Lil Gray

Are You Fooling / I Want To Tell

Jerma: 101

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  • Artist: Lil Gray
  • A Side: Are You Fooling
  • B Side: I Want To Tell
  • Label: Jerma
  • Format: 45s



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

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A thumping Chicago R&B floor-filler, as the seriously elusive 1965 authentic original press!

An addictive Chicago Northern Soul R&B mover a current spin upfront and imaginative DJ Darren Sykes and many other for like explosive tunes to fire their sets. So get ready, Soul Sister Leoncy Lloyd is about to take you on a hair-raising trip through dancefloor destruction.

Opening up with the pulsating guitar rhythms by Ulyesses Warren, inviting Leoncy’s convincing voice to step into this compelling mid-tempo dancer, quickly enhanced by the addition of subtly stabbing horns. The three components fuse beautifully, into a musclebound dance session; saturated in everything we adore about Chicago and street-level productions utilizing local talent.

Even the neighbourhood printing of the labels has it’s charms, when after two attempts to get the typesetting right. This press comes out with the first “O” in FOOLING appearing as the number “0”. With the another adjustment to the letters they reset the label, but failed to notice “You” was set in lower casing.

Personally I’m drawn to these rare D.I.Y. street-level anomalies on these irresistible labels. Nothing like, though, as irresistible as “Lil Gray’s” singing style. Her uncanny ability to hold a note with that stinging vocal, then slowing transforming a word into a soothing hum... once again U.S. Warren steps in to strut his prowess with the guitar, fabulous stuff!

A captivating example of urban Chicago Soul/R&B by a lady who unfortunately only recorded 3 45’s in all, all in sequence for label owner Mr. Warren. Then sadly she disappeared off the recording scene... Leaving the rare soul collector and the DJ with much to investigate and enjoy about this little-known Diva. ..

Condition Report

Two bright clean ice-blue labels. Vinyl is a strong clean, previously unplayed Mint minus, only revealing the finest sleeve contact hairlines under direct light. Plays perfect, looks stunning.

A Side

  • Title: Are You Fooling

    B Side

  • Title: I Want To Tell
  • Year: 1965
  • City: Chicago, il