Otis Lee

Hard Row To Hoe / They Say I’m a Fool

Quaint: 1-1

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  • Artist: Otis Lee
  • A Side: Hard Row To Hoe
  • B Side: They Say I’m a Fool
  • Label: Quaint
  • Format: 45s



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

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I first heard it played by the now long retired major influence on the Northern Soul scene during the late 80’s and 90’s Gary Spencer. Covered-up as Lee Blackmore Soul Searchers - It’s A Hard Road To Hoe - although played by a few other DJ’s before him. This thumper was one of Gary’s top sounds, going some way for hard-hitting-R&B to gain a foothold within the ever changing styles of Rare Northern Soul.

Still today several decades on, it still rams the floors with enthusiastic dancers driven by it’s uncompromising presence. A juggernaut of a tune, runway truck rhythms and a snarling vocal demand, you dance.

A DJ box essential, for several decades, I’ve loved it, ever since Gary smashed up our more local NS scene with it all those years ago.

Condition Report

Flawless! Perfect labels, impeccable unblemished vinyl.

A Side

  • Title: Hard Row To Hoe

    B Side

  • Title: They Say I’m a Fool
  • Year: 1969
  • City: Los Angeles, Cal