Second only to the Twisted Wheel, the Blue Note carried the torch for Soul music in the city from 1967 to 1970 (it did continue to 71 but at that time it became more varied and more Jamaican music influenced).
The Blue Note has never received the kind of notariaty of the Twisted Wheel but in many ways it was its equal in starting and developing what today is known as Northern Soul. Certainly in its play-list.
Roger got a few parcels of free 45’s direct from Jim Stewart at Stax in Memphis after writing to him. This enabled Roger to be the first to introduce and play quite a lot of Stax material at The Blue Note.
After Roger left to start his own club STAXX on Fountain Street Manchester(1967).
The DJs that followed Roger were well versed in Soul Music and expanded the clubs repertoire immensely, launching many of the classics and many also of what became known as Northern Soul collectables.
A note from the DJ’s:
Hi, Its Dave and Bob here, both of us were DJ’s at this club in the Sixties, along with our pal Dave Lomas: sad to say he passed on a few years back.
We are building up several Databases about Soul Music and its surrounding scene, before our memories fade!
Here is Dave P talking about Booker T and My Sweet Potato:
THE STORY OF THE BLUE NOTE AND THE TWISTED WHEEL IS COVERED IN THE BOOK:
A Blue Note Club PLAYLIST@ SOULDIRECTIONS