STAX records were
featured heavily at the Twisted Wheel. It was probably kicked off by
‘Green Onions’ and ‘Last Night’ two distinctive instrumental hits of
the early 1960’s.
The ‘Wheel’ DJ
Roger Eagle was a huge fan of all things STAX and by
1965 had begun to import releases from the USA, whilst the club
goers could only obtain UK releases on the Atlantic label before
STAX got a direct release in their own right; that magical blue
circle with a pile of singles at the top.
When Roger moved to the Manchester
Blue Note Club in September 1966
he stepped up all things STAX and the club began to become renowned
as the best place to hear the STAX sound for example few clubs
played Albert King singles, but Albert was a big hit at the Blue
Note. The STAX tradition was kept up by the clubs subsequent DJ’s
and again it was the only place that played; ‘Blues In The Night’ by
Johnnie Taylor, ‘Happy’ by William Bell, ‘So I Can Love You’ by the
Emotions and many, many more.