Theron and Darrell

It's Your Love / I Was Made To Love Her

Solo : S-1970

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  • Artist: Theron and Darrell
  • A Side: It's Your Love
  • B Side: I Was Made To Love Her
  • Label: Solo
  • Format: 45s



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

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Killer rare-soul duet giving up two superb examples of street level Northern-Soul from the Kansas outpost of Wichita.

Theron Gafford and Darrell Buckner Wichita's answer to Sam & Dave serve up two horn propelled, self-composed dance-delights from opposite Northern Soul genres.

We lead with the formidable JB influenced honkin'-horn Funky edged dancer "It's Your Love ". Relentless guitar pulses underlay hard-blown brass, as the pair ricochet off each others endless energy. Certainly taking inspiration from the likes of Eddie & Ernie, Sam & Dave, Sam & Bill as Theron and Darrell exude all those dynamic duo qualities heard by these iconic artists some years before them. Tough, punchy, hard-edge funky Northern Soul with attitude!.

Flip it over for a contrasting, but equally enthralling dance session "I Was Made To Love Her" which showcases the two's silky vocals seamlessly blending on a superior soulful NS Crossover groove. The horns this time, are muted, subtly laid back, allowing the true quality of the two voices to shine. The guitar riffs are replaced by a tingling piano, as this stunning mid-tempo unfolds on wave after wave of high pitched unison. Perfectly harmonized into an addictive soulful-crossover dancer.

After this listening to Theron and Darrell's exemplary togetherness, you, like me, will be wondering why only the one 45 release? This pairing are as impressive as any male soul-duo you care to mention. Popular in their neighborhood but their talents restricted to local performances and this solitary 45. Very sad indeed, at Stax they would have become world-famous...

Working for musician Dick Smart at his club at "Smart's Place, Wichita; gave them an "in" for this lone recording session, their only 45 release together for the now coveted "Solo" label. A "Smart" enterprise that has opening up the world of Wichata Soul and some highly sought after discs. Brilliantly exposed on the Numero 2009 CD Eccentric Soul: Smart's Palace.

Anything and everything on this label is highly wanted and rarest of the rare.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, fine clean full gloss mint minus vinyl. Beautiful condition throughout.

A Side

  • Title: It's Your Love

    B Side

  • Title: I Was Made To Love Her
  • Year: January 1970
  • City: P.O. Box 816, Wichita, Kansas