I'm on My Way (Dean Parrish song)

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"I'm on My Way"
Single by Dean Parrish
B-side"Watch Out"
GenreSoul, northern soul
Songwriter(s)Doug Morris, Eliot Greenberg

"I'm on My Way" is a song and single by American soul singer, Dean Parrish. Written by Doug Morris and Eliot Greenberg, it was first released in the US 1967 without any chart success.[1] It was released in the UK in 1975 and found chart success due to its popularity with the Northern soul scene.

Background and chart success[edit]

Released in the US in 1967 on the Laurie label, in the UK in the 1970s, "I'm on My Way" came to the attention of Russ Winstanley, a disc jockey at the Wigan Casino. He began playing the record and it became one of the more popular records at the venue.[2] It was re-released in 1975 on the UK Records label and was the last record to be played every week at the Wigan Casino.[3] The single reached number 38 in the UK Singles Chart in February 1975.[4] Wigan Casino's spin-off record label Casino Classics re-released it on the Three Before Eight EP in 1978 and Casino Classics: Chapter One compilation in 1979. The Wigan Casino closed in 1981 and "I'm on My Way" was the last record ever played there.[5] Parrish had remained unaware of the song's revival having stopped performing in the 1960s.[5]

Since its success, it has had a regular presence on Northern soul compilation albums, and is considered one of the most popular songs of the Northern soul genre.[6][7]


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  2. ^ John King (30 September 2011). Headhunters. Random House. pp. 284–. ISBN 978-1-4481-1258-6.
  3. ^ Paolo Hewitt (30 September 2011). Paul Weller — The Changing Man. Transworld. pp. 336–. ISBN 978-1-4464-9775-3.
  4. ^ "Dean Parrish". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  5. ^ a b "I'm On My Way:The Dean Parrish Story". BBC Radio 6 Music. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  6. ^ "I'm On My Way". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Northern Soul:The film soundtrack". Drowndedinsound.com. Archived from the original on 31 December 2014. Retrieved 31 December 2014.