Wigan's Chosen Few

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The obscure Canadian group Chosen Few had a single on Canadian-American in 1967 and originally released the surf-styled song ‘Footsee’ in 1968 in the USA on Roulette. It vanished without trace, but…
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The obscure Canadian group Chosen Few had a single on Canadian-American in 1967 and originally released the surf-styled song ‘Footsee’ in 1968 in the USA on Roulette. It vanished without trace, but then at the height of the Britain’s northern soul craze, it reappeared when entrepreneur Simon Soussan discovered that its instrumental b-side, when sped up, made a wonderful northern soul record and he pressed some copies under the cover-up name the Sounds Of Soul. Dave McAleer’s Disco Demand label picked up the rights to the track, added sounds from the 1966 FA Cup Final and the sound of a steam hammer and sped it up to match Soussan’s version. Island Records insisted the act’s name be changed (as they represented reggae group the Chosen Few) and McAleer added the prefix Wigan’s as a tribute to the area where the record was already hitting. It shot into the UK Top 10 and exuberant northern soul dancing (a fore-runner of breakdancing) was seen for the first time nationwide when a group of selected club-goers danced to it on BBC television’s Top Of The Pops. Roulette knew nothing about the group or how to tell them of their success. Since they had recorded no more tracks for them a follow-up was never released.