Joey Heatherton

When You Call Me Baby / Live & Learn

Decca : 31962

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  • Artist: Joey Heatherton
  • A Side: When You Call Me Baby
  • B Side: Live & Learn
  • Label: Decca
  • Format: 45s



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

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Collectors of the desirable Northern Soul classics in the seldom encountered BLACK STOCK copies, he's a fine clean copy, of a creation from one of Northern Soul most prolific teams of NS classic providers.

The recent sad passing of David White has prompted me to highlight this man's glittering career with and equally spectacular song from a stunning soongbird who came under the guidance of the "Double Diamond" production team of John Madara, David White, Leon Huff and Len Barry with a typically inspirational slab of Northern Soul that White & Madara seemed able to effortlessly create.

The partnership of David White & John Madara started when John was co-writer with fellow Philadelphian Artie Singer on the smash hit "At The Hop" for Danny & The Juniors. Later, David White & John Madara formed one of the greatest writing relationships of the 60's, not only building up a mountain of hits for Len Barry whilst also creating some of the greatest Northern Soul recordings from their work at the Bell Sound studios in New York.

Their work was always optimistically uplifting, featuring driving "wiz-bang" big productions that ticked all the Northern Soul boxes. Having built up relationships with some of the most gifted young talents of the area. Noteably Leon Huff, Len Barry, Joe Renzetti amd Jimmy The Wiz Wisner. Leon Huff on keyboards, Bobby Greg on drums, Joe Mack on bass, Vinnie Bell & Trade Martin on guitars with percussion supplied by the great Panama Francis; with Artie Kaplan directing the horns...This was surely the East Coast dream-team of the time.

Adding girl vocal choruses by Little Joe Cook's daughters The Sweet Three and the gorgeous New Yorker Joey Heatherton; making up a gathering that could have maybe laid claim to the now familiar strapline "The Sound of Philadelphia".

"When You Call Me Baby" was of course a huge Cleethorpes Pier & Wigan Casino favourite, a floorfilling dancer that triggered an MCA reissue mid-70s to meet the demand.

Before you today is an irresistible 1966 "Black stocker" for collectors who are draw to the "darker" side of Northern Soul.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, full gloss vinyl, revealing just a few soft hairlines when angled in the light, plays criisp clean and mint. still housed in birth-sleeve.

A Side

  • Title: When You Call Me Baby

    B Side

  • Title: Live & Learn
  • Year: May 1966
  • City: New York, N.Y.