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Welcome to Wanted And Needed, a Northern Soul playlist befitting of any discerning DJ and one that would happily slot into any Soul Night, All-Nighter or Weekender today. Some of the discs were first spun as far back as the Twisted Wheel, such as The Precisions’ floorpacker “If This Is Love”. Others were unreleased at the time of recording and have found favour in more recent times, such as The Persianettes “Run Run” (originally covered up as “You Better Get Away” by The Sequins). Also unreleased at the time was Pearl Jones’ infectious “Give Me Another Chance”, a Sidra recording that finally surfaced in 2001 on a company acetate. Jones also appears here on her own composition “Let My Baby Go” as a member of the Embraceables. Another of our featured tracks that eluded the Northern Soul scene at the time is Joey Delorenzo’s feel-good “Wake Up To The Sunshine Girl” issued in 1973 on the tiny Mi-Val label but sounds much earlier and probably is. The unknown Delorenzo was reputedly a local car salesman with a passion to become a recording artist. He finally got his 3 minutes 15 seconds of fame in return for a generous deal down at the lot!

The playlist kicks off with a real heavyweight of the UK Rare Soul scene, the title track, the legendary “Just Say You’re Wanted (And Needed)” by Gwen Owens. A flop in America, it wasn’t until 1976 that this – already rare – 45 finally made it to these shores and shook the Casino walls. The action is relentless with 100% floorpackers courtesy of The Precisions, Tony Galla, The Capreez, Ronnie And Robyn with their vocal to “Sidras Theme”, The Falcons, and Mickey Lee Lane (aka Sounds Of Lane) with his raucous instrumental “Tracks To Your Mind”. Wanted And Needed Indeed!

Shirley Wahls

Why Am I Crying / That's How Long (I'm Gonna Love You)

Shirley Wahls had a remarkably short lived solo recording career for someone with such a strong, emotive, deep soul voice. However, her debut single for King Records has to be regarded as one of the greatest double-header Northern Soul 45s of all time. When Shirley’s voice kicks in at around 15 seconds you know, in that spine-tingling instant, that you’re listening to something very special. At the hands of producer Bill “Bunky” Sheppard Shirley delivers an incredibly emotional performance straight out of the church where she was somewhat of a star working with the likes of the Argo and Ward Singers. And the B-side is equally stunning.

The Just Brothers / The Honey Bees

Carlena / Let's Get Back Together

The Just Brothers were Jimmy and Frank Bryant and are best known for their throw-away instrumental “Sliced Tomatoes” that first graced the scene at Blackpool Mecca. “Carlena” is a different beast altogether, a powerful slice of gritty up-tempo soul propelled by various members of Motown’s Funk Brothers. A collector’s item that was first picked up by Wigan Casino DJ Richard Searling on a visit to Soul Bowl circa 1976-7, a trip that also produced the first copy of The Honey Bees’ “Let’s Get Back Together”, both on the Garrison label, reputedly part-owned by Mike Terry, and both incredibly rare, approaching a combined $5,000 in today’s market! The Honey Bees were an in demand, for-hire, backing vocal group working the New York circuit in the mid-Sixties and can be heard, in fine voice, supporting Jack Montgomery (real name Marvin Jones) on his superb Barracuda 45 “Don’t Turn Your Back on Me”. Here they deliver their own, much deserved, recording, co-written by Don Mancha and Wigan’s adopted son, the late, great Edwin Starr.

Patti Jo

Make Me Believe In You / Stay Away From Me

Patti Jo was a Nashville teen when she cut this, original, version of Curtis Mayfield’s song “Make Me Believe In You”. She still resides in Nashville today but has remained somewhat of an enigma. One thing is for certain, if the quarter of a million YouTube views are anything to go by, this is one mighty mighty slab of pure funk/northern/rare groove soul! The master was produced by Curtis Mayfield for Scepter Records in 1973 and released on their Wand imprint. Reissued here for the first time under the Scepter logo and coupled with another Mayfield song “Stay Away From Me” on which Patti delivers a stunning performance on the song that Mayfield originally cut with Major Lance.

Cody Black was born and raised in Cincinnati in the shadow of King Records where he cut this landmark Northern Soul 45 “I’m Slowly Molding” in 1968. However, it didn’t impact on the UK soul scene until the mid-Eighties when, at last, it finally hit at the ground-breaking ‘Top Of The World’ club in Stafford. Still a mainstay of the All-Nighter scene to this day and commanding prices in the region of $1,000. Black recorded a string of 45s for as many labels including the highly prized “It’s Our Time To Fall In Love” on ‘GIG’ and the sublime “Mr Blue” on ‘D-Town’. Charles Spurling was a fellow Cincinnati music hustler working as an A&R man at King Records when he cut this pounding Northern Soul dancer in 1967.

Herbert Hunter

I Was Born To Love You / I Know That Feelin'

Herbert Hunter will be forever worshiped by the UK Northern Soul scene for his anthemic 45 “I Was Born to Love You”, recorded in the home of country music, Nashville, in 1967. Sometimes things are just meant to be and they collide in perfect harmony. “I Was Born To Love You” is a case in point. The perfect lyric – “I Was Born To Love You, You Were Born To Tear My Heart Apart” – the perfect beat, and perfect timing as it crashed onto these shores in the summer of ’76 when Northern Soul was at its zenith and Wigan Casino owned the All-Nighter scene! But, Hunter is no one-trick pony, as his list of collectable 45s bears testament, not least “Happy Go Lucky”, also on Spar. Hunter was part of Ted Jarrett’s roster of artists and, under Jarrett’s stewardship recorded a string of cover versions under the pseudonym Leroy Jones for the neighbouring budget label ‘Hit’. He learnt much of his trade from established artists and label mates such as Gene Allison who he toured with as minder and nursemaid, due to Allison’s drink problem. Often, when they arrived a venue, Allison was too drunk to perform and Hunter would step in for him. For our B-side we’ve chosen a lesser known, but no less wonderful and gritty Northern Soul dancer “I Know The Feelin’” by The Jades. Currently very much indemand with a mint copy selling earlier this year for over $900. We know little about The Jades who recorded this incredible slab of uptempo soul for Ted Jarrett’s Poncello label in 1964 featuring, of course, Herbert Hunter’s booming lead vocal.

Welcome to the third volume in the Wigan Casino mini-series exploring the diverse playlist of the world’s No.1 Northern Soul venue. The 23rd September 2018 marks the 45th Anniversary of the super club and these 18 tracks capture the unique atmosphere of the huge ballroom and the mesmerizing dance moves that held us spellbound all those years ago. WIGAN CASINO finally closed its doors in December 1981 after eight long years of weekly All-Nighters, during which time it came to define Northern Soul. The term had, of course, been coined years earlier, but it was the Casino Soul Club that established the style of music and the scene to the wider public. The Casino transformed the Northern Soul scene into a mass youth movement with its own sound track, uniform, cultural icons and a 100,000 strong membership. In reality, the stereotype of moustachioed young men in baggy trousers and vest tops, festooned with sew-on patches, was actually quite short lived. Northern Soul was ever evolving and as the Seventies progressed so did the music and the fashion, embracing soulful-disco and jazz-funk. Today, 45 years on, it is still evolving and attracts followers from all over the globe to its international Weekenders and Festivals. Right On!

The Masqueraders / The Gentlemen Four

Do You Love Me Baby / You Can't Keep A Good Man Down

The Masqueraders had already recorded sides for La Beat, Soultown and Tower before signing to Wand. The five-piece group initially modelled themsleves on popular acts of the day which inspired their name ‘The Masqueraders’. They even scored an interview at Motown, but were told that they already The Temptations! “Do You Love Me Baby” was the group’s second single on Wand 1172 in February 1968 but unfortunately it failed to gain any momentum at the time. They were dropped by the label and signed to Larry Utall’s Bell Records who took them to #7 in the R&B charts with “I Ain’t Got Nobody Else” later that year. But, it is the awesome “Do You Love Me Baby” that hit with the UK soul fans and remains a dancefloor favourite 50 years on. The Gentlemen Four recorded just one single for Wand Records in April 1968, produced by the label’s superstar Dionne Warwick. The top-side was the sublime “It Won’t Hurt” originally recorded by The O’Jays. “You Can’t Keep A Good Man Down” was consigned to the B-side and although it sank without trace at the time it certainly hit with the dancers back in the UK on the Northern Soul scene.

Renowned DJ and broadcaster Richard Searling revisits the records that helped define his career at the world-famous Wigan Casino Soul Club between the years 1973 to 1981. This fantastic 16 track - vinyl only - album is compiled from over 150 records profiled in Richard Searling’s 2018 book Setting The Record Straight and is an absolute must for any serious Northern Soul fan. It is the soundtrack, not only to the book, but to almost a decade of discoveries that shaped the sound of the might Casino Club. “The records I have included here are all ones I had the privilege of playing first at Wigan Casino, or in my short time behind the turntables at Va Va’s in Bolton. There are many others I helped create a demand for, all of which are detailed in my book. I’ve annotated any “cover-up” name changes that I might have used, and I’ve also tried to describe each 45 in the context of the time when it was garnering favour. I’ve also added as much background information as possible about the artists and how the records came to exist in the first place. As the book title - Setting The Record Straight – suggests, I have taken this opportunity to clear up once and for all some of the myths and unnecessary distortions of the truth surrounding Wigan Casino that have been circulating since the All-Nighters came to an end in late 1981.” Richard Searling

Stemmons Express

Woman, Love Thief / Love Power

Stemmons Express were a band from Texas and their classic songs “Woman, Love Thief” and “Love Power” were first released on producer Sam Coplin’s local label Karma, before being picked up by Wand. The group took their name from the Stemmons Freeway (Interstate 35E) which in turn was named after Dallas businessman Leslie Stemmons. “Woman, Love Thief” shares the same backing track as The Precisions’ “Such Misery” which was recorded a few years earlier in Detroit in 1966. Quite how the track ended up in the hands of Sam Coplin, who also claims writers’ credit, is a mystery.

Nolan Porter

Keep On Keeping On / If I Could Only Be Sure

If I Could Only Be Sure”, a staple on the All-Nighter scene, was released in 1972 and was taken from Porter’s eponymous ABC album. Unlike its predecessor, it was also released in Brazil, Canada, France, New Zealand and in the UK on Probe Records, 23rd Feb 1973, 45 years ago! It was a modest hit at the time peaking at #89 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was later covered by Paul Weller on his 2004 album Studio 150. Both tracks were produced by Gabriel Mekler who was a rising star in the early seventies. His Lizard and Vulture labels had national chart success and he produced albums for Steppenwolf, Three Dog Night, Janis Joplin and Etta James. He was also an acclaimed songwriter and musician and if it wasn’t for his untimely death in a moterbike accident in 1977 he could well have become the next Nile Rodgers! Fortunately he left behind a legacy of wonderful recordings and two of the best are featured here.

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Deep down an dirty, hard-ass soul-rock here from Nolan Porter. Surely big with Keb Darge and his rockabilly ruffians...

Soul Brothers Six / Willie Tee

I'll Be Loving You / Walkin' Up A One Way Street

The Soul Brothers Six hailed from Rochester, New York and have played a part on the Northern Soul scene for over 50 years. Their first recording, for Lyndell Records in 1966, is now a 3-figure rarity, but it is their debut disc for Atlantic, “I’ll Be Loving You”, that first graced the decks at the Twisted Wheel, The Pendulum et al and has become a perennial Northern Soul favourite. At the time of release it was the B-side to “Some kind Of Wonderful” which took the disc to No.91 on the R&B charts. Willie Tee has also been a familiar figure on the rare soul scene since the early Mod clubs with his archetypal New Orleans mid tempo soul sound. His early recordings on Gatur rank as some of the most collectable 45s to emanate from the Crescent City. Here we feature his club classic from 1964, the anthemic “Walkin’ Up A One Way Street”.

Frank Wilson

Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) / Sweeter As The Days Go By

Exactly 40 years ago the original copy of “Do I Love You” arrived on these shores and, for the first time the true identity of its author and performer was revealed. Today “Do I Love You” has transceneded the strange world of Northen Soul and has become enshrined in the wider public’s concsiousness due to mainstream radio play, TV advertising (most recently the ‘Happy Egg Co.’) and in 2017 an appearance on the country’s most popular TV show Strictly Come Dancing. Now you too can own a copy of “Do I Love You”…

THE No.1 Wigan Casino and Northern Soul anthem · THE most valuable record in the world · THE first ever legal reissue, outside of Motown · THE last record ever played at Wigan Casino. 

Robert Knight

Love On A Mountain Top / Everlasting Love

Robert Knight (born Robert Peebles) was originally a member of The Paramounts who signed to Dot Records in 1960. He scored a modest hit with “Free Me” before returning to University to complete his chemistry degree. In 1967 he signed to Buzz Cason’s Rising Sons label and cut “Everlasting Love”, a #13 Hot 100 hit. In the UK the pop group Love Affair took it to No.1 with their cover version the following year. “Love On A Mountain Top”, another Buzz Cason composition, was recorded in ’68 but failed to chart. However, via the explosion of the Northern Soul scene in late ’73 it shot to No.10 on the UK chart prompting a reissue of Everlasting Love” which broke the Top 20 in March ’74. Here, at last, over 40 years later we have both soul classics back-to-back!

All time Northern Soul Classic from The Torch and Wigan Casino Two fabulous sides

Little Richard

Poor Dog / A Little Bit Of Something

Little Richard needs “little” introduction the UK soul fan having enjoyed a string of Northern Soul collectables on Vee-Jay, Kent, Modern, Brunswick and, of course, Okeh. These two swinging Northern Soul classics are filled with all the nostalgia and groove to transport anyone back to the dancefloor. Both “Poor Dog” and “A Little Bit Of Something” have cult status having originally been spun on the embryonic Northern/Mod scene at the legendary Twisted Wheel club in Manchester. Wigan Casino DJ Dave Evison revived “Poor Dog” as a Mr M’s Oldie before taking it downstairs to the main ballroom where it cemented its ‘Hall Of Fame’ legacy.




This unique set brings together a treasure trove of R&B rarities enshrined by the $3,000 “Lookin’ For My Baby”, recorded by The Nightriders in 1959 for Juggy Murray’s Sue imprint. Murray had co-founded Sue Records two years earlier with fellow New Yorker Bobby Robinson whose Fire label provides us with the equally compelling “Keep A’Calling” by Paul Perryman (side 1, track 1), a snip at only $300! The set bursts into life with Vernon Harrell’s hot dance ticket “Slick Chick”, currently commanding a cool $400 on its original Lescay label. Northern Soul fans will be interested to know that Harrell co-wrote “Seven Days Too Long” with J R Bailey (aka Chuck Wood) and “Sweet Sweet Lovin’” for The Platters. Mike Robinson (“Lula”) also has a tenuous Northern Soul connection, he was originally in Bobby Thomas’ Vibranaires before joining the Orioles alongside the legendary Sonny Til. BOTH Earl King’s make the playlist: Earl “Connelly” with his hard “Every Whicha Kinda Way” and the New Orleans native Earl King with “Darling Honey Angel Child”, an early prototype of the standard “Come On”. Look out too for rare soul sweetheart Baby Washington, “Medicine Man”. A Collection to Treasure…
Over $6,000 worth of original vinyl now available - for the first time - on one collectable Long Play vinyl album

Porgy And The Monarchs

Hey Girl / My Heart Cries For You

PORGY WILLIAMS and his Monarchs recorded a handful of singles in the mid-sixties on almost as many labels. They made their debut in ’63 on Mala Records before moving to Musicor where they scored two singles: “That Girl” / “If It’s For Real Baby” and “My Heart Cries For You” / “Think Twice Before You Walk Away”. Produced by Teddy Randazzo, all four sides are excellent but incredibly didn’t see any chart action at the time. Fortunately all was not lost and, almost a decade later, “My Heart Cries For You” became a much cherished dance floor anthem in the U.K. Our topside “Hey Girl” was recorded in New York for Musicor but was not released until 1975 when, quite by accident, it was wrongly pressed as the B-side to a reissue of “My Heart”. Musicor, realising the error, withdraw the disc… UNTIL NOW!!!

Billy Thompson / Clarence Reid

Black Eyed Girl / I'm Your Yes Man

BILLY THOMPSON’s solo outing “Black Eyed Girl” was pressed twice in 1965, on the local Boston label Columbus and for national distribution on Wand. Despite the quality of the song, written by Barry Richards and “Boston’s No.1 Soul Man” Herschel Dwellingham, it came to nothing, leaving once again the U.K. soul scene to come to the rescue.

By contrast CLARENCE REID recorded a slue of 45s from 1963 to ’76 including our mega rarity “I’m Your Yes Man”, produced by Buddy Killen.

• All time Northern Soul Classic - Two fabulous sides

• Over £1,000 of original vinyl 


Jimmy Radcliffe

Long After Tonight Is All Over

    Jimmy Radcliffe is perhaps best known as the artist who closed, the now legendary, Saturday / Sunday Wigan Casino all-nighters. Shortly before 8am ever Sunday morning from 1973 to 1981 Radcliffe’s soulful tones would signal the end of proceedings and the start of the long journey home for thousands of soul pilgrims. But, “Long After Tonight Is All Over” was a familiar song years before Russ Winstanley added it to his three-before-eight, having reach No.40 in the UK charts back in 1965. Here Outta Sight feature the classic 1964 original plus the new-to-vinyl Italian language version.

    Radcliffe was an accomplished musician, songwriter and performer. He also wrote and performed over 200 jingles, most notably the 1969 Pontiac commercial “breakaway in a wide tracking Pontiac” which was extended by Steve Karmen and released as the northern soul 45 “Breakaway”. 


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Laura says: An absolute gem of a Northern Soul tune. Get your talc out and get practising those moves!

    Booker T &The MGs / The Mar-kets

    Green Onions / Balboa Blue

    Booker T & The MGs will be forever synonymous with the sound of Memphis soul, as defined by Stax Records for whom they were the house band. In 1962 they made it to No.1 in the R&B charts and peaked at No.3 in Billboards Hot 100 with “Green Onions”. The classic 12-bar blues anthem features Steve Cropper on a Fender Telecaster and Booker T Jones’ rippling Hammond M3 organ. It's the ultimate R&B / mod soul instrumental, and one of the most recognisable tracks ever.The Mar-Kets (later The Marketts) were a California instrumental surf band best remembered for their 1963 million-selling album 'Out Of Limits'. “Balboa Blue” features on their debut LP 'Surfer’s Stomp' and first appeared on the northern soul scene at Manchester’s Twisted Wheel club.

    Moments

    I've Got The Need / Nine Times

    Next in their northern soul 45s reissue series Outta Sight feature two all-time classics from the New Jersey trio, The Moments, aka Harry Ray, Al Goodman and William Brown. The top-side, “I've Got The Need” is an original album-only cut taken from their 1975 Sharp LP on Joe and Sylvia Robinsons Stang label. The song, a massive Blackpool Mecca spin at the time of release, also enjoyed popularity at Wigan Casino by Chuck Jackson and Cleethorpes by Spooky & Sue.

    The flip side is no slouch either. “Nine Times” from 1976 is a true club-classic with its unforgettable “telephone” intro calling you onto the dance floor. Both sides remain floor fillers today and are available for the first time back-to-back.

    James Walsh Gypsy Band

    Cuz It's You Girl / Bring Yourself Around

    Outta Sight are back with another six sides of northern soul featuring new-to-vinyl couplings and rarities. Their bargain-friendly series includes over £1,000 worth of original northern soul 45s for the price of a night out.

    On this third instalment of the latest batch of 45s we have The James Walsh Gypsy Band and the their crossover classic, “Cuz It’s You Girl”, which has become a firm favourite in northern soul rooms in recent times. It's flipped with the soul / jazz-funk crossover smash 'Bring Yourself Around' which has enough of the soft-rock about it to become an underground gem on the yacht-rock / Balearic scene as well.


    Candy & The Kisses

    The 81 / Bok To Bach

    OUTTA SIGHT PROUDLY PRESENT the Jerry Ross series.

    In the early sixties the girl group sound was dominated by maverick male producers: behind the Crystals was Phil Spector; the Shangri Las had Shadow Morton; the Chantels were steered by Ritchie Barrett and the Yum Yums, Sapphires and Candy & The Kisses were the protégés of Jerry Ross.

    Candy & The Kisses (originally known as the Symphonettes) reached no. 51 on the Billboard Hot 100 with their debut 45 “The 81” in 1965. Jerry recalls, “Kenny Gamble and I were at a record hop where the kids were doing a new dance called The 81 to Martha & The Vandellas ‘In My Lonely Room’. Kenny and I went back to my office and wrote the song there and then”.
    Father Angelo’s ‘Angels’, a 9-piece blue-eyed soul band with a self-contained horn section, were brought to Jerry via WAEB DJ Gene Kaye. Their anthem “Bok To Back” was recorded at Bell Sound Studios in 1967.

    Al Wilson

    The Snake / Show And Tell

    Outta Sight herald the new year with two fabulous floor-packers from the glory days of northern soul.

    Second on the list comes Al Wilson’s “The Snake”, perhaps THE most played northern soul oldie ever! It first came to prominence at Manchester's famed Twisted Wheel Club and is now embedded in the scene along with patches, talcum powder and baggy trousers. It has graced many a TV and film soundtrack and is currently on rotation in every TK Maxx store in the country. Love it, hate it, you can’t ignore it!

    Dobie Gray

    Out On The Floor / The 'In' Crowd

    Outta Sight herald the new year with two fabulous floor-packers from the glory days of Northern Soul.

    First up is Dobie Gray's “Out On The Floor”. This absolute classic has it all; the perfect lyric married to the perfect dance beat, and now made even better by having Dobie Gray’s perennial mod / soul anthem “The ‘In’ Crowd” on the flip side. These two icons of the scene are brought together for the first time… Northern soul heaven!

    Little Arthur Mathews / Willie Wright

    I'm Gonna Whale On You / I'm Gonna Leave You Baby, And I’m Goin’ Away To Stay

    Who needs the summer when the next three Outta Sight R&B collectables are as hot as these?

    The Northern end of R&B continues to pack the dancefloors across Europe and it is showcased - at its best - in these in-demand cuts. Six top tunes that would set you back a month’s wages if you’re lucky! All hard to find on their respective original labels which, incredibly, date from as early as 1952.

    On side A Little Arthur Mathews hooks up with the Johnny Otis Band for the horn honking skiffle-like cut "’m Gonna Whale On You". On the flip Willie Wright belts it out on rhythm & blues roller "I’m Gonna Leave You Baby, And I’m Goin’ Away To Stay".


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