Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) (2:20)

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Reputedly the most valuable record in the world.

The story of Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)

Motown artist Frank Wilson recorded the song in 1965 and the single was scheduled for release on the Motown subsidiary label ‘Soul’ on December 23rd 1965 as ‘Soul 35019’. Frank Wilson then decided that his future lay as a producer and writer rather than a performer, and that he couldn’t afford the time to promote the single, so the release was shelved and the demo pressing of 500 copies of the single trashed. And that should have been that, just one more might-have-been.

Except that not quite every copy was destroyed. In 1977 a Motown researcher and historian named Tom Dieperro was given a copy for research purposes and he gave/sold it to a record dealer and producer by the name of Simon Soussan. Soussan recognised the commercial value of a previously unknown Motown recording on the British Northern Soul scene sold the record for $500 to a British music entrepeneur by the name of Les McCutcheon 1 in 1978.

It was Les McCutcheon who then lent the record to Northern Soul DJ Russ Winstanley. Russ Winstanley played the record, picked himself off the floor, listened to it again, and decided that this was quite possibly the most wonderful record he’d ever heard. Russ Winstanley played the record at the legendary Wigan Casino club and arranged to press a number of acetates to spread the word, turning the song into one of the monster hits of Northern Soul. UK Motown impressed by the reception, dragged the master tapes out of the vault, and released the song as an official single for the United Kingdom market.

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