We liked The Radiants so much that at The Blue Note we sought them out on auction deletions lists Imports from USA. Hold On and I Got A Girl and played them at the club as well as The Clown Is Clever, but that never caught on so much.
Fantastic tracks, always popular in Manchester in the 1960’s
It Ain’t No Big Thing was the B Side (I Got a Girl) and copied by Jimmy James And The Vagabonds. They did it live at The Twisted Wheel I was there and at the time I hated it that they copied it, such was our elitist aversion to none originals! I’ve got over it now.
The Radiants a close harmony group had a long career at Chess in Chicago they started out as members in a gospel choir: The Greater Harvest Baptist Church youth choir.
1962 “Father Knows Best”/”One Day I’ll Show You”
1963 “Heartbreak Society” and “Shy Guy”
1964 several members left.
1964 November, now a trio: Voice Your Choice
1965 “It Ain’t No Big Thing”
1966 “Baby You’ve Got It”
Also in 1966 Maurice McAlister and McLauren Green left the group forming a duette association as Maurice and Mac – Doing ‘You Left The Water Running’ (1968). The Radiants reformed with Mitchell Bullock as lead singer and recorded “(Don’t It Make You) Feel Kind Of Bad” but it was not released at that time.
1967(Don’t it make You) Feel Kinda Bad”.
1968 “Hold On”
1972 The Radiants split up.
“Voice Your Choice” and “It Ain’t No Big Thing” were both written by Maurice McAlister, simply great soul records and massively popular at all Manchester soul clubs especially at the Blue Note, and of course the Twisted Whee
Maurice McAlister also wrote “Soulful Dress” whilst at Chess records for Sugar Pie Desanto.
Jimmy James and the Vagabonds covered”It Ain’t No Big Thing” singing it live at Twisted Wheel allnighters, which upset many purists in the audience, many people got quite angry and disdainful of artists who simply covered the work of others and especially so if they did almost nothing original themselves.
B Side Feel Kind Of Bad (good) THE RADIANTS
The Singles Collection, 1962-1970
THE RADIANTS: Baby Hang On/ Baby You’re The One/ Baby You’ve Got It/ Father Knows Best/ Heartbreak Society/ I Gotta Dance To Keep My Baby/ I Want To Thank You/ I’d Rather Do It Myself/ I’m Afraid To Let You Know/ I’m In Love/ I’ve Got A Girl/ If I Only Had You/ It Ain’t No Big Thing/ Lay It On Me/ Lean On Me/ Love Power/ Noble The Bargain Man/ Oh What A Time/ One Day I’ll Show You/ Please Don’t Leave Me/ Shy Guy/ Tomorrow/ Try Me/ Voice Your Choice/ What Am I Going To Do/ Whole Lot Of Woman/ You Left The Water Running