The Carrolls

The Carrolls We're In This Thing Together 1969

We’re In This Thing Together (1969)

The Carrolls were a British group. This track was a big record at Manchester’s Blue Note club in 69 by Peaches and Herb. Eventually it has been picked up around 2006 on the Northern Soul scene. This one by The Carrolls on the UK CBS label was the distributors for DATE records US so I guess this British group heard it at their record label, liked it and did a version. Not a bad effort.

The Carrolls

The Beatles

The Beatles - Hey Jude


The Beatles loved Soul music and did their own versions of many R&B, Blues, Soul and Motown recordings. Through appreciating the Beatles and finding out the original artists of some of the songs they did influenced many people to find their way to the original artists. This Twist and Shout EP was the first EP I ever bought. Of course it was the Isley Brothers who made the original of Twist And Shout, but the Beatles did a good job.Another notable was Mr Postman – original by The Marvelettes.

Then in 1966 they did an LP with all their own music and called it Rubber Soul!

BEATLES rubber-soul

For Beatles fans here is more BEATLEMANIA:

The Beatles – Wikipedia

M People

M People - Excited (M People Master Mix)

Movin’ On Up

M People, from Manchester with the leading voice of Heather Small: House – Dance-Soul, it’s definitely Soul! Their first LP was even called NORTHERN SOUL.

M People – Wikipedia

The Creation

Cool Jerk

Painter Man
Making Time
I Got The Fever – 1968

The Creation were a mod band very much in The Who mould. They never found sustained success – even with Ronnie Wood in the line up. They appeared at the Twisted Wheel Club in Manchester on at least one occasion.

They were formed in 1966 in  Middlesex, England and disbanded in 1968.

In 1966 after the success of  Making Time and Painter Man  lead guitarist Eddie Phillips was asked by Pete Townshend to join The Who. Later they bucked the trend and recorded soul tracks when everyone else was moving into psychedelia – the covered Cool Jerk.

Ronnie Wood was a member just before the group disbanded in 1968.


Cream - Strange Brew

Strange Brew – Reaction 591 015, 1967
Sunshine Of Your Love – Polydor 56 286, 1968

Cream – all three members of Cream played at the original Twisted Wheel in Manchester with various other groups. Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce appeared with The Graham Bond Organisation and Eric Clapton with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. Jack Bruce also played with Manfred Mann and John Mayall – there was an almost incestuous relationship with many of the UK Blues, R ‘n B groups at that time in the sixties.

Strange Brew was a track played at the Twisted Wheel and later at the Blue Note as was Sunshine of your Love  – not soul but  blues related which fitted in with the DJs at the time having a strong affinity for the crossover blues/soul material which was being released – Albert King’s Bluespower being a prime example.

I think the first ever live performance of “Sunshine Of Your Love” was at the Twisted Wheel in 1967?

It was also recorded by the Soul artist Spanky Williams.

Wikipedia: Cream Band

Eric Clapton

Chris Andrews

Chris Andrews - Yesterday Man [1965]

I’m Her Yesterday Man

(Played at the original Twisted Wheel club, Manchester)

Chris Andrews started as the lead singer with Chris Ravel & The Ravers. He made his TV debut on 14th March 1959 on the mould breaking Oh Boy! show.

He was signed by Eve Taylor, who also
looked after the careers of Adam Faith and Sandie Shaw.

Chris Andrews started out as a song writer and penned Long Live Love, Girl Don’t Come and Message Understood for Sandie Shaw. His own follow up single was

To Whom It Concerns.

My own favourite Chris Andrews song was Girl Don’t Come, again for Sandi Shaw.

Song Lyrics – I’m Her Yesterday Man, Chris Andrews

I’m her yesterday man
well my friends that’s what I am
I’m her yesterday man
well my friends that’s what I am
that’s what I am, her yesterday man

Please tell me something have you met an angel
Someone too lovely to live on earth
Well yesterday I thought I met an angel but
she wasn’t worth what she seemed to be worth

Oh, what a fool I have been
I was sure taken in

Yeah, I’m her yesterday man
well my friends that’s what I am
I’m her yesterday man
well my friends that’s what I am
that’s what I am, her yesterday man

Get some of the good kind and some of the bad kind
Some of the others or in between
But all that I can say she is the worse kind
Well I think you know what I mean

And yet for all I say
I take the bad any day

Now I’m her yesterday man
well my friends that’s what I am
I’m her yesterday man
well my friends that’s what I am
that’s what I am, her yesterday man

…oh come a little closer baby don’t get tell me
you gonna leave me, you leave me, I know that, I know that…

Chris Barber

The Big Chris Barber Band - Jazzwoche Burghausen 2005

Chris Barber
Chris Barber was very influential in the early days of the British Blues movement as well as being an extremely competent jazz man. Years ago the band had a superb jazz and blues singer  – Ottilie Patterson  who did excellent covers of blues standards, occasionally in duet with blues and gospel singers such as Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
Chris Barber had a hit with an instrumental that was played at R ‘n B and Soul clubs in the early 60’s – not sure what it was called. I first saw them live at the Lancaster Club AVRO’s Christmas dance 1962/3.

Ottilie Patterson discography:

Pye 7N151091957 Kay-Cee Rider/ I Love You Baby
Pye 7NJ20151958 Jailhouse Blues/ Beale Street Blues
Pye 7NJ20251958 Trombone Cholly/ Lawdy Lawdy Blues
Columbia DB47601962 I’m Crazy ‘Bout My Baby/ Blueberry Hill
Columbia DB71401963 Jealous Heart/ Won’t Be Long
Columbia DB72081963 Baby Please Don’t Go/ I Feel So Good
Columbia DB7332   1964 O Me, What Eyes Hath Love/ Tell Me Where
Marmalade 598016  1969 Spring Song/ Sound Of The Door As It Closes


Lake LACD87 1997 18 tracks, 59 min
Doin’ the Crazy walk, Baby, Magnolia’s Wedding, Dixie Cinderella, New St. Louis Blues, Here Comes My Blackbird, Can’t We Get Together, I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Sweet Savannah Sue, Porgy, Diga Diga Doo, Custard Pie*, Betty & Dupree*, This Little Light of Mine*, Key to the Highway*, If I Could Only Hear My Mother Pray Again*, No Worries On My Mind*, Glory*

Wikipedia: Chris Barber

Chris Farlowe

Chris Farlowe - Out Of Time (1966)

Out Of Time
Buzz With The Fuzz

Chris Farlowe had only one major hitOut Of Time. Many rigid mainstream soul fans objected to white, especially English performers attempting to sound like black singers. There is no doubt, however, that he had a fine, strong and soulful voice.

Chris Farlowe
Chris Farlowe

The song was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in one of their most fruitful periods of writing – they created a peculiarly British sound which encapsulated the feel of the time. Out Of Time was given plenty of airings at the many soul venues in the 1960s. It became a number one hit in the UK.

Interestingly, Chris Farlowe released a Blues track on Sue UK as Little Joe CookStormy Monday Blues. Part 1 / Stormy Monday Blues, Part 2 in 1965.
The Story is told on the DVD Red White and Blues. The real Little Joe Cook is a Doo Wop legend.

Red White and Blue (DVD) Synopsis

Taking a uniquely British look at the impact of the blues, acclaimed director Mike Figgis helms this Martin Scorsese produced film. The genre was highly influential on white British musicians and audiences, and in the 1960s the Brits just couldn’t get enough of the blues. Largely ignored in America at the time, the music was appropriated by bands such as the Rolling Stones, and then re-sold back to America in a more palatable mainstream form. Figgis’s film charters this interesting phenomenon, and draws on many British and American musicians.

Chris left the music world in 1972 and returned in 1975 with  The Chris Farlowe Band Live on Polydor.

He tours today in his own right and with 1960s nostalgia tours, together with many other old rocker anxious to top up their pension  pots. He has recently (2009) appeared on the same bill as Alan Price, Zoot Money, Maggie Bell and Bobby Tench on a ‘A Night at The Flamingo’ tour. No longer recognisable as the slick suited mod of old, his voice is still able to produce a severe case of nostalgia in the ageing audiences that these tours attract.

Wikipedia: Chris Farlowe

The Yardbirds

The Yardbirds - For Your Love (1965) (Full version)

Good Morning Little School Girl – Columbia 1964
I Ain’t Got You
I Wish You Would (Orig. Billy Boy Arnold) 1964
Evil Hearted You 1965
Heart Full Of Soul
For Your Love
Shapes Of Things – 1966
I’m a Man
Over Under Sideways Down

The Yardbirds were among the first wave of UK original white blues, in fact their name comes from an old blues standard. Tragically, the original lead singer, Keith Relf, was killed by electrocution while playing his guitar in the basement of his home. This was long after the breakup of the group in 1968, however.

Other members of the group went on to form Led Zeppelin. Their version of the old standard Good Morning Little Schoolgirl was turned into what can only be described as a UK beat group pop song, redeemed only by some excellent guitar work by Eric Clapton. Nowadays, of course, the title and lyrics could be perceived as dubious to say the least and probably won’t get too many plays on the BBC.

They originated from Surrey and were big, big favourites of Roger Eagle at the Twisted Wheel in Manchester. He played lots of their tracks and booked them to appear live at the club at least twice, they were absolutely hugely appreciated at the ‘Wheel’.

The Yardbirds - For Your Love
The Yardbirds – For Your Love

Most of their early songs were copies of original American blues artists e.g. Billy Boy Arnold. Then they began to write their own great stuff. The blond one bashing his bongos madly at the Wheel was a great sight.

The line-up – Keith Relf (vocals), Paul Samwell-Smith (bass), Chris Dreja (rhythm guitar), Jim McCarty (drums), and Anthony ‘Top’ Topham (lead guitar) who was soon replaced by Eric Clapton. Later they changed their line up to include Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, both first rate guitarists.

They toured with  Sonny Boy Williamson and cut a live album still available on CD.

The Yardbirds Official web site

Jeff Beck Dies – Guardian

The Zombies

The Zombies - She's Not There

She’s Not There – Decca 1964

(‘Well, No One Told Me About Her, the way she lied’)

Time of The Season
What’s Your Name, Who’s Your Daddy

From St Albans, Rod Argent and singer Colin Blunstone re-formed The Zombies. There can be no doubt they wrote and performed some of the most memorable rock songs ever. Time of The Season and She’s Not There still sound as fresh today as when they were released. I last saw Colin Blunstone sing in 2004 when he was touring with Paul Jones. His voice was still remarkable.

In the early 1960s they appeared at the Wheel and at Manchester‘s Top Ten Club at Belle Vue.

Wikipedia: The Zombies

Colin Blunstone – web site

Rod Argent web site