Formed in Dundee, Scotland in 1964 when three members of the Johnny Hudson Hi-Four - Johnny Hudson (b. Johnny Moran; vocals), Doug Martin (guitar) and John Casey (drums) - were joined by Chick Taylor (bass). The Poor Souls were one of Scotland’s most authentic soul-influenced groups, taking inspiration from the ‘uptown’ style of the Drifters and Garnet Mimms. They made their debut on Decca Records in 1965 with ‘When My Baby Cries’, a ballad written by Lesley Duncan. It was succeeded in 1966 by a stylish Doug Martin original, ‘Love Me’, on Alp Records. This dramatic recording drew favourable comparisons with Unit 4 + 2, with whom the Poor Souls shared a manager, John L. Barker. The Dundee act spent much of the mid-60s working in American air bases in East Anglia. However, they failed to make a commercial breakthrough and, when Alp Records folded in 1966, were unable to secure another recording contract. A subsequent residency in Rome failed to reverse this situation and the Poor Souls split up in 1967.
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