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  • Birthday 14/11/1953

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  1. I really enjoyed the film, but Dave's comment above about the "feel good factor" very much sums up the missing ingredient for me. I was never into the drugs, it happened, but it wasn't the defining factor - the "music" was and everything else was an aside.
  2. Pete Just listened to whole thing earlier and it is absolutely brilliant - well done! Takes me back to my youth. It is ironic that I haven't posted on SS for a long time and that when I do it's about Reggae!
  3. Having now listened to the tracks, the one called "Big A.C" has some clever lyrics making reference to the "the right track", "Come on Train" and "Curtis he always puts words in my mouth" - if the new Northern Soul film takes off these guys could also do very well.
  4. I really like them, so have bought their last EP. Understand they have an album coming out in early 2014. Great to hear youngsters taking soul on and making it their own! I know my 25 year old daughter will love them when I send her a couple of tracks.
  5. Read an interesting story tonight via the Times online website about a old soul singer named Charles Bradley who was "discovered" doing a tribute act in Brooklyn by Gabriel Roth, the founder of the soul revival label Daptone Records. As its a subscriber only site I don't know how to link the story. Bradley was a "James Brown impersonator who had released his debut album at the tender age of 62." with his music being described as “testifying soul music reminiscent of Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett" His first album " No Time for Dreaming" was released in 2011 and his second "Victim of Love" was released today - If anyone is interested it's on ITunes - For an "old un" i think some of his tracks are pretty good, particularly: You put the flame on it Love Bug Blues Confusion If anyone would like a transcript of the article, would be happy to PM. Mick
  6. Ady Not strictly "soul" but think you might find this Brummie story I found of interest..... http://www.retrowow.co.uk/retro_britain/town_centres/birmingham_60s.html "We have just had the 2nd reunion bash after 45 years since the Whiskey a go go closed,Please enjoy my recollections of what was probably the 1st great "All night blues club in the UK" The 60's in Brum were the best for live Mod bands, specially at The Whiskey a Go Go above Chetwyns on the corner of John Bright Street and Hill Street. The whiskey was unique in the fact that not only did the local bands King Bee's, Modonaires, Jugs O'Henry,Graham Bond, Moody Blues, Denny Lane, Spencer Davis play there, but also people from the states. "Motown" & "R&B" greats like Sonny Boy Williamson & Ike and Tina Turner sang there. All nighters on Fridays till 8am Saturday mornings and again on Saturday nights till Sunday morning. The owners Chris & Steve Healey were two great guys who were there to welcome us all every night the Whiskey was open. They both wore natty striped jackets as I recall. A great guy named Ronnie Whichello ran the club as the manager, DJ, sweeper uper, toilet cleaner and booked all the blues and stax bands from the UK and USA and gave The Spencer Davis band their first gig. remember Georgie Fame playing virtually all night. They couldn't get him off the small stage until he collapsed with exhaustion, or lack of stimulation's. Great Brummie characters of the time also frequented The Whiskey; Sean Mahoney, Billy Sutton, Billy & Dodger Thompson (rip), Colin Mythan (rip), Noel Barnes, Chris and Gary Burgess, Jock Ellis, Duffy, Bugsy, Chris Wolsey, Mushy Moriearty, Kenny Frazer, Rob Marsh, Popeye, Dicky Martin, Bobby Summers, Henry O'Neil, Eddy The Jew, Jonnie Hutton, Percy McIver, Tony Parker, Tony Baker, Jim Cheesby, Kenny Bull, Dorian Walford. Black H (rip) and Spencer, who were both 60's & 70's local Brummie DJ's with Caribbean and soul backgrounds learnt their trade at the Whisky. The place buzzed for three years until it changed hands and became the Marquee in 1968. And the chicks that went there were out of this world. One group were called "The Magnificent Ten" which included Esther, Cherrie, Lela, Betty & Jean Smart, Pat Smith, The O'Brian Sisters, Linda Walton, Oriel Teeger & Heather. Other male groups of people were nick named "The Martini Set", "The T-set" and the "Coca Cola Boy's". It was cult and leading edge for urban 60's live Motown & blues band music, dance styles and fashions emanated from the "Whisky". They used to pack in nearly 250 townies and mods onto both floors in those days with no fire escapes only a small front door with narrow wooden steps up to the 1st and 2nd floor's. Live bands on the 1st floor and DJ's on the top floor. Many dudes where "knocked back" at the door if you weren't part of the crowd, as they could not get everybody in the gaff. People would fall asleep on the wooden floor after they tired from dancing at about 5pm, but the bands and DJ's played on till about 8am. the following morning. Money and stuff all over the floor, came out of peoples pockets, it was like an "Aladdin's Den" Do you remember that the phrase 'Nice One' which spread all over the country came from the Whiskey? There was a west Indian guy of about 40 (seemed really old then) who used to come up and dance on his own. After each record he would shout 'Nice One' which was soon picked up and used by all. Can't remember his name. After we crashed out again in the mornings at the KD (Kardoma) coffee bar in New Street, we went on to the West End Dance Hall Saturday afternoon dance. We then had the energy to go to the "All Nighters" at the Town Hall. Spencer Davis with Steve Winwood were classic, along with the other Blues bands of the time. The Whiskey attracted people from all over the midlands, including Coventry and London scene, to dance and hear live music of the era, that was very ahead of pop culture in England at that time! If the Town Hall gigs weren't on, we used to go to "The Twisted Wheel" in Manchester that also played Motown & Blues". In the summer of 1966 & 1967 you would find most of the guy's and girls of the Brum scene in Margate our favorite haunt on Bank Holidays, the centre of Birmingham used to be empty. it was a mad exodus by scooters, cars, thrumming and by train, jumped of coarse! We used to get of the train too Watford, where the local geezer Phil Manall used to offer us shelter and food after he took us to the local clubs and the "Milk Bar" in Watford High St. Sometimes we would go to the "East End" where another cockney dude Barry Lane looked after us in transit to Margate. Barry Lane also came up to Birmingham and came with us to Jersey in 1968, we made him an honoree Brummie. In 1968 after the Whisky days ended we mostly took of and all worked the season in Jersey, well that's another story for another day. Other live Mod band venues we frequented where the "Lafayette" and "The Connaught Suite" in Wolverhampton with Brian & Judy Franklin, the local leader Aggie and his mates. The Matrix Club, Fortythievs & The Leofric hotel, in Coventry were other great venues where we mixed with the Cov crowd of Terry Green, Terry Shone, Tony Rieley, Paul Gardiner, Paddy McGurk, Guy Marshall ,Freddy McFarland, Rodney Joyce, Jim Snow, Ernie Clark, Wally Parker (rip), Frank Guin, Owen Ferry, Ernie Sower, Tilley /graham Rutherford, Con McGrogan, Dave & Mickey Snape, Brian Fanning (rip) and many more that also joined us at the Whisky agogo and in 1968 in Jersey. We had our 1st Whiskey reunion in 2007 at Solihull Arden Tennis Club. Organized by Chris & Viv Wolsey and Bobby Summers, 150 original people including the Whiskey owner Steve Healey attended. The reunion was DJ'ed by the refreshingly knowledgeable Mike Hollis of "Smooth Radio", 40 years after the Whiskey a Go Go closed in 1967. Nobody was knocked back at this gig though!! People came from as far away as Norway, France and all over the U.K. to meet each other again for the first time in all those years. It was a great nostalgic and emotional night . We intend to do it again in 10 years, God willing!!" BobbyS 10/06/2012
  7. I was listening to The Masqueraders - 'I Got The Power' earlier - it's got an incredibly fast beat. It got me thinking whether there have ever been any Northern Soul records that were generally considered too fast to dance to? (Or just very difficult to keep up with?)
  8. How about .... Bob Kuban - Wait Until Tomorrow http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=hXpQUbUepgY Jay T. The Road Ahead http://m.youtube.com/?reload=3&rdm=mc3h057fy#/watch?v=TCp_UumM8Ys Bobby Bloom - We're All Going Home http://m.youtube.com/?reload=3&rdm=mc3dk82fs#/watch?v=0mcsyA4BTwk
  9. I have posted quite rarely on Soul Source since I became a member as i do not have the knowledge that many here have and prefer to simply read & learn more about the music, it's origins and history. I know very few people on the scene but those that I have met in person or via the internet are invariably very friendly, passionate and give their knowledge freely. Although I understand the basic arguments, i have definitely avoided the OVO debate as despite the camaraderie, it always seems to be very divisive and drives people even further apart. Also I have doubted that I could add much & bluntly am wary of being shot down in flames ! ....but sod it, here's my long winded view..... I very much admire those that champion the OVO tradition, see why it needs protecting and wherever possible will tend to attend OVO events. But I am not an OVO fundamentalist. I could afford to build a reasonable OVO collection but approaching my 60th year i don't have the ability or patience to do the research needed. So apart from a relatively small number of OVO 45s I have bought 1000 s of mp3 tracks via iTunes & loads of CDs via Amazon & elsewhere etc because I simply LOVE listening to the music! I have only attended 4 different venues and a total of 8 nights in the last year & on 4 of those nights brought along different friends who had never attended a Northern Soul event - some of who loved it & have since attended events under their own steam. But to my point... I note how some of the comments on this and similar threads often suggest that a primary cause of OVO's demise is down to promoters "greed", who are less bothered about format and its more about lining their own pockets. To differing degrees I wonder if they are in reality helping to keep NS more generally going? Clearly from different threads it is true that there are those who first & foremost do it for the money but are they the exception to the rule? I have no connection with any promoters, cannot speak about the major events but all of the events I have attended in the last 12 months have played Vinyl - I don't know whether they were all religiously OVO but believe three were and the one that possibly wasn't, was still attended by many diehard Soulies. I met all the promoters and they were Northern Soul through and through, passionate about their events and in three cases clearly in it as a life style rather than for the money. The events were mainly attended by time served Soulies, but as with my friends, understand they all had new faces from time to time. The four venues I attended, do between 9 - 12 events each per year. All of the venues had at least 2 guest DJ's, charged around £5 admission and the numbers varied from 70 - 150. I haven't any clue what the DJs get paid and what other expenses are incurred, but the revenue generated would be £350- £750 per night and around £3,500 - £8-9000 per year. In reality if any of them is making £5000 per year i would be amazed. So i cannot see how any of these promoters can be "lining their pockets" or am I missing something? Incidentally the. best attended was the one which wasn't exclusively OVO. If no-one is making much from these events, i doubt many others holding similar size events that are not OVO & playing off CDs etc are either - maybe i am naive but is strikes me that most "promoters" do it for the love of the music & maybe a bit of ego but little profit. But in any case are these less fundamental events still satisfying a local demand and more casual crowd, most of who wouldn't make the effort to attend a strictly OVO event and actually helping in a small way to keep Northern Soul alive? I am not going to (I can think of much easier ways to make money!) but theoretically if i decided to put on an NS do playing CDs, reissued Vinyl and the little bit of OVO that i have etc for a bunch of friends, soulies etc and made £150 to cover expenses would i be a traitor to the OVO cause, or helping to spread the faith in a very small way? Should it really be my concern that someone has spent £100's or £1000s on the OVO? As I have said I really admire those who avidly protect the OVO tradition and think it should be held up as the Gold Standard, but sadly also think the "alternative format" tide is against them and would question whether the actual music is more important than the format? Would more be gained for the long term future of the NS scene by finding a way to compromise, and in turn further spreading the faith? Or will debates such as on this thread create even more polarised positions and accelerate the decline? In my personal opinion if the OVO & "Rare Soul" aficionado's want to take back some of the initiative from the more commercial interests they have to find a middle ground or just accept that pure OVO will be heard by an ever decreasing minority. ***puts helmet on - be gentle folks - remember I am novice, albeit an old one!! ***
  10. Got really excited when I saw this as I am hoping to go to NY next month. But having dug a bit deeper I think this was just a review and the Musical doesn't launch till next spring. At least I think that is what this article says! Can anyone confirm? tinyurl.com/Motown-the-musical
  11. After over 40 years of having two false front teeth, a few months ago I finally decided to have a permanent bridge fitted. As the dentist was getting ready he asked me how I lost my original teeth and I said "Dancing to Soul Music"..... Back in the very early 70s I was at a club down south with a mate* and two Spanish Girls who were working in London as Au Pairs. The music had been dire all night and we had had a bit too much to drink. Then late on the DJ played the Four Tops "I Can't Help Myself" and i was off! I was an OKish dancer, did a pretty good spin - but the drink had addled my brain - as i came out of the spin i did a front drop onto my hands but my head kept going, knocked myself out and woke up without my two front teeth!!! I felt like a right prat on several counts! Although I still love "I can't help myself" it always brings back painful memories! Anyone else got similar stories? * My mate was David Bedford who not long after became the 10000m world record holder - boy could he drink!
  12. I think the 60s was a incredible time for new sounds but i don't think my sense of music is any more mature than some kids of today because I was around then. As a kid in the early 60s I was bored rigid by the charts and the stuff that was clinging on by its finger nails from the 50s. May be sacrilege to some but at the time i couldnt stand The Beatles or The Stones who i saw as rip offs of black artists and i absolutely hated Gerry & the Pacemakers, Cliff Richards & the Shadows. Then I started listening to soul music on Radio Luxembourg deep into the night and it felt like someone had turned the lights on, albeit under the bedsheets :-) although I wasn't generally into English bands I loved the likes of the Spencer Davis Group, but by then I had been influenced by black soul. Then when Radio Caroline came along, it was so exciting as I felt I was part of an exclusive "In The Know" club. When it banned in 67 (?) it was at the time probably the worst day in my life. And this was all before I even went to youth clubs! At the time I thought I was definitely ahead of the curve as very few of my mates had heard of Radio Caroline or Soul music and they weren't really that bothered by music. In reality i knew sweet FA about music but knew what i liked and i wanted to be different, and in the early to mid 60s soul music couldn't have been more different for me to the crap in the charts. I now have three grown up daughters, two of them follow the charts and are not really bothered about music in general, but my youngest who lives in London loves a huge range of music and knows more than I ever did. However in many ways we are similar in that we both LOVE music, especially different stuff and think it is a vital part of life.
  13. One of the most insightful statements I have ever read on Soul Source!
  14. Discussed Wigan Casino briefly bring over stars like Jackie Wilson & Edwin Starr and interviewed Russ Winstanley for about 20 seconds (maybe less!) he was asked about undercover police at the Casino he said that one plainclothes policeman loved it so much that when he clocked off he came back to dance!

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