Billy Gales

BILLY GAYLES - I'M HURTING [Shock 200] 1961

I’m Hurting

Billy Gales released this track with a shouting intro a lot like Mohammed Ali or Amos n’ Andy it evolves into a typical sixties R&B style Soul number. There is a slight Little Richard feel to it, definitely one for the R&B aficionado.

Ron Holden With The Thunderbirds

Ron Holden - Love You So

My Babe – 1959

Ron Holden with the Thunderbirds sang this track with gusto. Many Soul Club goers regarded this recording as Rock and Roll music but what’s really the difference? Many Rock and Roll songs were popular for both Mods and Rockers – Chuck Berry and Little Richard for example.

Love You So - Ron Holden
Love You So – Ron Holden

This 45 was dug up once again and played at the Blue Note in Manchester a couple of times, to a mixed reception. Reviewing it again in modern days it passes the test.

My Babe was the ‘B’ side of his hit: Love You So.

Ron Holden

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Bobby Thomas & The Afros

Bobby Thomas and The Afros - Please Mr Lovemaker

Darling Don’t Come Back

Simply brilliant release by Bobby Thomas & The Afros. Lamenting horns very much like a Stax composition very Otis in its theme.

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Walter Rhodes

Walter Rhodes - I Worship The Ground You Walk On

I Worship The Ground You Walk On

Walter Rhodes sang this deep Soul ballad, lamenting the loss of love.

I Worship The Ground You Walk On was also recorded by Etta James and Jimmy Hughes.

Ortheia Barnes – from Jazz to religion

Ortheia Barnes - I've Never Loved Nobody (Like I Love You)

Watch Out Boy
Never Ever Leave Me
I’ve Never Loved Nobody
Waiting For Joey

Ortheia Barnes was an R&B and jazz singer who often opened the bill at concerts for great artists such Stevie Wonder and other Motown stars. In fact she was the sister of J.J. Barnes. Her voice was smooth and sweet, never more so than on Waiting For Joey.

Ortheia Barnes
Ortheia Barnes

In the 1990’s Ortheia Barnes became a religious minister and a political advocate on black issues.

Born: October 18, 1944

Died: May 15, 2015

Ortheia Barnes – Wikipedia


La Wanda William

La Wanda William - Come back to me

Come Back To Me

With an underlying beat sounding much like a Mary Wells song, try this number by La Wanda William.

Charles Sheffield


It’s Your Voodoo Working

A great Northern Soul find by Charles Sheffield, and Voodoo hoodoo seems to be a theme in some Soul tracks, but most are in Blues, e.g. Screaming Jay Hawkins. Love Potion number 9 etc.

The Magnetics

Magnetics - Lady In Green

Lady In Green

Finger clicking good Doo Wop song by The Magnetics but with a dance beat.

222 in Kev Roberts Top 500.

AKA The Volumes.

Here is another track also great:  I Have A Girl. (1965)

Magnetics / Volumes @ The SOULSMITH

Wiley Terry

Wiley terry - Follow the leader Part 1 & 2

Follow The Leader

This track by Wiley Terry has that lazy R&B style beat we got to like in the early 60’s.

Bobby Parker

Bobby Parker - You Better Watch Your Step

bobby parker

Bobby Parker made one fantastic 45 that was huge at the Twisted Wheel:

WATCH YOUR STEP – London 1961

Bobby Parker was still going strong in 2003 where he appeared live on stage on a UK tour where we saw  him at the Victoria Theatre, Halifax, complete with James Brown style wig.

Many soul and blues artists were re-released on Sue, some never had a previous release in the UK. This track was incredibly popular at many of Manchester‘s Soul and Blues Clubs.

Bobby Parker: A little blues, a little gospel and a little jazz.  Louisiana-born Bobby Parker was a child guitar fanatic. He joined his first band, The Charms, immediately after high school in the early 1950s.

He played with artists like Bo Diddley, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Jackie Wilson and Sam Cook. He earned his fame for writing and singing hits like Watch Your Step, which reached British and American R&B charts in the early 1960s. When he appeared on stage he liked to talk about the UK groups who asked him how he played his trade mark guitar riff on Watch Your Step. These included The Yardbirds, Eric Clapton and so on. The same riff was shamelessly nicked subsequently by Led Zepplin. We’ll leave you to tell us which track in our Guestbook.

Today, he lives in Suitland on the Californian West Coast. As with all great artists, his amazing guitar work looks effortless.

Song Lyrics – You Better Watch Your Step – Bobby Parker and Phil Belmonte

You better take it easy baby
Before you go away
You did me dirty
You’ll get yours one day

You better
Watch your step…
Talkin’ about you
Watch your step…
You better
Watch your step…

Keep your eyes open wide
‘Cause you’ll be hurtin’ down inside

You better leave me all your money
Before you go away
Don’t think I’m funny honey
All I’ve got to say


‘Cause when you took your love
from me
You left me full of misery
I’m gonna be all right


When you need me by your side
I’m gonna say go somewhere and hide
Watch your step…
You better watch out baby
everything you do
I’m gonna keep my eyes focused,
right on you
You better walk right baby
There’s just one thing I know
You better watch your step…
When you need me by your side
I’m gonna say go somewhere and hide

Wikipedia: Bobby Parker (Guitarist)