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Old 04-11-2008, 02:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This thread is dedicated to the lesser known soul singles of the 1960's. Links to tracks are in the Artist/Song Titles.


The Younghearts originally formed at Dorsey High School in Los Angeles in 1961, by Bobby Sanders and Charles Ingersoll.
Dorsey High School was attended at the same time by the Beach Boys!

The Younghearts toured with several famous Soul Artists of that time, including The Temptations, The Dells, The Delfonics, The Moments, The Whispers, The Miracles and The Supremes.
Over the years they earned themselves the nickname 'The Entertainers' due to the intense energy of their performances.
THE YOUNGHEARTS band members were;
James Moore, Charles Ingersol, Ronnie Preyer and Earl Carter



The single was released on the Cantebury label: 'A Little Togetherness/Beginning Of The End' 1967 and became a firm favourite at 'The Torch' soul venue, Stoke.
Falsetto vocals, soaring strings and a stomping bass line. A guaranteed floor filler.
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Old 04-12-2008, 03:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Nicknamed the "Chunk of Funk" the incomparable Earl Van Dyke was the keyboardist/bandleader for the Funk Brothers.
A talented musician from an early age, Van Dyke started playing piano when he was five years old and with support from his parents (his father was a classical violinist turned Ford Motors factory worker) Van Dyke would go on to become a true legend amongst his peers.
Van Dyke played the Steinway grand piano, the Hammond B-3 organ, the Wurlitzer electric piano, the Fender Rhodes, and the celeste and harpsichord.

He joined Motown on a wage of exactly 150 dollars a week. However, just after joining the label, Van Dyke's "pay" for his first session was a bowl of soup!
Seen as a big brother and a parental figure by the rest of his fellow Motown studio musicians.



6 X 6 is a Motown and Northern-Soul instrumental classic from 1966.
Earl Van Dyke's keyboards are perfectly complimented by some great brass and Jamerson's usual brilliance.
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Soul is too upbeat for me right now but I think in a brighter mood I could dig those. I loved the horns in 6 x 6 though.
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Hey RightTrack, what about Willie Mitchell he's surely worth a mention - 'Everything Is Gonna Be Alright', 'That Driving Beat', 'The Champion Pt1', 'Soul Serenade', '30-60-90' etc. some great Northern Soul classics there.

I know he went on to be a producer and was credited as being the man who signed Al Green to Hi Records producing some of his best records but I don't know much about his own early work, perhaps you could fill us in with some of your valued wisdom about him??
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Right Track, if you wake up one morning and discover your entire music collection has vanished, rest assured it was probably me.
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Hey RightTrack, what about Willie Mitchell he's surely worth a mention - 'Everything Is Gonna Be Alright', 'That Driving Beat', 'The Champion Pt1', 'Soul Serenade', '30-60-90' etc. some great Northern Soul classics there.
^I'll fit one in just for you.

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I know he went on to be a producer and was credited as being the man who signed Al Green to Hi Records producing some of his best records but I don't know much about his own early work, perhaps you could fill us in with some of your valued wisdom about him??
You seem to know more than me about Willie Mitchell, wydchr. Apart from being great with a trumpet and a composer too, there's not much else I can add.
'That Driving Beat' is a storming dance tune though.
Saw a good youtube vid with that as the music once (at Wigan Casino?...not sure) and some of the footwork on display was incredible.
I'm curious as to where you're from wydchr...you seem to know your stuff, but I'm guessing you're not English...

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Oh I'm English OK but from the other side of the Penines to you
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Originally recorded in 1965 for Motown's subsidiary 'Soul' label, the scheduled release for Frank Wilson's 'Do I Love You' (pictured above) was shelved so he could concentrate on his work as a Motown producer.
Described by soul fans as, "the holy grail of soul." Only 2 known copies exist.
Possibly the most expensive 7" vinyl to own at an incredible £15,000!
This thread would not be complete without this record, but instead I've opted for Chris Clarke's version on the VIP label, which I much prefer.
Recorded to the same track only months after the original, sadly, it too remained unissued.
Clark became famous in England as the "white Negress" (a nickname meant as a compliment), because the six-foot platinum blonde, blue-eyed soul singer toured with fellow Motown artists.


Probably the most popular tune on the Northern Soul scene, 'Do I Love You' has just about everything including a great driving beat.
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I wondered because your post times are early morning.
Yorkshire? Foreign soil to me.
Feel free to contribute to the thread mate.
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Yeah that's because I'm working night shift out on this here oil platform

Not trying to bull you up here but I must say that your knowledge of Northern Soul is the reason I joined these forums after reading the thread you started which was dedicated to the genre. I have been a Soul/NS fan since the (very) late sixties when I was still at school and have continued to enjoy the records to this day. I did have quite a collection of singles and did some deejaying in the 70's but my ex-wife sold them (probably for much less than they were worth) after we split up some years ago... which was some kind of retribution for her I guess and I know I should've taken them with me!
I do like many other kinds of music but early Motown, Northern soul and soul records remain among my favourites.

As for contributing more to this thread, well I am very rusty as I don't get out to clubs these days, remembering artists and pairing their names to song titles is a challenge now and that's why I find your comments so refreshing and informative as they help me to remember so keep up the good work
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