Northern soul top 500
Part 3

201. Manifesto – A Case of Tyme (Legend)

202. Carrow, George – Angel Baby (Don’t You Ever Leave Me))

203. Frankie & Johnny – I’ll Hold You

204. Robinson, Shawn – My Dear Heart

205. Dramatics – Inky Dinky Wang Dang Do

206. Clark, Alice – You Hit Me (Right Where It Hurt Me)

207. Clark, Johnny ‘Soul’ – (Come On & Be My) Sweet Darlin’

208. Paul, John E – I Wanna Know

209. Scott-Heron, Gil – The Bottle

210. Cooper, Eula – Let Our Love Grow Higher

211. Contours – Just a Little Misunderstanding

212. Derek & Ray – Interplay )

213. Demain, Arin – Silent Treatment

214. Flamingos – Boogaloo Party

215. Fletcher, Sam – I’d Think It Over

216. Shaw, Marlena – Let’s Wade in the Water)

217. Guess, Lenis – Just Ask Me

218. Roye, Lee – Tears (Nothing But Tears) )

219. Moore, Melba – Magic Touch

220. Little Richie – Just Another Heartache

221. Lumley, Rufus – I’m Standing

222. Magnetics – Lady in Green

223. Cashmeres – Show Stopper

224. Milestones (Mylestones) – The Joker

225. Mitchell, Prince Phillip – I’m So Happy )

226. Middleton, Tony – Paris Blues

227. Mosley, Ernest – Stubborn Heart

228. Mr Flood’s Party – Compared to What )

229. Mr Soul/Al Scott – What Happened to Yesterday?

230. Hesitations – I’m Not Built That Way

231. Prophet, Billy – What Can I Do?

232. Roman, Little Joe – When You’re Lonesome (Come On Home)

233. Bounty, James – Prove Yourself a Lady

234. Sayles, Johnny – I Can’t Get Enough

235. Sam & Kitty – I’ve Got Something Good

236. Sheen, Bobby – Something New to Do

237. Spiral Starecase – More Today Than Yesterday

238. Soul Brothers Six – I’ll Be Loving You

239. Originals – Suspicion/Baby Have Mercy on Me )

240. Fantastic Johnny C – Don’t Depend on Me

241. Flirtations – Stronger Than Her Love

242. Natural Four – I Thought You Were Mine

243. Fi-Dels – Try a Little Harder

244. Tex, Joe – Under Your Powerful Love)

245. Skullsnaps – I’m Your Pimp

246. Vann, Ila – Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man of Mine )

247. Douglas, Carl – Serving a Sentence of Life

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    The Torch
    Hose Street, Tunstall,
    Date: 1965 - 1973

Originally an old cinema

The Golden Torch was redeveloped as a luxury nightclub by Chris Burton, a Midlands businessman, in 1963. Featuring a Roman chariot on the outside wall, the club was classy,dancers with marble pillars and the now compulsory balcony overlooking the dance floor. Originally designed to hold about five hundred people, in it's heyday it hosted in excess of one and a half thousand; which, as the club was situated in a quiet residential street, was only the start of the club's problems.

The club first opened to the public in 1965, focusing on the Mod culture of the day. As was the norm at the time, many live acts appeared here, including Billy J Kramer, Amen Corner, the Kinks and Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders. The first soul act didn't appear until 1967, when Inez and Charlie Foxx appeared. The DJs were typical of their time, more entertainers than anything, with the music being incidental to their on-stage antics. The resident DJ was "Barmy" Barry, who had a huge following in the Stoke area. A certain London nightclub owner, Peter Stringfellow, also DJ'd there in between spots at the Mojo in Sheffield. Although a certain amount of soul and Motown was played, it wasn't until 1969 that an actual soul night began.

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It was Keith Minshull that started it all. When he suggested the idea of a Friday soul night to Chris Burton, Chris was very dubious about the whole thing, but gave it a try anyway. The result was a resounding success.the djs Burton was heard to comment "I remember turning up at the first one and saying to Keith "Are these guys for real?" I mean there was no presentation or anything, just a room full of kids dancing to music that I'd never heard of". (Manifesto Magazine). Interestingly, Chris Burton later became the driving force behind the 1970's Out Of The Past bootleg label.
Soon joined by his friend the eighteen-year-old Colin Curtis (actually his name is Colin Diamond), Minshull and Curtis formed the Kingspinners, and proceeded to astound the dancers with more and more imported soul. A chance meeting with Simon Soussan, the now infamous French record collector, opened the door to a floodgate of quality sounds. Keith and Colin were joined by Alan Day and Martyn Ellis (see photo on the left), and with the closure of the Twisted Wheel in 1971, Keith Minshull suggested to Chris Burton that perhaps it would be a good idea to try an allnighter... and so the legend began.

It was in 1972 that the allnighters began, running from 8pm to 8am, Saturday night through Sunday morning. As there was really no other competition, it soon became the top venue in the country, attracting other DJs such as Tony Jebb and even Ian Levine. Live acts appeared on a regular basis, featuring The Drifters, The Stylistics,flyer Oscar Toney Jr, The Chi-Lites, Edwin Starr, and many more.
Of course, the one live act synonymous with the Torch is Major Lance. Appearing there on December 9th, 1972, the performance was recorded live, and released as "Major Lance Live At The Torch" on Contempo, the label owned by Blues & Soul magazine. Above and beyond the live appearances, the Torch had become a veritable goldmine for soul discoveries, as the following have all been credited as having first plays there:

    Sliced Tomatoes - Just Brothers
    Quick Change Artist - The Soul Twins
    Love You Baby - Eddie Parker
    Times A Wasting - The Fuller Brothers
    A Case Of Love - The Sequins
    Bok To Bach - Father's Angels
    Thumb A Ride - Earl Wright
    Just Ask Me - Lenis Guess
    Just Like The Weather - Nolan Chance
    One In A Million - Maxine Brown
    Free For All - Phillip Mitchell
As with every success story, there are the inevitable problems. With overcrowding, after-hours drinking and drugs leading to an almost permanent police presence at the allnighters, Chris Burton did his best to co-operate with and pacify the local authorities. When attempting to re-new the club's licence in 1973, he encountered massive opposition. With the local paper carrying headlines such as "TUNSTALL CLUB A DRUG CENTRE" and "70 PERCENT OF CLUB USERS 'INVOLVED WITH DRUGS'", plus complaints from the local residents about noise (including one complainant who testified that the allnighters kept his horse awake!) it was inevitable that on March 16th 1973, the licence was refused. Chris Burton did not appeal, and the club just faded away. There was no celebratory last allnighter. In the words of Dave Evison "It just fizzled out".

Stoke-on-Trent (or Soul-on-Trent as it was dubbed in the 60s and 70s) was at the very heart of Britain's Northern Soul sub culture. Leading the way then was The Golden Torch, a club in the backstreets of Tunstall, one of the 6 towns of Stoke-on-Trent, which drew fans from all over the Midlands and North West. Such was the influence of The Torch that its logo, of a silhouetted hand holding a smoking torch aloft, became a national symbol of the whole movement.

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Northern soul top 500
Part 3

248. Ward, Herb – Honest to Goodness

249. Wyatt, Johnny – This Thing Called Love

250. Banks, Doug – I Just Kept on Dancing

250. Banks, Doug – I Just Kept on Dancing (Argo)

251. Sapphires – Slow Fizz

252. Callier, Terry – Look at Me Now

253. Harper, Jeanette – Put Me in Your Pocket

254. Knight, Jason – Our Love is Getting Stronger )

255. Hestor, Tony – Down in the Dumps

256. Davison, Alfie – Love is a Serious Business

257. Williams, Jeanette – All of a Sudden

258. Armstead, Jo – I Feel an Urge Coming On

259. Courcy, JoAnn – I Got the Power

260. Eddie & Ernie – I Can’t Do It (I Just Can’t Leave You)

261. Betty Boo – Say It Isn’t So

262. Shelton, Roscoe – Running for My Life

263. Williams, Maurice – Being Without You )

264. Wiggins, Spencer – Let’s Talk It Over (Soul Series)

265. Nomads – Somethin’s Bad

266. Terrible Tom – We Were Made for Each Other

267. Carr, James – That’s What I Want to Know

268. Garrett, Kelly – Love’s the Only Answer

269. Parliaments – Don’t Be Sore at Me

270. Staton, Candi – Now You’ve Got the Upper Hand

271. Edmund Jr, Lada – The Larue

272. Lawson, Robbie – Burning Sensation)

273. Collins & Collins – Top of the Stars

274. Reparta & the Delrons – Panic

275. Troy, Benny – I Wanna Give You Tomorrow

276. Houston, Thelma – Baby Mine

277. Ryder, Mitch & the Detroit Wheels – Breakout

278. Shirelles – Last Minute Miracle

279. Porgy & the Monarchs – My Heart Cries for You

280. Daybreak – I Need Love

281. Parker, Eddie – Love You Baby

282. Righteous Brothers Band – Rat Race

283. Butlers with Frankie Beverly – Because of My Heart )

284. Johnson, Herb & the Impacts – I’m So Glad

285. Lee, Jackie – Darkest Days

286. Shapiro, Helen – Stop & You’ll Always Be There

287. Shalimars – Stop & Take a Look at Yourself

288. Lewis Miss LL, Louise– Oo Wee I’ll Let It Be You Babe
289. Younghearts – A Little Togetherness (Canterbury)

290. Karmen, Steve Band featuring Jimmy Radcliffe – Breakaway

291. Chandlers – Your Love Makes Me Lonely

292. Lollipops – Loving Good Feeling

293. Lyndell, Linda – Bring Your Love Back To Me

294. United Four – She’s Putting You On

295. Smith, Bobbie – Walk On Into My Heart )

296. Bob & Earl Band – My Little Girl

297. August & Deneen – We Go Together
298. Aiken, Ben – Satisfied

299. Allen, Larry/L – Can’t We Talk It Over )

300. Montclairs – Hung Up On Your Love

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