Check it out, its Northern Soul Monday again! We continue on with the best Stompers to fill up your Monday and start the new week off right. Get ready to turn up the Volume, Talc the Floor, don your Northern Soul best, Press Play, and Dance.
Today’s featured Track is “Strawberry Shortcake’” by Jay And The Techniques. It was originally released in 1967, on Smash Records, with the B-Side of “Still (In Love With You)”.
“Strawberry Shortcake” by Jay And The Techniques
Northern Soul Monday
Jay And The Techniques were a Pop Group from Allentown, Pennsylvania. They were popular in the mid-sixties and had a Hit Song with “Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie”, which came out in 1967, on Smash Records. The Song reached #6 on the Billboard Charts at its height. (from Wikipedia)
“Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie” by Jay And The Techniques
Although “Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie” served as Jay And The Techniques’ primary Hit, the Group also captured various chart positions with “Keep the Ball Rollin'” and this week’s Northern Soul Monday pick, “Strawberry Shortcake”.
“Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie”, “Baby Make Your Own Sweet Music”, and “Strawberry Shortcake” were released in the UK and became Northern Soul Favorites in the 1970’s.
A little Northern Soul History:
In 2014, Northern Soul fans won a battle to prevent the Music Scene’s famous “clenched fist” logo being trademarked by a shop in Manchester after persuading the copyright authorities that the movement’s symbols belong to all its participants.
The Retro Bag Shop Manchester tried to register a trademark for the Northern Soul “Keep the Faith” clenched fist logo, associated with the subculture which thrived in the 70s when DJs in northern towns began playing obscure, up-tempo American soul records.
The shop wanted to register the logo, sported by many of those who attended “all-nighter” parties at venues such as the Wigan Casino, for use on its bags, handbags, and wallets.
Northern Soul fans, whose numbers have been expanded by a new generation discovering the movement’s sound and styles, launched a Facebook campaign to oppose the move and lodged protests with the UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO).
Enrico Bonadio, senior lecturer in Law at City University London, said the case was significant:
“The logo was commonly used in the scene, and in particular on posters advertising northern soul nights in English towns such as Wigan, Manchester, and Stoke, as well as by ordinary people attending those events. People used to take along bowling bags, clothing and scooters adorned with patches with the logo to show loyalty to this music movement. The words and logo, therefore, could not be said to be owned by any one person or company, but by the many lovers of this music genre and subculture as a symbol.”