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Local lads (cant recall their name now) who played in The Swan, Trent Vale and other nearby pubs who played the best Dire Straits stuff I ever heard, other than the real thing of course. Met one of my girlfriends at one gig and she religiously followed them everywhere.

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If we're talking local bands, anyone remember the gig at the Vic Hall with Climax Blues Band supported by the Cyril Dagworth Players? The latter's lead singer was Des Parton, who as David Parton had a one off single hit.

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If we're talking local bands, anyone remember the gig at the Vic Hall with Climax Blues Band supported by the Cyril Dagworth Players? The latter's lead singer was Des Parton, who as David Parton had a one off single hit.

 

Saw the Cyril Dagworth players at the Top Rank in Hanley.

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If we're talking local bands, anyone remember the gig at the Vic Hall with Climax Blues Band supported by the Cyril Dagworth Players? The latter's lead singer was Des Parton, who as David Parton had a one off single hit.

 

Saw that

 

Didn't Cyril Dagworth Players have a hit with or actually write the Stevie Wonder song 'Isn't she lovely'

 

Points-with-Bone

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Been to countless gigs all over the world over the years, but one of my top three was a support band at the Victoria Hall

 

The main band was 'Gong', who were fine, nut it was the support band 'Isotope' who really caught the eye. A four piece jazz-rock outfit with super-fast guitarist Gary Boyle and double-paradiddle drummer Nigel Morris to the fore

 

Early on in the gig all the lights in the Vicky Hall failed, but the band just carried on playing this wild, mega-fast funky jazz maelstrom that flared out of the dark - it stayed that way for about 20 - 30 minutes until the lights suddenly go back on and everyone is awoken from their own little world; lots of thrashing, sweaty audience members and a band astonished to remember that they were playing at a gig. They all smiled broadly and a massive cheer went up

 

Top memory - must have been 1974, possibly 1975

 

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Saw that

 

Didn't Cyril Dagworth Players have a hit with or actually write the Stevie Wonder song 'Isn't she lovely'

 

Points-with-Bone

 

David Parton covered Stevie Wonder’s song and had a huge hit. But he also wrote a song which had previously been a hit for Sweet Sensation called ‘Sad Sweet Dreamer’.

 

Saw him and the Cyril Dagworth Players at Strikes in Burslem.

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I fell in love with Northern Soul, first tune I couldn't get out of my head was "Heaven Must Have Sent You" by the Elgins. Started going to the Torch at 14, a group of us spotty kids from Kidsgrove initially hung out to the left of the stage by the railing and gradually plucked up the courage to dance, it was mainly all about the music.

 

We graduated to going to all nighters at The Twisted Wheel in Manchester and occasionally the Blue Orchid in Derby, saw some great acts at the Wheel and the Torch, Ben E King, Jimmy Ruffin, Jr walker, Edwin Star etc, the atmosphere was electric. By 16 1/2 I was on the wrong track and stopped going the Torch and got into girls.

 

I was lucky enough to be around Stoke-on-Trent when The Place, The Placemate (Sammi Belles), Cheshire Cat and Maxims were going strong, music was mainly soul/funk and I loved it. Those 4 clubs together with the Placemate (Ex Wheel) and Pips in Manchester were brilliant, spent far too much time there having a brilliant time, never saw any trouble in those clubs.

 

Have always loved Soul music and always will, now also love Classical Music and Opera, all these genres share wonderful tunes, melodies and lyrics.

 

There used to be scraps between the Mods and the Greasers in Hanley/Burslem/Tunsta and surrounding areas in the late 60's.

 

Did everyone do that Northern Soul dancing or could you just shuffle about in a corner? That's one of the things that's put me off attending many NS club nights, I hate dancing at the best of times but there's no way I'm spinning round on some talc.

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Did everyone do that Northern Soul dancing or could you just shuffle about in a corner? That's one of the things that's put me off attending many NS club nights, I hate dancing at the best of times but there's no way I'm spinning round on some talc.

 

People did their own thing, what they were comfortable with depending on how confident they were, my group of friends were there for the music and to make friends but we did bop around at times.

 

The "Shuffling dance, back-flips etc" have their origins in Soul/Black music culture in the USA, watch videos of James Brown from the late 50's/early 60's, people copied the moves. The "Shuffling dance" morphed into a more "Athletic type of dance" by the late 60's at the Torch and which became the dance usually seen on videos at Wigan Casino in the 70's (The talc thing was a Wigan thing, perhaps the floor was sticky, I don't know as I never went).

 

The first person I saw doing this "Athletic dance" was a guy who was part of our group from the Silverdale/Knutton area (I won't give his name) in the late 60's. There is a series of Northern Soul documentaries on You Tube, one of which from a Channel 4 presenter, looked at the origins of the dancing. The presenter interviewed a Scottish female who was a Wigan Casino regular who intimated the origins had something to do with Bruce Lee which is wrong as the "Athletic dance has it's origins at the Torch in the late 60"s way before Bruce Lee.

 

I actually emailed the Channel 4 guy to give him my view and he did contact my mate from Knutton/Silverdale, many of my friends shared the view of the origin of the "Athletic dance".

 

Dancing is not a necessity at NS nights, just go and listen to the music.

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