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Northern Soul Music
Northern soul is a music and dance movement that emerged from the British mod scene, initially in northern England in the early 1970s. Northern soul mainly consisted of a style of black American soul music based on the heavy beat and fast tempo of the mid-1960s Tamla Motown sound.
The most-prized recordings by collectors are from lesser-known artists which had been released only in limited numbers by small regional USA labels such as Okeh, Cameo-Parkway and Shrine. The northern scene was sustained by prominent DJs discovering rare records and playing them at certain venues.
Later on, certain clubs and DJs began to move away from the 1960s Motown sound and started playing new releases with a more contemporary sound.
Northern soul is associated with particular dance styles and fashions that emanated from the Twisted Wheel club in Manchester and spread to other dancehalls and nightclubs, such as the Golden Torch (in Stoke-on-Trent), the Highland Rooms at Blackpool Mecca, and Wigan Casino. Northern soul dancing was usually athletic, resembling the later dance styles of disco and break dancing but in recent times the dancing has slowed to reflect the change in tempo of later releases.
Northern soul music all nighters were the pre cursor to modern dance music culture which spawned Rave and Techno to subsequent generations. The northern scene is still very much alive in the 21st century despite most of the music played being originally recorded in the sixties or early seventies.
Sounddiffusion DJ's Top Twenty Northern Soul Classics
|1||Girl across the street||Moses Smith|
|2||Love donít come much stronger||Jeff Perry|
|3||You brought about a change in me||Jackie Wilson|
|4||New breed kind of woman||Holland / Dozier|
|5||Come back||Fantastic Puzzles|
|6||Kiss my love goodbye||Bettye Swan|
|7||Iíve lost you||Hollidays|
|8||I need your love||Dynamics|
|9||Sheís wanted||Larry Clinton|
|10||Yesterday my love||Odds and Ends|
|11||Love you baby||Lorraine Chandler|
|12||This heart of mine||Artistics|
|13||Youíve been leading me on||Steinways|
|14||Seven day lover||James Fountain|
|15||Keep loving me like you do||Silky Hargreaves|
|16||Iíve got the need||Chuck Jackson|
|17||Please let me in||JJ Barnes|
|18||I will always need you||Dean Courtney|
|19||Sitting in my class||Ronnie McNair|
|20||You didnít say a word||Yvonne Baker|
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Northern Soul Legends