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Summer 2019 release - The Tempests: A Carolina Soul Story

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Summer 2019 release - The Tempests: A Carolina Soul Story

(A book by E. Mark Windle. Publication date 15 July 2019. Pre-order facility available now). I doubt it was just a moment-in-time thing. Thirty years on, my memory of first hearing Someday echo across the dancefloor at an all-nighter and stopping this young teenager dead in his tracks has not faded. It wasn’t a recording which necessarily broke the mould upon ‘rediscovery’ on the early 1980s northern soul scene. The new open-minded approach and healthy appreciation for musical diversity had already seen to that, whether it be mid tempo, beat ballads, latin soul, early R&B or others  - and the...

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Radio, TV and the Nashville R&B Scene (Part One) - E. Mark Windle.

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Radio, TV and the Nashville R&B Scene (Part One) - E. Mark Windle.

Music historians will argue over the exact origins of the music industry in Nashville, although any stance depends on the genre under discussion, and how far back one is willing to go. The predominance of country music is undeniable, with its roots planted in Celtic and European folk songs and associated instrumentation brought to the US by early immigrants. In the 1920s, Nashville’s first radio station WSM cemented the city’s country music status with Grand Ole Opry broadcasts of mountain songs and hillbilly music. These styles would later contribute to what is now known as the ‘third’ generation of country...

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The Way of the Crowd: The Dan Folger Story - by E. Mark Windle.

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The Way of the Crowd: The Dan Folger Story - by E. Mark Windle.

“There were three of us, eighteen months apart” says Brenda Kippa, sister of Dan Folger. “My first brother was born in 1941, then came Dan (b. 1943 d. 2006) and finally me. We lived in La Honda, a suburb of San Francisco. We were comfortable financially and lived in a lovely home. However, there was great trouble in the marriage between our parents, and finally my mother called her father who came to California and brought us all (except my father) back to Texas. My mother couldn't find work, so she initially left us with her parents and found work...

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Anthony and the Aqua Lads / The Chantells - by E. Mark Windle

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Anthony and the Aqua Lads / The Chantells - by E. Mark Windle

The Aqua Lads played largely as a revue act (later with The Chantells) around Charlotte, NC and Myrtle Beach,  although they also backed national R&B bands further afield, including Canada. The group ran from 1963-1969 and had over twenty members during this period. Five 45s by The Aqua Lads were released; of particular northern soul interest are “I Remember” on Gold Bee (GB-1650) from 1965 and “I’ll Never Know” on Aqua, recorded with The Chantells on vocal lead in 1968. Much has already been written about the legendary Stafford Top of the World all-nighters. Following northern soul’s commercial peak of...

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Spinning Around: The History of the Soul LP. Volume 2: L-Z - John Lias (RELEASE APPROX 20 MAY 2018)

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Spinning Around: The History of the Soul LP. Volume 2: L-Z -  John Lias (RELEASE APPROX 20 MAY 2018)

The literary entry of John Lias into the soul world was his Spinning Around: A History of the Soul LP. Volume 1: A-K. At that time he gave us some background to how soul became his passion and what drove him to become a self-publishing writer: "I first became interested in soul music round about 1972 or 1973 (thanks to radio and youth club discos) when I was about seventeen years old. At that point I bought singles and albums fairly equally. By 1978 I was buying more and more albums. I also read a great deal; Black Music, Blues...

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