Dave Godin

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David Edward Godin (21 June 1936 – 15 October 2004) was an English fan of American soul music, who made a major contribution internationally in spreading awareness and understanding of the genre, and by extension African-American culture.


Born in Peckham, London, the son of a milkman,[1] Dave Godin spent his early childhood in Peckham before bombing forced the family to move to Bexleyheath, Kent, where he won a scholarship to Dartford Grammar School. Godin began collecting American R&B records when at school, where he encouraged the younger Mick Jagger's interest in black American music. He said:[2] "..It was at Dartford Grammar School that I met Mick Jagger and introduced him to black music, I'm ashamed to say. It's ironic that as a result of meeting me he's where he is today." Godin played a minor role in the early jam sessions out of which the Rolling Stones emerged, but resented Jagger for what he saw as the Stones' exploitation of black music.[3]

After working at an advertising agency, and as a hospital porter in place of National Service (he was a conscientious objector),[3] Godin founded the Tamla Motown Appreciation Society, and in time was recruited by Berry Gordy to become Motown's consultant in the UK, setting up its distribution through EMI. At a recording of Ready Steady Go! in 1964, Jagger asked Godin to introduce him to Marvin Gaye. "I told him to fuck off and introduce himself", Godin recalled.[3]

In 1967 he founded Soul City, a record shop which in 1967 developed into a record label on which he released such then-obscure soul classics as "Go Now" by Bessie Banks, with colleague David Nathan and friend Robert Blackmore. It was in their shop that Godin coined the term 'northern soul',[4] a description that he would popularise through his work as a music journalist. In a 2002 interview with Chris Hunt of Mojo, he explained that he had first come up with the term in 1968 as a sales reference to help staff in his shop differentiate the more modern funkier sounds from the smoother, Motown-influenced soul of a few years earlier:

"I had started to notice that northern football fans who were in London to follow their team were coming into the store to buy records, but they weren't interested in the latest developments in the black American chart. I devised the name as a shorthand sales term. It was just to say ‘if you’ve got customers from the north, don't waste time playing them records currently in the US black chart, just play them what they like – ‘Northern Soul’."[5]

In his career he also coined the term Deep Soul and he promoted the interests of a large number of American musicians whose work had fallen out of favour in their home country.

His second career was in cinema exhibition. Having studied art, design and film course at Sheffield Polytechnic, he became a senior film officer for the British Film Institute[4] and helped found and was the manager of the Anvil Cinema, Sheffield (1983–90), the only cinema in the UK to be funded by a local authority.

In the mid 1990s he started to compile a series of CDs of rare (and some not so rare) recordings – Dave Godin's Deep Soul Treasures – for Ace Records, which featured such artists as Loretta Williams, Eddie and Ernie, Jaibi, Ruby Johnson and Jimmy and Louise Tig. The albums were greeted with universal critical acclaim, and Godin described the series as the proudest achievement of his life.

Godin, a vegan, was an advocate of animal rights and Esperanto. He was also known for his involvement in anarchist and anti-capitalist organisations, including Freedom Newspaper and Class War. He was the only atheist in his local pro-life organisation. Towards the end of his life he developed an interest in Jainism. He died in Rotherham in 2004, aged 68.

Dave Godin's Deep Soul Treasures : Taken from the Vaults[edit]

Volume 1[edit]

1.The Knight BrothersI'm Never Gonna Live It Down 2.Timmy WillisEasy As Saying 1 2 3 3.Zerben R Hicks & the DynamicsLights Out 4.Irma ThomasAnyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand) 5.Jean WellsHave A Little Mercy 6.Dori GraysonTry Love 7.Brendetta DavisI Can't Make It Without Him 8.Kenny CarterShowdown 9.Larry BanksI'm Not The One 10.Jimmy HolidayThe Turning Point 11.The Incredibles – Standing Here Crying 12.The Just BrothersShe Broke His Heart 13.The Untouchables – You're On Top 14.Reuben Bell & the Casanovas – It's Not That Easy 15.Van & TitusCry Baby Cry 16.Jean StanbackI Still Love You 17.Bessie BanksTry To Leave Me If You Can (I Bet You Can't Do It) 18.Raw SpittSongs To Sing 19.Lee MosesHow Much Longer (Must I Wait) 20.Billy YoungNothing's Too Much (Nothing's Too Good) 21.Sam & BillI Feel Like Crying 22.Eddie & ErnieI'm Goin' For Myself 23.The Knight BrothersTried So Hard To Please Her 24.Pearlean Gray & the PassengersLove of My Man 25.JaibiYou Got Me ==

Volume 2[edit]

1.Doris DukeHow Was I To Know You Cared 2.Eddie HolmanI'm Not Going To Give Up 3.The Soul ChildrenThe Sweeter He Is 4.Tony OwensI Don't Want Nobody But My Baby 5.Bobby Moore & the FormostsIt Was A Lie 6.Jimmy & Louise Tig and CompanyA Love That Never Grows Cold 7.Ben E. KingIt's All Over 8.Nat PhillipsI'm Sorry I Hurt You 9.Wendy ReneWhat Will Tomorrow Bring 10.Arthur ConleyLet Nothing Separate Us 11.Irma ThomasThese Four Walls 12.Johnny AdamsIf I Could See You One More Time 13.Ruby JohnsonI'll Run Your Hurt Away 14.The Premiers – Make It Me 15.Eddie GilesLosing Boy 16.Doris Allen – A Shell of a Woman 17.Otis ReddingJust One More Day 18.Bessie BanksGo Now 19.George Perkins & the Silver StarsCryin' In The Streets 20.Big John HamiltonHow Much Can A Man Take 21.Barbara WestAnyone But You 22.Carla ThomasStop! Look What You're Doing 23.Toussaint McCallNothing Takes The Place Of You 24.Eddie & ErnieHiding in Shadows 25.Lisa RichardsLet's Take A Chance

Volume 3[edit]

1.Toussaint McCallI'm Undecided 2.Baby WashingtonBreakfast in Bed 3.Dee ClarkIn These Very Tender Moments 4.Jean PlumLook at the Boy 5.James BrownLost Someone 6.Eddie & ErnieThanks For Yesterday 7.Bessie BanksIt Sounds Like My Baby 8.Bobby WomackBaby I Can't Stand It 9.Etta JamesI'd Rather Go Blind 10.Syl JohnsonIs It Because I'm Black 11.Maxine BrownAll in My Mind 12.Robert RamseyLike It Stands 13.Irma ThomasWish Someone Would Care 14.Ray Gant & the Arabian KnightsDon't Leave Me Baby 15.Carla ThomasI Can't Take It 16.J R BaileyToo Far Gone To Turn Around 17.Bettye LaVetteLet Me Down Easy 18.Bobby BlandI'm Too Far Gone To Turn Around 19.Barbara & the BrownsI Don't Want To Have To Wait 20.The EnchantersI Paid for the Party 21.Rozetta JohnsonWho Are You Gonna Love (Your Woman Or Your Wife) 22.Rick James & FriendEbony Eyes 23.Doris Duke- He's Gone 24.The ImpressionsMy Deceiving Heart 25.Loretta WilliamsI'm Missing You

Volume 4[edit]

1.The Knight BrothersTemptation 'Bout To Get Me 2.Eddie & ErnieI Believe She Will 3.Matilda JonesI've Been Wrong Too Long 4.Bobby BlandI Pity The Fool 5.Chuck EdwardsI Need You 6.Ruby AndrewsJust Loving You 7.Clarence CarterSlip Away 8.Black Velvet – Is It Me You Really Love 9.Paul Kelly – The Day After Forever 10.Gladys Knight & the PipsGiving Up 11.Arthur ConleyI'm A Lonely Stranger 12.Jackie LeeI Love You 13.The MiraclesThe Tracks of My Tears 14.Roosevelt MatthewsYou Got Me Diggin' You 15.Doris DukeI Don't Care Anymore 16.Lawrence & JaibiYou Make Me Feel Good 17.Barbara Brown – Can't Find No Happiness 18.Garnet MimmsMy Baby 19.The WebsIt's So Hard To Break A Habit 20.Irma ThomasTime Is on My Side 21.Tony OwensThis Heart Can't Take No More 22.JaibiIt Was Like A Nightmare 23.Roy HamiltonThe Dark End of the Street 24.Jimmy RobinsI Made It Over 25.Bob & EarlDon't Ever Leave Me

Volume 5[edit]

1. The Soul City – "Who Knows" 2. Ronnie Taylor – "Without Love" 3. Big Maybelle – "Don't Pass Me By" 4. Helena Ferguson – "Where Is The Party" 5. Carolyn Sullivan – "Dead!" 6. Esther Phillips – "Home Is Where The Hatred Is" 7.The Masqueraders – "I Ain't Got To Love Nobody Else" 8.Mark IV – "I'll Be Right There (To Make Love To You)" 9.Kenny Carter – "I'm Not The One" 10.The Emotions – "Somebody New" 11.Barbara Lynn – "(Until Then) I'll Suffer" 12.Dee Dee Warwick – "Foolish Fool" 13.George Jackson – "My Desires Are Getting The Best Of Me" 14.James Carr – "These Ain't Raindrops" 15.Eddie & Ernie – "Standing at the Crossroads" 16.Betty Harris – "Can't Last Much Longer" 17.Gladys Knight & The Pips – "Lovers Always Forgive" 18.The Chantels – "Every Night (I Pray)" 19.Judy White – "Satisfaction Guaranteed" 20.Jerry Washington – "Right Here Is Where You Belong" 21.Lattimore Brown – "I Will" 22.René Bailey – "It's Too Late (For Tears)" 23.Zilla Mayes – "All I Want Is You" 24.Linda Jones – "What Can I Do (Without You)" 25.Z.Z. Hill – "Nothing Can Change The Love I Have For You"


  1. ^ Richard Williams Obituary: Dave Godin, The Guardian, 20 October 2004
  2. ^ "Jon Savage: interview with Dave Godin, February 1995". Archived from the original on 13 June 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2013.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  3. ^ a b c Phil Johnson Obituary: Dave Godin, The Independent, 20 October 2004]
  4. ^ a b Obituary: Dave Godin, The Daily Telegraph, 28 October 2004
  5. ^ For Dancers Only by Chris Hunt, Mojo [2002]

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