Now this is rare soul. Donnie Elbert’s career started strong the late ’50s, working in doo-wop groups and reaching #12 with his solo “What Can I Do?” In ’66, Elbert reportedly moved to the UK. Rare soul dealer John Manship picks up the story:
Donnie, visiting Britain circa 1967, teams up with the prolific Soul-Minded Keith Mansfield to craft a worthy version of The Temptations classic “Get Ready.” CBS led with “Get Ready” that received some alternative spins of the scene over the years.
The tune was later included on Groov’y Baby, the 1968 collection from CBS UK’s soul specialist imprint Direction Records—from which this was culled—yet it’s never been released in the US.
Elbert would return to the US at the decade’s end, and to the charts in ’71 with a cover of The Supremes’ ”Where Did Our Love Go?”
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