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    I wonder if this as just a British thing.

    Long before ecstasy arrived to spark a wide-eyed, jaw-gyrating musical movement in the UK, Northern soul parties were the places to be for all-nighters in the '60s.

    With a little help of amphetamines, northerners into soul records, old and new, originating from the United States often partied way into the next day, with the frenzied, sweat-inducing dancing on an importance par with the tunes being played.

    There's a bunch of clubs integral to the northern soul story, from The Twisted Wheel in Manchester to Wigan Casino, and, luckily, photographers were in and among the madness to capture it.

    As with any movement there was a lot of snobbery as the DJs sought ever more obscure tracks from the states. Very few Northern Soul favourites made it into the charts.

    This track was recently voted the greatest Northern Soul track ever. It is an awesome piece of work and I wonder if Mr Wilson was a big name in the US ?

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    A bit more from DJ Ian Levine -

    The original version of this song is quite simply the most sought-after Motown and Northern Soul record of all time. The legendary Motown producer, Frank Wilson, made this solo record for Motown which was so rare, and so in demand, that someone paid fifteen thousand English pounds for a copy.

    He was a big help with the Motorcity project, in 1989 and 1990, and he and his wife Bunny always stay at my house every time they're visiting London. The Motown single "Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)" became so huge that everyone wanted to see Frank perform it. For years he refused, but finally he gave in and did so at Fleetwood in 2000, in front of two and a half thousand people, the one and only time he said he would ever do this.

    But previously to that, we had visited him at his Los Angeles home, and filmed him at the piano, so people got to see this legendary song being performed for the first ever time on The Strange World Of Northern Soul DVD. It is Wilson's only Motown single and is a prized item among collectors.
     
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    Neither the name nor the music is familiar to these ears.

    Good point though --- the Beatles honed their music based largely on US "soul" music that was not as well known to (white) America as it was to them in Liverpool --- Isley Brothers, Larry Williams, Barrett Strong, even James Jamerson.
     
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    The record collector resource Discogs says the "Soul" label as pictured in the video is a bootleg and not affiliated with Motown, although Motown did have a sublabel by that name using a different design. And it lists this Wilson single as first released in 2012, even though the bootleg "Soul" label clearly credits "Jobete" and gives a copyright date of 1965.

    ---- which is not to say Motown itself never released it, as Discogs is a user-driven database and isn't comprehensive.

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    My mom says she knows the song but not the name of the artist.
     
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    This is another "northern soul" classic. It was resurrected in a TV ad for make up and I suspect it is obscure as the first. The attendees of these all nighters were massive collectors and would spend half the night flicking through vinyl looking for something obscure enough to impress their mates..

     
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    Sounds Motown-ish.


     
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    More about acts that were on the edge of Motown.You had to be able to dance to it, that was a must.

     
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    Hence the price tag I suppose. The song resurfaced around that time, I think it was another one used in a tv ad.

    In UK record shops there used to be a section for Northern Soul compilations and there were new ones coming out every month. All DJ led. The big record companies tried to get into this market all the time but they always used to screw it up by picking a track that sounded right but nobody would dance to.
     
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    This list is a good starting point and you will recognise a lot of these artists.

    My fave track - cant decide between Ann Sexton (Youve been gone too long) or Betty Everett (Getting Mighty Crowded) and will probably change my mind tomorrow.

    Rocklist.net...Steve Parker...Northern Soul 500..
     

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