Your Thoughts

This is where you can send us your thoughts, memories or just love of Manchester Soul Music! Just drop us an email!

Steve Dunn


I came across your website, very interesting, thanks! Doing Soul Music a service by preserving a bit of it's history.

I noticed you have a pic of Percy Sledge in your Twisted Wheel archive, 1969. You ID King Curtis in the picture, but don't mention the two famous guitar players - Cornell Dupree and Jimi Hendrix. Pretty amazing gathering in one picture!

Steve Dunn

Thanks Steve I have put in the other names!

from left to right: King Curtis, Percy Sledge, Cornell Dupree and Jimi Hendrix

Click on the picture to go to the page and look under December.


  Hi. Just read Harry from Sale's memoirs.

I lived in a parallel universe at the same time but in the Midlands. If I were to sit and write my memoirs they would be almost identical with only the names of the venues changed. Harry captures that wonderful feeling of  elite superiority that we felt. Those endless 'dube' (a word conspicuous by its absence in Harry's tale) fuelled conversations about the number of buttons on the sleeve, the width of the trouser bottom compared to the knee, the number of pockets on the waistcoat and of course the one and only correct way to put the silk handkerchief in the top pocket!

Harry was there. The stories are just too perfect. The stories of nicking slimming pills (mainly black-and-whites) was so true but they were never a substitute for Black Bombers. The staple diet however was blues (we never called them blueys) and dexies.

Loved reading every word; it brought back great memories.
  Hi Dave

I've been looking at the 'Play List A-Z' and scrolling down my own play list at the same time. You've got many tracks that I haven't and thanks for the memory jogs. However, the lists are pretty much the same but I've got a few on my list that don't appear on yours......

A Certain Girl - Ernie K Doe
A Love Like Yours - Ike & Tina Turner
Ain't That Peculiar - Marvin Gaye
At The Discotheque - Chubby Checker
Blind Alley - The Emotions
Don't Look Down - Irma Thomas
Gonna Get Along Without You Now - The Vibrations
Hard To Handle - Otis Redding
I've Been Lonely For So Long - Frederick Knight
If You Ask Me - Jerry Williams
It's Better To Have (And Don't Need) - Don Covay
Let Me Comfort You - Clarence Carter
Moody Woman- Jerry Butler
Nothing But A Heartache - The Flirtations
People Sure Act Funny - Arthur Conley
Real Humdinger - J J Barnes
Sally Had A Party - Flavor
Sign On The Dotted Line - Gene Latter
Thank You John - Willie Tee
What Is This - Bobby Womack

I haven't cross checked my Ska play list yet....

Hi Dave

I hope you're well.
I sent the following to Sounds Of The Sixties R2 show a few years back when Johnnie Walker was temporarily hosting it. To my amazement he read it all on air, just omitting the reference to a 'joint'. My descriptions of Hippies (sorry) and Rockers may give some of your readers a chuckle.

Kind regards

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Hello Johnnie
Please can you consider the following records for your ‘THREE IN A ROW’ slot.

The In Crowd by Dobie Gray

For the Mods:
The Mods were a true working class sub-culture with a passion for music, clothes and clubs. With a swaggering air of superiority over their peers the Mods would spend a week's wages on a Mohair suit and a day's pay on an American Chess label import. They would spend hours discussing the latest Etta James or Doris Troy single whilst dismissing The Searchers and The Swinging Blue Jeans as just lightweight music for the masses. The Mods were pioneers in appreciating Ska and Blue Beat long before the more commercial Reggae labels appeared. The sixties belonged to the Mods but the absolute decadence of their all-nighter life style was a well kept secret then and remains so today.

San Francisco by Scott McKenzie

For the Hippies:
The Hippies emerged in the UK later in the decade and comprised soft middle-class kids who suddenly realised that the ‘swinging sixties’ were passing them by. They became weekend hippies who tried to emulate the Californian scene by wearing kaftans, beads and cow bells. They appeared at village hall discos, frantically waiving their arms and hair around with scant regard to the rhythm of what was being played. One of them once had half a joint behind the college bike sheds and one of them knew somebody whose sister bared her breasts at a festival. Wow man! All home by midnight and back to their boring lives on Monday.

Born To Be Wild by Steppenwolf

For the Rockers:
The Rockers stood in sullen groups on street corners and watched enviously as everyone else enjoyed themselves. Their devotion to their BSA Bantams left them greasy and smelly and wondering why there were so few girl Rockers. They saw themselves as ‘easy riders’ but appeared as camp caricatures of Marlon Brando in The Wild One. Their knowledge and appreciation of music was nil but stand them in front of a mirror with a jar of Brylcreem and they could keep themselves amused for hours.

A highly biased view of teenage life in the sixties but all of your listeners have the right of reply………………..

Alan Cooper