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The Sink Club.. Liverpool... Short Film Of Its History

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I went to the sunday Sink in the early 2000s . I had a tape from the club but I lent it out and never got it back , maybe someone has a copy ? . I also have a 3rd anniversary cd from October 2003 .


Here are the sleeve notes ...


The sink club originally ran from 1963 to 1971and was owned and ran by Neil English , a jazz , r'n'b  and soul enthusiast who provided a club for kids of all races to attend and mix freely ( rare in the city at the time )


When the Magnet opened in 1999 it captured the ethos behind the original sink club and inspired Patrick and Stan to form the Sink Soul Club . a monthly event presenting original 60s soul sets in the relaxed atmosphere and unique décor of The Magnet .


Track list....



In the basement - Etta James & Sugar Pie DeSanto

Callin' all boys - Ruby Johnson

Steppin up in class - Jimmy McCrackin

I never knew - Clyde McPhatter

These kind of blues - Junior Parker

School time - Billy Boy Arnold



Well ! - The Olympics



From day to day -  Gene Chandler

You got next to me baby - Bobby Adams

Little John - Sammie John

Don't start cryin' - Slim Harpo

Sweet thing - Bobby Dee

Tell me who - Big Maybelle



Someones gonna cry - Val Martinez

Love , I won't be a fool anymore - Chuck Wright

Stolen angel - Scott Brothers

Hold me close - Wade Flemmons

No one can ever take your place - Sam Cook

Yesterdays kisses - Maxine Brown



Don't you just know it - Huey 'piano' Smith

Ivory tower - Shirley & Jessie

You oughta quit that - Junior Wells

Big New York - Chuck Jackson

You better check yourself - Soul Brothers Six

Love the way you love - O.V Wright


KEVIN MURRAY ( tribute to Edwin Starr )

I have faith in you

Agent double o soul

Stop her on sight

Way over there

25 miles

war .

Still love all of those on my track list, especially Chuck Wright. The flip of which is just as good. I often played both sides out when I got the chance.  :thumbsup:

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So nice to see the feedback, it was a labour of love from Pat over many years to get this out.. I hope he gets to see this thread... :hatsoff2:

So do I. :thumbsup:

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Guest gfarrington

brill that , seem to vaguely remember that day, and patrick doing some filming , he asked to to sprinkle some talc on the floor while being filmed , must has edited that bit lol

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Guest johnny hart

no offence Conchita never heard Norma Tanega played in any Soul Clubs I frequented in the 1960's and I visited plenty. :yes: God Bless Mick L

Mick,Gracias for your kind comment,some more ; Liverpool in the 60s was a sad reflection of a racial malaise which infested much of the UK. Iremember being turned away from all the mainstream Soul clubs in Downtown scouseland ,you can,t come in La , why ? your mate ,He,s not on ,why he was rspectable ,had a tie on ,worked with me in the Royal Liver Biuldings as Clerical Assistant in the Tax Office? because he was Afro carribean,,. So we gravitated to the L.pool 8 district blues clubs &Shabines where I  was welcome and grooved to Willie Tee, Prince Buster and Bob and Earl,the Sink was our starting point,    Nobody cared about your colour just the 5 bob or was it Half a $ to get in, Salud,adios Johnny Lol.

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I have been asked by Stan Evans to post the following information:


The Sink Soul Club will once again open its doors in the Summer of 2015. The club, now known as the Magnet, has been taken over by new owners who have undertaken a tasteful refurbishment of the premises and who wish to start up the legendary soul events once again at the club. The refurbishment has included the installation of a state of the art sound system in the venue and all works have been in keeping with the historic character of the club.

Three dates have been booked, with more to follow...

Sunday 17th May---Sunday Soul Session running from 3pm---9pm.

Sunday 19th July---Sunday Soul Session running from 3pm---9pm.

Sunday 30th August---Mini Nighter running from 8pm---4am.

DJs for the two Sunday Soul Sessions will be Stan Evans, Pete Everett, Dennis Haw and Tony Brookes.

For the mini nighter there will be additional guest DJs, to be arranged.

More information will be posted as soon as it is available on here and in the events section, there will also be information and invitations posted on Facebook.

The Sink is one of the last remaining original soul clubs in the North of England, this is an exciting opportunity to be a part of what will be a fantastic revival in this iconic basement club!

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Great news. Well done Stan, Pete and Brookesy for making this happen. Long may it reign.

For those traveling from afar, make a day of it, there are some great pubs and eateries very very close by.

The pubs include the following;

Fly In The Loaf - less than 100 yards down Hardman Street on the same side as the Sink, selling a wide range of Real Ales and foreign beers. Great pub and one of my first port of calls whenever I'm in Liverpool.

Roscoe Head - on Roscoe Street, another 100 yards down from the Fly In The Loaf, again on the same side after crossing the lights at Rodney Street.

Philharmonic - literally 20 yards away at the top of Hardman Street and same side as the Sink. Has one of the most ornate Gentleman's toilets in the country, not to mention the bar and the rest of its interior. Click on link: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=philharmonic+pub+liverpool&rlz=1C1RNVG_enGB608GB612&espv=2&biw=1920&bih=1075&tbm=isch&imgil=STDVfNlvSBIMMM%253A%253BuO2wrenqi_xrVM%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fdrinkinliverpool.co.uk%25252Flisting%25252Fthe-philharmonic-dining-rooms%25252F&source=iu&pf=m&fir=STDVfNlvSBIMMM%253A%252CuO2wrenqi_xrVM%252C_&usg=__xafJ2Df5UgiB9IISQqxowDQGMgc%3D&dpr=1&ved=0CEEQyjc&ei=U4Q3VZnbF-XhywOZz4GIBA#imgrc=STDVfNlvSBIMMM%253A%3BuO2wrenqi_xrVM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fdrinkinliverpool.co.uk%252Fwp-content%252Fuploads%252F2013%252F02%252FPhilharmonic-Rooms.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fdrinkinliverpool.co.uk%252Flisting%252Fthe-philharmonic-dining-rooms%252F%3B713%3B280

Swan Inn - Wood Street, a kind of heavy metal pub with great selection of Real Ales, including Wobbly Bob, which is always on and very popular with the locals.

There are loads more dotted about very close by. Click on this link for a map of them all.

Some of the eateries are as follows;

Fly In The Loaf - Great Bar food!!! Recommended.

Bistro Jacques - almost next door to the Sink. I've heard it's excellent.

Ego Mediterranean - Just across the road from the Sink and next door to the Royal Philharmonic Hall on Hope Street. I've eaten here and it's excellent.

Lucha Libre - Mexican food of outstanding quality. It's literally just 50 yards away from the Swan Inn I mentioned above as one of the pubs to visit. It's less of a restaurant and more of a 'canteena' (purposely spelled incorrectly) with basic decor and furniture but it's fast food with quality and mule like kicks.

I could go on forever, as there's so many great places to drink and eat in the 'Hope Street Quarter' / 'Georgian Quarter' of Liverpool, within which the Sink resides. And of course, we haven't mentioned Chinatown yet, which is also within a 5 minute stroll downhill from the Sink.

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On 5/12/2012 at 23:05, little-stevie said:

This film was done by Pat Costigan a good few years back... Just seen it posted on youtube and would like to share it with you... Had the pleasure of helping out on this project and meeting the original members and owner who passed away since..


A nice slice of history.....




Did anybody happen to copy the original You Tube posting above, before it was muted??? If so, please let me know, we'd love to have a copy so that we can reintroduce it in some way back onto The Sink Soul Club group page.

Edited by denbo

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