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Last updated on November 30, 2005.

Great to finally see this. I have a fair amount of info to add if anyone is interested. Some label scans too.

One thing I'd like to clear up is that the People's Choice that recorded on Palmer and Grand Land is a completely different group than the Philly (phil-la-of-soul) group.


Posted by: Aaron Anderson at February 28, 2006 03:43 PM

I have a question about a soul group that cut for Way Out Records in Cleveland in the late 60's. This group, the Sensations (no connection to the group who had earlier cut in Philly) had 7 or 8 45's released on Way Out but cut many more tracks and they were definitely not from Cleveland. Their studio engineer (& producer) was Lou Ragland & he seems to remember the group coming from Battle Creek. Can anyone confirm this ??

Posted by: J Smith at April 13, 2006 02:27 AM

BTW some of the Sensations releases on Way Out were as follows :-
Please Baby Please, I Woun't Be Hurt, Demanding Man (a big NS play), Find Myself Another Girl, I Guess Thats Life & Two Can Make It.
In the early 70's one of their Way Out releases was leased to Delite who issued the cut under a different group name (I seem to recall this being the Realistics).

Posted by: J Smith at April 13, 2006 02:37 AM

Seems strange to me that there is no mention for Al Green or the Hot Line Music Journal label on this site or page !!

Posted by: J Smith at May 2, 2006 02:54 AM

Interesting query J-

I can confirm that the De-Lite release was by the Realistics, but don't know of the Sensations origins. You might try getting in touch with Jackey Beavers who had a hand in many BC recordings. He'd probably be able to tell you one way or the other. He's working for a church down south (atlanta?) these days, but i hear he's accessible.

There's a fair few West Michigan soul atists/groups that aren't mentioned herein. The benificent Kev Brown will sort it all out when he finds the time, I'm sure.

Posted by: Aaron Anderson at July 1, 2006 09:18 AM

Lou Ragland on Way Out.

J. Smith seems to know about Lou Ragland. I'm looking to buy a copy of his 45 "Never Let Me Go" on Way Out. I believe this record was re-issued by Ragland himself. Does anyone know where I can get a copy?

Posted by: Frank at September 16, 2006 08:25 AM

contact Lou via his e-mail address..
He will help you to get hold of the cut you want

Posted by: J Smith at October 6, 2006 12:24 PM

Great Smitty. Thank you!

Posted by: Frank at October 23, 2006 05:47 PM

Anyone with 45's or pics of The People's Chice fom GR in the 60s-70s email me please at cpikaart0121@gmail.com or cpikaart0121@yahoo.com

Posted by: chris pikaart at February 1, 2008 02:35 PM

To J. Smith:My name is Stacie Simmons and my father Rodney Simmons was one of the writers and members of The Sensations. Johnny Washington was lead singer. The group itself was not orignially from Battle Creek, my father lived lived and later married to Donna Simmons. The group was formed out of Albion, Michigan where my father and Johnny were both born. The original members were Johnny Washington lead singer and writer, my father Rodney C. Simmons writer, singer and played piano and Esi Guzman all of Albion. If you would like to listen to one of there songs you can go to flaashy.com and type in please baby please-The Sensations... I've been trying to get a hold of there music myself. My father is deceased and I talk to who I call uncle Johnny from time to time. You may email me at lilstacie39@yahoo.com.

Posted by: Stacie Simmons at January 27, 2009 11:56 AM

i want to get the record tittled i guess that's life, by the sensations and four walls and a window by bobby wade; both the sensations and bobby wade were on way out records. i read the information above and will email stacie simmons and lou ragland. if any one has more information please email me. i loved both records when i was 14 years old i'm 55 now

Posted by: james at October 16, 2009 08:48 PM

This is Stacie Simmons the daughter of Rodney Simmons who was singer and writer of The Sensations I wanted to post my new email for those who are trying to reach me. It's staciesimmons39@yahoo.com...

Posted by: Stacie Simmons at December 7, 2009 06:51 PM
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