Top Ten Club – Manchester Music club in the sixties

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The Top Ten Club was in the Elizabethan Ballroom at Belle Vue, the amusement park and Zoo in Manchester which was sadly demolished in the seventies. It was held every Sunday night from 1963 to 1967.

Lots and Lots of Manchester Mods and Twisted Wheelers would round off the weekend by going here on a Sunday night. The ones that weren’t totally exhausted from the allnighter, of course.

Top Ten Club Belle Vue Manchester - complete with Jimmy Savile
Top Ten Club Belle Vue Manchester – complete with Jimmy Savile
The Top Ten Sunday Club – Live Acts

The now infamous Jimmy Savile was the resident DJ. He always seemed to be playing  I Got Troubles by Crispian St. Peters and I’m Her Yesterday Man by Chris Andrews. The stage would revolve around replacing the DJ with the live acts.

Many live bands performed here: The ZombiesThe Who The Small FacesChris Farlow even Fontella Bass and Stevie Wonder – who was so excited at one point he very nearly fell off the stage. No doubt because of the large capacity, The Top Ten Club could afford to pay the top line acts and they did.

The Top Ten Club Membership Card
The Top Ten Club Membership Card

The place had a huge 2,000 capacity dance-floor and featured ‘an elegant powder room’ (this has a totally different connotation now, of course).

Located on Hyde Road and now long since demolished with a multiplex cinema and a housing estate now occupying the land. There was another, more famous Top Ten Club situated in Hamburg, Germany which at one time seemed to the be focus of all new developments in music:

The Top Ten Club – Germany – Wikipedia

The Top Ten Club Manchester – Manchesterbeat

Top Ten Club Nostalgia – manchesterhistory.net

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