The Golden World Story
The Musicians

George McGregor, Don Davis and Clarence McLoud 
at the Frolic
Photograph courtesy of Graham Finch

Outstanding records like "Agent Double-O-Soul" could not be put together without outstanding musicians.

Detroit had them aplenty, leaving this chapter virtually impossible.

One thing's sure however, the Funk Brothers played a big part in putting some of these sounds together.

JoAnne recalls "Everyone who worked for us that was a Motown musician, you had to get them at 3-4 o'clock in the morning. Berry would have had a fit if he knew what was going on. We couldn't have Holland/Dozier/Holland around or anything like that, however. He wouldn't let them work for Golden World or anywhere else for that matter. They would get fined.

Anyway, Ed would go into the studio and way against Joanne Jackson's wishes dish out booze to the musicians.

I said how do you expect those records to come out right?"

Well, turn out right they did, and this was another simple example of Ed Wingate being one shrewd guy. Not only did he keep the troops sweet, he also paid their fines.

He was also extremely generous as testified by a number of people I have spoken to in Detroit.

Bob Babbitt has fond memories of playing at Golden World, "I met Bob d'Orleans for the first time at Golden World. Agent Double-O-Soul was my first session.

One thing that stood out about Golden World's studio, was  that you always got a great sound. The bass sound stood up there right next to the Hitsville bass sound. It probably made Berry Gordy nervous." 

Dennis Coffey's first recordings may well have been the Volkano items associated with John Rhys. He did however play on some classics, such as "Stop her on sight", "Real humdinger", "Daddy O" and a significant number of Fantastic 4 recordings.

In his excellent book, "Guitars, bars and Motown superstars"  Dennis recalls that sessions were operating on a similar basis to Motown. Three or four songs per session, a session lasting for three hours and pay running at $60 per session. Financially he felt studio work was the way forward.

"Once I got the call from Golden World, I was over there almost everyday playing on sessions.  We also did night sessions for Jimmy Bishop and LaBaron Taylor and recorded for the Reflections and other acts.  Mike Theodore and I did road arrangements for the Fantastic Four and played on 'The whole world is a stage' amongst others. "

Our photograph on this page shows the Don Davis Trio, which comprised George McGregor on drums, Don Davis on guitar and Clarence McLoud on keyboards.

As well as engineering and producing, Don was also playing guitar on some Golden World sessions. Apparently Davis's work was paid in studio time which allowed him to work on recordings for his own label.

George was a regular feature too. He was also a talented songwriter and producer turning out songs like "Mr Soul Satisfaction" for Timmy Willis on Sidra/Veep after leaving Golden World.

These three guys would also write and produce the San Remo Golden Strings, "I'll be satisfied", which was released on Ric-Tic108.



Notes by David Meikle

This website is dedicated to Detroit, Soul Music, 45 RPM, Northern Soul and the great Motown era of Detroit Musics. It covers Golden World, Tamla, Wheelsville, Robert West, Darrell Banks, Johnnie Mae Matthews, Rose Battiste, Tera Shirma, Fred Bridges, Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Edwin Starr, Funk Brothers, Dennis Coffey, Bob Babbitt, James Jamerson, Twisted Wheel, Wiggan Casino and many more Detroit Souls topics.