Golden World Records

Motown Related Northern Soul: Juanita Williams "Baby Boy'" 45 Golden World GW18 1964

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Golden World Records  and Ric Tic and Wingate were all part of Eddie Wingate’s Golden World label in Detroit, close to Motown. In fact too close, as it really pissed off Mr B Gordy that many of his musicians were moonlighting as backing session artists and taking that The Funk Brothers experience with them, even using writers like Richard Popcorn Wylie. It was the success of Edwin Starr that really changed things and Mr Gordy made Ed Wingate a huge offer (2M$ a lot of cash in 1966) he couldn’t refuse. so Edwin was sold to Motown, and Motown ignored all the other artists on the labels and plugged a gap in its sounds escaping.

Based in Detroit and a subsidiary of Golden World records. It was the success of “Agent Double 0 Soul” inspired by the James Bond films, performed by Edwin Starr that led to the company being taken over by Motown and leaving the lesser known artists without a recording contract. Golden World and Wingate Records, owned by Ed Wingate, were Motown’s biggest competitors and in the same city; Detroit. Motown’s Funk Brothers were fined $1,000 each for moonlighting on “Agent Double O Soul”, calling themselves The San Remo Golden Strings! Golden World could have been a big threat in Detroit to the dominance of Soul recording and they had a great musical director and artist in All Kent.

Berry Gordy was apparently ‘very unhappy’ even furios, at Ed Wingate’s success with the Ric-Tic label, “Real Humdinger” by J J Barnes didn’t help the situation as it was just like a Motown produced track, Berry hated the idea of competition on his own doorstep. Eventually Edwin and some artists joined Motown for a payment of $2 million (1968). Al Kent‘s ‘You’ve Got To To Pay The Price’ takes on an ironic extra meaning as Berry Gordy purchased the Ric-Tic and Golden World acts and recordings. The artists included Gino Washington, JJ Barnes, Laura Lee, Al Kent, Rose Battiste, Freddie Gorman, The Fantastic Four and infuriatingly for Berry.

For Berry: encroaching upon the rights to ‘his own session musicians’ known as the San Remo Golden Strings in fact the Funk Brothers! This is the reason that in the UK Edwin Starr‘s hits were released on Polydor rather than Motown as Polydor had previous and existing claim to the UK distribution rights with Ric – Tic USA..

Quite a few Ric-Tic records where obtained by soul enthusiasts in Manchester, from NME adds for USA single or auction lists, the ‘Wheel DJ’ imported everything he could obtain with Edwin’s name on it, J J Barnes and a Rose Batiste track and of course the Al Kent Instrumental. (It was Ian Levine who obtained the Rose Batiste 45 for the Wheel in 1970.

Pre-dating things:

The Golden World Strings – Supertime

Ed Wingate’s Label

1962 to’63.

101    SUE PERRIN-I WONDER/PUT A RING ON MY FINGER
102    released via RIC TIC-
103    BARBARA DE COSTA-NOW I KNOW/THE ONE IN YOUR ARMS
104    SUE PERRIN-YOU ARE MY LOVE (GW 1007)/RING BELLS RING (GW 1008)
105    ROCKY HART-SOMEONE STOLE MY BABY DOING THE TWIST (GW 1009)
106    WHEN A TEENAGER GETS BLUE (GW 1010) – released on RIC TIC
107    LEROY SMALLEY-AIN’T IT A SHAME/GIRL’S ARE SENTIMENTAL
108    JOYCE WEBB-IT’S EASIER SAID THAN DONE/LAUGHING TO KEEP FROM CRYING

Second series -from 1963 to ’66.

A1/B1    WILLIE KENDRICK-STOP THIS TRAIN/FINE AS WINE
B2/B1    SUE PERRIN-CANDY STORE MAN/RECIPE OF LOVE

4/5    THE ADORABLES-DEEP FREEZE/DADDY PLEASE
6/7    PATTI GILSON-PULLING PETALS/DON’T YOU TELL A LIE
8/9    THE REFLECTIONS-CAN’T YOU TELL BY THE LOOK IN MY EYES
10    THE ADORABLES-SCHOOL’S ALL OVER/BE
11    ELLIOTT BARON-MAN TO MAN/THE SPARE LIB
12    THE REFLECTIONS-LIKE COLUMBUS DID/LONELY GIRL
13    not issued
14    THE MANHATTANS-JUST A LITTLE LOVING/BEAUTIFUL BROWN EYES
15    THE REFLECTIONS-TALKIN’ ABOUT MY GIRL/OOWEE NOW NOW
16    THE REFLECTIONS-A HENPECKED GUY/DON’T DO THAT TO ME
17    THE DEBONAIRES-PLEASE DON’T SAY WE’RE THROUGH/A LITTLE TOO LONG
18    JUANITA WILLIAMS-BABY BOY/YOU KNOW WHAT YOU WAS GETTIN’
19    THE REFLECTIONS-SHABBY LITTLE HUT/YOU’RE MY BABY
20    THE REFLECTIONS-POOR MAN’S SON/COMIN’ AT YOU
21    BARBARA MERCER-HEY!!/CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU BABY
22    THE REFLECTIONS-DEBORAH ANN/WHEELIN & DARLIN!
23    CARL CARLTON-NOTHIN’ NO SWEETER THAN LOVE/I LOVE TRUE LOVE
24    THE REFLECTIONS-OUT OF THE PICTURE/JUNE BRIDE
25    THE ADORABLES-OOH,BOY!/DEVIL IN HER EYES

26    THE ADORABLES-EENIE,MEENIE,GYPSALEENIE/PLEASE DON’T SAY WE’RE THROUGH
27    BARBARA MERCER-THE THINGS WE DO TOGETHER/HUNGRY FOR LOVE
28    BARBARA MERCER-DOIN’ THINGS TOGETHER WITH YOU/NOBODY LOVES YOU LIKE ME
29    THE REFLECTIONS-GIRL IN THE CANDY STORE/YOUR KIND OF LOVE

30    not issued
31    THE SUNLINERS-THE SWINGIN’ KIND/ALL ALONE
32    GINO PARKS-MY SOPHISTICATED LADY/TALKIN’ ABOUT MY BABY
33    ROSE BATISTE-SWEETHEART DARLING/THAT’S WHAT HE TOLD ME
34    not issued
35    not issued
36    THE HOLIDAYS-I’LL LOVE YOU FOREVER/MAKIN’ UP TIME
37    LARRY KNIGHT & THE UPSETTERS-HURT ME/EVERYTHING’S GONE WRONG
38    THE DEBONAIRES-HOW’S YOUR NEW LOVE TREATING YOU?/BIG TIME FUN
39    not issued

40    TAMIKO JONES-I’M SPELLBOUND/AM I GLAD NOW
41    TONY MICHAELS-PICTURE ME AND YOU/I LOVE THE LIFE I LIVE
42    PAT LEWIS-CAN’T SHAKE IT LOOSE/LET’S GO TOGETHER
43-    THERESA LINDSAY-I’LL BET YOU/DADDY-0


44    THE DEBONAIRES-C.O.D./HOW’S YOUR NEW LOVE TREATING YOU
45    DICKIE & THE EBBTIDE-ONE BOY ONE GIRL/I’VE GOT A SHADOW
46    THE PARLIAMENTS-THAT WAS MY GIRL/HEART TROUBLE
47    THE HOLIDAYS-NO GREATER LOVE/WATCH OUT GIRL

See also RIC TIC

THE GOLDEN WORLD STORY @ SOULFUL DETROIT

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Dave Godin

Dave Godin on the naming of Northern Soul

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Dave Godin became an enthusiast of soul, opening his own record shop and record label – Soul City (re-releasing Go Now by Bessie Banks – originally on Red Bird USA).

Dave Godin was an early soul fan, who started the Tamla Motown Appreciation Society.  Impressed by his enthusiasm, Berry Gordy invited him to the USA to meet Motown artists. As a result, the Motown headline acts including Little Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and The Supremes came to the UK on a major tour in 1964. However, he may well have over sold Motown’s popularity to Gordy as most of the venues the tour went to were half empty. There is no recorded information on Gordy’s subsequent reaction to this or whether the tour lost money.

Dave Godin is credited with coining the term Northern Soul in an article following a visit in 1971 to the Twisted Wheel in Manchester. However, the term was in use before this time – Edwin Starr used it in 1968, for example.

in the early 2000’s a set of CD’s were released:

Dave Godin’s DEEP SOUL TREASURES:

They are all brilliant collections, my personal favourite is number 4.

SOUL CITY RECORDS

Dave Died:   15th October 2004 – Rotherham, South Yorkshire, UK

Wikipedia: Dave Godin

Dave Godin – Guardian Obituary

Curtom Records

Curtis Mayfield + you are you are + Curtom records promo LP UK

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Curtom Records – started by Curtis Mayfield in 1968

Curtom Records was started by Curtis Mayfield and Eddie Thomas – Eddie Thomas had been the manager of the Impressions.

FROM RHINO PRESS RELEASE..

RHINO GETS READY FOR CURTIS MAYFIELD CATALOG

Premier Reissue Label Acquires Exclusive North American Rights to Curtom Catalog Featuring Mayfield, Impressions, and More

LOS ANGELES — In a strategic move to bolster its already impressive urban music catalog, Rhino Records has purchased the Curtom masters from Curtis Mayfield for North America, it was announced today by Rhino President Richard Foos.

The influential R&B artist’s Curtom Classics, Inc. catalog includes master recordings by Mayfield; tracks from his years with legendary R&B group The Impressions; and performances by other Curtom artists such as Linda Clifford, Leroy Hutson, Natural Four, Fred Wesley, Ava Cherry, and The Notations.

The catalog includes performances by Mayfield from 10 of his solo albums between 1972 and 1990, including the Grammyreg.-nominated “Superfly,” “Freddie’s Dead,” and “Junkie Chase” from the Superfly (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album.

Rhino has also secured a license from Warner Special Products for additional Curtom master recordings owned by Warner Bros. Records, giving Rhino access to more than 400 tracks.

In 1996, Rhino Records released People Get Ready! The Curtis Mayfield Story, a 51-track anthology featuring the best of Mayfield’s most brilliantly written and performed songs. As the three-CD box set’s liner notes state so succinctly, “Mayfield is a true icon within the realms of African-American culture, an American original, a modern griot who has made an immeasurable global impact on the contemporary music of close to four decades.”

“Curtis Mayfield is a true pioneer, both lyrically and musically,” says Foos. “As comprehensive a statement about his career as the People Get Ready project is, there is such depth and breadth to his music that we are anxious to create even more releases from his highly influential body of work.”

Says Mayfield: “I believed that in order to market our old masters to the entire marketplace including this year being the 25th anniversary of my Superfly album, we needed the expertise and commitment that Richard Foos and Rhino offered us. After experiencing how Rhino marketed my three-CD box set People Get Ready, I felt at home with Rhino.”

Born June 3, 1942, in Chicago, Mayfield began singing by age seven. A self-taught guitarist, he was inspired by his mother’s love of poetry and began developing his songwriting skills. In 1957, singer Jerry Butler invited a then 16-year-old Mayfield to join The Roosters, for whom Curtis wrote and composed music. Six months later the group was renamed The Impressions and a year after that, they hit the charts with “For Your Precious Love” and Mayfield’s professional career began in earnest.

By 1968, The Impressions had produced a run of more than 18 charted singles that positioned the group as one of the most popular R&B acts of the ’60s. Mayfield also established himself as a hit-maker for other Chicago-based acts and in 1970, he launched both Curtom Records and a solo career, beginning a new chapter in the Mayfield story.

Mayfield’s messages of social consciousness struck a chord with the African-American community who embraced his themes of romance, politics, and peace set against an organic, groove-laden backdrop of funky wah-wah-guitar, heavily percussive rhythms, and swirling strings.

Superstardom found Mayfield in 1972 when he scored and performed the music to the Superfly soundtrack, which went on to sell more than one million copies and receive four Grammy nominations. More than 20 years later, it is still considered one of contemporary black music’s most significant recordings.

Through the ’70s and ’80s, Mayfield continued to record new solo albums for Curtom, including Give, Get, Take And Have and Never Say You Can’t Survive; achieve chart success with tracks such as “Love Me, Love Me Now” and “Tripping Out” and the Linda Clifford duet “Between You Baby And Me”; produce artists such as Gladys Knight & The Pips, Aretha Franklin, and The Staple Singers; and tour in America, Europe, and Japan. In 1989 Mayfield contributed to two soundtracks and released the Curtom album Take It To The Streets, which featured the standout tracks “Homeless” and “Do Be Down.”

A life-changing tragedy struck in August 1990. While Mayfield performed onstage at an outdoor concert in Brooklyn, high winds dislodged an overhead lighting rig, which collapsed on him. The damage to his spine left Mayfield a quadriplegic, though he has continued to write and record. His most recent album is New World Order (Warner Bros., 1996). Today, the prolific artist lives in Atlanta with his wife and family.

For additional information, please contact Rhino Media Relations.

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Curtom Album Discography
By Patrice Eyries, David Edwards, and Mike Callahan
Last update: June 1, 2003

Curtom was formed by Curtis Mayfield after he left the Impressions for a solo career. The Curtom releases were exclusively of the soul records genre, mostly produced by Curtis Mayfield or with a great connection either to him or to the Impressions. The first Curtis Mayfield albums released on this label are absolute soul gems. The distribution was first by Buddah Records, but in 1973, Curtom switched its distribution to Warner, then RSO. After the RSO deal ended, Curtom made some independent deals with Capitol Records and Boardwalk Records for some of their artists. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Curtom was briefly reactivated through Ichiban Records, after which the entire catalog was sold to Rhino Records.

The label for the Buddah distributed series is yellow and orange with a red stylized “CURTOM” across a red and blue sun at the top of the label, and the sentence “WE’RE A WINNER” written in black letters under the Curtom logo. The following text is written in black lettering in the form of an arc at the bottom of the label: “EXCLUSIVELY DISTRIBUTED BY BUDDAH RECORDS – 1650 BROADWAY N.Y.C.” with a small Buddah logo (i.e., the famous “Shiva” statue) first between the words “Records” and “1650,” then between the words “Buddah” and “Records” when the address moved to “810 7TH AVE. N.Y.C. 10019.” For the 8600 series, this text changed to a lower case lettering.

When the distribution switched to Warner, the label remained mostly yellow, but the top half changed to a multicolored background with a yellow “CURTOM”. The text changed as well to “CURTOM RECORDS INC., MANUFACTURED AND DISTRIBUTED BY WARNER BROS. RECORDS INC.”

For the last two series, the distribution switched, first to Ichiban and then to Arista (which were mostly reissues).

As far as we know, all releases were stereo only. The track listing below is given in playing sequence whenever this information was available. For the albums whose catalog numbers are marked with an asterisk (*), the songs are given in alphabetical order because the exact playing order was not known to us. We would appreciate this information from anyone who has it.

We would appreciate any additions or corrections to this discography. Just send them to us via e-mail. Both Sides Now Publications is an information web page. We are not a catalog, nor can we provide the records listed below. We have no association with Curtom Records. Should you be interested in acquiring albums listed in this discography (which are all out of print), we suggest you see our Frequently Asked Questions page and follow the instructions found there. This story and discography are copyright 2000 by Mike Callahan.

CURTOM ALBUM DISCOGRAPHY

Number – Title – Artist [Release Date] (Chart) Contents

8000 series (Distributed by Buddah):

CRS 8001 – This Is My Country – Impressions [1968] (12-68, #107) They Don’t Know/Stay Close To Me/I’m Loving Nothing/Loves Happening/Gone Away//You Want Somebody Else/So Unusual/My Woman’s Love/Fool For You/This Is My Country

*CRS 8002 – Love’s Happening – 5 Stairsteps & Cubie [1969] (4-69, #198) Baby, Make Me Feel So Good/Don’t Change Your Love/I’m The One Who Loves You/I Made A Mistake/Little Boy Blue/Little Young Lover/Love’s Happening/New Dance Craze/Stay Close To Me/Your Love Has Changed

*CRS 8003 – The Young Mod’s Forgotten Story – Impressions [1969] (5-69, #1040 Choice Of Colors/Girl I Find/Jealous Man/Love’s Miracle/Mighty Mighty (Spade And Whitey)/My Deceiving Heart/Seven Years/Soulful Love/Wherever You Leadeth Me/Young Mod’s Forgotten Story

CRS 8004 – The Best Impressions: Curtis, Sam and Fred – Impressions [1970] The track lineup given on the back of the record jacket is incorrect. The correct playing order is given here. The Impressions hits from the ABC-Paramount days are remakes on this album. Gypsy Woman (S, remake)/Keep On Pushin’ (S, remake)/I’m So Proud (S, remake)/Say You Love Me (S)/I’ve Been Trying (S, remake)/Amen (S, remake)//Choice Of Colors (S)/Fool For You (S)/Wherever You Leadeth Me (S)/Mighty Mighty Spade And Whitey (S)/Gone Away (S)/This Is My Country (S)

*CRS 8005 – Curtis – Curtis Mayfield [1970] (10-70, #19) (Don’t Worry) If There’s A Hell Below We’re All Going To Go/Give It Up/Miss Black America/Move On Up/The Makings Of You/The Other Side Of Town/We The People Who Are Darker Than Blue/Wild And Free

CRS 8006 – Check Out Your Mind! – Impressions [1970]

CRS 8007 – The Baby Huey Story/The Living Legend – Baby Huey [1971] Baby Huey and the Babysitters were legendary nightclub performers during the 1960s in the Chicago area. Listen To Me/Mama Get Yourself Together/A Change Is Going To Come//Mighty, Mighty/Hard Times/California Dreamin’/Running/One Dragon Two Dragon

*CRS 8008 – Curtis/Live! – Curtis Mayfield [1971] (5-71, #21) (2-LP set) Check Out Your Mind/(Don’t Worry) If There’s A Hell Below We’re All Going To Go/Gypsy Woman/I Plan To Stay A Believer/Mighty Mighty (Spade And Whitey)/People Get Ready/Stare And Stare/Stone Junkie/The Makings Of You/We’re A Winner/We The People Who Are Darker Than Blue/We’ve Only Just Begun

CRS 8009 – Roots – Curtis Mayfield [1971] (11-71, #40) Get Down/Keep On Keeping On/Underground/We Got To Have Peace//Beautiful Brother Of Mine/Now You’re Gone/Love To Keep You In My Mind

CRS 8010 –

CRS 8011 – Ruby Jones – Ruby Jones [1971]

*CRS 8012 – Times Have Changed – Impressions [1972] (4-72, #192) I Need To Belong To Someone/Inner City Blues/Love Me/Our Love Goes On And On/Potent Love/Stop The War/This Love’s For Real/Times Have Changed

CRS 8013 –

CRS 8014ST – Superfly (Soundtrack) – Curtis Mayfield [1972] (8-72, #1) Little Child Runnin Wild/Pusherman/Freddie’s Dead/Junkie Chase (Instrumental)/Give Me Your Love (Love Song)/Eddie You Should Know Better/No Thing On Me (Cocaine Song)/Think (Instrumental)/Superfly

CRS 8015 – Back to the World – Curtis Mayfield [1973] (6-73, #16) Back To The World/Future Shock/Right On For The Darkness//If I Were Only A Child Again/Can’t Say Nothin’/Keep On Trippin’/Future Song (Love A Good Woman, Love A Good Man)

*CRS 8016 – Preacher Man – Impressions [1973] Color Us All Gray (I’m Lost)/Find The Way/I’m Loving You/Preacher Man/Simple Message/Thin Line/What It Is

CRS 8017 – Love Oh Love – Leroy Hutson [1973] So In Love With You/Love Oh Love/When You Smile/Getting It On/Time Brings On A Change/I’ll Be There I’ll Still Care/I’m In Love With You Girl/As Long As There’s Love Around

*CRS 8018 – Curtis in Chicago – Curtis Mayfield [1973] (11-73, #135) Amen/Duke Of Earl – Gene Chandler/For Your Precious Love/I’m So Proud/If I Were Only A Child Again/Love Oh Love – Leroy Hutson/Once In My Life – The Impressions/Preacher Man – The Impressions/Superfly

CRS 8019 – Finally Got Myself Together – Impressions [1974] (7-74, #176) If It’s In You To Do Wrong/I’m A Changed Man (Finally Got Myself Together)/I’ll Always Be Here/Miracle Woman//We Go Back A Ways/Guess What I Got/Try Me (One More Time)/Don’t Forget What I Told You

CRS 8020 – The Man – Leroy Hutson [1974] Can’t Say Enough About Mom/Gotta Move – Gotta Groove/Ella Weez/Give This Love A Try//The Ghetto ’74/After THe Fight/Could This Be Love/Dudley Do-Right

8600 series (Distributed by Buddah):

CRS 8600 – Natural Four – Natural Four [1974] Can This Be Real/You Bring Out The Best In Me/Try Love Again/You Can’t Keep Running Away//This Is What’s Happening Now/Love That Really Counts/Try To Smile/Love’s Society/Things Will Be Better Tomorrow

CRS 8601 – Sweet Exorcist – Curtis Mayfield [1974] (5-74, #39) Ain’t Got Time/Sweet Exorcist/To Be Invisible/Power To The People//Kung Fu/Suffer/Make Me Believe In You

*CRS 8602 – Three the Hard Way – Impressions [1974] Having A Ball/Make A Resolution/Mister Keyes/On The Move/Something’s Mighty, Mighty Wrong/That’s What Love Will Do/Three The Hard Way (Chase And Theme)/Wendy

CRS 8603 –

*CRS 8604 – Got to Find a Way – Curtis Mayfield [1974] (11-74, #76) A Prayer/Ain’t No Love Lost/Cannot Find A Way/Love Me (Right In The Pocket)/Mother’s Son/So You Don’t Love Me

5000 series (Distributed by Warner Brothers):

*CU 5001 – There’s No Place Like America Today – Curtis Mayfield [1975] (6-75, #120) Billy Jack/Blue Monday People/Hard Times/Jesus/Love To The People/So In Love/When Seasons Change

CU 5002 – Hutson – Leroy Hutson [1975] All Because Of You/others

CU 5003 – First Impressions – Impressions [1975] (8-75, #115) Sooner Or Later/Same Thing It Took/Old Before My Time/First Impressions//Groove/I’m So Glad/How High Is High/Why Must A Love Song Be A Sad Song

*CU 5004 – Heaven Right Here on Earth – Natural Four [1975] (5-75, #182) Baby Come On/Count On Me/Give This Love A Try/Heaven Right Here On Earth/Love’s So Wonderful/What Do You Do/What’s Happening Here/While You’re Away

CU 5005 – Let’s Do It Again (Soundtrack) – Staple Singers [1975] (11-75, #20) Let’s Do It Again/Funky Love/A Whole Lot Of Love/New Orleans//I Want To Thank You/Big Mac/After Sex/Chase

CU 5006 – Now – Ed Townsend [1976] If You Can’t Take Me Higher/Maybe I’ll Bump/I’m With You/How Could You Do It//Where Did Those Signs Go/The Moving Finger Writes/Got A New Lease (On Life)/This Too Shall Pass

CU 5007 – Give, Get, Take And Have – Curtis Mayfield [1976] (7-76, #171) In Your Arms Again (Shake It)/This Love Is Sweet/P.S. I Love You/Party Night//Get A Little Bit (Give, Get, Take And Have)/Soul Music/Only You Babe/Mr. Welfare Man

CU 5008 – Nightchaser – Natural Four [1976]

CU 5009 – Loving Power – Impressions [1976] (3-76, #195) Loving Power/Sunshine/I Can’t Wait To See You/If You Have To Ask//You Can’t Be Wrong (All The Time)/I Wish I’d Stayed In Bed/Keep On Trying

*CU 5010 – Feel the Spirit – Leroy Hutson [1976] (3-76, #170) Butterfat/Don’t Let It Get Next To You/Feel The Spirit (’76)/It’s The Music/Let’s Be Lonely Together/Lover’s Holiday/Never Know What You Can Do (Give It A Try)

CU 5011 – Hutson II – Leroy Hutson [1976]

CU 5012 – Mystique – Mystique [1977]

CU 5013 – Never Say You Can’t Survive – Curtis Mayfield [1977] (3-77, #173) Show Me Love/Just Want To Be With You/When We’re Alone/Never Say You Can’t Survive//I’m Gonna Win Your Love/All Night Long/When You Used To Be Mine/Sparkle

CU 5014 – Locked in This Position – Barbara Mason & Bunny Sigler [1977]

CU 5015 –

CU 5016 – Linda – Linda Clifford [1977] From Now On/Be Tender With My Love/You Can Do It/You Gotta Tell Her/One Thing On My Mind//Tonight’s The Night/Only Fooling Myself/Still In Love With You/If It’s Magic

*CU 5017 – Short Eyes – Curtis Mayfield [1977] A Heavy Dupe/Another Fool In Love/Back Against The Wall/Break It Down/Do Do Wap Is Strong In Here/Father Confessor/Need Someone To Love/Short Eyes

CU 5018 – Closer to the Source – Leroy Hutson [1977]

CU 5019 – A Piece Of the Action – Mavis Staples [1977] Chocolate City/Of Whom Shall Be Afraid/Orientation/A Piece Of The Action/Good Lovin’ Daddy/’Til Blossoms Bloom/Koochie, Koochie, Koochie/Getting Deeper (Instrumental)

CU 5020 – Love Oh Love – Leroy Hutson [1978]

CUK 5021 – If My Friends Could See Me Now – Linda Clifford [1978] (5-78, #22) If My Friends Could See Me Now/You Are, You Are/Runaway Love//Broadway Gypsy Lady/I Feel Like Falling In Love Again/Please Darling, Don’t Say Goodbye/Gypsy Lady

CUK 5022 – Do It All Night – Curtis Mayfield [1978] Do It All Night/No Goodbyes//Party, Party/Keeps Me Loving You/In Love, In Love, In Love/You Are, You Are

2900 series (Distributed by Ichiban):

CUR 2901 – Live in Europe – Curtis Mayfield [1988] (2-LP set) Introduction/Ice-9 (Ice-9 Featuring Henry Gibson)/Back To The World/It’s Alright – Amen//Gypsy Woman/Freddie’s Dead/Pusherman//We’ve Gotta Have Peace/We’ve Only Just Begun/People Get Ready//Move On Up/If There’s A Hell Below/When Seasons Change

CUR 2902 – Greatest Hits of All Time (Classics Collection) – Curtis Mayfield [1989] (2- LP set)

CRC Label 2000 series:

CRC-2001 – We Come in Peace With a Message of Love – Curtis Mayfield [1985]

Curtom label, continuation of CRC label 2000 series:

CUR-2002 – Superfly (Soundtrack) – Curtis Mayfield [1988] Reissue of Curtom CRS 8014 ST)

CUR-2003 – There Is No Place Like America Today – Curtis Mayfield [1989] Reissue of Curtom 5001.

CUR-2004 –

CUR-2005 – Something to Believe In – Curtis Mayfield [1989] Reissue of RSO 3077.

CUR-2006 –

CUR-2007 – Greatest Hits – Linda Clifford [1990]

*CUR-2008 – Take It to the Street – Curtis Mayfield [1990] Do Be Down/Don’t Push/Got To Be Real/He’s A Fly Guy/Homeless/I Mo Git U Sucka/On And On/Who Was That Lady

Eddie Thomas Biography

Born on November 5, 1931, Eddie Thomas was destined to succeed. In 1957, while attending a local talent show at the Washburne Trade School in Chicago, he met and was asked to manage two vocal groups, The Medallionaires and The Roosters. Moved by their unique sound, Thomas convinced members of The Roosters to change their name to The Impressions and the group’s career skyrocketed with the release of their first single, “For Your Precious Love.”

Thomas would also find another great talent in the person of Curtis Mayfield, with whom he enjoyed a long association. Together they formed Curtom Records and produced many hit records, including “Keep on Pushing,” “Amen” and “It’s All Right.” The multitalented Thomas continued to produce new artists and shepherded groups, such as The Independents, to fame. Their first release, “Leaving Me,” sold more than 1 million records.

In the mid-1970s, he created Thomas Associates, a successful record promotion business whose elite list of clients included Ray Charles, Barry White, Quincy Jones, the Stylistics and Johnny Taylor. Later, he formed A-1 Creative Productions company, which produced the video and wrote the theme song for the 1987 NFL World Champion New York Giants. In 1990, Thomas was bestowed broadcasting’s highest honor, the prestigious James Foster Peabody Award, for his role in the music documentary, The Rise and Fall of Vee-Jay Records.

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Atlantic Records

How Major Labels REALLY Develop Musicians // WHAT I LEARNED AT ATLANTIC RECORDS

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Atlantic Records – founded in 1947 Atlantic Records Herb Abramson started Atlantic in 1947 with Ahmet Ertegun (he left Atlantic in 1955).
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Jerry Wexler joined in 1954. Tom Dowd was the recording engineer and the In house writers were Lieber and Stoller and Arif Marden. See Charlie Gillett’s Book for the best and fullest coverage of Atlantic. Ahmet Ertegun was the son of the Turkish ambassador to the USA.

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Atlantic Collection

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Many Albums with collections of Atlantic label artists were released in the USA i Atlantic Collection Many Albums with collections of Atlantic label artists were released in the USA i.e. Live: Saturday Night At The Uptown (New York).

In the UK, THIS IS SOUL was released twice and it was a ‘have to have’ item for any Soul aficionado.

What is Soul Atlantic Records – Tracks:

Mustang Sally                            Wilson Pickett
B A B Y                                    Carla Thomas
Sweet Soul Music                      Arthur Conley
When A Man loves A Woman       Percy Sledge
I Got everything I Need             Sam & Dave,
What Is Soul                             Ben E King
Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa                            Otis Redding
Knock On Wood                         Eddie Floyd
Keep Looking                            Solomon Burke
I Never Loved A Man                  Aretha Franklin
Warm & Tender Love                 Percy Sledge
Land Of A 1000 Dances             Wilson Picket

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Arctic Records

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Arctic Records were a 1960s Philly sound Soul Record Company, possibly based in Miami, not to be confused with present day, Canadian Indy company.

ARCTIC Soul Records – Catalogue

101-TIFANNYS-LOVE ME/HAPPIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD 102-BARBARA MASON-COME TO ME/GIRLS HAVE FEELINGS TOO 103-VOLCANOS-BABY/MAKE YOUR MOVE 104-CINCY GIBSON-STEP BY STEP/WHISPER YOU LOVE ME BABY 105-BARBARA MASON-YES, I’M READY/KEEP HIM 106-VOLCANOS-STORM WARNING/BABY 107-KENNY GAMBLE-DOWN BY THE SEASHORE parts 1&2 108-BARBARA MASON-COME TO ME/ SAD, SAD GIRL 109-HERB JOHNSON-GLOOMY DAY/CARFARE BACK 110-LANE RELATIONS-EVERYTHING ON EARTH/CLEANING UP HERE 111-VOLCANOS-HELP WANTED/MAKE YOUR MOVE 112-BARBARA MASON-YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES/IF YOU DON’T (LOVE ME,TELL ME SO) 113-LIGHT LUNCH & FREELOADER-HOW CAN I WIN YOUR LOVE/same inst. 114-KENNY GAMBLE & THE ROMEOS- AIN’T IT BABY parts 1&2 115-VOLCANOS-(IT’S AGAINST THE) LAWS OF LOVE/same inst. 116-BARBARA MASON-DON’T EVER WANT TO LOSE YOUR LOVE/IS IT ME 117-MIKE & IKE-YA YA/SAX ON THE TRACKS 118-HONEY & THE BEES-I’M CONFESSIN’/ONE TIME IS FOREVER 119-BROCKING CHORAL ENSEMBLE-HOW I GOT OVER parts 1&2 120-BARBARA MASON-I NEED LOVE/BOBBY IS MY BABY 121-JACK & JILL-TAKE ME FOR WHAT I AM/THERE YOU GO AGAIN 122-KENNY ROSSI-DON’T LOSE THIS LOVE/TURN ON YOUR LOVE LIGHT 123-KENNY GAMBLE-DON’T STOP LOVING ME/THE JOKE’S ON YOU 124-LANE RELATIONS-IF I HAD A HAMMER/IN THE DARK 125-VOLCANOS-LADY’S MAN/HELP WANTED 126-BARBARA MASON-POOR GIRL I’M IN TROUBLE/HELLO BABY 127-KENNY GAMBLE-CHAINS OF LOVE/(I’LL JUST) KEEP ON SMILIN’ 128-VOLCANOS-MAKE YOUR MOVE/YOU’RE NUMBER 1 129-LANE RELATIONS-THE BLOOD parts 1&2 130-TEMPTONES-GIRL,I LOVE YOU/GOOD BYE 131-KENNY HAMBER-AIN’T GONNA CRY (OVER ONE GIRL)/ANYTHING YOU WANT 132-MARY DELOACH-MOVE THIS THING parts 1&2 133-BROCKINGTON CHORAL ENSEMBLE-I FEEL THE SPIRIT MOVING/HE’S THERE 134-BARBARA MASON-YOU CAN DEPEND ON ME/GAME OF LOVE 135-HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES-GO AWAY/WHAT CAN A MAN DO 136-TEMPTONES-SAY THESE WORDS OF LOVE/THIS COULD BE THE START OF SOMETHING GOOD 137-BARBARA MASON-OH HOW IT HURTS/AIN’T GOT NOBODY 138-DEE DEE BARNES-DO WHAT YOU WANNA DO/I’M YOURS AND YOU’RE MINE 139-KENNY HAMBER-LOOKING FOR A LOVE/THESE ARMS OF MINE 140-BARBARA MASON-DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE/HALF A LOVE 141-HONEY & THE BEES-GO NOW/WHY DO YOU HURT THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU 142-BARBARA MASON-HALF A LOVE/SLIPPING AWAY 143-TEDDY & FINGERPOPPERS-SOUL GROOVE parts 1&2 144-DELLA HUMPHREY-DON’T MAKE THE GOOD GIRLS SO BAD/YOUR LOVE IS ALL I NEED 145-BILLY FLOYD-MY OH MY/TIME MADE YOU CHANGE 146-BARBARA MASON-DON’T EVER GO AWAY/I’M SO GOOD FOR YOU 147-AMBASSADORS-I REALLY LOVE YOU/I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU LOVE ME 148-BARBARA MASON-TAKE IT EASY/YOU NEVER LOVED ME 149-HONEY & THE BEES-LOVE ADDICT/I’LL BE THERE 150-AMBASSADORS-AIN’T GOT THE LOVE OF ONE GIRL/MUSIC MAKES YOU WANNA DANCE 151-WINFIELD PARKER-BRAND NEW STRAT/SHAKE THAT THING 152-HONEY & THE BEES-SUNDAY KIND OF LOVE/BABY DO THAT THING 153-AMBASSADORS-STORM WARNING/I DIG YOU BABY 154-BARBARA MASON-YOU BETTER STOP IT/HAPPY GIRL 155-DELLA HUMPHREY-JUST LIKE BOYS DO/OVER THE TRACKS 156-AMBASSADORS-A.W.O.I./CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF OF YOU 157-JIMMY BISHOP-A BLACKMAN/MR.CHARLIE 158-HONEY & THE BEES-BABY,DO THAT THING/SUNDAY KIND OF LOVE 159-DELLA HUMPHREY-WILL YOU LOVE ME TOMORROW/LET’S WAIT UNTIL DARK 160-ROYAL FIVE-AIN’T NO BIG THING/PEACE OF MIND

Arctic Records – Ed Ward

Arctic Records – CD Universe

Anna Tri Phi Records

Sample Early Spinners on Tri-Phi Records

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Set up by The Gordy sisters led by Gwen Gordy and husband Harvey Fuqua, with help from Leonard and Phil Chess (of Chess Records Chicago) The company distributed ‘Money’ – by Barret strong on its ANNA Label in the USA The company organised its release in the UK on the London Label in 1960.

Writers were: Lamont Dozier and Harvey Fuqua.

Artists were: Junior Walker and the All Stars. The Spinners. Marvin Gaye. The Label was called ANNA after Gordy’s youngest sister Anna who was married (at that time) to Marvin Gaye. Anna became Tri-Phi, owned by Harvey Fugua, before it was absorbed into Motown. Anna-Tri-Phi Records was sold in 1960 to Motown, merging its artists and writer talents with the others at in Berry Gordy’s stable.

Weblinks

Anna-Tri-Phi – Google Books

Chess Records – The Story

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Review of The Story of Chess Records  by John Collis and Buddy Guy (Forward)

If one man can be credited with creating the language of rock and roll it is Chuck Berry. In the early 1950s he was just an ambitious Nat ‘King’ Cole imitator gigging in St Louis, but ten years after moving to Chicago and cutting his first hit, ‘Maybelline’, in 1955, he built a catalogue of classics that inspired the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and every rock musician since.

Meanwhile his Chicago rival Bo Diddley, the earthiest and arguably the most exciting of the rock ‘n roll performers, was reminding us that his music was just a step away from the blues. Although he was raised in Chicago, his music was a bizarre, electric version of the blues of his birthplace, Mississippi.

Between them Chuck and Bo caused a revolution in Chicago blues. They found a younger audience, often white, and inevitably directed attention towards their elders, largely unknown to white American and the mass market reflected in the pop charts. Both were signed to Chess Records, established by Eastern European immigrants, the Chess brothers. While providing the shop window for Chicago bluesmen, they also conformed to an all too familiar pattern, as white entrepreneurs exploiting black talent.

The Story of Chess Records, the first book to be devoted to the Chess story, examines the subject of exploitation within the record business. Its core purpose, however, is to celebrate the music of two unique and important artists and the extraordinarily fertile blues environment out of which they grew.

JOHN COLLIS is a freelance writer whose recent books include VAN MORRISON: Inarticulate Speech of the Heart, and THE BLUES: Its Roots and Inspirations. He lives in London, England.

Wikipedia: Chess Records