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.
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
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.
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