Della Humphrey

Don’t Make The Good Girls Go Bad On the FANTASTIC UK ACTION label from this almost unknown lady Soul singer Della Humphrey. We played this ’45 at the Blue Note Manchester. Other tracks by Della Humphrey: Let’s Wait Until Dark Girls Have Feelings She made slow Soul ballads and also some reggae music.

Bob And Marcia – Young Gifted And Black

YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia – Bob Andy and Marcia Griffiths – recorded a hit Jamaican sound. Call it SKA Rock Steady Blue Beat or Reggae or whatever, this style of music was made popular in England in the early sixties at Jamaican clubs and Shabeens (illegal drinking houses). A very popular set … Read more

Stranger And Patsy – When You Call My Name

When You Call My Name Stranger And Patsy – Patsy Todd and Stranger Cole – on the Bluebeat label, were popular at Manchester’s Nile Club (Moss Side) and also at the only Manchester city centre club The Blue Note, that included Rock Steady SKA and Bluebeat alongside its Soul music focus. Stranger Cole – Wikipedia

Dandy Livingstone – Rudy A Message To You

RUDY A MESSAGE TO YOU (1967) This song by Dandy Livingstone was a huge track at both The Blue Note and The Twisted Wheel. It was all about the Rude Boys in Jamaica. And an even bigger hit in the 80’s when the Specials caught that SKA ROCK STEADY BLUE BEAT. Dandy Livingstone – Wikipedia

Theophilus Beckford

Jack And Jill Shuffle This track by Theophilus Beckford was another Blue Beat 45 played regularly at the Blue Note Manchester.

Bob Marley

Bob Marley was the legendary reggae singer, composer and musician who died at the untimely age of 36. In the early years of Blue Beat, Ska and Rock Steady, there were many releases that were covers of U.S. soul and R&B hits. One of our favourites, People Get Ready by the Impressions, was given the … Read more

Dave And Ansell Collins

Double Barrel This song by Dave And Ansell Collins was played at the Blue Note in Manchester, a big chart hit too and by 1970 it was the premier club for SKA and Blue Beat, and I even heard it played at a Twisted wheel all-nighter.

Glen Miller

Rock Steady Party (1968) – Hip-Hug-Her No, not the other Glen Miller! What a rip-off, I even played this a couple of times at the Blue Note club in Manchester in 1969. Its not really bad, it does have a great rap of lyrics, but how on earth did he get away with simply putting … Read more