1. LEE MOSES / BAD GIRL
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1941, Lee Moses was a soul and R&B singer and guitarist whose singles in the late 1960s and Time And Place, his 1971 LP, were highly considered in the Southern Soul and Deep Soul genres.
2. FRANK WILSON / DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO)
Born in Houston, Texas, in 1940, Frank Wilson was a soul singer-songwriter and record producer for Motown Records. Given that only two copies of Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) survived after Wilson demanded the demos be destroyed, it became one of the most popular songs in Northern Soul and is considered one of the most valuable and rarest records in the history of music.
3. DOBIE GRAY / OUT ON THE FLOOR
Born in Simonton, Texas, in 1940, Dobie Gray was a singer-songwriter whose musical career touched upon such genres as country, pop and soul. As well as Gray’s Out On The Floor becoming a mainstay in the Northern Soul movement, his songwriting credits included hits for artists such as Ray Charles, Johnny Mathis and George Jones.
4. SAM COOKE / CHAIN GANG
Born in Clarksdale, Mississippi, in 1931, Sam Cooke was an R&B and soul singer who is now considered by many to be the King of Soul, not least because his commitment to the genre contributed to the rise of such best-selling artists as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin. Prior to his death at the age of 33, Cooke had already achieved 30 U.S. top 40 hits, including Wonderful World, A Change Is Gonna Come, and Twistin’ The Night Away.
5. THE ELGINS / HEAVEN MUST HAVE SENT YOU
Originating from Detroit, Michigan, The Elgins were a vocal group signed to Motown Records and who were mainly active in the 1960s. Their biggest song, Heaven Must Have Sent You, became a signature hit in the UK’s Northern Soul scene in the 1960s and 1970s.