Mayfield in May

by Administrator 11. May 2020 13:41

You won’t be disappointed with this week’s selection of 45s from Parkers Records & Comics. Since it is the month of mothers, 2 out of the 3 45s are female focused and wow are they good! You might not have known this, but Curtis Mayfield had his own label and produced some amazing music. The final track on our list this month is going to put some heat under your seat. Check them out!

 

Richard Fields: Doctor Feelgood / Devoted



 

Label: Cordon 101. Released 1961. 


A Side: Doctor Feelgood

 

B Side: Devoted

 

The Cordon 101 label released 2 records during its lifetime – one from Richard Fields and the other by Wally Cox. Richard acquired the nickname “Dimples” after a fangirl noticed he was always smiling. He died at the early age of 59. Though his life was short-lived, Richard cranked out a number of worthwhile records during his career, including the Doctor Feelgood 45 available on our site today. 

 

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Lily Fields: Burn My Bridges (mono) / Same (stereo)



 

Label: Chumley 90002. Released in 1973.

 

A Side: Burn My Bridges

 

B Side: Same promo

 

You can’t miss out on this track! It is as if Lily Fields is sitting in the same room as you. The song begins with a nice piano chord progression and the soothing sound of Lily’s voice speaking to you. As the song progresses, she kicks it into gear and her powerful voice shines through. I could listen to this over and over again. The way the drums and bass falls into place is infectious!

 

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Fascinations: I’m in Love / I Can’t Stay Away From You



 

Label: Mayfield 7716. Released 1967.

 

Label Owner: Curtis Mayfield. 1650 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 1966-1969.

 

A Side: I’m in Love

 

B Side: I Can’t Stay Away From You

 

Our final 45 for May 2020 wouldn’t be complete without including something from Curtis MAYfield’s label 7716. Mayfield is a music icon and never disappoints. The final 45 of the month is played by the female power group, The Fascinations.  You really couldn’t ask for more from a track than “I’m in Love”. The swing, the vocals, the key changes – it is perfect! Don’t miss out on this 45 and check it out today using the link below.

 

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45s for When You Are Feeling Lonely

by Administrator 13. April 2020 14:38

We are all feeling a little lonely and isolated during these strange times as a result of COVID19. What better way to fill our time in solitude than with some new music themed around loneliness. This month we bring you 45s from Larry J. Greene, Herman Griffin, and Betty Green.

 

Larry J. Greene: The Girl I Love / Another Lonely Night


 

 

Label: Tammy 1036. Released in 1970 (Blue-Eyed Soul)

 

Label Address: 334 Elm St. Struthers, Ohio. Corn Market at Woodland, Youngstown, Ohio, 7 East Woodland, Youngstown , Ohio. 545 Market St., Youngstown, Ohio.


A Side: The Girl I Love

 

B Side: Another Lonely Night

 

Greene’s “The Girl I Love” uses hints of surfer-rock twang and rhythms mixed with doo-wop to create its feel. We’ve all been there at one point or another, wishing we could have someone that is unavailable. Wondering what in the world we could do to make them ours. Sometimes, you just have to put on some Larry Greene, accept reality,  and sing your pain away. You may be feeling more lonely now, than ever before, and Larry J. Greene might be exactly what you need. 

 

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Herman Griffin: True Love / It’s You


 

Label: Columbia 41951. Released in 1961

 

A Side: True Love

 

B Side: It’s You

 

Griffin wasn’t just known for his voice, he was quite the entertainer, too. If you found yourself listening to Herman at a club during the 50s and 60s, you would be pleasantly surprised to see him backflipping and doing the splits on stage. According to a number of resources, “True Love/ It’s You” didn’t do much for Griffin’s career, but that didn’t stop us from sharing this 45 and shouldn’t stop you from giving it a listen. 

 

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Betty Green: Lonely Girl / He’s Down On Me


 

Label: Crackerjack 4018. Released in 1964


Label Owner: Henry (Juggy Murray) Jones. 271 West 125th ST., New York, N.Y. Riverside Dr., New York, N.Y. 1659 Broadway, New York, N.Y. (1961-1964)


A Side: Lonely Girl


B Side: He’s Down On Me

 

You might not have known this, but Betty Green was quite the bass player on top of being a fantastic singer. This could explain why the intro to “Lonely Girl” uses such a powerful drum fill that leads right into a classic jazz swing drum beat using the toms on the backbeats. Every drummer and bass player can appreciate this drum groove - it never gets old. “He’s Down on Me” lead to great success for Betty and her career. Check out the link below to give this 45 a listen.

 

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45s to Cure Your March Madness

by Administrator 13. March 2020 10:50

We’ve got an awesome selection of 45s for you this March. Whether you are dealing with relationship issues, battling the Coronavirus or simply looking for new soul music, Parkers Records and Comics has you covered. With the world beginning to shut down, music might be the only source of entertainment available to us, so why not treat yourself to a fresh 45?

Big Dee Irwin: And Heaven Was Here/ Everybody’s Got a Dance But Me

 

Label: Dimension 1001. Released in 1962.

Label Owner: Nevins-Kirshener Assoc. Inc., Screen Gems, Inc. New York, N.Y.  (1962-1965)

A Side: And Heaven Was Here

B Side: Everybody’s Got a Dance But Me

Big Dee Irwin was born in Harlem, NY and actually started his music career during his time serving in the United States Air Force. Along his journey, Big Dee performed with many artists including Little Eva, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and many others. The 45 being presented to you today will give you a nice taste of what Big Dee Irwin is all about. “And Heaven Was Here” showcases Irwin’s big and soulful voice that so many were inspired by.

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Invincibles: How Many Times / I Couldn't Stand It


 

Label: Loma 2057. Released in 1966.

Label Owner: Mike Maitland, Bob Krasner. 4000 Warner Blvd. Burbank, Ca. (1964-1968)

A Side: How Many Times

B Side: I Couldn’t Stand It

The Invincibles are one of my personal favorite artists available in the Parkers inventory. If you aren’t familiar, this month’s 45 will give you a good look at what they are all about. Pure, soulful, and catchy are three adjectives that immediately come to my mind. This group just writes flat out good tunes. Although these two tracks deal with the hardships of relationships, the instrumentals alone are worth listening to if you can’t find yourself relating to the lyrics.

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Invitations: Girl I'm Leavin' You / The Skate


 

 

 

Label: MGM 13574. Released in 1966.

Founded by: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Film Studio

A Side: Girl Im Leavin’ You

B Side: The Skate

You might recognize the Invitations from one of our previous blog posts (because we like them that much). We are ending this month’s post on an upbeat note – instrumentally speaking. If you are going through a heartbreak, “Girl I’m Leavin’ You” might help you push through and for anyone feeling a little bitter about a past relationship, put this 45 on and skate your way to happiness. If you like what you’ve heard, be sure to check out the rest of our Invitations 45s available from our store.

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February Mood Setters

by Administrator 13. February 2020 09:27

Parkers Records and Comics is back for another month, bringing you some of our favorite 45s available. February and Valentine’s Day always seems like a good time of the year for some new music. It is still the beginning of the new year, it’s cold outside, and you might be searching for the perfect track to set the mood right for you and your lover. Check out our suggestions for February 2020 below.

Varetta Dillard: You Better Come Home / I Don’t Know What It Is but I Like It

 

Label: Cub 9091. Released in 1961.

Label Owner: Arnold Maxin. Lowe’s, Inc., 1650 Broadway, Ney Work, N.Y. (1958-1968)

A Side: You Better Come Home

B Side: I Don’t Know What It Is but I Like It

You might be familiar with Varetta Dillard if you’ve heard her biggest hit, “Mercy, Mr. Percy”. Dillard has an interesting and impressive background considering she grew up in Harlem and was born with a bone condition requiring her to walk with crutches. Dillard’s fun and enthusiastic music exposes her strong will and determination to make it in the music industry despite her disabilities. “You Better Come Home” will keep you engaged with its playful rhythm and Dillard’s unique vocal sounds.

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Debs: Danger Ahead / Just Another Fool


 

Label: Double-L 727. Released in 1964.

Label Owner: Lloyd Price & Harold Logan. Ney York, N.Y. (1963-1966)

A Side: Danger Ahead

B Side: Just Another Fool

We’ve been on a kick with female vocalists and we wanted to keep that trend going with this 45 from Debs. During this Valentine’s season you might want to keep your head on a swivel and hold your ground! Debs sings about loyalty and the temptations present in our world, which is especially relevant during the month of love.

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Tyrone Davis: I Wanna Be Good Company / I’m Confessin

 

 

Label: Hit Sound 888. Released in 1969.

Label Owner: Jack Daniels & Johnny Moore. 3234 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, Il. (1968-1970)

A Side: I Wanna Be Good Company

B Side: I’m Confessin

Tyrone Davis had an impressive career as a singer, achieving a number of hit records over his 20-year career. “I Wanna Be Good Company” is the epitome of what great soul and funk music means to me. Powerful and soulful vocals, a solid rhythm section, and a stellar brass section. What more could you need?

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Three 45s to Celebrate the Start of 2020

by Administrator 24. January 2020 14:20

It is 2020 and we all made it out alive. Congratulations! To celebrate, we are bringing you a number of high-energy female focused 45s to start off your New Year. The first lineup of 2020 consists of Marva Josie, Johnette, and a collaboration between Deena Johnson and Ricky Davis. Each of these 45s offers a unique sound and we think you are going to have a hard time passing these up.

Marva Josie: Love’s Burning Fire / I’m Satisfied

 

Label: Julmar 254. Released in 1967.

Label Owner: Marva josie & other. J&M Production of New-Jet, Inc. 5037 Broadway, New York, NY. 201 West 49th St. New York, NY. (1967-1970)

A Side: Love’s Burning Fire

B Side: I’m Satisfied

If you are looking for a high energy 45 this Marva Josie compilation might be the one for you. The A side, “Love’s Burning Fire”, starts right out of the gate with a quick tom roll and brass melody to kick things off. Flip the 45 over and the tempo slows down a few bpms but you’ll still keep your feet tapping. Listen to both tracks using the link provided below and enjoy all that Marva Josie has to offer.

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Johnette: I Gotta Hold On (To My Man) / Living with the Blues


 

Label: Rich 102. Released in 1965.

A Side: I Gotta Hold on (To My Man)

B Side: Living with the Blues

The second 45 for our listeners to start out the New Year comes from another female vocalist named Johnette. If you need a little encouragement in your relationship “I Gotta Hold On (To My Man)” is the perfect track for you. The A side reels you right in with its hooky bass line. The track uses a simple chord progression and rhythm, but sometimes that’s all you need! Check it out using the link below.

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Deena Johnson & Ricky Davis: There’s Gonna Be A Showdown / Who Me? Yeah You!


 

Label: Simpson 101. Released in 1965.

Label Owner: Richard Simpson. 1630 Broadway, New York, NY. (1961-1965)

A Side: There’s Gonna Be A Showdown

B Side: Who Me? Yeah You!

We are bringing you a call and response 45 between Deena Johnson and Ricky Davis for our third 45 of January 2020. These tracks are guaranteed to keep you entertained as the chemistry between Deena and Ricky is irresistible. The instrumentals in “There’s Gonna Be A Showdown” sounds oddly familiar to us, let us know in the comments what it reminds you of. There are few things better than a ripping blues harmonica and “Who Me? Yeah You!” delivers exactly that.

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Three 45s to End Your 2019

by Administrator 13. December 2019 14:07

December is always a great time to listen to some classic blues and soul music. This month, we have a great list of tracks for your listening pleasure. The three artists for this month include: Majestics, Claudell McKell, and Marve and the Tinnon Bros. There is a little something for everyone including in this list as these three groups offer a blend of different styles ranging from soul to blues music. We hope you enjoy these tracks and don’t forget to take a listen to the sample tracks provided.

 

Majestics: Gwendolyn / Lonely Heart

 

Label: Chex 1006. Released in 1962.

Label Owner: Willi “Tony” Ewing, Detroit, MI. (1962-1963).

A Side: Gwendolyn

B Side: Lonely Heart

The A side of this 45 from Majestics, called “Gwendolyn,” represents a classic love doo-wop style tune from the 60s. The lyrics discuss how important Gwendolyn is to the lyricist and the instrumentals take on a classic vintage rhythm often heard during this era. The B side, “Lonely Heart”, takes an opposite perspective of “Gwendolyn.” The track discusses exactly what you would think – a man losing his woman and the loneliness that follows. The mourning of losing someone special is portrayed through a slow tempo and shuffle groove. You can listen to samples of this 45 by using the links provided below.

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Claudell McKell: Experience Is the Best Teacher / You Can Make It if You Try

Label: Branding Iron 100171. (1972)

A Side: Experience Is the Best Teacher

B Side: You Can Make It if You Try

The Branding Iron label released just four records in its lifetime and this 45 by Claudell McKell is one of them. Experience is truly the best way to learn anything in life and that is the theme of the A side on this 45. If your mother has ever proven you wrong about a relationship, you might relate to this track. Enjoy the foot stomping groove, powerful female vocals, and harmonizing brass by listening to a sample of this track by using the link below. 

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Marve and the Tinnon Bros.: I’m a Loser / Candy Man

Label: M.O.C. 676 (1970)

Label Owner: Joe Cuoghi, Memphis, TN (1962-1970).

A Side: I’m a Loser

B Side: Candy Man

Marve and the Tinnon Bros. provide a powerful and unique sound by mixing a variety of styles including soul, blues, and funk. The A side, “I’m a Loser,” incorporates a driving drum and guitar rhythm infused with a bluesy harmonica sound. Who doesn’t love a good harp? The groove doesn’t stop on the A side, however, as “Candy Man” uses a classic blues structure and even incorporates a lovely drum and bass break. Although from a similar era, this tune isn’t meant to be confused with the classic Sammy Davis Jr. track “The Candy Man.” Groove your way into the winter blues and listen to samples of both of these tracks by using the link provided below.

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Winter Is Here, 45s for Your Ears

by Administrator 13. November 2019 12:21

Winter is upon us and there is a chill in the air, but that’s not stopping Parkers Records and Comics from providing you with our picks for November. Cozy up with one of these 45s this winter and let us know what you think! This month we bring you a 45 from Barbara and the Delights, Timmy Willis, and Billy Sha-Rae.

 

Barbara and the Delights: She’s a Smooth One / Shirley Got There Early

 

Label: U.A. 675. Released in 1963.

Label Owner: Max Youngstein. 729 Seventh Ave., New York, NY. (1957-1973)

A Side: She’s a Smooth One

B Side: Shirley Got There Early

This 45 from Barbara and the Delights has a classic sound to it. There is a common theme on this 45. Both tracks discuss playfulness, jealousy, and self-control – or a lack there of. The A-side, “She’s a Smooth One”, discusses a man being hypnotized by a woman who will likely send him down the wrong path, while the b-side “Shirley Got There Early” talks about a woman going after another woman’s man and the jealousy involved with a situation like that. A theme we can all probably relate to, whether we like to admit it or not. Another take on this 45 is that the A and B side are talking about the same situation but from two different perspectives. Check it out using the link below and decide for yourself!

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Timmy Willis:  Mr. Soul Satisfaction / I’m Wondering

 

Label: Sidra 9013. Released in 1967.

A Side: Mr. Soul Satisfaction

B Side: I’m Wondering

To me, Mr. Soul Satisfaction is the epitome of a groovy soul track. The track has an intriguing intro, groovy drum and bass, repetitive vocal melody, vocal harmonies, slapping guitar rhythm, and a brass section to top it all off. Take a listen to this feel good track by using the link below and purchase it for yourself! You’ll have to buy the 45 to preview side b – “I’m Wondering”.

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Billy Sha-Rae: Do It / I Found the One

Label: Hour Glass 007. Released in 1969.

Label Owner: 1700 Broadway, New York, NY. (1969-1970)

A Side: Do It

B Side: I Found the One

Billy Sha-Rae was born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania and eventually moved to Detroit, Michigan – the city of Motown. Billy was involved with a group called Soul Congress while in Detroit and even received a minor hit with “Do It.” After listening to “Do It” you might be surprised it qualified for a hit considering its unique sound and structure. It almost feels like a jam session between Billy and his band. The tune has a driving feel to it and there is a guitar pattern that sounds very similar to Led Zeppelins “Immigrant Song”. Check it out by using the link below!

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45s for the Change in Seasons

by Administrator 18. October 2019 11:59

 

We’ve got a little bit of everything for you this month. Leading off is a 45 from Jan Bradley. Released during the 60s, I can imagine this 45 was a bit controversial. Continuing down the line is a group of songs from James Becton. This track will make you reflect about your loved ones and might not be for the faint of heart. Finally, we will end with some groovy and uplifting tunes from the amazing Barbara and Joe.

Jan Bradley: We Girls / Curfew Blues

 

Label: Formal 1014. Released in 1962.

Label Owner: Angelo Giandini (A.K.A. Anthony Garden). 8501 South Harlem Ave., Chicago, IL. (1956-1963).

A Side: We Girls

B Side: Curfew Blues

There are some things in life we can’t always explain but we have to accept. One of these unexplainable phenomenon’s is the power sexuality plays in the way we make decisions.  Jan Bradley goes into detail about the control women have over men when it comes to sexual tension. Her opening line begins, “Girls, we can’t help it, we were born to hypnotize.” The instrumentals of this track fit the theme of the song with its playful and innocent melody. It’s like Bradley is teasing us herself.    

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James Becton: Where has Love Gone Pt. 1 / Pt. 2


 

Label: C-Bird. Released in 1978.

A Side: Where has Love Gone Pt. 1

B Side: Pt. 2

At one point or another, we will all go through the sadness of losing a loved one. When this time comes, perhaps you’ll consider listening to James Becton’s “Where has Love Gone”. It’s a slow, ballad-like tune that you might find some comfort in. Becton’s unique and raspy voice is one-of-a-kind and worth checking out!

 

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Barbara and Joe: You’re Astounding / Don’t You Know that It’s All Right

 

Label: Respect 2507. Released in 1975.

Label Owner: Al Bell, Jim Stewart, and Gulf & Western. 2681 Union Extended, Memphis, TN.

A Side: You’re Astounding

B Side: Don’t You Know that It’s All Right

We aren’t going to leave you this month without lifting your spirits. The third 45 of October comes from the lovely Barbara and Joe. “You’re Astounding” is not only a feel-good tune but it also encompasses a full range of instruments including brass, strings, and your typical Rhythm and Blues instruments. Enjoy the playful call and response between Barbara and Joe while listening to this 45. Flip it over and you’ll find “Don’t You Know That It’s All Right”, another feel good, foot stomper.

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September Soul

by Administrator 17. September 2019 09:55

We have a good mix of tunes for you this month. Fast tempos, slow tempos, instrumental breaks, lots of vocal harmonies, driving drums, brass sections and more. Take a look at our list for September and we think you’ll find something worth holding onto.

Victones: My Baby Changes / I Need You So

 

Label: Front Page 1001. Released in 1970.

Label Owner: Bobby Robinson. 271 W. 125th St., New York, NY. (1970-1971)

A Side: My Baby Changes

B Side: I Need You So

The Victones use a rather simple metaphor in “My Baby Changes” to explain the problem at hand with their lyric stating “my baby changes like the weather.” Relationships can be tough and sometimes people change and realize they want something else out of life. For the victim of the story, these changes can be unexpected and hurtful. Much like the weather, people are unpredictable as well and I think that’s the theme of the A side of this 45. You’ll have to purchase the record to hear “I Need You So.”

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Utopians: Do You Feel It? / Holding On

 

Label: Sunny-Fla. 0791. Released in 1982.

A Side: Do You Feel It?

B Side: Holding On

Man, would I love to travel back in time and go to a Utopians concert. “Do You Feel It?” just sounds like a good time. If you love groove, soulful vocals, and brass this is the 45 for you. After you listen to the A side of the 45 a few times in a row (because it’s that good), flip the record over and get ready to slow things down. This 45 presents an interesting contrast between the A and B sides but it somehow works perfectly.

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Upfronts:  Baby, for Your Love / It Took Time (It Took you)


 

Label: Lummtone 108. Released in 1962

Label Owner: Lummie Fowler. P.O. Box 11121, Los Angeles, CA. (1959-1965)

A Side: Baby, for Your Love

B Side: It Took Time (It took You)

Although these tracks were released just after the 1950s, you can definitely hear some 50s influences. This 45 is a dancing and swinging compilation of music. The drums and vocal harmonies are the most significant elements to these two songs in my opinion. Their repetitiveness keeps the songs moving along.

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3 Hot 45s for August

by Administrator 19. August 2019 14:42

August is a hot month for us here in the Midwest and we thought it would only be appropriate to write this month’s blog about some of the hottest tracks available at Parker’s Records. Leading off in August is George Tindley, followed by Robert Taylor, and finally we have a 45 from Talk of the Town. Be sure to leave your comments below the blog!

George Tindley: Pity the Poor Man / Wan-Tu-Wah-Zuree

Label: Wand 11215. Released in 1970.

Label Owner: Florence Greenburg. 1674 Broadway, New York, NY; 1850 Broadway New York, NY; 254 West 54th St., New York, NY. (1959-1976)

A Side: Pity the Poor Man

B Side: Wan-Tu-Wah-Zuree

George Tindley sure knows how to treat his woman. “Pity the Poor Man” emphasizes the importance of sticking together in a relationship and making sacrifices for the one you love. In the words of my late grandfather, “A happy wife is a happy life.”  The B side of this 45 is only available for listening in our store, but you can find more details by clicking the link below.

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Robert Taylor: Packin’ Up Your Love / A Change is Gonna Come


Label: Sonic 8624. Released in 1968.

Label Address: 4736 Stony Island Avenue, Chicago, IL.

A Side: Packin’ Up Your Love

B Side: A Change is Gonna Come

A good shuffle is the key to my heart and the A side of this 45 grooves. “Packin’ Up Your Love” is the perfect mix of drums, bass, horns, and soulful vocals sung by Robert Taylor. Flip the 45 over and you’ll get Taylor’s rendition of the Sam Cooke classic, “A Change Gonna Come.” This track has been covered by so many renown artists over the years, but few have heard Robert Taylor’s version. Get it using the link below!

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Talk of the Town: Don’t Be So Mean / Accept Me for What I Am


Label: North Bay 305. Released in 1972.

Label Owner: Jimmy Bishop, Philadelphia, PA. (1971-9172)

A Side: Don’t Be So Mean

B Side: Accept Me for What I Am

If you love vocal harmonies – and who doesn’t – you are in for a treat. This Talk of the Town 45 featuring “Don’t Be So Mean” and “Accept Me for What I Am” might be the hottest vinyl available at Parker’s Records and it could be yours. Both tracks start off with unique beginnings incorporating bongos and what sounds like a timpani only to drop into soulful grooves guaranteed to make your hairs stick up.

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