Song of the day: EDDIE HOLMAN – Eddie’s My Name (1965)

Virginia-born singer Eddie Holman was once dubbed by Smokey Robinson as “the man with a voice of an angel.” He’s mostly considered a one hit wonder – that hit being the sublime ballad “Hey There Lonely Girl” which does feature an incredible falsetto performance. It was originally issued in 1969, but wasn’t a UK best-seller until five years later when it reached the top five. Holman recorded his first record in 1962 aged 16. He was still a teenager when he cut “Eddie’s My Name” for the Parkway label (981). This song is very unlike his hit. It’s sung a couple of octaves lower, and rushes along at a rattling pace. With its high tempo and soaring chorus, it’s little wonder that it was an immensely popular record on the northern soul scene. It’s a perfect exuberant club track. The song gives the title to a collection of Holman material recorded between 1965 and 1968 released by Goldmine (GSCD31) in 1993, but now out of print. I think it’s readily available one some of the myriad Northern Soul compilations out there, though.   


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