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.

 

Show Your Fandom

When you’re a fan of someone’s music, the best way to express your enthusiasm is by making it a part of your collection! At Parker’s Records and Comics, we have records from hundreds of artists in stock. We’ll reconnect you with your old favorites and help you make new ones.

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

We provide a simple online ordering form for any of our records. Enter your billing and shipping information, provide details about the record you’re requesting, hit submit, and relax knowing that good times are on their way.

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