Aug 8, 2014
Gwen Owens "Just Say You're Wanted (And Needed)"
I was doing a little research on something totally unrelated and learned that the label this Gwen Owens single was released, Velgo, was owned by a friend of my family. This record here was a 14 year old Gwen’s follow up to her ‘67 Detroit hit “I Lost A Good Thing” (which was also on the Velgo label.)
Not many heard this record because the pressing plant screwed up most of the copies during manufacturing making it play all warped. Most copies didn’t even make it out to stores and what was in the warehouse went to the trash.
The family friend has been dead for some years now. Every once in awhile he would talk about his music biz days but it was mostly stories of the biggest star he worked with, Jack Scott.
Gwen Owens had a national top 40 soul hit in 1969 with “Keep on Living.”