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Dave Rimmer Blog from 2007 - 1 of 2

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I Have An Alien In My Chest Trying To Get Out

Posted by Dave Rimmer, 13 June 2007 ·

At least that's what my post Cleethorpes cough feels like !!!!

Oh yeah, my knees still hurt like hell as well. Mind you, I suppose that's what you get for crawling up a dancefloor playing British Bulldog when you're 48 years old.

Apart from those two minor problems Cleethorpes was great.

We arrived around 1pm on the Friday afternoon and as Ady hadn't arrived made our way straight to the bar, as you do, a series of people joined us and quite a few beers were consumed. Now you'd possibly think that my consumption of said beers was responsible for the confusion when I tried to book in. No, it was all Sharon's fault !

Now she's a lovely girl, but somehow managed to confuse me with Dean Anderson. I'm sure Dean won't mind me saying this, but there are several essential differences between him and me. Firstly, I'm much younger looking, and the handsome one, but somewhat more critically, if it came it a Police ID parade, I think most people would notice the fact that Dean is Black, and I'm not !!! Having talked at cross purposes for sevearl minutes we established that Sharon wasn't really confusing me with Dean at all, she was confusing me with Dougie (On the basis that we both had beards, mind you I'm definately the younger and better looking one in this comparison !!!) who was sharing a caravan with Dean. That sorted I wandered off back to the bar with the wristbands in my possession.

We were in the same caravan as last year, no problems there, except the telly had gone missing since last year. Woody and Lou were next door, same as last year, and they didn't have a telly either. They also didn't have a cooker, table, chairs, and bedding, but we were ok.

Friday night started on time and I soon realised that most of my mates were here, and up for a good weekend, that's what it's all about though. Around half past ten I caught a glimpse of Lou adding to her collection of photos for the Dolce and Gabanna thread, Hoss, with his trousers round his ankles ! Lindsey and Karen (Soulgirl) arrived to say hello, and Lindsey stated categorically that she wouldn't sit with us again because she didn't think her liver could stand the damage after Prestatyn.

No Keith Money because he was fogged in on the rig in the North Sea, and it didn't get much better for Keith and Sandra either. Both of them were quite ill over the weekend, Sandra particularly, so I hope you're both feeling better now.

As usual I had the last DJ spot of the night, but as Ady took the decision to end the Friday at six am, it's a much better spot because there are still quite a lot of people there who are not just members of the living dead that don't sleep at all, so I really enjoyed that. Allegedly, I announced that it was Denise from Rugby's fiftieth Birthday, which made it even more satisfying when someone said "Never mind love, there's loads of us that age here", and someone else said "You look really good for fifty". She was only thirty nine.

Off to bed straight after.

Saturday afternoon: Again, everything started on time. I must admit I only paid attention to two spots, Jessica from New York, who played a real mixture of things, and Mark Speakman, who played an absolutely top spot and to be honest it was the best spot I heard all weekend. Well played mate.

I spent most of the afternoon chatting to Jessica who now lives in South Wales on a smallholding. Her husband still works in London during the week so she's only got the animals for company. That might possibly explain why she said she dreamt of her chickens on the Friday night ! To be fair, our conversation wandered from one topic to another: photography, records, castrating lambs, you know how it goes.......

Saturday night. First spot of the night for me. Well it would have been if the sound guys had got their act together. The artist sound check wasn't completed until fifty minutes after it should have been, and as my spot was only forty five minutes............ Ah well, such is life. I know that people had come to see the live acts not me DJ so had no problem with misisng my spot. Thanks must go to the four mates of mine, you know who you are, who all individually said it was the best spot they had ever heard me play.

Onto the live acts. What can I say (Apart from the fact that during the first number by The Apollas the feedback was appalling, just what were those sound guys doing ????). Great show from the ladies, and HB Barnum showed that he could have easily made his living as a singer rather than choosing to go down the path of writer, producer, arranger, musical director.

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Sian and Denise arrived just as the bar shut. Sian had been ready since 10 pm, so was so hyper it was funny watching her bobbing about, although I was rather concerned when she started biting Denise to try and curb her excitement.

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There was also a certain about of amusement from seeing a rather drunk demi God of the scene making a complete fool of himself by using obscenities over the mic, but such is life. if you can't hold your beer, don't drink it.

I lasted till about five thirty am, and then decided I was off to bed.

Sunday afternoon, and it's quiz time. Roger Banks and I spend quite a lot of time compiling the questions for the quiz, at least half an hour each, and we thought it was fairly easy this year, it appears from the answers we got back that it wasn't.

I'm going to use Sean Chapman as an example here. One of the questions was: "How many price guides has John Manship published ?", The correct answer was five. Four editions of the US price guide and one edition of the UK price guide.

Sean, bless his little cotton socks, put four. On his record stall guess what he had for sale.........Edition 4 of the US guide, and the UK price guide !!!!

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Quiz done, it was off to get something to eat and get ready for the Sunday night. First spot again, sharing it with Roger Banks. Roger and I always have a great laugh when DJing together because we have similar tastes in music, so can make the spot flow which is quite hard to do when you are sharing a spot. But we also have a similar sense of humour, so if Ady is reading this, he will now discover why the stage was full of junk ! We managed to drag all the game show things, wheel of fortune, take the money, tombola, even a large wet paint sign, and a couple of music stands onto the stage, just to fill it up. I noticed later on that they had all been removed, but have no idea who did it. So now you know Ady, Roger and I put it all there.

We carried on DJing for a couple of hours because in the usual well organised Sunday night nobody else turned up. Then it was time to have a drink.

I'd like to thank the idiot that thought up British Bulldog. I've had real trouble walking because of the pain in my knees caused by crawling up the dancefloor. My own fault though, no excuses. H B Barnum showed what a wonderful sense of humour he had by taking part in what must have seeemd totally surreal to him. Well done, and another round of applause for the man. Still I hope everyone enjoyed it, and it was nice for Keith Money to walk away the winner, at least something went right for him.

It was actually Denise's birthday on the Monday, so it was pressies and cake for her as well. Hope you had a good 'un.

All I have left to do now is thank the people whose company made this probably one of the best weekenders ever at Cleethorpes. I'm not going to give any names because I'll only miss someone out, except for my wife Margie, Woody and Lou, John Weston, Sian and Denise, who all made me laugh over the weekend till it hurt.

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The Royal College Of Architects

Posted by Dave Rimmer, 29 April 2007 · 9 views

Couldn't have done it better.

Imagine the scene. You're sitting in your steel, chrome and black glass office, as the leading architect for the top firm in the country, when in walks this guy.

He says I want you to design a Northern Soul venue. It's got to have a big stage at one end, a big dancefloor with table round the edge, a bar area at the back, and then I want another bar area where the record dealers can set up.

So, you set your team of young, trendy designers to work. A fortnight later the guy comes back and says "Forget that job to design the perfect Northern Soul Venue. I've just found it, and Kent Soul Club run it every two months !"

I have to say this is one of the best venues I have come across for the smaller club nights (And by smaller I mean 150 people rather than 600), it really is that good. When you couple the venue with a top notch sound system, a gang of really enthusiastic local DJs, who have none of the ego problems I've seen in the Midlands for instance, and a friendly crowd who are well up for it, you know you are onto a winner.

Despite the four hour train journey each way it was a privelege to go down and DJ at Kent Soul club last night, and I can honestly recommend the place to anyone within traveling distance. As I've already said, the people were friendly, the beer was good (although proper 'Suvvern' prices ) and it was nice to put faces to several more Soul Sourcers.

The job's a good 'un !

Sleepless Nights

Posted by Dave Rimmer, 22 April 2007

I left home at 5am Saturday, and arrived back at 10am Sunday. In between I had a really great time in Dublin.

As we can add piccies to the Blogs now, here's a few of the SS members out enjoying themselves !

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Ooh Ah Ooh Ah

Posted by Dave Rimmer, 15 April 2007

Taken from Sam cooke's 'Chain Gang', you know the bit, at the beginning when you can hear all the clanking and banging and the male backing singers go "Ooh Ah Ooh Ah", and then Sam starts singing "That's the sound of the men working on the chain gang".

Well that's what the inside of my head felt like this morning ! The reason being the bitter was only £1 a pint at Keele allnighter. At that price it would be rude not to have a few beers wouldn't it.

The night started with some fun from Jenny Banks who we discovered is scared of wasps. In a doomed attempt to kill the poor little blighter she covered everyone but the wasp in hairspray, mind you, I'm sure you could hear it coughing slightly. so we went from having a wasp flying around minding it's own business, to having a very pissed off wasp flying round looking to dig it's sting into someone. Well done Jen

Eventually Lou wacked it one with a record sleeve and I trod on the little bugger, so that ended his first allnighter.

Shame for him really because it was a good night. A nice mixture of music from all the DJs resulted in the dancefloor being full all night, and although the numbers were down from the last Keele, there were still enough people to generate a good atmosphere. I've always liked the venue anyway, and a good night was had by all.

Here's the playlist from my spot between 5am and 6am.

Thelma Lindsey - Prepared To Love You - Magic City

Valentinos - Sweeter Than The Day Before - Chess

Fabulous Peps - With These Eyes - Wee 3

Satisfactions - Take It Or Leave It - Smash

Vondells - Hey Girl - Airtown

Cooperettes - Shing A Ling - Brunswick

Mickie Champion - What Good Am I - Musette *

Tommy T & The Targets - Sales Pitch - Big R*

Patience Valentine - If You Don't Come - SAR

Five Royales - Catch That Teardrop - Home Of The Blues *

Watson & The Sherlocks - Groovemaker - C/U

Idols - Just A Little Bit More - Reveille

Johnny Sayles - I Can't Get Enough - St Lawrence

Ike & Tina Turner - Dust My Broom - Tangerine *

Joanne Courcy - I Got The Power - Twirl *

Bobby Freeman - swing Me - Unreleased Autumn (Jimmy Washburn C/U) *

Caressors - I Can't Stay Away - Ru-Jac

Marge Dodson - Be Your Baby - Decca

Magnetics - I Have A Girl - Ra-Sel *

Brooks Brothers - Lookin' For A Woman - Tay

Jack Montgomery - Baby Baby Take A Chance On Me - Revue

Larry Banks & Jaibi - My Life Is No Better - Unreleased GWP

Elbie Parker - Please Keep Away From Me - Veep

Troy Dodds - Try My Love - El Camino

Jimmy Wallace - I'll Be Back - Alpha

Fantastic Four - I Can't Stop Looking For My Baby - Ric-Tic

The tracks marked with an asterix were all requests.

Having not bought any records for quite a while I managed to gather quite a few into the fold this weekend.

Buddy Ace - It's Gonna Be Me - Duke

Sam & Kitty - i've Got Something Good - Four Brothers

Drifters - Chains Of Love - Atlantic

J.J.Jackson - It Seems Like I've Been Here Before - Calla

Jay Lewis - Had It Not Been For Love - Capitol

Deon Jackson - Love Takes A Long Time Growing - Carla

Billy Stewart - To Love To Love - Chess

Kittens - How Long Can I Go On - Chess

Robert John - If You Don't Want My Love - Columbia

Brenda Lee - Time & Time Again - Decca

Clyde Mcphatter - Only A Fool - Deram

Creations - I've Got To Find Her - Globe

Leona Dunn - Baby Don't Play Around - Hallmark

Gene Diamond - Lonely Drifter - Mothers

Platters - Fear Of Losing You - Musicor

Otis Clay - Show Place - One Der Ful

Pauline Shivers - Won't You Come Back Home - Opex

Entertainers - Why - Ovide

Total Eclipses - You Took Our Heart - Right On

Lou Courtney - You Aint Ready - Riverside

Kenny Young - Aint It Funny - Share

Dee & Lola - You Need Loving - Shurfine

Jesse Boone - No Particular One - Sunburst

Johnny Griffith - Do It - Triple B

Jerry Butler - I Can't Stand To See You Cry - Vee Jay

Chuck Jackson - Two Feet From Happiness - V.I.P.

Liz Damon - You're Falling In Love - White Whale

They're all for sale, so if you are interested in anything PM me.

Isn't The Telly On A Saturday Crap !

Posted by Dave Rimmer, 08 April 2007

Well I haven't been out at all this weekend, and it's the first Saturday when I've been at home since August last year. Hence I've never taken much notice of what's on the telly. I realised that I wasn't missing much at all, it was terrible. Bearing in mind that we have the full Sky package as well, so have probably nearly 200 channels to choose from, and I couldn't find anything worth watching, even the shows on the BBC4 Soul Weekender were all repeats !

Never mind, the mighty, mighty Wanderers won away from home at Wigan, so that cheered my day. Shame really because I don't want to see any Northern Club relegated and this defeat pushed Wigan closer to the drop. Well done to West Ham as well, superb win at the Emirates Stadium, which not only helped their own relegation worries, but also brought us three points closer to nicking the fourth spot from the Arsenal. The seasons not over yet Simsy !

Never mind, I'll make up for the lack of Soul over the next two weekends. I'm DJing at Leabrooks and Keele next weekend, and the weekend after DJing at Goodyears and then off to Dublin for Sleepless Nights 5th Anniversary.

Soccer, Basketball, Cricket, Snooker ?

Posted by Dave Rimmer, 01 April 2007 ·

No that's it ! It was Rugby last night !!!

No blog last week because I was DJing in Germany for the weekend (Check out the Event Feedback section for the Baltic Soul Weekender) but I'm back on the case today.

I've always enjoyed Rugby Soul Club, right from the beginning when Sian & Dean asked me if I'd like to DJ at their new Soul night. I've watched them struggle with low numbers through the first year or so, but it didn't put them off, they continued to book a good mixture of quality DJs who would play quality music, from Oldies, to unknowns, R & B, to Modern. Something for everyone.

Sian & Dean always make it a night to remember because they, and the bunch of assorted loonies that assist them, give the club a family feeling in the way that everyone is included in the fun and games.

With a mixture of guilt, and delight that it was a resounding success, I managed to get a booking in Italy the night of their first allnighter, so I missed the night when the club truly came of age. Everyone I have spoken to has had nothing but praise for that night, and I missed it !

So we all knew it was going to be a hard act to follow with a Soul night. Numbers were down from the niter, and down on previous Soul nights, but that didn't stop it being a great night. In fact as the numbers thinned out as people went onto the Wolverhampton niter it didn't really seem to matter. The ones who remained were still having a great time on the dancefloor and in the foyer. In fact I thought it was a mark of respect that so many people came to Rugby before going onto Wolverhampton, because that started at 8pm as well.

(At this point I should mention the Freestyle Room as well. I never seem to get in there, I'm either DJing or selling records, but I'm told Catriona played an outstanding spot, and Back Door Kenny had the room full with his second spot. Well done guys)

I did two spots, the first one was just an out and out stomping Oldies rip up. I generally play this sort of spot at this time of night because it gets the dancefloor moving, but it's always the second spot that I enjoy doing more. I basically play what I want, and people dance. Much like the 100 Club, I can play a record for the first time at Rugby and the dancefloor stays busy. That's a great thing for a DJ to have, and I've tried out lots of new records at Rugby that have gone onto become regular plays in my set.

I played my usual game with the two doormen, they came and told me to finish at 2am on the dot at about 1.55am. I'd already turned my watch back five minutes, so we agreed on another three records. The lights came on towards the end of the third one, and the floor just danced on. That's always going to be my abiding memory of Rugby, people still dancing with the lights on !! When the nights first started I was still playing records at 2.15am till they got wise to me.

I pushed my luck and put 'The Drifter' on very quietly as people were (supposed to be) leaving. Shouts of turn it up from a still half full dancefloor led me to strike a deal with the dancers. I'll turn it up if you all leave quickly when it ends. It worked as well. By the time I had closed my DJ box and walked off the stage there were only about twenty people still left in the room. (They had all just moved into the foyer, but that's a different matter, and not my fault !!!)

I don't know if the two regular Security guys will read this, but I have to say you are probably the best security I have ever seen working a venue. You are always around, but not intimidating people, you do your job and clear the room, politely, at the end of the night, and are friendly to everyone. Even to the point of getting to know regulars by name. So I promise I'll finish, almost on time next time. Cheers guys !

Here are the playlists from the two sets:

9.30 pm to 10.15 pm

The Cooperettes - Shing A Ling - Brunswick

Edwin Starr - Back Street - Ric-Tic

The Volcanos - The Laws Of Love - Arctic

The Valentinos - Sweeter Than The Day Before - Chess

The Cavaliers - Hold Onto My Baby - RCA

The Brilliant Corners - Three Lonely Guys - Modern

Linda Griner - Goodby Cruel Love - Motown

The Soul Brothers Six - Some Kind Of Wonderful - Atlantic

Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes - Get Out - Landa

Thelma Lindsey - Prepared To Love You - Magic City

Edward Hamilton - I'm Gonna Love You Baby - Carrie

The Van Dykes - Save My Love For A Rainy Day - Mala

Mel Wynn & The Rhythm Aces - Stop Sign - Wand

The International GTOs - I Love My Baby - Rojac

The Anglos - Since You've Been Gone - Scepter

Dee Dee Sharp - What Kind Of Lady - Gamble

Jack Montgomery - My Dear Beloved - Scepter

1.15am to 2.05pm

Ike & Tina Turner - Dust My Broom - Tangerine

Mickie Champion - What Good Am I - Musette

Betty O'Brien - She'll Be Gone - Liberty

Dorothy & The Hesitations - Trying To Work A Plan - Jamie

The 5 Royales - Catch That Teardrop - Home Of The Blues

Watson & The Sherlocks - Groovemaker - C/U

The Idols - Just A Little Bit More - Reveille

Dick Jordan - I Want Her Back - Jamie

Joanne Courcy - I Got The Power - Twirl

The Satisfactions - Take It Or Leave It - Smash

Tammy Wayne - Have A Good Time - Boom

The Caressors - I Can't Stay Away - Ru-Jac

The Magnetics - I Have A Girl - Ra-Sel

Elbie Parker - Please Keep Away From Me - Veep

Troy Dodds - Try My Love - El Camino

Andrea Henry - I Need You Like A Baby - MGM

Sam Fletcher - I'd Think It Over - Tollie

The Fantastic Four - Can't Stop Looking For My Baby - Ric-Tic

Gwenn Douglass - The Picture - Michelle

Ray Pollard - The Drifter - United Artists

Didn't buy a single record either last weekend, or this weekend.

I Am Just Going Outside, And May Be Some Time

Posted by Dave Rimmer, 20 March 2007 ·

Waking on the morning of March 17, 1912, Oates left the tent, stepping out into the blizzard with the memorable words "I am just going outside and may be some time." It was his 32nd birthday. His body has never been found.

Waking on the morning of March 17, 2007, Weston left the chalet, stepping out into the blizzard with the memorable words "I am just going to the pub and may be some time." It wasn't his Birthday, and we found him in the pub later.

I'm not saying the weather was bad this year, but the wind was blowing the great big wheelie bins round the site like dodgem cars.

But what a weekend ! For a variety of reasons, mostly because of my wife's lack of holidays from work, I found myself sharing a chalet with John Weston, Woody, and John Mills, which basically meant that not a single piece of food entered the fridge all weekend. We arrived on the Thursday afternoon all bright eyed and bushy tailed, and left on the Monday moning as shattered hulks of the men we once were ! God knows what happened in between to cause this serious deteriation in the physical health of four men.

Oh I remember, it was a weekender ! A bloody good one as well.

I suppose I'd better start at the beginning. So first of all I'd like to offer my sincere thanks to Dawn, who was our Chalet cleaner. the darling girl, who we never met to thank personally, had realised there was some electric left on the meter, so had put the heating on before we arrived. Instead of entering a shed with sub arctic temparatures we entered a modestly warm, luxurious shed.

However, that said, it was still a little boring, so having drunk the cans of lager Woody had brought we decided the best thing we could do was go and have a beer. Between the chalet and the bar I managed to completely lose John Weston and Woody. I thought he's started already ! How can he disappear in a walk of a few hundred yards ? I eventually found both John and Woody ensconced in the pub in solitary splendour ! Once I'd persuaded them sitting at the table nearest the outside door wasn't the best choice we got down to the serious business of the evening and had a few beers. Roger and Jenny Banks joined us shortly and we caught up with a few tales of derring do on the Northern Soul Scene. Much to Roger's delight Dee Dee Sharp was sitting at the table behind us. It didn't take long for him to engage her in conversation, and it didn't take Dee Dee Sharp long, under two minutes, to say to Roger "You are a bad man". We just howled with laughter because we knew she'd sussed him as a wind up merchant straight away. Well done that girl.

Moving onto the main room a bit later I was staggered to find what must have been getting on for 800 people in the place. It was on the Thursday night when the autograph hunters started as well. I'll explain: I'm DJing at the Baltic Soul weekender next weekend, and had received an email from the promoters, which must have gone out to all the live acts and DJs asking if they could sort out arrangements for autograph signing and interviews. Rob Wigley had also received the email and I was discussing it with Rob when John Poole overheard the conversation. John being John, thought it would be funny if he could set up people all weekend to come and ask for my autograph. If I was asked once, I must have been asked over a hundred times at Prestatyn for my autograph.

Having decided to take it steady on the Thursday night, Woody and I headed back to the Chalet at 3.30am. Now I'm not saying Woody snores, but Lou his wife has my sympathy ! It was like trying to sleep in a room with a train passing through it every thirty seconds. In the end I gave up trying to sleep in the bedroom and went to have a cup of tea. Eventually Mr Weston woke me up about 7am by knocking on the door.

The conversation went something like this:

"Why didn't you use your key ?"

"What key ?"

"The key I f*cking gave you when we came back"

"You didn't give me a key"

"Yes I did"

"You didn't"

"I DID !"

"You didn't"

"Empty your pockets", at which points he dumps the contents of his pockets on the table.

"Oh, sorry"

I waited until he fell asleep, turned the TV on full blast and left to have some breakfast in the restaurant with a happy smile on my face.

Passed three empty Police cars on the way and wondered who had had their weekend plans spoiled ? I was right as well, there were two arrests made on the Friday morning. So the Police had been planning that one for a few weeks because they knew which chalet to go to !

I went back to the chalet about 11am to find John still asleep, so I turned the telly back on and went to the toilet. He mustn't have realised I was in there, so he turned the telly off and got back into bed, so I turned it back on when I came out of the toilet. Petty ? Childish ? Oh yes, but revenge is so sweet !

Setting the sales stall up next to Roger Banks we both commented on how few stalls there were this year compared to last (Probably because the price of stalls this year went up to £100 each), and how many T-Shirt, clocks, cufflinks, lighters, mouse mats (!), birthday cards, and general market stalls there were. Certainly as many selling tat as there were selling records. I had a plan to join in but was foiled by the lack of a decent shop in Prestatyn. The idea was to buy a pack of plain white T-Shirts and a marker pen and then put our newly designed T-Shirts up for sale boldly emblazoned with the slogans:

Kepe The Faith, Norvvern Sole, and Wigun Casinno, and see if we could sell them !

How to ruin reputations #1

Mind you, a certain member of SS (I can't reveal anything about him other than his name: Clanger v2) obviously thought the same about all the tat on sale because he managed to totally wreck one T-Shirt stall on the Saturday. All he did was fall over into the middle of the stall !!!

Friday night's music did tend to be a little on the old oldies side early on, but if that's what people dance to, that's what the majority of DJs are going to play on the first offical night of a weekender. My spot ran from 5am to 6am, and Arthur Fenn followed me so my parting comment was "Arthur I'd love to hear you do a full on Northern Spot, but I'm off to bed". Which is what I did.

Saturday lunchtime approached with the speed of a tin tray on the Cresta run, except we were using the tray for beer ! More autographs to sign as well ! It was also the Man United Bolton match on the big screen in the Queen Vic that afternoon. So John Mills and I wandered over when the pub opened. Now I've never made it a secret that I have always been a Bolton Wanderers fan, and in all honesty the way the lads are playing at the moment, on paper it looked like we were due a stuffing from United who are at the top of their game at the moment. So, because it appeared that the pub was filling up with United fans, I thought I'd better get the insults in quickly before the game started. I spotted several other lads who I knew were Bolton fans but they were on the whole keeping their heads down. Not me though, several comments like asking if there was anyone from Manchester in the pub,etc etc. It was all done in jest though and I think really livened the atmosphere in the pub up.

Thirty minutes after kick off my nightmare was coming true, Bolton were losing 3 - 0. It's quite strange having sixty odd people in the room turning to point and laugh at you everytime United score !

I had to go and open the stall at this point, strange that it coincided with United's third goal going in, and the words that rang in my ears as I tried to creep out of the room came from Leon "Taxi for Mr Rimmer". All I can say is well done lads, I'll get my own back next year !

Saturday night, the live acts. What can I say ? Pat Lewis was probably the least well received, but in fairness she was a late addition and had a sore throat. Morris Chestnut was superbly attired in a bright red suit, and in all honesty who would have thought it would have been possible to see him sing 'Too Darn Soulful' live on stage in North wales !!

Roy Roberts, great guy, great singer, great show. Prince Philip Mitchell (If you are his mate do you call him Prince or Philip ?) apparently a bit of the prima donna attitude shown early in the day, but made up for it by delivering a superb show. For me though the star of the show was rightly Dee Dee Sharp. Such a small lady with such a big voice !!! Awesome, worth the money just to see her sing on stage. As usual the crowd were brilliant for all the artists, responding with applause, singing along, cheering, and generally being a UK Soul crowd having a good time.

Back to the music, slightly better than Friday, but why oh why do some DJs not listen to what has been played before them ? Wind up of the night involved Roger passing every empty glass he could fine along the line to Lindsey who then had to get up and put them round the corner. She was getting angrier and angrier as the night went on, I'd realised what Roger was doing and took delight in passing all the glasses to Lindsey.

The need for sleep overtook me about 4am so I sloped off and managed to get a good four hours before Woody and Weston returned. Woody went off to bed, and Johnny Weston had to endure me listening to Roger & Hoss's Mother's Day Special Breakfast radio show.

The idea of Roger to ring his Mother live on air to wish her Happy Mother's day was inspired and had me rolling about laughing.

Following the radio show it was time to go for some breakfast with John Mills, leaving the radio show on the telly for John Weston to listen to. It might have been a tad loud, but at least he wouldn't miss anything.

Sunday afternoon was spent sitting quietly reading a book of 17th century rennaisance poetry to a gathering of a select few, and signing a few more autographs. In fact I must have read so much poetry that I had to go for a lie down when I eventually packed the stall away at 5pm.

How to ruin reputations #2

If you were in the Oldies allnighter when Dave Evison blew all the power and all the sound went off, I can also reveal the truth now. It wasn't Dave Evison's fault at all. A certain Mr Ian Wills took the lid off his record box and it slid off the table and knocked the plug out of the socket !

6.30 Sunday night and the highlight of the weekend for me. John Weston and Keith Money double decking in the pub for two and a half hours. As an antidote to the Oldies of the main room these two started Sunday night off with stylish sychronsied DJ dancing behind the decks, oh yeah, they played one or two rather classy tracks as well. Keith has been my favourite DJ for a long time now, and of course Johnny Weston is one of my best mates so it was a real pleasure to hear them playing fresh and exciting tunes, which they both so obviously enjoyed playing.

How to ruin reputations #3

It was Lindsey's Birthday on the Sunday, and Karen's daughter (Who is only 12) had bought her a lovely card and written in it "Are you going to have a dance tonight or are you going to get trashed with the lads again ?"

So Lindsey is officially a lush, but I know she did enjoy the weekend and laughed so much on the Saturday when John Mills and I regalled her with tales of John Weston on tour that her ribs ached from laughing.

Sunday night is always the night the record Dealers have off work so to speak, so we always tend to get rather well oiled. Roger Banks and I do anyway, which might explain away some of the more bizarre moments of our joint sets late on the Sunday nights (It actually doesn't, but that's a different matter !!!). This year was no different, I started off with two instrumentals, and off we went. All credit to the crowd though, they danced to whatever we played. As the spot finshed I looked to the left of the stage and noticed a queue of people forming, all with bits of paper and pens in their hands, even with their own 'official photographer'. That's right. they were queuing up to get my bloody autograph !

Brilliant wind up organised by John Weston I believe. I also later discovered that it was videoed as well, so watch UTube for that one soon.

An hour later, and I'd lost my voice completely and was having difficulty forming words in a coherant fashion and I decided my poor body had taken enough abuse for one weekend and staggered off out into the wind to bed.

The end of another wonderful weekend. To the people who moaned about the music, get a life, Prestatyn isn't about the rarest of the rare all the time. It's about having a laugh, a dance, and a good time with your mates. We managed all that and had a great time doing it.

Records bought:

Just three

Dorothy & The Hesitations - Trying To Work Out A Plan- Jamie (Current play for Karl Heard, and soon one for me)

The Shufflers - Always Be Mine - Crackerjack White Demo (The really rare one that is by The Shufflers rather than by Jay & The Shufflers)

And a copy of the Watson & The Sherlocks cover up I'm currently playing, so if anyone is interested in making me an offer on that PM me.

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That Bloody Dog !

Posted by Dave Rimmer, 11 March 2007 · 13 views

I'll come to the dog later.

Well, purchases over the last couple of weeks (Because I forgot I bought something last week !)

Lou Rawls - I'll See You When I Get There - PIR (three copies, so if you want one, PM me)

Tommy Bush - I Don't Like It - Rika (Boot)

Ollie Jackson - Gotta Wipe Away The Teardrops - Magnum (Boot)

Lou Roberts - You Fooled Me - MGM (Boot)

Walter & The Admerations - Man O Man - Soul City

Edwin Starr - Back Street - Ric-Tic

All the above are for sale.

Elbie Parker - Please Keep Away From Me - Veep (and this one was for me)

Right. Onto the bloody dog ! I never wanted a dog, but when Margie took the kids to 'look at some puppies' thirteen years ago, and came home with one what can I do. Anyway. I normally do the walk last thing at night, and it's not a thick dog, he knows I do the last walk at night. (By the way. he's called Chaz, the kids thought it would be funny, given the fact I'm called Dave !!! Work it out!!!!)

So, if I arrive home at 7am, like this morning, the dog is waiting for his walk, because I didn't take him last night, and do you think I can get away with it ? Not a chance ! So, instead of heading off to bed, I'm walking the dog, and then doing his toast for breakfast as I type this !

Ah well.

Middleton last night was down slightly on numbers, but I suppose that's the Prestatyn effect. That said, the ones who did come were up for it and certainly the main room and the R & B room saw some heavy dancefloor action throughout the night.

Here's what I played between 2.30 and 3.30 am, in roughly the right sort of order.

Athens Rogues - She Could Love Me - Stop

Cavaliers - Hold Onto My Baby - RCA

Vondells - Hey Girl - Airtown

Van Dykes - Save My Love For A Rainy Day - Mala

Valentinos - Sweeter Than The Day Before - Chess

Satisfactions - Take It Or Leave It - Smash

Bobby Freeman - Swing Me - Unreleased Autumn (Jimmy Washburn C/U)

Elbie Parker - Please Keep Away From Me - Veep

Theresa Lindsy - Prepared To Love You - Magic City

Fabulous Peps - With These Eyes - Wee 3

Metros - Since I Found My Baby - RCA

Jack Montgomery - Baby Baby Take A Chance On Me - Revue

O'Jays - I'll Never Forget You - Imperial

Brooks Brothers - Looking For A Woman - Tay

Frank Dell - He Broke Your Game Wide Open - Valise

Brice Coefield - Ain't That Right - Omen

Joanne Courcey - I Got The Power - Twirl

Marge Dodson - Be Your Baby - Decca

Larry Atkins - Ain't That Love Enough - Highland

Caressors - I Can't Stay Away - Ru-Jac

Magnetics - I Have A Girl - Ra-Sel

Barbara Mason - Bobby Is My Baby - Arctic

Idols - Just A Little Bit More - Reveille

Gwen Douglass - The Picture - Michelle

Thoroughly enjoyed myself again, and have to say you can't really fault Andy McCabe when Middleton is on. Top nighter, as it should be.

Prestatyn next weekend, so don't expect anything sensible on the blog !

Night night

Building Up A Head Of Steam

Posted by Dave Rimmer, 05 March 2007 ·

Well, I was just too busy yesterday to write the blog, spending a good seven hours in Bristol at the first UK Munny exhibition where my youngest was exhibiting a piece (And if you don't understand that, don't worry !!!)

Back to Saturday though: Steam Allnighter.

A mixture of a comedy of errors and a great night out. Des Parker and Johnny Beggs are the guys who run the Steam allnighters, and their aim is to provide an allnighter in a reasonable venue, at a reasonable cost, which will play good quality Soul music from all eras and styles.

To that end, entry to Steam on Saturday was the grand total of £1 before 10pm last Saturday. The comedy of errors bit comes in when Des Parker, who had been ill all week with an upset stomach went to the Doctors on Friday, and they sent him to hospital, and kept him in. (Apparently he's ok now) Johnny Weston also cried off sick, Killah, who was the first DJ hadn't been told he was first, so didn't arrive on time, and the flyers that were put out prior to the event didn't have the date on them !

All the DJs basically work for nothing, but get the freedom to play whatever they want with no pressure to fill the dancefloor, hence Johnny Beggs played a spot of Latin Boogaloo and Phil Wainwright slipped some Disco, and it was Disco, into one of his spots.

No playlist this time, because I'm too idle to open the box and sort through it.

Last bit of news is that I've just been booked to DJ at the Baltic soul weekender on the 23rd and 24th of this month, so that's even more cheap tobacco I can stock up on. Thanks guys.

What A Weekend !

Posted by Dave Rimmer, 25 February 2007

The silly grin which I wore on my face all day Saturday has just about worn off now.

Why ? I hear you ask.

Well, if you're sitting comfortably I'll tell you. Friday night I didn't really fancy going out, there wasn't a Soul night on within easy travelling distance, and it was the World Club Challenge with St Helens playing Brisbane Broncos on Sky. Against my better judgement my darling beautiful and wealthy wife persuaded my to go down to the casino in Dudley for a couple of hours to meet Woody and Lou.

"Oh go on then, they'll be showing the rugby league on the big screen" At this point I have to mention that I don't go to the casino to gamble, Margie likes to play the slot machines and I generally watch sport on the telly whilst chatting to Woody and becoming more and more inebriated as the night goes on. I'll put a pound in a machine and if I don't win I'll walk away, and in fact if I do win, I'll take the money and walk away anyway.

I digress. We got to the Casino, and they were showing the Cardiff / Preston game, so that really made my night because I'd only really agreed to go because I thought I'd get to see the rugby !!!

Six hours later I was pleased as punch. Margie, bless her little cotton socks, had won over £1,000 on the machines. What made the night better was Lou had also won over £250 as well.

So, record dealers, be aware that some of the cash I'll be paying you with in the very near future is the proceeds of gambling because Margie, generous to a tee, has donated a healthy proportion of her winnings my way !!!!

Saturday was, of course Alan Johnson's and Andy McCabe's new allnighter at Bretby. Woody and Lou picked us up, and we set off on what should have been under an hours journey. Now over the years I must have made the trip to Bretby well over three hundred times. It's dead easy, the A461, then the A38, then the A511, and you're there. Woody decided to go the other way down the M42 !

A couple of hours after setting out we arrived at what is in fact a very nice venue. Up the stairs and there's a lobby for the record dealers, and then you're into the sweltering main room. I say sweltering because unlike some big venues, not only did the heating work, but it was on full blast. But, if you will let Roger Banks set up next to the thermostat !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Every other DJ was called Dave, but the set that impressed me most was by Rob Kay. Every time I hear him DJ he manages to pull a couple of crackers out of his DJ box that I didn't know he owned. Well done mate.

I was due to DJ at 3am, following Dave Welding. Imagine my surprise when I got to the decks to find Dave Evison with his records sorted all set up to go on. I pointed out that he was a little early, and that he was supposed to be following me. Much swearing accompanied the putting away of records. I blame it on all the Dave's. It just gets confusing when you're getting on in years.

Very busy night as well and although the beer was a bit pricy, it was Marston's Pedigree.

So, here's the playlist from 3am to 4am

Cavaliers - Hold Onto My Baby - RCA

Mel Wynn - Stop Sign - Wand

Cooperettes - Shing A Ling - Brunswick

Fabulous Peps - With These Eyes - Wee 3

Satisfactions - Take It Or Leave It - Smash

Fuller Brothers - Times A Wasting - Soul Clock

Ike & Tina Turner - Dust My Broom - Tangerine

Mickie Champion - What Good Am I - Musette

Gladys Tyler - Mr Green Mrs Green - Decca

Syng McGowan - That's What I Want - Hope

Baby Jean - If You Wanna - Stacy

Five Royales - Catch That Teardrop - Home Of The Blues

Tommy T & The Targets - Sales Pitch - Big R

Patience Valentine - If You Don't Come - Sar

Idols - Just A Little Bit More - Reveille

Watson & The Sherlocks - Little Old Groovemaker - C / U

Jimmy Lewis - Let Me Know - Minit

Jack Montgomery - Baby Baby Take A Chance On Me - Revue

Joanne Courcy - I Got The Power - Twirl

Vondells - Hey Girl - Airtown

Marge Dodson - Be Your Baby - Decca

Magnetics - I Have A Girl - Ra-Sel

Troy Dodds - Try My Love - El Camino

Gwen Douglass - The Picture - Michelle

Thoroughly enjoyed doing the spot and was pleased to see a full floor throughout.

'Til next weekend.

Sleep...need Sleep

Posted by Dave Rimmer, 18 February 2007

I sit here before you, a tired but happy man.

Friday night DJ'ed at Bury allnighter, managed to grab the first of the two records I bought this weekend there, and then it was back to the Midlands in the morning. Saturday, parents came to visit so couldn't slink off to bed, then it was back up the motorway to The Greatstone where I grabbed the second title. Finally arrived home at 5.30 am this morning !

Both events were great in different ways. Bury was a top class Northern Soul allnighter with each ofthe DJs contributing something different and people still dancing at 6 am. Greatstone was musically quite different from Bury, but just as much quality Soul music. Funny thing that Margie pointed out to me was that about 15 of the crowd at The Greatstone had made the journey up from the West Midlands. When the last record was played there were still 12 of 'em in the room !

Purchases this weekend

Gwen Douglass - The Picture - Michelle

The Satisfactions - Take It Or Leave It - Smash

Playlist from Bury later if I ever get the magazine finished !

A Tale Of Three Margarets

Posted by Dave Rimmer, 13 February 2007

Well, got back last night from DJing at the Wildcats Soul Club allnighter in Vicenza, Italy.

We travelled out on the Friday afternoon, and I tell you, I was a bit worried on the Thursady night before we left. There was a slight matter of some snow during the Thursday morning, which meant that when I went to bed on Thursday, Stansted Airport was closed, and Central trains were cancelling everything to Stansted !

Still, intrepid adventurers that we are, we set off Friday morning, and amazingly the train was running, the airport was open, and the flight was almost on time !

Arrived at Venice Treviso around 11.30 pm and Andrea & Renato were waiting to collect us. We went straight off to the local bar they all use in Vicenza where they had some decks set up. Arriving there about midnight I had to laugh. I'd expected a venue type of bar, but it wasn't, if you could get ten people in the bar it was rammed, but there were about sixty people standing outside as well ! I was asked if I'd do an hour's DJing, and of course I said yes, especially as I had heard the magic words 'Your money is no good in this bar'

Several beers later, we eventually arrived at our apartment, sixteen hours after having left home !

Saturday morning was spent exploring Vicenza with Margie, because although I'd been five years ago, she didn't come with me that time. Saturday afternoon was back at the bar. Vicenza were playing the mnighty Juventos that afternoon, so it ended up with me and Roccia having a few beers and discussing life in general (as you do) Margie had gone back to bed !

Saturday night it was back to the Nuovo Astra Bar to meet up and get a lift to the venue. As the niter was advertised to start at 11 pm I was a little surprised that we didn't set off for the venue until about 9.30 pm because there was a meal booked first. It was so Italian though, not only did 22 of us sit down for a four course meal an hour before the nighter started, it meant that the music didn't start until 12.15 am because all the DJs were still eating !

The venue itself was rather special as well, a restaurant, hotel, and night club, up the side of a mountain somewhere near Vicenza. Like a small version of Mr M's with the balconey, and it was still unchanged from the Seventies when it was turned into a club, well maintained, but not updated if you know what I mean.

A real mixture of music followed, from Fifties R & B, a little Ska, Latin Boogaloo, Oldies, Rarities, Uptempo, Midtempo, you name it, if it was Black American, one of the DJs probably played it. There were even two Seventies records played !

Back down the mountain, at twenty five miles an hour round the hairpin bends, in thick fog ! I was tempted by the idea of going for breakfast with Andrea and Renato, but Margie needed sleep again, so we declined and went to bed. The offer of meeting up for Sunday lunch was also there but we also politely declined that as well and decided to do the tourist bit and go to Venice on the train. A fabulous day out, enhanced by the fact it was 'Carnivale' in Venice, meant we arrived back at the apartment after 9pm, packed the case, and went to bed. An early start the next day saw us arriving back home, on time as well.

The tale of three Margarets ? Well there were three English women in the venue Saturday night: Margie from Dudley. Maggie from Sunderland, and Margaret from Liverpool, how about that for a coincidence !

Over the weekend I did three spots, an hour in the Nuovo Astra Bar, 45 minutes & 30 minutes at the niter. Here's what I played, but in alphabetical order, rather than split into the different spots.

Al Apollo - I'm Walking - Cub

Athens Rogues - She Could Love Me - Stop

Douglas Banks - Ain't That Just Like A Woman - Guyden

The Belles - Don't Pretend - Mirwood

Majorie Black - One More Hurt - Sue

Bobby Baskerville - I Gotcha Where I Wancha - Dot

Bobby Bland - Yum Yum Tree - Duke

The Brooks Brothers - Lookin' For A Woman - Tay

Solomon Burke - Stupidity - Atlantic

The Caressors - I Can't Stay Away - Ru-Jac

The Cavaliers - Hold On To My Baby - RCA

The Chandlers - Your Love Makes Me Lonely - Col-Soul

Brice Coefield - Ain't That Right - Omen

Joanne Courcy - I Got The Power - Twirl

Frank Dell - He Broke Your Game Wide Open - Valise

Troy Dodds - Try My Love - El Camino

Joe Douglas - Crazy Things - Playhouse

The Fabulous Peps - With These Eyes - Wee 3

The Five Royales - Catch That Teardrop - Home Of The Blues

Sam Fletcher - I'd Think It Over Twice - Tollie

Garland Green - Girl I Love You - Revue

Major Harris - Call Me Tomorrow - Okeh

Edward Hamilton - I'm Gonna Love You Tomorrow - Carrie

Andrea Henry - I Need You Like a Baby - MGM

The Idols - Just A Little Bit More - Reveille

International G T Os - I Love My Baby - Rojac

Baby Jean - If You Wanna - Stacy

Dick Jordan - I Want Her Back - Jamie

Syl Johnson - Try Me - Twilight

Charles Lamont - I've Got To Keep Movin' - Challenge

Jimmy Lewis - Let Me Know - Minit

Thelma Lindsey - Prepared To Love You - Magic City

The Magnetics - I Have A Girl - Ra-Sel

Ernie Marbray - Ain't Nobody's Business - Wee

Johnnie Mae Mathews - Lonely You'll Be - Atco

Johnnie Mae Mathews - I Have No Choice - Big Hit

The Metros - Since I Found My Baby - RCA

Jack Montgomery - My Dear Beloved - Scepter

Cliff Nobles - Your Love Is All I Need - Atlantic

Betty O'Brien - She'll Be Gone - Liberty

The Sophisticates - I Can't Stand It - Mutt

The Sparkels - Try Love - Old Town

Rose St John - I Know The Meaning - Veep

Tommy T & The Targets - Sales Pitch - Big R

Ted Taylor - I Miss You So - Ronn

Patience Valentine - If You Don't Come - SAR

The Vondells - Hey Girl - Airtown

Jimmy Wallace - I'll Be Back - Alpha

Watson & The Sherlocks - Little Old Groovemaker - C/U

Tammy Wayne - Have a Good Time - Boom

I'll just finish with by saying we had a great weekend.

Thanks guys.

Northern Soul On A Tuesday

Posted by Dave Rimmer, 08 February 2007 ·

Johnny Weston texted me to ask if I wanted to go to the Record meet that Des Parker and Johnny Beggs were organising in Stoke.

Why not I thought, something different. After driving round in circle for half an hour after Johnny boy said he jnew where it was I rang johnny Beggs and got directions.

The Pack Horse function room is something like a shed at the back of the pub, but there were tables for records, and a set of decks. What more could you ask for.

Buys, from Des Parker's box

Bobby Bland - Rockin' In The Same Old Boat - Duke

Bobby Patterson - The Knock Out Power Of Love - Jetstar

The Orlons - Crossfire - Cameo

Dan Brantley - Please Accept My Love - Sims

Arhur Conley - Star Review - Atco Demo

The 3 Degrees - I'm Gonna Ned You - Swan Demo

Peggy Scott & Jo Jo Benson - Soulshake - SSS International

Contributers Of Soul - Look What You Done For Me - New Miss

Gene Chandler - There Goes The Lover - Brunswick

Good night all round. Apparently the next one is being organised for Droitwich.

The Marrs Bar

Posted by Dave Rimmer, 04 February 2007

Another Sunday morning sitting at the PC.

The Marrs Bar was in terms of numbers very quiet last night, especially early on. It's hard to work out why as well really, there were people who never miss one, that didn't turn up, and yet there were some people who I didn't expect to see there because they live a lot closer to Winsford than Worcester.

That said, the music was of a consistently high standard all night, and Carl Fortnum even remembered to play 'Big City Playboy' by Jimmy Andrews for me. As I do very occasionally, I danced, and there was a flurry of people trying to get cameras on the grounds they had never seen me dance before.......Don't they know I was the DJ Dancing Competition winner at Cleethorpes one year ! (But that's another story in itself). However, the devil looks after his own, and none of the cameras worked !!!!

I really do enjoy The Marrs Bar though, and although this wasn't the busiest night everyone I spoke to enjoyed it as well.

I DJ'ed between Midnight and 1am, and despite low numbers, did manage to get a fairly busy dancefloor with this lot

Fabulous Peps - With These Eyes - Wee 3

Larry Atkins - Ain't That Love Enough - Highland

Cavaliers - Hold Onto My Baby - RCA

Metros - Since I Found My Baby - RCA

Jimmy Lewis - Let Me Know - Minit

Joanne Courcy - I Got The Power - Twirl

Edwin Starr - My Kind Of Woman - Ric-Tic

Brooks Brothers - Looking For A Woman - Tay

Tammy Wayne - Have A Good Time - Boom

Ike & Tina Turner - Dust My Broom - Tangerine

Mickie Champion - What Good Am I - Musette

Betty O'Brien - She'll Be Gone - Liberty

Idols - Just A Little Bit More - Reveille

Baby Jean - If You Wanna - Stacy

Five Royales - Catch That Teardrop - Home Of The Blues

Watson & The Sherlocks - Little Old Groovemaker - C/U

Syng McGowan - That's What I Want - Hope

Larry Davis - I've Been Hurt So Many Times - Kent

Valentinos - Sweeter Than The Day Before - Chess

Dee Dee Sharp - What Kind Of Lady - Gamble

Vondells - Hey Girl - Airtown

Caressors - I Can't Stay Away - Ru-Jac

Troy Dodds - Try My Love - El Camino

Larry Banks & Jaibi - My Life Is No Better - Unreleased GWP

Only one record purchase again this weekend, and that was the Baby Jean - If You Wanna - Stacy

Going To A Go Go On The Rare Side

Posted by Dave Rimmer, 28 January 2007

Made the trip down to wellingborough for the inaugural night of Going To A Go Go On The Rare Side. Great venue, could have done with about twenty more bodies in to make the place really buzz, but the music was superb all night.

Len Dopson played a cover up that has gone straight on my wants list, except I have no idea what it was ! Does anyone else know what it is, I can't even tell you what he's got it covered up as though.

I played two half hour sets, in roughly this sort of order:

First set was dedicated entirely to Len Dopson knowing what a fanatical R & B fan he is.

Betty O'Brien - She'll Be Gone - Liberty

Syl Johnson - Try Me - Twilight

Reatha Reese - Only Lies - Dot

Larry Davis - I've Been Hurt So Many Times - Kent

Tammy Wayne - Have A Good Time - Boom

Five Royales - Catch That Teardrop - Home Of The Blues

Patience Valentine - If You Don't Come - SAR

Big Daddy Rogers - I'm A Big Man - Midas

Syng McGowan - That's What I Want - Hope

Solomon Burke - Stupidity - Atlantic

The Idols - Just A Little Bit More - Reveille

Douglas Banks - Ain't That Just Like A Woman - Guyden

Second Set

Joanne Courcy - I Got The Power - Twirl

Thelma Lyndsey - Prepared To Love You - Magic City

Caressors - I Can't Stay Away - Ru-Jac

Vondells - Hey Girl - Airtown

Van Dykes - Save My Love For A Rainy Day - Mala

Frank Dell - He Broke Your Game Wide Open - Valise

Brooks Brothers - Looking For A Woman - Tay

Magnetics - I Have A Girl - Ra-Sel

Troy Dodds - Try My Love - El Camino

Sam Fletcher - I'd Think It Over - Tollie

Andrea Henry - I Need You Like A Baby - MGM

Harold Melvin & THe Bluenotes - Get Out - Landa

Overall thoroughly enjoyed myself, managed to sell a few records but didn't buy anything because there were only two other small sales boxes in the place.

The Morning After

Posted by Dave Rimmer, 21 January 2007

Well, with the cancellation of the 100 Club we decided to go North to the Greatstone Hotel, and it was a good decision as we had a great time.

No records actually bought this week, but one on it's way

Screaming Joe Neal - She's My Baby - Emerge

Week Two's Purchase And Playlist.

Posted by Dave Rimmer, 14 January 2007

Another busy weekend, Lowton on the Friday night with Johnny Weston, and then Steam on the Saturday. Only one purchase over the two events though:

The Idols - Just A Little Bit More - Dot

Rob Smith couldn't make it to Steam so Des Parker asked me if I'd fill in for him by playing a few records. It ended up only being thirty minutes, but here's what I played:

Steam Allnighter 13th January, 2007

Athens Rogues - If I Could Love You - Stop

The Eptones - A Love That's Real - Jox

The Dells - Thinkin' About You - Cadet

Bobby Freeman - Swing Me - Unreleased Autumn

Cliff Nobles - Your Love Is All I Need - Atlantic

The Swans - Nitty Gritty City - Unreleased Swan

Fabulous Peps - With These Eyes - Wee 3

The Paramounts I Won't Share Your Love - Mercury

Magnetics - I Have A Girl - Ra-Sel

Bettye Lavette - (Happiness Will Cost You) One Thin Dime - Unreleased Scepter

Carlena Weaver - Jealousy - Audel

Watson & The Sherlocks - Little Old Groovemaker - C/U

Gladys Tyler - Mr Green Mrs Green - Decca

The Idols - Just A Little Bit More - Reveille

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And Whilst I'm At It.......

Posted by Dave Rimmer, 07 January 2007 · 8 views

Here's my playlist from my first DJ spot of the year at the

London Bridge Allnighter on the 5th January

First Spot 2.15am To 3.15 Am

Al Apollo - I'm Walking - Cub

Bobby Baskerville - Gotcha Where I Wancha - Dot

Roy Wright - Hook Line & Sinker - Mica

Gladys Tyler - Mr Green Mrs Green - Decca

Watson & The Sherlocks - Little Old Groovemaker - C/U

Bobby Bland - Yum Yum Tree - Duke

Marion James - That's My Man - Excello

Dick Jordan - I Want Her Back - Jamie

Tommy T & The Targets - Sales Pitch - Big R

Bobby Bland - Sweet Lips Of Joy - Duke Lp

Betty O'Brien - She'll Be Gone - Liberty

Big Daddy Rogers - I'm A Big Man - Midas

Minnie Epperson - Grab Your Clothes - Peacock

Beverley Ann Gibson - A Three Dollar Bill - Jubilee

The Idols - Just A Little Bit More - Reveille

Joe Tex - Don't Play - Checker

Barbara Lynn - I'm A Good Woman - Tribe

Bobby Bland - Getting Used To The Blues - Duke

Reatha Reese - Only Lies - Dot

Patience Valentine - If You Don't Come - Sar

Larry Davis - I've Been Hurt So Many Times Before - Kent

Syl Johnson - Try Me - Twilight

Douglas Banks - Ain't That Just Like A Woman - Guyden

Second Spot 6.15am To 6.35 Am

Ike & Tina Turner - Dust My Broom - Tangerine

Ernie Marbray - Ain't Nobody's Business - Wee

Johnnie Mae Matthews - Lonely You'll Be - Atco

Mike Finnegan & The Serfs - Bread & Water - Rhythm & Soul

Jimmy Holland - Baby Don't Leave Me - Blue Rock

Marge Dodson - Be Your Baby - Decca

Syng McGowan - That's What I Want - Hope

Johnny Sayles - I Can't Get Enough Of Your Love - St Lawrence

King Curtis & The Kingpins - Foot Pattin' - Atco

Charles Lamont & The Extremes - I've Got To Keep Movin' - Challenge

The First Of The Year

Posted by Dave Rimmer, 07 January 2007

Following on from a thread in the Forum called 'The First of 2007', I decided it might be a good idea in amongst my ramblings to keep a list of the 45s that I buy during the course of the year. so, the entries for the first week of the year are:

The Stokes - Crystal Ball - Alon

And second copy of the Watson & The Sherlocks C/U

Bought from an American Website

Tyrone Davis - Running A Losing Race - Sack

Jimmy Lewis - Let Me Know - Minit Demo

Both bought at the London Bridge R & B allnighter

Johnnie Mae Matthews - Here Comes My Baby - Blue Rock

Cheapie off Ebay




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