Helena Ferguson – Where Is The Party?

3rd November 2021 · 1960s, 1967, Music, Soul

Here’s another Deep Soul deep cut from back in the Summer of Love, 1967 – the only hit for Helena Ferguson. And here’s a piece of pop trivia – the backing band is The Ohio Players.

Someone really should dig this up from the vaults and give it a new life in a movie – the impassioned vocal and dramatic arrangement are just made for it.

First formed in 1959 as The Ohio Untouchables, The Ohio Players had moved to Detroit and enjoyed an early hit backing doo wop group The Falcons in 1961.

They broke up soon afterwards and reformed with a different line-up, focusing on what would become their trademark of slinky horn-powered grooves.

Before that, they were hired as the house band for a New York label, Compass Records, and this was their first job – backing Ms Ferguson.

Helena herself doesn’t even merit a Wiki entry so details of her brief career are scarce, but she recorded a few other singles, including the classic Northern Soul stomper My Terms, another called The Loneliness (Is Coming Again) and by far her best number, Don’t Spoil Our Good Thing, which sadly can’t even be found on YouTube.

She went on to marry actor Lincoln Kilpatrick, founding a drama school in Hollywood with him.