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When I first heard Barry White singing “All In The
Run Of A Day” it was just after he’d hit the
big time with his Love Unlimited productions and was dominating
the charts in the mid 70s. From punk street kid to musical
maestro, his contribution to soul on the West Coast encompasses
the development from the RnB/Doo Wop influences of the late
50s right through to the almost disco like sound of the
early 70s. In this issue we scrape back the veneer of his
70s outings and take a look at his formative years of the
sixties. A true talent both in front of the mike and behind
the mixing desk.
By the time subscribers open the cover of this Issue, the
impending arrival in UK of Mr. Bobby Patterson will be occupying
many minds as the Prestatyn Weekender approaches. We welcome
to the pages of There’s That Beat! John Smith, long
time collector and bio writer for the Midnight Hour Events
who takes a fascinating look at some of the output of the
Texan born soulster. Famed in UK for his Jet Star outings
there’s much more to the man than just this labels
output as John lets us know.
In the last Issue we investigated the French and Spanish
issues of Rare Soul, concentrating on the pic sleeve products
of the sixties. Well that feature should have included the
Motown company’s contribution too but due to the bereavement
of four Detroit superstars we postponed it until now. So
here in all its full glossy glory is a tribute to the picture
sleeves issued in France by Berry Gordy’s Motown empire.
As is usual in There’s That Beat! we like the unusual
and in this issue we bring you the story of Philco Hip Pocket
Records. In an effort to gain a place in the phonograph
market Ford Motor company entered the fray with the production
of a miniature record player! We bring you the soul product
that was released as a ploy to get US fans to put their
hands in their pockets and embrace the format. They didn’t
and the company gave it up a couple of years later. The
discs are becoming collectable as novelties and the machines
are about as scarce as a Thomas Edison Mk1!
A rather special venue that has attracted the attention
of soul fans/record collectors over the past year is also
featured in this issue. The guys at “Dig Deeper”
in NY have set the US soul scene alight with their fantastic
monthly event which features live acts mainly consisting
of our long forgotten heroes and heroines. Jason brings
us the lowdown on what is rapidly becoming a must attend
club for fans on both sides of the Atlantic!
Finally we bring you up to date with the Diary Of A Travelling
Soulie… where we take you inside a couple of soul
clubs worth a visit, one in the UK and one on the Continent.
If you think you have a club we would enjoy visiting….give
us a call, we’re on the road most months.
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Unfortunately this issue starts by paying tribute to four
of the soul world’s most iconic figures who in the
space of a couple of months threw off their mortal coils
and passed on. All four of them will need no lengthy introduction
to readers of this particular magazine as I’ll guarantee
their names are of the household variety as far as readers
are concerned. It was felt that their contribution to the
music was of such significance that their passing should
be recorded within our pages and the legacy of their lives
can be found here as we remember, Norman Whitfield, Richard
“Popcorn” Wylie, Levi Stubbs and Andrew “Mike”
Terry. Gone, but certainly never forgotten.
The Unifics are a group that doesn’t get a lot of
dancefloor action, but just put a needle to any one of their
records and you’ve got quality soul harmony. Jason
takes a look at the entire career of the Unifics past and
present, as well as an entire feature about the solo projects
of their lead singer, Al Johnson. This is the first time
their careers have been documented in great detail.
Lou Johnson is an artist at the top of many soul fans’
list of singers they would love to see perform live. We
hope that can happen but until it does, Pete Burns delivers
the story of this remarkable vocalist from his early days
as a youngster in Brooklyn, NY right through his days working
with giants Burt Bacharach and Hal David, his first appearances
in Britain on the TV show Ready Steady Go and brings us
up to date with Lou’s discography.
The European Soul scene has flourished in the past decade
or so producing many events that continue to grow in stature.
Lots of soul 45s were released in Continental Europe, many
of them in beautifully crafted picture sleeves. We thought
it time that we showed this segment of the soul record collecting
World in all its glory. There are some great pic sleeves
featured and some of the releases beg the questions How?
Why? For instance how did Leroy Taylor’s wonderful
(but commercially disastrous), Oh Linda end up with a fantastic
picture sleeve that could be purchased in Spain for a few
pasetas? It’s a fascinating slice of the collectors
world that TTB will be returning to, in order to expand
the series to include many other countries releases to add
to the Spanish and French ones contained in this first look
at the subject. This piece was intended to include the Motown
releases of the era also but, to make room for the tribute
to our four departed heroes it was decided to feature the
Motown releases in the next issue.
Our Philadelphia resident Hitsviller Mr. Weldon A McDougall
III reports on the latest additions to the city’s
Walk of Fame inductees that include a number of “our”
favourite people, some of whom have featured within these
pages already. Weldon has a habit of getting his camera
right at the center of any action and we appreciate him
taking the time to contribute.
The 4th Hitsville Soul Weekender took place in Spain in
September and we record the frivolities as well as report
on some of the music and 45s that saw their spotlight on
the club’s Technics this year.
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things happen when you edit a magazine… Bev (Styrene
45) was contacted by a lady in South Carolina with reference
to a song/record that had been featured on our sister website
www.hitsvillesoulclub.com. It transpires that she worked
with one Pat Watson (Nee Cox). We now know the whearabouts
and can update you on yet another lost group of soulsters…the
rest of the story can be found within the pages of this
In our quest to investigate the catalogue of Berry Gordy’s
stable of labels we have reached the point where the title
of the label gives you an inkling of the content of it’s
A&R roster, I’m referring of course to the Soul
imprint. Sometimes overlooked in favour of the BIG three
of Gordy’s logos, there are a number of hidden gems,
on both 45 and LPs that deserve their time in the spotlight
and we oblige accordingly. From the dancefloor clasics of
The Gladys Knight and The Velvelettes, right through to
the 70s outings of Jr Walker, it’s a journey with
many stops along the way to visit the artists and producers
that put the “Sound” into The Sound Of Young
Jimmy Radcliffe’s “Long After Tonight Is All
Over” is an instantly recognized track that will always
have a special place in the heats of rare soul fans due
to it’s association with Wigan Casino’s Three
before Eight. Although a fantastic song sung by a fantastic
singer it’s not the only legacy that Mr Radcliffe
left us. His repertiore as a songwriter, producer, arranger
and vocalist may surprise a few. In this issue, we are pleased
to welcome his son Chris to our pages, as he invites us
into his father’s musical world and introduces us
to the myriad of songs and artists his father influenced,
recorded and with whom he created some of the most soulful
songs ever committed to wax.
The City of Philadelphia gave birth to many people who would
contribute much to world of music, both black and white.
The city would spawn icons of music spanning the heydays
of DooWop, through the Rock N Roll years and eventually
find favour with soulfans across the world. One of these
icons is the subject of the latest feature in TTB! in which
we endeavour to bring you the stories of the creators of
the music we all love and share. Mr Jerry Ross, a native
of Philly, tells the story of his meandering journey through
the musical cauldron that was the City Of Brotherly Love.
From early beginnings on the nationwide smash hit TV show
American Bandstand, to the mellow mid tempo tones of Virgil
Henry, Jerry tells his own story, in his own words, of his
involvement with some of rare soul most treasured recordings.
It would seem that this issue has gone all European! We
review a number of European gigs including Prestatyn’s
Midnight Hour Weekender, The King’s N Queen’s
Weekender in Hamburg and Spain’s Gonna Be A Big Thing
Weekender in Valencia. With travel now so much easier around
the continent people are looking further afield in their
hunt for a good soul event and we hope to let you know the
ins and outs of these gigs and what they offer musically.
For many soul fans the city of Detroit was the hub of a
network of musicians that created the sounds of soul that
spread to UK and beyond back in the day. For one soul fan
it became more than that. Carl Dixon tells There’s
That Beat! of his journey from soul fan to songwriter/record
producer in D-Town. A lifelong ambition that I’m sure
will resonate with many a reader . We’ll be keeping
an eye on Carl’s fortunes as he makes his way through
the quagmire of the business whilst maintaining the production
values of the golden age of soul.
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may remember that in a previous issue I mentioned I’d
bumped into Rev Bobby Fulton whilst on a record hunting/allnighter
trip to Pittsburgh. Well, it’s taken me a while but
inside this issue we finally bring you the whole story of
the Soulville and Jaywalking record labels, through the
words and pictures of Bobby Fulton himself. The Soulville
Allstars, Donald Lee Richardson and others have filled dancefloors
for the past three decades but there’s much more to
the labels than just these two acts. The rich tapestry of
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and the closely knit group of musical
enthusiasts who created the labels makes for fascinating
story that we bring you is told through the eyes of one
of the main players in what many soul buffs regard as the
very first soul supergroup, The Vibrations. Within this
issue, we take you on the group’s journey from their
early days at school in California, through the bustling
musical era of NY doowop, stopping off at Philadelphia via
the Windy City for a period of soul before returning to
the West Coast–all through the eyes of Mr. Carl Fisher,
one of the mainstays and creative force behind the group.
From dance-craze quirky songs, through slick, soulful ballads
on Okeh and raucous stompers with Gamble and Huff, the Vibrations
danced and sang their way to soul superstardom through the
early sixties. Constantly gracing the stages of such legendary
venues as NY’s Apollo and the Uptown Theater in Philadelphia,
the group laid the foundations for those who followed.
The name of George Kerr will be familiar to most readers
of There’s That Beat! As part of The Serenaders alongside
Timothy Wilson and Sidney Barnes, he set out on his musical
life in the NY JoBeTe offices and was later responsible
for many of the records that went on to become dancefloor
classics. We take a quick look at the list of artists he
worked with, including The O’Jays, Linda Jones, Troy
Keyes, The Mamselles and The Persians to name just a few.
His musical track record shows the esteem in which he was
and still is held by soul fans worldwide. In this issue,
we welcome Daniel Forsthoff, a US collector and fan of Mr
Kerr’s, to the pages of the magazine as he takes a
look at his work with these and many other artists within
On a sadder note, Jason Thornton marks yet another passing
of a legendary soul location. Bobby Robinson, the owner
of Fire and Fury record labels amongst others, has finally
had to close the famous record store in Harlem known as
Bobby’s Happy House. The corporate world that has
moved into Harlem has deemed there is no room for what is
an important landmark in the city (Bobby’s Record
Store was the first black-owned business on 125th Street),
and despite protests from local supporters, the store has
finally succumbed to “progress”. We pay tribute
to Bobby and his lifelong association with music and records
and use the pages of There’s That Beat! to salute
this 91 year old soul hero who is still determined to forge
In the ongoing exploration of Berry Gordy’s empire,
we take a look at a rather unusual and often overlooked
slice of “Motown” as we bring you all the Topps
company produced Cardboard Discs that Gordy commissioned
in 1967. Now sought after for their vibrant colorful pictures,
we show you every single one of them, all in fantastic color,
just how it should be.
There are a number of groups whose journey along the decades
are peppered with quality classics recorded in different
cities and released on a series of different labels. The
Dynamics is one such group. From their early beginnings
as individuals in the playgrounds of Detroit, the members
would eventually gravitate to each other and form one of
the truly great soul groups of the era. Mr. Fred "Sonny"
Baker guides Jason Thornton through the groups experiences
on such legendary labels as Big Top, Top Ten, Wingate and
others. A great story about a great set of soulsters whose
lives intertwined with many of Detroit's musical luminaries.
With the loss of Willie Tee earlier in the year, the heart
of the Crescent City was once again burdened with grief.
Often described as the heartbeat of New Orleans, Mr. Wilson
Turbinton’s musical legacy will remain revered amongst
soul fans worldwide for many years to come. In this issue,
Colin Dilnot takes us on a celebratory tour of Willie’s
discography, 45 by 45. It’s a fantastic journey with
stop-offs at many classic records along the way.
The city of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, has long been
a mecca for Rare Soul fans. With legendary studios like
Cameo/Parkway, Virtue, Sigma Sound and Philly International
Records pumping out classic record after classic record,
the city’s musical heritage, soulwise at least, has
long been assured. We take you behind the scenes of the
more famous locations that were responsible for recording
and mastering many of the city’s Rare/Northern Soul
classics and meet a few of the people responsible for them.
Live shows in the US with iconic Rare Soul stars are few
and far between. But when they happen...they sure happen!
With stars like Billy Paul, The Impressions, Gene Chandler
and the Iceman himself singing "Moody Woman",
attendance is a no brainer! We review the day that Chi Town
came to Florida! From both the center seats and backstage.
In the third of four part of the series celebrating Berry
Gordy’s empire, the Tamla label is under the microscope.
From the early days of Anna Records and Gordy’s collaborative
period with Billy Davis, the idea of an independently owned
label for his song-writing talents slowly developed until
finally the dream came true. TAMLA.
The West Coast of America produced many legendary records
on A-list legendary labels. In this issue we take a look at
one of them that produced dance floor classics that continue
to stand the test of time. The Warner Brothers subsidiary
was home to the likes of Linda Jones, The Apollas, Lorraine
Ellison, and The Soul Shakers to name but a few. With producers
of the caliber of Jerry Ragovoy, George Kerr and others, the
label was assured that even though it’s lifespan was
short, it’s legacy would live on.
Many ‘stars’ of the Rare/Northern Soul world have
not seen as much time in the mainstream spotlight as their
talents deserve and in this issue Colin Dilnot highlights
someone who many fans may have not been aware has contributed
so much to the genre. With a resume that includes such quality
records recorded by Towanda Barnes, Sam Williams and The Adventurers
to name but three, the work of Mr. Johnny Brantley is at last
celebrated center stage.
The Dynovoice label of Bob Crewe bridged the genres of 60s
music in a way that many labels tried and failed. From the
dance orientated blue eyed soul of The Beach Girls to the
slick well defined soul sound of The Invitations, the label
has left it’s unique imprint on the psyche of soul fa
ns everywhere. We welcome to the pages of There’s That
Beat! Leonardo Flores, long time fan and director of the movie
Young Birds Fly! (www.myspace.com/youngbirdsfly) As he takes
us on a tour of the legendary label and the people who created
In this, the second of a four part series, There’s That
Beat! Takes an investigative look at the label that bore Berry
Gordy’s family name. We showcase the Rare/Northern Soul
favorites on the label along with the artists and writers/producers
that created the music that led to the success of the label
and the creation of Gordy’s maxim "It’s What’s
In The Groove That Counts!"
4: FIRST ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
The names Dyno Dynamic and Harthon have led to many a record
collector buying a 45 on the strength of the label credits
alone. The Philadelphia based Harthon company have filled
dance floors and record boxes for 40 years and we bring you
the story of the guys who made the music. Johnny Stiles, Luther
Randolph and Weldon A. McDougal III tell their full story
for the first time. From their first meeting as young musical
wannabes to the sessions in Frank Virtue's studio creating
such classics as Herb Ward - Strange Change, Cooperettes -
Shing A Ling and Larry Clinton - She's Wanted.
The sheer size of Berry Gordy's Motown company's Rare/Northern
soul output alone could fill a whole year's worth of issues.
Therefore we decided to break it down into "episodes".
The first one featured on Page looks at the input on the Motown
label itself. From the massive hits of The Four Tops and Supremes,
to the wonderful classics that sank without trace for whatever
Although Soul is primarily a US based art form, there is a
species of collector who experiences the same thrill when
finding a UK issued 45 that has been eluding him as much as
a Don Gardner eludes most US collectors! In this Issue we
welcome Neil Rushton to our pages as he takes an investigative
look at Rare/Northern soul on UK labels, including the ones
never released in the US.
Detroit soul has many icons. As the late 50s slipped away
and many young musicians were graduating High Schools around
the city, they were galvanized into bands and groups that
would emerge on a plethora of record labels. One of these
musicians, who's reputation within soul fans circles would
reach the status of "legend", is Mr Andrew "Mike"
Terry. Jason Thornton brings us an in depth look at the man's
contribution, which extends much further than his signature
saxophone skills, to the musical world of Detroit and beyond.
From Motown's "Snakepit" through Pied Piper and
spanning 3 decades, Mike tells it as is he lived it. Fantastic
A couple of venue reviews up this issue too. One either side
of the pond. The visit to The Midnight Hour Prestatyn Event
in March was a great success and a weekend crate digging in
Pittsburgh including the first Allnighter in the Steel City
is also reviewed. So..hopefully something of interest for
In our third issue, Motown collector Barry Simpson digs
out some of the earliest Motown singles and investigates
some of the first releases on what have become known over
the years as "The Motown Pinks."
Pittsburgh seems like an unlikely mecca of soul music, but
Jason shows us that amongst those hills and rivers, there
lies a treasure trove of great records from all walks of
life. In this article, you’ll learn about some of
the well-known artists and not so well-knowns from the area.
Also in this issue Rob Moss celebrates the life and legacy
of one of Detroit’s finest soul voices. The late Mr.
Emanuel Laskey’s work ranks up alongside the very
best that the Motorcity ever produced and Rob’s story
provides an insight into the man and his music.
We take a look at Bankhouse Books and how a number soul
personalities have realized that their fans are interested
in their stories and are finally getting their recollections
out there. Most of the books we review are written by the
people involved themselves and are must buys simply for
the vintage pictures of the era alone.
There’s That Beat! brings the expertise of one of
the world’s best exponents of the craft to it’s
pages as Dave Ferguson introduces us to the talents of an
industry icon ...Jimmy "The Wiz" Wisner, whose
resume reads like a who’s who of musical royalty,
from industry icons like Tony Bennet, to the soulful tones
of The Tymes.
Pied Piper Productions was a "Tour de Force" of
artists, writers, producers and musicians, has captivated
dancers and collectors alike since the early days of Rare
Soul. We welcome Eddie Hubbard to the pages of There’s
That Beat! as he takes an in-depth look at the people and
artists behind the famous name and the glorious records
that are their legacy.
Inside this issue, you'll find the story of Harry Balk and
John Rhys, as they provide an insight to the people and
events that resulted in Impact Records of Detroit—from
the early days, through to the Inferno Records catalogue.
A great journey that typifies the aspirations of so many
labels of the era in D-Town.
Van McCoy has been forever synonymous with soul music and
not many soul stars can match his contribution. Chris Lalor
takes a look at the man, his life, his music and pays tribute
to one of the few people who wear the mantle of "legendary"
in complete comfort.
Rare Soul collecting by the Californian based low rider/
Latin/ Chicano genre is often overlooked. Tommy Potts, an
Anglo exile in LA, investigates one of the icons of this
particular style of soul...Thee Midnighters.
Rob Moss brings us the story of a group of musicians that
have long been admired by collectors but whose existence
has been sadly "under the radar" for far too long.
The Just Brothers played on many legendary records and Rob
brings them to life for us at long last.
The search for obscure 45s has been the driving force of
Rare Northern Soul collectors. Record execs, artists, producers,
etc. must have all had faith in the ones featured within
"The Little Records That Could" as the feature
is concerned with 45s that saw the light of day on more
than one label, sometimes half a country away!
Also included, is "Poncho's Porch" selections
from well known collector Barrie Waddington. Barrie's also
put sound files on his website so if you wanna take a listen
to his selections you can....cool!
Finally, we have a quick look back at major events with
the Hitsville Soul Club in 2006. Web sites, weekenders,
allnighters... It was nothing but rare soul from coast to
coast this year. Have a look and see what kind of year it’s
been for us!
In the pages the first issue of "There's That Beat!"
you'll find features relating the story of Joe Evans, the
man behind the Carnival & Chadwick record labels. This
is a fascinating story of the late saxophonist, turned record
producer based in Trenton New Jersey. With records by The
Topics, The Pets, Phil Terrell and of course the Manhattans.
Joe's label is often strangely overlooked in the hunt for
The Revilot record label owned by LeBaron Taylor will be
no stranger to Rare/Northern Soul fans. We take a look at
the Revilot catalogue and an insight into Mr. Taylor's along
with his fellow producer Don Davis', contribution to some
the greatest soul recordings to come out of the Motorcity's
With the Donovan Building in Detroit being recently demolished
Rob Moss relates the loss of another Detroit building with
iconic qualifications. Golden World Studios, Studio B, on
West Davison has been torn down. Rob celebrates some of
the music produced by the revered facility and the people
The catalogue of Jackie Wilson is under the microscope in
this inaugural issue. As well as the more famous outings
by Mr. Excitement, we take a look at some of his lesser
know sides and delve into his LP outings for some buried
Northern tracks that deserve to see the light of day too.