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First Post – My All-Time Favourite – Jackie Wilson

Posted in 6Ts Soul, Chants, Jackie Wilson, Lavern Baker, Northern Soul on July 15, 2009 by SoulSpinner
Mr. Excitement!

Mr. Excitement!

Jackie Wilson [1968] – 45 – I Get The Sweetest Feeling [Brunswick 55381]

Hi … and thanks for dropping by.  I’m new to the blog scene but have been inspired by the many quality blogs out there sharing and spreading the world of rare soul.  There are plenty of blogs catering for rare funk, disco and 80’s grooves, but I haven’t really found one (that is not member only) dedicated to pure / real soul music. …. So here I am … stay tuned.

What to post first?  Wasn’t actually that difficult.  A tune I have grown up with and NEVER tired of.  A tune that lifts me up every time I hear it.  Pure Chicago soul from the golden era 1968.  The legendary Jackie ‘Mr. Excitement’ Wilson who was sadly taken from us when he was, in my view, at his very, very best – The Soul Years on Brunswick.  The tune surely needs no introduction, the CLASSIC ‘I Get The Sweetest Feeling’. Written by Van McCoy & Alicia Evelyn, orchestra was directed by Willie Henderson with Motown’s  Funk Brothers performing the instrumental track and The Adantes on background vocals.  The song was released 3 times 1968, 1972 and 1987, becoming more successful in the UK with the 2 latter release both hitting Top 10.

Rarely covered, presumably because Jackie’s version could never, ever be topped.  The only covers that I am aware of include:

Erma Franklin (Brunswick),


The B side of Erma Franklin is another cover version of Jackie’s excellent  ‘Whispers (Getting Louder)’ from 1966.

The Chants (RCA 1969 1823)

The Chants

The Chants

The Chants [1969] – I Get The Sweetest Feeling [UK RCA 1823]
The Chants were different from the rest of the beat groups in that they were a black vocal group who had a style which owed much to American groups of the Fifties such as The Ravens and The Flamingos. They were formed in Liverpool in 1962 and originally called themselves the Shades.

Late in 1962 they turned up at the Cavern club for an audition but didn’t have a backing group, the Beatles offered to provide backing for them, but Brian Epstein objected. John Lennon overruled him and the Chants made their Cavern dubut in November 1962 with the Beatles providing their backing.

Despite his initial opposition, Epstein briefly took over the management of the group early in 1963. They found him ineffectual as a manager and he agreed to release them. Then they signed with a Manchester-based agent, Ted Ross, who arranged a recording deal with Pye Records.

The Chants made an impact on several tours and in Eddie Amoo they possessed an effective performer..

They sustained their career throughout most of the ’60s without troubling the charts despite recording for several different labels. In the mid-seventies singer Amoo finally found success with the disco band The Real Thing.

‘I Get The Sweetest Feeling’ was The Chants last single release.

The Platters.  Perhaps I will post these at a later date?

Later covers were also done by 2 UK pop singers:

UK Pop Idol winner Will Young in 2002 as the B side to CD single ‘Long And Winding Road’ / ‘Suspicious Minds’

Liz McClarnon (Atomic Kitten) 2006, double A side to her solo single ‘Woman I Love’ (Barbara Striesland) – it peaked at #5 in UK charts – Liverpool (scouse) connection with The Chants / Real Thing!

I’d be interested if anyone out there could expand on this list.

Anyway ENJOY and look forward to many more quality posts.

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Michael Jackson dancing to Jackie Wilson (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me ) Higher And Higher