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Evelyn Thomas - Doomsday

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Uploaded on Aug 1, 2008

This is the legendary and beautiful Evelyn Thomas singing "Doomsday", her second release which was recorded in the summer of 1975 in Chicago, and released in 1976. I discovered Evelyn while holding auditions in 1975 in Chicago, arranged by Danny Leake, who I'd met the year before, in England, with his group, 100% Pure Poison. In February 1976, Evelyn's first record, "Weak Spot" and a song by a young Chicago postman, L.J. Johnson, both charted in the same week, and both acts were flown over to appear on Top Of The Pops, both on the same show. The entire music business was flummoxed as to how two completely unknown young black singers from Chicago, who had never even recorded before, both had hits on entirely different labels in the same week as each other. Evelyn's second release, "Doomsday" also hit the charts, debuting its first week at number 41, which in those days was a fair sized hit. It was a further eight years before Evelyn went on to record her classic, the seven million selling "High Energy", my biggest ever hit, made in 1984 for Record Shack Records, which sold seven million worldwide. Evelyn and I teamed up again for the first time in twenty long years, and we also filmed some classics, including this Northern Soul smash, which has never had a video until now. This was done especially for super-package "Northern Soul's Greatest 200 Floorfillers".

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