Night Owl Chat – Northern Soul

Party time!!

From Wikipedia:

Northern soul is a music and dance movement that emerged in Northern England in the late 1960s from the British mod scene. Northern soul mainly consists of a particular style of black American soul music based on the heavy beat and fast tempo of the mid-1960s Tamla Motown sound.

The northern soul movement, however, generally eschews Motown or Motown-influenced music that has met with significant mainstream success. The recordings most prized by enthusiasts of the genre are usually by lesser-known artists, released only in limited numbers, often by small regional American labels such as Ric-Tic and Golden World Records (Detroit), Mirwood (Los Angeles) and Shout and Okeh (New York/Chicago).

Time to dance, night owls.

Frank Wilson – Do I Love You

Al Wilson – The Snake

Garnet Mimms – Looking For You

Bobby Paris – Night Owl

The Exciters – Reaching for the Best

Tobi Legend – Time Will Pass You By

Chuck Wood – Seven Days Too Long

Jimmy Conwell – Cigarette Ashes

Really, go to YouTube, search on “northern soul”, and just luxuriate in some of the best music of the 60s.

Dance away, night owls.

117 Responses to “Night Owl Chat – Northern Soul”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    December 6, 2013 at 10:13 pm


    • 2 vcprezofan2
      December 6, 2013 at 10:13 pm


      • December 6, 2013 at 10:16 pm

        It’s become one of my life’s goals to teach you to appreciate great music! 😆

        • December 6, 2013 at 10:16 pm

          Thank yooooooou LL, I thought I knew Northern Soul …. but you are completing my education!

          • December 6, 2013 at 10:20 pm

            I haven’t listened to it in FOREVER. BBC World just had a Culture Show on northern soul. Hence, this post.

            • December 6, 2013 at 10:22 pm

              Ah, well – an excellent collection, going through them one by one, foot tapping insanely.

              • 7 vcprezofan2
                December 6, 2013 at 10:43 pm

                Lib-L described himself as ‘odd’ last night, but I am beginning to wonder if you aren’t the ‘odd’ one. I can’t reconcile how you can appreciate this music spotlighted here right now but not like Billy Joel. Not that I’m looking to get the banned finger or anything 😉 but I’ve seen you dancing joyfully and praising music Lib-L, or one or another of TOD DJs have shared that seem mighty sub-par compared to Joel’s. I just don’t get it.

                BTW, full disclosure, I have NO musical genes! I’m the one whose infant son used to prod her in church and whisper ‘That’s not what they’re singing, mom.’ Or earlier still, used to put his hand over her mouth, or cry until she stopped, when she ‘sang to her child’ as instructed by some baby book or other. /Dang, that still hurts my feelings every time the memory resurfaces./

                • December 6, 2013 at 10:46 pm

                  VC, you have very almost committed a crime against humanity even mentioning BJ – oh yes – in the same breath as Northern Soul.

                  When I rule the world, he will share a cell with Mariah Carey.


                  • 9 vcprezofan2
                    December 6, 2013 at 10:51 pm

                    Well, give me a heads-up. I may as well willingly take the adjoining cell (before being forced there) if you’re going to be supreme ruler.

                • 10 jacquelineoboomer
                  December 6, 2013 at 11:24 pm

                  VC – Your story about your singing “talent” (and your son’s responses) made me fall down on the floor laughing, which was my “exercise” for the day. You are A HOOT! Thanks for sharing it.

        • 19 vcprezofan2
          December 6, 2013 at 10:28 pm

          😆 😆 Good luck with that, Lib-L. My son, a musician, has given up – I’m convinced, though he’s too polite to visibly do so, that he rolls his eyes mentally when I start to criticize music/musicians.

          In fairness, this time my bewilderment stems from the link. I was on twitter when the link passed under a name I did not recognize. The first part of the title was familiar and there was a WordPress link so I followed, thinking another blog was using our patented 😉 titles. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself back in the village.

          • December 6, 2013 at 10:31 pm

            I grew up in a house and neighborhood full of music, as I’ve written about before. And my father was a singer in an amateur combo back in Cuba. Made my mom fall in love with him. Music is in my genes. 🙂

            • 21 vcprezofan2
              December 6, 2013 at 10:47 pm

              On my son’s behalf, I envy you that aspect of your upbringing. Poor soul would have been farther ahead musically if I had had a smidgen of musicality or musical sense or interest.

  2. December 6, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Once again, LL, really appreciate your expanding my horizon on music!!

    The #GOP are the Pro-Inequality Party and that message can be made obvious to Red State Bubbas …. it’s already happening in Kentucky … my hope is that OFA and other groups will be loading Red County & Red State Ballots with all kinds of Expand Medicaid and Medicare, as well as, Minimum Wage Initiatives.

    Yes We Can

  3. 37 Judith Fardig
    December 6, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    We should all bust a move like Barack did at the tree-lighting ceremony! Thanks for the music, LL! Oh, and congrats to VC on top spot.

    • 38 vcprezofan2
      December 6, 2013 at 10:58 pm

      Hi Judith! I still don’t understand how that happened this time, as I followed an unfamiliar name, but I ain’t saying no to the trophy. 😉

  4. December 6, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    In matters more serious: how the HELL did both the US and England get drawn into Groups of Death? Meanwhile France is in the Group of Fluffy Bunnies. Jaysus.

    • December 6, 2013 at 10:25 pm

      My heart goes out to Australia, I mean …. holy smokes!

      Group A: Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon.

      Group B: Spain, Netherlands, Chile, Australia.

      Group C: Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast, Japan.

      Group D: Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy.

      Group E : Switzerland, Ecuador, France, Honduras.

      Group F: Argentina, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Iran, Nigeria.

      Group G: Germany, Portugal, Ghana, USA.

      Group H: Belgium, Algeria, Russia, South Korea.

      • December 6, 2013 at 10:29 pm

        Sorry, Brazil is in another Group of Fluffy Bunnies.

      • 42 99ts
        December 6, 2013 at 10:37 pm

        Well – we weren’t going to win anyways – always amazing that we get there. We play rugby union, rugby league & our home grown Aussie Rules as well as football (soccer as we wrongly call it).

        Football UK style really took off here when the government brought in thousands of migrants and refugees from Europe after WWII – they did amazing things building our infrastructure and named their football teams after their home countries/localities. Eventually that was stopped because the games and supporters started to resemble battle fields in the changing political divisions in Europe.

        • December 6, 2013 at 10:42 pm

          Two countries which I hope to visit but intend to NEVER attend a football match: Greece and Turkey. It seems like every match breaks out in a riot.

          • 44 99ts
            December 6, 2013 at 10:49 pm

            Amazes me – as in UK – in the 50/60/70s we didn’t have armed police (other than the special armed units) – they would be running around with batons evicting folks from the games.

        • December 6, 2013 at 10:59 pm

          I love all that history of sport 99ts, the way immigrants brought their beloved sports to their new countries. It always cracks me up that the full name of Genoa is the Genoa Cricket and Football Club – we can guess who emigrated there!

          • 46 99ts
            December 6, 2013 at 11:56 pm

            Indeed – Cricket has always been our first love – and given the weather – we should just play it 365 days per year.

            I used to love going to the cricket when you could take your own food & an esky full of drinks – cost $1 to sit/lie/sleep on the grass and wake up for the “interesting” bits. Then they build cement stadiums – charged a fortune and made you queue up to buy food/drinks at inflated prices – free enterprise took over sport.

        • December 6, 2013 at 11:24 pm

          And you’re kicking the bejeesus out of England in the Ashes.

    • December 6, 2013 at 10:48 pm

      BREAKING: U.S. mens team has been eliminated from the group stage of 2014 WC

      I will now pull for Iran (perk the nation up), unless Chips tells me I have to cheer on the Brits……

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  5. 59 purpleshoesla
    December 6, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Al Wilson — The Snake! A Classic!! 🙂 Thanks for the music LL! My older cuz who I thought was the coolest cat on the planet with an awesome “fro” used to blast this on his stereo all the time!

  6. December 6, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    • December 6, 2013 at 10:43 pm

      • 65 COS
        December 6, 2013 at 11:08 pm

        I think VP Joe would make an excellent President. He is transition would be so easy.

        • 66 Lovepolitics2008
          December 6, 2013 at 11:26 pm

          He would be a the best keeper of Barack Obama’s legacy. He’d probably be less bold than President Obama but he would fight for the poor and the middle class. Joe is not really a DLC type. He has never ever lost touch with ordinary people.

          Sigh… he would be the perfect candidate for a one term presidency, before Bill de Blasio is ready in 2020.

          Americans haven’t seen enough of him, because the Media doesn’t give him a lot of exposure. But if he was the democratic nominee, boy it would be a beautiful ride. First, he would get all the votes of the Obama coalition because he’s always had the president’s back, he GENUINELY cares about minorities and women, and the youth. But he would also get a good portion of the senior vote, and the white working class I think.

      • December 6, 2013 at 11:36 pm

        Looks like a posse.

  7. December 6, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    And now on BBC World: a documentary on the Kindertransport of 1938.

  8. December 6, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Danny’s ‘indestructible’ hedgehog? RIP. In trash.

  9. December 6, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    This is pretty insane:

    Slowly They Modernize: A Federal Agency That Still Uses Floppy Disks
    Published: December 6, 2013

    WASHINGTON — The technology troubles that plagued the HealthCare.gov website rollout may not have come as a shock to people who work for certain agencies of the government — especially those who still use floppy disks, the cutting-edge technology of the 1980s. Every day, The Federal Register, the daily journal of the United States government, publishes on its website and in a thick booklet around 100 executive orders, proclamations, proposed rule changes and other government notices that federal agencies are mandated to submit for public inspection.

    So far, so good.

    It turns out, however, that the Federal Register employees who take in the information for publication from across the government still receive some of it on the 3.5-inch plastic storage squares that have become all but obsolete in the United States.


  10. 99 amk for obama
    December 6, 2013 at 10:57 pm

  11. 100 jacquelineoboomer
    December 6, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Evenin’, guys – There was talk of this on a previous thread, so I found it for myself … and it’s glorious … so, if ya don’t mind, I’ll add it here! And now I’ll go listen to some of the songs LL posted!

  12. December 6, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    It’s not going to go well for Yanukovych as news spreads that he’s done a deal with Putin ….

  13. 106 jacquelineoboomer
    December 6, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    LL – The beauty of songs is that they always remind us of more songs. I saw your “Do I Love You” choice, but this clicked in my (old) mind, instead! Found this “rare footage” (read: poor quality, but, hey) – looks like it was a great concert and some might recognize a whole bunch of folks in the background on stage. Looks like this was after Tina ditched Ike.

  14. 107 coco222
    December 6, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Hah!! I didn’t know Americans even KNEW about Northern Soul. I thought it was just a regional thing. Well done Liberal Librarian. You know how to Dewy your Decimal and that’s a fact.

  15. December 6, 2013 at 11:19 pm

  16. December 6, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Pete Souza.

    Photo of Pres Obama speaking at the National Christmas tree lighting tonite pic.twitter.com/9j7FP4tGED— petesouza (@petesouza) December 7, 2013

  17. December 6, 2013 at 11:32 pm

  18. December 6, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Jesus, cricket: the only sport in the world which breaks for lunch.

  19. 117 globalcitizenlinda
    December 6, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    On President Mandela

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