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Podcast - The Casino Years 1973 To 1975 (Part One)

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NORTHERN SOUL — THE CASINO YEARS 1973 TO 1975 (Part One)

 

Okay this is how it really was, warts and all.  In this next set of podcasts, I’m going to be tracing the history of Northern Soul via the Wigan casino years.  Not Wigan again you say…well it’s the only place I went, so therefore I can recreate the playlists from experience.  Obviously some records cross over to and start in other clubs, but the playlist below is what you would could have expected to hear had you been on the Northern scene between 1973 and 1975.  This is the first part of two episodes looking back at some of the scene’s biggest records of the period in a not strictly but not far off chronological order.  It doesn’t matter if I am a year or six months out on some tracks, please just enjoy the music.  I did this live from vinyl so some records show a little wear — also, the left hand deck was playing up so one or two tracks may sound a little slow in parts, only one or two though.  Hope you enjoy this, the series will be one of the best I’ve ever done.

 

THE SHERRYS — PUT YOUR ARMS AROUND ME

MIKE POST COALITION — AFTERNOON OF THE RHINO

PAUL ANKA — I CAN’T HELP LOVING YOU

THE COASTERS — CRAZY BABY

GWEN & RAY — BUILD YOUR HOUSE ON A STRONG FOUNDATION

LUTHER INGRAM ORCHESTRA — EXUS TREK

THE SERVICEMEN — I NEED A HELPING HAND

THE SUPERLATIVES — I STILL LOVE YOU

THE VOLCANOS — (IT’S AGAINST) THE LAWS OF LOVE

THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS BAND — RAT RACE

CASE OF TYME — MANIFESTO

THE VELVETS — I GOT TO FIND ME SOMEBODY

THE VELOURS — I’M GONNA CHANGE

WOMBAT — I’M GETTING’ ON LIFE

LARRY WILLIAMS & JOHNNY WATSON — TOO LATE

GLORIA JONES — TAINTED LOVE

LITTLE RICHIE — JUST ANOTHER HEARTACHE

R. DEAN TAYLOR — THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE

CHECKERBOARD SQUARES — DOUBLE COOKIN’ (STRINGS A GOGO)

FOUR PERFECTIONS — I’M NOT STRONG ENOUGH

TONY & TYRONE — PLEASE OPERATOR

THE TOMANGOES — I REALLY LOVE YOU

THE VOICES OF EAST HARLEM — CASHING IN

THE FURY’S BAND — I’M SATISFIED WITH YOU

SAM WARD — SISTER LEE

GARY LEWIS & THE PLAYBOYS — MY HEART’S SYMPHONY

THE MODERN REDCAPS — NEVER TOO YOUNG

PAUL HUMPHREY — COCHISE

EDDIE & ERNIE — I CAN’T DO IT

SIDRA ORCHESTRA — SIDRA’S THEME

DENA BARNES — IF YOU EVER WALK OUT OF MY LIFE

THE CASUALEERS — DANCE, DANCE, DANCE

RODGER COLLINS — YOU SEXY SUGAR PLUM

FRED SMITH ORCHESTRA — THE SAME OLD THING

SISTERS LOVE — I’M LEARNING TO TRUST MY MAN

THE SWEETS — SATISFY ME BABY

LAURA GREENE — MOONLIGHT MUSIC AND YOU

THE EPITOME OF SOUND — YOU DON’T LOVE ME

EARL WRIGHT & HIS ORCHESTRA — THUMB A RIDE

AL WILSON — HELP ME

THE GUYS FROM UNCLE — THE SPY

WALLY COX — THIS MAN

BETTY WRIGHT — WHERE IS THE LOVE

THE EXCITERS — REACHING FOR THE BEST

EVELYN THOMAS — WEAK SPOT

L.J. JOHNSON — YOUR MAGIC PUT A SPELL ON ME

ALICE CLARK — YOU HIT ME (RIGHT WHERE IT HURT ME)

DONI BURDICK — BARI TRACK

DAVE MITCHELL & THE SCREAMERS — THE TRIP

 

https://www.mixcloud.com/mayfairmenthol/northern-soul-the-casino-years-1973-to-1975-part-one/

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I can remember getting into the Casino on that first night to the strains of the Sherry s, my mate Kevin Horsewood , Moira and Penny were all northern soul novices at the time, we'd arrived in Wigan at 8 that night not realizing the whole thing didn't kick off until 1,so we were pretty much 1st in the queue, having only had one previous outing to The Raven in WItchurch, we thought every record played was a Wigan exclusive, seem to remember the Invitations Skiing in the Snow,Patti Austin Music to my Heart & Pain stain as well as Melba Moore Don't Cry being featured during those early days.Great to hear Gwen and Ray again (rare one that).

Great podcast looking forward to the next one

Thanks Pete,

John

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My memories of early Wigan spins, a lot from other clubs, but never the less all played in the 1st few weeks.

 

 

Sherrys, Mike Post, R.D. Taylor, Mel Wynn, Mel Williams, The Fuzz, Earl Grant, Marketts, Sons of Moses, David & The Giants, Lynn Randall, Patti Young, Vel-Vets, Four Seasons, Debbie Dean, Wayne Gibson, 

 

Capitols, Frankie Beverly, Saxie Russell, Linda Jones, Memphis Horns, Watts 103rd Street R.B. Herb Ward, Volcanos, Mr Blow, Invitations, Joe Hicks, Melba Moore, Mylestones, Dottie Cambridge, Detroit Sound, Gladys Knight, Marvelettes, Kenny Gamble, Gloria Jones, Robert Knight, Ace Cannon, Willie Kendricks, Nancy Ames, Sapphires, Wally Cox, Stanley Mitchell, Drifters, Reflections, Del Capris, Voice Box,The Gems, Little Johnny Blair, Dean Parrish,

 

 

Also after a few weeks in Levine did a spot and some of the records he played were,

 

 

The other David & The Giants, Eddie Foster, Twans, Melvin Carter, Edie Walker, Gene Chandler, Tony & Tyonne, Tomangoes, Terrible Tom 

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My memories of early Wigan spins, a lot from other clubs, but never the less all played in the 1st few weeks.

 

 

Sherrys, Mike Post, R.D. Taylor, Mel Wynn, Mel Williams, The Fuzz, Earl Grant, Marketts, Sons of Moses, David & The Giants, Lynn Randall, Patti Young, Vel-Vets, Four Seasons, 

 

Capitols, Frankie Beverly, Saxie Russell, Linda Jones, Memphis Horns, Watts 103rd Street R.B. Herb Ward, Volcanos, Mr Blow, Invitations, Joe Hicks, Melba Moore, Mylestones, Dottie Cambridge, Detroit Sound, Gladys Knight, Marvelettes, Kenny Gamble, Gloria Jones, Robert Knight, Ace Cannon, Willie Kendricks, Nancy Ames, Sapphires, Wally Cox, Stanley Mitchell, Drifters, Reflections,

 

 

Also after a few weeks in Levine did a spot and some of the records he played were,

 

 

The other David & The Giants, Eddie Foster, Twans, Melvin Carter, Edie Walker, Gene Chandler, Tony & Tyonne, Tomangoes, Terrible Tom 

 

 

I'd have included many of those Dave but I could only use what I'd got on vinyl.

Lynne Randell, Four Seasons, Joe Hicks are on the next one.

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love the way you've segwayed it pete, richard couldn't have done it any better! :lol: some many memories, even for us in the west midlands...pointer sisters next mate, dean courtney, robin wilson, salvadores, baltimore and ohio marching band, eddie foster, edie robin, todays people, black nasty,....just a few eh? :hatsoff2:

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love the way you've segwayed it pete, richard couldn't have done it any better! :lol: some many memories, even for us in the west midlands...pointer sisters next mate, dean courtney, robin wilson, salvadores, baltimore and ohio marching band, eddie foster, edie robin, todays people, black nasty,....just a few eh? :hatsoff2:

 

I think Pointer Sisters is already on part 2 Rob (Posted up).  Dean Courtney, Salvadors also.  Todays People is scheduled for part 3 (early 1976).  I don't think Robin Wilson really broke out of St Giles LOL Baltimore I had down as earlier than Wigan, probably wrong, Eddie Foster I hadn't got.

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Yeah, I know what you mean but I think it was released Dec 75/Jan 76. It charted in 76. I get confused because I have the old Levine stuff on his 'Tomorrow' label, which were done at the same time.

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Yeah, I know what you mean but I think it was released Dec 75/Jan 76. It charted in 76. I get confused because I have the old Levine stuff on his 'Tomorrow' label, which were done at the same time.

 

But the Tomorrow things were pre release demos that all the DJ's etc got, they were out for ages before the records came out - Doomsday was the follow up to Weak Spot, I have that on a Wigan tape from September 75, as with LJ Johnson.

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But the Tomorrow things were pre release demos that all the DJ's etc got, they were out for ages before the records came out - Doomsday was the follow up to Weak Spot, I have that on a Wigan tape from September 75, as with LJ Johnson.

Both the one's from Evelyn Thomas, Barbara Pennington & L J Johnson plus the Excitiers stuff, hit the decks in the summer of 75.

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Both the one's from Evelyn Thomas, Barbara Pennington & L J Johnson plus the Excitiers stuff, hit the decks in the summer of 75.

 

Cheers Dave. How's it hanging?

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