Rare Frank Wilson 45 up for auction

by Modculture 4 February, 2009

The most sought-after soul record of all time is to be auctioned next month.
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Frank Wilson wrote and recorded Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) in 1965 and 6 demo copies were pressed up on Soul, the Motown subsidiary label, ahead of its scheduled release in November of that year. However Motown boss Berry Gordy wasn’t that impressed with the perfomrance of the song, and suggested Wilson stick to songwriting and producing. Copies were, as usual, ordered to be destroyed, but some (if not all six of them) survived. Only two copies were known to exist for certain in collecting circles, with Gordy himself claiming to also own one. However more copies have always rumoured to exist, and many stories and myths exist about them.

The song became very popular when it made its way onto the northern soul scene of England in the 1970s, and the legend of the single has grown since. Collector Kenny Burrel famously paid £15,000 for his copy in 1996, but this new third copy should go for a much higher price than that. The record is to be sold via the John Manship auction site between March 14th and April 8th. If you are thinking of bidding on it you best have extremely deep pockets….

All terms and conditions of the sale, and an article on the 45, will be inside the John Manship Motown 50th anniversary auction catalogue. This contains a plethora of sought-after Motown-related vinyl that is for sale. The catalogue is available to order for £5 from here.