Don Ray

Born A Loser / Living On a Prayer, A Hope And A Hand-Me-Down MANSHIP MINT

RCA : 47-9438 DJ

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  • Artist: Don Ray
  • A Side: Born A Loser
  • B Side: Living On a Prayer, A Hope And A Hand-Me-Down MANSHIP MINT
  • Label: RCA
  • Format: 45s



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

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Whether it be the school of Wigan Casino or college Cleethorpes Pier you attended during your formative years; the moment this drum intro flips over to that whistling organ,you are transported back to high-waisted baggy trousers, sweats shirts adorned with time honoured Soul Club-patches, letting the surrounding dancers know you were indeed time-served.

For some maybe, this Northern Soul anthem is too blue-eyed, I mean I love Soul music but I always like to be treated to the occasional tune that sparks euphoric-NS-recall, as those wonder-years need replenishing in my mind from time to time. For me it evokes visions of Nev Wherry DJing, he wore his sweat shirt with pride, he like a baggy trouser too; and this style of Northern Soul fitted his preferred choice of music also. Upbeat feel-good Northern Soul where the colour of the artists skin never crossed Nev's mind. He was after all a champion of the rare British release Northern Soul dancers. He'd usually brandish that love, with a sparkling Demo copy revolving around the Cleethhorpes Winter Gardens turntables..

Not wishing to start a internet debate but some of the greatest Northern Soul productions of all time were recorded by white guys Paul Anka, Bobby Paris, Jerry Fuller and Don Ray is right up there with them with his imposing voice, effective lyrics and inspiring production..

Just love a tune that takes you back.. and Don does that.. good to see you again Nev.

Condition Report

MA|NSHIP MINT - flawless unplayed still in it's birth sleeve.

A Side

  • Title: Born A Loser

    B Side

  • Title: Living On a Prayer, A Hope And A Hand-Me-Down MANSHIP MINT
  • Year: 1968
  • City: New York, N.Y.