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This is a statement about the tragic death of Otis Redding, the four members of the Bar-Keys, the pilot and Otis' valet. It was 10 December 1967, just three years earlier to the same day Otis' idol Sam Cooke was shot dead in LA. "(Sitting On) The Dock Of The Bay" was recorded on 6/7 December 1967.

J.J Jackson was one of the few USA soul singer to record a good soul record in the UK. "But It's Alright" issued on the Polydor record label in 1966.

Earl Van Dyke (left) and Jack Ashford, Funk Brothers in England on the 1965 Motown European Tour. This was the second tour, the first coming in 1963 with Mary Wells. Little did Jack Ashford know that he would return with five other Funk Brothers to a sell out crowd at the Royal Festival Hall nearly 30 years later in 2004. Sadly, Earl Van Dyke died in 1992.

Advert for the first release on the UK Beacon label "Ain't Nothing But A House Party" by the Show Stoppers 1968.

Ike & Tina Turner made some great Rhythm & Blues records in the 60's, many released in the the UK on London, Sue and Warner Brothers labels. Late in 1969 they recorded two LP's for Blue Thumb records in USA. They were full of Blues, Soul and a hint of Funk. The best of these recordings were issued on a CD Bold Soul Sister HIP-O hipd-40051 USA.

Impression of the great James Brown

Edwin Starr was a fantastic performer live and his performance at the Jazz Cafe in February 2003 was no exception. He exuded both warmth and enthusiasm for his music. Sadly, two months later he passed away. His appearance at the Cue Club in February 1967 was based on his recordings for Ric Tic records. Agent 00-Soul, Stop Her On Sight (SOS), Headline News. His biggest hits were still to come, 25 Miles, War and his Soul Master album (1969) for Tamla Motown. Dance music by Count Suckle Sound System was a mix of USA Soul and Jamaican Ska/Rock Steady.

Soul City records flyer for the UK release of "It's All Over Now" by the Valentinos. It's still hard to believe this was made in 1963 and is pure R & B. You will note that they (Dave Godin etc) could not actually bring themselves to name the British group that did the cover, the Rolling Stones!

UK R& B charts from 1968 interesting that nearly all the entries are today well known artists with the exception of the Chamber Brothers. No 1 R & B album Electric Ladyland by Jimi Hendrix! This album on the Track label 612008/9 in mono/double LP is worth around £1000.

Supremes on tour in the UK making headlines, probably around 1967. Diana Ross was not billed as the lead singer at that time, which was to come later. Tamla Motown records was part of EMI.

Advert for the EMI Soul Supply 45 record series of 1967. What a great issue it was, many may have "Girls Are Out To Get You" by the Fascinations but how many on Stateside? Yes, that is where I heard them first played by Mike Raven on Radio Luxembourg. Who can remember his theme tune Soul Serenade by Beau Dollar & The Coins?

This was issue number 1 of Dave Godin's new magazine, which had undergone a face-lift due to an increase in circulation. It was issued probably in September 1966, as it carries an advert for the new Soul City record shop, opening soon. Under records received it reviews US and recent UK issued 45's and includes Loretta Williams I'm Missing You/Baby Cakes just issued on Atlantic in the UK, "One of the finest records I have ever heard - and I've heard thousands! Pure Gold" wrote Dave Godin. Thirty four years later this track made it onto Dave Godin's CD Deep Soul Treasures Taken From The Vaults... Volume 3, "a crown jewel in the idiom", just like Dave.

Patti LaBelle and the BlueBelles appeared at the Mistrale Club in July 1968. Yesterday 12 July 2004, Patti LaBelle was back in the UK, some 36 years later performing at the Hammersmith Apollo, London. Check out the 5 * Guardian review.