The Exciters – Blowing Up My Mind

When I was thinking of what I was going to bring you this week on the blog, it struck me that up until now I had hardly featured (if at all) some northern soul. So I figured it was about time I put that right as I have quite a few friends who are more than partial to a little bit of northern.

I have to admit to not being a huge fan personally. In my experience I’ve had to wade through a lot of records to find something of sufficient quality or to my taste, though thankfully this selection comes up trumps on both counts.

The Exciters originally started out as an all-girl group with their first hit coming in 1962 – the Leiber & Stoller penned “Tell Him”. Shortly after they recorded the original version of “Do Wah Diddy” (’63 in fact), which as I’m sure you all know became a massive hit a few years later for Manfred Mann.

This selection was released in ’69 and pretty much flopped – however, by the early 70s it was picked up by the northern soul scene and became hugely popular amongst soulboys in England. The track itself is quite mid-tempo and to my ears there is a slight reggae feel to it, however it still has that northern sound to it.

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