First things first. Thanks so much for the positive comments about my chat with Barbara Randolph which was, as you know, interrupted last month by the exclusive diary of Chris Clark's Cleethorpes' visit. Well, I couldn't let that pass could I? And judging from the response, you enjoyed it as much as I did, so again, thank you Chris for taking on the challenge.
I had always wanted to meet up with this lady and twenty-two years after the release of her single "I Got A Feeling"/"You Got Me Hurtin' All Over" on the Soul label in September 1967, I finally managed it. As you know, the topside was her version of the Four Tops' original, tucked away as the flipside to "Bernadette" released earlier in the year.
Happy 80th Birthday Martha Reeves! A lady of so many talents, an artist with a big heart who has touched millions of people with her music and words, and who has represented Motown and Detroit across the world. A woman for all seasons…
There's loads to cover this month, so in no particular order let's get started and wade through the water - and believe me there's quite a relentless bad weather situation just now in East Sussex – to spread the word.