Hello from the UK, Josep and the boys have kindly asked me to write another bunch of waffle about some 45s that might be of interest.


Theron & Darryl ‘I Was Made To Love Her’ SOLO 1970

Recently comped on Numero Uno’s Eccentric Soul CD ‘Smart’s Palace’, this moody mid-tempo killer is laden with funk affectations but is essentially a solid group harmony performance. It hails from Wichita, Kansas and one of the artists was a woodworker according to their sleeve notes, which may account for the lyrics mentioning ‘screwdrivers to screw’. Fortunately no mention of demands for ‘tea wiv two sugars’ or f*cking off for a three hour fag break though. It opens with what sounds like a funeral march horn but quickly kicks in with a huge bassline and soul-tastic vocals. From there things grow nicely and thick guitar licks drop in alongside impromptu screams and hollering. I’ve heard the phrase ‘ghetto’ used to describe it and hailing from the mean streets of Kent I can safely vouch for this to be correct. The flip is a sterling funk number as well, so you get two great tracks for your hard-earned. Other 45s on the label include the dark desolate funk of Fred Williams, and the rare group crossover of LT & The Soulful Dynamics, all of which appear on the CD.




Five Chances ‘Stranger I Love You’ / ‘Miss You When You’re Gone’ FINCH 1967

One of the first soul tapes I ever got my clammy hands on was I think had been compiled one side by Andy Murfin and the other by collector and Dj Frank Giacobbe, and many of the tracks on it became elusive firm favourites, even though I didn’t have a tracklist. One of them was this 45 from Ohio on a predominantly gospel label. It sounds like an earlier release than it is, being recorded in 1967, and benefits from a very sparse arrangement and some absolutely stunning male group vocals. Both sides of the 45 are very similar but superb, with ‘Stranger I Love You’ being probably the better known. I had always assumed it was an unissued recording due to the lo-fi, simple production but was amazed to find out much later it had an actual release. Pretty rare and one for the mid-tempo lovers it is a personal favourite 45. The group also recorded another rare cut for the label as The Chances. Unfortunately booked at £1000, ‘Stranger I Love You’ can be found cheaper as recent Popsike listings will attest, and the good thing is the vinyl is incredibly hardy. I’ve read that many lesser condition copies all play well, which must be an Ohio thing, as King 45s seem to be the same.




Ebonystic ‘Ain’t It Good To You’ SCREAM 1974

This record can only be described as potty. Or bonkers maybe. Whatever it is, it’s got what sounds very much like an electric wobble board in it. Whether or not a stoned Rolf Harris had been moonlighting Stateside in 1974, and wandered into the recording session I couldn’t say, but it certainly adds to the 45 rather than detracts. Apparently a Mecca record, Tim Brown states it was a Levine find but whether it has had any other action until recently I’m not sure. Not the most soulful record and more akin to something like Frankie Crocker, its nevertheless has all the right ingredients of a great uptempo dancer, with the lead asking ‘ain’t it good, when it don’t belong to you’. There’s also some slide whistle if the rest of it wasn’t enough. The flip of the 45 is a fabulous group harmony number which can be found Youtube called ‘Married To One, In Love With Another’. The Atlantian Scream label is of course causing interest for the much sought after Billy Byrd & Black Cloud double sider, but this is just as good in it’s own way. £150 – £200 for a minter.




Ron Harrington ‘It Happened To Me’ HILLSIDE 1971

Where to start with this 45? Truly, a sublime piece of crossover soul from 1971 on Ohio’s Hillside label. Other releases seem to be mostly country or garage, with this being one of only two soul cuts, but others may have more light to shed on this mysterious label. A gorgeous impassioned vocal performance from the very mod monikered Mr. Harrington, which drips with falsetto quirks and is boosted by forceful backing vocals, all carried along on those sweet, lilting guitar licks we’ve come to know and love from records of this ilk. I’m told it’s quite rare, and I’ve been searching personally for a good two years, though admittedly that’s a drop in the ocean compared to some of the epic vinyl waits I’ve heard about…