Friday, 28 June 2019

Watts Happening

Initially formed in the early 60s but it took several years for Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band to really find their footing. They were a consistently impressive soul/funk combo who had the most visibility from 1967 to 1973 when the band had 9 singles reach Billboard's Pop and/or R&B charts. Certainly not an obscure offering here as these guys were on everyone's radar ... consider this a friendly reminder that is was for a damn good reason.


Charles Wright moved to Los Angeles in the early 1950s, playing guitar and singing in several doo-wop groups including the Turks, the Twilighters, the Shields and the Gallahads. In 1962, he formed his own band Charles Wright & the Wright Sounds which included future Watts Band member John Raynford, along with Daryl Dragon, later known as the "Captain" of Captain & Tennille. Over the course of the next six years, Wright would add more players to his group and these were the players who would eventually become known as the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, at least by 1968. Several of those members, including drummer James Gadson, bassist Melvin Dunlap, trombonist/arranger Ray Jackson, and both guitarists Al McKay and Benorce Blackmon, would play on several Dyke & the Blazers charting singles, including "We Got More Soul" (1969) and "Let a Woman Be a Woman, Let a Man Be a Man" (1969). The Wright Sounds played in several venues across Los Angeles but their best known stint was three years (ending in 1968) at Hollywood's Haunted House nightclub. The name, Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band was originally coined by Los Angeles producer and Keymen Records owner Fred Smith in 1967. However, between 1967 and 1968, the Watts 103rd name applied to three, arguably four different personnel configurations before settling into the final band who played on every Watts 103rd album from 1968 forward. Smith produced a theme song for KGFJ radio personality, DJ Magnificent Montague. The song became so popular that Smith released it as a single in 1967 and created the name, Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band for the studio group who had recorded it. Purportedly, the players on the single included Wright, James Carmichael, Leon Haywood, and Bobby Womack. There is some confusion because, after "Spreadin' Honey" became a success, Montague re-released the single on the MoSoul label (a Keyman subsidiary) and credited to a different group altogether, the Soul Runners. It has been long assumed that the Soul Runners were simply an earlier line-up of the Watts Band however, according to Wright, the two groups had nothing to do with one another whatsoever. In 1966, Carmichael and Wright were both working as session players for the Nashville West recording studio. Their group of studio players was discovered by Fred Smith and comedian Bill Cosby who needed a backing band for his upcoming album, Silver Throat. Smith hired the Nashville West players and gave them the Watts 103rd name. This group included (but was not necessarily limited to): Arthur Wright (bass), Pete Fox (guitar), Streamline Ewing (trombone), Herman Riley (tenor sax), Jackie Kelso (tenor sax), Melvin Jernigan (tenor sax), Mel Brown (guitar), Abraham Mills (drums). Due to their association with Cosby, the new Watts 103rd band landed a deal with Warner Bros. Records, becoming the first R&B band to sign with them. They released a debut album in 1967. Technically self-titled, the album has also come to be called Hot Heat & Sweet Groove after a sub-title found on the back cover. "Spreadin' Honey" was included on this album, per Warner Bros. insistence, even though none of the players on the album, save for Wright, had actually played on the "Spreadin' Honey" single. Wright generally disavows this album as a true Watts 103rd project, preferring to describe the second album, Together as the "first" Watts 103rd LP. When Cosby went on tour, Wright was put in charge with creating a Watts 103rd touring band which included both the musicians he had just recorded Hot Heat with but also added in the Wright Sounds as well. The Haunted House also began to bill Wright and the Wright Sounds as the Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band. Creative disagreements led to Smith selling his interest in the group to Wright. Newly freed, Wright reformed the Watts 103rd exclusively out of his Wright Sounds players and broke ties with the musicians he had recorded Hot Heat with. A May 18, 1968 recording of a live session at the Haunted House became the partial basis for the second Warner Bros. album, Together. That album yielded the group's first major national hit, the slow grooving "Do Your Thing." Their next album, In the Jungle Babe, is best known for both "Love Land," an uptempo, doo-wop-influenced soul ballad, as well as "Comment," where Wright discusses the state of racial affairs in America. Though the album was credited to the Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band, the singles from this album and the group's next two albums, would be listed under "Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band". In the band's early years, they were mostly known for playing covers of popular R&B hits but by the late 1960s, the group began to create original songs, resulting in a sound that was, as Charles Wright put it, "the middle ground between Otis Redding and James Brown, reflecting the group's musical blend of different regional R&B and funk styles. Their experiments in long, loosely structured grooves, best heard on the Express Yourself and You're So Beautiful albums, could be heard as both influences on and influenced by contemporaries such as Sly and the Family Stone, the Isley Brothers and Parliament-Funkadelic. As early as 1969, the Watts Band began to lose members. Al McKay left the Watts Band in 1969 and soon joined Earth, Wind & Fire. He was replaced by Benorce Blackmon. After recording the 1971, You're So Beautiful album, Gadson, Dunlap, Jackson, and Blackmon left the Watts Band to work with Bill Withers, playing on the albums Still Bill (1972) and Live at Carnegie Hall (1973). Charles Wright went on to record four solo records after the departure of the Watts Band's core rhythm section, Rhythm and Poetry (1972), Doin' What Comes Naturally (1973), Ninety Day Cycle People (1974), and Lil' Encouragement (1975). In 2007, he released a new album, Finally Got It Wright, which includes an updated version of "Express Yourself."

Watts Happening gathers the groups 5 classic albums with Warner Brothers, including Hot Heat & Sweet Groove. Also included is Puckey Puckey (Studio Outtakes 1970-71) and the 2-disc Live At The Haunted House, featuring two smokin' sets recorded in May 1968. All files sourced from FLAC, chronicled, cleanly tagged and mp3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

GGG Presents Deep Dish Delicacies Vol. 21



01. Hannibal - 1960 - Please Take A Chance On Me (Pan World 517)
02. Ollie Wiggins - 196? - Where There Is No Love (Carrie 3000)
03. The Jive Five - 1967 - No More Tears (Musicor 1270)
04. JJ Barnes - 196? - Just Don't Know What To Do (Unissued)
05. Wilson Pickett & The Falcons - 1960 - Part Time Love (Lu-Pine Unissued)
06. Bertha Colbert - 1962 - Teardrops On A Letter (Roulette 4435)
07. Jimmy Hughes - 1964 - I Tried To Tell You (Vee Jay VJS 1102)
08. Little Milton - 1964 - Blind Man (Checker 1096)
09. Earl Gaines - 1966 - Trust In Me (Hanna-Barbera HLP 8508)
10. Ted Taylor - 1964 - If It Wasn't for You (Okeh 7206)
11. Clarence Ashe - 1967 - Only Time Will Tell [Part 1] (J & S 1178)
12. Clarence Ashe - 1967 - Only Time Will Tell [Part 2] (J & S 1178)
13. Willie Hightower - 1966 - Lookin' For A Home (Fury Unissued)
14. Alice Thomas - 196? - I'm Coming Home (Odex OR-1044)
15. Ervin Little & The Rhythm Kings - 1967 - She's Heaven To Me (Hines 1711)
16. Otis Redding - 1965 - You Don't Miss Your Water (Volt SD 412)
17. Sims Twins - 1963 - That's Where It's At (SAR 138)
18. Ben & Spence - 1968 - Get It Over (Atlantic 2509)
19. Johnny Truitt - 1969 - Your Love Is Worth The Pain (A-Bet 9433)
20. Mitty Collier - 1968 - Everybody Makes A Mistake Sometimes (Chess 2050)
21. Thee Midniters - 1967 - The Town I Live In (Salem 542)
22. The Soul Twisters - 1968 - If It Takes A Year (Romat 1004)
23. Dynamic Adam - 1968 - She's Gone (Anla 113)
24. Lindell Hill - 1968 - Remone (Arch 1302)
25. Tiny Watkins - 1969 - Forbidden Fruit (Excello 2304)


DDD21

Monday, 24 June 2019

GGG Presents O-O-O-O-Oh Yeah!!! Vol. 12




01. Barbara Redd - 1963 - I'll Be All Alone (SPQR  3311a)
02. Barbara Redd - 1963 - Dancing Teardrops (SPQR  3311b)
03. Emil O'Connor - 1962 - Some Of Your Lovin (Columbia 4-42617a)
04. Emil O'Connor - 1962 - There's A Time (Columbia 4-42617b)
05. Wilmar Walker - 1962 - Stompin' Roaches (Phillips 40030a)
06. Wilmar Walker - 1962 - Somebody Will (Phillips 40030b)
07. Bee Gee Stans - 1964 - Front Page Love (Tal-Vert 1802a)
08. Bee Gee Stans - 1964 - Where Is My Heart (Tal-Vert 1802b)
09. Le Bleau Monde - 1966 - After Hours (Counterpart 2578a)
10. Le Bleau Monde - 1966 - If I Told You (Counterpart 2578b)
11. The Ric Shaws - 196? - Sometimes I Have To Cry (Delma 111a)
12. The Ric Shaws - 196? - Heart Full Of Pain (Delma 111b)
13. The Chitlins - 19?? - Sugar Woman (Pala 176a)
14. The Chitlins - 19?? - Next Time You See Me (Pala 176b)
15. Bobby Mack - 1969 - Malnutrition (Midas 302a)
16. Bobby Mack - 1969 - Your Love Is A Good Thing For Me (Midas 302b)
17. Otto & The Sensations - 1968 - Girl We Can Make It (CTI 2000a)
18. Otto & The Sensations - 1968 - Keep On Lovin You (CTI 2000b)
19. Bobbie Jean Bland - 1967 - I'm Satisfied Just Loving You (Sack 4360a)
20. Bobbie Jean Bland - 1967 - Do It (Sack 4360b)
21. Frankie Pighee & The Soulettes - 1968 - Soul Feeling (Soul Kitchen 0011a)
22. Frankie Pighee & The Soulettes - 1968 - If You Don't Think (Soul Kitchen 0011b)
23. Joe McDade - 1966 - Tears On My Pillow (Satellite 1040a)
24. Joe McDade - 1966 - Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa (Satellite 1040b)
25. The Bossatettes - 1966 - Troubles Like Mine (JCP 1039a)
26. The Bossatettes - 1966 - Baby Don't Go (JCP 1039b)


OY!12

Friday, 21 June 2019

I Get The Blues

Last year whilst surfing sites, one of the usual suspects (Funk My Soul) turned me on to the delightful Debbie Taylor and after really digging her lone LP I got to digging for anything else I could find. Fortunately my search bore fruit and I'm finally getting 'round to sharing it with you all.


Born Maddie Bell Galvin in Norfolk, Virginia. As a young child she sang gospel in her father's church, and while a teenager toured nationally as a gospel singer. She began performing with a jazz trio led by her high school music teacher, Reginald Walker, and also toured with a gospel group who performed at the 1965 World Fair. Because of her family's religious views, she adopted the stage name Debbie Taylor when singing in clubs in Norfolk with R&B musicians, and in 1967 she was seen there by Joe Medlin, a regional talent scout for Decca Records. After her mother signed a contract with Decca allowing her to record as Debbie Taylor, she began recording at the Royal Studio owned by Willie Mitchell in Memphis, Tennessee. Taylor's version of 'Check Yourself' reached #37 on the R&B chart in 1968. The song, "a haunting blues-flavored ballad", featured an emotive performance by Taylor. In March 1969 she started recording for the New York based GWP label started by Gerard Purcell, her first record launched the label and reached #18 on the national R&B chart and #86 on the pop chart. However, later releases on GWP were less commercially successful. In 1972, she left the GWP label. Purcell teamed her with Terry Phillips and Boo Frazier at Perception Records, and they recorded her album, 'Comin’ Down On You', produced by David Jordan, arranged by Patrick Adams and issued by the Today label. Jordan also produced sessions with her backed by MFSB in Philadelphia, which included the single "I Have Learned To Do Without You", co-written by Jordan with J. J. Barnes and Don Davis, which was issued by Polydor Records in late 1973. However, commercial success still eluded her. In 1975 she recorded 'I Don’t Wanna Leave You' with Jordan in New York, with a full band and orchestra featuring Earl Van Dyke on keyboards. The recording was leased to Arista Records, and the single rose to #32 on the R&B chart and #100 on the pop chart at the end of 1975. The single was also released in the UK and Europe but in an inferior edited version. In later years, the song and its B-side, 'Just Don't Pay' both written by Jordan, became popular on the Northern Soul scene in the UK. However, the relative failure of her career in the US, and her unwillingness to sign an exclusive deal with Arista, led Taylor to retire from the music business.

I Get The Blues collects the complete Debbie Taylor recordings from 1967 to 1975. A short but sweet discography; 4 sides on Decca, 6 sides on GWP, the additional LP sides and one-off 45s with Grapevine, Polydor and Arista. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and MP3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to FMS and original uploaders, enjoy.

Thursday, 20 June 2019

GGG Presents Goodie Grab Bags Volume 24

Better late than never they say, so here's your belated hump-day Goodie Grab Bag. This one collects a variety of great northern soul vocal groups you may or may not be familiar with. The IcemenThe Lamp SistersThe Founders and The Continental 4. Hope you dig 'em!


The Icemen - Discography 1966-68 [8sides]

01. The Icemen - 1966 - (My Girl) She's A Fox (Samar 111)
02. The Icemen - 1966 - I Wonder What It Takes (Samar 111)
03. The Icemen - 1966 - Sugar Baby (Samar 117)
04. The Icemen - 1966 - Only Time Will Tell (Samar 117)
05. The Icemen - 1967 - It's Going To Take A Lot (To Bring Me Back) (OLE-9 1007)
06. The Icemen - 1967 - It's Time You Knew (OLE-9 1007)
07. The Icemen - 1968 - How Can I Get Over A Fox Like You (ABC 11038)
08. The Icemen - 1968 - Loogaboo (The Choice Is Yours) (ABC 11038)


The Lamp Sisters - Discography 1968-70 [8sides]

01. The Lamp Sisters - 1968 - A Woman With The Blues (Duke 427)
02. The Lamp Sisters - 1968 - I Thought It Was All Over (Duke 427)
03. The Lamp Sisters - 1968 - No Cure For The Blues (Duke 439)
04. The Lamp Sisters - 1968 - You Caught Me Napping (Duke 439)
05. The Lamp Sisters - 1969 - Today Will Be Yesterday, Tomorrow (Duke 448)
06. The Lamp Sisters - 1969 - Sweet Daddy Soul (Duke 448)
07. The Lamp Sisters - 1970 - Ride On (Duke 462)
08. The Lamp Sisters - 1970 - The Way I Love This Man (Duke 462)


The Founders - Discography 1971-73 [4sides]

01. The Founders - 1971 - I Don't Want A Second Hand Love (Triode 118)
02. The Founders - 1971 - What Did We Do Wrong (Triode 118)
03. The Founders - 1973 - Don't Turn Your Back On Me Baby (Bolivia 323)
04. The Founders - 1973 - Don't You Leave Me Baby (Bolivia 323)


The Continental 4 - Discography 1970-73 [12sides]

01. The Continental 4 - 1970 - The Way I Love You (Jay-Walking 009)
02. The Continental 4 - 1970 - I Don't Have You (Jay-Walking 009)
03. The Continental 4 - 1971 - Day By Day (Every Minute Of The Hour) (Jay-Walking 011)
04. The Continental 4 - 1971 - What You Gave Up (Jay-Walking 011)
05. The Continental 4 - 1971 - The Love You Gave To Me (Jay-Walking 013)
06. The Continental 4 - 1971 - How Can I Pretend (Jay-Walking 013)
07. The Continental 4 - 1972 - Heaven Must Have Sent You (Jay-Walking 015)
08. The Continental 4 - 1972 - Running Away (From Love) (Jay-Walking 015)
09. The Continental 4 - 1972 - Escape From Planet Earth (Jay-Walking 017)
10. The Continental 4 - 1972 - Take A Little Time (To Know Me) (Jay-Walking 017)
11. The Continental 4 - 1973 - (You're Living In) A Dream World (Jay-Walking 019)
12. The Continental 4 - 1973 - Nite Moods (Jay-Walking 019)


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Monday, 17 June 2019

GGG Presents O-O-O-O-Oh Yeah!!! Vol. 11




01. Dicky & Billy - 1967 - The Dream I Had Came True (J&S 16209a)
02. Dicky & Billy - 1967 - I Got A Feeling (J&S 16209b)
03. Kenny Wells - 1966 - I Can't Stop (New Voice 812a)
04. Kenny Wells - 1966 - Isn't It Just A Shame (New Voice 812b)
05. The Del-Vons - 1966 - All I Did Was Cry (Wells 1001a)
06. The Del-Vons - 1966 - Gone Forever (Wells 1001b)
07. Traditions - 1967 - My Heart (Artco 102a)
08. Traditions - 1967 - On Fire (Artco 102b)
09. Gina Hill - 1970 - Help Me Solve This Problem (Lou-Neita 0215a)
10. Gina Hill - 1970 - Rich Man's Toy (Lou-Neita 0215b)
11. Bobby & Clyde - 1972 - My Day Is Coming Part 1 (Blue Candle 1495a)
12. Bobby & Clyde - 1972 - My Day Is Coming Part 2 (Blue Candle 1495b)
13. Joe Sutton - 197? - Valerie (Chaka 4563a)
14. Joe Sutton - 197? - You Put Me Through Some Changes (Chaka 4563b)
15. The Exciting Changes - 1971 - I've Got Something Good For You (West Hill 1001a)
16. The Exciting Changes - 1971 - Falling In Love (West Hill 1001b)
17. Doug Anderson - 1971 - I Won't Cry (I'll Just Laugh Myself To Death) (Janus 153a)
18. Doug Anderson - 1971 - Mama, Here Comes The Preacher (Janus 153b)
19. Jake Wade & The Soul Searchers - 1968 - Searching For Soul [Part 1] (Mutt AR 872a)
20. Jake Wade & The Soul Searchers - 1968 - Searching For Soul [Part 2] (Mutt AR 872b)
21. Pete Parker - 1969 - I Can't Stop Loving My Baby (Kapp 2013a)
22. Pete Parker - 1969 - Standing On The Outside Looking In (Kapp 2013b)
23. Taurus & Leo - 1967 - I Ain't Playing Baby (Velvet Sound 367a)
24. Taurus & Leo - 1967 - Going Out The World Backwards (Velvet Sound 367b)
25. Gwen & Ray - 196? - Build Your House On A Strong Foundation (Bee Bee 223a)
26. Gwen & Ray - 196? - If It Makes You Feel Good (Bee Bee 223b)

OY!11


Friday, 14 June 2019

When I'm Alone

The common recipe for many soul singers was large family, musical roots, church/choir singing, school talent shows, scouted events, etc. However in the case of Winfield Parker only one out of five of these apply; Parker had 9 siblings but none of them, nor his parents were musically inclined or particularly involved with the church. Parker picked up a saxophone in his mid/late teens but wouldn't step up to the microphone until into his early 20's. Fortunate for us as he did; furthermore, Parker recorded some mighty fine funkified and deep soul numbers.


Baltimore soul singer Winfield Parker walked a strange path to the microphone. Having broken into the business as a saxophonist, it was a gig as a carnival pitchman that seeded the idea to step out front. This led to his forming the Imperial Thrillers and catching the ear of Ru-Jac Records founder Rufus Mitchell. Mitchell owned a tightly woven web of local businesses that serviced his label, including a booking agency and a stagewear company, and quickly signed Parker to a solo contract in 1964. Backed by Ru-Jac’s house band, the Shyndells, Parker waxed the moody ballad “My Love For You,” a song he’d picked up supporting vocalist Little Sonny Warner, and backed it with the wonderfully ragged funk of “One of These Mornings.” Parker’s realization of his leading man potential was evident from the first single, and he only got better with the pleading “When I’m Alone” and it’s dance-tempo B-side, “Rockin’ in the Barnyard.” His confidence continued to grow as he recorded more uptempo numbers in 1967, including the horns-and-organ rocker “I Love You Just the Same” and a trio of tunes written by soul legend, Arthur Conley. He continued to release singles on Ru-Jac through 1968, including the Wilson Pickett-influenced “She’s So Pretty” and “Funkey Party,” a more relaxed arrangement of “I Love You Just the Same,” and the James Brown styled two-part “Mr. Clean.” Parker moved on to record for Arctic, Wand and Spring (where he scored with a cover of Edwin Starr’s “S.O.S. (Stop Her on Sight),”), but returned to watch over the Ru-Jac catalog upon the passing of Rufus Mitchell.

For a more in-depth look at Parker's career, here's a great article/interview from In The Basement

When I'm Alone collects the near complete secular recordings of Winfield Parker. The Omnivore CD featuring the issued and unissued material for Ru-Jac as well as his later 45s for Arctic, Wand, Spring Records and more. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and mp3 @320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.

*missing sides
Winfield Parker - 1972 - Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me (GSF 6883)
Winfield Parker - 1979 - My Love For You (P&L  62142)

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

GGG Presents Deep Dish Delicacies Vol. 20

The Deep Dish Delicacies series keeps on delivering the goods with this, the 20th installment. And judging by the depths of my reservoir, expecting 20 more is entirely reasonable. Dig In!


GGG Presents Deep Dish Delicacies Vol. 20

01. O.V. Wright - 1965 - You're Gonna Make Me Cry (Backbeat BLP-61)
02. William Bell - 196? - Will You Love Me Tomorrow (Unissued)
03. Kip Anderson - 1966 - Without A Woman (Checker 1145)
04. Bobby Angelle - 1966 - I'm Begging (Money 123)
05. The Valentinos - 1966 - Darling, Darling, Darling (Chess Unissued)
06. Eddie Jefferson - 1966 - When You Look In The Mirror (Goldwax 316)
07. Inez & Charlie Foxx - 1966 - If I Need Someone (Symbol 213)
08. Otis Redding - 1967 - Tell The Truth (Atco SD 33-333 - issd 1970)
09. Sam & Dave - 1967 - My Reason For Living (Stax A-11)
10. Soul Brothers Six - 1967 - What Can You Do When You Ain't Got Nobody (Atlantic 2456)
11. Eddy G Giles - 1967 - While I'm Away (Baby, Keep The Faith) [w The Jive Five] (Murco 1033)
12. Sims Twins - 1967 - It's A Sad Thing (Convoy 518)
13. Freddi & Henchi - 1967 - I'm Just A Nobody (MoSoul 102)
14. Laura Lee - 196? - Uptight Good Man [alt] (Chess Unissued)
15. Big Mac - 1968 - Come To Me (Wise World 1003)
16. Joe Hinton - 1968 - Please (Backbeat 594)
17. Willie Hobbs - 1968 - A Woman Is A Nice Thing (Soft 1018 alt)
18. Dori Grayson - 1968 - Got Nobody To Love (Murco 1038)
19. King Louie & The Court Jesters - 1968 - I've Been Down So Long (Mockingbird MR-1007)
20. James Govan - 1969 - I Bit Off More Than I Can Chew (Fame Unissued)
21. Johnnie Taylor - 1969 - Steal Away (Stax 0068)
22. Eddie Floyd - 1969 - Girl I Love You (Stax 0025)
23. Tyrone Davis - 1969 - You Can't Keep A Good Man Down (Dakar SD 9005)
24. Jimmy Hughes - 19?? - Too Old To Play (Volt Unissued)
25. Toni Williams - 1969 - Precious Minutes (DeLuxe 110)

DDD20

Monday, 10 June 2019

GGG Presents O-O-O-O-Oh Yeah!!! Vol. 10



01. Bishop & The Wallace Brothers - 1969 - Sad Man (Magnetic 91152a)
02. Bishop & The Wallace Brothers - 1969 - I Might Give Out... (Magnetic 91152b)
03. Eddie Purrell [aka Eddie Perrell] - 1967 - The Spoiler (Volt 145a)
04. Eddie Purrell [aka Eddie Perrell] - 1967 - My Pride Won't Let Me (Volt 145b)
05. Wilma Scott - 196? - It's A Mean Old World (Verdy 101a)
06. Wilma Scott - 196? - Smoken (Verdy 101b)
07. The Fabulous Verbs - 1968 - Hot Heat (Camano 3384a)
08. The Fabulous Verbs - 1968 - Let Me Be The Man (Camaro 3384b)
09. Leo McCorkle - 1967 - Please Send Me Somebody Else (Popside 4592a)
10. Leo McCorkle - 1967 - On Top Of The World (Popside 4592b)
11. Dorothy & The Hesitations - 1968 - Trying To Work A Plan (Jamie 1358a)
12. Dorothy & The Hesitations - 1968 - Don't Set Me Up (For The Kill) (Jamie 1358b)
13. Ronnie White - 1967 - Begging You (Brent 7075a)
14. Ronnie White - 1967 - Got To Give You Up (Brent 7075b)
15. Paul Walters & The 521 Club Band - 196? - I Know What Love Is All About (521 F-111a)
16. Paul Walters & The 521 Club Band - 196? - She Put Me Down (521 F-111b)
17. Billy Leonard - 1966 - Tell Me Do You Love Me (Fairmount 1007a)
18. Billy Leonard - 1966 - Tears For Love (Fairmount 1007b)
19. Jerry & Eddie - 1966 - Lonely Tears (Gulf 0001a)
20. Jerry & Eddie - 1966 - Hurry Up Little Girl (Gulf 0001b)
21. Valentine Adams - 1965 - I Found A Love Pt. 1 (521 1001a)
22. Valentine Adams - 1965 - I Found A Love Pt. 2 (521 1001b)
23. Coye - 1966 - Sweet I Know (Top Notch IMK-3a)
24. Coye - 1966 - Hop Scotch (Top Notch IMK-3b)
25. The Objectives - 1965 - Oh My Love (Come Back To Me) (Jewel 7512a)
26. The Objectives - 1965 - Love Went Away (Jewel 751 b)

OY!10

Friday, 7 June 2019

I Had To Come Back

"Considering Bobby Long's lengthy and fairly prolific output, his level of obscurity is rather surprising. No photos, interviews, info, nothing. But his talents deserved much better than that."


With an introduction like that, directly quoted from the great Sir Shambling, you can't expect a wealth of information about this talented artist. However, if you venture on over to his SITE, you will get a great little breakdown of Bobby Long's recorded output. From the late 50s through to the mid 60s, Long laid down some deliciously rich doo-wop drenched R&B/soul. And though his futile attempts to revive his career towards the late 60s and early 70s fall short of prior greatness, it's no reason to dismiss those seminal quality cuts.

I Had To Come Back collects the near-complete efforts of Long's career. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and mp3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders and Sir Shambling, enjoy.

*missing single sides:
26. Eddie Long - 1970 - Did You Ever Dream Lucky? (Skye 4522)
28. Eddie Long - 1971 - Mo Jo Workout (Fun City 100)

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

GGG Presents Goodie Grab Bags Volume 23

The Goodie Grab Bag series keeps on truckin' with another triple-decker; this time we're going deep. From the rough-cut R&B rumblings of Big Bud Harper, to the anguished and articulate soul senders of Curtis Blandon, and a personal favorite, C.P. Love; who often blurred the line between deep soul and black country/western. These guys are all winners in my book.


Bud Harper - Discography 1960-65 [8sides]

01. Big Bud Harper - 1960 - I've Just Got to Forget You (Harlem 117)
02. Big Bud Harper - 1960 - Never Let Me Go (Harlem 117)
03. Bud Harper - 1962 - Down The Aisle (Sarg 196)
04. Bud Harper - 1962 - This Woman I Love (Sarg 196)
05. Bud Harper - 1964 - Wherever You Were (Peacock 1932)
06. Bud Harper - 1964 - Let It Rain (Peacock 1932)
07. Bud Harper - 1965 - Mr Soul (Peacock 1939)
08. Bud Harper - 1965 - Let Me Love You (Peacock 1939)


Curtis Blandon - Discography 1963-71 [8sides]

01. Curtis Blandon - 1963 - Soul (Port 70035)
02. Curtis Blandon - 1963 - Mr. Imagination (Port 70035)
03. Curtis Blandon - 1967 - I Need You (Tower 355)
04. Curtis Blandon - 1967 - Young, Dumb (Tower 355)
05. Curtis Blandon - 1969 - SomebodyTell Me, Where Is My Baby (Buddah 094)
06. Curtis Blandon - 1969 - So Much To Give (Buddah 094)
07. Curtis Blandon - 1971 - In The Long Run (Wand 11241)
08. Curtis Blandon - 1971 - Push Comes To Shove (Wand 11241)


C.P. Love - Discography 1967-73 [13sides]

01. C P Love - 1967 - You Call The Shots (King Walk 569)
02. C P Love - 1967 - Plenty Of Room For More (King Walk 569)
03. C P Love - 196? - Trick Bag (Unissued)
04. C P Love - 197? - So Glad You're Gone (Unissued)
05. C P Love - 1971 - I Found All These Things (Chimneyville 438)
06. C P Love - 1971 - Never Been In Love Before (Chimneyville 438)
07. C P Love - 197? - If The Lord Made Anything Better Than Love (Unissued)
08. C P Love - 197? - Your Life Without Her (Unissued)
09. C P Love - 197? - Coming Down With Another Heartache (Unissued)
10. C P Love - 197? - You Make Me Feel Like A Man In Love (Unissued)
11. C P Love - 197? - These Uncertain Years (Unissued)
12. C P Love - 197? - Every Man's Dream (Unissued)
13. C P Love - 1973 - Freddie's Walking (Stone 201) +


GGB23

Monday, 3 June 2019

GGG Presents O-O-O-O-Oh Yeah!!! Vol. 09

Kicking off the week with one of the best yet in this series. There's some seriously smoking numbers in this installment; both well known and not so well known. Hope ya's dig!


GGG Presents O-O-O-O-Oh Yeah!!! Vol. 09

01. Tommy Soul - 196? - I Need Someone To Love Me (Gaslight 12945a)
02. Tommy Soul - 196? - I'll Be Right There (Gaslight 12945b)
03. Charles Dixon - 196? - Come To Me (El-Tee 101a)
04. Charles Dixon - 196? - One Of These Days (El-Tee 101b)
05. Hank & Rover - 1966 - A Rock Down In My Shoe (OKeh 7264a)
06. Hank & Rover - 1966 - There's A Lot To Be Done (OKeh 7264b)
07. The Entertainers - 1966 - Too Much (Chess 1951a)
08. The Entertainers - 1966 - I Tried To Tell You (Chess 1951b)
09. Alice Rozier & Little Joe - 196? - I'm Gonna Hold On To You (Stone #??a)
10. Alice Rozier & Little Joe - 196? - I Love You (Stone #??b)
11. James Fry - 1968 - Tumbling Down (Hi 2142a)
12. James Fry - 1968 - Still Around (Hi 2142b)
13. Rose Lynch - 1968 - I've Been Hurt (Winner 201a)
14. Rose Lynch - 1968 - I Don't Need No Help (Winner 201b)
15. Vicki Starr - 1967 - I Need Your Love (Lynn's 711a)
16. Vicki Starr - 1967 - Cut Me Loose (Lynn's 711b)
17. The Automations - 1969 - Going Out Of My Mind (Gaye 5006a)
18. The Automations - 1969 - World Of Make Believe (Gaye 5006b)
19. Double Soul - 1968 - Blue Diamonds (Minaret 133a)
20. Double Soul - 1968 - I Can't Use You (Minaret 133b)
21. Danny Thurston - 1967 - Ups & Downs (Compass 7016a)
22. Danny Thurston - 1967 - What Was I Supposed To Do (Compass 7016b)
23. Modern Soul Trio - 1966 - That's Where It's At (Youngstown 606a)
24. Modern Soul Trio - 1966 - You're No Good (Youngstown 606b)
25. Kenneth Ruffin - 1968 - I'll Keep Holding On (Carnival 536a)
26. Kenneth Ruffin - 1968 - Cry, Cry, Cry (Carnival 536b)

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