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Music 29.11.2016

Kings Of Spins Mixshow - Northern Soul Classic presented by Eddie Gordon

An EG Northern Soul Classic's show for the next hour plus. Northern Soul was a UK description given to Black American Soul music from the mid 60's to early 70's released by independent US labels mostly with the exception of Motown, recordings that were also very popular on the Mod scene. SHOW PLAYS OR D/LOADS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE.  Part 2 is a 90 min speech-free blend of the 40 songs.


England's Blues & Soul Magazine contributor Dave Godin, who had a record store call Soul City in London's Covent Garden, gave the genre its title. Indirectly because of soccer/football fans from the UK's Northern towns and cities coming into his store looking for the rare US 45's whilst they were in the capital city to see their team play. (Imagine Seattle football fans buying records in Washington DC stores whilst they are in town to support their team). With the Southern music buyers more inclined to buy Funk and soul releases it helped the Soul City staff to know what to play the music fans from the North of England when they were in the store looking for records to take back home, they'd be steered straight to the Northern Soul section.

Northern Soul is also famous with its style of dancing and fashions which grew out of the underground rhythm & soul scene of the late 1960s at venues such as the Twisted Wheel in Manchester. This scene and the associated dances and fashions quickly spread to other UK dancehalls and nightclubs like the Chateau Impney (Droitwich), Catacombs (Wolverhampton), the Highland Rooms at Blackpool Mecca, Golden Torch (Stoke-on-Trent) and the legendary Wigan Casino.

As Northern Soul dancing popularity grew it became more athletic featuring spins, flips, karate kicks and backdrops often inspired by the stage performances of touring American soul acts such as Little Anthony & The Imperials and Jackie Wilson. In later years Disco and Jazz Funk dancing took on similar kinds of moves.

The below video audio is not always regarded as a classic Northern Soul record but the video gives a good representation of a Northern Soul dancefloor.

If must have been hard work being a Northern Soul DJ with most of the recordings only lasting approx 2:30 mins, any given hours set could feature up to 24 records (see the show's tracklisting for an 1:10mins set) plus the dancers had to be super fit with the pace of the records averaging 140 BPM. Hope you enjoy the music and bare in mind that the quality of the vinyl from the US 45's released by independent labels in those days could be a little low in quality so the final sound of the recordings were often not that great.

Thank you Richard Searling for years of inspiration sir..

Keep The Faith. EG

Kings Of Clubs Mixshow - Northern Soul Classic Playlist

San Remo Golden Strings - Festival Time
Darrell Banks - Open The Door To Your Heart
The Elgins - Heaven Must Have Sent You (Album Version)
Archie Bell & The Drells - Here I Go Again
Ann Sexton - You've Been Doing Me Wrong For So Long Original Mix
Arthur Wright Orch - If I Could Turn Back The Hands Of Time instrumental
The Epitome Of Sound - You Don't Love Me (7_Mix)
Cornelius Brothers n Sister Rose - Too Late To Turn Back Now
Checkerboard Squares - Double Cookin
Al Wilson - The Snake
Doris Troy I'll Do Anything
Jackie Wilson - Because Of You
The Tomangoes - I Really Love You (7_Mix)
Gloria Jones Jimmy McFarland & The Tiaras - Gone With The Wind (Is My Love)
Chuck Wood - Seven Days Too Long
Luther Ingram - If It's All The Same To You Babe
The Carstairs - It Really Hurts Me Girl
Yvonne Baker - You Didn't Say a Word
Jimmy Radcliffe - Long After Tonight Is All Over
Mel Britt - She'll Come Running Back
Nolan Porter - If I Could Only Be Sure
The Shakers - One Wonderful Moment
Jimmy James - A Man Like Me
Younghearts - A Little Togetherness
Velours - I'm Gonna Change
The Guys From UNCLE - The Spy
Just Brothers - Sliced Tomatoes
The Precisions - If This Is Love (I'd Rather Be Lonely)
Luther Ingram Orchestra - Exus Trek



Kings Of Clubs Mixshow - Northern Soul Classic presented by Eddie Gordon


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