• Spirit Music Adds Soul Power with Vapac and McLaughlin Music
    Spirit Music Adds Soul Power with Vapac and McLaughlin Music
Tuesday, April 07, 2009

NEW YORK, NY (April 7, 2009) - Long term global administration deals just concluded with VAPAC Music and McLaughlin Music have brought a treasure trove of soul hits from the '60s and '70s to Spirit Music Group.

The deal with VAPAC, concluded with the family of catalog founders George and Ernie Leaner, includes such hits as “Shake A Tail Feather” (a Pop and R&B chart hit for The Five Du-Tones and James & Bobby Purify) and Alvin Cash’s “Twine Time” along with acclaimed deep soul sides by Otis Clay, McKinley Mitchell, Betty Everett, Harold Burrage, and The Exciters. Along with the publishing, Spirit will represent and promote the entire master library of more than 1,000 recordings produced by the Leaners' One-Derful, Mar-V-Lus, and M-Pac labels, a leading source of Chicago soul and blues through the '60s.

The McLaughlin deal, made with owner Ruth McLaughlin, brings more than 20 charted soul hits spanning the '60s and '70s, including Young Holt Trio’s “Wack Wack,” The Capitols’ “Soul Brother Soul Sister,” “We Got A Thing That’s In The Groove,” and “I Got To Handle It,” The Fabulous Count’s “Get Down People,” Deon Jackson’s “Ooh Baby,” and Barbara Lewis’s “Puppy Love.” The catalog’s repertoire of more than 500 songs is drawn from the output of Ollie McLaughlin’s Karen and Carla Records imprints, the Detroit labels responsible for helping launch the careers of Barbara Lewis, Deon Jackson, Betty LaVette, and The Capitols, among others.

According to Spirit President Mark Fried, “These deals represent a golden opportunity to shine a light on the legacy of two of the most prolific producers of Northern Soul in its heyday.”

In addition to revitalizing interest in the songs and artists via proactive sync licensing, new cover versions, and samples, Spirit plans to work with the owners to restore and digitize the labels’ complete output and make it available, in many instances for the first time in 30 years, to music fans worldwide.


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