THE SOUL AGENTS - Don't Break It Up

THE SOUL AGENTS - 'I Just Want To Make Love To You'/'Let's Make It Pretty Baby' (PYE 7N.15660) June 1964
This Southampton band delivered a tough R'n'B sound that was very much in vogue throughout England during 1964 although The Soul Agents failed to dent the charts with any of their releases.

They were all still teenagers when the mod flavoured cover of 'I Just Want To Make Love To You' was released, even better was the slowed down blues take of 'Mean Woman Blues' on the flip

A second 45 was released on (PYE 7N.15709) in October 1964 and once again the gritty, tuff R'n'B of 'Let's Make It Pretty Baby' bw 'The Seventh Son' sank without trace which must have dampened the spirits of the band. They were still an attractive draw on the local scene though and their gigs were always sell outs.

THE SOUL AGENTS - 'Don't Break It Up'/'Gospel Train' (PYE 7N.15768) Feb 1965

The third and final Soul Agents release was a gritty pop number called 'Don't Break It Up' written by the Howard & Blaikley team who wrote the hits for Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich.

It's perhaps their finest slab of music recalling the Dave Clark Five sound but sadly the single sold in small numbers and chart action never materialised. The flip 'Gospel Train' is a classy hammond organ mod dancin' instrumental.

THE SOUL AGENTS - Don't Break It Up

Sometime in '65 the band relocated to London and Rod Stewart became The Soul Agents lead singer. This would have been around the time that he departed Long John Baldry's Hoochie Coochie Men. The band got a residency at The Marquee Club in the Centre of Soho.

No records were released with this line up.

An early promo shot of the band: From L to R Don Shinn (organ), John Keeping (vocals), Jim Sachs (bass), Tony Good (guitar), Roger Pope (drums)

Roger Pope would later play drums for The Loot then after their demise early 70s rock band Hookfoot.

The first two Soul Agents 45s were released as a four track EP but only in Spain. Expect to pay at least 400 Euros for a copy.

'The Seventh Son'/'Let's Make It Pretty Baby' got a picture sleeve for the Danish release.


  1. KILLER picture sleeves there sir! Excellent stuff, British r&b is all too often overlooked by American soul/r&b anoraks.

  2. I Just Want To make Love To You and B-Side Mean Woman Blues also released in Canada 1964 on Pye 748. Interestingly both of the label centrepieces above show EXPO67 stamped on them. This was held in Montreal - 3 years after the release. Does this mean they were advertising in advance or what?


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