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Northern Soul

This was a uniquely English thing, although based on American Soul music. In the mid 70's thousands of teenagers across the UK spent their weekends at Northern Soul all night discos, usually 10p.m. until 8 a.m. no alcohol at all. These teens went purely for the music which was made usually by black americans to try and emulate the success of the Tamla Motown label, however the majority failed and their records never saw light of day. D.J.'s in the Uk found these records with their own particular beat and style, which became loved by soul dancers, Wigan Casino probably being the best known all nighter, but others included Cleethorpes, Derby, Sheffield, Stoke on Trent, Birmingham, Peterborough, St.Ives (Cambs). The term 'Northern Soul' was coined by a journalist from Blues and Soul magazine, due to the geographical location of these discos.

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Just fantastic music and dancing, with the most friendliest people you will ever meet. I'm 50 years-old but keeping the faith keeps me 16 at heart. I remember my first visit to Wigan at 15 years of age - that memory will stay with me all my life. A regular at the casino and "Sams" in Sheffield, I still go to as many venues as possible - I just love it!
Pam Elliott


To paint a portrait of England, you have to have Northern Soul on your pallet
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