Johnny Robinson

Gone But Not Forgotten / I Need Your Love So Bad

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  • Artist: Johnny Robinson
  • A Side: Gone But Not Forgotten
  • B Side: I Need Your Love So Bad
  • Label: Okeh
  • Format: 45s



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

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Johnny Robinson under the mastery of the boys from Detroit for his only Motor City influenced 45. And what a 45 it is, giving up not one but two recordings to-simply-die-for.

"Gone But Not Forgotten" is outrageously fine Northern Soul directed by Mike Terry; written by the equally productive minds of Don Mancha & Freddie Gorman. So the dream-team is all set to go, Johnny's emotive vocal guided by three production virtuoso's. The result is quite staggering, as scything strings cut a path through soaring horns for Johnny's beckoning voice to display distilled emotion within an uplifting dance production.

In recent times as the appreciation for the tortured Soul strollers has heightened; the flipside is equally coveted, Dee Dee McNeil's poetry brilliantly acted out, as Johnny convincingly falls to his knees begging and pleading for his girl's love. A recording that sends palpable signals of despair and hope as Johnny reminiscences about his lost love. A haunting cooing fills the air, then the choir swells to monumental proportions joined by strings and vibes decorating Johnny's journey as his voice cracks under pure emotion he is acting out.

Johnny Robinson is without question one of the finest voices of Soul (check out his other stuff) to be guided by 3 Detroit's doyens and the picture-painting poetry of Dee Dee McNeil is a match made in Heaven, that may leave you feeling a little cheated they didn't work together on more occasions.Thankfully, along with Okeh's Sandra Philips, this disc is one of the few true-greats that have escape bootlegging and over indulgence from the oldies DJ's.

Today just a fresh, just as impressive as the day I first heard it.. BOTH SIDES!

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, good gloss on the vinyl shows only a few light hairlines when angled ion the light. looking gorgeous complete with Okeh sleeve

A Side

  • Title: Gone But Not Forgotten

    B Side

  • Title: I Need Your Love So Bad
  • Year: 1968
  • City: Detroit, Mich