Love Lessons for May

by Administrator 13. May 2019 12:29

Perhaps it is because Mother's Day just happened, but there always seems to be love in the air during the month of May. This month's 45s talk about the ups, downs, and difficulties of understanding love. If you are in need of some extra TLC, put on any one of these 45s.

Alex Brown: I'm in Love / What Would You Do without Someone to Love

Label: TRC 1001 (1969)

Label Owner: Ray Charles. 2107 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. 1962-1973.

A Side: I'm in Love

B Side: What Would You Do without Someone to Love

Soul singer, Alex Brown, sings about two different perspectives on love with this 45. The A side, “I’m in Love,” discusses all of the warm and fuzzy feelings love creates. The B side, “What Would You Do without Someone to Love,” explains how it might feel if you didn’t have someone to love. This song really makes me think about all of the important little things love has to offer that often get taken for granted. Both sides of this 45 express positivity and the power of love. The catch phrase “What Would You Do without Love” is executed and delivered perfectly. The way in which the drums, bass, and vocal melody bounce and syncopate makes for a super catchy chorus.

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Johhny Barnes: It Must Be Love / 'same'

Label: Cap City 122 (1967). Washington, D.C. 1967-1968

A Side: It Must Be Love

B Side: 'same'

When we fall in love for the first time it often feels unfamiliar. Johnny Barnes sings about these unfamiliar feelings in “It Must Be Love.” A line in the song that particularly stands out is when he reminisces on how his mother used to tell him what love feels like. Musically speaking, the A side of this 45 incorporates a push and pull effect. It feels like the pre-chorus is going to lead into a chorus, but then the song releases and drops back into another verse. 

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Carolyn Byrd: Give Him Your Everything / Good-Bye the One

Label: Lionel 3221 (1971)

Label Owner: MGM Records. 7165 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA. 1970-1972

A Side: Give Him Your Everything

B Side: Good-Bye the One

The love story continues with Carolyn Byrd’s 45. “Give Him Your Everything” is pretty self-explanatory, but it really drives a good message home. If two people are committed to one another, they should be giving each other their all. If there is an imbalance on one side of a relationship, it will likely fail. “Good-Bye the One” discusses getting out of an unhealthy relationship and chasing happiness instead. For any drummers reading this blog post, both sides of this 45 include excellent drum fills, grooves, and auxiliary percussion.

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Love 45s Touching All Ends of the Spectrum

by Administrator 12. April 2019 15:44

April’s compilation of soul and funk 45s includes an eclectic group of records discussing topics on both ends of the love spectrum. Starting out, we have a love ballad sung by Eddie McLoyd, followed by a track from female vocalist Rosalind Madison, and ending the list with Johnny Moore.

Eddie McLoyd: Once You Fall in Love / Same


Label: Dakar 4547. (1975)

Label Owner: Carl Davis and Nat Tarnopol. 1449 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL. 1967-1977

A Side: Once You Fall in Love

B Side: Same

This month we start off with Eddie McLoyd’s biggest hit to date, “Once You Fall in Love.” Eddie is a bit of a renaissance man – having many talents and achievements over the course of his career including music, television, and outdoor hobbies according to his website. This 45 discusses how much influence love has on our life decisions, emotions, and overall happiness.  

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Rosalind Madison: Fancy / Use What You’ve Got



Label: Silver Fox 20. (1970)

Label Owners: Lelan Rogers and Shelby Sumpter Singleton. Nashville, TN. 1969-1970.

A Side: Fancy

B Side: Use What You Got

“Here’s your one chance Fancy.” Rosalind Madison resembles what some might consider a sugar baby on the A side of this 45. A young girl and her mother are hardly getting by and so the daughter is out looking for someone that can help support them. Listen to the track available below to see how the story ends. There’s definitely a bit of materialism and greed throughout the A side of this 45, but Rosalind sure has an impressive flow with her lyrics.

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Johnny Moore: Haven’t I Been Good to You / A Dollar Ninety-Eight


Label: Wand 1165. (1967)

Label Owners: Florence Greenberg. 1674 Broadway, New York, NY. 1650 Broadway, New York, NY. 254 West 54th St. New York, NY. 1959-1976.

A Side: Haven’t I Been Good to You        

B Side: A Dollar Ninety-Eight

The final 45 for the month of April talks about the complications and challenges many people face during relationships. The narrator is feeling the pressure from his significant other and the driving chorus compliments this rising pressure felt by the narrator. You can expect to hear some classic funk rhythm guitar, impressive vocal harmonies, and groovy drum and bass from the A side of this record.

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Spring Weather and Good 45 Records, There's Nothing Better

by Administrator 13. March 2019 15:37

March is here and that means spring weather is just around the corner. Open up your windows, feel the cool breeze, and let the blooming spring flowers tickle your nose all while listening to this month’s compilation of records. This month, Parker’s Records introduces you to soul artists Buddy & Stacy, Cody Black, and Bobby Breen.

Buddy & Stacy: Angel / A Thing Called Jealousy


Label: Twirl 2018 (Released 1965).

Label Owner: Harry Balk, 20 W. Alexandrine, Detroit, MI. & 850 Seventh Ave, New York, NY (1959-1966).

A Side: Angel

B Side: A Thing Called Jealousy

Woo! This 45 grooves. Buddy & Stacy and their backing band know how to funk, swing, and get your hips moving. Buddy & Stacy were true entertainers and worth taking some time to watch a video or two. You may be surprised they were allowed on national television during the ‘60s with their provocative dance moves.

Fun Fact: Jimi Hendrix was the backing guitarist for Buddy & Stacy for a short period of time. If you perform a Google search for Buddy & Stacy a video of Jimi playing with them will likely pop up.

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Cody Black: Ain’t No Love Like Your Love / Stop Trying to Do What You See Your Neighbor Do


Label: Capital 2858 (Released 1970)

ASide: Ain’t No Love Like Your Love

B Side: Stop Trying to Do What You See Your Neighbor Do

This 45 is irresistible. Ain’t No Love Like Your Love is a true piece of art. The opening piano rift is one of the catchiest syncopated chord progressions my ears have ever heard and the song stays driving with its tight shuffle groove.  Flip the record over and you’ll find another delightful tune. For any piano enthusiasts reading our blog, this is a must have 45. 

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Bobby Breen: Better Late than Never / How Can We Tell Him


Label: Motown 1053. (Released 1964)

Label Owner: Berry Gordy Jr. West Grand Blvd. Detroit, MI. 2547 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI. 6464 Sunset Blvd. Hollywood, CA

A Side: Better Late than Never 

B Side: How Can We Tell Him

Bobby Breen slows it down for us during this month’s list of our favorite 45’s. Breen began his career in the Canadian entertainment industry at a young age singing and acting in various movies including Hawaii Calls and Rainbow on the River. His voice is one of a kind and worth a listen.

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Love Records for February

by Administrator 12. February 2019 12:05

Valentine’s Day: the holiday with a reputation more divided than our current political parties. For those lucky enough to have found love, February can be a great opportunity to go all-out on the sappy dates and romantic gestures. On the other hand, February is also the month many of us are reminded we are still single and should maybe put some effort into finding that perfect person. Whatever your relationship status may be, you are guaranteed to find something enjoyable from this month’s track list!


Daydreams: (Just to Keep up on) The Lovin’ Side / Part of Your Love



Label: Dial 4029 (1966).

Label Owner: Buddy Killen, Nashville, TN (1961-1979).

A Side: (Just to Keep up on) The Lovin’ Side

B Side: Part of Your Love

February creates a sense of urgency in our dating lives. Take a look at the significant increase in consumers using mobile dating apps during the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day if you don’t believe me. The A side of this record sings about the crazy and irrational things we sometimes do to find love. Sometimes we may even get a bit jealous, like when we see our 5th grade crush on Facebook celebrating Valentine’s Day with someone else. The B Side, “Part of Your Love,” touches on this theme. 

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Daylighters: For My Baby / Sweeter


Label: Tip Top 2010. Released in 1965.

Label Owners: Charles Colbert Sr. & Charles Colbert Jr. 8956 South Wallace, Chicago, IL. (1962-1967)

A Side: For My Baby

B Side: Sweeter

Who doesn’t like a good shuffle? For My Baby is guaranteed to get your hips moving. February is a great time to remind your special someone how much they are appreciated and loved. If you are spending Valentine’s Day alone this year give yourself some extra love and appreciation instead. A little reassurance can go a long way and if you need some help communicating your feelings, the Daylighters’ “Sweeter” might give you a few ideas. 

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Malcolm Dodds: All for the Love of a Woman / Come on Home


Label: MGM 12975. Released in 1960. (1950-1980)

A Side: All for the Love of a Woman

B Side: Come on Home

We go to great lengths for the people we love and Malcolm really hits the nail on the head with the A Side of this vinyl. Dodds’ catchy melody, repetitive chorus, and periodic rhythmic breaks make this song worth listening to. You’ll have to visit our store or purchase the vinyl to hear Side B!

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Cozy up with These January Spinners

by Administrator 31. January 2019 11:18

This month we decided to take you on a bit of an emotional roller coaster. January tends to be the month people stay inside, spend more time by themselves, and reflect on their current relationship status. Check out this month’s tracks if you can relate or just want to learn some new music!


Tommy Butler: Move on Stay Gone/ Too Young

Label: Chattahoochee 704 (1966). Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA (1961-1966).

A Side: Move on Stay Gone

B Side: Too Young

You will sympathize and likely relate to Tommy while listening to “Move on and Stay Gone.” The vocal melody sustains and drags on during the verses, reflecting the struggle the narrator endures while chasing his great white buffalo. Longing for a particular someone but never being able to call them yours is something many of us have experienced. At some point, we have to move on, stay gone, and find someone worth our time.  Come to our store to listen to Side B or you can order the record online!

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Bobby Day: Spicks and Specks/ So Lonely (Since You’ve been Gone)

Label: Sure-Shot 5036 (1966). Label Owner: Don D. Robey. 2809 Erastus St, Houston, TX (1963-1967.)

A Side: So Lonely (Since You’ve been Gone)

B Side: Spicks and Specks

If you’ve ever wanted to let the world know you are feeling lonely, you should give Bobby Day a listen. Day’s shouting and the song’s driving bass line might be the kind of energy you need to get through this winter season. Spicks and Specks continues this month’s theme with Bobby singing about all of the women and memories he has left behind. 

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Burke Family: Under the Spell/ Look of Love 

Label: Cobblestone 701 (1968). 1650 Broadway, New York, NY & 610 Seventh Ave. New York, NY (1968-1972).

A Side: Under the Spell

B Side: Look of Love (Island)

This record leaves us feeling warm and optimistic- a resolution to our search for love if you will. The A Side, Under the Spell, discusses the narrator’s admiration for a particular someone and on side B the Burke Family helps the narrator groove his way into finding love. 

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Christmas 45's To Get You In The Holiday Spirit

by Administrator 20. December 2018 09:34

Ahhhh, the holiday season. Everyone seems to be a little bit happier, we’re hopeful it snows, and we get to listen to our favorite Christmas tunes.

Do you ever turn on the radio and feel like you’re hearing the same ol’ songs? Us too. That’s why we’ve pulled out some of our less-commercial favorites to spin this year.


Little Jimmy Thomas-Deck the Halls (Fa La La La La)/Jimmy’s Christmas

 Little Jimmy Thomas Christmas 45

Label Owners: Shad O’Shay (?). Cincinnati, Ohio (3 records on official label, all released in 1964)

A Side: Deck the Halls (Fa La La La La)

B Side: Jimmy’s Christmas

The funky deck the halls track is fit for any holiday gathering. It makes you want to get up and dance, to fully enjoy the holiday season. It’s a unique take on the song. On side B, you’ll have to order the record to listen! You won’t find any sound clips online.

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Poets-Merry Christmas Baby/I’m Stuck On You

 Poets-Christmas 45

Label Owners: George Goldner, Jerry Leiber & Mike Stroller. New York, NY. 1964-1967

A Side: Merry Christmas Baby

B Side: I’m Stuck On You

Slightly upbeat, soulful, joyous, loving. This record has everything you want in a couple of Christmas songs. Sit back and enjoy!

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Arlington Sylvester-A Christmas Carol/Crescent Legacy-I’m Gonna Miss You

 Arlington Sylvester and Crescent Legacy Christmas 45

Label: 1432 N. Broad St, New Orleans, LA (Just 2 records released on Brou-Larch Inds. Label. Both in 1972 according to

A Side: Arlington Sylvester-Merry Christmas Baby

B Side: Crescent Legacy-I’m Gonna Miss You

Not all Christmas songs need to be booming with joy. A Christmas Carol makes gives a bit of a somber and reflective feeling. On the other hand, I’m gonna Miss You is funky and enjoyable to listen to. The subject matter however, offers a hint of sadness.

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Whether you’re listening to 45’s, or the commercial classics, Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday’s from us to you. We truly appreciate you taking the time to read, and listen with us. We hope that 2019 brings you health and happiness, and more music! Thank you!


Love and Desire 45's

by Administrator 14. November 2018 11:55

As fall comes to an end and we enter the winter months, it’s good to have a special someone to push through the cold with. These 45’s cover that feeling of want, or even need. Everyone needs to be loved! 2 out of our 3 records this month were on labels that only released 3 records, giving them some rarity. Enjoy!

Barbara Perry-Unlovable/Say You Need It

 Barbara Perry-Unlovable/Say You Need It

Owners: Quinton M. Claunch & Rudolph “Doc” Russell. 2445 Chelsea Ave, Memphis, TN. (1963-1970’s.)

A Side: Unlovable

B Side: Say You Need It

Two great songs! The A side is a bit slower, while Say You Need It delivers a groovy baseline that will have you dancing through the holiday season. When a love is so good, you might just absolutely need it. Barbara conveys this, and the fact that even people tough to love are worth loving, on this 45.

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Persians-I Can’t Take It Anymore/Detour-GWP’s Grapevine 201. Released in 1969.

 Persians-I Can't Take It Anymore/Detour

Owners: New York, N.Y. Only 3 records released on this label. 1969.

A Side: I Can’t Take It Anymore

B Side: Detour

You can count on The Persians to deliver some soul. Love has ups and downs, and sometimes it pushes us to our breaking points. If you’re feeling like that, you’ll enjoy the A side of this record. Flip to Side B, and the trials and tribulations of dating, or pursuing someone you think could be match. Sometimes you’ll do whatever it takes, even a round-about detour.

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Harriet Reeves-Just Friends/Come To Me-Eon 103. Released in 1961.

Harriet Reeves-Just Friends/Come To Me

Owners: New Orleans, LA. Only 3 records released on this label. 1961.

A Side: Just Friends

B Side: Come to Me

This record is so rare, you won’t be able to find anywhere to listen online! Fortunately, we have sound clips on most of our records. Listen, and order online!

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Upbeat Soul Love Song 45's

by Administrator 11. October 2018 11:28

This set of 45’s from the mid to late 1960’s is a doozy! Who doesn’t love a good love song? These records discuss crushes, feelings, and love in general.


Gambrells-I’m In Love For The First Time/Love Is In The Air-Cub 9156 (Promo). Released 1968

 Gambrells In Love For The irst Time and Love is In The Air Cub Record

Label Owner: Arnold Maxin. Loew’s Inc. 1650 Broadway, New York, N.Y. (1958-1968)

A Side: I’m In Love For The First Time

B Side: Love Is In The Air

The Gambrells are in love and they want everyone to know! The first of the two songs captures the feeling of falling in love, and how wonderful that is. The second dives deeper into this feeling, and all of the emotions that swirl when you’re at the start of something special.

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Girls Three-That’s How It Is/Baby, I Want You-Chess 1958. Released 1966.

 Girls Three That's How It Is and Baby I Want You Chess Record

Label Owners: Len & Phil Chess. 5429 Cottage Grove Ave, Chicago, IL. 320 East Twenty-First St, Chicago, IL (1950-1976)

A Side: That’s How It Is

B Side: Baby, I Want You

When you fall in love, it’s a unique feeling. The Girls Three (Jess, Dot and Me) describe the ways love can make you feel in the first record. In the second, the girls have a crush! When you have a crush, it’s hard not to think about that person and everything admirable they do. That’s conveyed in this song.

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Gypsies-Jerk It/Diamonds Rubies Gold and Fame-Old Town 1180. Released 1965.

 Gypsies Jerk It and Diamonds Rubies Gold and Fame Old Town Record

Label Owners: Hy Weiss & Sam Weiss. 165 East 125th St. New York, N.Y., 701 Seventh Ave, New York, N.Y., 1697 Broadway, New York, N.Y., 767 Tenth Ave. New York, N.Y. (1953-1978)

A Side: Jerk It

B Side: Diamonds Rubies Gold and Fame

The gypsies, later known as The Flirtations, deliver on two upbeat songs. Jerk It is somewhat of a dance, very upbeat and fun. The other song Insinuates rich boys, that provide some of the finer things may be for the Gypsie’s!

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Three 45s You Can’t Help but Dance to

by Administrator 31. August 2018 17:46

Okay, so we’re sort of cheating with this title since two of the three 45s today are songs about doing a specific dance, but bear with us! We’ve put together a few songs that will be impossible—and we mean impossible—not to tap along to. Enjoy!

Breakdown/(I Never Know When To Leave) The Party by The Millionaires — Big Bunny 508 (Released 1966)

Label: Los Angeles, CA. 3 Rcords released on the label, 2 by the Millionaires & other by The Dealers (1966)

A Side: Breakdown

B Side: (I Never Know When to Leave) The Party

“The Millionaires” or just “Millionaires” (another name this band goes by) might just be the most common band name ever. Because of that, good luck ever finding out any information about them. We did manage to scrounge up a little, though—enough to know that The Millionaires is made up of Milton Grier, Floyd Gibson, James Sturkey (who had a few solo releases—the only member of the group that did), and James Warren. Besides Sturkey, none of the rest went on to do much with music, which is a shame.

“Breakdown” is a bit of a departure from the sorts of songs we usually write about. The lead singer has a higher, tamer voice than many of the other artists we cover. The whole tune has a sort of jazzy, big-band sound, which is only amplified by the brass solo in the middle of the song, as well as what sounds like a tuba in the background. We would still call it soul, but it definitely shows its jazz roots.

“(I Never Know When to Leave) The Party” picks up right where “Breakdown” leaves off, and it begins with some meltingly sweet saxophone notes. The sax and lead singer’s voice are about equal in volume, which gives the impression that they’re both equally important elements of the song. Another fun bit about this song is that, instead of ending where you’d expect, it rises a key and plays on just a little longer.

The Pearl/Baby Baby Baby by Gwindon Murphy — Crazy Horse 1306 (Released 1968)

Label: 1750 N. Vine, Los Angeles, Ca. (1968-1972)

A Side: The Pearl

B Side: Baby Baby Baby

At first glance, you might be inclined to think that Gwindon is a woman. He is not. In fact, he has an incredibly deep, funky voice that suits his name perfectly. But like so many other artists we feature, this was his only release. Still, better to enjoy what we have than wonder what could have been!

This is one of those songs that’s all about a dance. In this case, the title, “The Pearl,” refers to a dance of the same name. The whole song enthusiastically suggests that you should do the pearl, but it never actually tells you how to do it! It’s a shame, because the songs energy makes the pearl, whatever it is, sound like quite a bit of fun.

It would appear that the dance is lost to the world, because searching for “The Pearl Dance” only gives you videos about people dancing to the Pirates of the Carribean theme. Seriously.

“Baby Baby Baby,” on the other hand, isn’t available for listening anywhere. If you want to hear it, you’re just going to have to buy it!

Do the Philly/"same" (Instr.) by Music City All Stars — Music City 857 (Released 1965)

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

A Side: Do the Philly

B Side: Do the Philly (Instrumental)

Nashville has always been “music city,” but it shares that name with Berkeley’s Music City, which is both a retail shop and music label. The shop was something of a local legend, and many of the tunes it put out are now sought after, particularly by northern soul aficionados.

What’s most interesting about this 45 is that there’s no information about the band themselves. The name would suggest that it’s a mishmash of other artists who have performed on the label before, but the identities of those people seem to be lost to history.

Despite being released in the ‘60s, “Do the Philly” has a very ‘90s R&B sound to it. Considering the roots that R&B had in jazz, funk, and soul, this isn’t altogether very surprising. Like “The Pearl,” “Do the Philly” is all about a song that nobody knows how to do anymore. Still, it’s fun to listen and imagine what that dance might be.

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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:

Breakdown — The Millionaires

The Pearl — Gwindon Murphy

Do The Philly — Music City All Stars

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3 Rare Promo 45s

by Administrator 24. July 2018 09:16

A promotional copy is a recording that is sent for free to radio stations and DJs to get the word out about a new 45 that will soon enter stores. Promo copies typically feature different labels, often with white backgrounds and PROMO COPY or DJ COPY stamped across the front. These copies are not initially intended to be sold, but over time they tend to become sought-after collector’s items. We have 3 of them today for your listening pleasure.

Before I Turned My Back on You by Elmore Morris – Crackerjack Records 4006 (Promo Copy) (Released 1962)

Label Owner: Henry “Juggy Murray” Jones. 271 W. 125th St, New York, NY. 725 Riverside Dr, Suite 4C, New York, NY. 265 West 54th St, New York, NY (1957-1970).

A side: Before I Turned my Back on You

B Side: It Seemed Like Heaven to Me

Elmore Morris, in addition to being a solo artist, was in a group called Elmore Morris and The Spinners. With the spinners, he only released 1 45, but alone, he released 4. Of those 4, 3 were with Peacock Records, and the other 1 was with Crackerjack Records, which is what we’re writing about today. What’s more, this group flew so far under the radar that they don’t have even a Wikipedia page to their name. All we have to go off of is a small autographed photo of Elmore that dubs him “Elmore “The Voice” Morris.

“Before I Turned My Back on You” is much, much more energetic than “It Seemed Like Heaven to Me,” which does much to explain why the record’s sides were switched for the final release. Elmore earns his “The Voice” moniker with an energetic, upbeat tune that showcases his impressive vocal range. The track has a group of backup singers, but they aren’t credited as Elmore’s Spinners, so we can only assume that they are some of Crackerjack’s stock background artists. The song is great enough on it’s own, but the trumpet solo in the middle really solidifies this piece’s place as a feel-good tune.

“It Seemed Like Heaven to Me” is an interesting piece because of how small of a role that the background instruments play. In the previous song, Elmore shares the stage with a trumpet that carries the tune’s melody along behind him. This song, however, has quiet instruments that play at a slow tempo. Frequently there are short pauses between instruments, leaving only Elmore’s voice and drums in the song. This has the effect of highlighting Elmore’s great voice as well as building tension for where Elmore and the instruments crescendo together into the chorus. As before, there are background singers in the track, but they don’t appear to be the Spinners that Elmore would later work with.

Baby What’re You Gonna Do by Mike & The Censations – Highland 1189 (Promo Copy) (Released 1966)


Label Owner: Sid Talmadge. 2580 W. Pico, Los Angeles, CA. (1958-1980).

A side: Baby What’re You Gonna Do

B side: Don’t Sell Your Soul

Mike & The Censations is actually a family band, and, unlike many others we’ve reviewed, they’ve been active for quite some time. They even appeared on some compilations as recently as 2011! The band is made up of Mike James Kirkland and his two brothers, Robert and Walter. They got their start in Yazoo City, Mississippi, where they starting singing as a local gospel act. Mike and Robert would later go on to start their own label, Bryan Records. Interestingly enough, the group’s first record, which made the top 50 of the R&B charts that year, came as the result of a bet Mike made with his brother that he could make a record as good as any in Motown. The socially conscious lyrics of the group led to some thinking of Mike James as an underground Marvin Gaye. John Legend covered Mike James’ “Hang On In There” back in 2011, which brought a fresh wave of ears to Mike & The Censations.

The best way to describe “Baby What’re You Gonna Do” is “smooth,” especially after the pounding voice of Elmore Morris. Mike and his brothers have calm, relaxing voices that give this song a soothing feel. The xylophone in the background enhances this effect, and its mellow chimes ring out like church bells.

“Don’t Sell Your Soul” is much bluesier than the other track. It stands out not only because of its 12-bar blues progression and slow buildup, but because it’s one of those rare blues songs that doesn’t feature a woman as the topic. Instead, it’s a man reflecting on some advice given to him by his father—specifically, that the son should never “sell his soul.” The father tells his son to be good to others and to create his own change. This socially conscious message of the song pairs well with the brothers’ harmonizing voices.

She’s a Lover by Henry Moore – Hermitage 805 (Promo Copy) (Released 1963)


Label Owner: Bill (Hoss) Allen. 1 Hermitage Ave, Nashville, TN. 1719 West End Building, Nashville, TN. (1962-1965).

Side A: She’s a Lover

Side B: Let the World End Tomorrow

Henry Moore is another one of those artists who, despite having several 45s under his belt, didn’t attract a whole lot of attention. Because of that, next to nothing is known about him. People have determined that he almost certainly resided in Texas and Louisiana based on where his 45s were recorded, but that’s about it. This has led to his music being described as “classic Texas R&B.”

“She’s a Lover” stands out as a rock ‘n’ roll tune among a sea of soul and blues. Of course, the blues undertone present in all rock can be heard beneath the surface, but readers of our blog will agree that this tune has a decidedly less soul-y feel than others we’ve written about. The only recording of “She’s A Lover” you can find for free is a tinny, grainy sounding recording of someone holding up a cellphone to a rotating turntable. In it, Moore’s already nasally voice takes on an almost comical pitch because of the phone’s poor microphone quality. All this to say, you won’t be able to hear this song in all it’s glory unless you order it from us.

“Let the World End Tomorrow” doesn’t have so much as a grainy YouTube video to its name. It was described by one listener as “a pleasant if unremarkable beat ballad.” Think you’d agree? There’s only one way to find out!

Add Some Promos to Your Collection

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

Before I Turned My Back on You Elmore Morris

Baby What’re You Gonna Do – Mike & The Censations

She’s a Lover – Henry Moore

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