Ken Handler’s Hollywood based Canterbury label was full of pop discs so soul singer Johnny Moffett was the exception – and his 45s are the only ones in the catalogue that I could really recommend. Moffett’s first release combined the slow R & B “Come On Home” with the uptempo “You’re The One” which has had some recognition on Northern dance floors. But it is second single that really delivers the goods.
“I Found Joy” is another slab of heavy soul cum R & B and the other side is a classic high quality deep soul ballad. I’d rate Send Her Home To Me pretty high on the list of West Coast winners – it has a super emotion filled vocal from Johnny and a lovely “southern” feel to the arrangement. Great horn section well forward in the mix, especially the fine baritone sax work. One to listen to time and again.
UPDATE ~ Both Davie Gordon and Naoya Yamauchi have been in touch to say that the John Westley on Corsair is the same singer as Moffett, whose full name was John Westley Moffett. This 45 has been added to the discography. "Youre the one" is the same song as the Canterbury release but a different recording. Whether the John Wesley (Westley) on Vivid/Melic and Renfro is the same singer is an interesting question. To my ears they don't sound as though that's the case - but does anybody know for certain?
I'm grateful to Davie and Naoya for getting in touch.
As JOHNNY WESTLEY
I love you / You're the one ~ CORSAIR 115 (early 60s?)
As JOHNNY MOFFETT
Come on home / You’re the one ~ CANTERBURY 510 (1967)
I found joy / Send her home to me ~ CANTERBURY 518 (1967)