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Scotland, at last ! c/o Frank Elson. (1976)
 Graham Wallace, Tommy Cockburn and John Heslop, jocks at Edinburgh Tiffs.
  AFTER so much trying, I finally made it up to Scotland for the second All-Dayer organised jointly between Chris Burton and Garry, "Captain America". After getting up at an unbelievably early time in order to meet Chris to drive up with him in his Land Rover (gentleman farmer now he is), we arrived in Edinburgh and got to Tiffs to find the people packing in.
After a short wander around the first thing that touched me was how ordinary it was. As I remarked to a few people I don't know if I expected two headed people - or fellers in kilts - but in fact it was ordinary Northern Soul Fans dancing away to good sounds provided by Graham Wallace (an exile from Wilmslow near Manchester, living in Edinburgh for a few years now), Tommy Cockburn and John Heslop.
The only way in which the scene could have been said to be different was that the paying customers do seem to be that little bit more enthusiastic. However there is that little bit of bitchiness up there that we know so well further south as evidenced by Tony Cochrane of the Scottish Soul Society who brought a coachload over from Dundee.
All very nice but when they were refused passouts (one of the awkward parts of the archaic Scotish licencing laws) they phoned the local "Sweeny" to say they were being kept in the dance against their wills. Not the nicest thing to do and certainly not in line with a feeling of Soulful brotherhood.
Guest jock at the All-dayer was Neil Rushton who should have travelled up with Chris and myself until his car broke down. After a loosely veiled threat from Garry, who is a buyer for a large chain of record shops in the Edinburgh area and is consequently a big customer of Neil's record wholesaling business, Neil borrowed his mother-in-law's car and made it up there in record time - a great feat in itself.
Herb and Brenda Rooney, looking healthier than ever, appeared on stage after a phenominal drive north and almost brought the house down with a superb set on the last night of their tour. Herb has some incredible ideas for recording in the near future including an epic tentatively titled "Balloons" which in my humble opinion could bring them back to the top of both British and US charts after they played me a very rough tape recorded in their living room at home.
A nice point of the visit was that I could put a face to was that of Frazer Dunn who jocks at the West Coast Soul club in Glasgow. That scene needs more support for they get only a handful of people out of a million residents in the city - there must be more Soul fans than a handful in that lot, surely?
Altogether a great day which only serves to whet my appetite for more of the scene in our northernmost colony (that'll get 'em going), although with the event losing money I am forsed to wonder if there is a big enough cadre of Northern Soul fans in the country to sustain any Soul clubs.
It seems that Funk does very well in the area so maybe there just aren't enough Northern Soul fans. I can only repeat my disgust and dislikes for the many enemies of Chris Burton when I look at the state of him when we parted after 26 hours without sleep for the both of us. As Chris said, "there must be an easier way to lose money" but it didn't stop him talking about his plans for another All-Dayer.
Congratulations to Chris, Garry and everyone else involved with making it a day which brought pleasure to a whole lot of people. Maybe it didn't make money but by any other criterion it was a success.
    
     LOUGHBOROUGH TOWN HALL
            ALL-NIGHTERS 1977
           
LOUGHBOROUGH. C/O. NEW SOULTIME.
Loughborough is on the A6 main route near Derby. It is situated in the Town Hall in the centre of the town and has adequate parking facilities for a capacity audience. The place is run by the Northern Soul Scene which 'Terry Samson' is behind. ( Membership 30p at any N.S.S. venue ). He told me that they were trying to build the attendance up so that they can get two rooms going
( oldies and newies ) at every 'Niter'.
Anyway it was £1.60 admission ( 30p less for members ) and from 12 till 8, so it was fair value for money. Into the main hall I marched and having missed 'Colin Bee', I saw 'Brian Rae' spinning the oldies, "Lend a hand" and "Same old thing" 'Olympics were pretty popular. I must say the sound system is pretty primitive and not very good - a black mark on the N.S.S. But you get used to it after a bit and by the time 'Sam' came on things were cooking. The number one was without doubt "Fools paradise" by 'Jeanette Harper' c/u a floating sound with lots of bells in - smmaarrtt!
I then surveyed the snack bar, I must say it was reasonably priced and very good ( hot dogs
recommended ), which is more than I can say for the record dealing. Apart from ' Colin Bee's ' stall, there was little / no bargains to be had, rarity wise. Just the 'run-of-the-mill' cobblers, bootleg pressings what was pissing me off. Anyway 'Sam' disappeared with "The one you love" ( due out soon ) and 'Nev Wherry', hope that's right, came on with some tasty oldies and a lot of them British things.
The hall itself is quite small, but is nearly all dance floor, so that's not bad. A nice dark atmosphere, but you could still see your way round. 'Pep' came on, I felt a little sad as I heard a man trying to spin sounds that will never 'go' and stuff that has been 'played out' six months ago. I don't think he has bought a single top sound since doing Wigan. A great pity from a jock who was once quite popular at the top of the tree. Still, 'Pat Powdrill' was quite popular plus
"Stop" and other stuff like that. 'Sam' came back on again and set me tingling with "Tough girl", "Feelings", and "Burning bush". Cor! whip me with a five pound bag of change, I luv em!! 'Sam' was lurching about like a depraved honey monster behind the decks and I was like one on the dance floor. So, 'Brian Rae' folded up with the 'Wigan 3' and Charles Mann "It's all over".
We emerged into the daylight with eyes like 'pissholes in the snow', well satisfied and determined to make a return visit on the 3rd December '77 which is when the next 'Niter' is.
   
 
   KEV & MICK.
      
From Sheffield here comes 'John Vincent's' top 10  and also
"happy returns" on his 21st birthday.
All of my feelings - Mike Post - A&M ( original slower than Fred Mc.Coys )
A good thing going - Phil Coulter - Columbia
Here comes the heartaches - Lovells - Brent
A gift of love - Ann Marie - Fam-Lee
You took my love - Patti Austin - c/u
Don't leave me this way - Dynamites - Pay
Where is he - Flamma Sherman - S.N.B.
Something about you - Sam Ward - c/u
Should I give you my love - Wooden Nickels - Omen
The loner - Little Charles - Decca
 

    Who's the thin git ?



 
 
       Kev buzzin' about.
  LEICESTER TIFFANY'S
     ALL-DAYER 1977
 
                            MADELINE,
            ME, KEV, MICK
                    AT
LEICESTER TIFFS DAYER.
 & JIMMY

COALVILLE TIFFS, Nr. LEICESTER. C/O New Soultime
   Coalville Tiffanys near Leicester is one of the places I hadn't managed to get to, but had a good reputation and on my recent visit was not disappointed with the thriving Friday all-nighter scene there. Chris King is the guy who runs the place and he told me a few facts and figures about it. Admission is £1.50 for members and £1.75 for non-members, but as membership is only 30p (available from Notts & Leicester Soul Club,Derbyshire) you are much better off sending an S.A.E. for one. One of the things I really liked about the all-nighter was the hours, 8 till 8, a real all-nighter and the bar was open till 2 o'clock, making this an attractive place to visit. The place is restricted to over 16s and this is quite strictly kept to, I'm glad to say. Tiffanys seem to have that simular sort of look about them and this one is no different. Having two rooms - the main hall being new sounds and oldies and the smaller room at the far end of the hall playing oldies. But as Chris called them older oldies like Hey-Sa-Lo-Ney, Nothing else to say, Dr love, etc., from the pre 74 era on the whole. This means that even when both rooms are playing oldies two completely sets of oldies are going at the same time - a situation that has obviously been well thought out.
Every second Friday in the month the all-nighter is held and D.J.'s on the 19/20 May were Chris King, Rob Lythall, Nev Wherry, Brian Rae, Soul Sam and Rob Smith, plus a few local lads in the oldies room. The D.J.'s collections vary widely from Nev Wherry's virtually 100% British playlist to Rob Lythall's, one of the new D.J.'s making a breakthrough into the top flight of rarities D.J.'s, making for a varied time. But I must say good as Muriel Day - 9 times out of 10 is I'm getting tired of it. I heard it no less than six times in six hours and that's just too much for me personally.
On the food, there was a coke and soft drinks bar after 2 o'clock and also a snack bar which sold beefburgers, chips and enormous cheese and onion rolls (which I devoured), tea and coffee. It was about the best food at a venue I'd had since Loughborough (must specialise in nosh in the Midlands.)
Neil Rushton provided the record bar and record dealing on the whole was quite good, with the local lads doing a brisk trade out of the boxes they carried. On the night about 900 people were in the place and just a special name check to Ian 'Bananas' Stewart and his girlfriend Jasmine. Not for any reason, just that I'll get ear ache if I don't. So all in all quite a good place with a good cross section of records being played and good car parking and catering facilities provided.
To round off a few of the sounds the D.J.'s played:
Chris King: Kenny Gamble (Tony Blackburn) - I'll do anything, Burning Bush - Keeps on burning, Shirelles - Last minute miracle.
Rob Lythall: Derek & Ray (Alan Reuss) - Destination everywhere, Mike Post (Baja Marimba Band) - Along comes Mary, Lou Pride - I'm coming home in the morning.
Nev Wherry: John Drevar - The closer she gets, Helen Shapiro - Stop and become aware, Lorraine Silver - Lost summer love.
Brian Rae: Muriel Day - 9 times out of 10, Outsiders - Lonely man, Harry Betts - Fantastic plastic machine.
Sam: Village of tears - Ben Zine, Phil Coulter - Good thing going, Billy Arnell - Tough girl.
   Nev Wherry & Chris King
MIDLANDS REPORT. Part 1. c/o Talk of the North.
The Midlands has always been as prominent an area for rare soul as the North itself, and over the past few years, since Messrs. Levine and Curtis moved away from our scene, and Simon Soussans' apparent reluctance to send Russ Winstanley EMI discs, an increasing number of new sounds have been broken here.
  Since this is the first issue, here is a quick look at some of the Midland venues.
  The main venues these days are all pretty well known and well established, and although nowadays no place in the country can claim to be top class (too much accent on oldies these days you see), I suppose they're as good as anywhere on a good day / night.
  Currently gaining a good reputation, despite the burden of Chris King being on the D.J. line up, are the Coalville all-nighters. Millions of D.J.'s here with Soul Sam providing the interest, and the rest being a mixed bag of average or worse (apologies to Nev Wherry's collection).
  The all-nighters are every other Friday, so afterinards, you don't have to wait too long for the pubs to open. Not too far from Marstons country either.
  Without doubt the best place for a D.J. to play his new stuff without fear of clearing the dance floor is Nottingham Palais. The trouble is the D.J.'s aren't really equipped to take advantage of a not too knowledgeable but very enthusiastic audience. Sam always lets rip with the obscurities but Russ hardly sets the world alight with new stuff these days.
  From Nottingham to Derby, and Tiffanys, who have staged both all-nighters and dayers at irregular intervals. Always a good attendance, although here again, on the whole, the crowd aren't really fussy if they know what they're dancing to or not, so even Chris King goes down well here.
  Not sure what the situation is though, concerning future events, due to some scoundrels smashing the cigarette machine to bits at a recent do. Mind you, Chris King had probably just played "Floy Joy", which is enough to make anyone turn villainous.
  The man in charge at Derby, Terry Sampson, certainly has access to some good venues, and I think he'd do well to get a settled bunch of D.J.'s worth travelling to hear, at a regular place. So how about Richard Searling, Soul Sam, Pat Brady and Johnathan at the K.G.B. every week.
O.K., Okay, Okeh? Good grief, how did he think up such a crap slogan.
  Back to Leicestershire again, to Kirby Bellars, where all-dayers are held on the lsat Sunday of every month. Attendance at the last one was somewhat disasterous, and its difficult to see an improvement coming. I think they should revert back to the D.J. line up of the very first all-dayer, and then again, without private transport you might as well stage it in the Hebrides for all the difference it would make to getting there.
  So apart from Newcastle Tiffanys which goes on and on, and the Locarno at Birmingham, that about sums up the major regular venues here in the Midlands. (I think).
  On the mid-week scene, there's nowhere really worth travelling for, though I must give a quick mention to Cleo's in Derby (I'll do anything for a free pint, even Everards), which is every Friday, 900 - 1.00 . Nev Wherry and Soul Sam do alternate weeks, with Nev playing mainly oldies, worth going just to drool over his collection, However, if you're interested in new stompers, then Sams night is well worth a visit, as many of the Norths top sounds have had their first airing here. A few decent oldies mixed in as well, although myself, I haven't much time for oldies. Oldies spots I can understand, but I don't see the point of travelling miles to an oldies all-nighter, where, more often or not, you can hear the records at home.
  Anyway, that's my hang up and no doubt whatever I say won't make a blind bit of difference to what you think, so onto the things which really count, the sounds. Here are five of the best kicking around at the moment, not just in the Midlands, but what the heck.
DON GARDNER, "CHEATIN' KIND" - SEDGERICK. First played I think by Colin Curtis at the Mecca at around the same time as Herbert Hunter, so it's been around some time. This bloke sounds so soulful he makes Sam Williams sound like Alvin Stardust. Not a stomper, but brilliant all the same. I'd love to see this one go, so be good boys and girls and dance to it, won't you.
MAMIE GALORE, "NO RIGHT TO CRY" - SACK. Another one that's been around a while without much exposure. This is very, very rare, with apparently, only one in existence, and that one isn't in this country, so if you hear this, it's odds on illegal. Unusual intro. (the bass player sounds half cut) breaking out into a very fast stomper. This is really brill. and a dead cert. for my all time top ten. Better than a pint of Pedigree.
LARRY CLINTON, "SHE'S WANTED" - DYNAMO. Once covered as Eddie Seaburg, this one too has had a good run without taking off, but that's due to rarity than quality. Larry sounds like a real pedigree supping burl, wailing over a stomping backing track about a lady of ill repute. Not incidentally, the same Dynamo which produced Stanley Mitchell etc.
THE PAR-FAYS, "WE GOT A GOOD THING GOING (OH BOY)" - FONTANA. After a few plays here and there under various guises (Devonnes, Persionettes), this one seems to have gone under, along with loads of other stuff (Dick Leslie, Robert L. Martin, etc, etc) shame because I think this is excellent. Great atmospheric intro. followed by extremely Motownesque female vocals. Very good sound so why not give it another try.

Four goodies there to look and listen out for, so 'til next time, keep dancin' to the Honeybees, and keep drinkin' the Marstons.  Tim Finch.  

MIDLANDS REPORT. Part 2.  
EDITORIAL NOTE.
  There would seem to be some controversy over the first Midlands Report. As Editor (Pat Brady) of "Talk of the North" I would like to stress that the "off hand" remarks made about Chris King, and the Midlands crowd DO NOT reflect the editorial policy of impartial reporting and as such apologies for any distress caused (unintended) are in order. Mr. King has in fact helped to increase the circulation via purchasing the magazine in vast quantaties for which "Talk of the North" is grateful! I feel that the report printed below will clear up any misunderstandings and put the "Midlands Scene" in perspective.
  Welcome to the second column reviewing happenings in the Midlands.
  Lots of new sounds played since the last review, so read on.
  Nottingham Palais' 50th All-dayer came and went, attracting the usual near capacity audience. Sounds upstairs were by courtesy of Sam's Soul Sound, Andy Lee, John Poole and Clive Jones, whilst downstairs, the funk fans were kept lolloping by Colin Curtis.
  The crowd upstairs were their usual brilliant, enthusiastic selves, packing the floor and so allowing Sam to play a stream of new sounds. Many of these were covered up, like Zena Foster, which is his particular No.1. Not a world beater this one, but no doubt destined for big things. Others worth a mention included; Lee McCall - "He's a devil" (c/u); Charlie Gracie - "Inside outside, upside down" (c/u); The Barracudas - "No matter what you do" (Critique); Estelle Delmont - "You ain't ready" (c/u); The Reasons - "Baby baby" (United Artists); and Doni Burdick - "Out on the streets again" on yes you've guessed it, a cover up.
  Andy and John are an excellent pair of 'second string D.J.'s', and keep up quite well with the big stuff. They played the more established sounds like Turley Richards, Nikki Blu, Peggy March and the incredible Wolfman - "Strange" on Okeh, which is only big at local level, but should be bigger. Sam caused a bit of a stir by finally uncovering "Soul Stompin " - Sons of Moses, revealed as "Heartbeat" - Bill Purcell.
  The other main event was the Coalville All-nighter, which was the subject of the deliberate error in the first  report . It's once a month of course, not fortnightly.
  Apparently, one or two cases of dented egos resulted from the comments in the first report about the All-nighter. Although no offence was intended, I'd better put things right by saying that Coalville is a very good place, well run, with all the right facilities. Although I still feel the D.J. line up could do with one or more of the 'big name' D.J.'s to satisfy those of us who prefer to hear the top sounds as opposed to oldies, it's definitely well worth a visit.
  I hope that puts the records straight, now back to the actual goings off.
  A good size crowd (very good in fact), heard Nev Wherry finally do himself justice, doing an excellent spot of new U.K. stompers with the odd Holly St. James thrown in for good luck. Included in his spot were sounds by Carolyn Carter; Judy Scott; John Drevar; Helen Shapiro; Seth Martin (not sure of the spelling on that one); Peggy March etc. etc.
  My new hero, Rob Smith, also did a good spot, which included, The Stokes - "Young man, old man", an instrumental with the same backing track as Benny Spellman's "Word game", Linda Elliot and Sam Williams, and that was only in the oldies room. I don't know who writes his scripts, but Rob's on par with Kenny Everett's Vidio Show (which coming from me is a compliment).
  Sam was playing a few more cover ups, including "Gonna make me cry" - Jimmy Burns, which is incredible, and "Where do I go" - The Four Sonics, which isn't. It's got a very, very Mirwoodish backing track, but the vocals let it down. Could go big though.
  With Chris King playing great oldies like Joe Matthews, it all added up to a decent night.
  Neil Rushton was there, confirming the dissappointing attendance at the previous Sunday's Ritz, so it looks like the end for 100% 'Northern' Soul All-dayers there. I thought more folk would have turned out to try and save the day, but no. I was there, why weren't you?
  For those of you who missed it, here are some of the sounds you missed hearing; Christine Cooper - "Country girl"; Jerry Wexler + Co. - "I wouldn't do anything (to hurt you)"; Ritchie Hampton (Frank Dell) - He broke your game wide open"; Laura Greene - "Can't help loving that man"; Deena Johnson - "I'm a sad girl"; Syng McGowan - "That's what I want"; plus Melvin Davis, The Inspirations, Cheryl Ann + Eddie Curtis - "Somebody to love".
  Sorry I'm straying from the Midlands, but those sounds are too good to miss mentioning.
  So, to finish off, here are a couple of real gems which deserve (much) more attention:-
TIM TAM - "DON'T SAY HI" (PALMER). "Don't say hi" is as good as "Wait a minute" is bad. I've not heard the vocal, but the instrumental is the epitome of the 100 m.p.h. stomper, though it's probably too fast to ever become the big sound it deserves to be. Once covered up as the Baltimore Brass, and played occasionally at the Burnley Rose Room All-dayers late last year (after Cleo's of course), this is incredible stuff, with a sledgehammer beat interupted by a couple of superb breaks. Don't know if this ever got released, as the only copy I've seen is a demo, but I don't see how Palmer could have bothered putting out "Wait a minute" and not this one. Stomp on.
NABAY - "BELIEVE IT OR NOT" (IMPACT). Staying in Detroit for the one which has / is been covered up as the Detroit Sound, which says it all really. I'm told this one was played around Nottingham about five years ago, resurfacing early this year, courtesy of Sam, very, very soulful vocals and ace mid-tempo backing combine to make this one of the very best, though it seems to have been overlooked in favour of Phil Coulter; Day etc. excellent record, why isn't this massive?
Yours stompfully, Tim Finch.
MECCA A VIEW BY TONY J. c/o New  Soultime.
Well everything's still happening down windy Central Drive on a Saturday night at the Highland Room, nothing much changes here except the sounds but one thing you can never be sure of is the atmosphere, however on my last visit it was nothing short of brilliant but only two weeks before it was a bit thin, never-the-less still an enjoyable night, most of the troubles from the last couple of months seem to have been buried and things are thankfully clicking away. As usual Ian and Colin are the jocks and the music is ultr-modern. Popular sounds over the last month or so are:-
Peter Brown - "Do You Wanna Get Funky With Me".
Smokey Robinson - "Theme from Big Time".
Maceo - "Star Wars Theme".
Roberta Kelly - "Zodiac Lady".
and a new version of the Brothers "Are You Ready For This" by Jean Napoli. (Same title).
During my stay at the Mecca one particular point came to my attention, i.e. the price of the sounds. ( £9 for a double LP with one stand-out track). Making an appearance at the Highland Room that same night was Mr. Pat Brady (the same) he told me that he was trying one hour of old Mecca sounds or 'New Oldies' Friday nights over at Keighley RAOB which is going down rather well. I also had a chat with a Punk / N.Y. Disco follower who was recently involved in the recent troubles at Wigan, he told me that he kept an open mind to any kind of music and he had been singled out for unfair treatment because of his dress style, judging by his battle scars I can say that he wasn't lying. ( CLICK HERE TO SEE HIS LETTER). I'm glad to say that the only troubles at the Mecca are prices of drinks and the idiots downstairs who fight amongst themselves.
A sound worth mentioning which I personally think could go down well at either Mecca or Wigan is by Larry Houston entitled "Start my life (all over again) on a grey Mobile (I think) now pops up on light green Mobile with the instrumental on the flip, a driving rythym that reminds me of "Body Shop" speeded up and that chorus, pure magic, arranged by L.Dandridge and J.Davis (of Virtue label fame?) a real stormer which could really go places.
THE END OF THE MECCA ?
The 29th of October '77 will be a black mark in the progression of modern music, the day Mecca closed. Although there had been rumblings of this coming there was no hint of it on the night, with a lively crowd of above average attendance enjoying the latest American Disco Music supplied of course by Ian Levine and Colin Curtis.
Of course the Mecca has closed before and re-opened but the impression I was given over the phone to 'Colin' is this time it could be more permanent, "I don't want to make any comment, obviously I am dissapointed but what can you do, I need time to think about the future, my music and D.J.ing".
The 'Mecca' has always been in the lead with stompers, playing them many years before they became hailed as 'Wigan' classics as 'Russ' wrote in Black Echoes and 'Richard' will tell you at any time.
When the change took place 18 months ago they still lead even Americas top discos as the 'Blackpool' crowd adapted to new sounds quicker than Dave Mcadden to insults.
Back to the night though, there were a lot of old faces from '73 there although there was no way they could have known it was the last night. Sounds played on the night were Cocomotion,EL Cocoa,Dance Dance Dance,both L.P. tracks Mandrill,Funky Monkey,Pockets,Come go with me,Patti La Belle,Dance wit me,Montreal Sound,Music,Village People, San Francisco as you can , a fair share of disco music.
The first rumblings were when Colin 'ran' in to the 'Highland Room' and went to Ian whose mouth opened immediately, I thought it was just another Blackpool bitching match going on but it turned out that it was the end. I didn't find out till the Sunday that it had finished.
I have phoned 'Fred Pye' (the guv) five times but he's never in or available but I've heard a rumour he doesn't like soul.
Anyway I'm just hoping that the Mecca All-dayer due first or second Sunday in December is the Mecca sounds from start to finish and not just funk, that would be cheating the Patrons and Regulars from over the years who made the 'Mecca' one of the magical names of the Northern Soul Scene.


 
    

 
  A GREAT ALL-NIGHTER..
  ..12 HOURS LONG....2ROOMS.....
 ..£1.50....BARGAIN!!!
   ONES TO WATCH FOR c/o "New Soultime". * - Soultimes tips for the top.
1.
9 TIMES OUT OF 10.
MURIEL DAY.
PAGE ONE.
2.
A GOOD THING GOING.
PHIL COULTER.
COLUMBIA.
3.
A TOUCH OF VELVET.  
MOOD MOSAIC.
COLUMBIA.
4.
DON'T PITY ME.
SUE LYNN.
R.C.A.
5.
WOMAN LOVE THIEF.
STEMMONS EXPRESS.
WAND.
6.
BLACK POWER.
JAMES COIT.
PHOOF.
7.
THAT'S NOT LOVE.   
HOLLY ST.JAMES.
A.B.C.
8.
MIGHTY NICE TO KNOW.  
BOBBY GUITAR WOODS.
COLT. *
9.
YOU'D BETTER BELIEVE IT BABY.   
JOE TEX.
ATLANTIC.
10.
VILLAGE OF TEARS.  
BEN ZINE.
PARKWAY.
11.
IF YOU LOVED ME.  
PEGGY MARCH.
R.C.A. *
12.
COLORED MAN.  
TEDDY VANN ORCHESTRA.
CAPITOL. *
13.
YOU CAN COUNT ON ME.  
SAMMY DAVIS.
20th CENTURY.
14.
WHEN WE GET THERE.  
PAUL ANKA.
R.C.A. *
15.
(LOVE) YOU JUST CAN'T WALK AWAY.   
DEAN COURTNEY.
M.G.M.
16.
YOUR LOVE MAKES ME LONELY.  
CHANDLERS.
COL-SOUL.
17.
TRICK ME TREAT ME.  
COBBLESTONES.
MERCURY.
18.
ALONG COMES MARY.  
BAJA MARIMBA BAND.
A & M.
19.
THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR STOMPIN'.  
HAPPY CATS.
OMACK.
20.
STOP & YOU'LL BECOME AWARE.  
HELEN SHAPIRO.
COLUMBIA.
21.
GOT TO GET YOU INTO MY LIFE.   
BABY DOLLS.
HOLLYWOOD.
22.
SAY IT ISN'T SO.   
BETTY BOO.
GRAPEVINE.
23.
LOVE IS WONDERFUL.   
PAULA PARFITT.
BEACON.
24.
GONNA BE A BIG THING.   
YUM YUMS.
A.B.C.
25.
EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW.  
LOU ROBERTS.
SOUNDS OF MEMPHIS.
26.
SHE PUT THE HURT ON ME.   
TRADE MARTIN.
STALLION.
27.
 I CAN TAKE IT OR LEAVE YOUR LOVIN'.  
BOBBY WATKINS.
C/U. *
28.
 YOU WON'T SAY NOTHING.   
SHARON SCOTT.
C/U.
29.
LET'S MAKE LOVE.   
RONNIE LOVE.
ALMERIA.
30.
I'LL DO ANYTHING.   
KENNY GAMBLE.
C/U.
Breakers
"Right direcion" Gerry Jackson (Stone blue)
"I'm gonna get that guy" Susan Vaughn (Spark)
"You don't need no help" Rex Garvin (D.P.M.)
 
 
 






   The Northern Soul Scene -

         






 O.K ! Okay !! Okeh !!!

 
Who is Howard Mallett, anyway ? By Frank Elson ( B & S 1974 )
NOT THAT I really care but I do try and think up catchy headings for the clubs that I visit !
As many of you will have guessed by now I eventually got round to visiting Tony Dellar and his happy band of sex perverts, mass murderers and hermaphrodites ( only kidding ! ) down in the University town of Cambridge ( who won the boat race this year then? ).
Regular readers will know that I've been getting letters almost by the ton for ages now telling me how good the Howard Mallett Club Soul Night on Friday nights is and I can now reveal the truth. It is as good as they say.
It's a hell of a long way from where I live but I had all day so I was down in Cambridge colliding with idiots on pushbikes quite early. I went 'round to Tony's home ( he lives just outside the town ) and I must thank his wife Tina for the lovely tea.
Naturally enough we were rather late setting off for the club ( Weren't really my fault ) and when we arrived at the Mallett ( "We" being "Maggot" and Mark Goodman as well as Tony and yours truly ) there was already a large gathering of people at the place. I was frankly quite surprised 'cos the building is rather newish ( shouldn't think it's much over ten years old at the most ) and the disco part is really nice.
There is the main dance area in front of the D.J. stand ( nice size actually ) and then there's another, smaller area for dancing and standing around talking about six stairs higher. And then there's yet another level at the back where the bar is situated. The whole layout is very different but quite appealing.
I had a chat with the manager of the Club, name of Dennis, and a nice feller, and he told me that the place is Council owned and is what is known as a Leisure Centre - Youth Club. Gym, Disco's and all that. He also told me that the only music he will give room to now is Soul. As usual Dennis is amongst that happy band of people who have found that Soul fans don't bring aggro.
One of the first people I met at the club was Lee Hudson ( without her Wigan hat ) one of the people who has been trying to get me to visit the club. Gary Mader is a guy who has written me before and we spent some time talking during the evening. And his collection of albums which I saw when we had coffee at his house after the club is nothing short of fantastic. Thanks for the singles as well Gary.
Other very nice people that I met at the club include the very lovely Janet Colley and her feller, Alastair - all the way from Leicester. Alastair told me that he and a mate had travelled from Leicester one week and enjoyed the club so much that they had persuaded droves of their mates to come along as well. Janet also asked me to give a mention to the Sunday night Soul Scene at The Saracen's Head, Loughborough where Kev Hall and Steve Frost spin the sounds. I hope to check that scene out real soon.
Besides Tony Dellar me old mate Glenn Bellamy from Northampton does a bit of D.J'ing at the club and he played an incredible sound which he calls "Within the part of me" by Shelia Jones, it's a cover up of course but a good one. Another sound that he's pushing ( and it's going down well ) is "Catchin' up on time" a track from one of those Isley Brothers' albums on a cut-price label.
And now to the man himself. Mr. Tony Dellar, got quite a few fans if all those letters are anything to go by. Tony became a Soul fan around 1964 starting off like so many people, with Motown and getting onto Northern Soul through Market Harborough. He started D.J'ing about 3 1/2 years ago " 'cos I didn't like the commercial sounds all the local clubs were playing" at a pub in the village where he lives.
He has played clubs all over the Cambridge area including the Mallet since he started but the regular Friday night Soul Scene has only been going for about a year. The club get's packed almost every week with Northern Soul Fans from all over the East and South East ( and of course a few Midlanders get down there. )
Tony's favorite all-time sound is "Heaven must have sent you" by the Elgins and I forgot to ask him if he has any dislikes.
Records that are going well at the Mallett at the present time include Earl Jackson's "Soul self satisfaction", John Roberts' "I'll forget you", Dave Love "Coalalined baby", John Adfern and the Springfield Flute "Black is black" ( a good version of one of my most un-favorite tunes ); and Jeanette Williams' "Something good's got a hold on me".
All-in-all a very enjoyable evening was had by all and I recommended the club to Soul fans of any sort if you live within range. It's also a very good way for Southern fans to find out more about Northern Soul without travelling too far.
 
       
    THE 'BEDFORD' CROWD, ON THE WAY   
        TO THE LEGENDARY DIXIELAND,
   COLWYN BAY ALL-NIGHTER, IN 1978.

THE ALL-NIGHTER WITH A WINE BAR.......
THE TIME I THUMBED IT, TO COLWYN BAY, IT TOOK 7 LIFTS TO GET THERE FROM BEDFORD.....ON THE WAY BACK, THE PRESTON LOT GAVE ME A LIFT IN THE BACK OF THEIR TRANSIT TO THE M6...THANKS ,IT ONLY TOOK THREE ON THE WAY BACK.

         
 

        PHOTOS FROM
   THE ST.NEOTS
    ALL-NIGHTER
              AT THE
  WORKING MANS CLUB 16/17th DECEMBER 1978.




 
 
 
         Me and Sheena.
 
 
        Sheena at St.Neots.
The All-nighter at St. Neots was followed by:-
Notts Palais All-dayer (Christmas)      17th December 1978.
  Nottingham Palais all dayer has a reputation of being one of the best all dayers in the country. This Christmas one certainly came up to the standard. Although I don't much care for it normally, this one was really good. There was a very good crowd there and all seemed to be in a festive mood. The main room, as usual, was used for Northern, downstairs was used for Funk. I must put a word in for a Funk d.j. who happens to be the best around (he's not bad at operating Renee machines either) his name is Andy Lee, look out for him.
D.J.s in the main room were definately lacking in numbers but seemed to handle the situation well. Soul Sam had a 2 1/2 hour spot which must have been boring for the oldies fans, but for me excellent. John Poole also did very well playing sounds like "Trick me treat me" - Cobblestones, Mary Saenz, Louise Lewis, Zena Foester, Carol & Johnny, Frankie & Gerri (sort that lot out yourselves, my rubbers worn away). Anyway apart from the manager playing stuff like the Rumba, okeycokey etc. it was a very good day.