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Eddie Parker - Love You Baby

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Published on Jul 11, 2008

My very first release, my first ever single, was a cover of this song, done by The Exciters on Twentieth Century Records in 1975. This is Eddie Parker singing "Love You Baby", which was yet another legendary Northern Soul smash, that we filmed for "The Strange World Of Northern Soul". This is a piece of classic 1960s Detroit which epitomised the early days of Blackpool Mecca, championed by Tony Jebb back in the very early days of the Highland Room, way back in 1971 and 1972, prior to the Torch opening. It still sounds great but has been much forgotten and neglected over the years. It was a piece of Motownesque joyful exuberance on the Ashford label, owned by one of Motown's legendary Funk Brothers, Jack Ashford, from 1966, that golden year, and as fine a piece of Northern Soul as you could ever wish to hear. And the very quintessence of the mid Sixties. We tracked down Eddie Parker in Detroit, via Lorraine Chandler, and filmed him, and he was more than happy to make this one and only one-time performance especially for us, for our ground breaking Encyclopaedia Britannica of Northern Soul, and I am so glad that we did.

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