|LOVE & DESIRE: THE
Any American cultural archaeologist will tell you, there’s nobody more fervent about our musical history than the Britons! In this
case, while Top 20 soul hits find themselves in a eternal loop of existence on mainstream oldies radio stations and
commercials, the rest of these ‘hits’ seems to have been dropped off the face of these American shores…which sadly included
Patrice Holloway’s recorded output…and been picked up in the UK in the hands of dedicated collectors and fans.
Even forgotten semi-hits, either reissued exclusively for the UK market or precious original pressings (“prrrrrrecioussssss!!”),
have found new life in jukeboxes, discothèques, bars, record shows, music magazines and radio airwaves (legal and illegal)
and the more obscure the artist, the higher their cult status will be placed…all of which finally lead to Holloway’s 2011 official
and digital release: ‘Love & Desire: The Patrice Holloway Anthology’, a 23-track single CD collection of her output for Motown
and Capitol Records put out by one of the UK’s leading re-issue labels, Kent Records.
While this collection is crammed with A and B sided gems with about 10 unreleased tracks, there are a couple of loop holes to
briefly mention here; ‘Don’t Pretend’ is not included and her Los Angeles-based hit ‘Do The Del Vikings’ was included in her
sister’s 2009 CD collection ‘Brenda Holloway – The Early Years: Rare Recordings 1962-1965’ and not here for mysterious
Nitpicking aside, this is a great collection for not
just Josie fans but for 1960’s soul fans in
general. Instead of boring you here, I’ll refer you to
Don Charles Hampton’s detailed critique of this
CD on the blog, Pop Culture Cantina, for the
lowdown in this section. Let’s just say, whatever
he says goes double for me. Besides, he’s a far
What can be mentioned here is the incredible 20-
page booklet that accompanies this package. The
book is littered with rare photos of Patrice in
various stages of her career as a lead and
background singer (with one of her backing up
Aretha Franklin!), session player and, yup, as a
Pussycat. There are also testimonials from
friends and family.
Between these photos and testimonials, Dennis
Garvey’s liner notes details Patrice’s life and
career; discovery, recording, singles (few hits and
more misses), her relationship with Motown and
Capitol, her writing output and pretty much
everything in between. It reads as a chapter from
a book of forgotten music cult figures.
|While her solo recording career might have dried up as her singles
failed to chart, she was able to fall back on her active song writing
schedule, session work and the occasional Las Vegas gig. She even
became a businesswoman by buying and managing apartment
buildings all over Los Angeles.
Patrice’s story might not have a happing ending as she developed
inherited mental hearth issues and much later died of a heart attack in
2006, her family and friends who were interviewed for this set prefer to
focus on all the music and love that she gave and left behind…and if this
small but plentiful package is any indication, there were a lot of good
music and great vibes that were shared….and now it will continue to do
so with the rest of the world.