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Always liked his spots at the Casino, where did he go after he stopped playing at Wigan?

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Gilly youre right; he was a nice guy; friendly and always approachable. Also, unlike some Wigan dj’s he didnt set himself apart; he would always mingle in the Record bar etc. I especially remember him

Long overdue, but here it is Alan Rhodes last DJ at Wigan, last record of Richard Searling spot leading into it. https://www.mixcloud.com/stevecarter161214/wigan-casino-alan-rhodes-last-ever-dj-a

As promised before I post it to mixcloud this week, here are the records Alan spun in his last spot 7-8th July 1979 together with Russ & Richards spots to give you a flavour of the night/era. Is

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agree what a djs he was people forget how good he was!+ gentleman he was, still lives is york ,would love him to get back on the scene again

my soul mates have tried from york to get him back with us,but with no luck as yet

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Would be nice to see Alan again after all these years. Me and Phsyco(Chris Jenkinson) used to go over to the Hansom Cab in York on Sundays where he used to DJ. Can't someone from York get him out for say a one off ,I'm sure he would enjoy himself.

Regards Fred Ward

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Saw him a few year's ago in Halfords, the last time I saw him, he crossed the road at Foss Island. May have retired now.  Sure if he had any desires to be out on the scene again he would be. Thing's have changed so much since the old day's, some prefer it as it was...

 

 

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Me and Phsyco(Chris Jenkinson).........

Regards Fred Ward

 

Hi Fred,

 

Talking of which, where's Chris gone these days? I haven't seen him since the early 90s either.....

 

What is it with these disappearing guys ay?

 

Ian D :)

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Hi Fred,

 

Talking of which, where's Chris gone these days? I haven't seen him since the early 90s either.....

 

What is it with these disappearing guys ay?

 

Ian D :)

Hi Ian, hope your keeping well. Chris has been to the last two all dayers at the Central and believe it or not

hasn't changed a bit, still the same.He'll be at the June

Do and I'll mention you were asking after him.Might be a good idea for the future

Where we and a few others could all meet up in Leeds for a drink and a meal then go onto the Central.

Another few faces are becoming regulars Cam and Christine Froggat, Charlie Fineberg, Helen Swish's ex Tom o'leary and his wife,Jimmy Adams from Darlington I'm sure you remember all of these. Oh and John Caerns from York gets across.

Look forward to your reply Regards Fred

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Did  a tape swap with Alan Rhodes around 16 years ago there was as some fine stuff on that

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One of the great wigan djs in my opinion. Always looked forward to his sets. Never disappointed. Good crowd used to come over from York as i remember.

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Hi Ian, hope your keeping well. Chris has been to the last two all dayers at the Central and believe it or not

hasn't changed a bit, still the same.He'll be at the June

Do and I'll mention you were asking after him.Might be a good idea for the future

Where we and a few others could all meet up in Leeds for a drink and a meal then go onto the Central.

Another few faces are becoming regulars Cam and Christine Froggat, Charlie Fineberg, Helen Swish's ex Tom o'leary and his wife,Jimmy Adams from Darlington I'm sure you remember all of these. Oh and John Caerns from York gets across.

Look forward to your reply Regards Fred

 

I won't be at the June do but possibly the one after that. I'll speak to Steve and see when the next one is and see if I can plan a trip.  :thumbsup: 

 

 Ian D  :D

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Gave me Benny Sigler "Who you going turn to" at Wigan early hours of Sunday 29/4/1979 Lovely bloke x

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Gave me Benny Sigler "Who you going turn to" at Wigan early hours of Sunday 29/4/1979 Lovely bloke x

Can you put up a soundfile please

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would do if I knew how lol like Sammy says it's on you tube and on refosoul on here under Benny Sigler :) x

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Benny Sigler was Bunnys Brother.

thanks ron for putting me right,thought i`d read somewhere that was true i bow to your greater knowlage,agree with comment about alan  he only lives up the road in york stewart see`s him regular catch up with you at harrogate

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sammy

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Not Seen Alan for many years, think he still get a few records for people in York, so hopefully he is doing well.

 

Picture of Alan in his younger Years late 70s

 

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Not Seen Alan for many years, think he still get a few records for people in York, so hopefully he is doing well.

 

Picture of Alan in his younger Years late 70s

 

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A young Chris Holmes in the back row,another guy from York with an amazing collection.

Used to love Alan's sets at The Casino & Oval Ball in York.

Cheers

Martyn

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got all but one of alan tunes at wigan,,,a cross between russ and richard some great records scored along the way

 

brill bloke too

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Hi. Ian’s photo of Alan Rhodes and others from May 2015 , is from the early 80,s and was taken at Keith and Tina Grangers wedding. I know cos I’m stood at the back with the tash. Hi to all ,Jeb and Jan Scrafton 

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Alan deffo unsung DJ of the casino  remember first night he played Drake and the ensolids  became a massive sound for him

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On 01/05/2019 at 08:09, Jan Scrafton said:

Hi. Ian’s photo of Alan Rhodes and others from May 2015 , is from the early 80,s and was taken at Keith and Tina Grangers wedding. I know cos I’m stood at the back with the tash. Hi to all ,Jeb and Jan Scrafton 

   Hi Jeb you are right Keiths weeding, hope you and Jan are keeping well

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Used to know Alan quite well back at Wigan, a very nice guy and always approachable. Remember him for playing (yes I know a poppy type song) Eskew Affair. Salt and Pepper. Also Drake and the Ensolids and New York in the dark 

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Gilly youre right; he was a nice guy; friendly and always approachable. Also, unlike some Wigan dj’s he didnt set himself apart; he would always mingle in the Record bar etc. I especially remember him for playing the superb Lou Roberts ‘Everything you always wanted to know’. I admired the fact that he played good ‘under the radar’ records which werent necesarily expensive, such as Lenny Welch ‘you cant run away’, on Mercury, and Grant Smith and the Power ‘Thinkin bout you’ MGM.

Theres too few djs around now like him; not afraid to play cheap records; putting quality above value. 

As quite rightly said....’an unsung hero of the Casino’

 

 

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2 hours ago, colouredman said:

Gilly youre right; he was a nice guy; friendly and always approachable. Also, unlike some Wigan dj’s he didnt set himself apart; he would always mingle in the Record bar etc. I especially remember him for playing the superb Lou Roberts ‘Everything you always wanted to know’. I admired the fact that he played good ‘under the radar’ records which werent necesarily expensive, such as Lenny Welch ‘you cant run away’, on Mercury, and Grant Smith and the Power ‘Thinkin bout you’ MGM.

Theres too few djs around now like him; not afraid to play cheap records; putting quality above value. 

As quite rightly said....’an unsung hero of the Casino’

 

 

Hi Tim wasn't  Grant Smith originally a Gary Rushbrooke  play covered up if I remember right

 

Hope you well regards Steve

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I might have mentioned this before, but I have his last Dj spot at Wigan on tape which I keep meaning to put on mixcloud, will see what I can do this week, definately underated imo.

Cheers

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He had good taste imo, and spun some left field stuff as well i.e as mention esko affair etc and pretty sure he spun that Legends record on pumkin.

p.s did Steve ever get round to uploading that last spot to mixcloud?

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On 15/07/2019 at 12:54, Mach said:

He had good taste imo, and spun some left field stuff as well i.e as mention esko affair etc and pretty sure he spun that Legends record on pumkin.

p.s did Steve ever get round to uploading that last spot to mixcloud?

Yes the Legends was one of his and no I forgot all about it, joys of getting old, will try and sort this week

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15 hours ago, Wiganer1 said:

on pumpkin took me 15 years to land a copy

Hard Record, dont come up often.

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Totally agree, love hearing the forgotten underplayed, leftfield obscure Wigan floorfillers..it wasnt all freddy chavis etc.. Legends is IMB and its a keeper 👍

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I jocked a few times with Alan at The Oval Ball and had him as a guest at Jaspers 1979-81. His best York club without doubt was The Ebor Suite in York when I first started going in 1975.

I always rated Alan, he wasn't afraid to mix it with 'Mecca' stuff either, I still have a couple of records that I bought from him. Barbara Pennington 24hrs a day on a demo 12" he got from Levine. Sadly not the Kenny Smith issue (£15!)

I think that he had his hands tied to a degree at Wigan, but he's held in high regard still in York.  

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Funnily enough (?) I've just posted 4 hours worth of tapes from Casino 5th and the 2nd tape features a set by Alan (at least I think it's Alan ... someone standing in for Keith Minshull) - if it's not Alan can anyone tell who it is?)

 

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On 08/05/2019 at 19:12, SteveCee said:

I might have mentioned this before, but I have his last Dj spot at Wigan on tape which I keep meaning to put on mixcloud, will see what I can do this week, definately underated imo.

Cheers

Well clearly I didn't get this done, but with all the free time we have currently I have found the tapes, also has Richard Searlings spot before Alans and there are some interesting comments from Alan during the handover. I'll post the playlists up tomorrow and stick them on Mixcloud once I find my audio leads!

Cheers

Steve

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I now found it quite iconic having listened to early live Wigan tapes when I was a kid in Scotland early 80 ‘s - listening to his spots - purchased from Richard Domar at the time - I loved his sets - I have lived just outside York for 20 yrs - but work in it daily - attended loads of soul nights / dayers etc ... 

But alas never met the guy to tell him how much of an influence he had on me as a kid and then going to soul nights / nighters mid eighties and my ongoing attendance since then 

The guy is truly one of  the underclassed heroes of the scene 

Can anyone tell me how he got involved with Wigan at the beginning ? 
Did he already have an established reputation as a DJ at the time ? 

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