The Exits [Bonici Archives]
“Widespread British interest in soul music developed after the advent of rock and roll from the mid-1950s and the subsequent interest in American music. In the early 1960s, rhythm and blues, including soul, was particularly popular among some members of the beat music boom, including the Beatles, and among bands of who contributed to the British blues boom, including the Spencer Davis Group, the Small Faces, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks and the Who. Most of these were popular with members of the Mod subculture, out of which grew the northern soul movement, in which northern English youths avidly collected and played rare soul records.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_soul
There was a plitria of American black soul singers and musicians who made deep impressions in modern western culture http://rateyourmusic.com/list/goldwax317/1960s_soul_music__my_personal_top_500/ whilst lesser known British bands were putting their own stamp on “soul” music.
The Copycats [aka My Dear Watson] by Fiddler’s Bow at Port Knockie near their homes in neighboring Buckie, Scotland.
Whilst The Copycats who trained under jazz band leader Alex. Sutherland and began with pop songs in ’63, were dubbed “instigators of soul”
in a British music magazine (Progressive, NS- 1 July ’67) there were many British and American bands who toured Scotland and the UK. Like beat music, soul music became popular in Scotland as with the whole of the UK.
The Rolling Stones and the Animals are amongst top British band who injected soul into their unique sound. Alan Price who founded the Alan Price Combo, The Animals, and the Alan Price Set had a bluesy, soulful sound going on. I Put A Spell On You [Alan Price]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQ4ZGGt-1rs
Alan Price [top left]
Dusty Springfield who was first introduced in the British scene as folk singers The Springfields, was a fan of Motown and became known for her soulful tunes. “In 1964 Springfield became the first British Invasion act after the Beatles to chart well in the US. A string of US and British hits followed. In 1965 Springfield hosted a television show The Sound of Motown which has been widely credited with introducing what was called “The Sound of Young America” to British audiences.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_soul#1960s
Equals became best known for their ’60s hit, “Baby, Come Back” though continued to develop a following in the early ’70s
Equals intro page sent to promoters in early 1970s
Though hailed from Bermudia and the USA, they were a ’60s r&b and soul band signed with Gale Agency London in early ’70s “best of contempory rhythm ‘n blues/soul and featuring the outstanding talents of Tina Ray”
The Foundations were amongst the British soul bands who performed in Scotland when mixed race bands were considered a novelty.