Here’s one of the great singles:
Mr Tench has sent me the story (Independent) of how an original single has sold for £14,500, the article’s headline describing it as a “Holy Grail Northern Soul single”
But it’s not a “Northern Soul single is it? Because that would place it in the late 1960s or early 1970s
Mr Tench suggests that it was one of Mr Greedy’s favourite Birdcage records (see Comment and below) which means it was being played in Pompey in the mid 1960s. Well that Mr Greedy is certainly a man of good taste. In my first ‘Pompey Pop’ book called Almost (Feb 1998) I wrote this passage:
“The Birdcage had its own DJ – a stylish somewhat studious looking guy called Brady … he could often be seen placing orders in Weston Hart’s. Imagine such a life, where the big worry was whether you could get a copy of “Incense” or “Open the Door to Your Heart” before this week’s big show. Imagine. Courtesy of Brady I heard just about everything in the soul and R&B world …”
I got a couple of things wrong in that passage. I called him Pete Brady whereas he was Pete ‘Brady’ Boardman and I thought he was from Brighton like Rikki Farr and Robin Beste. But I got the music right and it’s interesting that the first two record titles I mentioned included a ‘Northern Soul’ track before Northern Soul existed. I’ve a feeling that Phil Freeman used to sing it too?
Northen Soul is OK if that’s what you like. But Southern Soul came first in the UK and is (comparatively) ignored. We’re here of course to put the record straight. Just walk right on in …
PS: Mr Greedy reports in the Comment that his real favourite is this – another cracker