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Does anyone have a definitive list of dates/acts that appeared at Wigan Casino? Soul acts as opposed to Rock..

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Betty Wright 

Edwin Starr

Junior walker

Jackie Wilson 

Jimmy Thomas promoting a single

Creative Source promoting a single 

Tommy Hunt 

Thats all I can recall

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I can tell you that 39 years ago last night  14th April  79 . the Elgins appeared at the Casino.  How do I know I hear you ask. It was the night that I was meeting up  with my absolutely  stunning girlfriend Karen  and on the way I called into a local pub to see who was going the nighter . Met a female friend Julie  who asked where i was heading . She asked me to take her as she had never been a nighter.. walked up the stairs to the top balcony to meet Karen who saw me with  this friend Julie  . She burst into tears and run off before I could explain.  That was the last I ever saw of my model. Often wonder  !!!

I actually ended up marrying julie. 

Steve 

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Show stoppers 

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Acts WITH dates if you can..thanks again...

 

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Just now, chatty said:

 

fantastic..do you have a date for this performance?

 

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Sorry I don't, but i think it was the summer of 78

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Pretty sure I saw the Marvelettes at Wigan , 1980 . A Saturday night and there wasn't many there .

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2nd anniversary 20th or 27th Sept 1975. Tommy Hunt. 

Steve 

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Ann Peebles. Circa Summer 78... ish.

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1 minute ago, Zed1 said:

Ann Peebles. Circa Summer 78... ish.

Yes I remember that one, all those so called soul fans sitting on the floor looking the other way.

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11 minutes ago, wicked said:

Yes I remember that one, all those so called soul fans sitting on the floor looking the other way.

'I can't Stand the Shame' eh?.

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Wasn't Gloria Jones the first ever live act there? 74, possibly first anniversary. Or maybe early 75?

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Martha Reeves. Early 78 ...ish (again)

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David & the Giants. 

Linda & the funky boys. 

Junior Walker & the all stars 

Betty Wright

Edwin Starr 

Martha Reeves & the Vandellas 

Jackie Wilson. ? 

I remember seeing the Exciters but can't remember if it was at the Casino 

Steve 

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2 minutes ago, Winsford Soul said:

David & the Giants. 

 

Never knew that Ste. :g:

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1 minute ago, Zed1 said:

Never knew that Ste. :g:

me neither..can anyone expand on this?

 

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Hi Tension played a concert there. It was before I went - 78 or 79 ish.  It was advertised in Radio Times in the   "In Concert (or whatever)" programme around 10 pm on Radio 1 on Saturday night. The reason I remember is because I was going out and I  asked my sister to record it for me and she forgot.  I'm sure it was advertised as "Live at Wigan Casino" but it was almost certainly pre-recorded (ie a recorded live performance).

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1 minute ago, Zed1 said:

Never knew that Ste. :g:

Gaz. It was on the back of ten miles high and super love . Not very good if memory serves me right 

Ste 

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1 minute ago, SHEFFSOUL said:

me neither..can anyone expand on this?

 

Surely I've not dreamt it and made the whole thing up . Please help me 

Ste 

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8 minutes ago, Winsford Soul said:

Surely I've not dreamt it and made the whole thing up . Please help me 

Ste 

Anyone  ? Please 

Ste

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marvelettes  tavares  exciters tommy hunt numerous times jnr walker ,martha & vandellas  betty wright,  edwin starr  cant remember dates

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2 hours ago, Winsford Soul said:

I can tell you that 39 years ago last night  14th April  79 . the Elgins appeared at the Casino.  How do I know I hear you ask. It was the night that I was meeting up  with my absolutely  stunning girlfriend Karen  and on the way I called into a local pub to see who was going the nighter . Met a female friend Julie  who asked where i was heading . She asked me to take her as she had never been a nighter.. walked up the stairs to the top balcony to meet Karen who saw me with  this friend Julie  . She burst into tears and run off before I could explain.  That was the last I ever saw of my model. Often wonder  !!!

I actually ended up marrying julie. 

Steve 

Every cloud eh?

 

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41 minutes ago, Winsford Soul said:

Surely I've not dreamt it and made the whole thing up . Please help me 

Ste 

It was 40+ years ago Ste, Are you sure you've not got confused with that other popular combo from Wigan, 'Charlie Chalky & The Blueys'.

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1 minute ago, Zed1 said:

It was 40+ years ago Ste, Are you sure you've not got confused with that other popular combo from Wigan, 'Charlie Chalky & The Blueys'.

Could be mixed up with Linda and the funky boys mate. As you say forty odd years ago.

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3 minutes ago, Winsford Soul said:

Could be mixed up with Linda and the funky boys mate. As you say forty odd years ago.

Ste 

i think it may have been Wigans Ovation..who had recently released 'Superlove' as a single..

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Tony Blackburn in1979 singing , I'll do anything.

I kid you not.

 

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11 minutes ago, SHEFFSOUL said:

i think it may have been Wigans Ovation..who had recently released 'Superlove' as a single..

That would make sense.  Perfect sense.  I thought I had seen / heard someone sing super love live. But as Gaz said 40 years ago memory  bit blurred.  Thank you. 

Ste

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9 hours ago, chatty said:

Tony Blackburn in1979 singing , I'll do anything.

I kid you not.

 

He writes about that in his autobiography "Poptastic". Tells of how no matter how much he insisted he was actually TB, someone was absolutely chuffed to get the autograph of Lenny Gamble.

Nobody on here by any chance?

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Would you admit it ? 😄

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12 hours ago, Zed1 said:

'I can't Stand the Shame' eh?.

I was there that night - deffo crap night I remember it well - there was no gear about people sitting all over the place. 

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sure one night i went 76 77 78 not sure what date, there was a group called the Chance on stage if memory serves me right (but that's debatable these days)

Utter C@@p

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Yeah remember elgins too bloody aweful me and mate left early and sat at Wigan station for 5 hours waiting for train to Nottingham 

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In the years 71 and 72 the following acts performed live at the Casino, 

Fantastics , Edwin Starr, Arthur Conley, William Bell, Johny Johnson and the Bandwagon, Lou Christie, Ben E King and his band, Jimmy Ruffin , some of these acts performed 3 or 4 times thet were on a the northern circuit at the time and performed at Bolton Casino , Leigh Garrik, talk of the town Eccles, Blighty,s at Farnworth, in the same years

Regards ML

 

 

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I`m sure I saw the exciters 3 times 75-77 at the casino, am I wrong ?

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was it jerry or billy butler I saw sang ballads for all his spot iI remember, everyone just sat down on the dance floor what a downer,col

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19 minutes ago, colsoul said:

was it jerry or billy butler I saw sang ballads for all his spot iI remember, everyone just sat down on the dance floor what a downer,col

On one of visit, possibly late 1977/early 1978, a mate and I got there very early and I remember seeing one of those fluro-orange posters outside advertising Billy Butler as a guest:thumbsup:

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23 hours ago, SHEFFSOUL said:

Does anyone have a definitive list of dates/acts that appeared at Wigan Casino? Soul acts as opposed to Rock..

 

1 hour ago, bo diddley said:

On one of visit, possibly late 1977/early 1978, a mate and I got there very early and I remember seeing one of those fluro-orange posters outside advertising Billy Butler as a guest:thumbsup:

Did all the aforementioned artists perform at the all nighters ? I take it the original poster is asking this . I heard Betty Wright was one of the best , wouldn’t know myself was too young , just saw Edwin , shit hot , he’d just hit pay dirt with ‘ contact ‘ and was just releasing “happy radio” that intro when he was revving up on stage ! Might be a bit poppie but gives me a tingle anyway!! 

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I wasn't there myself...but i think the Detroit Emeralds were in Mid 70's?

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R Dean Taylor July 20th 1974, Marvelettes March 24th 1979, The Elgins April 14th 1979, Betty Wright April 26th 1975, Jackie Wilson May 10th 1975. These are some of the dates I have. The only live act I saw there was Edwin Starr 1974/5. I was at the first anniversary, I am pretty certain there was no live act that night.

 

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I didn't miss a single nighter up until late November 74, and have absolutely no recollection of R Dean Taylor appearing. Maybe the chemicals had more of an effect on me than I previously thought. I always believed the first live act was Gloria Jones, (who, btw, was god awful). 

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To add to the list of the previously mentioned .....Archie Bell and the Drells,  Barbara Pennington, Evelyn Thomas,  - Not sure about James Wells , and How's about Nosmo King ! / The Javells    not forgetting Billy Butler

Detroit Emeralds ( Promoting their Album ) and wait for it ... Yes James Brown  who came to The Casino ( because he had heard so much about it )  his road crew set up the full rig only for him to pull out at the last minute 

 

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On 4/15/2018 at 19:21, Winsford Soul said:

I can tell you that 39 years ago last night  14th April  79 . the Elgins appeared at the Casino.  How do I know I hear you ask. It was the night that I was meeting up  with my absolutely  stunning girlfriend Karen  and on the way I called into a local pub to see who was going the nighter . Met a female friend Julie  who asked where i was heading . She asked me to take her as she had never been a nighter.. walked up the stairs to the top balcony to meet Karen who saw me with  this friend Julie  . She burst into tears and run off before I could explain.  That was the last I ever saw of my model. Often wonder  !!!

I actually ended up marrying julie. 

Steve 

The only live singer I saw, as I really didn`t like live music at nighters interfering with my dancing was the bloke from a TV add for a soul album (Possibly 1975) black guy with a bald head, looked like a Malteaser. He didn`t really do anything as  I remember, maybe just a promotional visit. I used to sod off upstairs in Ms.

Hopefully Kev will be along with the name and perhaps a definitive list.

Karen says Hi! :D

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I've seen a flyer showing George McCrae appearing in April, 1975.

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1 hour ago, Kenb said:

I wasn't there myself...but i think the Detroit Emeralds were in Mid 70's?

yeah i saw em, was 79 if i remember correct

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23 hours ago, speedlimit said:

marvelettes  tavares  exciters tommy hunt numerous times jnr walker ,martha & vandellas  betty wright,  edwin starr  cant remember dates

 Martha Reeves and The Vandellas I’m pretty sure when they played there that the band kept breaking into One Way Out but she never really sang it,

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1 hour ago, Sigmasteve said:

To add to the list of the previously mentioned .....Archie Bell and the Drells,  Barbara Pennington, Evelyn King,  - Not sure about James Wells , and How's about Nosmo King !

Detroit Emeralds ( Promoting their Album ) and wait for it ... Yes James Brown  who came to The Casino ( because he had heard so much about it )  his road crew set up the full rig only for him to pull out at the last minute 

 

Nosmo (the Javells)

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Seen the marvelettes in 79 I’m sure there was some todo about them actually not being the real marvelettes or Was I just out of my head 😛😛

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I think Steve must be referring to Freddie Mack "Mr Superbad" who was promoting a K-Tel album, Superbad.   He had quite an interesting story (see link) before passing away in Scotland. 

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freddie_Mack

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