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CHARLYL189 - THE GOLDEN TORCHHose Street, Tunstall, Stoke-On-Trent 1969-73
“I always felt that the Twisted Wheel ignited the rare soul spark, but the Torch set it alight and became a beacon for the Northern Soul scene. Its legacy keeps on burning today" DAVE EVISON
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The GOLDEN TORCH in Hose Street, Tunstall is regarded as one of the holy trinity of Northern Soul clubs alongside The Twisted Wheel (CHARLYL187) in Manchester and the legendary Wigan Casino (CHARLYL190). An apt description too, since it was once a church. It would go on to become a church to rare soul music with its faithful congregation travelling far and wide to attend its All-Nighters.
At the height of its fame it boasted a 5,000-strong membership and attracted international soul acts including The Drifters, James & Bobby Purify, Ben E King, J.J. Barnes, Fontella Bass, The Stylistics and Major Lance, whose appearance on 9th December 1972 is commonly referred to as one of the greatest soul nights of all time.
Over half a million passed through its doors before its untimely closure in March ’73 when the local council refused to renew its all-night licence. Soul royalty Edwin Starr accompanied club owner Chris Burton to the licence hearing, but to no avail. Within six months of its closure, Wigan Casino relit the soul mantle, but it was the Torch that fuelled its flame and truly defined Northern Soul.
Northern Soul Never Sounded So Good
founder of the Wigan Casino All-Nighters 1973-1981
Club Soul charts the inception, development and eventual commercialism of the world’s most enduring underground music movement; Northern Soul. Born in the post-war city club scene, alive with the hot new sound of American Rhythm & Blues, Northern Soul would evolve into its own unique style capturing the imagination of the Nation’s youth, seduced by its secret world of all-night dancing, a world alien to their parents and even their peers. Here are hits, standards, rarities, obscurities, and here are too are those very tracks researched, compiled and annotated as never before.
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