Richard "Popcorn" Wylie

Rosemary What Happened / blank

RCA: 10" acetate

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  • Artist: Richard "Popcorn" Wylie
  • A Side: Rosemary What Happened
  • B Side: blank
  • Label: RCA
  • Format: 10"



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

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Another very rare RCA 10" acetate cut in preparation for Grapevine's UK debut release. followed by 3 other Northern Soul classics during their fledgling year of 1977.

This title was the very FIRST 45 in the series, helping launch one of Britain's most respected Northern Soul dedicated labels; with only Kent Ace with their City and Town series getting anywhere near to this label's collectability. It is of course a polarizing subject, reissuing Northern Soul classics. But with RCA credibility firmly behind this new label and this sheer quality of it's first offering. Grapevine was instantly accepted into the Northern Soul family, heralded from the start as a label to acquire every release on.

It is now a badge of NS honour to be able to crow, you own a "full set" of this most-attractive of late 70's labels.

So when an original 10" RCA studio acetate surfaces, reverberating with direct-cut sound-quality. It's beyond-rare status and desirability s[peaks for itself.

A Detroit delight that was a Huge Wigan Casino, Cleethorpes Pier and of course Blackpool Mecca favourite. A record that epitomized the diversity of the Northern Soul sound. It was the pure genius of Richard "Popcorn" inspired by Roman Polanski horror movie classic in 1968, that crafted arguably the most unusual of all Northern Soul anthems. Once heard, never forgotten, it's addictive power overwhelmingly completely possessive.


Constructed by Detroit Northern Soul dream-team of "Popcorn", Tony Hester & Sonny Sanders. Their extreme ingenuity makes this tune impossible to exorcize from your being. This 1976 RCA 10" is it's rarest UK incarnation... the starting-pistol for one of the United Kingdom's most prestigious labels of all-time .. and of course a rare opportunity to add a slice of uniqueness to your previously "complete" Grapevine collection.

NOTE this auction finishes THURSDAY 26th. DECEMBER "Boxing Day" usual live conclusion

Condition Report

Utterly flawless, most like unplayed before we lifted the impressive direct-cut soundfile. Still housed in birth-sleeve.

A Side

  • Title: Rosemary What Happened

    B Side

  • Title: blank
  • Year: 1976
  • City: United Kingdom