Betty Fikes

Prove It To Me / I Can't Lie To My Heart

Southbound : UR 437

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  • Artist: Betty Fikes
  • A Side: Prove It To Me
  • B Side: I Can't Lie To My Heart
  • Label: Southbound
  • Format: 45s



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

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There is a fabulous young group on Facebook at the moment called "Cleethorpes Memories". Brilliantly showcasing its greatest moments, finest records, unforgettable live acts and vignettes from the members memories. For me of course it's full of euphoric flashbacks, from the best days of my life. The music was immense, sometimes totally groundbreaking.

The listings on many occasions, for those who were not lucky enough to visit this East Coast cathedral of Northern Soul, debunking the blinkered belief that everything was first played at Wigan Casino or The Blackpool Mecca.
The record before you today was reviewed by many comments on the Facebook page. DJ "Poke" one of the founder DJ's of the Cleethorpes scene. Remembers "Betty Fikes" as he headed his YouTube posting as "One of Sam's finest Cleethorpes moments.."

It was certainly on of my finest moments when I snagged a copy from the USA. As I tried (unsuccessfully) to keep pace with Martin Barnfather's endless discoveries of NS delight. To be able to drop this "Beyond-Rare" killer was certainly one of my proudest spins. The blinding label vista spinning at 45rpm a strangely alluring.

"Prove It To Me" instantly triggers memories of Cleethorpes and nowhere else really. As it was bootlegged far too quickly by that Los Angeles cottage-industry of illegally pressing everything being played on the scene at the time. It was of course dropped once the repro copies hit our shores.

At the time none of us realized how hideously rare the 45 was. Today, it is no exaggeration to state it is one of the most elusive of all Northern Soul classic originals. Borne out by the fact that the flipside "I Can't Lie To My Heart" has been the side relentlessly hunted by top collectors for decades. I know some of the world's greatest collections are still awaiting to fill that void on the shelves.

The spectacular slab of real-deal Soul ""I Can't Lie To My Heart"" has been a lifetime want for too many Soul connoisseurs. My lifetime want though is a much easier find.. I just want to relive those halcyon days of the Cleethoropres Pier and the Winter Gardens; I'd even be in bliss, walking that Shackleton-esque migration from The Pier & The Wintergardens at 2.00 in the morning with a biting January North Sea wind crucifying my left ear.. because the camaraderie between Soul Sam, Ginger Taylor & Eddie, Poke, Ian Dewhirst, Chris Dalton, Dave Appleyard, Rick Scott, Dick Jervis, Rick Todd warmed me up the moment I was through those legendary Winter Garden doors.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, vinyl reveals on light surface marks, plays as you can hear bold, bright and clean

A Side

  • Title: Prove It To Me

    B Side

  • Title: I Can't Lie To My Heart
  • Year: 1974
  • City: Selma, Alabama