An eclectic mixed bag of vinyl tricks & treats for your ears, eyes, & mind...
1/19/11RobGems.ca wrote:Karen/Carla Records was founded in 1960 by the late Ollie McLaughlin of Detroit, Michigan, & was considered a rival of Motown Kingpin Berry Gordy throughout the 1960's. Striking a deal early on with Ahmet Ertegun at Atlantic Records for national promotion,McLaughlin had several chart hits on the R&B & pop charts with The Capitols, The Soul Twins, early Barbara Lewis, & Deon Jackson. This Single by Jimmy Delphis was from 1968 & charted locally in Detroit, eventually crossing over nationally to the R&B Charts, but somehow missing the pop charts entirely. McLaughlin was known to professionally borrow members of The famous Detroit-based Funk Broyhers musicians(so did Eddie Wingate at Golden World/Ric Tic/Wingate Records), often causing legal headaches for Berry Gordy, who was against a fomal musicians' union at the time, thus allowing the members (James Jamerson,Benny Benjamin, Robert White, Joe Messina,Earl Van Dyke, Uriel Jones,Bob Babbit,Dennis Coffey,Popcorn Wiley,etc.)to other Detroit-based labels, sometimes even showing up on sessions by Jackie Wilson or George Clinton.These unsung heroes of Detroit are now getting more respect todat than they did in the past,being honored on performing on more hits from the Midwest than anyone else, so they now boast.As For McLaughlin, he continued to run Karen/Carla Records until 1970, closing up shop right around the time Berry Gordy decided to pack up & move to Los Angeles. Detroit Record collectors still remember him fondly long after he died in 1985,& so do Northern Soul Record Collectors in England, who respect thr Detroit soul sound with dignity.
These are GREAT - thank you!
almost is almost the story of my life! great song. almost.
Thanks for sharing. Great sound!
Fantastic! Thanks. W
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