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The CD called Modernists has a picture of some Twisted Wheel All-nighter goers outside the Cona Coffee Bar on Tib Street Manchester. The Cona Coffee Bar was a Mod hangout for Manchester Soul Mods. This CD compilation has some good and interesting tracks on it, but I must say not one of them was played at the Cona. I do know and remember it well, Saturday lunchtimes drinking Cona machine filtered coffee served in large glass cups and there long before Starbucks re- invented the idea but with mugs.

Often Roger Eagle the Twisted Wheel DJ would be there talking records, selling copies of his R&B Scene magazine.

The music on the Jukebox that were our favourites and some that people brought there to exchange, sell or to just show people has little resemblance to those tracks on this new CD.

Is that blond guy Pete Bamford from Moston, who used to park it outside the Cona: a Lambretta GT 200…?

Anyway here is my Cona Play List and beneath it the new CD compilation listing.


Green Onions – Booker T. And The MG’s

Behave Yourself – Booker T. And The MG’s

Its All Over Now – The Rolling Stones

Gloria – Them

Commin’ Home Baby – Mel Torme

Another Saturday Night  – Sam Cooke

Nadine  – Chuck Berry

Rescue Me – Fontella Bass

Walk On By – Dionne Warwick

A House Is Not A Home – Dionne Warwick

You’ll Never Get To Heaven If You Break My Heart – Dionne Warwick

Georgia – Ray Charles

The Times They Are A Changing – Bob Dylan

King Of The Road – Roger Miller

The Locomotion – Little Eva

It Might As Well Rain Until September – Carol King

On Broadway  – The Drifters

Swinging On A Star –  Big Dee Irwin and Little Eva

Can’t Get Used To Losing You – Andy Williams

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow – Shirelles

A Lovers Concerto – Toys

Last Night – The Mar – Keys

Remember Walking In The Sand – Shangri Las

You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ – The Righteous Brothers

Rhythm – Major Lance

The Monkey Time – The Miracles

Mickeys Monkey – The Miracles

Baby Love – The Supremes

Under The Board Walk – The Drifters

A Little Piece Of Leather – Donnie Elbert

Tobaco Road – The Nashville Teens

For Your Love – The Yardbirds

Yeh Yeh – Georgie Fame

A Touch Of Velvet A Sting Of Brass – The Mood Mosaic

And here is the track listing from the Modernists CD:

None of which where played at the Cona.

1. Soul Jerk It, Baby – Jeb Stuart
2. Dog (Ain’t A Man’s Best Friend) – Lewis Clark
3. Harlem Shuffle – Robert Moore
4. Good Humor Man – Clifford Curry
5. Cat Dance – The In Crowd
6. Jet Set – Mel Williams
7. Hold Your Dog – Oliver Morgan
8. Dynamite – Little Eva
9. Stone Fox – The Pac-Keys
10. I Got Loaded Lil Bob
11. Shirley – John Fred & The Playboys
12. (You Should Have Been A) Doctor – Bessie Banks
13. Boston Monkey – The Hustlers
14. Turn Around And Go – Lee Bernard
15. Got A Good Thing Going On – Clarence Daniels & Obie Jessie
16. Long Ways To Go – Timmy Wilson
17. Shaggy Dog – Danny & The Velaires
18. Bugaloo Pete – Lester Young & The California Playboys
19. Crow Baby Crow – Leroy Harris
20. Monkey Man – Gene Burks
21. Tingling – Eddy Giles
22. She’s Got Soul – Bill Locke
23. Charles’ Shing A Ling – Charles Hodges
24. After Hours – Paul & Rick