Percy and Them

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Top of pageBottom of page   By David Meikle (81.109.33.162) on Saturday, August 23, 2003 - 06:57 pm:

Listening to Percy and Them right now. Detroiters.

"Looking into the mirror of my eyes" obviously a seventies release. On Roulette. No Detroit release?

Fabulous music delivered in the best tradition.

David

Top of pageBottom of page   By acooolcat (61.58.181.97) on Saturday, August 23, 2003 - 08:37 pm:

Both sides are great David - I also like their one on Karen.
I've not heard their 45s on the Fee and Count labels - anyone?
I spoke to Percy a month or so ago and he told me they were origianly going to record "My Baby" for Motown - before The Temptations cut it.
Graham

Top of pageBottom of page   By SisOldDetroit (68.42.209.170) on Saturday, August 23, 2003 - 11:59 pm:

Yes, DMeikle, that recording was released in Detroit. I have it right here with me. I don't know if it got on any charts, but it is a great song. Just wait until you hear the two cuts on the "Count" label. :o)

Top of pageBottom of page   By acooolcat (61.58.181.97) on Sunday, August 24, 2003 - 06:39 am:

Hi Sis - David was wondering of the Roulette label 45 had a local label release - which it didn't; it was only released on Roulette.
Best wishes,
Graham

Top of pageBottom of page   By SisDetroit (68.42.209.170) on Sunday, August 24, 2003 - 09:08 am:

I understand. I guess you already know I wasn't into labels. Thanks.

Top of pageBottom of page   By HamtramckDaddy (65.146.11.30) on Sunday, August 24, 2003 - 11:35 am:

What did Percy & Them release on Fee? ( tune names...) I really love the Percy & Them 45 on Tantus -'Shake It', but that might be too late, or too disco-ey a sound for some...

Re: Fee - I had a discussion about a month ago with my girlfriend's uncle, he recorded on Fee with a group called 'Melting Pot', said that the producer/label owner( Woody) had an arrangement with a Chicago studio & sent his artists there to record.

Top of pageBottom of page   By acooolcat (61.58.181.97) on Sunday, August 24, 2003 - 08:22 pm:

Their Fee 45 was called Scoping You / All Day & Night. I think it was released around May, 1980 and was produced by Johnnie Mae Matthews.
Was the Tantus label 45 released in 1979?
Graham

Top of pageBottom of page   By acooolcat (61.58.181.97) on Sunday, August 24, 2003 - 08:26 pm:

HamtramckDaddy
What more can you say about Melting Pot - I don't know anything about their Fee disc.
Graham

Top of pageBottom of page   By steve w (212.159.33.221) on Monday, August 25, 2003 - 04:49 am:

i like the story of how "Percy and them" got their name, apparently ollie mclaughlin little daughter at the time use to see them roll up outside the house and shout "Daddy, Percys here and.......them. I would love to have met Ollie sounded like a true star, bigger the star the bigger the gentleman, is that right guys???

Top of pageBottom of page   By HamtramckDaddy (65.150.209.244) on Monday, August 25, 2003 - 11:30 am:

The Percy & Them Tantus label 45 is dated 1979. The label mentions something about a "Tantus Studio" - same as a few other contemporary records I've seen - i.e Brothers Gilmore. "Tantus" is some sort of high-end mixing board I think...

Melting Pot was a sort of inter-racial soul revue band that played clubs throughout Michigan & the Midwest, once they even played for servicemen at an airbase in Greenland. I'm not certain if they were related to the 'Melting Pot' that recorded a 45 for Ampex.

Top of pageBottom of page   By David Meikle (81.109.33.162) on Monday, August 25, 2003 - 03:10 pm:

Both Graham and Sis sent in a copy of this Fee 45
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Graham sent in the other two.
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3

Top of pageBottom of page   By SisOldDetroit (68.42.209.170) on Monday, August 25, 2003 - 03:13 pm:

That's Percy Hargrove on the right of that pic.

Top of pageBottom of page   By David Meikle (81.109.33.162) on Monday, August 25, 2003 - 03:21 pm:

Thanks for that Sis

Here's another from Graham
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Top of pageBottom of page   By HamtramckDaddy (65.150.237.24) on Tuesday, August 26, 2003 - 11:56 am:

Sing a Sad song was also released on Playboy - the Hefner-related Chicago label.

What is the Count label 45 like? is it more of a 'group' thing?

As an aside: I have heard bitter words about Ollie McLaughlin from 2-3 people, primarily complaints about being ripped off/money owed for publishing etc. That sort of stuff seems to go hand in hand with being a small label empressario/producer: informal agreements, implied understandings - bad blood.

Top of pageBottom of page   By GrahamD (62.254.0.32) on Tuesday, August 26, 2003 - 01:37 pm:

I have a pal who has a copy of Look in the mirror of my eyes but its not on Roulette!! its on a small label calleD Suzie Q!! b-Side to the 45 is Mary Wells=These Arms,and was recorded in the 80s on Epic!! anyone got any more info on this matter!the record was found in a shop in Maryland so has there been a reisue done for the beach scene etc.
GrahamD.


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