Soul has a horse obsession.
Soulful Strut 1968 MCA Records was a two million instrumental hi, was strange by the fact that neither Young nor Holt played on it. It was made by a session orchestra. “Soulful Strut” was the backing track on “Am I The Same Girl?’ by Barbara Acklin.
And a great version of The Beat Goes On.
French Art Art Weblink
HIGH HEEL SNEAKERS – 1966
Ramsey Emmanuel Lewis, Jr; was born in Chicago in 1935 – he was an astoundingly gifted pianist.
In 1956 he formed a Jazz trio with Eldee Young (Bass) and Red Holt (Drums). 1965 was the year when he won the hearts of UK soul fans with his instrumental version of The In Crowd (Dobie Gray). Jimmy Savile used it to introduce his radio shows and it remained his theme tune for ever after. Wade In The Water, Hi Heel Sneakers, Hang On Sloopy all became firm soul club favourites.
Ramsey Lewis LP’s: ‘Hang On Ramsay’ and ‘Wade In The Water’ were often played in their entirety at the Blue Note as the club was opening up and later, after hours when the DJ was sweeping up the dance-floor fag ends as everyone seemed to smoke and dance at the same time!).
“Wade In The Water” gets into the second Soul scene hit list at 155 on K Roberts Top 500.
Young & Holt were the other members of the original Ramsay Lewis Trio and they did their own thing too: Young Holt Trio.
Born 27th May 1935, Chicago
Wikipedia: Ramsay Lewis
Mark Wirtz was the man behind “A Touch Of Velvet – A Sting Of Brass”. He was a very adventurous musician and attempted several streams of musical styles. On this record he used backing singers: The Lady Birds who did those wonderful Bow Wow’s. They sang on the Benny Hill Show and did backing vocals for many artists including Sandie Shaw. 2005 they worked on Mark Wirtz’s Ear Theatre album “Love is Eggshaped“: The Soundtrack. The track entitled “Withdrawal” had vocals by The Ladybirds.
“A Touch Of Velvet – A Sting Of Brass” was used by Manchester born DJ; Dave Lee Travis to introduce his radio shows, but long before that it was a MOD anthem and the signature tune to Manchester’s Twisted Wheel Club and first played there by the DJ Roger Eagle.I guess that’s where Travis heard it first. It became strongly associated with Mods in the UK. And it was an eternal favourite on the original 1960 Soul scene in the UK, particularly in Manchester. Later it was wholeheartedly adopted by the subsequent Northern Soul movement.
A Teenage Opera in which the children all sing the news that the local Grocer, Jack has died. It did well in the pop charts but the Opera itself flopped.
Excerpt from – A Teenage Opera –(AKA “Grocer Jack”) 1967 single by Keith West, was produced by Mark Wirtz.
“A Touch Of Velvet – A Sting Of Brass” was used as the theme song in 1966 for German TV’s Beat Club and as a result it became a huge hit there, and its probably due to this, that a series of releases in Europe came out from The Mood Mosaic, but had by this time little to do with Mark Wirtz. Germany as a nation is big on SOUL probably due to Beat Club Germany’s answer to Ready Steady Go; and one of the national radio stations LAUT FM plays 24 hours Soul on two internet radio channels.
The name MOOD MOSAIC then has a curious history, issue lots of albums over the years that may have been bought mostly for their covers! These LPs/CD’s are compilations mostly Jazz from a range of artists:
Wikipedia: Mark Wirtz
Wikipedia: The Mood Mosaic
Harold Burrage – Got To Find A Way – 1965 (Won-der-ful)
Born 30th March 1931 – Chicago
Died 26th November 1966 – Chicago Pianist Harold Burrage (1931-1966) died at only age 35. He was born on the West Side of Chicago where both the gospel music of the church and the urban blues of the clubs exerted equal influence in forming his powerful shouting style. He first recorded in 1950 for Decca with the Horace Henderson Orchestra, and had a sizable hit with ‘Hi-Yo Silver,’ followed by a session in 1951 with the Jimmy Binkley Band for Aladdin. By 1954, when he signed with States, Burrage was perhaps the most ubiquitous of the stand-up urban blues singers working in the Chicago clubs. Recorded as backing musician with Willie Dixon, Magic Sam and Ike Turner.
A great rockin’ upbeat blues record that set many English people on the road to the Blues. Played at the Twisted Wheel in 64’/65′ by Roger Eagle the DJ. I don’t think it was the 78 that he played more likely it was on an LP. “Lady Madonna” by the Beatles owes quite a lot to it (listen to both!)
“Bad Penny Blues” was arguably the starting point for British appreciation of the Blues.
Now this guy may well have started the whole thing off in England… with introduction of the blues..
Roger was also the catalyst or starting point for Blues and Soul in Manchester.
If they ever want to remember where and who started everything that led to ‘Northern Soul‘ then they should erect a statue of Roger in Brazennose street – opposite the statue of Abraham Lincoln would be a nice spot.
Trumpeter and band leader ‘Humph’ has a comedy quiz show on BBC Radio 4 (‘Sorry I haven’t a clue’) and was the original owner of the 100 Club in London.
Humphrey Littleton’s ‘Bad Penny Blues,’ was probably the first British Blues track. It inspired lots of up and coming singers and groups in the UK and later the Beatles did do something with it, subliminally?
Lady Madonna (Lennon and McCartney)
The Rhythm track was probably taken from Humphrey Littleton’s ‘Bad Penny Blues,’ which he took from Dan Burley.
Born 23rd May 1921
Died 26th April 2008
Wikipedia: Humphrey Littleton
Image was the theme tune to the Bob Stewart radio show on RADIO CAROLINE (North) Alan Haven did a version released on Fontana (TF835) in 1965. However, as was the usual case, (and even though Alan played live at the Twisted Wheel), it was the original by Hank Levine that was the favoured play, by the DJ: Roger Eagle.