R & B Scene – Roger Eagle

1964 saw the first ever FANZINE for Blues and Soul music and its artists. R & B Scene – Roger Eagle was started by Roger Eagle, with a little help from his friends. Roger was the eclectic DJ at Manchester’s Twisted Wheel club: the epicentre in the North of England for Mod culture, Blues, R&B … Read more


SOUL CITY MANCHESTER and MUSIC – Manchester’s youth, the Soul Mods started the appreciation of Black American music in the city in the 1960s,  mainly emerging from The twisted Wheel Club and its influential DJ Roger Eagle. Elton John in Bluesology appeared backing many Stateside artists and later said you had to make it in … Read more

The Twisted Wheel – The New Story

The first night at the very first Twisted Wheel had the Manchester pop group The Karl Denver Trio performing Wimohwey. The club would become famous as the place that started off the movement that became NORTHERN SOUL. By early 1964’with its new DJ Roger Eagle, it was all about the music. One track that was … Read more

Scene At Six Thirty

Granada TV Manchester 3 Scene At Six Thirty was a local news and entertainment show in the 1960’s. It had many tv presenters in what was the start of their careers on TV – Michael Parkinson, Anne Robinson’s (Weakest Link) Tony Wilson, Austin Mitchell (Grimsby MP). The programme had lots of great artists appearing; the Blues’ … Read more

Pubs – Manchester

Pubs – Manchester – The Nags Head and The Rising Sun were both close to the Brazennose Street Twisted Wheel and many people would get a pass out (an ink stamp on your wrist) to go out for a pint during early Saturday night and weekly sessions. In these days of wine bars and brasseries … Read more

Palace Theatre Manchester – Stax European Tour 1967

Palace Theatre Manchester The Spring of 1967 saw the arrival in Manchester of the Stax European tour 1967. Held at the Palace Theatre Oxford Road Manchester, the line up was:- The show was opened by Booker T and The MGs, who were then joined by The Mar-Keys (Last Night, Grab This Thing, Philly Dog). Then … Read more

Mr Smiths – Manchester NIght club in the sixties

Mr Smiths was a Manchester 60’s Night Club that had live soul and blues artists amongst the acts that appeared. Ben E King, Edwin Starr, Clyde McPhatter, Georgie Fame, Champion Jack Dupree all appeared there. Unlike the Manchester soul clubs Mr Smiths was licensed and a genuine nightclub with the usual assortment of dodgy looking … Read more

Manchester Then

Manchester Then – in the Sixties – Matchstick figures, dirt and grim, black, black buildings, smoking chimneys and more smoking chimneys, and two football teams, the Reds and the Blues. John Mayall was living in Cheetham Hill, soon he would have Alexis Korner staying with him whilst appearing at the Twisted Wheel in Brazennose street. … Read more

Manchester – home to Soul Music

Manchester – home to Soul Music – Northern Soul as it is termed now began here in Manchester in the mid nineteen sixties at clubs such as the Twisted Wheel and Blue Note. The Jigsaw, Rowntrees and Bolton’s Boneyard etc in fact most ‘Beat’ Clubs favoured soul music at that time. Today artists such as … Read more