Mondays may be rough, and often unwanted, but the one stompingly bright spot of every Monday at lyriquediscorde is that its Northern Soul Monday! Here we are set and ready to spin another Northern Soul Monday Stomper. This Week’s is a Northern Soul Hit from a Psychedelic Pop Band from Southport, Lancashire – “Beggin'”. Usually, our Northern Soul Artists are Bands started in the US before finding notoriety (and danceability) in the US, but this Week’s Band is from the UK originally.
The Song is a Cover though, the original by Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons, from the US, which puts us back into the Northern Soul patterned history.
Are you ready to Turn Up the Volume on this week’s Northern Soul Monday Track with me?
“Beggin’ (Blue Eyed Soul)” by Timebox
Timebox came together in 1965. They originally called themselves The Take 5, a 5 piece group made up of Ollie Halsall (guitarist and vibraphone player), Chris Holmes (pianist/organist), Kevan Fogarty (lead guitar and vocals), Clive Griffths (bassist), and Geoff Dean (drummer).
Take 5 opened for The Kinks, The Small Faces, Tommy Quickly, and Lou Christie. They also had a residency at the Whiskey A Go Go, in Hollywood, California, US.
Richard Henry was added the band’s Singer. He was from America. They changed their name then and there to Tinderbox, which means “prison cell”. They were signed to Piccadilly Records in February of 1967.
Following the name change, and the release of their first Single, “I’ll Always Love You”, Henry returned home to the US and drummer Geoff Dean died of tuberculosis. He was replaced by Andy Petre. A new band again, they released an instrumental single “Soul Sauce” in April of that year.
Another new Singer was up and ready to start. Mike Patto joined the band in 1967 and became the lead vocalist and lead songwriter. They lost their second drummer, this time not by death, and he was replaced by John Halsey.
“I’ll Always Love You” by Timebox
Timebox, the new lineup, signed a new label contract with Deram Records, in 1967. They recorded 5 Singles for Deram between 1967-1969, and made BBC TV appearances on Noise at Nine, Stuart Henry on Sunday, and Jimmy Young. (from Wikipedia)
Their only UK Single to Chart was the Cover Song “Beggin'”, our Northern Soul Monday Song this week. The Song made it to #38 on the UK Singles Chart in July of 1968.
Have a listen to the Original: