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alphanguy (alphanguy)
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Post Number: 1
Registered: 4-2004
Posted From: 65.148.30.163
Posted on Wednesday, April 07, 2004 - 11:45 pm: Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'm pretty sure theyr'e NOT from Detroit, BUT.. there are so many great knowledgeable people in here when it comes to soul music, I thought I'd ask, does anyone know anyhting about this group? They had one midlevel hit in 1971 called "Mammy Blue" on ABC/Dunhill, I LOVE the song, but I can't find out anything about the group!
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BankHouseDave (bankhousedave)
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Post Number: 11
Registered: 4-2004
Posted From: 195.93.33.10
Posted on Thursday, April 08, 2004 - 3:47 am: Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I had a feeling they were a European act, maybe from the same stable as Boney M.
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K-Bee (kbee)
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Post Number: 4
Registered: 4-2004
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Posted on Thursday, April 08, 2004 - 3:52 am: Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Well, I'm European and I must admit I've never heard of Pop Tops at all. If this really was soul music my guess would be that they must have hailed from England rather than Germany. But of course I could be wrong..
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BankHouseDave (bankhousedave)
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Post Number: 12
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Posted on Thursday, April 08, 2004 - 3:56 am: Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

You and me both, K-Bee. I don't think they were English. Maybe Manny can tell us if they were Spanish.
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Robb_K (robb_k)
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Post Number: 6
Registered: 4-2004
Posted From: 66.81.20.36
Posted on Thursday, April 08, 2004 - 4:26 am: Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

There was a soul group called "The Pop Tops", who had a few records on Calla in the late '60s. I doubt that they were the same group as the Spanish Speaking group "Los Pop Tops". But, I'm sure Manny can enlighten us on that.
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Kevin Goins - KevGo (kevgo)
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Post Number: 8
Registered: 4-2004
Posted From: 64.115.26.80
Posted on Thursday, April 08, 2004 - 11:48 am: Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Folks:
The Pop Tops and Los Pop Tops are one and the same.

They were a multi-ethnic band made up of members from Spain & Africa. Alain Milhaud of Barclay Records was their producer.

Their single "Oh Lord, Why Lord" was picked up by Nate McCalla for the Calla label in 1968. It was later remade by Parliament during while they were signed to Invictus/Hot Wax.

In 1971, "Mammy Blue" was released as the Pop Tops on ABC/Dunhill and charted at #57 on Billboard's Hot 100.

Kevin Goins - KevGo

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alphanguy (alphanguy)
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Post Number: 2
Registered: 4-2004
Posted From: 65.148.31.192
Posted on Thursday, April 08, 2004 - 12:08 pm: Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Oh, Kevin, thanks so much!! Multi-cultural from spain and africa... no wonder I couldn't put my finger on their sound! I love "Mammy Blue", it's kind of a Phil Spector-ish, Dark mooded song. I finally found it on CD on Mavis Records "Hey, Look What I Found" Volume 7. (I also bought the CD for Madeline Bell's version of "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me")
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dvdmike (dvdmike)
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Post Number: 7
Registered: 4-2004
Posted From: 65.208.234.61
Posted on Thursday, April 08, 2004 - 12:09 pm: Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I remember hearing versions of that song by Stories ("Brother Louie") and Roger Whitaker.
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CHANCELLOR OF SOUL (harlem_fox)
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Post Number: 4
Registered: 4-2004
Posted From: 66.207.40.18
Posted on Thursday, April 08, 2004 - 12:21 pm: Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

" Oh Lord Why Lord", was one of favorite cuts
in 68'. The lead singer Phil Trim did a excellent
job in bringing the song to life.

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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Post Number: 9
Registered: 4-2004
Posted From: 68.161.33.206
Posted on Friday, April 09, 2004 - 5:55 am: Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Chancellor!!! What's up? I'm with you Chancellor. That was a pretty popular song here in NYC. I was 8, but I loved it.

Juice
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Chancellor of Soul (harlem_144)
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Post Number: 2
Registered: 4-2004
Posted From: 64.12.116.138
Posted on Saturday, April 10, 2004 - 1:23 pm: Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hey Juice ! How are ya my brother ! You are
absolutly right about that song being popular
here in the Big Apple. WWRL (Super 16) use to
play it all the time and if I'm not mistaken,
it stayed in the playlist survey for a good while.

Take care!
Mike Boone
(Chancellor of Soul)

chancellorofsoul.com
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Wonder B (wonder_b)
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Post Number: 22
Registered: 4-2004
Posted From: 193.252.209.223
Posted on Saturday, April 10, 2004 - 3:09 pm: Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

MAMMY BLUE was a huge hit in the 70's in France but if my memory is correct I heard it sung by a guy called Joel Dayde... could he be the singer of the band you mention???
Cos' Alain Milhaud (the producer) is french and Barclay is a french label... so it could be a multi national groupe and they could have recorded in France just like other bands like Lafayette Afro Rock Band, Ice, Cane & Able and many others... there was a lot of funk happening over here in the 70's (not even mentioning Nancy Holloway who was a huge star in France -she was american- in the 60's)...

Wonder B
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alphanguy (alphanguy)
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Post Number: 4
Registered: 4-2004
Posted From: 65.148.31.103
Posted on Saturday, April 10, 2004 - 10:40 pm: Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Well, apparently there were many cover of "Mammy Blue " recorded.. Bobby Darin, Andy Williams, Roger Whitaker? I think? For a midlevel hit, it sure got a heck of alot of covers. The Pop Tops version sound very dark and hypnotic with very strong piano, great lead vocal, and backgrounds sounding reminiscent of the Edwin hawkins singers. The verses are rather sparse, with mainly the voices and piano, and then it explodes int eh chorus into this "Spector-ish type affair... you think this was the version that was a hit in France?

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