A new edition of this book is now available soon. With new additions left out due to space and print costs with the first edition. This new version is also illustrated with pictures from those days and also lots, and lots of pictures of the record labels of the period.
Digital copies at: AMAZON
And printed limited edition at: Manchester Soul.
So here I am featuring some of the music mentioned in the book:Play @ YouTube
In the early days the Twisted Wheel’s first location was in Brazennose Street off Albert Square (Town Hall) and the club was into BLUES:
Just two examples of the blues tracks from the ‘Wheel’ there were hundreds and hundreds more, many are mentioned in the book.
The Brazennose Street ‘Wheel’ played a variety of music including Surf Music and SKA and had great live artists every week. A full and complete and amazing list can be found @ Manchester Soul.
This next 45 started out at the first Wheel and was often played at the second incarnation of the club – Whitworth Street.
Going to the Second Twisted Wheel; we first hung out outside the Wimpy Bar – here people would bring along their latest 45 discoveries:
Then one night at the Blue Note Club ‘DL’ brought his fantastic hit 45 that the Wheel played, to show everyone he now owned a copy: it was impressive, it was in a picture sleeve: The FANTASTIC Flamingos with ‘The Boogaloo Party’
You will find hundreds of record labels and a great surrounding story telling it like it was @ THE WHEEL
Here are a few more, some that don’t get much attention these days but were big hits at the ‘Wheel’
And there were TWO songs about the American football theme, both with Backfield in Motion: See Mel & Tim /Poindexters?
Mainley a Blue Note record but did make it to the Wheel
A Roger Eagle special!
Again more of a Blue Note player, but did make it for some midweek plays at the Wheel and Dusty’s version is just as brilliant:
Played louder than you could believe this track set a mob dance in action; in an atmosphere only those who were there could believe: God Bless Roger Eagle for blasting us with Motown!
A 45 that all the ‘Wheeler’ girls loved.
This was a major hit at the Blue Note club Manchester before it eventually caught on at the Wheel, because Roger Eagle had left the club in late 66′ and took this and all his amazing record collection with him.
Yes we got more Soul: there are so many more and lots shown or mentioned in the Manchester Wheelers book. Everyone who wants to know about the Soul scene in Manchester in the 60’s will find realism in this book. And a great debt of gratitude goes to Roger the DJ who turned on a generation of Mancunians to Soul; and yes no matter what some have said: Roger Eagle started it all off. He was the instigator. And there are a lot of passages in the book about him. And of course credit goes to all the DJ’s who followed him; moving the scene along to 100% Soul, becoming the roots of NORTHERN SOUL.
Book about Roger Eagle: