- Artist: Lee Roye
- A Side: Tears ( Nothing But Tears )
- B Side: Who Am I
- Label: Decca
- Format: 45s
I was having a shit day looking for Soul records. There are many Northern Soul classics that generate euphoric recall whilst you're dancing at a Northern Soul event. Then there are a few that transport you back through time, to another point in your life. My personal mind-journey with Lee Roye, takes me straight to Elvis Presley and a city in mourning.
In August 1977 I was on my 4th. buying trip to the USA in Memphis to visit the legendary local record man Jim Stapleton. Armed with a head full of record titles, that I wished and hoped to find. I spent the day at his house trawling through his well organized stock of 45s. I found next to nothing to tick off my burning "wants list", I was quickly becoming a little disillusioned as my hopes with Jim were high. I had been so focused on finding records, I'd held back my urgent need for the bathroom..
When I eventually got in there, a typical "Record Dealer" bathroom confronted me...piled up high with record boxes. Right next to the seat where I sat hands on knees, was a box of 45's. Well, you can't resist can you? So adjusting my position slightly I pulled out a handful of 45's, as the strain of the day was expelled.
I shouted top Jim "What Are These 45s in here" he called back "they are all shit". A rather apt reply for my current situation; "50 cents each" I heard, without moving my ass an inch I'd dug into 3 100 count boxes next to the pan. They were full of 60's promo's. Kapp, Decca, RCA, Columbia, all the major labels and all the obscure stuff that Jim didn't recognize was left there unsorted...a treasure trove of mint unplayed radio station rejects of Northern Soul.
Out jumped a Johnny Caswell, Dana Valery, Roy Hamilton, Lorraine Chandler..and a very lovely copy of Lee Roye (a hugely wanted record of the moment) . It was a great score. The best "score" I've ever had in a toilet, did I wipe my ass before jumping up, to rip open the other boxes that littered the room? I think I did...but very quickly.
I pulled over 200 45's from that bathroom...
For me Lee Roye doesn't take me to Cleethorpes where it was a floor-destroying monster; It catapults me back to Memphis, a comfortable toilet seat, and a bathroom "tiled" with rare promo 45s...
Don't worry this "Lee Roye" is not the same copy from my "Stapleton" experience, super clean vinyl (no skid marks) flawless a-side label, date on flipside label, but no writing on it... certainly not "Kilroy was here"
Condition ReportFlawless vinyl - radio station file number on the a-side label. Flipsde label is unblemished. As good as it gets!
- Title: Tears ( Nothing But Tears )
- Title: Who Am I
- Year: 1968
- City: New York, N.Y.