Alice Clark

You Hit Me (Right Where It Hurt Me / Heaven's Will ( Must Be Obeyed )

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  • Artist: Alice Clark
  • A Side: You Hit Me (Right Where It Hurt Me
  • B Side: Heaven's Will ( Must Be Obeyed )
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • Format: 45s



  • Vinyl Condition: M-
  • Label Condition: M-
  • Sleeve Condition: M-

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A dual city New York / Detroit collaboration crafted by George Kerr, Sylvia Moy & Michael Valvano intended as a Motown release for Kim Weston but never progressed past the recording stage, only to be archived in those productive Motown Vaults. George Kerr had huge belief in this song, during 1968 he enlisted fellow New Yorkers Richard Tee & Napoleon Kerr to rework the song using the local powerhouse vocal of Alice Clark. This was her debut 45 and what a 45 it is too..

First played at the "Golden Torch" when my Northern Soul friend from Stamford "Poke" took it along and got it played by Martin Ellis... BOOM!! was an overnight sensation, then when word got out that the first copy was discovered within that famous vinyl hoard on Bradford Market, it triggered an unprecedented hunt for more. Eventually a few were unearthed from various sources and it later became a massive Wigan Casino, Blackpool Mecca play lasting right through the golden years of the early 70s in all clubs across England. It was a trophy then and in this spectacular condition it's still a prized item today.

The very first copy was discovered by Leeds University student Pete Kendall of Melton Mowbray on a dig in Bradford; he couldn't wait to play it for me when he returned home on his Christmas break.. I was knocked out.. proper Motown style Northern Soul with an instantaneous effect from the very first notes. I just had to own it, I was a DJ at a Northern Soul gathering at Kirby Lane Youth Club on a Friday night, my need was real. I wasn't gonna give up, at Easter 1972 I eventually took ownership of "You Hit Me" with an offer he couldn't refuse.. £3 and a beautifully worn Levi Jacket, in a lightly distressed state of fade, that signaled you were a MOD of long standing. Levi Jackets with genuine wear were highly sought after..

There was a downside to my irresistible trade off. I did have to listen to my brother moaning and groaning around the house for weeks, "Mam where's my Levi Jacket?” - "Where you last put It, “ was my Mum's standard reply for anything mislaid.. this relentless gripe hit its peak, when Martyn was preparing his MOD/Skinhead excursion to "Skeggy" he really needed his treasured Levi jacket... when he asked me where it was.. "Why Would I Know?" was my poker-face response..

Unfortunately "Karma" sprang into action, placing Pete Kendall, The Levi Jacket and Martyn Manship in the same bar at the same time ... I saw them talking, Martyn fingering the collar of his beloved jacket; then Pete pointing in my direction..

That's the day I witnessed the other side of my placid brother...
It was then my Mum's turn to keep asking about missing articles around the house..

"Martyn where's your brother, he's never home anymore..." I was on the run, avoiding Big Brothers fists and Doc Marten size 9's....

but I still had "Alice"

Condition Report

A flawless copy, not unplayed but you'd never know it. a fabulous Mint - / MInt - / Mint - throughout

A Side

  • Title: You Hit Me (Right Where It Hurt Me

    B Side

  • Title: Heaven's Will ( Must Be Obeyed )
  • Year: 1968
  • City: new york, n.y.