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    Widnes63 reacted to chalky for an article, Impulse - You Changed Me/What’s That Sound - Kandi   
    Impulse  “You Changed Me/What’s That Sound”   Kandi
    Two previously unissued tracks released as a vanity project in the fall of 2018. “You Changed Me” is an excellent modern soul dancer already being championed by Dj’s in the know, while “What’s That Sound” is a more funk influenced outing. Copies available at £12.00 each plus £3.00 postage (1strecorded, UK) overseas at cost. (Sorry only one copy per person). To reserve PM or E-mail: david.welding@blueyonder.co.uk
     The Groups History:
    Impulse were (and still are) a group of Milwaukee, Wisconsin musicians who during 1976 migrated to Oakland California where they hooked up with a fellow  Brewtown producer and recording artist, one Harvey Scales. Scales himself in 1976, through his earlier local hit “Glamour Girl” (recorded for the local Sauk City, Cuca Label) and a string of recordings for Lenny Lacour’s Magic Touch label. Of which “Get Down” had bought him both National and International attention through it being picked up Atlantic Records was at the height of his powers, following the success of Johnny Taylors Columbia Records platinum hit “Disco Lady” a  song Scales co-wrote.

    Under the auspice of Scales, Impulse began recording a self titled debut album project for a proposed release on the Casablanca label. This release for whatever reason never materialised and it is from the surviving master tapes that the above two tracks have been taken.  The Casablanca setback although disappointing would not be the end of The Impulse story, the groups lead singer /songwriter John Gee had begun performing secular music in the late 60’s with another local Milwaukee outfit , The Chef’s  and had sung lead on their  1974 Funk outing “Mr Machine” on their own  Pro-Gress label. John credited as a solo artist recorded (in Milwaukee) the 1980 release “Not Enough Love Makin’/You Are That Man (Why Don’t You Be That Man)” which gained a release on the Oakland C.A Pashlo label. Followed by the 1985 modern soul dance favourite “So Good To Me/Just Get On” recorded under the artist name of Jon Pierre Gee for his own Kandi Inc label, as 45, 12” and cd project, returning in 2005 with the Ah’vant Soul concept cd album project. 
    Throughout all these projects Jon has used and enjoyed performing with the original members of Impulse, Michael Reese (Rhodes Piano and Background vocals), Cedrick Rupert (Lead and Rhythm Guitar), Jeffrey Williamson (Drums and background vocals) and Robin Gregory (Bass and background vocals. These guys are still performing today (2019) with the exception of drummer, Jeffrey Williamson who passed away during 2015, his replacement being Coley Jackson.
    Words By David Welding.
    With Acknowledgements to Jon Pierre Gee.
    If you wish to purchase a copy then be quick they are selling fast and email: david.welding@blueyonder.co.uk

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    Widnes63 reacted to chalky for an article, New Century Soul Club 15th Anniversary   
    December 6th, 2003, the start of a journey for Marcelle and Chris Waterman.  This was the date for the very first New Century Soul Club all-nighter.  The Club’s name being taken from the venue, New Century House which was part of the CIS building on Corporation Street in Manchester.

    DJs on the first night included Mark Bicknell who was a club resident, Carl Willingham, Steve Thomas, Kev Murphy, Dave Evison, Brian Rae, Karl Rhodes, Gary Cope, Paul Kidd and Kiddo from Telford.
    Fast forward to November 24th2018 and the club will be celebrating 15 glorious years. 15 years in which the club has moved home several times. Venues such as Wulfrun Hall in Wolverhampton, Queens Hall in Burslam, Air & Melodies in Birmingham, The Rocket & VSMC (Marble Arch) in London, Steam in Crewe, Maxims in Wigan, The Stables near Wolverhampton, Radcliffe Civic before finding a new home at Bury Town.

    The club has over the years featured the very best Djs in as many as three rooms.  The main Room featuring the best in quality oldies and current spins. A second room used to showcase an alternative to the main room with many Djs featuring lesser known and underplayed records.   A Modern Soul room has also featured over the years at various times, promoted by the likes of Neil Rushton and Baz Maledy.  Many Djs have over the years had their big break at New Century, given a larger stage than any soul night could give them with many going on to become household Djs.
    There have been many memorable nights at New Century none more so when Chris and Marcelle have showcased some of the artists we revere.  The Flirtations, Melvin Davis, Ronnie Walker, Nolan Porter, Yvonne Vernee, Bunny Sigler, The Four Perfections, Fabulous Peps & Willie Walker have graced the stage at New Century.
    Today, Chris is still very much part of the fabric although he has taken a bit of a back seat leaving the promotion to his better half Marcelle with Andy Dyson helping out with the DJs.

    An Elizabethan Room resident line up of Andy Dyson, Sarah Jane, Calvin Lee Hughes, Matt Sneath, Colin James and Dick Krop offer the perfect blend of age and experience with youth and enthusiasm giving dancers and chin strokers alike the very best in todays Northern and Rare Soul, classics to lesser known and in some cases unknown soul music, all the Djs given carte blanch to play whatever they like. To help celebrate the Club’s 15thAnniversary they will be joined on the night by Dave Stabler, Ian James and Daz Dakin to give us 9 hours of quality music.
    Tucked away in the Kenwood Suite, hosted by Simon Ingham, resident Djs Bob Hinsley, Robbo, Mick Howard & Len Dopson will be giving dancers and collectors a chance to hear something different.  All Djs relish the chance to play something you don’t always get the chance to play at mainstream venues or the main rooms.  For the Anniversary “Shifty” will be making a rare appearance behind the decks since his retirement as one of the country’s top Djs.  I myself (Chalky) will also be making a return visit to the Kenwood Suite since I took a step back from Djing and other involvement with promoting a few years ago.
    The balcony which overlooks the main room supports a very busy record bar with top dealers in attendance. 
    We have all the ingredients for another memorable night and we hope you can come along and help Marcelle and Chris celebrate 15 great years on the 24thNovember.
    The venue is Bury Town Hall, Knowsley Street, Bury, BL9 0SW.  Door tax is £12 and the night will rum from 9pm until 6am the following morning.


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