Norman Johnson

You're Everything / Our Love Will Grow

Action : ACT 4529

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  • Artist: Norman Johnson
  • A Side: You're Everything
  • B Side: Our Love Will Grow
  • Label: Action
  • Format: 45s



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

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First press Red & yellow swirl Action 45, giving up two giant Philly Northern Soul winners, that also enjoyed cult status on the Pittsburgh scene. .

The top side, actually the B-side when issued in the UK in 1969 "Our Love Will Grow" has long been a Northern Soul dancefloor anthem, one that carries that rare quality of not ever becoming tiresome; it's uplifting qualities, fresh to the ear every-time. As that towering vocal of General Johnson, gargles his own lyrics, in a manner no other artist could. We think that's why Norman's Johnson's voice is always so well received whether it be with The Showmen or The Chairmen Of The Board. nobody has ever got close to mimicking his style or sound.

I'm actually surprised "Norman" is not regarded as one of the greatest male voices of the last century, for me he sits in my personal top five. On these two killer recordings his long-term backing vocalists Leslie Felton, Milton Wells, Gene & Dorsey Knight.. "The Showmen" give up a heavyweight vocal-group performance, the choruses elevating (if that were possible) to an even greater plateau. No wonder then, that "Our Love Will Grow" has lived in the hearts of the Northern Soul scene for literally decades.

But what is really surprising, the original a-side "You're Everything" has to date not emulated the other sides eternal status. It is after-all every note as good, with the backing perhaps even more muscular than "Our Love". Swirling strings, bongos, a soaring "General" lead vocal, "Yah Yah Yeah Yeah" choruses from the boys, meld into a monumental slab of real-deal Northern Soul. Today it's sounds utterly awesome, surely some enterprising turntable pilot will turn this side into a monster also... it is long overdue, undeniably one of the finest Northern Soul "under-played" masterpieces of them all.

Owning it on this first press, in that superior British vinyl in flawless condition is a temptation you just cannot ignore...

Condition Report

Vinyl inspection reveals full gloss surface, the merest of sleeve storage hairlines unveiled when angled under direct light.

A Side

  • Title: You're Everything

    B Side

  • Title: Our Love Will Grow
  • Year: 1969
  • City: United Kingdom