The Golden World Story
Atlantic Crossing

Phil Saxe behind the decks of the Twisted Wheel Club, Manchester circa 1970
photograph courtesy of Keith Rylatt

Remarkably, the Golden World story does not end in 1968.

Within a couple of years, the label and it's subsidiaries were beginning to attract attention on the other side of the Atlantic, in the working class towns of Northern England.

Some clubs were clinging to the sound of sixties Soul Music and a search for unknown 45's was developing which would have done Sherlock Holmes proud.

The Ric-Tic label in particular seemed to cast a spell over  people on this underground scene which was soon to be dubbed Northern Soul.  

Indeed, most Ric-Tic artists would eventually travel to the U.K. to play Northern clubs in front of thousands of fans. 

Edwin Starr even made a good living from hundreds of performances, after moving to England in the seventies.

Rose Battiste and Little Ann made their debuts in recent years and both were overwhelmed by their reception.

It is amazing that these two artists, unknown in their own country, receive such adulation in a foreign land.



Notes by David Meikle

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