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    Solmon King Visit to Barrow-in-Furness? 1968

    I found this after some digging around Country/Rock Musician. A native of Lexington, Kentucky, he was born Allen Verner Levy, but used the stage names of Solomon King, Levi Jackson, and Randy Leeds. He is best remembered for his hit songs, "She Wears My Ring", "My Oh My", "I'm Gonna Live Till I Die", and for his association with Elvis Presley's backing band, "The Jordanaires", of which he was a member. The 6'8, King was a true music fan from an early age. He grew up listening to both pop and country music, and by the age of ten he had made his first stage appearance. By the age of 21, King was performing professionally regularly. After a few recordings using the name of Randy Leeds, he became the first white singer to back the legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday. In 1960 he married famed Canadian journalist Henny Lowy. King also became a singer in "The Jordaniares", with whom he played with until he moved to London, England, in 1965. After his move to London, england, he adopted the name of Solomon King and became a solo artist. He later signed a recording contract with music manager Gordon Mills, who also had signed the likes of Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck. In 1967, he recorded his biggest hit, "She Wears My Ring". The song which was written by Boudleaux and Felice Bryant and recorded by Roy Orbison five years earlier, became a huge hit across Europe, landing on the #3 spot on the U.K. Pop Charts for five straight weeks. King's next singles, "When We Were Young", also fared well, hitting the British Top 40, but his poularity soon waned. His next projects included recorded Jewish songs such as, "My Yiddishe Momma", and wartime songs, "The White Cliffs Of Dover". He then played the circuit for awhile, but returned to record the 1971 gospel single, 'This Beautiful Day,' under the name of Levi Jackson. In 1974, he recorded the title theme song to the 1974 film, "The Doll Squad," but after that he returned to the touring circuit where he stayed until his death. His marriage to Henny Lowy ended in divorce in 1980. King returned to the United States and passed away in Norman, Oklahoma, at the age of 73, after a battle with cancer. A war veteran, he served in the United States Air Force. On his passing, he was buried with full military honours in Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Virginia, under his birthname of Allen Verner Levy.
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    Ronnie & Robyn

    Someone on Discogs has put the following " Real name of Ronnie seems to be Bobby Arquette"
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    Ronnie & Robyn

    I have found one listed on Ebay He has it as a 2nd issue ? surely this "respectable" and well-known dealer would say it was a bootleg if it was ? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ronnie-Robyn-Sidras-Theme-Instrumental-Sidra-S-9007-Soul-Northern-Motown/113081201880?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D20140107083358%26meid%3D41d66607cf9a471ebd712f3410dccf97%26pid%3D100011%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D3%26sd%3D254112211643%26itm%3D113081201880&_trksid=p2047675.c100011.m1850 Manship has one for sale as "repro" https://www.raresoulman.co.uk/62542-sidras-theme-blow-out-the-candle.html
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    few for identification originals or boots and acetates

    There was this one with publisher credits
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    Earl Cosby - Ooh Honey Baby

    Great Article about his recording history here https://strathdee.wordpress.com/2013/01/24/bob-and-earl-earl-lee-nelson/
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    Curtis Mayfield - Move on up (Curtom demo)

    Discogs is wrong as mentioned previously
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    Members of Young Ladies ?

    Also I think, possibly. maybe that this might be the same Mr Ruffin
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    Members of Young Ladies ?

    The song was written by Kenneth Ruffin and music by Willie & The Mighty Magnificents. There's not much I can find about this group although a youtuber claims they are from Orange, New Jersey, USA. I know someone who might know if you wish to contact him, he is very knowledgable http://djmadlad.com
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    Curtis Mayfield - Move on up (Curtom demo)

    Not so weird me thinks submitter got totally mixed up with the catalogue number and used it as the date it should be 1972, as the Impressions "I Need To Belong To Someone / Love Me" CR 1973 and Curtis "Freddie's Dead" CR 1975 were both 1972
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    Sheppard Boy - Who is this artist please ?

    Ooh can we have a better scan of both sides please and are they different mixes? and I couldn't find the flip side of the other red one "Baby, I Need You" (here's hoping someone on here has one)


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