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borebage53

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Two of my all time favourites if someone could be so kind to link them for me on here please.
Whatever Happened To Our Melody - Eddie Holman
Washed Ashore(On A Lonely Island In The Sea) - The Platters
 

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Thank you Walthamstowfox, much obliged!
do you own a copy Borebage ?
if not l have the album and your welcome too it if you want.
I only brought it as you'd mentioned a couple of years ago and it didn't ring any bells, I do like the track though, just reminds you of walking into all-nighters, particularly the Wirrina Centre Peterborough for some reason, maybe just the sound !
 

borebage53

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Ay up bnet, only just seen your post. I have a copy of Washed Ashore on vinyl. Up in the loft with nothing to play it on nowadays. Not on Stateside though. An original in good condition might be worth a few bob by now I should think. Bill Poole used to play it when he did the Engine at Coalville.
Ian Levine used to play that Eddie Holman track at Blackpool Mecca in the Highland Room. I actually saw him live at the Regent Club in Hinckley,of all places, back in the eighties. His range of vocals is really staggering from falsetto to just about everywhere else.
Martha Reeves(solo) also did Regent Club,amazingly!
Just across the road at the old Hinckley Leisure Centre there was a lot of all nighters going on at that time too. A guy named Chris King used to put them on. Also Ric-Tic revues. Live acts included Edwin Starr(as ever),Major Lance,Al Kent,Chuck Jackson, Tavares,Curtis Mayfield,Gene Chandler and a few more I can't recall now. I was there the night in 1984 that they announced Jackie Wilson had passed on,after years in a nursing home,from the stage. Loads of people there and you could have heard a pin drop at that moment!
 

borebage53

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No One There - Martha Reeves is another of my favourites. Again if anyone could be kind enough to link it on here for me I would be very grateful.
(Bit of a tearjerking ballad so have tissues handy)!
 

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Ay up bnet, only just seen your post. I have a copy of Washed Ashore on vinyl. Up in the loft with nothing to play it on nowadays. Not on Stateside though. An original in good condition might be worth a few bob by now I should think. Bill Poole used to play it when he did the Engine at Coalville.
Ian Levine used to play that Eddie Holman track at Blackpool Mecca in the Highland Room. I actually saw him live at the Regent Club in Hinckley,of all places, back in the eighties. His range of vocals is really staggering from falsetto to just about everywhere else.
Martha Reeves(solo) also did Regent Club,amazingly!
Just across the road at the old Hinckley Leisure Centre there was a lot of all nighters going on at that time too. A guy named Chris King used to put them on. Also Ric-Tic revues. Live acts included Edwin Starr(as ever),Major Lance,Al Kent,Chuck Jackson, Tavares,Curtis Mayfield,Gene Chandler and a few more I can't recall now. I was there the night in 1984 that they announced Jackie Wilson had passed on,after years in a nursing home,from the stage. Loads of people there and you could have heard a pin drop at that moment!
Sounds like it all happened around your way ! l guess it was good pickings for these stars in an underground scene. My mate brought quite a few over from America and they didn't realise their cult like statuses. I sort of moved on music wise when shit like WigansOvations came along and living in London the soul scene was different. Its all had a new lease of life with me the last 10 years or so l guess. Saw Edwin Starr at Baileys but at the time it wasn't my thing, would like to see some off your list now if t was possible.


 

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got fuck all to do right now as l fell off a roof this morning a bust a couple of bones, any requests. Pressing the keys left handed as i'm slagged up
 

borebage53

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An iconic Mecca sound was It Really Hurts Me,Girl - Carstairs. Ian Levine found it in America,it had sank without trace on it's release over there,and he played it regularly at the Mecca. At the time it divided opinion and some people stopped going to the Highland Room as they didn't like the direction that Levine was taking things. Much too 70's Philly sound for the taste of some. But Levine only played what you could dance to and Hurts Me Girl was just such a perfect fit!
The Mecca largely closed as a dance venue in 1980 (it was finally demolished in 2009).
Imagine the scene at the one-off 1998 Mecca Re-union event. Levine has found the still unknown Carstairs and flown them over. They take to the stage and by the time they get to singing It Really Hurts Me Girl there is an estimated 600 dancers right in front of them. It was noticed that two of them were singing through their tears. Like a lot of the acts at that time the emotion of the adulation they found in coming to England must have staggered them!
 

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I read a similar story from a singer who's name escapes me( which spoils the tale somewhat.)
She was dug up from obscurity to perform at a Weekender, her backing band struck up her most well known song, the entire crowd burst into song & she burst into tears, couldn't believer the reaction.
 

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Adrian Jae did a superb 2 hour radio show of Blackpool Mecca/ Highland room tunes, it's still on Mixcloud, though I'm not very good at linking Mixcloud shoes onto here, I'll have a go.
 

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Ian Levine discovered tons of records,mainly down to the fact that his parents were worth a few Bob & could afford to holiday in Florida.
Whilst they were sunning themselves, the young Levine would spend all day digging for records.
He still does a podcast which features mainly rare soul
 

borebage53

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None of the other DJ's liked him. Especially the Wigan one's. I used to like the Casino and the Mecca. Casino was an all nighter the Mecca wasn't. I always thought at the time that we were lucky to have both!
 

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Ian Levine discovered tons of records,mainly down to the fact that his parents were worth a few Bob & could afford to holiday in Florida.
Whilst they were sunning themselves, the young Levine would spend all day digging for records.
He still does a podcast which features mainly rare soul
i'm not sure about Levine, a lot of the stuff he produced seems forced and the videos of the 80 year olds singing just don't seem to fell right. I much prefer the modern stuff myself though. A mate of mine did similar to Levine and l think still does, said he used to buy complete collections of demo's from obscure wrong side of the track radio stations. Is "it really hurts me girl" worth owt as l still have it. I think l flogged all my valuable stuff when l was about 18 as you do !
 

borebage53

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I paid £15 for Garnet Mimms - Looking For You, at the Mecca one night back in the 70's. Something I just had to have. And a tenner for Rufus Lumley - I'm Standing.
 
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