At over 60 years of age and as a father of four he remains unashamedly passionate, frighteningly enthusiastic, wholly uncompromising and without a doubt, one of the most important figures the cult of DJing is ever likely to witness worldwide.
He is namechecked by the likes of Norman Jay, Gilles Peterson and Ashley Beedle as a defining influence on their careers over the five decades of music he has DJed. He asked me to do the first weekender, but I was so ill I had to miss it, albeit reluctantly. When I met him he used to ring me from Scotland from a pay phone and play me records down the phone off a Discotron.
Everybody dropped off the floor except these five guys who started dancing individually, like freestyle jazz dancing, but it had never been seen before. How wrong we were.
Then in the late 70s, it was renamed the Tiffany and as well as a club, the building was used as a banqueting suite.
All the people who are part of it whether it be DJ mainstays like Bob Jeffries and Bob Jones or punters who come for the first time, all have such an important part to play in making it what it is. Spin Inn Records on Cross St. Init was even banned from playing music, after failure to keep up-to-date with its Performing Right Society licence.
His trips to Miami were infamous. And he was totally into jazz, I used to sit there with him having conversations about people like Art Pepper. Why have you decided that this Southport should be the one that sees your return?
As Bunters it earned a reputation for outrage — penny a pint drinks, drink as much as you can sessions and even the only Blackpool appearance of Samantha Fox, hired to present a birthday kiss to the club manager.
I loved playing stuff that was going to get a reaction, I still do. I asked these guys if they would come up to Manchester and one night they turned up at Smarties in a mini bus and they were all wearing tights and black balaclavas. I started a residency with Hewan Clarke at a club called Berlin.
Colin Curtis November 19, The name Colin Curtis undoubtedly means many different things to many different people, so far has his reputation taken him and over so many, many years. It was a great way of breaking records in and everybody tuned in.
How did that come about? How did you catch the soul bug in the first place?
For me going up to the last two were fantastic. The Mecca Locarno, Blackpool And Blackpool has a whole host of nightclubs which have suffered a similar fate.
It closed in and was replaced by The Odeon. The local bars and pubs were full of people who were on that scene, it was a marvellous vibe and a great place to be.
The two together offered a capacity of 2, By December that year it had closed again. It was so much lost time, the only thing I learned in that time was about real life, about people and about friendships. Illusions was put on the market in Julyafter owner Find Extra Leisure was called into receivership.
Of course what then started happening was that the records we were getting excited about were radically different from traditional Northern.
Then at my gig on saturday night I lemon tree casino blackpool have been given 30 or 40 plastic ducks. What was so special about the Torch and soul nights of that era? We used to do this club Smarties on a sunday night and it was only a small club, but the atmosphere was electric. That must have lemon tree casino blackpool a very frustrating time for you.
We just thought they were nuts. Me and my partner played for 12 hours, more or less 6 hours a piece and we got a tenner each for doing it. I kept having to stop, I was going into cold sweats and I was told that they were anxiety attacks. Pete Haigh tells me that your other Manchester residency, Rafters was one of the most important and oft neglected residencies you had, particularly as being instrumental in uniting the black and white crowds in the city.
It closed inbut moved to a new home in Corporation Street. The alldayers were busier than ever. All that stuff that was coming out in the seventies, Crystal Motion, The Invitations, Bert De Cotaeux, George Kerr, Leon Pendarvis all these producers were fantastic arrangers of black music, it was light years ahead of Northern soul, there was no way I was going to ignore it. When Keith Minshull left and Ian Levine lemon tree casino blackpool in the music was moving along, I mean Ian was probably the strongest collector in the country at the time.
It closed in after parent company Cougar Leisure Ltd went into administration. These were big nights and what had happened was people had begun to travel to go to the club, which was completely unheard of in those days.
The Sub, which was operated as a fun pub, underwent major refurbishment to emerge as the new disco showbar.
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