peter burke reacted to Geoff in 100 Club 'Nighter
There was no allnighter at the 100 Club in February and the March one was going to coincide with the Prestatyn weekender so it was always going to be slightly different from usual. Butch was attending the weekender so was not present and quite a few of the regulars were not in London as usual. Some at Prestatyn and at least two on DJ duties at other events.
I did feel a bit tired before I went out but reminded myself of how much I'd miss attending, hearing the music and seeing friends. There was a tube strike scheduled to start at 9.30 pm but when I got to King's Cross I found that the Victoria Line was running so no problem about getting there. In fact I walked into the club at just gone 11.05, earliest for ages for me. I'd barely sat on the stage and taken my jacket off when Rachel came over to say hello. After a brief chat I strolled over to have a word with Kev and then gave out some flyers for the next Lifeline.
At this point in the proceeding Ady was on the decks but was followed by new regular Tomas McGrath who got the floor going with tracks like the Ringleaders' Baby What Has Happened.
Chris Dale took over from Tomas and opened with Just Because by Pat & The Blenders. When I started going out to soul nights again this was just becoming popular and I always used to dance to it, but I haven't heard it much over the last few years. It was good to hear and dance to it, sort of quirky rhythm. Chris kindly played my request for Feminine Ingenuity, love to dance to that one.
Next up was Carl Fortnum formerly DJ at the Capitol Soul Club, happy nights at the Dome, Tufnell Park. He played some old favourites from those days; Eddie Parker's I'm Gone, Thanks For A Little Loving by the Trends and played Don Gardner's Cheating Kind for my birthday.
Making her début at the 100 Club was Pat Bleasdale; I'd seen her at the Dab Of Soul weekender last year on the Saturday afternoon collectors' sets, she'd played some slow tunes but had finished with a couple of uptempo ones, Hangin' In and Don't Be So Jive. I asked her if she'd include the John Harris Hangin' In and she kindly obliged, it was the first one she played followed by United Sounds. She played Sag Warfare later and also included Benny Harper's My Prayer in her set, quite a few that I didn't recognise as well.
Ady again, starting off with Etta James' Can't Shake It, (I hope this comes out on a 45 soon); followed by the Gerri Grainger cover up Why Can't It Be Tonight, Nancy Wilcox's He'll Be Leaving You, my request, Sammy Ambrose's Welcome To Dreamsville, an old 100 Club favourite, Sharon Scott's I'm Not Afraid, Luther Ingram's Oh Baby Don't You Weep and his new find the Might Whites which is already popular with the dancers.
To follow Ady it was Tomas again, starting off with Betty Lloyd's I'm Catching On. Included in his set were Living Color's Gotta Strange Feeling, Celeste Hardy's You're Gone and finishing with The Time Is Right For Love.
Then it was time for the guests to do their second sets starting off with Chris Dale, included in his set were Say something Nice To Me and I'm Waiting, the latter of course by Bill Bush.
Carl took over from Chris and kept the floor busy, in fact it was busy all night. He included William Powell's Heartaches Souvenirs, remember that at the Dome, Terry Callier's Ordinary Joe and Rees Flores' Look Into My Heart. If Carl reads this could he post up the title of the first record of this, his second set. It was a medium tempo song with a rather haunting vocal. I wasn't the only person there who liked it.
For her second set Pat Bleasdale played some medium tempo tunes including the Magnetics' Count The Days and Blue Steam's I Want A Girl. Fascinating Girl, Wind In My Sails, Sweet Memories and Ice's Reality were also played. The penultimate record was one I'd not heard before, a paean to one's mother, a week ahead of Mothering Sunday. Pat's sets were received with enthusiasm, sure it won't be long before she returns.
By this time it was 5.30 am, time for Ady to do the last 30 minutes, opening up with Blowing My Mind To Pieces by Bob Relf, traditional Northern Soul. After two or three fast ones he played the Demures' I Wanna Be Good To You and dedicated it to me for my birthday, thanks Ady, you know the ones I like. Then if I remember correctly it was Don't Tear Me Down, Sweet Temptation, This Is The Thanks I Get, I'll Never Stop Loving You and finally Baby I Need Your Loving, which is I guess the club's theme song or anthem. Just over 50 years old but still wonderful, still sends chills down my spine. Lights came on then, That's What Mama Say plays and we gather up our belongings, say farewell and head off into Oxford Street and beyond. I got home quicker than I'd expected so was having coffee and porridge before 8 am.
As I said above a few of the regulars were missing, and there weren't quite that many in as in January, but this meant there was a bit more room on the dance floor which I took advantage of as did others, it's nice to have a bit of space. I didn't think there were many non soul people in, a few had their drinks on the dance floor but when approached in a friendly manner were happy to go along with our etiquette. There were still quite a few of us at the end, nice to know you're one of the hard core. As usual it is really good to see my friends there.
I seem to say the same thing every month, but it's true, it was a good night, great music, company and atmosphere. We're lucky to have the soul scene, not sure what I'd do without it. Thanks to Ady and the other DJs for entertaining us, roll on April.
peter burke reacted to Geoff in 100 Club 'Nighter
Wow!!! What a night down in the 100 Club. I don't think I've ever seen as many people there as this one, seemed like there were more than at an anniversary night. I don't know if it's the Northern Soul movie or the Shredded Wheat advert on TV but there were loads of younger people there last night. It seemed as if every time I looked up the stairs there were more coming down and queuing to deposit their coats.
I hadn't been out anywhere soulwise since the NYE allnighter and was feeling withdrawal symptoms, it's okay playing music at home but it's not the same as in a proper club with a crowd present.
Unusually I got up there before the start at 11 as I was meeting some friends in the Blue Posts, had a drink and got into the club just past the starting time. And it rapidly began to fill up with Ady doing the business on the decks, followed by Joel who played quite a few oldies in his first set.
Butch followed and played some of his big tunes including Salvation, Shake Cheri, Chuck Jackson cover up and others plus some that were new to me, including a nice medium tempo one about two thirds through his first set. I danced to most of the set but the dance floor was jammed and I was only able to shuffle around.
Next on was the first guest Liam Quinn who has been a guest before. I didn't recognise that many of his records, and it was the same with the guest who followed him, Azza Adams. Both guests kept the floor busy, in fact it was busy all night.
Ady back next playing some of his current biggies including Nancy Wilcox, Etta James, etc, and his new discovery by the Mighty Whites, pretty good I thought and so did the dancers.
Time for Joel's second set, and one his best in my opinion, a real mix.
Butch again, quite a bit of 70s included plus favourites like the Perfections' Just Can't Leave You and Man Of My Word.
Liam and Azza followed respectively, including some better known tunes (or at least to me) such as You Don't Know Boy by the Attractions. Azza finished with Jerry Butler's One Night Affair.
At about 5.25 Ady opened his final set with another cheapie, Eddie Floyd's version of Bring It On Home To Me, which I haven't heard since its issue back in the 60s, He continued with a mix of tempos including Sweet Temptation, Don't Bring Me Down, It's Better by Sharon Scott, about to be issued on 45 for the first time by Kent on Monday, Gamblers Blues, When The Boy That You Love and ending the night with Barbara Lynn's This Is The Thanks I Get, Carla Thomas's perennial I'll Never Stop Loving You and the Four Tops' Baby I Need Your Loving. Then the lights came on, That's What Mama Say by Walter Jackson started and it was time to say farewell to friends and head home.
It was good to see the usual gang there, too numerous to mention, but stalwarts all of you. But where was Trickster? While people did begin to slip away from about 3 am there was a good crowd at the finish, and it looks good for the future of the nighter, especially if some of the new younger visitors become regulars.
My only criticism of the night is nothing to do with Ady but the people who spilt drink on the dance floor. On two occasions Suzy asked people to take their drinks off the dance floor, and there were others. The floor became very slippery where drink had been spilt, both Billy and Phyllis got mops out and cleaned the floor, this shouldn't have to happen. Ady made a request for no drinks on the dance floor, there used to be signs about this, perhaps time to reinstate them.
I had to make a quick getaway as I needed to get a certain train, I've got a busy day ahead unexpectedly.
As usual thanks to Ady and the DJs for their sterling work. And to the attendees who made the night what it was.
peter burke reacted to ady croasdell in 6T'S 100 Club ALLNIGHTER
I played among others
Dave Crawford Praying For The Rain To Come Kent
The Sterios Life Ideal
Richard Brown Sweet And Kind Steeltown
Nancy Wilcox He'll Be Leaving you
Gerri Granger Why Can't It Be Tonight
Cavaliers We Go Together-rap intro
Jean Carter Like One alt acetate
September Jones Voodoo Madamoiselle & You Better Know Why
Tommy Hunt The Pretty Part Of You
Lorraine Chandler You Only Live Twice Pied Piper take
Harry Gates Love Will Find A Way
O C Tolbert You've Got Me Turned Around Kent
Tams Hey Girl Don't Bother Me ABC
Marva Josie Don't UA
4 Tops Baby I need Your Loving
World Column So Is The Sun Capitol
Skullsnaps My Hang Up Is You GSF
Paramount 4 Sorry Ain't The Word Kent
Hytones Good News Kent
Barbara Lynn This Is The Thanks I Get Atlantic
Martha Starr Sweet temptation Charay
I'll think of a few more later
peter burke reacted to sir cumference in World's No.1 All Nighter
Too many tourists-standing on the dance floor/dancing while holding drinks.Needs sorting.
My first one for sometime-but nothings changed.
Too many people enjoy it for what it is.
But at least I didn`t hear Joe Jama!
For that matter I didn`t see Tim-did he do a spot.?
Just telling it as I see it.
Please no replies with the "biggest nighter" rhetoric.
peter burke reacted to ady croasdell in Sold Out! :100 Club Anniversary Allnighter
I'm not sure if congratulations are in order or if I should ring for the yellow van Brian.
Thanks to all the soul seekers who attended this terrific celebration. Big thanks to the DJs who entertained throughout and a special thanks and farewell to Sharon the friendliest, most welcoming face on a cash desk ever known.
Let's do it again soon x
peter burke reacted to Geoff in Sold Out! :100 Club Anniversary Allnighter
Surely a world record? The 35th anniversary of the 6Ts Rhythm And Soul Society must surely make it the longest running soul club in the world. And for most of that time its home has been the 100 Club. So to celebrate this feat we travelled to Oxford Street to a little basement club that means so much to so many people.
For me there is always a special kind of anticipation about an allnighter. Different from a soul night, more intense maybe, a matter of opinion. As someone who was off the soul scene for many years and didn't do nighters initially on my return for domestic reasons I do think they're special. We're enjoying ourselves while most people are tucked up in bed. Allnighters have been a part of soul music since the early days of the Mods; who'd have thought that we'd still be doing them now. Did that occur to those attending the Casino, certainly didn't occur to me at the Scene and Discotheque?
Anyway enough philosophising. I think last night's anniversary was one of the best 100 Club nights I've attended. The atmosphere was terrific, everyone was up for a good time. And there were people from all over the country and abroad. I suppose it helped that the O'Jays were on at the O2 in London the previous night but I'm sure most would have attended anyway.
For myself I got there at about 10.15, surprised to find Trickster taking the tickets and handing out the anniversary records. Good to see him back. I went downstairs and changed my shoes and put my bag at the back of the stage. Keith Money, one of our regular DJs, was starting off proceedings, serenading us as we went in.
Ady took over from Keith, playing mainly well known records. His playing of the Marvellows' Your Little Sister eased me in nicely, not too fast, easy pace to dance to.
Roger Stewart was next playing oldies but not the usual suspects, a nice selection. And that was the pattern with oldies that were played during the night, the DJs got away from some of the tried and tested, never a bad thing in my opinion. By this time the dance floor was busy, and it stayed that way all night.
Mick Smith followed Roger, played a few 70s tracks including Little Major Williams' Girl You're So Sweet and Moving On A Groove by Barbara Lynn. Later he played Wrapped Around Your Finger, one I do like a lot, but as chance would have it I was in the toilet, oh so typical.
Butch was on next, and he played quite a few of his most popular tunes: Joseph Webster, Chuck Jackson cover up, Just Can't Leave You (Perfections), Don't Be So Jive, So Much Love plus a couple I was unfamiliar with. His set left me gasping for breath.
Again it was Keith's turn, plenty of 100 Club favourites including Someday The Sun Will Shine, She Doesn't Love Me, etc.
For the second time Ady followed Keith, playing some of the 100 Club anniversary records plus things like the Demures and Nancy Wilcox. During his set he stopped the music to make an announcement. Sharon, who takes the money when you go in was retiring from this job which she'd done for several years, I didn't hear how many. She was presented with a gift when she came on stage. Sharon has always done a good job in my experience, no doubt sometimes it can be tricky dealing with people who want to come in but you'd rather they didn't. I hope she doesn't stop coming to the nighters though, she'd be missed by her friends.
Then it was Mick again, more good oldies that kept the dancers very happy.
For his second set Butch included quite a few records that were new to me at least plus old favourites like Love's Alright, Man Of My Word, Takes Me Away (who sings that one?), and I Wanna Know, one of my favourite records.
Mick took over for his final set, then Keith did his last one too. All the time the floor was heaving. In fact it wasn't easy to cross from one side to the other, so many were dancing.
As usual Ady did the last set, starting off with Tommy Navarro's I Cried My Life Away acknowledging the influence of the Top Of The World at Stafford. And suddenly there were only three records to go: Barbara Lynn's This Is The Thanks I Get, Carla Thomas' I'll Never Stop Loving You and finally the Four Tops' Baby I Need Your Loving. And the club was still full, a tribute to an excellent night.
The lights came on, That's What Mama Say by Walter Jackson played, and I gathered up my back and jacket, and made a quick departure, I needed to get to King's Cross to get the 6.43, and was home by 7.30.
While the night is undoubtedly about the music, seeing friends is important too. It was great to see friends from all over the country and chat to them. I chatted so much that I ended up with a sore throat and my voice was hoarse, hope I wasn't too boring.
As I said at the start a 35th anniversary is something to be proud of, especially considering that many clubs only have a fairly short life. So Ady and co are doing something right aren't they? Congratulations, and I'm sure we all look forward to many more. Thanks to everyone concerned, it was a great night with great music and great people.
peter burke reacted to tfk in The True Soul Scottish Soul Weekender 2014
We would like to say a very big thank you to you all from all at "True Soul",especially for your time, energy, effort, enthusiasm and kind words in supporting the 2013 & 2014 Weekenders.
Andy and Susanne xx & Colin and Lesley xx