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Tuesday, 7 September 2010

On His Way And The End Of Wigan

There's been some tip top Northern Soul posted recently at various blog places, so I'm going to follow suit. Also mediafire isn't playing ball tonight so I can't post the track I was going to post. I'm On My Way by Dean Parrish was the last single played at the last all-nighter at Wigan Casino. Brooklyn born to Spanish/Italian parents Phil Anastasi became Dean Parrish on the advice of Ronnie Spector, recorded for a variety of soul labels in the mid 60s, and when that work dried up moved into acting for film and TV, eventually becaming a session musician working with amongst others Jimi Hendrix, Santana and Bob Marley. By the time the Northern scene took off in the mid-70s Dean had become Phil again. After Russ Winstanley began playing I'm On My Way at Wigan a re-released version went on to sell over 200,000 copies and reached number 38 in the singles chart in 1975. More recently he has performed at a Northern weekender at Prestatyn, appeared in an episode of The Sopranos and recorded a single with Paul Weller-Left, Right And Centre (which Weller wrote aged 15).

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drew said...

Played by Dave Evison. A great tune

Wilthomer said...

Saw Dean last summer in Brooklyn with a crack backing band, blogged about it and posted a clip:


He was amazing, his voice is incredible and he really knows how to get the crowd going!