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  1. LARRY PAYTON, CHICAGO. This post is an incomplete file with which I have two choices; leave it to gather dust no doubt never to see the light of day again or to share it as it stands with you guys in the Soul community. I can’t envisage receiving any more relevant information unless this post prompts some memories from out there. Larry Payton first came to my attention while researching the life and times of Jerry Murray aka Jerry O for my book about him published last year. Due to Larry clearly being pivotal in Jerry’s early career I spent many weeks trying to gain information on him
  2. News/Article/Feature Highlight: LARRY PAYTON, CHICAGO. This post is an incomplete file with which I have two choices; leave it to gather dust no doubt never to see the light of day again or to share it as it stands with you guys in the Soul community... View full article
  3. Sandy Hollis : Lost Detroit Soulstress Found. In 2008 Soul Junction Records issued a cd album project on the Detroit group, The Falcons entitled “Good, Good Feelings” which featured their entire Big Wheel label output. The album also featured both sides of the then unknown artist Sandy Hollis’s Big Wheel 45 “I’m Tempted/Tables Will Turn” which incidentally featured The Falcon’s on backing vocals. Now having spent many years tracking down artists in the pursuit of records and master tapes it made a welcome change when one tracked me down. During 2018, out of the blue I received an e-m
  4. News/Article/Feature Highlight: Big Wheel recording artist Sandy Hollis contacts Dave Welding and her story is revealed some 50 years after her brief recording career. View full article
  5. News/Article/Feature Highlight: Jackie Wilson Limited Edition Box Set View full article
  6. Hi Soulies Its my pleasure to announce the release of this great box set that was out together from my favourite Lp tracks that never got a 45rpm release all be it some did come out on the odd EP in Europe and odd re issue in Japan. All tracks are licensed from Brunswick and MCPS writers paid and Re Mastered to the highest level on earth to bring perfect load and clear sound quality. Why you may ask ??? Its simple I prefer DJing with 45s as the sound quality is better than Lps and they all fit in one DJ box ! LIMITED EDITION BOX SET FEATURING 10 SINGLE SIDED 45s P
  7. Don Juan Mancha — songwriter, producer, musician and talent scout. The name ‘Don Juan’ first appeared in the Spanish play ‘The Trickster of Seville and the Stone Guest’ by Tirso de Molina in 1630. The plot centres on a fictional libertine who devoted his life to seducing women. The term quickly passed into literary parlance as a synonym for a ‘womaniser.’ The story itself was rewritten numerous times throughout the centuries, in a variety of forms, including many plays, a poem by Byron, an opera by Mozart and a social satire by George Bernard Shaw, ‘Man and Superman.’ Don Juan Mancha’s le
  8. News/Article/Feature Highlight: The story of Willie Weems ...inc The Dontells, 4 Brothers, Sam & Kitty, The Turks and more View full article
  9. William Herman Weems was born in Brookhaven-Lincoln County, Mississippi, to young, single mother Evelyn Weems, on 2nd August 1941.Brookhaven was an old Railroad town with a population of just over 6,200. Evelyn was just seventeen and had found work in the service of a white, southern family some 800 miles away in Virginia; she was young and uneducated and so did what she had to do to survive. With mum away, Willie, who was an only child, was cared for by an older cousin during those formative years. At the age of 2 ½ yrs., Willie was moved South to be with his grandparents Ezekiel and Leo
  10. Being reported that Edna Wright the lead singer of 'The Honey Cones' and who also recorded earlier as Sandy Wynns (Touch of Venus and more) has passed on Sister of Darlene Love and wife of Greg Perry, further details of this sad news can be found via the link below https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/obituary/9448113/edna-wright-dead RIP
  11. News/Article/Feature Highlight: Being reported that Edna Wright lead of The Honey Cones and who also recorded earlier as Sandy Wynns (Touch of Venus) has passed on Sister of Darlene Love and wife of Greg Perry, further details of this sad news can be found here... View full article
  12. Hi. Today on my radio show I did an interesting interview with legendary Chicago soul singer Jan Bradley. Bradley grew up in the Robins, IL, a South Suburb of Chicago. In high school she began singing lead with a local group called the Passions (a male group who later recorded as the Swinging Hearts). While performing at a talent show, Chicago promoter and owner of the Formal record label Don Talty discovered the group. Don decided to keep Bradley as a solo singer so Bradley left the group to pursue her solo career. Talty took Bradley to a show at the Regal in order to meet Curtis Mayfiel
  13. News/Article/Feature Highlight: A highlight of a forum post by the late Bob Abrahamian back in 2008 View full article
  14. PAUL RISER - MBA (Motown’s Brilliant Arranger) The importance of the arranger in the musical process, whatever the genre, cannot be overstated …or underestimated. The arranger translates the basic structure of a song, or piece of music, into a format that musicians can play, while improvising and embellishing the original concept into a completed creation. The American Federation of Musicians defines musical arrangement as “ …the art of preparing and adapting an already written composition for presentation in other than its original form. An arrangement may include re harmonization, parap
  15. News/Article/Feature Highlight: Paul Riser Motown’s Brilliant Arranger. View full article
  16. The Esquires: The Family Tradition Continues. The Musical Legacy of one of Milwaukee’s finest harmony group’s is being kept alive by their children. The original Esquires were a vocal group from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, originally formed in 1957 as a high school group by Gilbert (Gil) Moorer, his brother Alvis, and their sister Betty. They originally began performing under the group name of Betty Moorer & The Esquires. The Esquires (from left) Sam Pace, Millard Edwards, Alvis Moorer and Gilbert Moorer at the Apollo Theater in New York City in 1968.
  17. A great article and some interesting footage as part of the Shinola project on the link to Vogue on line below ! “Detroit’s full of characters,” says photographer Bruce Weber, who, eight years ago, corralled a sampling of the city’s talented eccentrics for a major photo portfolio for W magazine titled, "Welcome to Motor City." Now he’s shot and filmed an entirely new batch of wonderfully singular personalities from the city for Shinola, the growing watch and leather goods company aiming to revitalize manufacturing in Detroit. http://www.vogue.com/vogue-daily/article/capturing-a-momen
  18. An interesting article shows up online via the Cincinnati.com website, not just looking at the story behind Junior McCants but passing on news of a upcoming panel discussion at the library called “Listen to This: The Mystery of Soul Singer Junior McCants” A preview below of the article and the link to the full article follows.... Commercially, that was true. From 1965 until it closed Cincinnati operations in 1971, the Hardest Working Man in Showbiz kept King alive with Top 40 smashes like “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag.” Otherwise, the rest of King’s artists had records that rare
  19. Al Perkins, DJ, Song Writer, Producer, Label Owner and Singer............................. The multi-faceted star shone bright for a while in Detroit. He started his DJing career down in Memphis after moving there from Brookhaven, Ms. In Memphis he honed his skill as a DJ alongside fellow jock's Jay Butler and Fred Goree, all of whom would eventually move up to Detroit and join WJLB and later Martha Jean The Queen's WQBH station on East Grand Blvd. Once on the air Al acquired the nick name 'The Perker' due to his happy upbeat style. On route to Detroit Al spent a number of years i
  20. News/Article/Feature Highlight: With the passing of Mr Mel Britt I thought it timely to remind ourselves of a very special day in his company... View full article
  21. Mel Britt - Northern Soul Icon The Day We Met Mel Britt With the passing of Mr Mel Britt I thought it timely to remind ourselves of a very special day in his company. In a strange quirk of fate I almost missed this day as I’d visited Motown a few times in previous years and had enjoyed a tour of the building prior to its refurbishment as a museum with Mrs Esther Gordy-Edwards and contemplated keeping that memory fresh rather than see it “all polished up” so to speak and it was only due to Sam Robert’s insistence that I don’t miss the trip and my wife Bev’s adamant “We’re going…end o
  22. By E. Mark Windle Texan Don Robey was an entrepreneur, community celebrity; and some report an individual who used threats and violence to get his way. But whether a man of stature, malevolence or elements of both, he followed many business avenues and was successful in most of them. Robey’s entertainment enterprises, including ownership of four of the biggest and most prolific R&B orientated labels in Texas – Peacock, Back Beat and Sure-Shot, has secured his place within web pages of the Texas State Historical Association’s hall of fame. A building carrying his family legacy, the L.
  23. Ian Levine reports that Mel Britt passed away last month, new came from Mel's brother. I think Mel's music is going to live on forever though... added by site yet more sad news Here's a clip of the local Battle Creek Obituary http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/battlecreek/obituary.aspx?pid=162958119 Melvin Curtis "Cookie" Britt Battle Creek Melvin Curtis "Cookie" Britt of Battle Creek, Michigan died on February 1, 2013, in Select Hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan. He was born in Gary, Indiana, on June 19, 1945 to Betty (Slackman) and Matthew Britt. He at
  24. Together with Pam Sawyer, Lori Burton formed one of the better New York pop/rock songwriting teams of the 1960s, although not too many of their songs were widely known hits.Their "I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore" gave the Rascals their first chart entry; "Baby Let's Wait," also done by the Rascals, gave the Royal Guardsmen a hit; Patti LaBelle & the Blue Bells did "All or Nothing"; and Prince Harold did "Forget About Me." Burton and Sawyer were briefly signed to Motown as songwriters and were one of the few (if not the only) female production teams on the New York rock scene in the
  25. From JET Magazine, September 3, 1964 "Tiny Topsy", a five foot, 250-pound-plus entertainer, whose name in real life was Otha Lee Moore Hall, died in Chicago's Cook County Hospital of a brain hemorrhage and scores of show business folks mourned her passing. Tiny, 34, married to a South Side Chicago night club owner, Samuel Hall, began her career in the all-negro Chicago suburb of Robbins at the age of five.She eventually worked with such well-known figures as comedian Dick Gregory, the late "Blues Queen" Dinah Washington and Bandleader Red Saunders. She belted the blues, ala Big Maybe

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