Lou Edwards & Today's People

Talkin' 'Bout Poor Folks Thinkin' 'Bout My Folks / I Got To Be Me

Columbia : 4-45611 DJ


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  • Artist: Lou Edwards & Today's People
  • A Side: Talkin' 'Bout Poor Folks Thinkin' 'Bout My Folks
  • B Side: I Got To Be Me
  • Label: Columbia
  • Format: 45s



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

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A Blackpool Mecca anthem that will never fade from the memories of the Highland Room congregation. I associate it as being a major part of the flamboyant DJ sets, Collin Curtis floored us all with in 1975. But it was actually Ian Levine who discovered the record and sold Colin his spare copy, so it was a two pronged turntable attack, that took this riveting social-statement to the top of Mecca's most-memorable plays.

In Colin's own words: "I became obsessed with the record as with Kenny Smith - Lord, The Delreys Incorporated -Destination, Bobby Womack - I Dont Know, Johnny Bragg -They Are Talking About Me - these records were all carrying real messages, which I hooked in to. In the summer of 1975 I made a visit to Dave Godin to be interviewed for Blues & Soul. The records we picked out for him to review were Lou Edwards & Today's People -Talkin' About Poor Folks Columbia. plus the MVP's Turnin' My Heartbeat Up, Main Squeeze - Let It All Come, Segments Of Time - Memories, Joshie Jo Armstead - I Got The Vibes, Patsy Gallant - Get That Ball UK CBS, Jesse Fisher - You're Not Loving A Beginner - Way Out, Kenny Smith - Lord, What's Happening To Your People - GAR

Those choices an unshakeable statement of the man's DJing inventiveness within a Northern Soul scene at the time, that was in some other areas tilting towards "pop" music. True rare-soul pioneers like Colin were navigating the changes and keeping Soul on track. With Cleethorpes Pier DJ's were heralding Colin as a demi-god, desperately trying to acquire everything he played. By 1976 Lou Edwards was delighting The Pier and The Winter Garden hordes on the opposite coast. Today "Talkin' 'Bout Poor Folks Thinkin' 'Bout My Folks" is a true Northern Soul classic without being an obvious candidate to ever be so.

Foresight, taste and belief Mr. Curtis brought us so many stand-out tunes, that many DJs would not have heard the potential in them..

Listen and remember the man, the place and the tune that have today become the very fabric of Northern Soul and all intricacies.

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, mint minus VINYL. a fabulous condition promo copy, housed in its birth-sleeve

A Side

  • Title: Talkin' 'Bout Poor Folks Thinkin' 'Bout My Folks

    B Side

  • Title: I Got To Be Me
  • Year: 1972
  • City: Detroit, Mich