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Knick Knack Patty Wack

Lou Lawton

  • Label: Outta Sight
  • Origin: United Kingdom
  • Genres: Beats Dancefloor, Northern Soul, Rare Grooves, Soul
  • Format: 7 inch
  • Catalogue number: OSV166

Availability: Out of stock


Lou Lawton was born Lucius Lavarn Lawton in Savannah, Georgia in 1942. Shortening his name to Lou (Lew) he scored a record deal with Capitol Records at the dawn of 1966 and released the raucous “Doing The Philly Dog” in March that year. Unfortunately, subsequent releases failed to garner any chart action and signalled the end to a major label career. A move to New York’s Wand label spawned “Knick Knack Patty Wack” which, despite its odd nursery rhyme title, was an instant hit on the Northern Soul dance floors and remains a sought after original today. It was tipped by Billboard to reach the R&B Singles Chart in July 1967 but failed to capitalise on its potential.

Walter Wilson “Love Keeps Me Crying” is the rarest record on the highly collectable Wand label out of New York. Until the Noughties it was considered to be an unreleased track by Walter Johnson, but thanks to Ace/Kent Records exec. and rare soul expert Ady Croasdell, an original 45 was finally unearthed. In a further twist it was revealed that the true identity of the singer was in fact the All Platinum singer/songwriter Tommy Keith.

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