By the early 70s, the Fidels already had the classic stomper ‘Try A Little Harder’ under their belt, so it was no surprise when ‘I’m Givin’ You Notice Baby’ turned out to be a sassy 60s mover. The Superbs had around 30 releases on the label, mainly beautiful ballads, but hiding in the middle was the great uptempo dancer ‘I Wanna Do It With You Baby’. Their early 70s release ‘Wind In My Sails’ has found favour among funk-edged dance fans in recent years. Little Johnny Hamilton made his name on the scene with ‘Oh How I Love You’. Hamilton was part of the Creators group who wrote and played on this; many of the members would go on to become stars in the band War.
Come the early 80s, Wigan Casino had closed and up-and-coming DJs had to scour record lists, junk shops and flea markets all the harder as the supply of new titles faltered. The sounds sometimes veered away from the norm, and mid-tempo rarities such as Ray Marchand’s ‘Your Ship Of Fools’ went big at the Stafford all-nighter. Kenard Gardner returned to the dancefloor without his surname for the quirky social comment of ‘What Did You Gain By That?’. The Puffs’ soulful update of an old Lew Bedell torch song ‘I Only Cry Once A Day Now’ benefited from a great Gene Page arrangement and a solid uptempo beat.
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