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  1. The Generation By Mark Windle This Wilmington, North Carolina band was largely composed of high school students. Their sole 45 release was a very competent beach cover of The O’Jay’s Minit classic “Hold on” on a local Wilmington label in 1968. As The O’Jays version was already a northern soul classic, it was perhaps not surprising that The Generation’s take (Mockingbird MR 1010) would also find favour on the British soul scene. An up-tempo soul dancer, this track is not dissimilar to The O’Jays, other than the blue-eyed vocal presence and a short organ break characteristic of many beach ba
  2. Bob Meyer and the Rivieras By E. Mark Windle Bob Meyer and the Rivieras (not to be confused with the Indiana Rivieras) were from Charlotte, NC. They were one of the earlier beach groups, originally formed in 1958 by Nat Speir and Charles VanWagner. Bob Meyer joined as lead vocalist in 1963. A year later they released “Behold”, co-written by Bob and Nat. An up-tempo pop group vocal number, “Behold” was a very popular sound on the coastal areas and was ultimately released in 1964 on Lawn (L-238-Y) and Casino (103). The flipside “You’ve Got to Tell Me” was introduced to UK soul fans by Keb Da
  3. Cassius X: A Legend in the Making Kindle Edition A quick word just to let you all know that both versions of Stuart Cosgrove's latest book are now available (that's the hardback and kindle versions) which also means that we can now offer the opportunity to jump in and have yourself a preview read via the kindle version below. Release notes follow below and given the two main subjects I do have to say that I am most looking forward to reading this... Blurb Miami, 1963. A young boy from Louisville, Kentucky, is on the path to becoming the greatest sportsman of all time. Cassi
  4. I have some good news in these trying times. I managed to come to an amicable agreement out of court arrangement with a subsidiary company of Getty Images. They have taken all my images off their sites and no longer profit from my intellectual property. Financially there was no great return for me but it was a moral boost to stop huge monopolies profiteering from this illegal and insidious practice. I would like to send a big thank you to all those people supported my campaign when I first mentioned it here on Soul Source. I am personally grateful to Oscar Romp and friends that supported
  5. E. Mark Windle, March 2020. Among other genres, Elvis Presley was informed by the blues. Even as a young teenager, the songs he heard on Beale Street were a source of significant musical inspiration. And it would not be unreasonable to suggest that his interpretation of Arthur Crudup’s blues number “That’s All Right” helped kick-start the teenage rock ‘n’ roll revolution. But if that’s true, then “Hound Dog” provided the pace. It was almost inevitable that Elvis’ take on the song, which sold ten million copies worldwide, would overshadow the original version and the story of the wo
  6. The There's That Beat! Guide To The Philly Sound (Dave Moore and Jason Thornton) Review by Mark Windle Yes, this tome has been a long time coming. And in two ways. Not only reflected by the journey author Dave Moore and graphic designer Jason Thornton have had from book conception to publication, spanning over at least six-plus years I believe - although the precursors which got them there cross a lifetime of a love of soul music, and at that, on both sides of the Atlantic. A book like this has also been well overdue from a musical reference perspective. Thankfully for the soul musi
  7. News/Article/Feature Highlight: When I was first knocking around the Rare Soul Scene, there was a guy from Cambridge called Norman Rogers. He was one of the 'faces'. View full article
  8. News/Article/Feature Highlight: Both versions of Stuart Cosgrove's latest book, are available now at last (hardback and kindle) follow the link below for full details and to read the kindle preview View full article
  9. News/Article/Feature Highlight: The dramatic tale of a white Memphis country boy and his unique twist on a classic song. View full article
  10. News/Article/Feature Highlight: From juke joint to Peacock Records and beyond, a history of R&B artist Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton. View full article
  11. News/Article/Feature Highlight: The story behind the Texas singer and band who gave us "Rhythm Message". View full article
  12. News/Article/Feature Highlight: A review of the book Florida Soul written by John Capouya View full article
  13. News/Article/Feature Highlight: Bob Collins and the Fabulous Five from Greensboro, NC were a popular frat party booking throughout the Carolinas and Virginia. Venues in the 1960s included the Polo Club (Winston, Salem), the Casino (Nags Head, NC) and the National Guard Armoury (Greenville, NC). View full article
  14. News/Article/Feature Highlight: Latest addition to the new review section... 'Kill 'Em and Leave: Searching for the Real James Brown by James McBride View full article
  15. News/Article/Feature Highlight: A Google book preview of the book A House on Fire: the Rise and Fall of Philadelphia Soul By John A. Jackson View full article
  16. BOOK REVIEW SPINNING AROUND – A History of the Soul LP Vol.1 by John Lias If any soul fans have coffee tables, then this is the definitive book to place atop that table. Not only does it look very impressive with it's bold black hardback cover and red graphics with white text, but it will impress any visitors that pick it up. What it does is what it says on the cover; this encyclopedia of soul knowledge runs to over 400 pages and lists just about every detail a fan would wish to know about all soul LP's made by artists who's names fall into the A to K band. However, if
  17. MOTOWN – THE SOUND OF YOUNG AMERICA BY ADAM WHITE and BARNEY ALES PUBLISHED BY THAMES and HUDSON LTD Not another Motown book, I can hear some/many of you mutter, and to be honest, I have to include myself amongst them. My bookshelves contain numerous titles on the sound that could be judged as the stepping stone to Northern Soul and beyond, with an assortment of authors, artists and those associated with the Detroit label telling their versions of the phenomenal story that took over our lives all those years ago. All those books have their own merits, with some enjoyed mor
  18. They Danced All Night - Gethro Jones - ISBN 9781523393183 This is a very personal history. One which focuses on the lifestyle that became known as Northern Soul. It’s quite hard doing a review of a biography without giving the whole story away really, so I’m just going to do a quick synopsis of how the story goes, and throw in why I found it so interesting. Gethro’s story starts with a couple of very sad and heart wrenching chapters about how grim his life was, thrown into the orphanages of 1960’s Wolverhampton as a very young child it’s not an upbringing anyone would have en
  19. The Delacardos By Mark Windle The Delacardos were an all black vocal and instrumental group from Charlotte NC, who formed initially at high school. They made at least nine records between 1959 and 1967, some of which received national release on major labels. Vocalists were Vernon Hill, Chris Harris, Harold Ford and Robert Gates and later George Morris. Publicity shots generally featured the vocalists only, but regular musicians included Luther Maxwell (tenor saxophone and band leader), Amos Williams (guitar), Ronnie Grier (bass), Dallas Steele (drums), Timothy D
  20. The Tempests By E. Mark Windle The Tempests were a very popular band from around Charlotte NC, which ran from 1963 to the mid seventies, with frequent personnel changes (up to twenty five members in its history). They were an all white line up except for their lead vocalists. The earliest version named The Tempest Band recorded “Love Have Mercy”on Atlantic, with Mike Williams on vocals. At this time they were under the management of female DJ and entrepreneur Hattie Leeper before Williams went solo to record the Vietnam war deep soul classic “Lonely Soldier” again on Atlantic. The Tempests
  21. TOO DARN SOULFUL - The story of Northern Soul by Dave Nowell Publication Date: 10th December 99 Well its getting near that time of year, just as the summer memories are being slowly added to the pile of long gone ones, the adverts on the television remind you that yeah christmas is around again, and if like me you've just released that there are no more paydays till the next century, thoughts of presents to buy spring to mind..... Well there you go seasonal intro or what, onto the main purpose of this page ..well recently as in this morning a review copy of dave nowells book lan
  22. A Google book preview of the book A House on Fire: the Rise and Fall of Philadelphia Soul By John A. Jackson A Google book preview of the book A House on Fire: the Rise and Fall of Philadelphia Soul By John A. Jackson Another goggle grab of a book from a few years ago (2004) As before worth a revisit as the Google books preview (embeded below) allows a far better idea of the actual content than any review. A House on Fire: The Rise and Fall of Philadelphia Soul by John A. Jackson Oxford University Press, October 2004 $35, ISBN 0-195-14972-6 Purchase details
  23. By Mark Windle (April 2020). “Looking back, I’m really proud of what we achieved in the 1960s” reflected the late Nelson Lemmond of The Tempests. “We made some great R&B. And played with some great talent too. We never performed with Otis or Wilson. But pretty much everybody else in between. At the end of the day though, things started to change. Otis had died, Martin Luther King had been assassinated. Civil unrest was everywhere and there was a militant atmosphere, even in the more progressive areas of the south. People ended up taking sides.” This feeling echoes previous commen
  24. There's a plethora of books readily available on the subject of "Northern Soul". I've ploughed through a good number of them....they're mainly (not all) personal memoirs of the Scene back in the 70's and most of them are poorly written, turgid affairs which rely on photographs to carry them. Most of them are fixated with Wigan Casino. There are exceptions, of course, but not many. 'The Truth About Northern Soul' is Stephen Riley's analysis of the Scene, warts and all, from it's early days and on to the beast it has become in the 2020's. It's a quite brilliant attempt at debunking the rose
  25. Stuart Cosgrove Young Soul Rebels - A Personal History Of Northern Soul - Polygon Press - ISBN 9-781846-973338 Stuart Cosgrove is a world acclaimed author, journalist, and broadcaster on both radio and TV. In fact, in 2012 he won a BAFTA for Channel 4’s coverage of the Paralympics. He’s been Broadcaster Of The Year in Scotland, and held several executive positions at Channel 4 (And was responsible for signing the show ‘Friends’ to the Channel in the UK.), and hosts a weekly show on Radio Scotland about his passion for Scottish football. But that’s just a disguise he wears for the

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