The Mod Culture

Glasgow, in 1967, was a city awash with teenage gangs.

Cumbie, Tay, Shamrock, Possil Young Team and dozens of others ; all smartly dressed in mohair suits with 14 inch vents ; all looking for a square-go. Made to measure 'Shirts and Slacks from Arthur Black's', short haircuts at Ionta's, Motown and Stax records from Paterson's in Buchanan Street.

This was the trailing end of a culture which had existed in the United Kingdom since the early sixties and had come to be known as the Mod scene.

At night time everybody would head for the Maryland Dancing on Scott Street where deejay Alexander had a formidable collection of Soul records on British labels.

Live acts such as Jimmy James & the Vagabonds and Geno Washington & the Ram Jam Band made the Maryland a venue that carries many happy memories for those who walked through it's doors.

By 1969, however, Glasgow's scene was changing to one associated with rock and psychedelia. For those finding themselves gripped by the sound of Sixties Soul, it was time to look elsewhere.

Notes thanks to NWMB



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