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A Night Of Real A.T.B Northern Soul... 60ts, 70ts,

RnB & Motown

4th SATURDAY IN THE MONTH

Saturday 26th Of October

8:00pm Till Late

CITY CENTRE SOUL

AT

THE BLACK LION

SALFORD

MANCHESTER M3 5BZ

£3.00 ON THE DOOR

Resident DJ WITH

THIS MONTHS SPECIAL GUESTS

CLARENCE MITCHELL

Oldham Community Radio DJ

PLUS

FRANKIE M

Altrigham, Manchester

100% Vinyl / 100% Dancing

INFO... Venue: 07762563552

Dave: 07905676181 Sue: 07870612890

The Black Lion, Chapel Street, Salford,

Manchester M3 5BZ

5 Mins Arndale Centre, 5 Mins Victoria, 10 Mins Piccadilly

No Entry After 11:00pm

Limited Free Parking On The Street Outside The Venue,

Or Cheap Carpark 2 Minutes Round The Corner,

Travel Lodge 1 Minute Up The Street

Hey Everybody This Is Our Video From Last Years Fantastic Soul Nights At "The Black Lion". Hope We Can Do It All Again This Year In 2013....

See Who You Can Spot ??

Here's a reminder of our City Centre Soul event in August 2013. Great night, fantastic attendance and feedback, great work by all the DJs....see you all again on Saturday 26th of October (4th Sat)


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looking forward to another great night  at the Black Lion ,see you out and about  and dont forget to mark your diaries folks 

Cheers

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Hi Everybody,

   great responce so far to the next C.C.S. Soul Night on the 22nd of next month. Well done & a massive thanks to all who've flyered for us & helped out with promoting the "New Venue". Miss T'll be posting another one of her Video's from Christmas plus a few pics from all our nights last year any time in the next few weeks, so keep checking us out for that & more info ect..... Russ'll be joining in the fun again with more madness, jokes & banter during his Record Round Up near'er to the 22nd of Feb too.

   Gonna be a crackin' night me thinks when we're joined behind the decks by Special Guest DJ "Paul Welsby" (The Nu Beat Club Manchester), me & the Team are all really up for it as our next night draws nearer.

   For more info & loads more great pics from C.C.S's adventures all over the UK, check us out on our Facebook Page :- City Centre Soul Nites (when you get there don't forget to click Like This Page....lol) .

   Cheers Folks, speak again soon, Woody & Miss T  :hatsoff2:  :wave:

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Dont forget us on the 26th of October ,packing more punch than the Ricky Hatton fight with less blood and bruises, unless Frank fall's over again while dancing, then that'll probably make two of us .....  :hatsoff2:

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Yes cant risk another visit to A&E !! , but time is flying by and  a very busy few months ahead  with a couple of CCS nights left for

2013 ,what a great year it has been so far , made possible by you guys supporting the event ,good on ya !!!!! and see you on  26th

October

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Hi Evedrybody,
don't forget to drop in to the Black Lion on Saturday the 26th of next month & see whats going off.... Two great guest DJ's playing 60ts Soul, RnB, Motown & a few 70ts thrown in for good measure. Music to die for, nice friendly atmosphere, crackin' room & decently priced Real ales (loads of guest beers).
Come & check us out 8:00pm while 2:00am Saturday the 26th of October, see you there Folks.....

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Hey Everybody,

  don't forget C.C.S @ The Black Lion Salford on the 26th of next month.

  Soul & then some......   See you the 26th Guys   :hatsoff2: 

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Sometimes i cannot decide if i love northern soul as much as i love Cask ales , but hey !! , at the Black Lion on the 26th

you can get both !! , its  a rare event indeed to find fine ales with fine music in one place and what a  soul room we have here .

See you soon

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Hi Folks,

   think the music played at our venue has broken the boundaries of your average soul night, whilst keeping with our across the board  policy .Many is the time  i have heard someone say " not heard that for a while " and i believe we offer  a mixed selection that changes but includes favourite tunage of the soul folk who attend , all new faces are always welcome and  they do come down on a regular basis ,after all we offer a late licence ,three Djs and all for £ 3 and for a venue in the middle of the city ,that aint bad

Cheers

 

P.S. £3 for three DJs thats 2.75 for Woody and our special guest and 25p for Me ,great value !!!

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Cheers you two , anyone in manchester saturday afternoon should get down to Beatin Rhytham , John Ellison from Soul Brothers Six

will be there , but speak to Carl for more detail and get that 45 signed !!! , on the subject of record buying  a few more added to my playlist this month and for a change ( as i always seem to pay over the odds ) a few bargains as well , picked up a nice copy of Holland and Dozier -New Breed Kinda Woman  a modern floor filler  and not easy to see , accidentally picked up another copy of Carl Carlton  " competition " and if any of our regular CCS jocks want it they can have it  for free !! , seen a copy of Frankie and the classicals " what shall i do " with spoken intro  ( a must ! ) and will be trying to buy it as another on my wants list

anyway , whatever you do do it with soul , cheers

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looking forward to doing a spot at Alans 60th this saturday , a great supporter of soul nights in the manchester area  , so happy birthday

Alan and see you saturday 

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Well a big hi to you all.

 

I've come in just a tad earlier this time simply because as alway there is so much going off at the moment, as summer turns to autumn and the lawn at home is more or less getting it final cut of the year we can rest assured as lots of things are stating to go to sleep for the winter yet the team at City Centre Soul are very much wide awake and working feverishly to bring you all yet another top night of fantastic music at The Black Lion. Here is just a taster of what is on Woody's October play list .

 

September Jones "Stuttering Sam" Kent Records (UK only release)

 

Originally a 100 Club 33rd Anniversary single of a rare and previously unissued Northern dancer (and using the same backing as Miki Farrow "Set My Mind At Ease" On Karate records)  i'm guessing that the track dates from around the mid 60's and was forgotten and hidden away in the record vaults of independent label Kapp Records and seeing the light of day only recently (just going to show how much great stuff was about then when records like this get passed over)

 

Okay so i know that the lyrics might now raise an eyebrow or two but that aside this is a great chunk of real Northern Soul, with a tight and tidy vocal by September Jones this one moves along like a pitbull on acid, well backed in all directions with even a key change or two thrown in for good measure showing a nice helping of tenor sax and pretty comprehensive brass section in full support this might be the next "BIG THING" and is tipped to be so by Woody himself if you're fancing a copy of this perhaps it might be the time to buy one just before the price soar, remember Martha Reeves' "No One There" once a 50p clearence disc. At the moment anything under £100 for this one and you've got youreself a bargin.

 

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Hi Folks,

  just letting you know C.C.S 'll be playing the music at Alan Coulton's 60th Birthday Bash this coming Saturday.

  Big thankyou to Alan for allowing Me the honour of organising the music & the DJ's.

  Have a realy great Birthday Alan, best wishes Woody & Sue xx 

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Hi Everyone

Yes looking forward to Celebrating Alans 60th , being a mere youngster myself hope i look as great as Alan when i hit

the big one !!!!  , watched the BBC2 culture show  last night , i suppose if it brings new blood through the doors then

its a great thing and something we always encourage at CCS .

cheers

PS i am 58 and got a dodgy leg , if i had been a horse i would have been taken out and you know what !!

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Know what you mean Frank,

  most days my back feels like it's in three pieces. Smashed my left arm, left  leg & my back in a motorcycle accident a lot of years ago, I get through most weeks on a cocktail of pain killers. If I were a dog I'd have been put out of my misery years ago. The morning after we've been out dancing it takes me ages to stand up straight & walk comfortably, but you just have to grit your teeth &...... Never mind eh, we can still show em how it's done..... (lol)

  Catch you soon Buddy,   :hatsoff2:

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Hi Everybody,

   great responce so far to the next C.C.S. Soul Night on the 26th of next month well done & a massive thanks to all who've flyered for us & helped out with promoting . Miss T'll be posting another one of her Video's from August any time in the next few weeks, so keep checking us out for that & more info ect..... Russ'll be joining in the fun again with more madness, jokes & banter during his Record Round Up near'er to the 26th too.

   Gonna be a crackin' night me thinks when we're joined behind the decks by Special Guest DJ "Clarence Mitchell", me & the Team are all realy up for it as next night draws nearer.

   For more info & loads more great pics from C.C.S's adventures all over the UK, check us out on our Facebook Page :- City Centre Soul at the Black Lion (when you get there don't forget to click Like....lol) .

   Cheers Folks, speak again soon, Woody & Miss T  :hatsoff2:  :wave:

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Its friday and the start of the weekend . so if you are steppin out , make it a soul night  folks

cheers

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Well a very good evening team from yet another warm and sunny day from this side of the Snake Pass,  Sometimes they're occasions when a certain record takes you back a little here is one that has done just that.

 

The Drifters "This Magic Moment" Atlantic Records

 

"This magic moment, so different and so new
Was like any other until I kissed you
And then it happened, it took me by surprise
I knew that you felt it too, by the look in your eyes"

 

So with lyrics so strong they could even bring tears to a glass eye we have only the begining of a true musical masterpiece but there is even far more to this 1960 classic than superb penmanship from Doc Pomus and pianist Mort Shuman, coming from the one of the greatest and most successful soul outfits of all time and with lead vocals by Ben E King you wonder just how much better can this record get.

 

From the very first seconds of this track you are pulled into it by a host of sweeping strings and then the oh so sweet vocal by Ben E King that lifts this track to another level with fantastic production vaules and impressive backing harmonies i really can't speak too highly of this track an all time favorite and if you want song magic in less than three minutes look no further than this a mid-tempo floater a great play at anytime but what a record to finish the night on.

 

And just a little item to mention a record that comes with this great quote by Woody when i asked him if this was a big record at the moment he replied "It is at The Black Lion" couldn't have put it better myself.

 

 

Russ CCS Sheffield

 
 

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the sun is shining here in Altrincham , records selected for later , a few weeks to CCS at the black lion , but CCS will be out and about at our regular pit stops  before then ,not forgetting the Greatstone Hotel 1st saturday of the month with Bury Masonic the day after 

good times KTF

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Hi Russ,

  I've said this before & I'll say it again, "you're an absolute mind of information, you could make a good living do these reviews". They're all excellent & so entertaining, talk about craftmanship. Russ "The Encyclopedia Of Northern Soul".

  Thats a "great" track Buddy, so right for "now", popcorn seems tobe the "In Thing" at the moment, nice one.

  

  Much more to come from Our Man in Sheffield between now & Saturday the 19th of April.....

  Don't forget to come down on the night & see whats going off at The Old Nags Head 

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Argh ta Woody,

 

You're too kind but always wonder if i hear the same as everyone else and when to use the phrase "up tempo dancer" instead of amphetamine fulled drive-by shooting" it can be hard at times to make the right choice but normally "up tempo dancer" is the prefered wording.

 

Well we seem to be having somewhat of an Indian summer at the moment (and i'm not complaining) and that reminds of thie short story.

 

A married couple is fast asleep in bed when suddenly the phone rings. The groggy husband answers it, expecting the worst. After listening a few seconds, he shouts, "How should I know? Who do you think I am, the weather man?" and slams down the receiver.

"Who was that?" asks his wife.

"I don't know; some bloke wanting to know if the coast is clear."

 

Okay so without further ado here are a couple of tracks from Black Lion mainstay the one and only Frankie "M" so take it away Frankie

 

Ruby Winters  "I Don't Want To Hurt Nobody" Diamond Records

 

From the same person that brought us the 1977 No 4 UK hit "I Will" on the British Independent Creole record label comes this energetic number from 1969 recorded on the New York Diamond label, from the opening bars you can tell this is going to be very much an old school Northern Soul, a fast and pacey dancer peppered with enough breaks for back drops and spins to keep even the fittest of dancers in overdrive. With a raw vocal by Ruby and a solid musical production and there is a lot of it going on from thumping horns to a pounding drum beat this is most certainly one hell of a 100 mph stomper, and for you trivia junkies outthere Britian's own Des O'Connor had a single released on Diamond "I Pretend" in 1968.

 

Wilson Pickett "Let Me Be Your Boy" Correct Tone Records (original release) Verve Records (2nd release) Cub Records (3rd release) MGM Records UK release.

 

Well after Wilson's massive world wide hit with "The Midnight Hour" MGM who owned the rights to his earlier recordings re-activated this cut from 1962,  and i'm going out on a limb here but i'm going to say this sounds to me like a pretty fast paced take on early Reggae music (okay or maybe i should say is it more Ska/Blue Beat rather than Raggae) but oh does it work and creates a catchy beat with some nicely worked in sweeping strings with a great performance by Wilson Pickett showing a nice vocal range and far less harsh than the said "Midnight Hour" and just to sweeten the mixture the backing vocal singers on this track are by no others than and some might say "The Ultimate Girl Group" Motown Records The Supremes and musical backing no doubt by many Motown musicians moonlighting from Mr Gordy's stable (The Funk Brothers will no doubt be in there somewhere as well) and off course all uncredited a truly early and fantastic Detroit sound!

 

 

Russ CCS Sheffield

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Another great post Russ,

superb & what a superb record too. Frank played it at Alan Coulton's  60th Birthday party on Saturday to a packed dance floor & rapturous applause when it finished, says it all me thinks.....

 Can't wait for the 26th of Oct to hear if Frank has anymore surprises for us, see you there Folks, Woody   :hatsoff2:

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Saturday February 22nd At The Old Nags Head,

Lloyd St/Jacksons Row (just off Deansgate ), 

Central Manchester M2 5WD

 

This month alongside Myself, Miss T & Our regular Warm Up Man Frank are joined by Special Guest DJ Paul Welsby (The Nu Beat Club), so come & enjoy good company, great friendly atmosphere & some of the finest soul around.

  Our continuing policy is to bring our supporters quality sounds from "back in the day", right up to "current plays", all on lovely original vinyl  :thumbsup: .

  No politics, no ego's, just Soulful sounds, friendship & crackin night out. If you fancy hearing a few tunes new to your ears alongside loads of Club Classics & Old Favorites then this is the place for you  :thumbsup: .

 Why not come along & check us out, the emphasis is on "dancing & having a good time".....  :thumbup:

 Thanks for looking, cheers Everybody, Woody   :hatsoff2:

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yes looking forward to playing  some classics with a few new ones and a sprinkling of vintage ska , in fact something for everyone

in our soul room and all on lovely vinyl .

Cheers

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Well it's a very good evening to everyone,

 

Like the idea of a tad of vintage Ska Frank, really proves that The Black Lion is that little bit different to so many other soul nights and the format can always get a tweek or two, well with that said it just started to get a lot more autumnal on this side of the Snake Pass and as well as the shops being full of Christmas items (and as we all know Christmas now starts in September) we have loads of Hallowe'en stuff everywhere and the newest marketing sales gimmick the for every occasion the Pinata, no longer content with papier-mache donkeys we have everything from snowmen to items best said are more at home at an Ann Summers party and of course the Hallowe'en Pumpkin Pinata. 

 

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After my sister-in-law got a chemistry set as a gift for Christmas we are now wondering if we made the right present choice.

 

 

Charles Wright  "Keep Saying (You Don't Love Nobody)" Phillips Records

 

An old time Tourch favourite (and anywhere else that did favour the "the faster the better policy") and coming from the very talented Charles Wright (who wrote produced and aranged this song as well as being an accomplished guitar and piano player) also worth checking out is his other work with The Watts 103rd Street Band but this up-tempo/hi octane dancer comes from 1966 and i can quite honestly say i've not heard this in years really the 100 mph beat was all i was interested in my younger days and i passed over many classic cuts simply because they were too slow as i'm sure many others of us did. With "Keep Saying" you could never be accused of anything less than express train speed, with a pounding beat and some blasting horn work and although not the most polished of vocals it touches the spot everytime with a simple yet very fitting backing chours a great spin a well worth reviving just keep the defibrillation unit powered up and on stand by.   

 

Gill Blanding  "Rules" Ready Records

 

A good old fashioned and many would say classic spot of 60's soul might be the easist way to describe this simple cut by Gill Blanding who is perhaps better known to us all  as Virgil Henry (of "You Ain't  Saying Nothing New fame) a mid tempo dancer that has some pretty sharp lyrics accompanied with a sweet vocal and cut before his move to Motown where he gained most of his attention, "Rules" is pleasent and cheeery floater of a record and ihas been very much an overlooked play that has a feel that is so right for today as i mentioned previously the days of the floor shaking stompers are somewhat in many circles a thing of the past being replaced by slower paced plays that fit the mood and dare i say this fitness level of modern dancers better and this i can only say fits the bill to a tee.

 

   

 

Russ CCS Sheffield                 

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Cheers Russ , certainly opened my eyes on the real identity of Gill Blanding , great reviews as always  , not long now until the 26th and the year passes by at the same speed of a northern dancer ! , see you all soon

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Yeah,

   soon be round to Saturday the 26th of this month. As Frank say's great reviews from the Sheffield branch, talking of Sheffield, thats where C.C.S 'll be next Saturday doing a Guest spot at The KGB in Abbeydale S7.

  knew about Gil Blanding but have'nt thought about that for years, I'd almost forgot.

  Anyway see you all out & about soon Woody C.C.S.   :hatsoff2:  

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yes the only place i will be seen on the 26th October  is CCS for a night of great tunes all on lovely Vinyl  ,some lovely craft beers as well  for  you to enjoy  

cheers

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hoping to visit the sheffield branch for a sunday free soul session at the Bessemer before Xmas to catch up with Russ and Nigel

and the great soul folk from "over the hill "

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great weekend of soul here in sunny manchester , now looking forward to the Black Lion on the 26th 

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Yeah great weekend Frank,

  your warm up spot at "Soul In The Cellar" at The Greatstone was a cracker, well done :thumbsup: .

  This coming w/end I'm doing a Guest DJ spot at The KGB Club in Sheffield, a couple of weeks after that it's the "event of the month..... (lol) The Black Lion (well I would say that would'nt I) on Saturday the 26th, the week after on Saturday the 2nd of November I'm doing a guest spot at "Soul In The Cellar" at The Greatstone Hotel. Then it's December & Christmas is upon us, Guest DJ spot in Our capitol London at "The Hole In The Wall Soul Club" on Saturday the 14th, later in the month on Saturday the 21st it's "The Black Lion Christmas Party", like last year's bash, loads of surprises & stuff going off on the night, absolute cracker last year if you'll pardon the pun . Where's the time going ?? So much great stuff going off, Me & Miss T are really looking forward to the next few weeks/months.

  Anyway take care Everybody, see you at the "The KGB" this Saturday, cheers for now, Woody C.C.S.   :hatsoff2:

 

P.S. For more info & loads more great pics from C.C.S's adventures all over the UK, check us out on our Facebook Page :- "City Centre Soul Nites at the Black Lion" (when you get there don't forget to click Like this page....lol)

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yes a few weeks to CCS at the Black Lion and I know Clarence will have his unique set of tunes for your pleasure folks , picked a few new sides that have the Black Lion sound  myself  mixing classic soul with dance floor favourites  the perfect mix  for our soul room i think  

see u soon " out on the floor " 

KTF

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Hi Everybody,

   great responce so far to the next C.C.S. Soul Night Saturday the 26th of this month well done & a massive thanks to all who've flyered for us & helped out with promoting . Miss T'll be posting another one of her Video's from August any time in the next couple of weeks, so keep checking us out for that & more info ect..... Russ'll be joining in the fun again with more madness, jokes & banter during his Record Round Up near'er to the 26th too.

   Gonna be a crackin' night me thinks when we're joined behind the decks by Special Guest DJ "Clarence Mitchell", me & the Team are all realy up for it as next night draws nearer.

   For more info & loads more great pics from C.C.S's adventures all over the UK, check us out on our Facebook Page :- City Centre Soul at the Black Lion (when you get there don't forget to click Like....lol), also we're only 10 miutes walk from"Piccadilly Station"& 5 minutes walk from"Victoria Train & Tram Station".

   Cheers Folks, speak again soon, Woody & Miss T  :hatsoff2:  :wave:

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Morning all,

 

Well from a very hot start at the begining of the week to what seems like the full effects of winter today, October seems to be firmly with us and apart from the major event this month and that being City Centre Soul at The Black Lion we also have Hallowe'en to contend with and that always reminds me of a story that happened a few years ago and is a warning about the pit falls of fancy dress.....be warned!

 

The Hallowe'en Costume Party

 

 

On the night of a Hallowe'en costume party a couple were having trouble picking suitable outfits. After a while the wife got mad and stormed out of the room.
Fifteen minutes later she came back completely naked except for a lemon between her legs. The husband looked at her for a moment and then stormed out of the room himself.
Twenty minutes passed and then he came back himself with a potato around his manhood. His wife gave him a weird look and then the husband replied,

 

"If you're going as a sour-puss, I'm going as a dictator."

 

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Miss "T" poses for a quick break inbetween cleaning duties

 

So here is a record that was new to me up until only a month ago and pulled from vinyl obscurity by Woody (this man certainly knows how to find them) so at the risk of being a little self indulgent here is a very personal review of this disc and a massive thanks to Woody from me for the gift of said 45' great gesture!

 

 

The King Pins "I Won't Have It" Fedral Records

 

With shades of Doo Wop and Rock'n'Roll, comes this "B" side cut from 1964 on the collectable Fedral record label a subsidiary of Syd Nathan's King Records and based in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was run by the famed record producer Ralph Bass and the labels output was mainly devoted to Rhythm & Blues style releases and this release fits the bill to a tee (not a Miss "T" might i say" now things get a little confusing here the King Pins were indeed The Kelly Brothers but changed their name to the King Pins when they signed with Fedral Records and after cutting a couple of discs with them left the label and then went back to the name of the Kelly Brothers.

 

"I Won't Have It" is a if i can use the phrase is "a quintessential Black Lion sound" simple in it's delievery nicely paced and pretty catchy perhaps a bit of a fish out of water on it's original release due to the blending of musical styles (there's soul, Doo Wop, Rock'n'Roll and Rhythm'n'Blues all in there at some point) but as the acceptance of this type of genre has become more established on the Soul scene perhaps there hasn't been a better time to start playing some of these past over gems. With some tight vocals and subtle backing that doesn't over shadow the singers but still makes a musical point a strutter that just might make it big but just remember where you heard it first there are copies out there if your lucky for around the £40 mark....so even more thanks to Woody again! and did i say it's in mint condition!

 

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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yes its halloween at the end of the month  and we will be playing the best in "Northern Ghoul " , i mean soul , which may include

the witches and Warlocks outing and  Spooky and Sue  to name a couple of treats . i remember last year being accosted by

two very young witches and a rather spotty dracula  with a sign stating  " trick or treat , min contribution 50p " , didnt

wait to find out what "tricks " they had in mind had i not paid up !!!  

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Hi Russ, 

   Saturday the 26th of this month is'nt far off now, big thankyou for helping us on our way Buddy....

    The Kingpins is a great record glad you like it. I only had the issue for a couple of weeks when I was lucky enough to pick up a White Demo, so you're very welcome to add it to your collection, I know it's gone to a good home (lol)

   Take care Russ & keep up the good work, catch you soon Pal, Woody & Miss T  :hatsoff2:  :wave:

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Great label Federal , always loved very early stuff /late 50s r&b and doo-wop ,wonder what it was like to have grown up in the US

with all these labels and great music , although it was like the early days of the soul scene in the Uk  very underground ( but we liked it like that ! ) ,remember buying my first records from the likes of Selectadisc and Soul Bowl and worked across the road from Ralphs

records near Victioria station  M/C , spending all my hard earned wages as an "office junior " , happy days !

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Evening Woody.

 

And as you say the 26th is getting nearer all the time and yes indeed The King Pins has gone to a very good home and i can truly say you have opened up my musical tastes to embrace a far wider section of Soul and Rhythm'n'Blues music up to me than i might have at first have even considered (i was pretty much stuck in an oldies vacuum with a bias towards the classic Wigan sounds) but i'm hearing, embracing and more importantly enjoying some very fine offerings Black Lion style.

 

Well as the days get colder and darker and we get every nearer to Hallowe'en here is yet another story.

 

The Devil Joke

 

A woman whose husband often came home drunk decided to cure him of the habit. One Hallowe'en night, she put on a devil suit and hid behind a tree to intercept him on the way home.

 

When her husband came by, she jumped out and stood before him with her red horns, long tail, and pitchfork.

 

"Who are you?" he asked.

 

"I'm the Devil," she responded.

 

"Well, come on home with me," he said, "I married your sister."

 

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Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

 

PS I'll see you and Miss T at the Kay Gee Bee tomorrow night

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Not long now till CCS at the Black lion so a big shout out for you to mark your diaries for this one ...........]

cheers

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   The Black Lion opens it's doors to "City Centre Soul" again tomorrow night so here's a couple of quote's from friends & supporters who were at our last night in August :-

  

"First time at The Black Lion CCS on Saturday 24th--- Thoroughly enjoyed it with great music and great atmosphere -

 We just called in to see what it was like and ended up meeting loads of friends,dancing and staying as long as we possibly could (nearly missing the train) --- We will definitely be going again.

 The place is a little gem --------- Big D". 

 

"Had not been here for a while but I must say we had a fabulous night.

 The music is excellent and the crowd are so friendly. Met some of our lovely friends we had not seen for a while.......Big D and Lesley, Maggie and Kev and all the usual supsects : ) Great friendly welcome from Soosie and Woody as always. Going from strength to strength, keep up the good work guys". 

 

    Come down & check us out tomorrow night Folks, be great to see you (don't miss your train though....lol)

  Woody C.C.S.  :hatsoff2: 

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Yes Woody that clock is ticking,

 

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Great to see you and the lovely Miss T on Saturday at Sheffield's KGB club where you were doing the honours behind the decks (see post for KGB for a brief report)

 

Well while having a tidy-out the other day i came across this very early Rhythm'n'Blues number from The Penguins hiden away in the depths of the spare room.

 

The Penguins "Hey Senorita" c/w Earth Angel Dootone Records (on both 78rpm and 45rpm formats)

 

So The "B" side of this disc was on first release was "Earth Angel" and "Hey Senorita the original "A" side but got fliped over by the radio station DJ's of the time so "Earth Angel" then became the "A" side and went on to become the first record to cross over from the Rhythm'n'Blues charts to the pop charts in 1955 and of course needs no introduction but up until today i had never played the "B" side "Hey Senorita" and was pleasently suprised and in fact quite taken back by a record first cut 58 years ago (and might be a good contender for the oldest disc that might get a play at a soul event) a mix of Doo Wop meets Latin Rhythm, and with very little in the way of instruments in it's production and with only a hint of piano in the intro 21 seconds if you're counting and then it's left to all the percussion work being solely  performed in the hands of the Conga Drums and yet even though the vocal harmonies of The Penguins are well executed this is a record so simple and that's SIMPLE in capitial letters yet so very catchy that after the first play your intersted and after the second play you're hooked.

 

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Yes two more dates for this year at CCS at the Black Lion and what a great year so far for our soul nights and of course

the success of many of the nights we attend over the year including the legendary Greatstone "soul in the cellar " , Bury Masonic(alldayer ) , Whitefield  the Nu Beat and of course the new twisted wheel . all playing great tunes and featuring DJs both established and newcomers to the wheels of steel , great response from you guys to what has been achieved here in sunny salford  and

as they say "long may it last "

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Where do "You" find em then Russ,

   another superb post & also a great tune.

   Really good to see you last Saturday at the KGB, glad you, Jarvo & Angie all had a good night, catch you soon pal  

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how much is entry to your spare room Russ ? . great tune and even greater review as usual  getting good reaction and a few new

faces will be attending on the 26th eager to experience  the " black lion sound "

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Evening fellas,

 

And thank you you're both too kind, yet sadly I'm only a boy when it comes to records in comparison to you guys but i might hold my own on the juke box front.

 

Russ CCS Sheffiekd Branch 

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Like it Russ , have learned a lot from my best bud "soul " Derek , but having spent a lot  of years in the wilderness ( between 1981-2008), bringing up my family , not having a lot of spare cash etc etc , missed out on the scene in those times and even worse sold

aprox 1500 top quality OVO records to live ( which i regret , but hey a means to an end ) during this period , but bounced back when

CCS  came into my life  and as the song goes "theres no stopping me now "

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 Evening Frank,

 

I went into a similar wilderness on two seperate occasions for a long time too then came out for the first emergement for a couple of years then went back again only to reapear once more on the scene i suppose quite recently, thankfully i never sold my records they remained all the time at my parents for many many years (even though i can't find them all even now and it's the rarer and more expensive ones i can't seem to locate and i'll say they must nunber around the 200 mark....but there still here i think and that's the main thing)

 

What i regret the most is that when so many people left the world of Northern Soul as the events died away and other commitments came into their lives and people started to sell their once precious record collections and back then it seemed like they were were being offered to me to buy for what now must seem like pennies i turned them down, i passed over some great and large vinyl collections, i wasn't interested in a 500+ collection of original British issues for £100 that had a Kiki Dee "On A Magic Carpet Ride" and Alex Harvey's version of "Agent OO Soul" in it (that's the only two i can remember) the seller had just had enough of them and wanted to move them on and a suitcase full of American imports for £40 (i guess around 400 discs) and other collection as well.

 

I can honestly say that to replace some of the stuff i have would be a small fortune although not all originals their cost now seems to be off the scale but after saying all that there still isn't anything like vinyl.

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Evening Folks,

  already sorting a few records for the 26th & sorting a few surprises & figuring some idea's out for our Christmas Bash Saturday the 21st of December. If it's anything like last year well...... (see our 2012 video at the top of the page).

  Catch you again soon Everybody, cheers for now, Woody C.C.S.  :hatsoff2:

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yes lets get our heads together , our last xmas special was a belter   

cheers and see you out and about

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Almost only a week to go now Folks,

  then The Black Lion opens it's doors to "City Centre Soul" again on Saturday the 26th of this month.

  Here's a couple of quote's from friends & supporters who were at our last night in August :-

  

"First time at The Black Lion CCS on Saturday 24th--- Thoroughly enjoyed it with great music and great atmosphere -

 We just called in to see what it was like and ended up meeting loads of friends,dancing and staying as long as we possibly could (nearly missing the train) --- We will definitely be going again.

 The place is a little gem --------- Big D". 

 

"Had not been here for a while but I must say we had a fabulous night.

 The music is excellent and the crowd are so friendly. Met some of our lovely friends we had not seen for a while.......Big D and Lesley, Maggie and Kev and all the usual supsects : ) Great friendly welcome from Soosie and Woody as always. Going from strength to strength, keep up the good work guys". 

 

    Come down & check us on the 26th Folks, be great to see you (don't miss your train though....lol)

  Woody C.C.S.   :hatsoff2: 

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Well back again after yet another venture into the depths of the spare room in search for more vinyl gems and i seem to have found some discs that have been put on on one side (i'm putting this down to the simple fact they failed to break the 100mph barrier in their day) but now after being long forgotten by myself seem very playable now, so see what you think.

 

Bobby Adams "I Think You Want my Girl/Save Those Tear Drops" Copix Records

 

Okay so i know this is a little bit of a cheat reviewing the same record twice albeit two different sides but here we have a great double sider on the New York Copix Record Label and part of The Columbia Record Corporation, "I Think You Want my Girl" is a pure slice of early 1960's Popcorn influenced soul and sounding very much in the style of The Drifters (and many might say a host of other groups of the same time) with a very clean vocal coming a man with a very decent voice might i add, with a simple orchestral production that can turn up the musical intensity when needed and of course aided by fine vocal harmonies this was a record that has sat in a record box for so many years that rightly deserves to see the light of day from a very underrated singer.

 

 

"Save Those Tear Drops"

 

From the "B" side of "I Think You Want My Girl" come this Doo Wop styled ballard with once more a great vocal by Bobby Adams and from the days when the craft of the producer, song writer and musicians was still a craft to master and cherish and of course a quality "B" side were all part of the package, "Save Those Tear Drops" has a fine emotional delievery given to it by Bobby once again and the power of the songs shines through and is in full flow after a mere 25 seconds a massive voice and a well produced slow to mid tempo scorcher that packs a punch, and for my money the better side of the two and a class record to play out the night on.

 

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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hi

very today side Russ , great nite ender , Soul with a capital S , am a massive James Carr fan myself and some of his Deep soul sides frequently

are played in my house  and there must be the opportunity to play them in a speciality night sometime in the future 

Great Posts Russ (as always )

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Got to agree,

  another great post Russ (as always).  I actually prefer "I Think You Want My Girl", it seems more of a dancer & thats  what does it for me. There's nothing I like more than to see everyone enjoying them selves on a full dance floor, they'll plenty of that on Saturday the 26th at The Black Lion no danger...... I'll tell you something else about this record, I know a hefty price does'nt always buy a quality tune, but you won't get much change out & of £125/150 quid for one of these.

   Nice one Russ, speak again soon pal, Woody  :hatsoff2:

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Hey Everybody,

  don't forget C.C.S @ The Black Lion Salford on Saturday 26th of this month, less than a week to go now, Soul & then some......  

  See you the 26th Guys    :hatsoff2: 

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Thanks Woody for the pricing of the Bobby Adams disc i was really suprised to find that a record that hasn't been played by me apart fron the initial spin on first purchase then filed in a record box for many years is a pretty expensive play and on reflection and an other couple of listens "I Think You Want My Girl" is the better track just because of the dancer appeal but only by a whisker.

 

Well i know Saturday is getting very near now and of course they will be plenty of people celebrating Hallowe'en but today at a friends baby's christening i thought things started to get a little out of hand or was it just me jumping to conclusions?

 

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Baby Damian's picture shortly before the font water started to boil, the church was struck by lightning the vicar turned green and his head did a full 360 degree spin.

 

Well here goes a couple of playlist reviews for Saturday from the M.C himself no other than Woody so let's take it away.

 

Barbara Lynn "Im A Good Woman" Tribe Records re-issued on Fryer's Records (with the great label strap line "Our Bombs Are Direct Hits")

 

From 1966 come this hard edged piece of soul by Barbara Lynn and wrote by her as well under her full name of Barbara Lynn Ozen from a lady perhaps better known to many from her 1962 American top 10 Billboard hit and Rhythm'n'Blues number 1 with "You'll Lose A good Thing" released on Jamie records, "I'm A Good Woman " starts with a just a simple vocal and cymbal roll and this percussion instrument treatment is present thought the entire record, in fact this is a disc cut back to it's bare bones just a backing Hammond organ and some simple drum work and Barbara's voice that stands alone thumping and gritty with some hard hitting lyrics and matched by a oh so simple production but don't let that fool you, a strutter that punches well above it weight, remember the mouse’s last words to the man who’s was just about to send him to the great cheese factory in the sky, "You're just jealous that i can make your girlfriend scream louder than you you can!" This records says that and more in 2 minuets and 33 seconds, definitely a case of "less is more" a pure Black Lion sound.

 

The Dealers "You Got It" Big Bunny Records"

 

This old school play that does everything a Northern Soul record should with its up beat lyrics, pacy tempo and nice tight harmonies brought to you by this Doo Wop outfit from Cincinnati (they were also known at one time as the Mystics who cut a few records before the name change on King Records) they were Claude Johnson, Doc Morris and the brothere Marvin and Don Thomas [real name Charles who changed it to avoid confusion with an other Charles Thomas when he would later join The Drifters] and some years later went on to cut the Northern Soul Classic "Come On Train" 

 

"You Got It" is very much a crossover sound from the older Doo Wop style of music to a more modern Soul sound and yet even for a record first cut in 1965 was this a little out of it musical comfort zone even at that time i wonder, but even after saying that what we have is still a great dancer of a record, lots of horns matched to a hi-octane tempo that pounds away like a jack hammer on amphetamine issued on the nicely named Big Bunny record label (looking at the label the bunny is a Bunny Girl...even better) and with yet another great catch phrase "Hopping With Hits!" oh those ad men!

 

 

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch


 
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Hello again Everybody,

    only a couple of days now to this months Black Lion Soul Night & Miss T's done it again, here's our Lookback Video from our last night in August (check it out at the top of the page). The video's accompanied by a couple of crackin' tracks, "Stuttering Sam" by "September Jones" which I've been playing to a great response from the dance floor & one from Frank's top ten "Let Me Be Your Boy", the brilliant RnB style floor filler from "Wilson Pickett". 
M
ore top sounds to come this Saturday down at The Black Lion, don't forget we're on from 8:00pm till 2:00am (bar till 1:30am).

   Enjoy the Video, see who you can spot, see ya Saturday, Woody C.C.S.    :hatsoff2:

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only a few sleeps to the big one and we guarentee a cracker !! , so forget strictly and get your soul shoes on and see you saturday !!

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Evening Team,

 

And yet another great video from the very talented Miss T, a job well done and nicely set to two cracking records (as reviewed on this page)

 

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We started to get a little worried about Rover after he was bitten by a spider on a vist to the Sellerfield Nuclear Power Station

 

Well what do we have in store for this section of The Black Lion's play list from the dark vinyl vaults of Count Woody, well best we find out then.

 

Dee Dee Sharp "Deep Dark Secret" Cameo Records

 

Well here is a classic old time piece of thumping Philli soul, that doesn't attempt to spare the horses a BIG production that throws everything into the mix and still want to do a little more from Philadelphia native Dion LaRue better known as Dee Dee Sharp and after having the early part of her career very successfully based on dance inspired records "Slow Twistin'" with Chubby Checker (number 3), "Mashed Potato Time" (number 2), "Gravy" (For My Mashed Potatoes)  (Number 9), "Ride" (Number 5) and "Do the Bird" (number 10). Both "Mashed Potato Time" and "Ride" each sold over one million copies, and were awarded gold discs for sales , Do the Bird" provided her only entry in the UK singles charts, where it peaked at number 46 in April 1963. In 1967, she married Kenny Gamble the songwriter and producer and has since recorded under the name Dee Dee Sharp-Gamble. So if you like you soul to be full on you won't have too look much further than here "loud and proud" and a great Bob Crewe production that doesn't hold back for a minute a dance floor killer that has been recently re-issued on the British Outta Sight Label, this is a no frills no fuss disc that hits all the right spots and if you don't want an original your for £6.99 bargain you might say.

 

Errol Dixon And The Good Time Band "I Want " FAB Records

 

Well here is a great helping of Jamaican Soul with a Latin flavour and only released in the UK on FAB record in 1968 then later brought out on Rainbow Records and again only a UK release, an all time Mod favorite that sold in pretty good numbers here but because of the way the British charts were compiled at that time failed to reach into the BBC Top 40 and got good air play at the time on the pirate radio stations.

 

Okay this might be me but does the intro of "I Want" sound suspiciously like John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John's "Summer Nights" and "I Want" was made a full 10 years before it? (i've said it now so come and get me)  from the Hammond Organ and pulsing saxophone introduction this record hits the floor running and with a Latin dance beat and some expressive Mariachi trumpet work and backing conga drums there's a lot going on (and just have a listen to how much is happening in the background) and although Errol vocal isn't the most polished it's well in keeping with the song and works well and to say the least a nice change from the more common American offerings we have become more used to.

 

 

Russ CCS Sheffield

 

 

 

 

 

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Yeah, got to agree Frank,

  Russ hits the mark every time & Miss T's turned it on again this month too (check out our new Video at the top of the page Folks).

  Yeah, soon be Saturday..... see you Then, Woody C.C.S.  :hatsoff2:

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Well a good evening again everyone,

And as Saturday gets even nearer it won't be long before the CCS team at The Black Lion bring you a great evening of quality Soul and the finest Rhythm'n'Blues any side of the Pennines, but before we start here is yet another a little list that just be in keeping with this time of year.

Top Ten Reasons Why Trick-Or-Treating Is Better Than Sex

10 Guaranteed to get at least a little something in the sack.
9. If you get tired, wait ten minutes and go at it again.
8. The uglier you look, the easier it is to get some.
7. You don’t have to compliment the person who gave you candy.
6. Person you’re with doesn’t fantasize you’re someone else.
5. If you get a stomach ache, it won’t last 9 months.
4. If you wear your Batman mask, no one thinks you’re kinky.
3. Doesn’t matter if kids hear you moaning and groaning.
2. Less guilt the next morning.

And the number one reason trick or treating is better than sex... If you don’t get what you want, you can always go next door

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Well here are the last two reviews from the top geezer Woody

Tommy Tucker "I'm Shorty" Checker Records

From the man who recorded the original version of "Hi-Heel Sneakers (and who also wrote the song under his real name of Robert Higginbotham a song that helped him quit the music industry in 1969 and in his own words "without out the royalties from the song he would have been ****** " but here is another of his discs from 1967 and here we have a tough bluesy R'n'B number that has its feet firmly in the New Orleans/Bayou Blues tradition coming complete with pedal steel guitar and a helping of blues harp (possibly from Little Walter made shortly before his death) "I'm Shorty" is as raw and down right gritty as you'll ever get and could well be the "strutter" with the most attitude we've ever reviewed, hard and unforgiving blues flavoured R'n'B that has a chip on each sholder a song not for the faint hearted.

Bobby Womack "What Is This?" Keyman Records is the Original 1966 release (please note this is a slightly different version to the Minit release of this record from 1968)

Bobby Womack is very much a soul legend and has sold millions of records and still tours and performs today but before he became the star he is today he recorded some pretty soulful and catchy discs and this is one of them; the original version of "What Is This" from 1966 he re-recorded it two years later and gave it a couple of subtle tweaks but in it's original form as we have here, we have a well produced up tempo dancer that has been a firm favorite on the soul scene for many years "What It Is" really does have all the right ingredients to make a this a great Northern Soul track a driving beat, a full house brass section, big production with some honky tonk piano work to boot it has always been a big tune that hasn't dated and still seems fresh after all these years and therefore makes this a record that is worthy play at any event and i'm sure will hit all the right spots with the dance floor this coming Saturday.

 



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just seen on Corrie  ( the scene - the cabin )

 

Rita - whats that going on over the road at the Black Lion Norris ?

 

Norris - Its a soul night  Rita

 

Rita - Whats lots of Hymm singing and praying ?

 

Norris - No its them with the baggy Trousers and the talcum powder

 

later that night a small figure aproaches the DJ stand and asks " have you got that record by that wilson bloke ,who answers his

own questions ?

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Saturday October 26th At The Black Lion, Salford, Manchester, M3 5BZ

(Corner of Chapel St & Blackfriers St)

 

This month alongside Myself, Miss T & Our regular Warm Up Man Frank is Special Guest popular Manchester DJ Clarence Mitchell (Oldham Community Radio), so come & enjoy good company, great friendly atmosphere & some of the finest soul around.

  Our continuing policy is to bring our supporters quality sounds from "back in the day", right up to "current plays", all on lovely original vinyl   :thumbsup: .

  No politics, no ego's, just Soulful sounds, friendship & crackin night out. If you fancy hearing a few tunes new to your ears alongside loads of Club Cassics dy & Old Favorites then this is the place for you   :thumbsup: .

 Why not come along & check us out, the emphasis is on "dancing & having a good time".....   :thumbup:

 Thanks for looking, cheers Everybody, Woody    :hatsoff2:

 

P.S. For more info & loads more great pics from C.C.S's adventures all over the UK, check us out on our Facebook Page :- "City Centre Soul Nites at the Black Lion" (when you get there don't forget to click Like this page....lol)

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Hi all,

Well we're almost there now and if you're anything like me you will have stocked up on Swizzels Fun Bags for the trick or treaters that we have now become accustomed to and perhaps in my own view one of the better recent American imports to come across the water, i still struggle to find positives in any form of Gangster Rap or Rap in general and any visit to a branch Hollisters is accompanied by these words i utter "it's pitch black in here, it's like The Black Hole Of Calcutta how can you see anything in here? and the normal reply you'll get back is "that you're just too old")

 

So with that little grumble out of the way let's have a look at a couple of discs on Saturday's playlist from City Centre Souls warm up man, the one and only Frankie "M"

 

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Elvis has eaten the building, a rare photo from the book "Elvis-The Hamburger Years"

 

 

The Fantastic Johnny C "New Love" Phil-La-Of Soul Records

 

With its fast up beat intro that hits you full on after a mere 10 seconds here we have a a fast tempo dancer from The Fantastic Johnny C (born Johnny Corley) and a big Philadelphia production from the Jamie Label subsidiary "Phil-La-Of Soul" New Love is full of horns and with the addition of a strong backing drum beat helps in making this a true old style Northern Soul dancer, and while not breaking the sound barrier it's fast up beat tempo will have you reaching for the talc faster than a Claims Direct lawyer can sue for whiplash, a big play in days gone by not heard that often today (or not in my neck of the woods should i say) but a popular dancer that still can get the floor buzzing.

 

 

An 87 year-old man, went to  the doctor to get a  health check up


A few days later, the doctor saw the old fella walking down the street with a gorgeous young woman on his arm.
A couple of days later, the doctor spoke to the old man and said: "You're really doing great, aren't you?"
The old man replied: "Just doing what you said, Doctor. Get a hot mamma and be cheerful."

The doctor said: "I didn't say that. I said, You've got a heart murmur - be careful."
 
Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

 

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Hello again Everybody,

    only a couple of days now to this months Black Lion Soul Night & Miss T's done it again, here's our Lookback Video from our last night in August (check it out at the top of the page). The video's accompanied by a couple of crackin' tracks, "Stuttering Sam" by "September Jones" which I've been playing to a great response from the dance floor & one from Frank's top ten "Let Me Be Your Boy", the brilliant RnB style floor filler from "Wilson Pickett". 
M
ore top sounds to come this Saturday down at The Black Lion, don't forget we're on from 8:00pm till 2:00am (bar till 1:30am).

   Enjoy the Video, see who you can spot, see ya Saturday, Woody C.C.S.  :hatsoff2: 

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Hey Everybody,

  don't forget C.C.S @ The Black Lion Salford this coming Saturday the 26th , less than three days to go now, Soul & then some......  

  See you Saturday   Guys   :hatsoff2:
 

 

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Hi Frank,

 

Hope your're getting your records all ready for Saturday....not long now!

 

Rozetta Johnson  "Mine Was Real" Clintone Records

 

From 1970 and very much an early crossover sound that really showed how soul music was changing from a harder brass based style to a far more flowing strings based sound with some very smooth orchestration and an understated but nicely worked production by Sam Dees (and wrote by his wife Lillian)  "Mine Was Real"  with its moody and midway pacing, smoldering lyrics all set to some a great musical backing and with a trace of sad trumpet and even further helped along by quite an individual but in keeping vocal by Rozetta and for information was the B" side to her hit single "A Woman's Way" that made it to number 9 on the Billboard Rhythm'n'Blues chart and no. 94 on the American pop chart, yet even after saying this "Mine Was Real" is pretty much an unheard of but classy song (at the moment) in so many parts yet dispite having all the hallmarks of a high class tune that really could go big on the soul scene.

 

And for those interested i'm told that "Mine Was Real" is a far bigger spin on the Continent than in the UK at present and is somewhat of a well respected record over there...once again if you haven't heard it before remember where you heard it first, a quality play there Frank.

 

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Hi Russ, 

    never heard this record before either, mind you I hardly ever go to many "rare & underplayed Soul Nights", just the odd Sunday afternoon Do now & again. Yeah, just about ready for Saturday now, records sorted, flyers done ready for Christmas.....

    Less than two days to go now, really looking forward to The Black Lion again this month as always, catch you all again soon, Woody C.C.S.   :hatsoff2:  

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   The Black Lion opens it's doors to "City Centre Soul" again tomorrow night so here's a couple of quote's from friends & supporters who were at our last night in August :-

  

"First time at The Black Lion CCS on Saturday 24th--- Thoroughly enjoyed it with great music and great atmosphere -

 We just called in to see what it was like and ended up meeting loads of friends,dancing and staying as long as we possibly could (nearly missing the train) --- We will definitely be going again.

 The place is a little gem --------- Big D". 

 

"Had not been here for a while but I must say we had a fabulous night.

 The music is excellent and the crowd are so friendly. Met some of our lovely friends we had not seen for a while.......Big D and Lesley, Maggie and Kev and all the usual supsects : ) Great friendly welcome from Soosie and Woody as always. Going from strength to strength, keep up the good work guys". 

 

    Come down & check us out tomorrow night Folks, be great to see you (don't miss your train though....lol)

  Woody C.C.S.   :hatsoff2: 

 

P.S. Don't forget to have a look at our video from our last Black Lion Night in August it's at the top of the page Folks, see who you can spot.....

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heres a promise from me , top ATB tunes  will be played on saturday night , a friendly warm welcome  can be expected and

too top that real ales on sale from very friendly Barstaff

see you saturday

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So we're almost there and this will be the last installment for this month of some of the music to be played at The Black LIon tomorrow night and showcasing some of the fantastic sounds both old and new and even some you might not have heard before that the CCS team bring you each month, backed up by a fine array of guest DJ's you can't really go far wrong with this event and most importantly from people who care about giving you the best night they can...so with that all said here is the last record from the playlist of Frankie "M"

But Just before we start in keeping with the previous bad jokes here's something for you all to have a look at.

Hallowe'en Phrases you can't use the rest of the year

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I'd like to get a little something in the sack.
Just get on your hands and knees and bob your head.
She's got a couple of nice pumpkins on her porch.
If you just lick it, it'll last longer.
Have someone check the goodies before they go into your mouth.

Big Daddy Rogers "I'm A Big Man" Midas Records

Thumping old school stomping Rhythm'n'Blues from Chicago's Midas records (with a intro very reminiscent of Mel Tormes "I'm Comin' Home Baby" and a song Torme didn't like to perform) but after getting that out of the way here is if you like to hammer the dance floor we have a record that you can do just that too, crashing drums, some hard working tambourines and a driving beat with a great solo tenor sax breaks, an hard as nails R'n'B track that powers along for just short of 3 minutes, now i don't know too much about Big Daddy Rogers (i'm guessing he was a big guy) and on this disc he really does give a big vocal performance and appealing to the school boy in me where would you hear such a lyric such as

"she got a sweet tooth and she loves my jelly roll" or i'm gonna take you to the woodshed and drop a couple of planks on you!"

Hard to find on the original release from 1968 and expensive but issued now on the Outta Sight record label and big sound at the moment with massive floor filler potential.

 


So wishing everyone a great night for tomorrow and looking forward to seeing you all in December for City Centre Soul's Christmas party at The Black Lion where you'll get to see me doing a spot behind the decks.

Enjoy yourselves, and go steady till next time.

Russ CCS Sheffield Branch

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Hey Everybody,

  come on wake up, to days the day down here at The Black Lion. Music to die for, real ales behind the bar, awesome friendly atmosphere & we're on 8:00pm while 2:00am (bar till 1:30am), thats six hours of top Northern Soul, Motown & RnB, all for just three quid.

  Come down & see us, have a drink & a dance, be great to see ya, cheers for now Woody C.C.S. :hatsoff2:  

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Great that you will down for the Xmas Bash Russ , a few hours  till CCS and all is ready to go

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Massive thanks Russ,

   from all here in M3, superb posts ect... throughout the month, don't know how you remember everything.

   I'm sure we'll all do our best to enjoy tonight.... (lol) & we'll have one foe You, best regards, Woody

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Hey Everybody,

  time is definitely is ticking away now with less than four hours to go until "City Centre Soul At The Black Lion In Salford" kicks off at 8:00pm tonight.

  Two great Guest DJ's tonight Clarence & Frank (oh & Me). Me & Miss T are really looking forward to their spots, gonna be another good one tonight me thinks, great responce again this month to our flyering & promotion.

  Big thankyou to all our Flyering Agents, people who've helped out & to all who posted on here & F/Book, see you all in a bit, Woody & Miss T C.C.S

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A big shout out to all of you who braved the rain to make it on saturday night , you all made it  a great one

cheers

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A superb night once again on only our second visit to CCS -- Clarence and the boys on the decks were in fine form playing some real good early stuff that suited a 60s Wheel goer like me as well as classic NS dancers and some bouncers I've never heard before. It was a great mix that kept us on that lovely little floor and once again had us wishing we could stay all night. Nicer people you couldnt wish to meet and if we weren't dancing, we were chatting and laughing and sampling some delightful beers in a real welcoming soul atmosphere. It's a well run night where you dont feel out of place but feel comfortable and able to join in the craic and gossip that goes around room at any time  - great visit, great music 

Cheers once again -- D       

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glad you enjoyed the night , hope you can get to our xmas special with amongst others Les Hare and Bernard Heap with Clarence and the Boss Woody and of course myself playing the tunes ]

Cheers 

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Hi Everybody,

   sorry for the late post, been mega busy. Another belting night Saturday, Clarence & Frank were Awesome, both played some belting tunes. Great attendance again, packed dance floor (put some pics up soon & another video later on). Great to see a couple of colleagues from work Gary & Joe coming all the way over from Doncaster to join in the fun, nice one fellers & massive thanks to Everyone who came along, all our regular's & the new face's too, glad you all had a good night.

   Don't forget we're back on Satirday the 21st of December with The Black Lion Christmas Party, featuring six DJ's on the night, including a Special Guest Appearance from The Sheffield Branch Of C.C.S. BBC Radio Sheffield's "Russ Adams" (Master Mind Champion on the subject of Northern Soul & reviewer to the stars....). Loads going off on the night, few surprises in store, a rather short version of Father Christmas may put in an appearance too.... (lol). For more info & up dates keep checking us out in Soul Source Events for the 21st of December & our F/Book Page :- City Centre Soul Nites At The Black Lion Salford.

   Take Care Folks, see you all out & about soon Woody & Miss T  C.C.S.  :hatsoff2:  :wave:

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Hi everyone, and a Happy Hallowe'en.

 

And from the feedback once again it seems like a great night was had by all, many thanks Woody for the massive build up and i shall do my best to deliver a five star DJ performance, a tall order for myself i know but i'll give it my best shot and of course knowing that boys and girls at The Black Lion demand the very best and always get it when it comes to their Soul and R&B music but i shall endeavour to do my best in such esteemed company and of course look forward to meeting up with so many lovely people from the other side of The Snake Pass.

 

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Looking forward to seeing you all in December, till then go steady.

 

Russ CCS Sheffield

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