A holiday in the
South of England resort of Torquay would be the key to
keeping my obsession with sixties Soul Music alive and well.
mate and I had a fortnight there in 1969, we were pleasantly
surprised by the music played in the likes of The Compass
The Compass Club had a
reputation for playing the flip sides of Motown records, such as Martha
and the Vandellas 'Third Finger Left Hand'; a bouncy number
which really epitomises the joyful appeal of Northern Soul.
In the Compass we met
some people from Manchester who were raving about a club in their home
town which they said played unknown soul records and was open all night!
For several months I kept a
watchful eye on Blues and Soul Magazine's entertainments
page and eventually spotted my all time hero, Edwin Starr, was
to play there on the 24th January 1970.
round trip to the Wheel from Glasgow was 500 miles, and
last 36 sleepless hours, but the impact on the soul
a couple of visits, my bedroom had become a
shrine to the Twisted Wheel and Edwin Starr.
Notes thanks to David Meikle.