Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Jimmy James & the Vagabonds - A Man Like Me

Album:N/A (Stateside/EMI, 1972) Chart pos:N/A

Since discovering Northern Soul music I have discovered that many British act liked to cover or steal from popular northern soul 45's. The Jam, The Dexys Midnight Runners and (ahem) Simply Red owed much to the rare soul music that was championed by the northern soul scene. This 45 in particular was the basis for the Dexy's mammoth hit Come on Eileen. Jimmy James originally was from Jamaica but ended up setting in the UK where he gained somthing of a following in the 60's and 70's. The Vagabonds also managed to have a professional rivalry with US ex-pat Soul singer Geno Washingington who in turn was the inspiration for the Dexy's other mammoth hit Geno.

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