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The first rare soul night of 2016 and we welcome special guest DJ Alan Jenkins from Falkirk - Scotland. Alan has put himself forward to dj at the Rafa Club and by the looks of his playlists he's more than up to it. This will be a great night of rare Northern soul for those that love O.V.O. More details to follow for more dj's and the free cd as compiled by Alan from his play box.


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Just got the cd listing from Alan and as you can see it's quality all the way for our first soul night in 2016.

35 cd's go to the first punters through the door, so get there early if you want one.

One of the friendliest clubs in the UK with a big appetite for quality rare soul - OVO......


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Looking forward to the Rafa return ..it's been too long !

Nev & Nancy 

p.s Might have a sales box too :)


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Not long now for the 2016 season at The rafa Club - Scotland's Alan Jenkins has confirmed full support and we've managed to get hold of Nancy Yahiro (Los Angeles) as one of the local guest DJ's playing alongside Nev Griffiths. Paul Ackley - our monthly rare soul specialist also booked in with his Pandora's box of delight.

Sure to be a great night and a good return of the club after 2015.

Looking forward to seeing you all there - Regards Paul.


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As usual a sharp 7.30pm start with Ian Shoulder starting the night off with club classics and some underplayed oldies, Ian pick:

Lorraine Chandler – What can I do – RCA

Kenni Smith – Oh Lord what’s happening – GAR

Patrice Holloway – Stolen Hours – Capital

Wilson Pickett – She’s so good - Atlantic lp

Billy Hambric – She said goodbye – Drum

The Platters – Doesn’t it ring a bell – CBS

Billy Thompson – Black eyed girl – Wand

Herb Ward – Strange change – Argo

Tony Hestor – Just can’t leave you – Karate

Eddie Holman – I surrender – Action

The Friendly People – Nothing but the blues – VMP (old Lee valentine c/up from the Casino)

John Bowie – You’re gonna miss a good thing – Merben

Moses Dillard – You’ll know I’ll pay the price – Mark 1V

Larry Wright - Sweet sweet kisses – A Go Go

Danny Woods - You had me fooled – Correctone

Dickie Wonder - Nobody Knows – Golden Triangle

Bobby James – I really love you – Karol

Louis Paul – The change will do you good – Intro

Bob & Fred – I’ll be on my way – Big Mack

Ruby Winters – Better – Diamond

August Moon – Wasted Years – O-Gee

4 Perfections – I’ll hold on – Party Time

Frankie and the Damons  - Man from soul – JCP

23 blinders from Ian to kick the night off and to get the floor going before Alan Jenkins steps up for his first 30 minute warm up set. These 30 minute sets work great in introducing a dj and keeps things going with a “records - what’s going to be next?” feeling......


Alan got to the club early on to get a feel for the place and arrived with quite a few followers from Scotland – you’ve got to take your hat off to these soul fans for travelling such a distance and supporting our small soul club in Newton Aycliffe. After about 10 seconds of showing how to get around the mixer away he went :

The Four Sights – love is a hurting game I can’t win – Shy Soul

The Marlboros – My love was a sunny day – Ando

James Dockery – My love in you is all gone – Soul Craft

Little David – I want the good life - Symphony

The Delrays Incorporated – Destination Unknown - Tampete

Irma Routen – I will sacrifice – MGM

Johnny Rodgers – Make a change – Amon

Court Davis – Try to think what you’re doing – East Coast

Ray Pollard – This time – Shrine

Stormie Wynters – Life saver - Mercury

The Professionals  - That’s why I love you – groove City

30 minutes of 7” vinyl heaven from Alan paving the way for something a bit different and Nancy Yahiro (Los Angeles) came to the decks after such short notice of asking her to dj kicking off with:

The Variations – I wanna take you uptown – Right On

Claude Huey – Why would you blow it – Galaxy

Linda Jones - Just Can’t live my life  - WB

Ray Medina – head’s Head – Mares

Marcia Hines – Gotta let go – Dig – it

Dynamics – Ain’t no love at all - Cotillion

Seven Souls - I’m no stranger – Okeh

Jimmy Delphs  - Where there is love-  Hayley’s (New release)

Billy Keene – Wishing and hoping - Vault

Ann Sexton – You’ve been gone too long – Seventy 7

Dynells  - Call on me  - Atco

Master Plan – Clinton Park – De-Lite

Phew!!! Feet stat a movin’ for sure, some great underplayed and raer soul that you can only hear at The Rafa Club. A great first 30 minutes from Nancy with the floor full to the Variations “Uptown”Latin tinged soul from Ray Medina  and classic Linda Jones – more to follow.... Paul Ackley next up with a quick 30 minutes of MONSTER SOUL.

Eddie Whitehead – Just your fool – Black Jack

Chuck Holliday – Just can’t rust nobody – Gloria

The Magnetics – I have a girl – Ra-Sel (not a Levine copy...)

Johnny Hampton – Not my girl – Dottys

Imperial C’s – Somebody tell her – Phil-La

The Camaro’s – We’re not too young – Dar-Cha

Lee McKinney and the Magnetics – I’ll keep holding on – Sable

Ernie Johnson – I can’t stop the pain – Artco

Chuck Cockerham – Have I the right  - Mala

Billy Byrd – Lost – Scream

Ebonystic – Ain’t no good – Scream (A rafa club fave now)

How good was that lot!!! It just set up Nancy Yahiro perfectly to carry on where she left off:

Scott Three – Running wild – March (this is such a great dancer in the same vein as Bill Murphy)

Jimmy Delphs – Our last Goodbye – Hayley’s ( flip of the new release)

Roy Roberts – I know what to do to satisfy you – Tina

Jay and the Techniques – Dancin’ Mood – Smash (told you this would go big – Liam’s first Rafa Play)

Hamilton Movement – She’s gone  - look-out

Wanda McDaniels -= Gangsta Boy – Apple ray

Points of view – Superman – Instant (such a great dancer at the Rafa Club)

Sag War Fare – Don’t be so jive  - Libra (Feet bleeding now)

Soul Stirrers – Don’t you worry – Checker

Limitations  - I’m Lonely – Bacone

Exciters – Let me do my thing – Jaber

 United Sounds – It’s all over – United (what a track to finish this off with – phew!!!!)

For a first appearance at the Rafa Club – didn’t the girl done good! Thanks for that Nancy – we look forward to having you back soon. 2nd set for Paul Ackley to follow with – well you know what....

Larry Clinton – She’s wanted in three states – Dynamo

Del-Larks – Job Opening Pt.1. – Queen city

Magnetics  - Heart you’re made of stone – Bonnie (some like it more than “Lady” – both sublime soul)

Eddie Parker  - Gone  - Awake

Admirations  - You left me  - Peaches

Al Williams  - I am nothing  - La Beat (for Jossy)

The Appointments – I saw you there – De-Lite (Rafa standard from Paul)

The Magnetics – Count the Days - Sable

Jimmy Bo Horne – I just can’t speak – Dade

Eddie Billups  - Ask my heart – Peachtree

Delightful to hear everything above – you lot don’t know what you’ve got with these dj’s delivering the best Northern Soul in the land – period but, Alan Jenkins is up next to finish the night off in STYLE...

The Tomangoes – I really love you – washpan

The Tranells – Blessed with a love – Flo-Jo

The Primers – How does it grab you - Hale

Jackie day – Naughty boy - Phelectron

Damon Fox – I’m packin’ up - Fairmount

Eric Mercury – Lonely Girl - Sac

Mello Souls – We Can make it – Mello

The Idols  - Check her out – USA

Charles Brandy – I can’t get enough of you – Blue Cat

lil' lavair & the Fabulous Jades – I’m so happy – Lil Lavair

Honey Bees – Let’s get back together – Garrison

Jimmy Burns  - I really love you – Erica

The Brand New faces – Brand new faces – Lujuna (slightly different mix with loads going on in the back ground with a slightly funky twist – loved it...)

Soul Inc’ – My proposal – Coconut Groove

Cecil Washington – I don’t like to lose  - prophonics

The Cairos – Stop overlooking me – Shrine

Gene Toones – What more do you want  - Simco (minty wd)

William Powell – Heartache Souvenirs – Powertree ( power house record – the one with the green sticker on that’s always shown as a scan on the interweb)

Just Brothers – Carlena – Garrison (desirable slab of Northern  that sits high on collectors bucket list)

Vickie Baines – Country Girl – Parkway WD

Agents – Trouble – Act Aceteate

Rita and the Tiaras – Gone with the wind – Dore

Candi Staton – Now you’ve got the upperhand – Unity

The Salvadors – Stick by me baby – Wise World

The Jokers – Soul Sound – Sko-Field

Paris – Sleepless nights  - Doc (Gene McDaniels old C/Up)

Johnny Honeycutt – I’m coming over  - Triode

The Jokers – Soul Sound –  Sko – Field

Tiaras – Loves made a connection (The Tiaras also did the background on "Blowing my mind to Pieces.....)

Stanley Mitchell – Get it baby – Dynamo (the ultimate bass beat Northern Dance track – always got played at the Casino dancing finals in September!!)

Joe Matthews – Ain’t nothing you can do – kool kat

Brooks Brothers – Looking for a woman – Tay (nice yellow issue Alan!)

The Celebrities – I choose you baby – Boss

Del Davis  - Baby don’t wake me – Trojan (for the ska boys – Rafa fave)

The Sweets – Something about my baby – Soultown

Well .... 34 monsters later from Alan finishing the night off and the lights come on – what a night of mega 60’s Northern soul from Alan Ian and Paul with a crossover twist from Nancy. An absolutely great night which if you weren’t there you missed out big style. Many thanks to those who travelled to the club from Falkirk, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Clitheroe, Burnley and good to see George Rouse and friends from Carlisle (came in a boat those guys). Many thanks for a great night dj’s and new friends – we hope to see more in next month with John Manship (the rare soul man) making a long awaited trip up north to THE RAFA CLUB NEWTON AYCLIFFE with not forgetting the promoters and Paul Ackley  BE THERE OR BE SQUARE (or just miss what is going to be one of the best soul nights this year).

Thanks for attending and reading this playlist

Regards – Paul, Ian Kev and Paul.


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It was an absolute pleasure to play down at the RAFA on Saturday night.

All the team work so very hard to put on a quality night for the paying customers & they thoroughly deserve the high esteem the club holds.

If you've never been, you really have to make an effort to get there & I'm sure you'll be as impressed as I was.

You are guaranteed a friendly welcome from both the organisers & dancers too.

Then there is the music.......just check out the playlists from previous nights also & you'll see what's on offer.

I'm sure you'll agree it's a quality night from start to finish.

Anyway, I'd just like to thank all the lads involved & the dancers for making the trip down an absolute delight.

Best wishes,




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Fabulous playlists 

Scott Three 'running wild' - new to me and just had a listen. Wow ! Any more info ? Who were the Scott Three ?


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