Category Archives: MD Records

The Originals

‘Young train” / “Young Ideas” (MD Records)

Released in 1973 on a Motown Promotional only release to support the Mayoral election campaign of Coleman Young. The Originals consisted of C.P.Spencer, F.Gorman, W.Gaines and H.Dixon were known as Motown’s best kept secret and never really had the success they should have. In the third of the series, we move to 1973 Detroit. But to really appreciate the story of this release we first need to step back to 1969 when Richard Austin ran for Mayor of Detroit. This was a turning point for the city although Richard Austin was defeated at the general election it was becoming clear that the populace of Detroit wanted change.

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Mary Gresham

‘Use me’ / ‘Nobody’s going to turn me against you’

Label: MD Records – Catalog: IRSC GX3HE2100003 / ISRC GX3HE2100004 Release Date: End of April 2021 – Format: 7’

Mary, Jimmy Gresham’s sister, was recording for Fame, Broadway and Wishbone studios. These 2 tracks come from an album recorded in 1973 that did not see the light of day until 2008 on a CD release “Voice from the Shadows”. Despite some other tracks also making it onto 45 release from this labium, these 2 tracks never did. Mary is a full-on Southern Sister funk bomb on these outings, “Use me” is mean and moody, deep and funky, flip it over for something lighter but packs the soulful punch of a classic mid paced southern crossover dancer. She is still recording and playing to this day and expect to see more of her work on future MD releases.

Bottom and Company

‘You’re messing up a good thing’ / ‘I’m Sorry’

Label: MD Records – Catalog: IRSC GX3HE2100001 / ISRC GX3HE2100002 Release Date: End of April 2021 – Format: 7’

Following the discovery and purchase of a mixdown master tape for Wishbone Studio in Muscle Shoals, USA. Led to a search to talk to former studio owner Terry Woodford.

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