Article/Feature Highlight: ANNOUNCING DIGGIN’ DEEP RECORDS LATEST RELEASE FROM SAM DEES! TWO SLABS OF PURE SOUTHERN SOUL FROM BIRMINGHAM ALABAMA! View full article
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  4. Evening all, very pleased to announce our latest release, here at Diggin' Deep. THE ‘NOT QUITE RECORD STORE DAY’ RELEASE PRE-ORDER FROM THIS EVENING 11th APRIL 2019 RELEASE DATE FRIDAY 19th APRIL 2019 ANNOUNCING DIGGIN’ DEEP RECORDS LATEST RELEASE FROM SAM DEES! TWO SLABS OF PURE SOUTHERN SOUL FROM BIRMINGHAM ALABAMA! PRE ORDER NOW FOR 19th APRIL 2019 RELEASE DATE DD 005A Sam Dees ‘What’s It Gonna Be’ DD 005B Sam Dees ‘Tag Tag’ Can You Dig It? The latest 45 is another superb double-sider that Diggin’ Deep are extremely proud to be able to bring to you. Two tremendous Soul sides, each with a different flavour, though both are classic ‘Southern Soul’ tracks, emanating from the legendary Sound of Birmingham Studios, Alabama, USA. The topside of this latest release is a title from the classic ‘The Show Must Go On’ LP. This particular cut was edited for a single release, which never saw the light of day on vinyl, that is until now. The record has been a dancefloor smash for a very long time. DJ’s who have enjoyed playing the track from the LP over the years will treasure this fabulous DJ / Radio edit on vinyl 45. On the flipside is the demo of Sam Dees stunning Soul ballad, ‘Tag Tag’ written for Bill Brandon on Piedmont Records back in ‘76. This is yet another gem previously unreleased on vinyl until now. Take a few minutes to watch and listen to the video. Youtube music video below This exclusive Diggin’ Deep issue is its first ever release as a single and is out now for a very limited time on one of our special edition vinyl 45’s. Both Sides are written by Sam Dees and are a testament to this artist’s undoubted and wide-ranging talent. Diggin’ Deep are extremely honoured to be able to bring you these recordings and plans for more from Sam Dees are on the horizon. 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 available from this evening on a beautifully mastered 45. The DD005 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 Note: Only one copy per person. 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. Dozens 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! Avoid Disappointment. Pre-order now, while stocks last. Limited Edition 45's. Only available from https://www.diggin-deep.com/ While stocks last. Cheers, Sean http://www.Diggin-Deep.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7WsNYPmBqk
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    Unmissable weekender. Can hardly wait Sean
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  6. Interesting that Andy, Masboro area was certainly more Rocker than Mod, so choosing flight was definitely the best option. You'd have been made a lot more welcome in Mod Town Kimberworth, just up the road. Sean
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  7. Thanks all for your continued support. All copies now sold. Next release due in a few weeks so please subscribe at www.diggin-deep.com for advance notification. Sean
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  8. Yep, John Keenan and Glynn Olivant mate. Still see them around to this day. Matchie was also a regular Charade goer as he only lived down the road.
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  9. Thank you. I also found that info last year on a page about Bruce Clark. Great stuff. Also found this great pic of The Enchanted Five on there. Thanks a bunch, Sean
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  10. Do you remember the names of the Kimberworth lads Martyn?
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  11. If you've had it since 1980 ish it will be the original press. The £5 presses you've seen have been done in very recent times.
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  12. Thanks Chalky. Yes, I remember the Charade. It was the first proper club I ever went to. And ended up being resident DJ there for nearly 4 years during the mid 70’s. I started going in 72 when Dave Growns was the DJ. He was a very influential figure for me at that time. Dave was an ex Wheelite and his taste in music was sublime, introducing us to so many great sounds. In addition to the oldies, he was always on top of his game for what was new and upcoming. Records I heard for the first time and that I associate with my early years there included: Guy Darrell – I’ve Been Hurt Johnnie Taylor - Who's Making Love Dean Parrish - I'm On My Way Cooperettes – Shing a Ling Bobby Hebb - Love, Love, Love Syl Johnson - We Did It O'Jays - Time To Get Down John Miles - One Minute Every Hour Jimmy James - A Man Like Me Johnny Johnson - Honeybee Della Reese -If It Feels Good Do It Don Downing - Lonely Days Lonely Nights Blue Magic - Look Me Up Mixed in with the likes of the Fascinations 'Girls Are Out To Get You' and the Impressions 'You've Been Cheating' it was a heady and enticing cocktail. The club had a long association with the whole Mod thing, so Soul Music was its natural stock in trade. From there me and mates heard about the Mecca, Torch, etc and first started understanding ‘Northern’ soul as a genre. Made our first visit to Blackpool late ’72 and never looked back. But the Charade was always my favourite haunt. I took up Deejaying in ’73 and proudly took up residency at The Charade in ’75. I was resident for nearly four years, working 2-3 nights a week there and elsewhere, all over the region on other available nights. Very busy times. The Charade became a hub for Northern and New Release Soul in South Yorkshire and the records I played would have been a mix of classic soul and oldies with a huge accent on new and recent releases: Bill Harris – Am I Cold am I Hot Invitations - Look On The Good Side Brothers Guiding Light – Getting Together Bobby Moore - Call Me Your Anything Man Jackey Beavers - Trying To Get Back To You Girl Notations- Think Before You Stop Bobo Mr Soul – Hitchhike To Heartbreak Bobby Womack – Check It Out Grover Mitchell – What Hurts Fantastic Puzzles – Come Back Johnny Baker – Shy Guy Bobby Womack - Home Is Where The Heart Is The Crow – Your Autumn of Tomorrow Natural Four - Love's So Wonderful We weren’t afraid of Funk either and I would have mixed the likes of James Brown ‘Sex Machine’ with War’s ‘Me And Baby Brother’ as standard to get the floor buzzing and lure in the ‘regular’ nightclub crowd. Finding the floor receptive to newer sounds I found a following for some of the 45’s from my British collection and I gave the likes of Bobby Patterson ‘I’m In Love With You’ and Darrel Banks ‘I’m The One Who Loves You’ their first spins at the Charade. They’ve been with me ever since. Samanthas and Cleethorpes were in full swing mid 70’s and, along with the Mecca, we always had similar playlists to these venues as the new sounds came through the same sources. Miracles – Love Machine & Night Life Rodger Collins – You Sexy Sugar Plum Johnny Baker - Operator, Operator Eula Cooper – Let Our Love Grow Higher Tamiko Jones – Spellbound James Fountain – Seven Day Lover Voices Of east Harlem – Cashing In Juggy Jones – Inside America LJ Johnson – Your Magic Put A Spell On Me Bill Brandon – Streets Got My Lady Magic Disco Machine – Control Tower Eddie Holman – This Could Be A Night To Remember / Time Will Tell Moments – I Got The Need Reggie Garner – Hot Line Jeff Perry – Love Don’t Come No Stronger And I always mixed stacks of well established and in demand sounds into the mix to keep the floor busy: Jackie Edwards – I Feel So Bad Edwin Starr – I Have Faith In You Soul Brothers Six - Thank You Baby For Loving Me Freddie Chavez- They’ll Never Know Why Otis Smith – Let Her Go And always plenty to satisfy the ladies: Eloise Laws – Love Factory Dena Barnes – If You Ever Walked Out Of My Life Linda Jones – Just Can’t Live My Life Ann Sexton – You’ve Been Gone Too Long etc. Fortunately, I was also working for the region’s finest record outlet, the Sound of Music (mentioned earlier in this thread) for 3-4 years during the same period. Consequently I had a standing order and always had first dibs on the new releases & imports coming through and was able to experiment with new releases such as: Johnny Guitar Watson – I Need It Etta James – Out On The Streets Again The Notations – Think Before You Stop Controllers - Is That Long Enough For You Natural Four – Love’s So Wonderful Boz Scaggs – Lowdown Marvin Gaye – I Want You Soul Children – Finders Keepers Gwen McCrae – Damn Right It’s Good Laura Lee – You’re Barking Up The Wrong tree Shelbra Deane – A Man’s Got Too Much Dog In Him Dionne Warwick – Once You Hit The Road Gladys Knight – Make Yours A Happy Home O’Jays – Living For The Weekend & For The Love Of Money Brass Construction – Movin’ Chi-Lites – You Don’t Have To Go Fatback Band – Spanish Hustle Otis Clay - Special Kind Of Love Ohio Players – Who’d She Coo Dramatics - Choosing Up On You Candi Staton – Young Hearts Run Free David Ruffin – Walk Away From Love Some of which stayed around, while others sank without trace. The Charade was a fabulous place to learn your trade as a DJ as the policy was so inclusive and the crowd were always up for a good time. The management were happy if people were drinking and the best way to ensure that was to keep them on the dancefloor. Nothing did that better than Soul Music and I was always happy to oblige. By mid 1978 I upped sticks and went to do a season in Skegness, ending up living in Lincoln for a while, but by Winter of ’78 I was headhunted by Mecca and became resident at Tiffanys right in the middle of the Disco boom, and Rotherham Windmill where I was able to help keep the Rotherham Soul Scene going, pre Clifton Hall and all that followed. The Charade was a very important club in South Yorkshire and in the development of the scene in Rotherham, Sheffield, Barnsley and Doncaster, so much so that a book ‘The Charade Nightclub: The Untold Story’ was written a few years ago by club regular Keith Brisland. Worth picking up if you’re interested. Sean Hampsey https://www.amazon.co.uk/Charade-Nightclub-Untold-Story/dp/190843113X/ref=olp_product_details?_encoding=UTF8&me= This is Keith Brisland's story of a small, unlikely corner of South Yorkshire that was at the cutting edge of the music scene for eighteen years and was the start of a multi-million pound leisure empire. The nightclub was the Charade and its owner was Dave Allen. He put his house on the line to finance the lease - it was his first ever nightclub. These days he's worth £60m and presides over an entertainment empire - that empire grew from the Charade. The book includes interviews from former DJs like Eric Dewsnap, Melvyn 'Speedy' Kaye, Sean Hampsey and Neil 'Noddy' St John and explains how the venue helped shape numerous music genres including the rise and fall of Tamla Motown, Progressive Rock, Punk Rock, Disco and the New Romantics. It explains how the the DJs learnt their trade and chronicles the rise of Rick Stuart who went on to mix three number one hit singles for Jive Bunny and worked as a Radio One producer alongside Bruno Brookes, Mark Goodier and Paul Gambaccini. There are first-hand accounts from the people who used to work for Allen at the Charade such as Mick Bradford, Dave Growns and John Rose. And we will learn about Allen's involvement with Foreign Secretary William Hague's family who used to supply the drinks to the Charade and his growing nightclub business. It is a story that describes the evolution of Northern Soul, of night time trips across the country to Wolverhampton, Manchester and Stoke on Trent, the All England Dancing Competition, drugs, jail sentences, Formula One, mayors and chief constables.
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  13. Yes indeed.
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