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Will2017, thanks for the tip about the 'Playedinaband' site.  A goldmine of info.

 

Found this:

Whichwhat pictured on the stage of the 360 Club in 1969.  50 years ago!  I've consulted my 1969 diary and we had them booked on Sunday 2nd Feb 1969, and Saturday 19th April 1969, so very likely one of those dates.  I will almost certainly have DJ'd both nights.

Just for interest, the Exit sign just visible is over the 'Stage Door'/Fire Escape on the side wall of the club.  Looking out of there you'd see St Mary's Church and a view down towards Boowul Market.

I don't know if the fire escape has survived the conversion of the 360 club into flats.

 

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DJ 360, I was the bass player in Litter-played at the 360 Club. You may have the DJ.

 

Regards,

 

Will2017

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Hi Will,

According to my diary, we had Tiny Davis and Litter on Sun 16th Feb, and Fri 28th March 1969.  You must've been decent or you wouldn't have got asked back!!    ;)

 

I DJ'd both.  I also have a vague memory of a band called 'Tiny Davis' Souls A Go-Go', but not sure whether that's imagination.  Can you shed any light?

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Hi DJ360, Thank you for your comment. The 360 was a good club for live entertainment. Tiny Davis was the singer in Tiny Davis Souls A Go-Go.  From recollection,prior to members leaving,the band had lead and bass guitars, drums,keyboard, two saxes,trumpet and female backing singers. Tiny was asked to join Litter after the original singer,Win Jones, left.

Tiny (Vic Johnson) was the singer in the Newtones  whose bass player  later played in the Reg Guest Trio.

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Thanks for that Will.  As you say, 360 was a good club for live entertainment and while it was being run by us we had most of the well known local bands on, and a good few from outside the area.

 

Also, since I DJ'd at the 360, Carlton Hotel, 76 Club Burton and many other places under the banner of the 'Magic Roundabout Disc Show', I like to think it was good for recorded music too!.  Although I'm not sure any of us realised it at the time, we were in the vanguard of what later became the Northern Soul scene.  We weren't 'purist' about it in the way that 'Northern' eventually became, but we played much of the relatively obscure  music which was later  'adopted' into the 'Northern Soul' canon.

However, we also played the slower and funkier soul from the likes of Stax and Atlantic, Minit, VeeJay etc., which wasn't adopted so much by the 'Northern' crowd, presumably because it didn't quite fit their favourite rhythm and BPM requirements.   We also played lots of Ska/Rocksteady/Bluebeat/Reggae etc., as well as having a general guarantee that we'd play anything 'danceable' from the charts each week.

 

Some of the bands we booked included: Carl's Fables, Clockwork Toys, Whichwhat, Pete and Billy Campbell and the Mighty Sparrows, Nerve, Sons and Lovers, Mickie's Monkeys, Octopus, Six Across, Root n Jenny Jackson, Baker St Ltd (Who became the original 'Samson'), Roy Gee and the Stax Explosion, St Louis Union.  Many other names in my diary for bands which I have little or no memory of, such as Emery Chase, Land of Love, Flavour, Mark Bristol Five, The Grass, Mint, Phoenix City, Decoy Soul Band, Favourites, Red Wine Fair, Stroll Band ( I wrote 'poor' in my diary), Woody Kern, Heart's Art, Bitter Suite, Undermilkwood.

 

Happy days!

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Hi DJ360, thank you for your reply.  I remember most of the bands and knew some of their members.  It was a great era for different genres of music both live and recorded.

 

Regards,

Will2017

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The drummer that lived on Newquay rd.was his name Martin Jackson if so i went to the PCFE we were in the same class MVMR.i think he worked at Atkeys and played a few times in the basement at the NAAFI club this would be 1967 or 1968 iremember his father had a 1950s Sunbeam Alpine which we were always tinkering with

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Eh-up-me-duck, It's me again, that Martin Jackson bloke.  I wasn't the drummer in the Sparrows, reckon that was a guy called "Malc".  I used to play guitar, Gibson 330 that I chopped in for a Rickenbacker...

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Hi there Martin Jackson bloke are you the chap i remember that went to PCFE and i think worked at Atkeys during that time if so good to hear from you are you still rocking?

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Hi Ian, Great to hear from you too!  Still got guitars but spend most of my time writing novels nowadays, "Believe Me, the Lost Treasure of the Templars, " "The Blade, Ben McVeigh & the Templar Poignard," and soon to be published: "Running with Fynn McCool" and sequal: "To Hook a Gilded Bird".  

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Okay M'Duck how long have you been writing novels how long did you play in the band and work as mechanic.

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Hey up, Ian. Sorry I haven't replied earlier... been busy writing!  First published in 2017, but obviously started well before that. I played in several Nottingham (obscure) bands including: The Paranoiax, Grindles People and then the Mighty Sparrows. When in the Sparrows, we were the resident band at the Calypso Club in the Lace Market. Carried on in the motor trade and ended up as a Consulting Auto-Engineer working mainly for the Trading Standards (as was) and many Nottm Solicitors. I fitted that in with teaching at West Notts College, and became Course Coordinator with Derby Uni teaching Engineering Sciences for Foundation Degree Motorsport. 

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.Hi Okay M'Duck hope everything is going ok with you in spite of this wicked virus how is your writing going? i am still working as we are considered an essential service but most things in town have come to an abrupt stop.I only made a couple of trips to Norfolk and both times were to Hunstanton the first trip was in 1964 when the Midland General Bus Company  motor rally club had a day trip there we all travelled in a convoy me driving my old faithful 1960 Morris 1000 and the second trip was about eight years ago when Jill and i and her cousin and his wife went for five days very nice coast and countryside.Going back to the days at Atkeys can you remember a chap by the name of Bernard Bowler he was a salesman there and called at my fathers garage at Watnall about every two weeks trying to flog BMC parts.Anyway take care keep clear of the virus and good luck with your book.

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