During the late 70’s and onwards leading Wigan Casino DJ Richard Searling had begun to move away from the more traditional four beats to the bar sound 60’s and was programming more soulful seventies, new and recent releases into his DJ set’s. One of the many records he championed was the b-side to a very obscure local Philly 45 release by the then unknown all male group, The Nu-Rons. Richard had obtained this elusive 45 from record dealer John Anderson on one of his many buying trips to John’s famous Soul Bowl emporium in Kings Lynn. At the time Richard Searling was not only famous for the constant stream of new 45 discoveries he was continually playing but also for the ingenious cover-up names he bestowed upon them. In this particular case The Nu-Rons began their life within the UK northern soul scene under the cover-up name of ‘Lamar Thomas & The Chains That Bind’ under the title of “All Of My Life (Spent Waiting For You)”. Such was the volume of new finds in that period that even the most popular records were subsequently dropped in favour of the next discovery. Following The Nu-Rons 45’s fall from grace on the wheels of steel, avid soul collectors would continue their search for this elusive 45. That was until following the birth of the genre later described as the ‘Crossover’ sound. The Nu-Rons soulful harmonies fitted the bill perfectly and with more copies now being in the hands of more DJ’s and collectors alike The Nu-Rons “All My Life” would in all probability reach the full height of it’s popularity and demand.
During 1975 the Nu-Ron’s entered the Sound Room studio in Upper Darby P. A. to record two more Campbell and Bowen songs, “Disco Hustle” and “Can’t Do Enough Girl”. “Disco Hustle” (Stage-Art 1001) was a new song prevalent to the shift towards the disco boom in Philly. While the b-side “Can’t Do Enough Girl” was a sweet soul ballad previously recorded during a demo session in 1971.
The Nu-Ron’s “All Of My Life” faired reasonably well locally in Philly although it would be through the record later finding its way to England and into the hands of first Northern Soul and later Crossover DJ’s that the 45 would achieve its greatest notoriety. While in recent years with the shift to a more funk orientated sound, their song Disco Hustle recorded under the artist name of ‘The Nu-Rons & Co has too grown in demand. Here before you now is the Nu-Ron’s two most in demand sides back to back for your delectation. The Nu-Ron’s are still working and recording today although as a group of three, with Raymond Gibson having sadly passed away.
- Soul Junction Records