Yes, Manchester is where Northern Soul began.
The original Soulies were Mods, they loved Tamla Motown, Stax,
Atlantic Records, Stateside, Sue; American black music and
American soul music in particular and the most important DJ of
the Soul scene was Roger Eagle, he was the ‘originator’. The
Most important Club was The Twisted Wheel and the most important
Town was Manchester, and the most important period was 1965 to
1967. This was the golden soul period before the term Northern
Soul was invented.
This website; Manchester Soul charts the history, tells the
story, puts the facts straight, about the genesis of Northern
Northern Soul is a wonderful and dynamic music scene today with
key DJ’s and other fans who have unearthed and supported a vast
collection of great music in the soul genre. Without their
efforts, and the great music itself, it would have gone entirely
unnoticed by mainstream music historians.
However to get the facts straight; ‘Northern Soul’ began in
Manchester in 1965 at the Twisted Wheel club and it was the
DJ there that set off something that has never stopped.
This website charts this history; the importance of Manchester
is a key factor in soul music history. The fact is that several
years before the term Northern Soul was coined by
on a visit to the Twisted Wheel in 1971, writing for Blues and
Soul magazine. A vibrant blossoming of everything soul had
pre-existed before the time Dave visited the city in 71’. Those
heady active days were the ‘wellspring’ of all that followed and had
already flowered and produced seeds. Reproduction is what we
have today Northern Soul was seeded in Manchester in the mid
1960’s and this website will put the history right.
A good starting point is also the book about the
It tells the
‘factual’ story of the Wheel, and the book; The
Manchester Wheelers, ‘tells it like it was’ as a novel. It was
about the MUSIC, a book
that tells it like it really was.