YOURS TRULY


This page looks at Truly's exceptional recordings during the late 1960s, and features some of the records which Truly made with Decca and MGM.


There is also a list of all of Truly's recordings , and some excellent pictures of Truly's E.Ps, Truly's 45 RPM records, and some magazine and publicity photographs from the time.


It is quite hard to find copies of Truly's records, and they often attract high prices in good condition.


Also featured below is Truly Smith on The Ronnie Tober Show, with many thanks to Ronnie for this information and for some excellent photographs.




TRULY SMITH'S RECORDINGS

TRULY'S  RECORDS


Here is a list of Truly's record releases, beginning with Decca.


Truly's real name was Josephine Taylor, and first began singing professionally for Noel Walker's Stompers, following which she was signed to Decca Records.



Here are Truly's Decca releases:


Love is me, love is you/ My smile is just a frown turned upside down         Mar 1966


I love him/ Buttermilk Hill                                                                                   Jun  1966


Take a broken heart/Windows and doors                                                        Jan  1967


You are the love of my life/ The merry-go-round is slowing you down    Sept 1967


Kiss tomorrow goodbye/ Windows and doors    (Dutch issue)                      May 1967


I wanna go back there again/ Window cleaner                                                Aug 1967


The boy from Chelsea/ Little man with a stick                                               Nov 1967



Truly's MGM releases via Mike Hurst:


This is the first time/ Taking time off                                                             Sept 1968



FRENCH E.P. WITH DECCA


Truly also had an E.P. released through Decca in France with four tracks, (See below), including :


Love is me, love is you/ My smile is just a frown turned upside down/ You are the love of my life/ He belongs to me.





Some of Truly's recordings can be found on some compilation CDs, including "The Girls' Scene", (Shown on the left).


There are also some of Truly's recordings on "The Northern Soul Scene" CD,  "Mike Hurst" CD,  and "Rare Mod" CD,  which are pictured below.


However, not all of Truly's great recordings are yet on a dedicated CD of her own.



CATALOGUE NUMBERS OF TRULY'S RECORDS


Here are the catalogue numbers of Truly's records:



F12373  -  Love is me, love is you

F12415   -  I love him

F12489  -  You are the love of my life

F12554  -  Windows and doors

F12645  -  I wanna go back there again

F12700  - The boy from Chelsea

AT 15 063 - Kiss tomorrow goodbye (Dutch release)


MGM 1431 - This is the first time

457.115 M  -  French E.P. (Decca)


On the left is a Decca "New Releases" sheet showing Truly's release "The boy from Chelsea" on 24th November, 1967.

Here are some more of Truly's photographs from her time when she was recording in the 1960s.


These  were  photographs  from 1968, when Truly made her final recording with MGM.



Truly's records are well produced, well sung, and Truly should have been a major star in the 1960s, and what a pity that her music career was so short!

RONNIE TOBER


Many thanks to Ronnie Tober, who sang with Truly in the Knokke Song Festival, for sending in these great pictures of Truly. Here are Ronnie's comments. On the left: The winning Knokke team.

Here is Ronnie's summary from his email:


"I sang with Truly Smith in my own Dutch TV show for the AVRO TV in the Netherlands.  I also was with her in Knokke Belgium, when she won the Knokke Song Festival with Eden Kane, Engelbert Humperdinck, etc.  Our Dutch came in second, we had a wonderful week in Knokke, Belgium with Marcel Stellman.  


Here are two pictures, the one of Truly and I, in the Ronnie Tober Show in 1967, and the winning Knokke team.                                                                         

All the best from the Netherlands.      Ronnie Tober"      




Ronnie Tober with Truly Smith on Ronnie's own Dutch television show.



"The Ronnie Tober Show", 1967.


A great Truly Smith photograph.



With many thanks to Ronnie Tober.



Photograph from 1967.


Another great picture of Truly.



Many thanks to Ronnie Tober for these excellent memories of Truly.



Below are some great newspaper clippings which Ronnie has sent in of Truly in the late 1960s.

Many of Truly's records show an exceptional versatility, style, and tone in her voice.


From the Northern Soul favourite of "I wanna go back there again", the up-beat "Love is me, love is you",  the powerful ballad "You are the love of my life",  the wonderful "The boy from Chelsea", to Truly's great interpretation of the Bacharach and David song "Windows and doors", Truly's voice shines through as a versatile and powerful vocalist.


Truly's records are hard to find, but her musical legacy lives on, and demonstrates the true vocal talent of one of popular music's finest female singers of the 1960s.


Below:  Truly's Decca release "My smile is just a frown turned upside down", and her final recording, released on MGM,  "This is the first time".


TRULY SMITH ON FACEBOOK



Here is a link to Truly's Facebook Tribute page,  which contains some excellent videos and information about Truly's career, and some great comments about Truly's music:-




https://www.facebook.com/pages/UK-Singer-Truly-Smith/172466166192681



Below: Courtesy of Truly Smith's Tribute Page on Facebook.

THE OFF-SHORE STATIONS OF THE 1960s


Radio 270 had Truly's record "I wanna go back there again" as their Record of the Week, just before the station closed down, following the introduction of The Marine Offences Bill in 1967.


The off-shore stations provided excellent music in the 1960s, with Radio Caroline staying on air until 3rd March, 1968. (See picture of Radio Caroline below).


Radio London on 266 metres Medium Wave also had Truly's "I wanna go back there again" in their final Radio London chart, (The final Radio London Fab 40), before the station closed down in August, 1967.


The Marine Offences Bill forced many of the off-shore stations to close down after the Bill was passed on 14th August, 1967.




BELOW:  THE RADIO CAROLINE SHIP, A RADIO LONDON CLUB STICKER AND PHOTOGRAPH OF THE RADIO LONDON SHIP.

Here are some more images of Truly Smith's records.


On the left is Buttermilk Hill, F. 12415 from 1966.


This track was produced by Noel Walker.




Below is a Demo record of Truly's  from 1968.


It is a Mike Hurst production "This is the First Time".


It is an MGM record No. MGM 1431.



Below again  is "I love him" from 1966.


It is on the other side of "Buttermilk Hill".


Again, this track was produced by Noel Walker.



LOOKING FOR TRULY'S RECORDS

DIANE IS LOOKING FOR TRULY'S MUSIC

I AM LOOKING FOR POSTAL PENPALS ONLY FROM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. I LIVE AT:
18 DOWNSIDE CRES, ALLERTON , BRADFORD BD15 7LE ENGLAND.  
I WANT DONATIONS OF ANY VINYL TRULY SMITH RECORDS . ANY ONE CAN SEND FREE OF CHARGE. A STAMPED ADDRESSED ENVELOPE GUARANTEES A REPLY.
I SELDOM USE A COMPUTER, SO EMAIL PENPALS ARE A WASTE OF TIME. I WANT TO MEET UP EVENTUALY.  I AM 42 AND SINGLE .  REFLEXOLOGY IS MY OTHER HOBBY, WHICH IS MASSAGING ESSENTIAL OILS INTO THE HANDS AND FEET.
IT IS CALMING, SOOTHING, RELAXING, RELIEVES STRESS AND RELAXES YOU.  YOU WILL NOT BE DISSAPOINTED OR EVER REGRET IT. 
LET US HIT THE HIGH NOTES TOGETHER AND MAKE SWEET MUSIC.  IF YOU WERE THE SUN AND I WERE THE SUN, THERE WOULD BE A TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART VERY SOON, AND THATS A PROMISE .
MUSIC IS MY BUSINESS AND TRULY RULES FOREVER !