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Willie Mitchell. The Champion

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Never had a original of this, is it on Ep only

Any info would be great

Cheers neal,

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Original is on American Hi EP only. Came in a nice picture sleeve. One auctioned on Manship's site a few weeks back for big money. Plenty of copies have turned up so it is available for sale from time to time. Also available on an English label released in the 70's - vinyl quality superb.

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Mine's on black UK 'London' on a 45. B side is The Champion Pt 2. 

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great tune,as is 'that driving beat'

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  • Also LP on Hi called That Driving Beat. I was told it was also released in the Middle east as well (Libya or maybe Lebanon ).
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Original is on American Hi EP only. Came in a nice picture sleeve. One auctioned on Manship's site a few weeks back for big money. Plenty of copies have turned up so it is available for sale from time to time. Also available on an English label released in the 70's - vinyl quality superb.

 

also on the Hi LP..and a rare South African 1960's  45 (probably the rarest format)

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Is the yellow vinyl ep a bootleg ?  , bought it in good faith but when i came to trade it on it was returned as a bootleg

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Cheap enough to get but harder with pic sleeve. Picked up an EP just the other week for £14.90 from ebay but without the sleeve. I thought for the saving I could just tuck it inside the album!

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Strictly speaking the album is the original - the 'EP' is just one of those cut down 'mini' albums for Juke Boxes - they came with the same cover as the album complete with title strips and mini album covers and normally 6 or so tracks...............

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Cover is difficult to find, here is the EP.

 

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Original is on American Hi EP only. Came in a nice picture sleeve. One auctioned on Manship's site a few weeks back for big money. Plenty of copies have turned up so it is available for sale from time to time. Also available on an English label released in the 70's - vinyl quality superb.

Wrong its also issued on full  Hi LP  same picture sleeve as the EP issued same year  i have both EP  and LP on Hi

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Mine's on black UK 'London' on a 45. B side is The Champion Pt 2. 

The black UK London 45 is a reissue to meet the demand in 70's its not the original release .

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Wrong its also issued on full  Hi LP  same picture sleeve as the EP issued same year  i have both EP  and LP on Hi

OK, I'll qualify that then - first USA issue in a 7 inch format was on a Hi LP lookalike' release in EP 33 1/3rd rpm format. Not sure of the first global 7 inch 45 rpm release though...

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The black UK London 45 is a reissue to meet the demand in 70's its not the original release .

Actually not a reissue as it had not been issued as a 7 inch 45 rpm single in the first place on London or any USA label either. The release could therefore be regarded as the first British release of The Champion and of course put out to meet the demand of Wigan Casino followers once the tune had peaked. It also looks pretty fetching in it's dark red DJ format on the British London label.

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Just sold one with the picture cover for £54. Pic below

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  • Also LP on Hi called That Driving Beat. I was told it was also released in the Middle east as well (Libya or maybe Lebanon ).

 

 

I believe also as a single in South Africa.

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I believe also as a single in South Africa.

 

Yes it was, posted on SS some time ago.

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 Also on an lp... Edited by de-to
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I bought a Belgium copy at Utrecht yesterday. Looks to be a 70s issue also with picture sleeve presumably coinciding with the UK release.

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Never had a original of this, is it on Ep only

Any info would be great

Cheers neal,

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Hi Neall,Try Discogs;  loads of 45s for sale Uk and rather nice german,Italian, Belgium picture covers and joy surpassed ,large DJ friendly centres from 16 euros[now with Ukip £ so strong a snip !] LOL Johnny

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Was the champion first played at wigan in the early years via john vincent, ??? 

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Was the champion first played at wigan in the early years via john vincent, ??? 

 

Yes.

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Thanks chris, it bugs me a bit that this was sitting on the driving beat lp for so long and nobody played it pre wigan,??? the swons...

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 Also on an lp...

Right , that's the LP  i have original 60's release

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a mate just posted up a UK London yellow demo of this, had never seen one before... Regards Oz, Ive never seen a copy on London from down under, wonder if it did come out, I see Willie Mitchell on  London, but not that one..

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a mate just posted up a UK London yellow demo of this, had never seen one before... Regards Oz, Ive never seen a copy on London from down under, wonder if it did come out, I see Willie Mitchell on  London, but not that one..

 

It's only on a red London demo, they stopped doing yellow demos at the turn of the decade

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Thanks chris, it bugs me a bit that this was sitting on the driving beat lp for so long and nobody played it pre wigan,??? the swons...

Well the two lads who sold the EP to John Vincent played it all the time pre Wigan in Middlesbrough - Bob Slater and Jack Wardle!!       :)

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Well the two lads who sold the EP to John Vincent played it all the time pre Wigan in Middlesbrough - Bob Slater and Jack Wardle!!       :)

 

bloody hell..Jack wardle..is he still about?

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bloody hell..Jack wardle..is he still about?

Indeed he is - never changes!!!!   

 

Who am I speaking to?

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Indeed he is - never changes!!!!   

 

Who am I speaking to?

  

Elvis (Martin) Davis..i knew Jack bitd from early wigan..used to meet him in the record bar...i even went to one of his events..Tiffanys Middleboro i think...still got the patch...i doubt he'll remember me..

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here you go, I was thinking of the 'Driving Beat' Ep/Lp...

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here you go, I was thinking of the 'Driving Beat' Ep/Lp...

 

I knew you were LOL

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Elvis (Martin) Davis..i knew Jack bitd from early wigan..used to meet him in the record bar...i even went to one of his events..Tiffanys Middleboro i think...still got the patch...i doubt he'll remember me..

Hi Martin - yes I still have that patch - he was a very talented artist - still is !    I took over from Jack at Tiffanys when he packed in.

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Wish I could dance to it all way through at full pelt still, but need 3 breathers during the track these days, just like ton of dynamite!

 

Ed

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i believe keith minshall played it at wigan? I used to play it him when he worked in bewes in burslem. I brought my copy in 1966 hi lp from ralphs records Manchester. I lent keith my copy to play at wigan. mick

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