If you mention New York singer Lonzine Cannon to a Northern soul fan, the chances are he’ll say “Quit While I’m Ahead”, a fair to middling big city beater. But the rhythm and the background singers almost drown Lonzine out, and you have to listen to her other tracks to appreciate just what a fine, forceful vocalist she was. Her second 45 includes the tuneful “You Still Love Her” which is based on the chord changes for the Shirelles “Don’t Say Goodnight And Mean Goodbye”, and the flip is even better. I really like the easy paced No Man Is An Island because of the tasty “early soul” arrangement and because of Lonzine’s gritty performance. Just check out her excellent phrasing. But for me her best vocal came on her frist release - You Stayed Away Too Long, written by Joe “Talk To Me” Seneca. This is a really fine ballad which features some excellent piano work and a really heartfelt delivery from Lonzine, using a super gruff tone. A tune to savour.