In addition to providing the very best recorded Soul Music from all eras, Prestatyn Soul Weekender has a long track record in bringing you the very finest live talent from the USA.
See the 'Historic Highlights' page for an overview of the previous legendary artists who have performed here, then read more about those we have in store for you in 2015!
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Mitch is a true Detroit musical legend. A native of Hamtrack, Michigan he had music in his genes due to his father being a musician and saw his first performances as a backing singer with local group the Peps. At high school he formed a band and called them Tempest. They made regular appearances at Detroit soul club “The Village”. Mitch then became the front man for Billy Lee and the Rivieras. They were spotted by legendary producer Bob Crewe who signed them and changed their name to Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels. Recognised as the primary exponents of the Frat-Rock and Blue Eyed Soul genres they had plenty of success. Numerous releases were made on Crewe’s Dyno Voice and New Voice labels throughout the mid-sixties. In 1965 they had a top ten US hit with “Jenny Take A Ride” and this was followed up with four more chart successes during 1966. The biggest hit being the thumping “Devil With A Blue Dress On” which peaked at number four on the US chart. This period also saw the release of Mitch’s two Northern Soul anthems, “Break Out” and “You Get Your Kicks”. 1967 saw more chart action with “Sock It To Me Baby” making number six and Motown cover “Too Many Fish In The Sea” hitting the number twenty four spot.
In the early seventies Mitch had a hit with a cover of the classic “What Now My Love” but his rasping vocal style took its toll on his voice and Mitch chose to step back from music and moved to Colorado to focus on writing and painting. By 1983 he was ready to return to the music business and he released the “Never Kick A Sleeping Dog” album which featured the hit single “When You Were Mine”. Mitch continues to tour in the US and Europe with 2012 seeing the release of his first US album in thirty years “The Promise”. March 2015 will see his first ever UK appearance at The Prestatyn Soul Weekender. For this Detroit music veteran it will give him the opportunity to re-visit his classic sixties catalogue and witness the warmth and passion of the UK fans.
In 1963 a talented group of vocalists from New York were calling themselves the Tip-Toppers, but after signing with Dyno-Voice records they changed their name and found chart success. They were now to be called The Invitiations and their hit record was entitled “What’s Wrong With Me Baby”. Having found its way to the UK via the enterprising DJs on the fledgling Northern Soul scene the track was released on Mojo records and saw plenty of UK sales. The follow up was the infectious “Ski-ing In The Snow” another major hit that cemented The Invitations place in the Northern Soul Hall Of Fame. A label change to MGM saw the singles “The Skate” and “You’re Like A Mystery” but they didn’t repeat the success of the Dyno-Voice outings. However, as is often the case with Northern Soul, a hit was to materialise unexpectedly when around 2012 their MGM track “Watch Out Little Girl” started to gain popularity and rocketed in value.
In 1973 the group signed with Silver Blue Records and hit big in the US with “They Say The Girl’s Crazy”. Over time, the group, led by long term member Gary Gant saw numerous personnel changes due to retirements and members passing away. Two notable members, with Northern Soul credentials, being Lew Kirton and Richie Pitts.
Another addition to the group was Bobby Shivers, former lead singer with The Spellbinders.
Formed in 1962, they auditioned for top producer Van McCoy in 1963 and were signed to the major Columbia label. An album was quickly released entitled “The Magic Of The Spellbinders” and this garnered the hit tracks, “We’re Acting Like Lovers”, “Chain Reaction” and the massive Northern Soul hit “Help Me”.
The group disbanded in 1968 and the members went their separate ways. Shivers still had the passion to perform and in 1978 re-formed the group with them performing at the world famous Apollo Theatre in New York and in several of the popular “oldies shows” for a few years.
A chance meeting at a concert in 2007 with Gary Gant of The Invitations led to Bobby joining the group and providing access to The Spellbinders catalogue, great news for Northern Soul fans!
At the 2015 Prestatyn Weekender we will get the chance to witness “The New York Northern Soul Review” courtesy of two of the Big Apple’s finest soul vocal groups.