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Debbie Taylor Live @ Wilton 9/11/2013

Posted in 6Ts Soul, 7Ts Soul, Debbie Taylor, Deep Soul, Modern Soul, Northern Soul on November 13, 2013 by SoulSpinner

Inspired by my attendance at the Debbie Taylor gig at Wilton on Saturday 9th November 2013 spurred me to reactivate this blog after a long sabbatical. What a great lady and a true performer.  She did two sets, the first kicked off with probably her best know track on the Northern Soul circuit ‘Dont Nobody Mess With My Baby’ released in 1970 on GWP Grapevine #202. She followed this with ‘Never Gonna Let Him Know’ GWP-501 1969, ‘Check Yourself’, Decca #32259 1968, the previously unreleased ‘ All That I Have’ until issued on a Kent CD ‘GWP NYC TPB’ in 2005 in the UK and finished the first set with ‘Don’t Let It End’ and the flip side ‘How Long Can It Last’ issued in 1969 on GWP-510.

The second set opened with her modern soul classic from 1975 ‘Just Don’t Pay’ which was on the flip of ‘I Don’t Wanna Leave You’.

Paramount Four, The [2010] – Sorry Ain’t The Word [Kent 6T 26-A]

Posted in 6Ts Soul, Paramount Four on December 10, 2010 by SoulSpinner

 

Very little known about The Paramount Four.  It would appear that they were a 60s group from Gallatin Tennesse. I’ve uncovered four tracks, three of them I’ve linked to You Tube and the other ‘You Must Leave Her Because You Love Her’ appears on a Kent compilation CD ‘Deep Shadows The Best Of Kent Ballads’ CDKEND 342 and the CD notes state that it’s a stunning group ballad produced and arranged by Bob Holmes in Nashville.  Caldwell Jenkins from Gallatin, Tn. was one of the members of the group and he left a comment on a couple of the You Tube clips.  If you read this Caldwell it would be great to get some background on the group as ‘Sorry Ain’t The Word is currrently a huge sound on the UK soul scene gaining an issue on 100 Clubs 6ts 31st Anniversary 45.  The label states that it will be on the forthcoming ‘Masterpieces of Moder Soul Volume 3’.  well worth the price of the CD for this cut alone!

Masterpieces of Modern Soul Vol. 01

Masterpieces of Modern Soul Vol. 02

100 Club, Oxford Street, London 6Ts Rare Soul Allnighter 22nd May 2010

The Paramount Four – I’ve Made Up My Mind []

Early 60s soul ballad.

The Paramount Four – You Don’t Know [Southern City 1115]

Northern Soul allnighter biggie from the mid / late 80s played by Pat Brady covered up as Lost Souls.

Ty Karim

Posted in 6Ts Soul, 7Ts Soul, Crossover, Darrell Banks, Darrell Banks, Ike & Tina Turner, Ike & Tina Turner, Larry Laster, Larry Laster, Modern Soul, Northern Soul, Ty Karim with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2009 by SoulSpinner

Ty KarimTy Karim along with her husband created the quality Northern Soul dancefloor favourite ‘Lighten Up Baby’ which has been appreciated by British Soul fans since the 1970s. Years later DJ Ian Clark started spinning the equally good uptempo ‘Ain’t That Love Enough’ which also found an appreciative home on the scene. As the scene opened up to include 1970s later sophisticated ‘Modern Soul’ songs such as the 1970s update ‘Lightin’ Up’ would be introduced.

It was also realised that Ty was also known as ‘Towana and the Total Destruction’ which introduced ‘Wear Your Natural Baby’. With a broadening range of songs by the artist being appreciated Kent explored putting together a definitive CD of her recordings. This lavishly produced CD has sweet sound from the mastertapes, extensive sleevenotes and a sense of care in its creation.

Ty was along with so many other artists such as Sandi Shelton, Bettye Swann or Dee Dee Warwick, a marvellous artist who never broke through to the mainstream. However the quality of her music is undeniable and this CD will be an essential purchase for fans of 60s and 70s soul music.

Sadly Ty is now deceased so this CD provides a fitting testament to a great talent whose appreciation genuinely does grow over the years.

Here is the story of a family of three black LA musicians that showcases the vocal talents of the wife and mother, Ty Karim. Her husband Kent Harris’ vocal career was largely over by the time she came into his life and he then spent most of his musical energy producing and promoting his wife’s soul recordings. 43 years on from those first recordings, the couple’s daughter Karime, now performs that wonderful music to the same UK fans who have searched out and appreciate the scarce releases of her parents over the last three decades.

Ty Karim

Ty Karim

Ty Karim was a stunning looking, tall and elegant LA soul singer with a raw emotive vocal delivery who recorded from the mid 60s to early 80s. Her recordings were mainly original dancefloor-inspired numbers; always very dynamic and great vehicles for her husky voice. The 60s tracks are Northern soul at its best and their rarity and excellence has put three of them into the £1000+ bracket, even though ‘You Really Made It Good To Me’ (Check price here) was issued on three different catalogue numbers. ‘You Just Don’t Know’ (Check price here)is the hugely expensive number, only ever issued on Kent Harris’ Romark label and now costing £3,000+, but worth it for those glorious vocals and the cascading piano fills alone. ‘Lighten Up Baby’ is another costly item whose full story could fill a book, given the time. Even the 70s remake of it, ‘Lightin Up’, is on the pricey side (Check price here) but like most of Ty’s 45s is a stunning double sider with a beautiful James Taylor, of all people, song on the flip.

60s Big Beat ballad fans should look out for the stunning ‘All At Once’ which may have passed them by as its flip commands such a high price. Due to heavy local sales ‘Help Me Get The Feeling’ is a relatively cheap (we’re talking hundreds not thousands) single but an equally great 60s Motownesque dancer.

The Complete Ty Karim - Los Angeles Soul Goddess

The Complete Ty Karim – Los Angeles Soul Goddess

Ty and Kent’s crossover funk ‘Wear Your Natural’ presaged the 70s soul sound that Ty also mastered. She worked through that decade with ‘Lightin’ Up’ the standout release, and then into the 80s, when her 12” collaboration with George Griffin ‘Keep On Doin’ Whatcha’ Doin’’ gained her new overseas fans. We are pleased to be able to include her prototype of that song ‘If I Can’t Stop You (I Can Slow You Down)’ as recorded by CB Overton and Johnny Bristol; it has got the Modern Room DJs licking their lips already.

Sadly Ty died in 1983, but with her daughter Karime living only a couple of miles from Ace, we’ve pieced together this fascinating story. It includes how a Northern soul fanzine article about her mother inspired Karime to move to the UK and eventually led to her singing her parents’ wonderful music to very appreciative crowds on today’s Northern Soul circuit. Kent Harris has given us complete access to all his master tapes and photographs and we have even found new material and alternative takes on some of Ty’s songs, including a great blues version of ‘Lighten Up Baby’. The musical clarity from the masters is particularly good too; given the understandably poor sound quality of previous bootlegs of the music.

From being an almost mythical and revered West Coast chanteuse, we can now appreciate and understand Ty Karim for the sublime artist she was.

By Ady Croasdell

Kent CDKEND 308

Ty Karim (2008) - The Complete Ty Karim Los Angeles Soul Godess (Kent 308)

Ty Karim (2008) – The Complete Ty Karim Los Angeles Soul Godess (Kent 308)

1 Lighten Up Baby

2 Help Me Get That Feeling Back Again

3 Ain’t That Love Enough

4 Only a Fool

5 All at Once

6 Lightin’ Up

7 Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight

8 Wear Your Natural, Baby

9 You Just Don’t Know

10 You Really Made It Good to Me

11 I Ain’t Lying

12 Take It Easy Baby

13 Don’t Make Me Do Wrong

14 Keep on Doin’ Whatcha’ Doin’

15 Keep on Doin’ Whatcha’ Doin’

16 Natural Do aka Wear Your Natural, Baby

17 I’m Leavin’ You

18 All in Vain

19 After Your Love Has Gone

20 All at Once [Alt Vocal]

21 Lighten Up Baby [Alt Vocal]

22 If I Can’t Stop You (I Can Slow You Down)

23 It Takes Money

Ty Karim [] – Lightin’ Up [US Romark 73-104]
Ty Karim (1974) - Lightin' Up (US Romark 73-104)

Ty Karim (1974) – Lightin’ Up (US Romark 73-104)

Towana & Total Destruction – Wear Your Natural Baby [US Romark RK 102]

Towana & The Total Destruction - Wear Your Natural, Baby (US Romark RK 102)

Towana & The Total Destruction – Wear Your Natural, Baby (US Romark RK 102)

Karime Kendra

Karime Kendra

Karime Kendra appeared at the Cleethorpes 6Ts Weekender in 2008 to perform the songs of her mother (Ty Karim). Heres a couple of clips of her performance.

Karime Kendra – Lightin’ Up Baby

Karime Kendra – Wear Your Natural Baby

Cleethorpes Weekender 2008

Weekender programme

Interview with Karime Kendra

Karime Kendra @ Facebook

Karime kendra @ Facebook2

Karime Kendra @ MySpace

Ty Karim & George Griffin Keep On Doin Watcha Doin [US Sheridan House]

Original version of the track by C.B. Overton [1977] – If I Can’t Stop You that also resurfaced by Johnny Bristol [1982] – If I Can’t Stop You on Handshake?

Ty Karim & George Griffin (1980) - 12 - 01 - Keep On Doin' Whatcha' Doin' (Sheridan House SH-78002)

Ty Karim & George Griffin (1980) – 12 – 01 – Keep On Doin’ Whatcha’ Doin’ (Sheridan House SH-78002)

Long Version

Ty Karim & George Griffin (1980) - Keep On Doin' Whatcha' Doin' (Konkord SH-78002)

Ty Karim & George Griffin (1980) – Keep On Doin’ Whatcha’ Doin’ (Konkord SH-78002)

Ty Karim [] – You Just Don’t Know [US Romark]

Ty Karim - You Just Don't Know (US Romark RK-113-B)

Ty Karim – You Just Don’t Know (US Romark RK-113-B)

Ty Karim [] – You Really Made It Good To Me [US Romark 113]

Ty Karim - You Really Made It Good To Me (Romark RK-112)

Ty Karim – You Really Made It Good To Me (Romark RK-112)

Ty Karim [] – I Ain’t Lying [US Roach 182]

Ty Karim [] – Lighten Up Baby [US Car-A-Mel K 1877]

Ty Karim - Lighten Up Baby (Car-A-Mel 1677)

Ty Karim – Lighten Up Baby (Car-A-Mel 1677)

3 more releases with the same backing track:

Ike & Tina Turner – Somebody, Somewhere Needs You [WB 5766]

Ike & Tina Turner (1966) - 45 - 01 - Somebody (Somewhere) Need You (UK WB 5766)

Ike & Tina Turner (1966) – 45 – 01 – Somebody (Somewhere) Need You (UK WB 5766)

Lyrics:

If someone you’d give your life for

Walks out on you

And you feel you have no one

No one else to turn to

Open up your heart

Stretch out your arms

Remember somebody else somewhere

Somebody, somewhere

Remember somebody else somewhere

Needs you… right now

They need you right now

If ever a pain in your heart

Makes you feel like crying

If at night, you just can’t sleep

Cause you can’t stop crying

Heartaches seem to multiply

Your eyes just won’t stay dry

Remember somebody else somewhere

Somebody, somewhere

Remember somebody else somewhere

Needs you… right now

They need you right now

Don’t worry bout the past

Hold your head up high

You’re gonna see a golden

Rainbow way up in the sky

Turn back the clock

Open up your heart

You’ll hear a knock

Oh, baby, I need you

Listen, in my arms

Is where you belong

I need you right now

I’ll never, never, never

Leave you, no, no

I need you right now

Baby, oh, baby

Sweet baby, I need you

Yes, I do, I need you.

Darrell Banks – Somebody, Somewhere Needs You

Larry Laster [] – Go For Yourself [Loma 2043]

Larry Laster - Go Gor Yourself (Loma 2043)

Larry Laster – Go Gor Yourself (Loma 2043)

Check price here

Darrow Fletcher – Discography UPDATE!

Posted in 6Ts Soul, 7Ts Soul, Darrow Fletcher, Modern Soul, Northern Soul on August 31, 2009 by SoulSpinner

Many thanks to Derek’s Daily 45s for the addition of the following 5 missing tracks from the Darrow Fletcher Discography.

Darrow Fletcher – Now Is The Time For Love (Part 2)

Darrow Fletcher – I Think I’m Gonna Write A Song

Darrow Fletcher – We Can’t Go On This Way

Darrow Fletcher – I Like The Way I Feel

Darrow Fletcher – I Gotta Know Why

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The remaining outstanding missing tracks are:
Dolly Baby [1971 ] Uni 55270
Try Something New [1975] Crossover 980
We’ve Got To get An Understanding [1976] Crossover 983
This Time I’ll Be The Fool [1976] Crossover 983
Let’s Get Together [1978] Atco 7083

It would be fantastic to have Darrow’s full discography available, so any assistance in finding these would be greatly appreciated.  I have found these tracks listed on a couple of record dealers sites and have contacted them but I think their sites are long out-of-date as I have had no response as yet.

P.S. Links available now for previous Ollie Nightingale & Lynn White post.

Darrow Fletcher

Posted in 6Ts Soul, Crossover, Darrow Fletcher, Northern Soul on August 24, 2009 by SoulSpinner
Darrow Fletcher

Darrow Fletcher

A child prodigy, Darrow Fletcher started singing when he was six years old. Everybody predicted stardom for the young crooner, who didn’t have a shy bone in his body. He recorded his first record while still a student at Hirsch High School; he later attended South Shore. Ironically, the song turned out to be his most popular recording. “The Pain Gets a Little Deeper” was a rough song for a 14-year-old to get into, or so one would think, but Fletcher belted it out as if he had just gone through a knockdown, drag-out divorce. Travels took him to the celebrated chitlin’ circuit, where he shared billings with other hot acts. He appeared on many television shows, not big ones like Dick Clark, but smaller soul shows like Ken Hawkins’ World of Soul in Cleveland, OH, and Soul Train when it was Chicago-based.

At least three more singles on Groovy Records didn’t come close to equaling the minimal success of his debut; he switched labels again and again, but sales never amounted to much. He recorded some solid singles, though; “Sitting There That Night” was a monster in Chicago, but never got much further than the city limits, due to Jacklyn Records’ small budget. He cut “What Good Am I Without You” (1968) for the same label with the same results. Chicago’s big city lifestyle, combined with his local success, got him flossy gigs at the Regal Theater with stars such as Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Ruffin, B.B. King, the Radiants, and others. His “The Way of a Man” (B-side of this listing) on Revue Records made CKLW’s (Detroit/Windsor) heavy rotation, notching well into the station’s Top 20 survey. Pushed and managed by his father, Fletcher tried but never signed to a label with deep pockets. He had two other releases on Revue Records that went totally unnoticed everywhere but at the Fletcher abode. In 1970, “Dolly Baby” b/w “What Is This” dropped on Uni Records, but made no noise. “Now Is the Time for Love” came out on Genna Records, another midget.

After a while, Fletcher gave up the dream. A Darrow Fletcher compilation isn’t on the market, and despite all his recordings, he never made an album. Some of his songs can be found from time to time on Northern soul websites playable via Real Audio. Some select cuts are on various Northern soul compilations, mostly imports, which can be hard to come by in the States. Other notable recordings include “What Have I Got,” “I’ve Gotta Know Why,” “My Judgement Day,” “Gotta Draw the Line,” and “My Young Misery,” the follow-up to “The Pain Gets a Little Deeper.”  Andrew Hamilton, All Music Guide

Darrow Fletcher Cleethorpes 2006

Darrow Fletcher Cleethorpes 2006

Discography
A full (?) 45 discography courtesy of Dave Rimmer at www.soulfulkindamusic.net.

Links included where appropriate (note link includes both A & B sides and any label scans). Any help filling in the gaps would be greatly appreciated just leave a comment. Especially interested in the 1978 Atco 7083 release ‘Let’s Get Together’ if anyone can help.

1966 The Pain Gets A Little Deeper Groovy 3001 A
1966 My Judgement Day Groovy 3001 B
1966 My Young Misery Groovy 3004 A
1966 I Gotta Know Why Groovy 3004 B
1966 Gotta Draw The Line Groovy 3007 A
1966 I Gotta Know Why Groovy 3007 B
1966 That Certain Little Something Groovy 3009 A
1966 My Judgement Day Groovy 3009 B
1966 What Have I Got Now Jacklyn 1002 A
1966 Sitting There That Night Jacklyn 1002 B
1967 Infatuation Jacklyn 1003 A
1967 Little Girl Jacklyn 1003 B
1967 What Good Am I Without You Jacklyn 1006 A
1967 Little Girl Jacklyn 1006 B
1968 The Way Of A Man Revue 11008 A
1968 I Like The Way I Feel Revue 11008 B
1968 Gonna Keep Loving You Revue 11023 A
1968 We Can’t Go On This Way Revue 11023 B
1969 Those Hanging Heartaches Revue 11035 A
1969 Sitting There That Night Revue 11035 B
1970 I Think I’m Gonna Write A Song Congress 6011 A
1970 Sitting There That Night Congress 6011 B
1970 When Love Calls Uni 55244 A
1970 Changing By The Minute Uni 55244 B
1971 What Is This Uni 55270 A
1971 Dolly Baby Uni 55270 B
1971 Now Is The Time For Love (Part 1) Genna 1002 A
1971 Now Is The Time For Love (Part 2) Genna 1002 B
1975 Try Something New Crossover 980 A
1975 It’s No Mistake Crossover 980 B
1976 We’ve Got To Get An Understanding Crossover 983 A
1976 This Time I’ll Be The Fool Crossover 983 B
1978 Improve Atco 7083 A
1978 Let’s Get Together Atco 7083 B
1979 Rising Cost Of Love Atlantic 3600 A
1979 Honey, Can I Atlantic 3600 B

A Bonus previously unissued track taken from the recent Masterpieces Of Modern Soul compilation entitled ‘Hope For Love’ is included here.

Hope For Love

Darrow appeared at the legendary Cleethorpes Weekender in June 2006. Unfortunately I didn’t go so anyone who did I’d love to hear what his performance was like.

Cleethorpes Weekender 20006

Cleethorpes Weekender 20006

Here’s a link to a review of the weekend and here’s another link to the programme for the weekend including a brief Darrow Fletcher Biography.

Both above links from www.6ts.info website.

Here’s a collection of tracks I found on YouTube:

Darrow Fletcher [1966] – The Pain Gets A little Deeper [US Groovy 3001]

Darrow Fletcher [1966] – My Young Misery [US Groovy 3004]

Darrow Fletcher [1966] – You Gotta Draw The Line [US Groovy 3007]

Darrow Fletcher [1066] – What Have I Got Now [US Jacklyn 1002]

Darrow Fletcher [1967] – What Good Am I Without You [US Jacklyn 1006]

Darrow Fletcher [1968] – I Like The Way I Feel [US Revue 11008]

Darrow Fletcher [1970] – When Love Calls [US Uni 55244 A]

Darrow Fletcher [1970 Changing By The Minute [US Uni 55244 B]

Darrow Fletcher [1971] – Now It’s Time For Love Part 1 [Genna 1002]

Darrow Fletcher [1971] – Now It’s Time For Love Part 2 [Genna 1002]

Darrow Fletcher [1975] – It’s No Mistake [US Crossover 980]

Darrow Fletcher [1976] – We’ve Got To Get An Understanding [US Crossover 983]

Jackie Wilson – More Northern Soul …

Posted in 6Ts Soul, Northern Soul on July 16, 2009 by SoulSpinner

A couple more Northern Soul tracks …

Jackie Wilson [] – My Heart Is Calling []

Jackie Wilson [] – You Got Me Walking []

Jackie Wilson – R&B Time …

Posted in 6Ts Soul, Jackie Wilson, R&B on July 16, 2009 by SoulSpinner

Some earlier 60s ‘rawer’ R&B cuts …

Jackie Wilson [] – Soulville [Brunswick]


Jackie Wilson [] – That’s Why R&B



Jackie Wilson [] – You’d Better Know It R&B



Jaclie Wilson [] – Baby Workout

Jackie Wilson [] – I Can Do Better [Brunswick]

Jackie Wilson [] – Lonely Life [Brunswick]

Jackie performed this? song it the Movie, “Teenage Millionaire”.The melody is from a classical piece, words by Al Kasha who wrote 7 songs for Jackie as well as for Steve Lawrence, Elvis and many more including 2 Academy Award songs, for “The Poseidon Adventure” and “Towering Inferno” “Lonley Life” reached #80 on the charts in 1961. The flip side, “I’m Coming On Back To You”, also written by Al Kasha, charted at #19 Pop and #9 R & B. Jackie Wilson had 5 chart hits in 1961 [PutOnASweater]