Around the same time of
the first Debonaires release came a nice double-sider from a lady
by the name of Juanita Williams.
Golden World 18 was
titled "Baby boy" c/w "You knew what you were gettin'
". Both tracks were arranged by Sammy Lowe and
co-written by the Hamilton brothers and Popcorn Wylie.
Only three 45's
would ensue in the next eight months, strongly suggesting
that this was indeed the time zone for the building of the
Two Reflections 45's
"Shabby little hut" and "Poor man's
son" were released in February 1965 and Freddie Gorman's
ace double-sider "Can't get you out of my mind"
c/w "Take me back", on Ric-Tic102, in March. The
latter featured the production skills of legendary
songwriter Don Mancha who would also turn out some classic
material for the Thelma label.
"Shabby little hut" 45 has the same backing track
as a James Barnes and the Agents track released on the
Golden Hit label, "
Free at last".
Golden Hit was owned by Jock Mitchell
and Addie Strickland and operated on Grand River Avenue. A
further two Golden Hit's 45's had the same backing
tracks as those used by Golden World.
Does this suggests some
kind of deal between the two companies? Or was there a
It would be another
3 months before the next release and this time it was on a
new label, Wingate Records.
In June 1965, Ronnie Savoy had his first and only
release in "Memories linger" c/w "Loving
you". Note the songwriter on this 45, Fred Bridges,
another legend who would go on to make some superb music
with the Brothers Of Soul.
The label name
design on the early releases was significant for a couple of
reasons. One, the fonts "G" and "W" were
straight from the Golden World label design. Two, there were
two "G's" in Wingate.
It is my guess that
the launch of the new label coincided with the
opening of the studio.