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4th October 2014 and the RAFA soul club played host to a charity night for the children’s hospice — Zoe’s Place in Middlesbrough. This night also celebrated the re-union of people who attended the Newton Aycliffe Youth Centre all-nighters from the 1970’s.

An all ticket do saw the tickets sold out in 48 hours and the original dj’s who kick started the all-nighters off were there to dust off their records and play them out again — LOUD....

First guest DJ was Rafa Soul Club supporter and all round good guy Don Thompson, Don was asked by the other dj’s to fill in as he had an influence on so many dj’s and record collectors in the North East of England in the early 70's.

7.30pm the doors opened and the queue went along the corridors and then outside as people filed through the club to gain the best seats they could and Don started the evening’s soul session as it was meant to go along by playing records from the Youthy all-nighters.... Don is more likely to DJ at Rare Soul Nights rather than playing “oldies” per say but the boy done good.

DON THOMPSON — 7.30 — 8.30PM

  1. PRECISIONS-IF THIS IS LOVE
  2. VOLCANO'S-LAWS OF LOVE
  3. INSPIRATIONS-TOUCH ME, HOLD ME,KISS ME
  4. NANCY WILSON-THE END OF OUR LOVE
  5. EDWIN STARR-BACKSTREET
  6. SUPREMES-LOVE IS LIKE AN ITCHING IN MY HEART
  7. JACKIE LEE-DARKEST DAYS
  8. OLYMPICS-SAME OLD THING
  9. MITCH RYDER-BREAKOUT
  10. J.J. BARNES-PLEASE LET ME IN
  11. GENE CHANDLER-MR BIG SHOT
  12. DEE DEE SHARP-WHAT KIND OF LADY
  13. BOBBY WELLS-BE'S THAT WAY SOMETIMES
  14. GARNETT MIMMS — LOOKING FOR YOU
  15. BUTCH BAKER — THE FAT MAN
  16. PARLIAMENTS — DON’T BE SORE AT ME
  17. EARL WRIGHT — THUMB A RIDE
  18. MORRIS CHESTNUT — TOO DARN SOULFUL
  19. CHECKERBOARD SQUARES — DOUBLE COOKIN’
  20. EPITOME OF SOUND — YOU DON’T WANT ME.

8.30pm and next up was Dave “Brownie” Brown. Dave a long time supporter of Northern Soul and now dj’ing locally in all of the soul nights in County Durham and Darlington.

 DAVE “BROWNIE” BROWN   8.30 — 9.30PM

  1. WILLIE KENDRICKS--CHANGE YOUR WAYS
  2. INVITIONS - SKIING IN THE SNOW
  3. EARL GRANT--HIDE NOR HAIR
  4. DUKE BROWNER-CRYING OVER YOU
  5. JACKIE DAY - BEFORE IT’S TO LATE
  6. BARBARA MILLS - QUEEN OF FOOLS
  7. CLARA WARD- RIGHT DIRECTION
  8. LEVI JACKSON-BEAUTIFUL NIGHT
  9. VAN DYKES-SAVE YOUR LOVE
  10. LYNNE RANDELL-STRANGER IN MY ARMS
  11. CHRISTINE COOPER - HEARTACHES AWAY
  12. FRANKIE AND JOHNNY-I'LL HOLD YOU
  13. GERRI GRAINGER- I GO TO PIECES
  14. FIVE HEARTBEATS-ANYTHING BUT LOVE
  15. JERRY COOK -- I HURT ON THE OTHER SIDE
  16. LOU COURTNEY-- TRYING TO FIND MY WOMAN
  17. JIMMY THOMAS - THE BEAUTIFUL NIGHT
  18. LUTHER INGRAM- IF IT’S ALL THE SAME TO YOU BABE
  19. DALTON BOYS --I VE BEEN CHEATED

Ok, so down to the main 3 DJ’s of the night and the guys who kick started the whole thing off in Newton Aycliffe 40 years ago. The smooth radio presenter, smooth delivery, smooth operator — the one and only Dave “Rocko” Brown.

 

DAVE ROCKO BROWN  9.30 — 10.30pm

  1. LOVE YOU BABY - EDDIE PARKER
  2. BETTER USE YOUR HEAD - LITTLE ANTHONY
  3. HERE I GO AGAIN - ARCHIE BELL
  4. YOU JUST DON’T KNOW - CHUBBY CHECKER
  5. UNSATISFIED - LOU JOHNSON
  6. YOUR LOVE CAN SAVE ME - MARVELETTES
  7. IF YOU ASK ME TOO - JERRY WILLIAMS
  8. YOU DONT WANT ME NO MORE - MAJOR LANCE
  9. RIGHT TRACK - BILLY BUTLER
  10. BABY HIT AND RUN - CONTOURS
  11. FANTASTIC JOHNNY C - DON'T DEPEND ON ME
  12. I GOT A FEELING - BARBARA RANDOLPH
  13. LOVE LOVE LOVE - BOBBY HEBB
  14. LANDSLIDE - TONY CLARKE
  15. NIGHT OWL - BOBBY PARIS
  16. VELVELETTES — THESE THINGS WILL KEEP ME LOVING
  17. R DEAN TAYLOR — GHOST IN MY HOUSE
  18. BOB RELF — BLOWING MY MIND TO PIECES
  19. IMPRESSIONS — YOU’VE BEEN CHEATING
  20. MARTHA AND THE VANDELLAS — ONE WAY OUT
  21. BARBARA McNAIR — YOU’RE GONNA LOVE MY BABY
  22. LEE ROYE — TEARS
  23. HAROLD MELVIN — GET OUT
  24. DEVILS DRIVE - BIG BORIS

 

 

By now the dance floor was packed with supporters of the night, some even leaving their walking sticks by their seats and then to miraculously dance, stomp and spin???? Rocko had them eating out of his hands and handed over the mic to Derek “Del Boy” Boyden. Derek shared the next 2 hours with the guy who was responsible for the charity side of things for the night — John “Pottsy” Potts and the pair of them had the crowd short for breath as each record had the floor buzzing and paramedics edging the dance floor like hungry vultures waiting for the first one to drop from exhaustion. Here’s how it all panned out — not in any order but it went something like this from 10.30 — 12.30am

 

DEREK BOYDEN

  1. Times a Wasting, Fuller Brothers
  2.  Our Love Is in The Pocket. Daryl Banks
  3. Tell me it is Just a rumour Isley Brothers
  4.  I ant going Nowhere, Junior Walker
  5. Last Minute Miracle. Shirelles
  6. You Hit Me . Alice Clark
  7.  Can't Lose My Head. George Blackwell
  8. Ever Again. Bernie Williams
  9. Just Another Heartache. Little Richie
  10. Never know Why. Freddie Chavez
  11. I've Got to Have Your love. Mill Evans
  12. Temptation is Calling My name. Lee David
  13.  I Still Love You. Superlatives.
  14. She'll Cone Running back. Mel Britt
  15.  Cool Off. Detroit Executives
  16.  Hung  Up On Your Love, Montclairs
  17. You Don't Care anymore. Jodi Mathis
  18.  Let Our Love Go Higher. Eula Cooper
  19. A Love Reputation. Denise LaSalle
  20. I Really Love You. Tomangos
  21. I Thought You Were Mine. Natural Four
  22.  If You Ever Walk Out My Life. Dena Barnes
  23. I Just Can't Live My Life. Linda Jones
  24. More Today than Yesterday, Spiral Staircase
  25. And Suddenly, Cherry People

 

JOHN”POTTSY” POTTS

  1. THE SALVADORS STICK BY ME BABY
  2. DANA VALERY YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE YOUR INTEREST LIES
  3. FRANKIE BEVERLY IF THAT’S WHAT YOU WANTED
  4. FRANKIE VALLI THE NIGHT
  5. THE COMMODORES THE HUMAN ZOO
  6. THE ADVENTURERS EASY BABY
  7. POINTER SISTERS SEND HIM BACK
  8. GIL SCOTT HERON THE BOTTLE
  9. ILA VANN YOU MADE ME THIS WAY
  10. JOHNNY HOWARD THE CHASE IS ON
  11. SAXIE RUSSELL PSYCHEDELIC SOUL
  12. SHANE MARTIN I NEED YOU
  13. ELOISE LAWS LOVE FACTORY
  14.  ANN SEXTON YOU’VE BEEN GONE TOO LONG
  15. BOBBY HUTTON LEND A HAND
  16. THE BROTHERS ARE YOU READY FOR THIS
  17. YVONNE BAKER YOU DIDN’T SAY A WORD
  18. SISTER SLEDGE LOVE DON’T GO THROUGH NO CHANGES ON ME
  19. MVP’S TURNING MY HEARTBEAT UP
  20. G DAVIS & R TYLER HOLD ON, HELP IS ON THE WAY
  21. DON THOMAS COME ON TRAIN
  22. THIRD TIME AROUND SOON EVERYTHING IS GONNA BE ALRIGHT
  23. RICHARD POPCORN WYLIE ROSEMARY WHAT HAPPENED
  24. VOICES OF EAST HARLEM CASHING IN
  25. THE WORLD COLUMN SO IS THE SUN
  26. JAMES FOUNTAIN SEVEN DAY LOVER
  27. JOBELL & THE ORCHESTRA DE SALSA NEVER GONNA LET YOU GO
  28. GEORGE CLINTON PLEASE DON’T RUN FROM ME

 

The night progressed to about 1.00am and finished with Tobi Legend and Dean Parrish to rapturous applause with everyone loving the night, so many friends meeting up for the first time in 40 / 35 years and such a good cause too. We couldn’t get people out of the club! and hopefully it will all happen again, bringing together Iconic DJ’s from the early part of the Northern Soul Scene in Newton Aycliffe. Final thanks to Geoff Miller who made it all happen.

Want to read the whole story about how it all came about? Check out the events page for October 4th 2014 — rafa club. 

 

 

BACK AGAIN WITH THE FIRST SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH — THE RAFA CLUB, SERIOUS SHADES OF SOUL RARE SOUL NIGHTS KICKS OFF AGAIN WITH SPECIAL GUEST DJ SEAN TASKER — 1st NOVEMBER 2014. SEE YOU THEN FOLKS......

Edited by Soulboyslim

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It was a fantastic night and it was great to see so many old pals, some I didn't get chance to speak to but will find them with facebook!

 

40 years ago the Aycliffe all nighters became a place to go, glad I was young enough to be part of it

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