Recently a few enthusiasts of this era have contributed to a thread about the playlists and music that were part of the seventies era at Blackpool Mecca.It has produced some very interesting results and memories from this period.Even though I was involved for many of these years it it remarkable what you forget as an individual as you get older.By the the same token other peoples memories can trigger latent tunes and episodes that you can then recall and share again.This period for me was a very exciting time because of the sheer explosion of music coming from all direction on 7" singles,LP's and 12".As has been well documented the majority of 60's soul played through this period by myself and Ian Levine was accumulated from Ian's own vast collection fuelled by his families holidays in Miami and later New York and of course John Anderson at Soul Bowl.The legacy of these two people was and still continues to be critical in the development of Northern & Modern Soul in UK clubs.Because this is a mammoth periiod and task to create anything close to a definitive article and listing on this subject I nwould ask you to e-mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any corrections,opinions,listings,memories,questions or criticisms on this subject.I will try to get back to you all individually as well as add any relevant information to this article.Pictures would also be welcome as well as memories of those heady days and alldayers at Manchester Ritz,Nottingham Palais,Birmingham Locarno,Tiffanys Newcastle,Halesowen Tiffanys,Darwen Tiffanys, Sale Mecca,Coalville Tiffanys etc
I would like to thank everyone for their contributions,current and in advance.
Here is a listing following some painstaking work done by Dave K otherwise known as Mel Bratt on Soul Source a Mecca stalwart back in the day.
MEL BRATT MECCA PLAYLISTSCARSTAIRS - "It Really Hurts Me Girl" (RED COACH) p.Feb.1974 (1973 release - promo only) DETROIT EXECUTIVES - "Cool Off" (PAMELINE) p.April 1974 EULA COOPER - "Let Our Love Grow Higher" (SUPER SOUND) p.April 1974 recent release(1974?)* MONTCLAIRS - "Hung Up On Your Love" (PAULA) p.July 1974 (1973 release) TOWANDA BARNES - "You Don't Mean It" (A&M) p.July 1974 DON VARNER - "Tearstained Face" (QUINVY) p.July 1974 GUYS FROM UNCLE - "The Spy" (SWAN) p.July 1974 ROCK CANDY - "Alone With No Love" (DONTEE) p.July 174 GEORGE BLACKWELL - "Can't Lose My Head" (SMOKE) p.July 1974 JOHNNY HOWARD - "The Chase Is On" (BASHIE) p.July 74 (revived from 1973) T.D. VALENTINE - "Love Trap" (EPIC) p.July/Aug.1974 SHAINE MARTIN - "I Need You" (EPIC) p.Aug.1974 MADELINE WILSON - "Dial 'L' For Lonely" (SAMAR) Date? OTIS BLACKWELL - "It's All Over Me" (EPIC) Date? Sept.-Dec.1974 LIFE - "Tell Me Why" (REPRISE) p.Sept.1974 MIKE & IKE - "Sax On The Tracks" (ARCTIC) p.Sept.1974 ANN SEXTON - "You've Been Gone Too Long" (SEVENTY-SEVEN) p.Oct.1974 ELOISE LAWS - "Love Factory" (MUSIC MERCHANT) p.Oct.1974 BOBY FRANKLIN - "The Ladies Choice" (FEE) Oct.1974 SNOOPY DEAN - "Shake n' Bump" (BLUE CANDLE) p.Nov.1974 New release* YVONNE BAKER - "You Didn't Say A Word" (PARKWAY) p.Nov.1974 CAPRIS - "How To Make A Sad Man Glad" (SOUND) p.Nov.1974 TEMPREES - "At Last" (WE PRODUCE) p.Nov.1974 G.DAVIS & R.TYLER - "Hold On, Help Is On The Way" (PARLO) p.Nov.1974 FANTASTIC JOHNNY C. - "Don't Depend On Me" (PHIL LA of SOUL) Nov.1974 New release* MAJOR HARRIS - "Call Me Tomorrow" (OKEH) re-activated oldie* UNIVERSAL MIND - "Something Fishy Going On" (RED COACH) p.Nov.1974 New release* MANDRILL - "Never Die" (POLYDOR) p.Nov.1974 1973 release* KEANYA COLLINS - (Barnabus Collins) Love Bandit" (KEANYA) p.Nov.1974 SISTER SLEDGE - "Love Don't Go Through No Changes On Me" (ATCO) p.Nov.1974 New release* MIGHTY JOE DRAKE - "Try Try Try" (KAPP) p.Nov.1974 COALITIONS - "I Don't Mind Doin' It" (PHIL LA of SOUL) p.Nov.1974 New release* JOHNNY ROSS & SOUL EXPLOSIONS - “I Can’t Help Myself” (CHIRRUP) p.Nov.1974 KING SPORTY - "Music Maker" (TASHAMBA) p.Nov.1974 New release* GYPSIES - "It's A Woman's World" (OLDE TOWN) p.Nov.1974 JOHNNY BRAGG - "They're Talking About Me" (ELBEJAY) p.Nov.1974 MARC COPAGE - "Who Can I Turn To (Questions And Answers)" (AVCO) Nov.1974 New release* CROWN HEIGHTS AFFAIR - "Streakin" (RCA) p.Nov.1974 New release* PAT POWDRILL - "Together Forever" (DOWNEY) p.Nov.1974 NATURAL FOUR - "The Devil Made Me Do It" (CADET) p.Nov.1974 New release* BILLY PROPHET - "What Can I Do" (SUE) p.Nov.1974 PERCEPTION STRINGS ORCH. - "Bet You If You Ask Around" (PERCEPTION) p.Nov.1974 New release* Jan-C.March 1975 LITTLE RICHIE - "Just Another Heartache" (SOUND STAGE 7) p.Jan.1975 GIL SCOTT HERON & BRIAN JACKSON - "The Bottle" (STRATA-EAST LP) p.Jan.1975 Recent release* HAROLD MELVIN & BLUENOTES - “Get Out” (LANDA) p.Jan 1975 MARVIN HOLMES & JUSTICE - “You Better Keep Her” (BROWN DOOR) p.Jan.1975 New release* PATTI AUSTIN - "Didn't Say A Word" (COLUMBIA) p.Jan.1975 - 1972 release KEANYA COLLINS - “I’ll Get Over It” (BLUE ROCK) p.Jan.1975 SHONA STRINGFIELD - "I Need A Rest" (RIALTO) p.Jan.1975 BETTY WRIGHT - "Where Is The Love"/"Love Don't Grow On A Love Tree" (ALSTON LP) p.Jan.1975 BILL BRANDON & LORRAINE JOHNSON - "Let Me Be Your Full Time Groover" (MOONSONG) p.Jan.1975? EMBERS - "Watch Out Girl" (MGM) p.Jan.1975 MALIBUS - "Gee Baby I Love You" (SURE SHOT) p.Jan.1975 PAUL HUMPHREY - "Cochise" (ABC LP) p.Jan. 1975 RONNIE WALKER - "You've Got To Try Harder" (EVENT) p.Jan.1975 New release* JACKIE PAYNE - "No Puppy Love" (JETSTREAM) p.Jan.1975 LARRY SAUNDERS - "On The Real Side" (TURBO) p.Jan.1975 VIOLA WILLS - "I've Got News For You" (SUPREME) p.Jan.1975 R.B. FREEMAN - "I'm Shaft (You Ain't Shaft)" (AVCO) p.Jan.1975 New release* BRENDA LEE JONES - "You're The Love Of My Life" (RUST) p.Jan.1975 DANNY HUNT - "What's Happening To Our Love Affair" (DYNAMITE) p.Jan.1975 Released C.Aug 1974* CLYDE BROWN - "You Call Me Back" (ATLANTIC) p.Jan.1975 Released July 1974* LEONARD 'LIL MAN' KAIGLER - "Girl (You Got Me Believin' In You" (SUNBURST) New release* ESSEX IV - “My Reaction To You” (WINDMILL) p.Jan.1975 LORRAINE CHANDLER - “I Can’t Change” (RCA-VICTOR) p.Jan.1975 - revival* REGGIE GARNER - Hot Line” (CAPITOL) p.Jan.1975 PRETENDERS - “I Wanna Be” (CARNIVAL) p.Jan.1975 VAN McCOY - “Boogie Down” (AVCO) p.Jan.1975 New release* TYRONE DAVIS - “What Goes Up (Must Come Down)” (DAKAR) p.Jan.1975 New release* DON THOMAS - Come On Train” (NUVJ) p.Jan.1975 New release* BILL HARRIS - “Uptown Saturday Night” (WARNER BROS) p.Jan.1975 New release* GARLAND GREEN - “Sending My Best Wishes” (SPRING) p.Jan.1975 New release* GWEN OWENS - “You Better Watch Out” (CASABLANCA) p.Jan.1975 New release* GRAHAM CENTRAL STATION - “Feel The Need” (WARNER BROS) New release* JAMES FOUNTAIN - “Seven Day Lover” (PEACHTREE) p.Jan.1975 - 1972 release PHILLY DEVOTIONS - “I Just Can’t Say Goodbye” (DON DE) New release* MARGO THUNDER - “The Soul Of A Woman” (HAVEN) New Release* SOULVATION ARMY BAND - “Dancing On A Daydream” (SOULVATION ARMY) New release* (Aug/Sept 1974) C.March - July 1975 FRANKIE 'LOVEMAN' CROCKER - "Ton Of Dynamite" (TURBO) PRINCE JOHNNY ROBINSON - "This Man Is Rated X" (ANDEE) New release* GEORGE CLINTON BAND - "Please Don't Run From Me" (ABC LP) New Release* KING ERRISON - "Zola" (CANYON) THIRD TIME AROUND - "Soon Everything Will Be Alright" (DENINE) New Release* JACKIE LAVANT & FASHIONS - "I Don't Mind Doin' It" (PHIL LA of SOUL) New release* (vocal to Coalitions) DIANE JENKINS - "Tow-A-Way Zone" (CREATIVE SOURCE) New release* DIANE JENKINS - "I Need You" (CREATIVE SOURCE) New release* query - was the prior "Sweet Wine, Music And My Imagination" by Diane Jenkins ever played at the Highland Room as a new release? DESTINY - "So Much Love (inst)" (RCA) New release* EXCITERS - "Reaching For The Best" (Pre-release) JIMMY THOMPSON - "Jimmy's Place" (JIMMY THOMPSON MUSIC) - New/Recent release? MODERN REDCAPS - "Never Too Young (To Fall In Love)" (SWAN) ROBBIE LAWSON - "Burning Sensation" (KYSER) VOICES OF EAST HARLEM - "Cashing In" (JUST SUNSHINE) - 1973 release TRADEWINDS - "Strange" (TRIUMPH) VALENTINO - "I Was Born This Way" (GAIEE) New release* RON BUTLER & RAMBLERS - "Peace And Love (inst)" (PLAYBOY) New release* POINTER SISTERS - "Send Him Back" (ATLANTIC) TROY KEYES - "If I Had My Way" (VMP) - confirmation needed AL GARDNER - "Sweet Baby" (SEPIA) ANN BYERS - "That Man Is Rated-X" (VIRTUE) New release* LOU EDWARDS & TODAY'S PEOPLE - "Talking 'Bout Poor Folks" (COLUMBIA) - revived from 1973 OLLIE JACKSON - "The Day The World Sttod Still" (MAGNUM) REFLECTIONS - "Three Steps From True Love" (CAPITOL) New release* CROW - "Your Autumn Of Tomorrow" (INNER EAR) GEORGE 'BAD' BENSON - "Supership" (CTI) New release* SHIRLEY EIKHARD - "Rescue Me" (CAPITOL) TAMIKO JONES - "I'm Spellbound" (GOLDEN WORLD) ROBERT THOMAS - "Salvation" (CHARAY) RITA LEE - "Salvation" (CHARAY) - female version of above EDIE ROBIN - "There Must Be A Love Somewhere" (LE-CAM) New release?* MIKKI FARROW - "Set My Heart At Ease" (KARATE) ANDERSON BROTHERS - "I Can See Him Loving You" (GSF) BOBBY HUTTON - "Lend A Hand" (ABC LP) - 1973 release ERNEST MOSLEY - "Stubborn Heart" (LA CINDY) JOSHIE JO ARMSTEAD - "I Got The Vibes" (GOSPEL TRUTH) - Recent release CAROL WILLIAMS - "Rattlesnake" (SALSOUL) New release* - the first on the label methinks! JIMMY MACK - "My World Is On Fire" (PALMER) MELVIN CARTER - "Midnight Brew" (TRIP) - Revival from 1973. Formerly played as "Let's Shing-A-Ling At The Go-Go" by the 'Johnny Jackson Experience' BROTHERS, SISTERS & COUSINS - "Smoke Stream" (NASCO) New/Recent release* CHUCK RAINEY COALITION - "Got It Together" (SKYE/COBBLESTONE LP) ROSEY JONES - "Have Love Will Travel" (TODAY) - 1973 release CROWN HEIGHTS AFFAIR - "Dreaming A Dream (inst)" (DE-LITE) New release* DANNY REED - "What Makes Her A Woman" (INTERNATIONAL MUSIC BAG) New release* HIGH VOLTAGE - "Country Road" (COLUMBIA) EARTH, WIND & FIRE - "Happy Feelin" (COLUMBIA/CBS LP) New release* BROTHERS - "Are You Ready For This" (RCA) New release* R.P.M. GENERATION - "Rona's Theme" (ROMAR) BITS 'N' PIECES - "Keep On Running Away" (NASCO) New/Recent release* M.V.P.s - "Turning My Heartbeat Up" (BUDDAH) - 1970 release DENIECE CHANDLER - "Mama, I Wish I'd Stayed At Home" (LOCK) DEBBIE FLEMING - "Long Gone" (ATTIC) LILY FIELDS - "Love Has So Many Meanings" (SUNBURST) New release* - confirmation needed HANK JACOBS - "Elijah Rockin' With Soul" (CALL ME) CHUCK JONES - "Boo On You" (WAND) New release* MAGIC DISCO MACHINE - "Control Tower" (MOTOWN) New release* JUDY HARRIS - "You Touched Me" (SUN) VAN McCOY - "Fire" (H&L LP) New release* VAL PALMER - "Back In My Arms Again" (TWIN STACKS) JENNY & JEWELS - "Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart" (HIT) DAVE MITCHELL & SCREAMERS - "The Trip" (MET) CHUCK JACKSON - "Love Lights" (ALL PLATINUM) New release* - confirmation needed Additional new US releases included the following - some (or all!) may have been played at some time? LIVIN' INN - "It's Hard To Stop" (EPIC) IMAGINATIONS - "Searchin" (20th CENTURY) Feb.1975 SATYR - "Free And Easy" (RCA) May/June 1975 EBB TIDE - "Give Me Your Best Shot Baby" (SOUND GEMS) May/June 1975 JIMMY JACKSON - "Footsteps In The Shadows" (BUDDAH) INVITATIONS - "Look On The Good Side" (SILVER BLUE) New release in Nov.1974 LTD EXCHANGE - "Waterbed" (WAND) ANTHONY WHITE - "Hey Baby" (PIR) Also, were the following Ian Levine faves ( mentioned in Black Music) ever played? In the last hour perhaps? CHRISTINE ADAMS - "Loneliness Is Always Around" (CYCLONE) WE THE PEOPLE - "(Only) One Of A Kind" (MAP CITY) The listings below date only from the period AFTER the Highland Room playlists began to shift toward a high proportion of new releases, (which is what personally attracted me to attend the Mecca after mid-74) A more comprehensive listing of rare 60s recordings played in the period 1970-1974 is featured in the broader 'Northern Soul' playlists that proceed this one, and which it is hoped will ultimately include the wide variety of music featured at MANY UK venues, not just Blackpool. The information is taken from a variety of sources including ads in B&S, the Dave Godin & Frank Elson's columns, DJ interviews, 'Live' tapes etc.etc. This will be added to substantially in due course (hopefully). The first section (February-August) includes notable Highland Room spins played during that initial transitional period, most of which continued to be popular for several months afterwards. The Carstairs (listed as being played between C.Feb. and Nov.1974) is used as a convenient link between the two periods, nothing more. IT IS NOT MY INTENTION TO ARGUE WHO "FIRST PLAYED" A PARTICULAR RECORD!, just an attempt to list them in some kind of chronological order of play.MEL BRITT - "She'll Come Running Back" (FIP) BILLY WOODS - "Let Me Make You Happy" (SUSSEX) KENNY SMITH - "Lord, What's Happening To Our People" (GAR) HUBERT LAWS - "The Chicago Theme" (CTI) New release* ESTHER PHILLIPS - "What A Difference A Day Made" (KUDU) New release* JESSE FISHER - "You're Not Loving A Beginner" (WAY OUT) MAIN SQUEEZE -"Let It All Come" (ROULETTE) WADE FLEMONS - "Jeanette" (RAMSEL) PAT LUNDI - "Party Music" (VIGOR) New Release* SEGMENTS OF TIME - "Memories" (SUSSEX) BOOGIE MAN ORCHESTRA - Lady Lady Lady" (BOOGIE MAN RECORDS) New release* DELRAYS INCORPORATED - "Destination Unknown" (TAMPETTE) 8th AVENUE BAND - "The Real Thing" (COLUMBIA) JACK ASHFORD & The SOUND of NEW DETROIT - "Do The Choo Choo" (BLAZE) New release* VERNON BURCH - "Frame Of Mind" (UNITED ARTISTS) New release* ROGER COLLINS - "You Sexy Sugar Plum" (FANTASY) Recent release LEROY HUTSON - "Ella Weez" (CURTOM) Recent release BARNABY BYE - "Can't Live This Way" (ATLANTIC) New release* TOBI LARK - "Happiness Is Here" (TOPPER) BETTY WRIGHT - "If You Love Me Like You Say You Love Me" (ALSTON) MIRACLES - "Love Machine" (TAMLA) New release* LOLEATTA HOLLOWAY - "The World Don't Owe You Nothing" (AWARE) New release* LEE FIELDS - "Take Me Back" (ANGLE 3) JEFF PERRY - "Love Don't Come No Stronger" (ARISTA) New release* CRYSTAL MOTION - "You're My Main Squeeze" (SOUND GEMS) New release* JACKEY BEAVERS - "Trying To Get To You Girl" (GLADES) New release* SKULLSNAPS - "I'm Your Pimp" (GSF LP) Recent release JIMMY BURNS - "I Really Love You" (ERICA) CROWN HEIGHTS AFFAIR - "Sex Trip" (RCA LP) Recent release VENTURES - "Superstar Review" (UNITED ARTISTS) New release* IDLE FEW - "People That's Why" (BLUE BOOK) IKETTES - "Two Timin' Double Dealin" (UNITED ARTISTS) LEN JEWEL - "All My Good Good Lovin" (PZAZZ) OSCAR PERRY - "I Got What You Need" (PERI-TONE) New release* ACE SPECTRUM - "Keep Holding On" (ATLANTIC) p.?? NOLAN PORTER - "Oh Baby" (ABC) MOMENTS - "I Got The Need" (STANG LP) New release* RIMSHOTS - "Do What You Feel" (STANG) New release* KEVIN DRINKARD - "World World" (TEENS) Recent release HARLEM RIVER DRIVE - "Need You" (ARISTA) New release* CAROLYN CRAWFORD - "Just Got To Be More Careful" (PIR) New release* O'JAYS - "I Love Music" (PIR) New release* DAVID RUFFIN - "Walk Away from Love" etc. (MOTOWN LP) New release* ARCHIE BELL & The DRELLS - "The Soul City Walk", "Let's Groove" (TSOP) New release* PLAYERS - "Find My Way" (CHOCOLATE CITY) New release* record was quickly withdrawn and re-issued with Cameo group name BLACK NASTY - "Cut Your Motor Off" (BIG HIT) New release* SPOOKY & SUE - "I Got The Need" (DECCA) Belgian import* EDDIE PARKER - "Body Chains" (PRODIGAL) New release* DOLLY GILMORE - "Sweet Sweet Lady" (DOVE) New release* FANTASTIC PUZZLES - "Come Back" (NEW MOON) New release* HOSANNA - "Hipit" (LHMA) New release* JOE FRAZIER - "First Round Knockout" (MOTOWN) Recent release* MYSTIC MOODS - "Honey Trippin" (SOUND BIRD) New release* BETTY BAKER & JAXIS - "Marching Out Of My Life" HEARTSTOPPERS - "Brainwashed By Love" (ALL PLATINUM LP) LIBERTY - "Girl You Better Wake Up" (BASF) 1973 release January - August 1976 PRINCE GEORGE - "Wrong Crowd" (DPG) DOBIE GRAY - "Honey You Can't Take It Back" (WHITE WHALE) p.Jan EAST COAST CONNECTION - "Summer In The Parks" (NEW DIRECTION) New release* KIM TOLLIVER - "I Don't Know What Foot To Dance On" (CASTRO) New release* ANDRE MAURICE - "Cream Of The Crop" (BALE) New release* VICKIE SUE ROBINSON - "Turn The Beat Around" (RCA) New release* BLACK NASTY - "Turn Your Motor Off" (BIG HIT) New release* SMOKED SUGAR - "I Can't Get Enough" (20th CENTURY) New release* SPRINGFIELD FAMILY - "The Sounds Of Disco" (ARREST) New release* MIRACLES - "Overture" (TAMLA LP) New release* L.V. JOHNSON - "Your Magic Put A Spell On Me" (PHILIPS pre-release)* CROWN HEIGHTS AFFAIR - "Foxy Lady" (DE-LITE LP) New release* SWEET BLINDNESS - "Cowboys To Girls" (QUALITY) Canadian New release* LIVING COLOR - "Thank The Lord For Love" (MADHATTER) DELREYS INCORPORATED - "Destination Unknown" (TAMPETE) DOOLEY SILVERSPOON - "Game Players" (Sound Of New York LP) New release* VAN McCOY - "Party" (H&L) New release* MOMENTS - "Nine Times" (STANG) New release* WALTER MURPHY & BIG APPLE BAND - "California Strut" (PRIVATE STOCK) New release* MARK PUTNEY - "Today's Man" (ATLANTIC) 1969 release YUM-YUMS - "Gonna Be A Big Thing" (ABC- PARAMOUNT) revival GATURS - "Yeah You're Right, You Know You're Right" (GATUR) aka "A Hunk Of Funk" DALTREY MARTIN - "Everybody Dance" (SPRING) New release* DEE DEE SHARP - "Happy 'Bout The Whole Thing" (TSOP) New release* THIRD POINT - "Spirit" (TIDE) ALBERT JONES - "Up To The Sun" (BUMPSHOP) New release* JOBELL & His ORCHESTRA de SALSA - "Never Gonna Let You Go" (JAN) New release* MILLIE JACKSON - "A House For Sale" (SPRING LP) New release* MISTURA feat. Lloyd Michels - "The Flasher" (FUSION) New release* RALPH CARTER - "When You're Young And In Love", "Extra Extra" etc. (MERCURY LP) New release* INSPIRATIONS - "Nobody Can Take Your Place" (PAREE) TAVARES - "Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel" (CAPITOL) New release* MAURICE WILLIAMS - "Being Without You" (DEESU) EVELYN THOMAS - "Doomsday" (TOMORROW Pre-release)* HOKIS POKIS - "Nowhere" (SHEILD) New release* TYRONE DAVIS - "Turning Point" (DAKAR) New release* TODAY'S PEOPLE - "All We Need Is Time For Love" (GAMMA) Italian recording - New release* ALFIE KHAN ORCHESTRA - "Law Of The Land" (ATLANTIC) New release* MARBOO - "What About Love" (MIDLAND INT.) New release* CREATIVE SOURCE - "Don't Be Afraid To Take My Love" (POLYDOR LP) New release* RAMSEY & Co. - "Love Call" (RAMCO) New release* DAVE NEWMAN - "Make Up Your Mind" (LOOK) CLEVELAND EATON - "Quazar One" unreleased acetate? BOBBY MOORE - "Try To Hold On" (SCEPTER) New release* ISAAC HAYES - "Disco Connection" (HBS LP) New release* DEBORAH ANDERSON - "Funny How We Changed Places" (MUSICOR) confirmation needed/last hour? JEANNIE TRACY - "Making New Friends" (BROWN DOOR) confirmation needed/last hour? Additional New Releases included: BENNY TROY - "I Wanna Give You Tomorrow" (DE-LITE) Feb. TERRY WEISS - "Keep On Pushing Your Love" (PLATINUM) Jan/Feb. DEE DEE WARWICK - "Funny How We Changed Places" (PRIVATE STOCK) Mar/April Later released as DeDe Schwartz on RCA UNDISPUTED TRUTH - "You + Me = Love" (WHITFIELD) 12" C.September - December 1976 RONNIE McNEIR - "Sitting In My Class" (DETO) GWEN OWENS - "Just Say You're Wanted And Needed" (VELGO) HERBERT HUNTER - "I Was Born To Love You" (SPAR) CLIFFORD CURRY - "Body Shop" (BUDDAH) New release* PHASE II - "The First Shot" (OSIRIS) New release* STANLEY WOODRUFF - "What Took You So Long" (JULDANE) New release* EMANON'S ORCHESTRA - "Bird Walkin" (Label?) KATHY GREEN - "Love City" (MOTOWN) New release* TURN OF THE CENTURY - "Money Can't" (BUMPSHOP) AL De LORY - "Right On" (CAPITOL) BETTY LLOYD - "I'm Catching On" (BRC) ROTATIONS - "A Changed Man" (FRANTIC) DON GARDNER - "Cheatin' Kind" (SEDGRICK) RUFUS WOODS - "Before 2001" (ESPANOLA) JUDY FREEMAN & BLACKROCK - "Hold On" (RCA) 1972 release JOHNNIE WILLIAMS - "Something Kind Of Mellow" (BABYLON) Recent release JIMMY MACK - "A Woman Is Hard To Understand" (HAMSTER) MYSTERY MEN - "City Skies" (Label?) SAMMY LEE - "What Goes Around, Comes Around" (PROMCO) New release*(?) BANG GANG - "Who Said Honky Ain't Got Soul" (WARNER BROS.) New release* JAMES WELLS - "Baby I'm Still The Same Man" (pre-release)* ALVIN CASH - "Ali Shuffle" (DAKAR) New release* Sept. BARBARA PENNINGTON - "Twenty-Four Hours A Day" (pre-release)* D.C. LARUE - Cathedrals" (PYRAMID 12") New release* BOBBY WOMACK - "I Don't Know (What The World Is Coming To)" (UNITED ARTISTS) JAKKI - "Sun Sun Sun" (PYRAMID 12") New release* C. HENRY WOODS TROUPE - "The Stranger" (ENYX) New release* BUFFALO SMOKE (feat. Lou Courtney) - "Stubborn Kind Of Fellow" (RCA 12") New release* EL COCO - "Let's Get It Together" (AVI) New release* SIDNEY THOMAS - "Look Let's Make Love" (PARALLEL) New release* NIGHTS - "When You Dropped Your Guard (Love Knocks You Down)" (LITTLE STAR LP) New release* SALSOUL ORCHESTRA - "Salsoul 2001" (SALSOUL 12") New release* FOUR BELOW ZERO - "My Baby's Got ESP" (P&P/ROULETTE) New release* BROTHERS - "Were You Ready For That"/"Brother's Theme" (RCA/SUNBAR LP) New release* MIAMI - "Kill That Roach" (DRIVE) New release* LALO SCHIFFRIN - "Theme From Jaws" (CTI LP) New release* JAMES BYNUM - "Time Passes By" (PHILLY CITY) New release* CATCH - "Mr. Nice Guy" (LK) New release* DOUBLE EXPOSURE - "Ten Per Cent" (SALSOUL 12") New release* WEAPONS OF PEACE - "It Just Can't Be This Way" (PLAYBOY) New release* EMOTIONS - "I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love" (COLUMBIA) New release* EARTH, WIND & FIRE - "Biyo" (COLUMBIA LP) New release* DONNY GERRARD - "He's Always Somewhere Around" (GREEDY) New release* ROBERTA KELLY - "Trouble Maker" (OASIS) New release* DR. BUZZARD'S SAVANNAH BAND - "I'll Play The Fool"/"Chercez La Femme" etc. (RCA LP) New release* POP-A-GROOVE - "Dance Your Ass Off" (SFO) New release (demo)* WILLIE J. & Co. - "Boogie With Your Baby (Inst.)" (KI KI) New release* STRATAVARIOUS - "I Got Your Love" (Canadian POLYDOR 7") New release* TOWER OF POWER - "You Ought To Be Having Fun" (COLUMBIA) New release* ESTHER WILLIAMS - "You Got To Let Me Show You" (FRIENDS & Co.) New release* DONNA SUMMER - "Spring Affair" (CASABLANCA) New release* GENTLEMEN & THEIR LADY - "Like Her" (ROULETTE) New release* LEE RITENOUR - "A Little Bit Of This, A Little Bit Of That" (EPIC LP) New release* VICKIE SUE ROBINSON - "Daylight" (RCA) New release* SOUL TRAIN GANG - "Theme From Soul Train" (SOUL TRAIN) New release* LIFE USA - "Foxy Trot" (BUDDAH) New release* Sept/Oct. CLOUD ONE - "Atmosphere Strut" (P&P 12") New release* Sept/Oct. ROSE ROYCE - "Car Wash" (MCA Soundtrack LP) New release* Oct. HEART & SOUL - "You Got Me Goin" (PIP 12") New release* HOUSTON PERSON - "Dancing Feet" (MERCURY) New release* RUBY ANDREWS - "I Got A Bone To Pick With You" (ABC) New release* SIDE EFFECT - "Always There" (FANTASY LP) New release* RARE PLEASURE - "Let Me Down Easy" (CHERI 12") New release* JERMAINE JACKSON - "Space Odyssey" (MOTOWN LP) New release* RALPH MacDONALD - "Calypso Breakdown" (MARLIN LP) New release* BESSIE BANKS - "Don't You Worry Baby (The Best Is Yet To Come)" (QUALITY) New release* TAVARES - "Don't Take Away The Music" (CAPITOL LP) New release* JEAN NAPOLI - "Let's Make Love" (VIGOR 12" New release* WEBSTER LEWIS - "Theme" (EPIC) New release* BOBBY WOMACK - "Home Is Where The Heart Is" (COLUMBIA) New release* CAROL TOWNES & FIFTH AVENUE - "If You Leave Me" (SIXTH AVENUE) New release* DENIECE WILLIAMS - "It's Important To Me" (COLUMBIA LP) New release* M.F.S.B. - "Kay-Gee" (PIR LP) New release* STEVE MARSHALL - "Maintain" (REYNOLDS 12") New release* DEXTER WANSEL - "Life On Mars" (PIR LP) New release* WHIRLWIND - "Full Time Thing" (ROULETTE 12") New release* GLASS FAMILY - "Smoke Your Troubles Away" (EARHOLE) New release* LATIMORE - "Something 'Bout Cha" (GLADES) New release* JIMMY JONES - "Ain't Nothing Wrong Making Love" (CONCHILLO) New release* BILL BRANDON - "Streets Got My Lady" (PIEDMONT) New release* VESSIE SIMMONS - "I Can Make It On My Own" (SIMCO) New release* DENISE LaSALLE - "I Get What I Want" (ABC) New release* NORMA JENKINS - "Can You Imagine That" (DESERT MOON) New release* BRASS CONSTRUCTION - "Ha Cha Cha (Function)" (UNITED ARTISTS) New release* KOOL & The GANG - "Open Sesame" (DE-LITE LP/12") New release* LITTLE BEAVER - "Listen To My Heartbeat" (CAT) confirmation? BRICK - "Dazz" (BANG) New release* JEAN CARN - "Time Waits For No One" (PIR LP) New release* EDDIE KENDRICKS - "Going Up In Smoke" (TAMLA) New release* SKIP MAHOANEY & CASUALS - "Running Away From Love" (ABET) + 12" New release* CHUCK STEPHENS - "Let's Get Nasty" (EAST COAST) New release* The new "official Mecca ender", replacing "California Montage" C.Autumn 1976 The following new releases were also buzzing around... PHILADELPHIA AMBASSADORS - "Girl I Love Everything About You" (PIP) ROCKGAZERS - "I Believe In Love" (SIXTH AVENUE) SPACEARK - "Do What You Can Do" (COLORWORLD) FREDDIE HUGHES - "Don't You Leave" (GREG-UH-RUDY) MIKE & BILL - "Where Do I Stand" (YORK) RUMPUS - "My Love's Gonna Get You" (DASH) SILVER, PLATINUM & GOLD - "Just Friends" (FARR) Playlists from 1977 onwards: See Jazz-Funk Listings.
This is the final section of the Mecca listings before the Jazz/Funk era. Please PM me any additions and tape listings etc....The listings for the period 1977 onwards include those of many other funk clubs I attended, such as Chaplin's, The Ritz Alldayers, Rafters, Rum Runner, Cassanelli's etc. These may be amended and edited accordingly. Northern Soul playlists 1970-C.1975 to be posted in due course. All further help greatly appreciated!
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