Jimmy McFarland

Lonely Lover / Let Me Be Your Man

R P R : R-108 DJ


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  • Artist: Jimmy McFarland
  • A Side: Lonely Lover
  • B Side: Let Me Be Your Man
  • Label: R P R
  • Format: 45s



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

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A huge Northern Soul favourite for over 4 decades, without ever succumbing to bootlegging or counterfeits. Holland - Dozier - Holland gets a fabulous Los Angeles makeover from seasoned arranger Jack Eskew, certainly no stranger to the Californian Northern Soul sound with Rita and The Tiaras, Sandy Wynn already coming under his commanding arrangements.

Previously recorded for Motown by Marvin Gaye in 1966, it was one of his many standout sessions that never reached vinyl. But caught the ear of artists recognising the potential by doing their own version.

Apparently this L.A. version of "Lonely Lover" was also a previously unused 1966 session, scheduled for Los Angeles based Venus records who released Karen Small etc. it too got left on the shelf, for 3 years until R P R Records came along. A wise choice from producers Steve Benson and Wayne Martin to head up their reissue of his 1966 single " Let Me Be Your Man " with the previously unheard "Lonely Lover" even though is sold virtually nothing for R P R. It became a Northern Soul dancefllor favourite throughout the late 70's and beyond.

The R P R label were constantly seeking other independent releases to promote, but their venture also failed by 1970 they had ceased business. Leaving this 45 as Jimmy McFarland's last contribution to the L.A. public.

A stunning piece of elusive Northern Soul that Jack Eskew ensured stayed true to it's Motown roots.

Condition Report

Encircled red X on he a-side promo label, flipside label is clean. A glorious full gloss Mint minus vinyl - top copy.

A Side

  • Title: Lonely Lover

    B Side

  • Title: Let Me Be Your Man
  • Year: August 1969
  • City: Los Angeles, California