The Twisted Wheel Collection - Northern Soul Classics Mix #stayhome #savelives #withme

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Manchester – home of the Twisted Wheel

Manchester is a major industrial City in the North West of England and was the original powerhouse of the Industrial Revolution. There are several other Manchesters in the USA, Australia and Canada, But the original is in the UK. In the 19th century it was famous for being the hub of the world’s cotton trade and the link to Liverpool through the Manchester Ship Canal ensured a continual supply of the raw material.

It was the home of The Twisted Wheel which became arguably the most famous and influential soul club in the world and the birthplace of what would later become known as Northern Soul. The building that housed the original club was on Brazennose Street and is now the site of a car park. There is no plaque to mark the site which seems rather an oversight considering its influence on music in the early sixties.

Artists who appeared in Manchester in the early sixties included many of the greats in soul and blues and included:

Sonny Boy Williamson
John Lee Hooker
T-Bone Walker
Jimmy Reed
Muddy Waters
Chuck Berry
Otis Redding
Sam and Dave

And of course, all the UK groups who started out by imitation of the sounds they had heard on imported 45s before writing their own material.

Manchester Map

The Twisted Wheel
Manchester in the Sixties
Manchester – News


14 Things to do in Memphis, Tennessee

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Memphis Tennessee

A City in the Southern state Of Tennessee USA.

Named after the ancient Egyptian city and home of Soul and Blues, Stax records and others.

Wikipedia: Memphis Tennessee


No-Go Zones - World’s Toughest Places | Seven Mile Road, Detroit, USA | Free Documentary

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Detroit The city is in the state of Michigan on the shores of lake Michigan USA. Detroit is famous for manufacture of and headquarters of General Motors and is the  Motorcity  which gave birth to Tamla Motown.

Sadly, with the destruction of the American motor industry, it has now got the unenviable title of America’s Most Abandoned city.

Soulful Detroit


Most Intense Moments on Chicago Med | Chicago Med

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Chicago was a magnet for the blues. In the nineteen twenties a mass exodus from the southern states brought millions of Black people to the industrial North looking for work.

Chicago Theatre

Along with Detroit the city had its own culture of black music – gospel and blues, and eventually out from this mixture – Soul.

Chess Records

New Orleans

Record Producers:- Dave Bartholomew and Allen Toussaint.


Fats Domino Irma Thomas Tony Joe White Aaron Neville, Lee Dorsey, Dr John and loads more besides came from New Orleans. Top UK reissue label Soul Jazz follow up their popular New Orleans Funk compilation with a second visit to the vaults of fifties, sixties and seventies funk and soul from the South.
Featuring many of the same artists as New Orleans Funk, Saturday Night Fish Fry adds to the overview of the distinctive New Orleans sound, where you’ll find an unmistakable skip in the funky beat. Singers like Betty Harris, Eddie Bo and Lee Dorsey get busy over tight-assed backbeats courtesy of New Orleans’ finest musicians and producers.

New Orleans
New Orleans tram car

Collecting singles released by the city’s scores of obscurely named independent record labels like Seven-B, Choctaw, Red Bird, Deesu and Mor-Soul, many of which were only ever localised hits, the Soul Jazz crew have added another essential volume to their already extensive archives of funky black American music.

Track Listing

Disc 1:
01   Roger And The Gypsies – Pass The Hatchet
02   Betty Harris – Mean Man
03   Dixie Cups – Iko Iko
04   David Bastiste – Funky Soul
05   Eldridge Holmes – Where Is Love
06   Lee Dorsey – Give It Up
07   Salt – Hung Up
08   Huey Piano Smith – Little Liza Jane
09   Eddie Bo – The Thang
10   The Wlid Magnolias – Soul, Soul, Soul
11   Bobby & the Heavyweights – Soul Train
12   Betty Harris – Break in the Road
13   Eldridge Holmes – Hump Back
14   The Meters – Message from the Meters
15   Dr. John – Gris Gris Gumbo Ya Ya
16   Irma Thomas – Don’t Mess with my Man
17   The Gaturs – Cold Bear
18   Oliver Morgan – Roll Call
19   Inell Young – The Next Ball Game
20   Lee Dorsey – Yes We Can Can
21   Irma Thomas – Ruler of my Heart
22   Smokey Johnson – I Can’t Help It

Los Angeles

The Best Soul 2020 - Soul Music Greatest Hits - Top Hit Soul Music 2020

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Los Angeles At the height of the vintage soul scene in the 1960’s Los Angeles played a minor role.

Today however many modern soul recordings originate from this city and Motown moved here from Detroit, setting up their new headquarters in the 1970’s.