Nights At The Roundtable - Eddie & Ernie - 1964


(Eddie & Ernie - Underrated but rediscovered in the UK)

Northern Soul (as its known in the UK) or Deep Soul (as its known here) is that genre of Soul and R&B that's not about happy endings or love forever. They are usually songs that deal with loss, loneliness, determination, despair - always the deeper, more complex side of human nature. For that reason, a lot of them weren't very big on the charts, but they made huge and lasting impressions on a lot of people, particularly other musicians (Janis Joplin for one, who copied note-for-note the Howard Tate classic Get It While You Can).

Eddie & Ernie were probably two of the most underrated talents in the Soul/R&B scene in the 1960s. They recorded several sides for the Sue Records subsidiary Eastern Records, among other labels including this one Goin' For Myself in 1964. It's a classic song that's been reissued on several compilations, plucking it from a completely undeserved obscurity.

Sadly, both Eddie and Ernie are gone. They would have loved finally getting the recognition. But at least their music is their living legacy that keeps getting more fans.


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