things about the Twisted Wheel club in Manchester in the 1960’s
This website has been put together by real Wheelers who really did
go to both Twisted Wheel clubs. A factual historical record of an
underground music scene that evolved out of the Mods of the early
sixties: fashionable and elitist.
Manchester England was where kids loved black American music and
began to collect the original 45 singles from the original artists,
often after or concurrently when we heard the songs done by local U.K artists and groups. The Wheels D.J. Roger Eagle was a
knowledgeable Blues, R&B and Soul music pathfinder and he introduced
Mancunian Mods deeper into Stateside originality. The atmosphere and
the scene at the Wheel was all about the arrogant and elitist Mods
and their fashions, their Lambrettas and especially their
appreciation of Black American music.
The Wheel Soul Mods were the Manchester ‘In Crowd’ clique that
carried the tradition from the first Wheel over to the second
location for the club, near to Piccadilly Railway Station. Most of
the clubs clientele were very smartly dressed and the mixture of
great sounds, made an intoxicating atmosphere that had little or
nothing to do with the clubs management. It was a genuine grass root
movement of style, attitude, record collecting taken to obsession
levels, weekly All-night dancing: essentials were good shoes and a
fist full of Green & Clear’s.
Carefully pieced together from research and personal memories of the
original Manchester Soul Mods this
website provides information about the Twisted Wheel in all aspects
from personal memories to our Soulbot database that lists
practically every record played at the Wheel in the sixties. Here
you will find listings of all the live acts that appeared at the
Brazennose and Whitworth Street Twisted Wheels.
And information about a Novel that tells it like it was and captures
the ‘feel’ of those times that generated a music phenomena that
carries on today all over the world!
The roots and beginnings of what came to be now known as ‘Northern
Soul’ featuring the more uptempo sounds of Soul all began here in
Manchester at the Twisted Wheel.
Providing also, links to all the other good Wheel sites on the