60’s Soul Records about Love and Loss

by Administrator 27. October 2017 15:54

Soul and funk are two distinct musical styles that often get lumped together. That’s because the two genres have a similar sound and share roots in R&B and gospel music. However, by treating these two genres as the same, the nuances of each become lost.

So, today we are going to step away from our typical funk/soul roundups and give soul the spotlight it deserves.

Soul music is gospel music without religious lyrics. However, soul retains much of the characteristic elements of gospel, such as a call-and-response format and the utilization of a chorus.

Here are some soul artists that sing about love and really show what soul is all about. These songs will make any casual soul listener an instant fan.

The Clock by The Contenders—Java 101 (Released 1966)

Label owner: Val Shively & Jack Strong. Philadelphia, Pa. 1966. (Only 3 records were released on this label all by the Contenders.)

Side A: The Clock
Side B: Look at Me

Both sides of this record feature an accompaniment by a little known band called the Rouges. The record released one year after The Contenders formed in 1965. In previous years, the band had recorded the same songs under different names—The Lyations, The Kaptions, and the Zippers. However, the 1966 Java release is universally recognized as the definitive one.

The epitome of Philly doowop, “The Clock” opens with a bassy vocal rhythm and an emphasis on the downbeat, a common element of the doowop style. You feel that downbeat every time you tap your feet to the thud-THUD that carries the music along. “The Clock” compares the progression of a budding romance with the progression of a clock moving through the hours. Anybody who has ever been in love can relate to the feeling of growing excitement and the agony of parting that’s captured in this hit.

Compared to the energetic opening of “The Clock”, “Look at Me” opens with mellow, thoughtful vocals. The entirety of this track is a sort of self-pitying lamentation about heartbreak. In a way, it’s appropriate that this track exists on the opposite side of “The Clock,” since heartbreak constantly looms on the other side of love.

Teacher of Love by Melvin Carter—Peacock 1938 (Released 1964)

Label owner: Don D. Robey. 4104 Lyons Ave, Houston Texas & 2809 Erastus St, Houston Texas 1949-1968.

Side A: Teacher of Love
Side B: Something Reminds Me

Melvin Carter, often confused with Cincinnati singer Mel Carter, was a man who understood what soul was all about. His most popular song, “Love is a Sacrifice”, wouldn’t be released until 1973. Until then, he was busy recording music that captured the essence of southern soul, taking notes from gospel, blues, country, and even early rock. By publishing through Peacock Records, Melvin Carter joined the ranks of other defining funk and soul musicians like James Booker and Memphis Slim. Peacock Records most famously released Big Mama Thonrton’s “Hound Dog,” which would later be covered by Elvis Presley himself. By grabbing this record, you’ll get an essential piece of southern soul that your collection wouldn’t be complete without.

“Teacher of Love” features an energetic electric guitar backing Carter’s rich voice. He expresses his frustration on school’s focus on impractical subjects, instead wishing school would teach about romance, an important aspect in anyone’s life. Is the woman he longs for his teacher? Or is it just a girl in his class? Give the track a listen and decide for yourself!

Compared to “Teacher of Love,” “Something Reminds Me” features a more somber sound. The electric guitar of the first song is replaced with a piano, which helps the song achieve the melancholy effect it doubtlessly strove for. If the first track was about love to come, the second touches on the pain and loneliness felt after that love departs. It makes a perfect counterpart to the record’s A side. Together, they paint a clear picture of the excitement, confusion, and calamity of young love.

Life by Cortez & The Entertainers—Your Town 711 (Released 1969)

Label owner: A product of Jacomil Ent. Inc. 80 McClellan St, Bronx, N.Y. 1962. (Only 2 records were released on this label. The other one was by the Johnson Brothers. # 712)

Side A: Life
Side B: I Sent Her Back (To The Home She Loves)

Both Cortez & The Entertainers and Your Town Records were short lived. The former only ever released the record we’re writing about today, and the latter only published two records before disappearing completely. Despite their short time here, they both made a big impact. Give it a listen and we guarantee you you’ll wish Cortez & The Entertainers had stuck around.

“Life” is a hit of a song that opens with fanfare-esque trumpets. While the song chronicles a man’s journey from love to heartbreak, the true message of the song seems to center around the importance of pushing forward after hardships. No matter the heartbreak, life goes on.

“I Sent Her Back” takes the message from the first song and applies it to the singer’s own life. Despite the harrowing situation, Cortez recalls the story in an upbeat way and shows how willing he is to take his own advice. Once you hear the blaring trumpets, quick basslines, and solos, you won’t be able to keep from smiling. If you’re down and looking for a bit of soul infused motivation, you need look no further than Cortez & The Entertainers.

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The Clock – The Contenders

Teacher of Love – Melvin Carter

Life – Cortez & The Entertainers

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Essential Soul and R&B Records of the 60’s

by Administrator 14. September 2017 09:41

When we think of “essential” soul and R&B records, we tend to think of classic 60’s songs that every fan should have in their collection. But at Parker’s Records and Comics we know that essential means much more than just must have—we’re talking about records that are quintessentially soul and R&B. Once you listen to one of these records, you’ll understand. All it takes is a strong, rhythmic sound and smooth, harmonizing vocals and you’ll find yourself saying, “Now that’s soul music.”

I Paid For The Party by the Enchanters – Loma 2012 (Released 1965)

Label owner: Mike Maitland & Bob Krasner, 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbaznk, CA (1964-1968)

Side A: I Paid For The Party

Side B: I Want To Be Loved

Originally led by influential soul and R&B singer Garnet Mimms, The Enchanters set out to make a name for themselves after Mimms left the group in 1964. Sam Bell led the group which also included Zola Pearnell, Charles Boyers, and William Gilmore.

“I Want To Be Loved”, a classic mid-60’s love song, was the first single that the group recorded with Loma, a California-based R&B label. Prior to Loma 2012, the group had recorded “I Wanna Thank You” with Loma’s parent label, Warner Bros. Records, in 1964 and eventually went on to record two more singles—“We Got Love” and “You Were Meant To Be My Baby”—for Loma 2054 and Loma 2035, respectively. Of the four singles that the Enchanters recorded, however, Loma 2012 stands apart as the group’s definitive example of northern soul.

I Need Your Love by the Egyptian Kings – Nanc 1120 (Released 1963)

Label owner: Howard Ransom & James L. Turner 124 East, 101st St., Los Angeles, CA & 138 1/2 S. Florence, CA (1957-1963)

Side A: I Need Your Love

Side B: Give Me Your Love

The Egyptian Kings, along with the Egyptians & King Pharaoh, were a splintering of the Four Pharaohs, a top R&B vocal group in Columbus. While both incarnations of the group were led by Morris Wade, the Egyptian Kings featured Paul Moore, Pete Oden, and Leo Blakely.

While “I Need Your Love” is the song that lends its name to this 7” vinyl record, it’s “Give Me Your Love” that truly defines Nanc 1120. “Give Me Your Love” is a smooth, soulful love song that features tenor Morris Wade at his best. Nanc 1120 marks the third recording of the song. Previously, the group released versions of the song for both Ransom and Paradise in 1958. With Wade’s natural talent and a harmony that has been absolutely perfected, it’s difficult not to give Nanc 1120 your love.

Write Your Ticket by Element Experience – Green Eagle 314 (Released 1970)

Side A: Write Your Ticket

Side B: Make Yourself At Home Honey

“Write Your Ticket” would be both the only single released by Element Experience as well as the only single released by the Green Eagle label. But neither the artist nor the label needs a backstory—GE 314 can speak for itself! All it needs is your undivided attention.

“Write Your Ticket” features all of the elements you would expect from the turn of the 60’s funk and soul: the intense groove of strong guitar riffs and bass lines and a driving rhythmic feel. We’ll never know what could have been of Element Experience or the Green Eagle label, but we do know one thing—GE 314 is a truly elemental experience.

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I Paid For The Party– Enchanters

I Need Your Love – Egyptian Kings

Write Your Ticket – Element Experience

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Distinctive Funk/Soul Records of the 60’s

by Administrator 22. August 2017 07:56

Funk and soul are among the most distinct genres of music. But even among these already highly unique styles, there’s a broad range of variations and traditions that every kind of music listener can appreciate.

At Parker’s Records and Comics, we’ve had the pleasure to experience some of the most unique forms of funk and soul music that emerged during the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. From the cultural phenomenon of northern soul to the California-influenced style of Los Angeles R&B, we’ve experienced every variation that you can imagine. That’s why we’re delighted to share with you now our list of some of the most unique funk/soul records of the 60’s.

Let Me Be A Part Of You by Exotics – Excello 2292 (Released 1968)

Label owner: Ernest L. Young, Nashville, TN (1952-1970)

Side A: Let Me Be A Part Of You

Side B: Let’s Try To Build A Love Affair

The Exotics originated from Orangeburg, South Caroline, but like many great funk/soul groups of the time, they were destined to make their way to Music City. It was there in Nashville, Tennessee, that the group recorded two records with Excello, an independent blues record label that was building a music empire on hits such as “Got Love If You Want It” and “I’m A Lover Not A Fighter”. With their Excello 2284 (“Boogaloo Investigator”) recording in 1967 and their Excello 2292 (“Let Me Be A Part Of You”) recording in 1968, the Exotics joined an elite group of blues singers, songwriters, and musicians that included greats such as blues Slim Harpo and Lazy Lester.

From start to finish, “Let Me Be A Part of You” is everything you would expect from a popular 60’s funk/soul song. The song features an uptempo beat, high-energy vocals, and lyrics that you’ll find yourself singing along to. That’s why, when it comes time to listen to the other side of the 45, most listeners are pleasantly surprised by what they hear! “Let’s Try To Build A Love Affair”, the second song on Excello 2292, slows down the tempo and puts the astonishing vocals of lead singer John Riley at the forefront. Even after just a short listen, you’ll understand why “Let’s Try To Build A Love Affair” is a classic example of northern soul.

Huff And Puff by The Electras – Lola 001 (Released 1962)

Label owner: John Marascvalo, Los Angeles, CA (1962-1964) & New Orleans, LA (1966)

Side A: Huff and Puff

Side B: Mary Mary

By the time the Electras recorded Lola 001, the group already had several successful releases under their belt—albeit under a few different names. The group’s history begins in Los Angeles, California in 1959 when The Valiants, a 50’s rhythm and blues group, added several new members. In doing so, the group made the transition towards doo-wop and R&B and renamed themselves the Untouchables. They recorded “Poor Boy Needs a Preacher” and three other records for Madison Records, a New York-based label, in addition to two records for Liberty. Eventually, the group changed its name to the Electras in 1961. With such a rich history and a diversity of talents, it’s no surprise that Lola 001 features a unique blend of doo-wop, funk and soul that can only be called Los Angeles R&B.

S.O.S. by The Extremes – RCA 9009 Promotional Copy (Released 1966)

Side A: S.O.S.

Side B: Hide The Moon

By the 1960’s, Nashville was already a hive of activity for both up-and-coming and renowned blues and R&B artists. Needless to say, while countless hopefuls flocked to Music City in order to achieve their dream of music stardom, not every artist became the household name they would have liked. And while the Extremes may remain a band that is known to only the most diehard 60’s funk/soul enthusiasts, RCA 9009 itself is a piece of music history. “S.O.S.” is perhaps one of the earliest examples of blue-eyed soul, a genre that was being pioneered by groups like The Extremes. In fact, the term “blue-eyed soul” wasn’t coined until about the mid-1960s, around the time that RCA 9009 was released. Of course, aside from its historical value, the record itself is a rare and highly sought-after item among funk/soul record collectors and those who enjoy collecting promotional copies.


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Let Me Be A Part of You– The Exotics

Huff and Puff– The Electras

S.O.S.– The Extremes

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1960s Soul & Funk Music that Defined a Generation

by Administrator 25. July 2017 07:37

Music is an essential piece of the human experience. It not only gives us a way to express our identities, but it also allows us to step into roles that we may otherwise never get to experience. In many ways, a song is an open invitation into the both the personal experiences and historical period that influenced its artist.

The 1960s was truly one of the most fascinating decades in music history. While both soul and funk were still newly emerging music genres, they had already established themselves as symbols that defined a new generation of Americans. While not all of us had the honor to live through this exciting time of musical—and social—change, the music of individual artists like Otis Clay and groups like The Cadillacs the opportunity to travel back in time and see the world from their perspective. All we have to do is put their record on.

Here are three funk and soul records that will make you see the 60s with new eyes.

White Gardenia Capitol 4825 Record

White Gardenia by The Cadillacs – Capitol 4825 (Released 1962)

Side A: White Gardenia

Side B: Groovy Groovy

 

“White Gardenia” was recorded towards the end of a long series of releases by The Cadillacs, an American rock and roll and doo-wop group from Harlem, New York. While many groups of the time focused on domestic love stories, the eponymous song offered something novel: the story of a matador who searched for his love in the crowd as he squared off a bull during his last performance. And instead of the usual dance-inspired beat or vocal harmony that the band was known for, the lyrics of “White Gardenia” are set to an awe-inspiring funk / soul melody that truly brings the story to life. You’ll have to listen to the song yourself to know how the story ends but, like many songs released by The Cadillacs, it is one that universally attracts an audience.

Of course, one can’t talk about The Cadillacs without also clarifying just which of the many versions of the group is being discussed. After all, between 1953 and 1962, the group reinvented itself over a handful of times, beginning as The Carnations in 1953 and eventually becoming The Four Cadillacs, Earl Carroll and the Cadillacs, and Jesse Powell and the Caddys over time. Over the nearly decade long history of the group, 19 men in all could claim that they were part of “The Cadillacs” at one point or another. Roland Martinez, Curtis Williams, Ray Brewster, and Irving Lee Gail were the members of the then-current iteration of the group who recorded Capitol 4825. Both “White Gardenia” and “Groovy Groovy” also seem to be strongly influenced by The Coasters, a blues/rock and roll vocal group that The Cadillacs tried to emulate at the time. Pulling from such a rich and extensive history of talent, it should come as no surprise that Capitol 4825 is standout example of American rock and roll and doo-wop.

That Kind of Lovin' Cotillion 40009 Record

That Kind of Lovin' by Otis Clay – Cotillion 40009 (Released 1968)

Label owner: Ahmet & Jerry Wexler, 1841 Broadway, New York, N.Y. (1968-1972). Label distributed by Warner Bros from 1976-1982.

 

Side A: That Kind of Lovin’

Side B: Do Right Woman, Do Right Man

Otis Clay is a name that is immediately recognizable as much today as it has ever been. Clay charted R&B and soul singles from 1967 to 1980 and remained popular throughout the world over the following decades, leading up to his 2013 induction into the Blues Hall of Fame. Even now, his mastery of the blues genre continues to attract listeners from all walks of life and will continue to do so long into the foreseeable future.

“That Kind of Lovin’” was recorded by Cotillion, a subsidiary of Atlantic Records, on the heels of Clay’s 1967 Billboard hits “That’s How It Is (When You’re In Love)” and “A Lasting Love”. While Clay had been recording secular music for close to three years by this time, his early history as a traditional gospel singer still heavily influenced his style. “That Kind of Lovin’” artfully blends together elements of traditional black gospel music—a catchy rhythm, call and response, and a beat that you’ll want to clap your hands to—with Clay’s remarkable voice and talent for the funk / soul genre. Simply put, “The Kind of Lovin’” is a song about a man testifying to the love he has found with a woman.

My Baby's Gone Away Down to Earth 71 Record

My Baby's Gone Away by The Chymes – Down To Earth 71 (Released 1970)

Label owner: Walter & Burgess Gardner, 746 East 75th St, Chicago, Ill. (1970-1973).

 

Side A: My Baby’s Gone Away

Side B: Where I Come From

 

The Chymes, also known as the Star-Tells, consisted of harmonizing brothers Victor, David, and James Martin. For their Down To Earth 71 recording, the group also received support from the Burgess Gardner & The Soul Crusaders Orchestra, a Chicago based soul group who served as the house band for Down to Earth as well as Lamarr and More Soul.

"My Baby's Gone Away" is both a fine example of 70's funk / soul music as well as a thoughtful commentary that reflects on the everyday experiences of young black men of the time. Released near the end of the Vietnam War, the eponymous track derives its name from the experiences of soldiers who have returned home only to find that their "baby's gone away."


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White Gardenia – The Cadillacs

That Kind of Lovin’ – Otis Clay

My Baby’s Gone Away – The Chymes

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3 Records That Will Make You a Fan of 60’s Soul Music

by Administrator 26. June 2017 12:13

Whether you identify as a casual music listener or a dedicated music collector, at the end of the day we all have one thing in common—we’re music fans. But what exactly draws us to a particular artist? If you ask someone why they enjoy their favorite artist so much, they may start to describe the artist’s vocal talents. Or perhaps they’ll describe the style in which they perform. But, at Parker’s Records and Comics, we’ve found over our long history that people’s attraction to a particular artist is often based on something much simpler—the artist just “gets” them.

At one time or another, we’ve all encountered an artist who immediately resonates with us. And when this connection happens, it’s often one that lasts a lifetime. Artists like Nancy Marano, who has won over countless fans from around the world, are a prime example of this. Even less prominent artists have proven their ability to attract their own dedicated group of fans.

Here are three soul artists we’ve become fans of over the years. We know that with just one listen you’re certain to become a fan, too.

Columbia 44820 Record

Keep Your Hands Off My Baby by Nancy Marano– Columbia 44480 (Released 1969)

Side A: Keep Your Hands Off My Baby

Side B: Faces

It’s hard to imagine “Keep Your Hands Off My Baby” as anything but the perfect mix of 60’s jazz, soul, and pop music. That’s exactly why so many record collectors are surprised to find out that Nancy Marano’s classic wasn’t originally her own! The Orlons recorded the original version of “Keep Your Hands Off My Baby” in 1968 but it largely went unnoticed. A year later, the song was recorded again but this time it was infused with extraordinary vocal and a distinct jazz style from a then up-and-coming Marano. Both “Keep Your Hands Off My Baby” and “Faces” were a success!

While her ability to transform a relatively unknown number into a recognized classic seemed like nothing short of miraculous at the time, this early feat of hers is not all that surprising to the fans who have witnessed her growth over the past few decades. Marano was raised in a musical family and it was clear from early on that she had all the makings of an excellent jazz singer. Today, she even teaches a new generation of jazz singers on top of a busy performance schedule. This makes Columbia 44480—“Keep Your Hands Off My Baby”, in particular—not only an important milestone in the singer’s career, but an invaluable record for both jazz collectors and fans alike.

Black Falcon 19101 Record

 

 

Most Of All by The Montegos–Black Falcon 19101 (Released 1968)

Label owner: Bill Seabrook, Freeport, NY (1968-1975)

Side A: Most Of All

Side B: Theme Of A Broken Heart

Not much is known about The Montegos. The band only recorded three albums: “Take It Easy” with Joy in 1963; “Most of All” with Black Falcon in 1968; and “The Montegos” with ABC in 1968. But, while the band may not carry a recognized name, it offers a sound that is certain to be appreciated by 60’s soul and funk enthusiasts. And, of course, it’s difficult for anyone not to relate to the themes of longing and heartbreak that the band touches upon so eloquently.

“Most of All”, as it was recorded for its Black Falcon 19101 release, features a style reminiscent of Philadelphia soul. With smooth, beautiful vocals and subtle funk influences, the song conveys the feelings of a man and woman who miss each other dearly. “Theme Of A Broken Heart”, by contrast, slows down the tempo and shifts to a much more subdued tone. Just like its counterpart, however, the song still features elements of Philly soul. In fact, at some points you may even think that The Montegos were ahead of their time by the way they incorporate subtle elements of jazz and pop into the song. Today, the band still has quiet the following making Black Falcon 19101, as well as their other releases, popular with collectors.

Equator 1401

Send My Baby Back To Me by Majestic—Equator 1401

Side A: Send My Baby Back To Me

Side B: How Long Will I Love You

Like The Montegos, Majestic didn’t have many releases but what they lacked in numbers they undeniably made up for it in quality. This all-male harmony group epitomizes northern soul, a style of black American soul music that was heavily based on Motown’s sound in the mid-1960s. “Send My Baby Back To Me” exemplifies northern soul at its best. With an upbeat tempo, it’s not just a song that is fun to listen to but one that will also make you want to dance. “How Long Will I Love You” also showcases the group’s talent for crafting a slow, harmonious ballad. By all accounts, Majestic is a rare, one-of-a-kind group that represents some of the most unique musical styles to emerge during the 60’s. Of course, the same could be said for the band’s only known recording—Equator 1401—making it a must-have for a variety of music fans.

 

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Pricing, details (grade, side A/B, quantity) and sound clips for each of the above records can be found via the following links:

Keep Your Hands Off My Baby – Nancy Marano

Most Of All – The Montegos

Send My Baby Back To Me – Majestic

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Make Your Record Collection Unique with these 60’s and 70’s Hits

by Administrator 14. June 2017 13:43

What makes a song a major hit?

While the 60’s and 70’s saw the debut of many unique and undeniably talented singers, only a few songs reached the level of enduring, mainstream success that made them a “major hit.” This, of course, does not make the contributions of the countless other songs that were released during the period any less valuable—and certainly not any less enjoyable! On the contrary, the funk/soul genre, in particular, was full of less prominent but extraordinary songs that would excite and inspire audiences just as well as any recognizable title of their day.

The truth of the matter is that a major hit is whatever you decide it to be. And that’s great because you’re your record collection should be a reflection you and your personal favorites—no one else’s. If you’ve never ventured beyond the classics, we invite you to explore something new. At Parker’s Records, we have over 100,000 records so we know firsthand the joy that comes in discovering a new favorite artist or song. Here are just a few of the less known but exceptional songs that have become major “hits” with us.

Nothing I’d Rather Be (Than Your Weakness) by M-W-T Express feat. Marva W. Taylor – Forte 6045 (Released 1975)


Label owner: Eric Taylor, Kansas City, MO (1967-1980)

Side A: Nothing I’d Rather Be (Than Your Weakness)
Side B: (Hey, You And You And You And You) I’ve Lived The Life

Love songs are, of course, all about couples. It isn’t until you listen to the eponymous track, “Nothing I’d Rather Be (Than Your Weakness)”, that you realize this 70’s classic offers something unique–and surprisingly absent–from other songs of this style: harmonious vocals between a lover and their beloved. In short, “Nothing I’d Rather Be” isn’t just a song about couples. It’s one meant to be sung by couples, too. Without a doubt, you’ll want to sing along with the person closest to you.

The second song on the 45, “(Hey, You And You And You And You) I’ve Lived The Life”, switches the tone from smooth and easy going to strong and confident. Just one listen and you’ll agree that “I’ve Lived The Life” is quintessentially Marva Whitney and all of the vocal power and style that she represented. And as much as the song is centered on her own life and her struggle to become a better woman, you’ll be convinced that she wrote this song solely for you.

I’ve Got Another Mule by Paul Martin – Ascot 2190 (Released 1965)

Label owner: Max Youngstein, New York, NY (1962-1967)

Side A: I’ve Got Another Mule
Side B: Don’t Hustle Me

United Artists Records was founded under its parent company, United Artists, in 1957 and this relationship continued until the label was acquired by EMI in 1978, and ultimately absorbed into Liberty Records in 1980. From the late 50’s to early 80’s, many subsidiary labels emerged from United Artists Records, including Unart, Musicor, Ultra Audio, Veep, and—most notably—Ascot. The multitude of labels housed beneath United Artist Records not only made it one of the most eclectic music companies of the time but also allowed it to give a wide variety of artists the opportunity to prove themselves.

Paul Martin is one such artist to emerge from the Ascot label. And despite being one of the more obscure funk/soul singers of his day, his music is immediately familiar. With every word he sings, Martin exudes confidence—and it’s contagious! In many ways, Martin’s easygoing but self-assured tone is very reminiscent of Marva Taylor. So much, in fact, that you may just wonder why Martin didn’t receive as much recognition in his day as he often does with today’s listeners. The truth of the matter is that Paul Martin’s “I’ve Got Another Mule” is a record that is owned by few but desired by many. Once you listen to it, you’ll understand why it needs to be in your music collection.

As Long As Your Mine by Bette McLaurin –Pulse 1004 (Released 1965)



Side A: As Long As You're Mine
Side B: Never

From the start, it was clear that Bette McLaurin was extraordinarily talented. Shortly after her R&B debut with “Crying My Heart Out Over You” in 1950, she was signed to the Derby label. Derby 790, which featured “I May Hate Myself In The Morning” and “I Hear A Rhapsody”, not only succeeding in winning over the public, but was covered by other major labels of the time.
As anyone who has ever had the pleasure to listen to “As Long As You’re Mine” would agree, McLaurin deserves all of the acclaim she receives. Her voice is gentle at times but strong at others, perfectly moving between the two to create a balance. And while her vocal talents are certainly impressive in and of itself, it’s McLaurin’s style that truly makes her worth talking about. McLaurin grew to prominence at a time during the 50’s when R&B and pop music were so influential on one another that it was difficult to see them as distinct. “As Long As You’re Mine”, which was released near the end of McLaurin’s career, is a prime example of just how harmoniously these two genres could blend together—especially when brought to life by an exceptional singer.

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Pricing, details (grade, side A/B, quantity) and sound clips for each of the above records can be found via the following links:

Nothing I’d Rather Be (Than Your Weakness) – M-W-T Express

I’ve Got Another Mule – Paul Martin

As Long As Your Mine – Bette McLaurin

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60’s Records That Will Make You Feel Good

by Administrator 19. May 2017 13:06

Research suggests that we are most likely to remember events when they are tied to strong emotions, particularly pleasant ones. Of course, you don’t need to be a scientist to know just how true this is. As we’ve all experienced at one point or another, music not only allows us to reconnect with fond memories, but an especially heartfelt song can even help us relive these moments as if it was happening all over again.

So if you could relive any type of memory, which would you choose? Your happiest ones, of course! At Parker's Records, we have a number of records that will put you in a great mood. Whether you want to relive the exhilaration of a brand new love or fond memories of an exciting night out, here are just a few records from the 60’s guaranteed to make you feel good.

Pic 1 126 record

At The Party by Lee Maye – Pic 1 126 (Released 1965)

LabelOwner: Huey P. Meaux, Ville Platte, LA (1964-1966)

Side A: At The Party

Side B: Stop The World

Many singers strove to prove themselves in the 60s but few ever achieved the level of success that makes them still worth talking about today. Rhythm and blues artist Arthur Lee Maye was an extraordinary case. Not only did he achieve a level of musical success that many could only dream of, he also established a career on the field as a Major League Baseball player. While it’s easy to focus on what made Maye unique, it’s perhaps most worthwhile to focus on what made him distinct – his talent as a tenor.

Maye’s 1965 record “At The Party” features an uptempo rhythm and lighthearted lyrics that are certain to inspire some fun in your day. But, without a doubt, the defining feature of the record is Maye’s own bold, powerful voice. In fact, Maye’s voice is so good at getting people on their feet that you may just want to throw a party every time you listen to him.

Music City 856 record

Let Our Love Go On by The Music City Soul Brothers – Music City 856 (Released 1964)

Label Owner: Ray Dobart, 1815 Alcatraz Ave, Berkeley, CA (1954-1975)

Side A: Let Our Love Go On

Side B: Every Night I See Your Face

What could create a better listening experience than the sound of a gifted tenor? The perfect harmony between two extraordinary tenors, of course. And, just as you would expect, the unison of two distinct and powerful voices will do more than just move it – it’s bound to blow you away. That’s exactly what the Music City Soul Brothers offer in their 1964 album “Let Our Love Go On”.

Not to be misunderstood, just the lyrics and the music of “Let Our Love Go On” and “Let Our Love Go On” alone are enough to leave you enamored with the album; but it’s the perfect harmony of tenors Freddie Hughes and Ken Pleasants that elevates this listening experience from just “great” to absolutely “incredible”. This may be unsurprising to many, however, considering the enormous vocal talent and rich history of both Freddie Hughes and Ken Pleasants offer as individual artists. Both Hughes and Pleasants had a voice that was undeniably meant for Soul and, while only together for a short time, the amount of talent they offered as a duo is as hard to come by today as it was back then.

King 6068

Lookie, Lookie, Lookie by The Jewels – King 6068 (Released 1967)

Label Owner: Sydney Nathan, 1540 Brewster Ave, Cincinnati, OH; 1255 South Wasbash, Chicago, IL; 2131 South Michigan Ave, Chicago IL (1943-1973)

Side A: Lookie Lookie Lookie

Side B: Smokie Joe’s

The Jewels (alternatively spelt “The Jewells”) was a female group who began as The Impalas and later became The Four Jewels before finally establishing themselves as the group they are known as today. As artists, they made a name for themselves with Soul-, Rhythm-, and Blues-inspired music. More than anything, however, the group was best known for music that will make you feel good. Both the eponymous song “Lookie Lookie Lookie” and “Smokie Joe’s” have all of the makings of a guilty pleasure: an upbeat rhythm, vocal harmony, and a story about self-indulgence.

Let’s Throw a Party

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At The Party – Lee Maye

Let Our Love Go On – The Music City Soul Brothers

Lookie, Lookie, Lookie – The Jewels

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The Defining Music Artists of the 60s and 70s

by Administrator 19. April 2017 11:43

Who was the defining artist or band in the 60s and 70s?

There are dozens, if not hundreds, of ways that you can answer this question. And, while you likely have your own personal favorite artist from the 60s or 70s, choosing just one to define an era is still not an easy task. How could it be? Not only did the era provide us with an assembly of talent to choose from but each individual artist and band were so interconnected with one another that it seems impossible at times to talk about the contributions of one without discussing the contributions of all of the others. So while it may seem difficult to choose just one, the good news is that you often don’t need to.

Tommy Strand & The upper Hand, The Spinners, and The Sisters Love are all prime examples of this. While each of these groups was immensely talented in their own right, it’s easy to hear the influences that other prominent artist had on their work. In other words, when you pick up any of their albums, you’re not just getting the best of one group – you’re getting the best of a generation. Here are a few of those records that defined, and were defined by, an era.

Instant Reaction by Tommy Strand & The Upper Hand-Fame

Instant Reaction by Tommy Strand & The Upper Hand-Fame

Side A: Instant Reaction

Side B: Funky Way to Treat Somebody

Tommy Strand & The Upper Hand was a high-energy band that was active in the late 60s and early 70s. The band was well-known throughout South Florida for its original, blue-eyed soul and funk music. For many, Strand may also be recognizable due to his time spent playing alongside Buddy Decker and Hughie Burns in The Accents. The Florida-based band is perhaps best known for the two years when Jaco Pastorius was with the band. Pastorius, who is widely considered one of the most influential bass guitarists of all time, furthered the already considerable level of talent the band offered with his mastery of jazz and electric bass.

Released in 1969, “Instant Reaction” was an instant hit, delivering the quality of soul and funk that you would expect from some of the most prominent talents of the time. The eponymous track provides an upbeat and funky beat that you can’t help but move to. It’s no wonder, then, that the song has been covered by several artists over the years. “Funky Way to Treat Somebody”, on the other hand, speaks to the original connotation of funk – feeling down. Nevertheless, the song embodies the kind of beat that won’t let you stay down for long. Before you know it, you’ll be dancing right along with the band. 


That's What Girls Are Made For by The Spinners--Tri-Phi

That's What Girls Are Made For by The Spinners---Tri-Phi

Side A: That’s What Girls Are Made For

Side B: Heebie Jeebie’s

The Spinners, the Detroit Spinners, the Motown Spinners – however you may know them, you likely know them for their smooth R&B and Soul sound. For many people, the original members of the band are also instantly recognizable. Bobby Smith, who had been the group’s main lead singer since its inception, is perhaps best known for charting singles like “Truly Yours” in 1966 and “I’ll Always Love You” in 1965. Marvin Gaye, who played drums, had a number of hits as a solo artist including “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” in 1964 and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” in 1966.

Released in 1961, “That’s What Girls Are Made For” was the debut single for The Spinners – and what a debut it was! Smith’s silvery voice, alongside a slow rhythm and a classic tale about romance, is undeniably charming. It’s no wonder then that it reached number 27 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 5 on the Hot R&B songs chart. Heebie Jeebie’s, which is the second song on the record, is meant to get you and your sweetheart onto the dance floor after you’ve won them over with the first track. No matter how you look at it, The Spinner is one of the most iconic R&B/Soul bands of both then and now. So, of course, their debut record is absolutely one you’ll want to cherish.

I Know You Love Me by The Sisters Love---Man-Child

I Know You Love Me by The Sisters Love---Man-Child

Side A: This Time Tomorrow

Side B: I Know You Love Me

Like Tommy Strand & The Upper Hand and The Spinners, The Sisters Love was not only tremendously talented on their own but also had the opportunity to work alongside some of the greatest artists of their time. Even with just a brief look into their history, this becomes obviously. The Sisters Love was founded in 1968 by former members of Ray Charles’s backing ensemble. Over the course of their career, the group recorded singles for Man-Child Records, A&M Records, and MoWest Records. During this time, they also toured with the Jackson Five.

“This Time Tomorrow” is one of those songs that can only be described as “powerful” from its first moment to its last. With strong lead vocals and harmonious backup vocals, this song provides everything that you would want from a female Funk and Soul group. It seems like the group already knew then that the only way to improve upon what already seemed like the perfect recipe was adding an element of Pop to their music – and that’s exactly what “I Know You Love Me Does”. The Sisters Love doesn’t just stand out as a phenomenal Funk/Soul female group of the 60s; they simply stand out as a phenomenal group. Just one listen and we’re certain that you’ll agree.

Define Your Music Collection

We all have songs that define a special time in our lives, whether that are an era, a decade, or even just an individual moment. At Parker’s Records and Comics we help people reconnect with those songs that define important times in their lives and even connect with new songs for the moments ahead.

Pricing, details (grade, side A/B, quantity) and sound clips for each of the above records can be found via the following links:

Instant Reaction-Tommy Strand & The Upper Hand

That’s What Girls Are Made For-The Spinners

I Know You Love Me-The Sisters Love

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60's Records That Will Lift Your Spirit

by Administrator 22. March 2017 11:51

Music has the power to improve our mood and reframe our experiences. The 60’s, in particular, provided us with a wealth of soul, funk, and R&B music that could instantly do just that. And while we’ve said before that there’s a 60’s record for everyone, there are some songs that truly stand out as the kind that will lift your spirit. Today we are proud to share a handful of those songs guaranteed to put you in a great mood.

The Big Question-Bobby Miller-Constellation

The Big Question by Bobby Miller-Constellation

Side A: The Big Question

Side B: Uncle Willie Time

Over his long history career, Bobby Miller found success both producing talent for renowned labels such as Chicago-based Chess Records as well as co-writing hits for several of the best R&B artists to come out of the period, including Barett Strong and Wade Flemons. And while Miller undeniably had the “magic touch” for helping others to achieve overnight success, when it came to recording his own music, he could certainly stand apart on his own. “The Big Question”, which Miller recorded under the Constellation Records label in 1964, proved just that.

The eponymous track, “The Big Question”, blends together soul vibes with the classic tale of a man attempting to court a woman who won’t let herself fall in love at first before eventually culminating into a celebratory story of newfound romance. With easygoing lyrics, a steady beat, and smooth vocals, one listen is all you need to understand why this is one of Miller’s most acclaimed recordings.

And while there is no doubt that Miller could craft a love song filled to the brim with soul, he also knew how to make people get up and dance. “Uncle Willie Time”, which is based on a 60’s dance craze, provides a fast, upbeat song that is designed to get you on your feet and it will!

If you’re looking for a 60’s artist who could “do it all”, look no further than Bobby Miller. Naturally, if you’re looking for a feel good record that can do the same, then his signature release, “The Big Question”, is for you.

 

When You Love You're Loved Too-Sons of Watts

When You Love, You're Loved Too by The Sons of Watts-Blue Rock

Side A: When You Love, You’re Loved Too

Side B: Can’t You Tell I’m Lonely

The Sons of Watts’ 1969 release of “When You Love, You’re Loved Too” exemplifies not only some of the best funk / soul music to be produced under the Blue Rock label, but some of the best sounds to come out of a generation. For anyone who appreciates an uptempo beat, both “When You Love, You’re Loved Too” and “Can’t You Tell I’m Lonely” will feel instantly familiar.

The titular song, “When You Love, You’re Loved Too”, is a steady and encouraging song about keeping your head up even when times are tough. Who wouldn’t be sold then and there? By the end of the song you’ll feel like you’ve been friends with the band your whole life an impressive feat for any band no matter the period!

And while the former song may be the one to lend its name to the record, “Can’t You Tell I’m Lonely” is arguably the song that The Sons of Watts are known for. The song tells the story of a man who has lost the love of his life to his former best friend. And while the lyrics would indicate a sober tune, that’s simply not the case here. The song culminates into a soulful listening experience that will make you feel hopeful by the end.

Despite being one of the less prominent bands of the period, The Sons of Watts are a hidden gem of the 60’s that will undoubtedly earn your appreciation!

Hate Yourself in the Morning-Steve Mancha

Hate Yourself In The Morning by Steve Mancha-Groove City

Side A: Hate Yourself In The Morning

Side B: A Love Like This

Steve Mancha, whose real name was Clyde Darnell Wilson, was a soul singer and songwriter whose music career started in the mid-60’s and carried on into the 80’s. With a number of albums released over multiple decades, it can be difficult to pick just one that truly epitomizes the unique sound of a soul singer who hailed from South Carolina. If there was ever an album that came close, however, “Hate Yourself In the Morning” is the one.

“Hate Yourself In The Morning”, which was released in 1968 under the Groove City label, blends elements of funk, soul, ballad, and even subtle hints of pop into a timeless piece. The name of the album, of course, comes from the featured serenade in which the singer warns his lover that she’ll, “hate yourself in the morning”, if she leaves him. As a natural complement, “A Love Like This”, features a more uptempo beat and upbeat lyrics that is designed to make you feel good.

Mancha was an expert in his craft and had the smooth voice that made him an excellent funk/soul artist. Don’t let the lyrics of the titular song fool you – it’s hard to imagine anyone who would not be charmed by Mancha’s voice.

Parker's Records and Comics will leave you feeling good

Whether you’re looking for a song to relate to, or simply just want a beat to tap your foot along with, we have it at Parker’s Records and Comics.

Pricing, details (grade, side A/B, quantity) and sound clips for each of the above records can be found via the following links:

The Big Question-Bobby Miller

When You Love, You’re Loved Too-The Sons of Watt

Hate Yourself In The Morning-Steve Mancha

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There's a 60's Record for Everyone

by Administrator 19. January 2017 09:34

Growing up. Falling in love. Falling out of love.

The songs of the 60’s are as much about our modern lives as they have ever been. And with their unique lyrical style and heartfelt melodies, Pop Rock and Funk / Soul music, in particular, captures the essence of these tales better than music from any other era. It almost goes without saying that 60’s music offers the world more than just hidden gemsthe 60’s offers music for everyone.

Volt-The Fleets

Please Return to Me/Go Away by The Fleets-Volt 120

Was there ever a story more universal than the story of lost love? Well, as this Volt record from 1964 goes to show, it’s also a timeless one, too. “Please Return to Me” tells the classic tale of a man whose significant other has left him despite his best efforts to keep her happy. If you’re the sort of person who prefers happy endings, however, “Go Away” tells the story of a man who has moved on after his lover comes back for him. Could it be any more fitting for these two songs to be paired on the reverse of each other? No matter your preference, The Fleets deliver relatable lyrics and a pop rock sound that is certain to please every kind of listener.


Jet Set-Jimmy Castor

Why/Fabulous New York by Jimmy Castor-Jet Set Records 1009

Jimmy Castor was known for being able to produce everything from doo wop to hip hop and this classic record from 1966 is no different. Everything about Jet Set Records 1009 demonstrates exactly why Castor earned the title “The Everything Man”. But, in addition to the quality of sound you would expect from a Funk / Soul artist who peaked on the Billboard Hot 100, “Why?” and “Fabulous New York” also offers some unique flavor that can only be offered by an artist who grew up in The Big Apple. From sound to lyrics, this record is truly “everything”.

Thinkin' About You/This I Pray by Peps-D-Town 1060

Peps – or “The Fabulous Peps” as they are often and appropriately called – provided us with this wonder in 1966 under the D-Town label. Both “Thinkin’ About You” and “This I Pray” capture the spirit of Northern Soul. And while the former provides a classic, upbeat song about a man in love, “This I Pray” perfectly blends Funk / Soul and gospel inspiration with prayerful lyrics about asking for peace and strength. With an easy-going tempo, the sound of this song alone will immediately set you at ease. If you’ve been looking for a record that offers both Soul and soul, your prayers have been answered.

Parker's Records and Comics has the record meant for you.

From stories of finding love to stories of searching for peace and strength, we have a record from the 60’s that you are certain to enjoy. When you’re ready to call one of these your own, we have it at Parker’s Records and Comics.

Pricing, details (grade, side A/B, quantity) and sound clips for each of the above records can be found via the following links:

Please Return to Me-The Fleets

Why-Jimmy Castor

Thinkin’ About You-Peps

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