The first DJ at the Blue Note was Roger Eagle way back in 1966. Now an almost mythical figure, I first came across him at the Twisted Wheel where he edited a magazine, R&B Scene, as well as lining up the tracks. In all the time I heard him, I don’t think I ever heard his speak on the mike. He wasn’t a personality who imposed his inanities upon a captive audience, he just played the most authentic music it was possible to get hold of. When I first went to the Wheel, R&B and blues was the staple diet with the odd curve ball thrown just to see what would happen. The first track I remember as I went down the stairs for the first time was ‘Life is just a slow train, crawling up a hill’ which I thought may be was Little Stevie Wonder but turned out to be John Mayall in a high key.
I honestly can’t say much about what Roger played at the Blue Note, to be frank I don’t think he was there for that long. I seem to remember a great deal of Stax (this was after his own club, STAXX had recently closed). There was probably some Jimmy Smith as well. Basically, if you remember what Roger played the last time he appeared at the Wheel, you can safely say his time at the Blue Note was mainly a continuation.
We are trying to compile a list of as many people who visited the club or were members. If you have any others, please contact us through the Contact section.
People who went to or visited the Blue Note:
David Lomas – DJ – Rubberlegs – probably the best soul dancer in Manchester at the time (now deceased)
Tony Owens (singer, Famous Watson Browne Band)
Leicester Montrose (singer)
Les Lee – DJ
Jed? Drove the van for the Famous Watson Browne Band
Joan – cloakroom
Mike the doorman
Mike’s brother, Paddy
Alan Totto – the boxer
Vivienne – John Fogel’s girlfriend
Syd Wolfe – demolition expert
Monica ? – from Moss Side
Ian ‘Aker’ Wilkinson
Dave ‘Edders’ Edwards
Jimmy Riddle from Stockport
Jeanette ? – from Revine Avenue Moston
Carol(?) – male
the guys in the band the Exits who had a car crash