Bobby Kline – Say Something Nice To Me

Say Something Nice To Me Bobby Kline appears to be a bit of an enigma. No source can definitively say whether he was black or white, or whether he ever sang as lead singer for the Doo Wop group The Ocapellos. He does seem to have written the song The Stars for them, however. We … Read more

Valerie Simpson

Valerie Simpson is a song writer and performer. She was the Simpson in the Motown song writing duo – Ashford and Simpson who also performed as a duo. Let’s Go Get Stoned – 1964 for Ray Charles Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – 1966 for Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrel Ashford and Simpson – Wikipedia

Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham

Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham were the great song writing duo who wrote among many excellent songs – I’m Your Puppet. Spooner Oldham also performed on many sessions at Muscle Shoals as an organist. Real name Dewey Lindon Oldham, his nickname ‘Spooner’ was a result of an accident in the kitchen when he was a … Read more

Leroy Hutson – Song Writer, Musician and Singer

Ella Weez Love Oh Love Great stuff this one from Leroy Hutson made in 1974 and re-released in 1996 due to Northern Soul demand. Leroy Hutson was at one time the lead singer with The Impressions. His academic career was interesting – he started off studying dentistry before swapping courses to musical theory and composition … Read more

Shuggie Otis

Inspiration Information (1973) FABULOUS – from the son of Johnny Otis – Shuggie Otis – the man who got Blues and Soul going single handedly! Shuggie Otis is a songwriter, guitarist and recording artist who picked up the guitar when he was two and played in nightclubs when he was eleven! BB King rated his guitar … Read more

Ken Williams

Come Back With that Bashing, Smashing beat that the Northern Soulers loved so much. This time by Ken Williams.

Steve Karmen

BREAKAWAY (Part 1) 1968 The song by Steve Karmen features Jimmy Radcliffe. Band leader, composer and advert jingle writer: Steve Karmen Wiki

Richard ‘Popcorn’ Wylie

Song writer and record producer. Did you notice the writer’s name?¬†And the producer’s name? a mark of excellence Richard ‘Popcorn’ Wylie, nothing he did was ever bad, if we could find records with his name on them we would try to buy, borrow, import or steal them. Due to knowing this name we bought an … Read more

Ashford And Simpson

Top Of The Stairs (1977) Ashford And Simpson (Nicholas Ashford & Valerie Simpson) (married) songwriters. They were Motown staff songwriters mainly for Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. They also recorded in their own right: Top of the Stairs is really good and another pop hit for them was: Solid As A Rock. Keep It Coming was a … Read more

Clarence Paul

Born  19th March 1928 – Winston-Salem, North Carolina Died  6th May 1993 – Los Angeles Clarence Paul was a Motown Producer and Song Writers and one time member of the Five Royales (Baby Don’t Do It, – Help Me Somebody). Produced hits for Stevie Wonder, The Temptations and Marvin Gaye amongst others. Clarence Paul – Wikipedia