The Pain Gets A Little Deeper - The Complete Early Years 1965-1971 Darrow Fletcher


60s Soul
Catalogue Id:

This product is also available in these versions:
The Pain Gets A Little Deeper (MP3), MP3 (£7.99)

‘The Pain Gets A Little Deeper’ was the soul equivalent of Frankie Lymon’s ‘Why Do Fools Fall In Love’ – young, vulnerable, heart-felt vocals that belied the singer’s years. It entered the charts in January 1966 and catapulted the 14 year-old Darrow Fletcher to fame in the R&B world, particularly in his home city of Chicago. Elton John has cited the recording as one of the best soul records he has ever heard.

Darrow’s follow-ups were only local hits but many were of exceptional quality and his young age did not prevent him tackling some serious emotional subjects. In fact it was this notion of a kid dealing with the complexities of love that made his records so appealing. ‘My Judgement Day’ was an early example of combining soul and social issues over a sublime Chicago backing track and sensitive arrangement.

Darrow has a die-hard following of soul fans that see him as a very special talent; to a surprising amount of soul fans he is their favourite singer of all time. His records were massive on the European mod revival scene of the 80s and nearly all his Jacklyn and Groovy sides have fetched increasingly high prices on recent auctions; considered commonplace at one time, they are now held in respect. The stunning 1966 Detroit soul production ‘What Good Am I Without You’ recently rocketed in popularity and price, and it is currently the turn of ‘My Young Misery’ to be the talk of DJ and collector gatherings.

‘Infatuation’ and ‘What Have I Got Now’ are always hard to find and popular, while the more common ‘Changing By The Minute’ is recognised as a classic uptempo dance track, partly popularised from its inclusion on an early Kent LP. Like ‘The Pain Gets A Little Deeper’, ‘Gotta Draw The Line’ was one of the very first US 45s to be spun on the embryonic Northern Soul scene. The later 60s sides such as ‘Now Is The Time For Love’ and ‘I Like The Way I Feel’ appeal to those with a penchant for the funkier side of the music. Darrow could deliver haunting ballads such as ‘When Love Calls’, ‘My Judgement Day’ and ‘Little Girl’. ‘Those Hanging Heartaches’ is another slow romantic number that was popular on the Chicano soul scene; in fact all of his recordings have merit.

In the booklet, Chicago music expert Robert Pruter has contributed his usual informative notes, while I describe theUK’s fascination with this iconic soul man. The CD comprises Darrow’s complete releases up to 1971. Our earlier release “Cross Over Soul” (CDKEND 382) features all his recordings from the recommencement of his studio career in 1975.

By Ady Croasdell 


Track listing


Side 1

Delivery & Returns


We offer free P&P to UK addresses. For all other territories packaging is free and postage is charged on a weight basis.

We use Royal Mail First Class for UK deliveries and standard Air Mail for all other territories, very large orders will usually be sent via parcelforce. You may cancel your order at any time prior to your order being dispatched by emailing us at ensuring that you quote your name, address and order reference number or by telephoning +44 (0) 208 453 1311 between 9am and 5pm GMT/BST, Monday to Friday. Please note: As music downloads are dispatched immediately after purchase, there is no possibility of cancelling these orders.

In the event that any products supplied to you by us are damaged or defective, we agree to replace or repair the damaged or defective products or refund the amount you paid for such goods (including postage & packaging) providing you notify us (either via post at or e-mail: ) and return the goods within 28 days of purchase. Physical goods should be sent back to us in the same condition you received them to: “Returns” Ace Records, Such Close, Letchworth Garden City SG6 1JF, United Kingdom. Music downloads should be returned to us via the e-mail address above including a copy of your notification.

You have the right to cancel your order within seven days of purchase, or seven days of receipt of the goods (whichever is the longer). If you choose to cancel your order, full payment will be returned to you. Returned items should be sent to: “Returns” c/o Ace Records, Such Close, Letchworth Garden City SG6 1JF, United Kingdom. Music downloads should be returned to us via the email address: including a copy of your notice of cancellation and order number.

Press quotes


A superb compilation. ★★★★

Record Collector


Customer reviews


Related products

Customers who bought this item also bought