Are you ready to Turn Up and Dance to a Northern Soul Stomper? Are you ready to indulge in the Best part of Monday? The part where we Spin a Northern Soul Song and take a peek into the History behind the Stompers, and the Press Play and Spin it again. Dancing is always encouraged. Don’t forget to bring your own Talc!
So, let’s press play, Turn Up the Volume and let’s have a Listen together to “Ain’t Nothing But a Houseparty” by The Showstoppers.
Even their name sounds like a STOMPER!
“Ain’t Nothing But a Houseparty” by The Showstoppers
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The Showstoppers (also known as, The Show Stoppers), was a four-piece Soul group from Philadelphia. They formed in 1967, and were best known for their Northern Soul Hit Track, “Ain’t Nothing But a Houseparty”. It was the debut Single which was released on three different Record Labels: Showtime Records, Heritage Records, and Beacon Records. (from Wikipedia)
The Showstoppers consist of Elec Edward “Alex” Burke and Vladimir H. “Laddie Burke” – both the two oldest of five of Solomon Burke’s younger brothers. Also, brothers Earl Smith and Timmy Smith were part of the Group.
Older brother Solomon Burke helped with guidance and tips on their Music, often helping with the production during rehearsals. The Showstoppers modeled themselves on The Vibrations, at first.
When Philadelphia Record Label Showtime Records came calling The Showstoppers had a few local Hit Singles under his belt. But, it was the Single “Ain’t Nothing But a Houseparty”, with “What Can a Man Do?” as the B-Side which really set the Group apart and gave them the “in” they wanted.
The Single sold great in Pittsburgh and New York and then garnered Nationwide success when the Single hit #118 on the Billboard Charts in May of 1967.
Session Musicians on the Single included Carl Chambers, who later played drums with Gladys Knight And The Pips, and Joe Thomas, who later played guitar with The Impressions.
By 1968, the head of Beacon Records, Milton Samuel, purchased the UK leasing rights for “Ain’t Nothing But a Houseparty” for only £30. The Song became Beacon Records first release, and its only Hit. The Song was initially distributed through the British Independent Record Distributors Network, and “Ain’t Nothing But a Houseparty” soon caught on with DJ’s in the UK. It spent 16-weeks in the charts, where it debuted at #57 in March of 1968.
The Showstoppers made their first of three British Television appearances on Top of the Pops, in April of 1968.
“Ain’t Nothing But a House Party” was in heavy rotation at clubs The Twisted Wheel (see right) and the Blue Note Club, in Manchester, UK. It hit its peak at #11 in May of 1968.
The Single was released in Germany on Ariola Records, in France on Barclay Records, and in Scandinavia, Austria, Italy, Japan, and New Zealand on Beacon Records.
After hearing the Hit, Jerry J. Ross, the head of Heritage Records, bought the master recording of “Ain’t Nothing But a House Party”, and also signed The Showstoppers to his label, became their manager, and organized MGM to distribute a re-release of the Song in the United States. It didn’t become a national hit, but it was a Disco Club Hit in 1971 and has become a Northern Soul Classic.
The Song has been covered by The Tremeloes, The Paper Dolls, Cliff Richard, The J. Geils Band, and Phil Fearon, who recorded a House Music Version.
“Ain’t Nothing But a House Party” by Phil Fearon
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