Here’s an unusual/cool one.
A while back, whilst rambling around the intertubes in search of records, I happened upon the 45 you see before you today.
When I zeroed in and gave it a closer look, I was surprised to discover (as I’m sure many were) that it wasn’t a US release of Beverley (Martyn) doing ‘Where the Good Times Are’ (released on Deram and featured here a while back) but in fact a contemporaneous cover by an American singer with a similar name.
The song is – of course – the same, but the arrangement is a little it straighter (no Jimmy Page guitar) yet oddly (and cool-ly) wandering into Northern Soul territory.
This is not to suggest that this is in any way a “soul” record, but that it abuts the poppy edges of the Northern Soul canon in a way that makes it danceable.
Form what I have been able to discover about Beverly Wright, she was an R&B, folk and pop singer from New Jersey who recorded for a variety of labels (Groove, United Artists, 20th Century and Audio Fidelity) from the mid-50s up until about 1970 as well as doing some acting on TV.
Interestingly, her earliest 45, ‘Shake Till I’m Shook’ is a solid R&B effort and according to a 1962 Billboard article she was signed to Chess and was supposed to have recorded an album for the label (she seems to have recorded one 45 for Chess as ‘Beverley Ann Wright’).
That said, her version of ‘Where the Good Times Are’ is very cool, and Wright appears to be another one of those singers that bounced around, between labels and musical styles, never really making a significant dent in any one place.
I hope you dig the record, and I’ll see you all next week.
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