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  1. Wilton’s Soulful Sessions - Richard Caiton Concert The event was fantastic – Richard performed 14 songs and an encore backed by our band PUSH, Yes! our band, these guys love the Wilton events and have always done a fantastic job of making their arrangements sound just like the original recording. They love the music our artists created and all the music that’s played by the DJ’s on the night. We have been s..
  2. Boxy

    Richard Caiton live at Wiltons Soulful Sessions

    Hi Guys Just a quick note to let you all know that Richard Caiton arrived safely at Manchester Airport this morning. Richard sat in the back of our car singing to his CD that we were playing on the way back to good old Yorkshire. Boy! we were amazed how well he can still sing his songs, just fantastic, can't wait to hear him in front of our band PUSH at the Wilton on Saturday night. If you haven't purchased your admission tickets yet, there is still room for you in the Wilton, so you can pay on the door, we need your support - This is going to be a night not to be missed! See you all on Saturday night. Dave & Val
  3. Boxy

    Richard Caiton live at Wiltons Soulful Sessions

    Hi Guys WILTON’S SOULFUL SESSIONS - SATURDAY 19th NOVEMBER 2016 RICHARD CAITON LIVE AT THE WILTON If you have already purchased your tickets - Thank you for your support!!! Just 10 days to go before Richard Caiton will be performing live on stage at the Wilton!! If you haven't got tickets yet, and you are planning to attend, please don't leave it to the last minute. We would be very upset to have to turn our regular fans away because the event is sold out. Tickets for the Richard Caiton concert are available by PayPal - www.greywoodhall.co.uk/soulfulsessions We still have lots of tickets to sell so we intend to leave the website PayPal ticket purchase arrangement available untill Saturday 19th - the concert date. If you buy tickets using this method at the last minute, we will confirm by email and your tickets will waiting for you at the entrance desk. We have sold around 230 tickets at the moment, a reasonable crowd for Richard, but this is not nearly enough to pay for the cost of putting on the event, so come on guys get yourselves down to the Wilton. At this stage we think that you should be able to pay on the door but who knows. You can also contact us on 01924 894555. So get your tickets early to avoid disappointment. It's going to be a fantastic concert and Richard can't wait to get over to the UK to perform for his fans, with our full backing band PUSH. Richard is going to sing 14 songs across two 30 minute sets commencing at 11:30 - 12:00pm & 12:30 - 1:00am. Please note there will be no admission after 11:00pm This may be your only chance ever to see Richard performing with a full band (PUSH) - the first time in the UK which may never be repeated again - not to be missed!!!! Hope to see you all at the Wilton. Richard deserves a full house, we have danced and enjoyed his songs for many years; now is the time to give him some payback and be in front of that stage at the Wilton. Just to add to this fantastic night, the next issue of Soul Up North, featuring Richard Caiton, will be available and Richard will be pleased to sign copies. A cd featuring all the songs Richard will perform on the night will also be available for Richard to sign. We will also have a few copies of Richard’s long deleted Grapevine 2003 cd release - “Refections”, for sale on the night. We have some birthday celebrations also on the night: Andy Peake's 60th and his and Bernie's 10th wedding anniversary, Fraser Dunn's 65th and Colin Law. We have posted an article on the Soul Source site which details Richard's musical biography, his song writing ability and record discography, including quite a bit about his early life in New Orleans. The link to this article is as follows: http://www.soul-source.co.uk/articles/soul-articles/richard-caiton-story/ Hope to see you soon. David & Val
  4. Hi Guys WILTON’S SOULFUL SESSIONS - SATURDAY 19th NOVEMBER 2016 RICHARD CAITON LIVE AT THE WILTON If you have already purchased your tickets - Thank you for your support!!! Just 10 days to go before Richard Caiton will be performing live on stage at the Wilton!! If you haven't got tickets yet, and you are planning to attend, please don't leave it to the last minute. We would be very upset to have..
  5. Boxy

    Richard Caiton live at Wiltons Soulful Sessions

    Hi Guys We will also have tickets available at the Orwell Reunion night this Saturday. See Mike Charlton or Flanny for details - only two week to go!!!
  6. Boxy

    Richard Caiton live at Wiltons Soulful Sessions

    Hi Guys If you are attending the Red Bar in Wakefield this Saturday, 5th, we will be selling tickets for our Richard Caiton concert on the 19th November. A good opportunity to get your tickets cheaper than the Paypal method. This may be your only chance ever to see Richard performing with a full band (PUSH) - the first time in the UK which may never be repeated again - not to be missed!!!! Hope to see you all at the Wilton. Richard deserves a full house, we have danced and enjoyed his songs for many years; now is the time to give him some payback and be in front of the stage at the Wilton. David & Val
  7. News/Article/Feature Highlight: The Richard Caiton Story - "I never did music for money; it's always been for love". View full article
  8. THE RICHARD CAITON STORY Compiled by David and Val Box 2016 With a lot of help from Richard Caiton, Garry J. Cape and Paul Mooney Ask an American soul fan to name their favourite New Orleans’ artists, and they will probably choose Allen Toussaint, Lee Dorsey, The Meters, Irma Thomas and Robert Parker. Ask a European or Japanese soul fan the same question and they are more likely to select Willie Tee, or an even lesser known artist such as Richard Caiton, a forgotten figure of the New Orleans soul and R&B scene. Even few New Orleans musicians from his era recall his name. However, in Europe and Japan, Richard’s emotive, soulful recordings have become revered, and are highly sought after. Richard Caiton’s name has been kept alive over the last forty years by fans outside the United States. In overseas R&B/soul record collecting circles, some copies of his original singles have changed hands for well in excess of £1000, and in the last few years the prices have escalated. Richard James Caiton was born on December 26th, 1944. One of an extended family of seven children, Richard grew up near the St Bernard housing project in New Orleans. Whilst he attended Clark High School, he taught himself to play piano and he sang in the church choir; the church in question here being the St John’s Divine Baptist. Back then, Richard could barely afford to buy records, but listened to the radio a lot; he especially liked the Motown Sound and Curtis Mayfield. Smokey Johnson lived across the street and he was a great influence. “I remember the time when Smokey was putting together ‘It Ain’t My Fault’.” Richard won his first talent show at Clark High School, singing ‘I Love You’, a song he wrote himself. “Even then, I consciously wanted to do my own individual thing and not copy anybody else.” That might have limited his success, but he was convinced that was the way he wanted to go. Richard’s debut recording was cut in 1964 with bandleader Dave Bartholomew at Cosimo Matassa’s studio in New Orleans. ‘You Look Like A Flower’, with the B-side ‘Listen To The Drums’, was released on the Los Angeles-based GNP Crescendo label, GNP #327, a label owned by Los Angeles producer Gene Norman. “A cousin of mine knew Dave. He brought me to his office and he was interested in recording me.” The record got a few plays locally, but it really didn’t do much. From 1966, Richard recorded for the Up Tight label, an independent label operated and owned by Ulyen Coleman, based in his home town - New Orleans. He released four singles on Up Tight. First up was #101 ‘Our Love Is True’, backed with ‘Without Your Love’, which received radio plays on WYLD and WBOK. Richard made an appearance on Eddie Williams’ Three Way TV Show (New Orleans’ first dance music show for African Americans) on WGNO Channel 26, but few additional gigs came Richard’s way. Richard’s second release on the Up Tight label turned out to be his biggest seller: ‘Take A Hold Brother And Sister’. “That was a big song. That was in the time when you could have a big record right here in New Orleans. It did pretty well around here, maybe 30,000 or so. At that particular time, it was the ‘black consciousness’ period; that’s where I got the idea from. Curtis Mayfield had ‘Move On Up’ around that same time. Yeah, these things still sound pretty good.” Richard recalls a Chicago label being interested in distributing ‘Take A Hold….’ nationally, but nothing happened. In an interview conducted by Garry Cape and New Orleans’ producer the late Isaac Bolden, in 2003; Isaac commented “You know, the Temptations could have done that song ‘Take A Hold…’.. Can’t you hear it? Oh Lord, they could have done that good! That would have been a number one record for them. If Berry Gordy would have signed you….”, Bolden speculated, “if only you’d been at Motown instead of in New Orleans.” Richard’s third release on Up Tight, ‘I’d Like To Get Near You’, is now highly regarded in modern soul circles and commands a very high price tag if ever a copy turns up for sale. The last time this appeared on Popsike was 2005, with a price tag of £1172. Garry asked Richard “What inspired you to write your third release ‘I’d Like To Get Near You’?” “At that time” Richard recalled, “there was a song called ‘Colour Him Father’ and it gave me the idea. I wrote it with Eddie Williams. We came up with the melody and stuff together. That was a nice song. Those are real strings! My stuff was just a little too pretty to be a hit,” he laughed. “I could still sing that song today. My idols were Curtis Mayfield and Nat King Cole, and I liked the Gamble and Huff style of production. During the interview, listening to ‘Reflections’, a Motown-sounding stomper, which was the final release on Up Tight, brought back more memories for Richard. “This is another song I wrote with Eddie Williams. It was recorded in Houston. We tried to get a different kind of sound, more of a Motown type sound,” he revealed. “I always tried to write like Motown, they were my idols.” This turned out to be the rarest release to obtain, it just never comes up for sale. The Up Tight label had only these four releases, which all featured Richard Caiton. After the last release, ‘Reflections’, the label folded. There are some interesting label details: the first release, #101, had a yellow label; the second, #151, came out with two different colours – red and orange, with different imprint designs; the third, #151, (again) came out on a green label with a slight imprint change from the first release; the fourth release #101, (again) came out on a blue/green label, the design being almost identical to the third release. All the Up Tight releases were recorded at Jones’ Studio, in Houston, Texas. “We did a few tracks down there; they were having some big records out of the Houston area at that time. I used to ride on a bus, and I’d get ideas for songs just by looking at people. You know, if I looked at a pretty girl – sometimes that’s how I would write.” As many of Richard’s records had sold well regionally, Garry asked him if he’d performed much on the local club scene? “I did a little bit of work in the clubs, but I wasn’t the kind of person who spent a lot of time in the night life. I had a profession (teaching) and I had a degree, so I preferred to leave music as a passion. If it hit, it hit. And if it didn’t, it didn’t. But I really enjoyed writing, my thing was writing.” In 1969, Richard signed a management contract with Elijah Walker,a music promoter who owned Skyline Attractions. Walker was instrumental in launching the careers of King Floyd and Jean Knight when he sent them to the Malaco studio in Jackson, and assigned Wardell Quezergue to arrange their sessions. So Walker thought he might duplicate their success with Richard. By the early 1970s, Richard was concentrating more on writing, often with Joe Broussard, Carrol Washington and Ralph Williams (the team who wrote ‘Mr Big Stuff’ for Jean Knight), and Maria Tynes. Working from Elijah Walker’s Musical Associates in New Orleans, Richard had several songs ‘picked up’ by local producers such as the late Wardell Quezergue, who recorded the original four-member Pointer Sisters at Malaco. That very first session yielded ‘Send Him Back’, which was issued on Atlantic 45-2893 in 1972. Written by Richard, with Tynes and Broussard, it became an anthem on the Northern Soul scene here in the UK. Senator Jones operated several small labels and recorded Richard’s songs ‘I’m So Lonely’ on The Barrons, and ‘I’ve Taken Over’ on Norma Jean in 1972. These 45s were commercial failures, but ‘I’ve Taken Over’ went on to be popular on the UK Modern Soul scene, and was released in the UK on a Grapevine single, #G2K 45-135, in 2003. Trips to Jackson in 1972 and 1973 resulted in a Malaco single coupling ‘Superman’ and ‘I’m Gonna Love You More’ in 1974 – Malaco M-1020; despite recording another six tracks for Malaco, nothing else was released at that time. This was possibly due to Walker’s unexpected death which left Richard without a label, but he didn’t give up and continued with his writing. Producer Allen Toussaint was impressed with Richard and offered him a job as house songwriter. Richard declined because it would interfere with his teaching career. Almost 30 years later, Garry Cape found the tracks at the Malaco studios. These were included with Richard’s other recordings, and the CD compilation was issued in 2003: ‘Reflections - Richard Caiton’, Grapevine GVCD3008. As if following a pattern, Richard’s next two singles were also commercial failures, but both would become cherished overseas in later years. ‘I See Love Girl In Your Eyes’ and ‘I Wonder Will You Always Love Me’ were recorded at Malaco studios and issued in 1975 on Caiburt VPL-3041, a label Richard owned in partnership with Morris Burton. “I wrote the song ‘I See Love Girl In Your Eyes’ with Joe Broussard. We had planned to release it on another New Orleans singer called Charles Otis, so we went up to Malaco in Jackson. That’s me on piano, Joe Broussard on organ and Malaco’s great studio musicians. We did that one and the song on the other side of the 45, a pretty ballad called ‘I Wonder Will You Always Love Me’. We put it out on Charles, then I decided to put the record out on myself in partnership with Morris Burton, so I took the track down to Cosimo’s studio here in New Orleans and put my vocal on it.” The track by Charles Otis was put out as #002 on Caraljo Records, Corp, 2019 Deslonde St, New Orleans. Garry asked: “What about the song ‘I Will Love You Always’? Was it about anyone special?” “Yes. That song was about my wife – Theola. Every time I hear it I think of her, and about when we got married, because I heard this song playing on the radio the day we got married. It’s not the kind of song that would be a hit,” he added “but it’s a good song to listen to.” Once again, Richard took the ride up Interstate 55 to Jackson in 1978 to record two more tracks, the uptempo ‘Where Is The Love’ and the gentle ballad ‘Thank You’. “Wardell arranged the session and he did the strings for me. We used Malaco’s players and Dorothy Moore was one of the backing singers, though I overdubbed the male vocal parts. It was a good session but when we got through I didn’t have the money to release it, so I gave it to Senator Jones to release on his label, JB’s #131. Senator was pretty hot around here at that time.” The disco-flavoured ‘Where Is The Love / Thank You’, issued on Senator Jones’ JB’s label, is another Modern Soul favourite, and this was to be Caiton’s last single, as he decided to devote more time to his family and to his teaching administration career, which he continues to practice to this day. Over the years, Richard has been made aware of the demand for his records with soul fans in Europe, and these particular singles have kept his name to the fore. A quote from Richard… “I never did music for money; it’s always been for love. I’m humbled by what’s happening, and I really appreciate that, at last, folks finally appreciate what I’ve done.’ Since then Richard has recently been active again with his music; he made an appearance at Soul Essence in 2013 and performed at last year’s Ponderosa Stomp festival in New Orleans. After hearing him at Soul Essence where they used his records as backing tracks I thought how great would it be to have Richard performing a full concert with a full backing band and background singers in the UK for the very first time!! Well here we go! On the 19th November 2016 Richard Caiton will be performing at the Wilton. WILTON’S SOULFUL SESSIONS - SATURDAY 19TH NOVEMBER 2016 RICHARD CAITON LIVE AT THE WILTON A soul night featuring a very special performance from a southern soul legend, supported by our fantastic full eight piece band, including background vocalists, *PUSH*. The night will have the same format as our previous artist nights. Richard will perform two 30 min sets featuring most of his released recordings, and a number of his Malaco recordings that never made vinyl. This will be the first time Richard has performed live with a full support band in the UK. We are so proud to have Richard performing at the Wilton, so come on guys, let’s give him a great welcome with a capacity crowd. Just to add to this fantastic night the next issue of Soul Up North, featuring Richard Caiton, will be available and Richard will be pleased to sign copies. A cd featuring all the songs Richard will perform on the night will also be available for Richard to sign. We will also have a few copies of Richard’s long deleted Grapevine 2003 cd release - “Refections”, for sale on the night. Tickets are available now at £23.00 or £26.00 OTD if not sold out. The night will run from 9.00pm to 3.00am as before, with our guest DJ’s Soul Sam, Arthur Fenn, Mike Charlton and residents Boxy & Mouse playing the very best 60’s – 70’s and crossover soul throughout the night. Watch out for further information on the Soul Source website and Facebook. Our usual PayPal payment arrangement is available at www.greywoodhall.co.uk/soulfulsessions or by contacting Boxy on 01924 894555 Acknowledgements: To Richard Caiton for making this possible and for being so patient with my many telephone questions. Thank you to Garry J. Cape and Paul Mooney – for help and kind permission to copy information from your research for the Grapevine CD release in 2003. Val Box for her typing skill and putting up with my tantrums…. RICHARD CAITON DISCOGRAPHY GNP Crescendo GNP 327 - “You Look Like A Flower / Listen To The Drums” - 1964 Up Tight 101 - “Our Love Is True / Without Your Love” - 1966 Up Tight 151 - “Take A Hold Brother And Sister / I Will Love You” - 1968 Up Tight 151 - “I’d Like To Get Near You / It’s Been A Long Time“ - 1969 Up Tight 101 - “Reflections / Forgive Me Baby” - 1969 Malaco (unissued recordings 1972 - 1973) These tracks were released on the Grapevine compilation CD “Reflections” GVCD 3008 in 2003 “Got To Get Across To You” “I’ll Do Anything For My Baby” “I Gotcha My Baby” “What’s Wrong Baby” “I’m Not The Other Man” “I’m Not Gonna Be A Victim” Malaco M -1020 - “I’m Gonna Love You More / Superman” - 1974 Caiburt VPL - 3041 - “I Wonder Will You Always Love Me / I See Love Girl In Your Eyes” - 1975 JB’s 131 - “Thank You / Where Is The Love” - 1978 Grapevine CVCD 3008 - “Reflections - Richard Caition” - 2003
  9. Boxy

    Richard Caiton live at Wiltons Soulful Sessions

    Hi Guys Come on get your tickets before it's too late!!!! Just to add to this fantastic night the next issue of Soul Up North, featuring Richard Caiton, will be available on the night and Richard will be pleased to sign copies. A cd featuring all the songs Richard will perform on the night will also be available for Richard to sign. We will also have a few copies of Richard’s long deleted Grapevine 2003 cd release - “Refections”, for sale on the night. Not long now.
  10. Boxy

    Richard Caiton live at Wiltons Soulful Sessions

    Hi Guys If you have already purchased your tickets - Thank you!! Just two months before Richard Caiton will be performing live on stage at the Wilton!! If you haven't got tickets yet, and you are planning to attend, please don't leave it to the last minute. We would be very upset to have to turn our regular fans away because the event is sold out. We will be selling tickets at a number of events over the next few weeks including the True Soul Weekender at Peebles. Tickets for the Richard Caiton concert are available by PayPal - www.greywoodhall.co.uk/soulfulsessions So get your tickets early to avoid disappointment later in the year. The interest in this concert is increasing by the minute; it's going to be a fantastic concert and Richard can't wait to get over to the UK to perform for his fans with our full backing band PUSH November may seem a long way off, but our concert with Ann Sexton last year was on us before we knew it. All the best
  11. Boxy

    Richard Caiton live at Wiltons Soulful Sessions

    We will be selling tickets for our Richard Caiton concert at the next Boomerang on Saturday 13th August - celebrating Soul Sam's 75th Birthday, so if you are planning to be there, save a few £'s, buy your tickets @ £23.00 saving Paypal and postal charges, or risking paying £26.00 on the door if the event is not sold out.
  12. Boxy

    BOOMERANG Soul Sam's 75th

    Yes! we will be there! wouldn't miss Sam's 75th for the world. With Maria's permission, we will be selling tickets for our Richard Caiton concert so if you are planning to be there on the 19th November, save a few £'s, buy your tickets @ £23.00 saving Paypal and postal charges, or risking paying £26.00 on the door if the event is not sold out. Dave & Val and not forgetting Kath!
  13. Boxy

    Richard Caiton live at Wiltons Soulful Sessions

    Hi Guys Thought we would let you know how we are progressing with the Richard Caiton Concert: Richard has now signed his performance contract; his flights from New Orleans to Manchester are booked and the hotel accommodation for Richard and the band members has also been finalised. The songs that Richard will perform at the concert have been finalised and passed on to the band for rehearsal purposes and the PA guys have been booked. As you can see, we are just about ready for the concert, so if you intend to see Richard perform with a full band for the first time in the UK, don't leave it to late. November will be on us before we know it. We hope all of you that attended our previous concerts will be there on the night to give Richard the welcome he deserves. Richard's songs have graced the UK soul venues for years, so this concert has been arranged to give him a little payback. Richard is not only a singer, he wrote all of his most popular releases and wrote many songs for other artists that were played in the UK clubs: "Send Him Back" - Pointer Sisters; "Mr Big Stuff" - Jean Knight; "I'm So Lonely" - Barrons; "I've Taken Over" - Norma Jean. Richard had one release on Malaco but a number of other fabulous songs were cut at the same sessions; these songs were never released on vinyl but Richard has agreed to perform some of these songs at the concert, another reason to be there!! WILTON’S SOULFUL SESSIONS - SATURDAY 19TH NOVEMBER 2016 RICHARD CAITON LIVE AT THE GREYWOOD HALL A soul night featuring a very special performance from a southern soul legend, supported by our fantastic full eight piece band, including background vocalists, *PUSH*. The night will have the same format as our previous artist nights. Richard will perform two 30 min sets featuring most of his released recordings, and a number of his Malaco recordings that never made vinyl. This will be the first time Richard has performed live with a full support band in the UK. We are so proud to have Richard performing at the Greywood Hall, so come on guys, let’s give him a great welcome with a capacity crowd. Tickets are now available at £23.00 or £26.00 OTD if not sold out. The night will run from 9.00pm to 3.00am as before, with our guest DJ’s playing the very best 60’s – 70’s and crossover soul throughout the night – SOUL SAM - ARTHUR FENN – MIKE CHARLTON and residents BOXY & MOUSE. Watch out for further information on the Soul Source website and Facebook. Our usual PayPal payment arrangement is available at £24.50 which includes PayPal and P&P charges at - www.greywoodhall.co.uk/soulfulsessions For those of you who are planning to stay over after the concert the Premier Inn at Castleford - (M62 J31) has just applied their saver tariff at £32 per room. The Bridge Inn adjacent to the Wilton still has some rooms available. David & Val
  14. Boxy

    Boxy

  15. Tickets for the Richard Caiton concert are now available We have decided to bring the ticket sales commencement date forward for PayPal orders because we had such a great early demand for tickets at the Spirit of Soul weekender at Scarborough last weekend. So get your tickets early to avoid disappointment later in the year. The interest in this concert is increasing by the minute; it's going to be a fantastic concert and Richard can't wait to get over to the UK to perform for his fans with our full backing band PUSH November may seem a long way off, but our concert with Ann Sexton last year was on us before we knew it. All the best David and Val Tickets for the Richard Caiton concert are now available by PayPal at http://www.greywoodhall.co.uk/soulfulsessions WILTON’S SOULFUL SESSIONS - SATURDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2016 RICHARD CAITON LIVE AT THE WILTON A soul night featuring a very special, one night only, performance from a southern soul legend direct from New Orleans, supported by our fantastic full eight piece band, including background vocalists, *PUSH*. The night will have the same format as our previous Artist Nights. Richard will perform two 30 min sets featuring most of his released recordings, and a number of his Malaco recordings that never made vinyl. This will be the first time Richard has performed live with a full support band in the UK. We are so proud to have Richard performing at the Wilton, so come on guys, let’s give him a great welcome with a capacity crowd.


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