January 1965, London

I somehow manage to get copies of ‘Billboard’ magazine and I’m so excited to see full page ads on new LPs like Esther Phillips’ “And I Love Him!” which no idea that by the time the year ends, I will actually meet Esther in person. My expanding collection of albums and singles is definitely reflective of my love for ‘Uptown Soul’ by artists like Esther, Dionne, Maxine Brown, Chuck Jackson, Gloria Lynne, The Drifters and Lou Johnson among others and all of the pocket money I earn working at a confectionery shop and then a record shop, both on Willesden Lane, around the corner from where the family lives in Kilburn goes on buying 45s, EPs and occasional LPs!

A rare clip of the amazing Lou Johnson…