Spilling over with this big, bodacious and oh-so-soulful sound, Dig A Little Deeper was the fourth single from the Leeds, UK band The Cherokees.
Fronted by the emotive powerhouse vocals of Tez Stokes, this Yorkshire band were formed in 1961 from the remnants of Johnny Chester’s backing band the Chessmen and started out by playing Shadows-styled music around Melbourne, Australia.
Signing with W&G Records, the Cherokees released two singles (including today’s soul nugget from 1965) and the rare Here Come the Cherokees album in 1965. Their career was relatively short-lived,however, and the group disbanded in 1968 after a new signing to Go! records, a label that subsequently collapsed leaving the band without a deal. Dig A Little Deeper brims with the promise of what this band would’ve achieved had their label not collapsed, it was the pinnacle of their efforts and I wonder how far they would have gone had this unfortunate turn of events not halted their career… Check it out above.
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