It could, of course, be
argued that the Twisted Wheel was only one of a number
of clubs employed in the development of this underground
phenomenon known as Northern Soul.
one thing is for sure, the Wheel, as it was fondly known,
had been in existence in Manchester from as early as 1963 in
Brazennose Street and from 1965 to 1971 in Whitworth
it had been a temple for contemporary Rhythm and Blues and
Soul Music, playing host to a vast array of African American
stars including John Lee Hooker, Mary Wells, Wilson Pickett,
Marv Johnson, Junior Walker & the All Stars, Jimmy
Ruffin and Edwin Starr.
also had a network of record shops which specialised in
Black Music, so demand in the area was already well
The Free Trade Hall and the
Odeon Cinema, in particular, were also regular venues for top Atlantic,
Stax and Motown acts.
the early evening show, you could drop by the Twisted Wheel for
an incredible nine hours of top class rare soul music - and
head for home at 7.30 a.m.!
Manchester was the place to be in 1970.
Notes thanks to David Meikle.