The Music

So – what kind of music was played at the Manchester Blue Note that made it so different?

Here are some of the tracks that were played, courtesy of Dave Phillips (International DJ as he liked to style himself at the time). Some of these are linked to the tracks via Youtube with Dave giving his own unique perspective:

Earthquake Bobby Lynn
The Boogaloo Party The Flamingos
James Ray If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody
 Image Hank Levine Orchestra also a great version by Alan Haven  a local Manchester organist.

This LP was done to death at the Blue Note with Toe Hold and Blues In The Night being the most popular tracks to dance too.

Freddie Scott  Are You Lonely For Me (The last train to Jacksonville).

Soulful Strings: Burning Spear

Within You Without You

Dorthy Ashby Afro-harping

What A Man Linda Lyndell

 Chuck Jackson: Any Day Now

I Keep Forgettin

Ben E King: Cry No More

Tears Tears Tears

Betty Harris & Lee Dorsey Ride Your Pony

Joe Tex C. C. Rider

Sugar Sugar The Mad Lads

The Impressions Choice Of Colors

Junior Walker And The All Stars: Hip City

Booker T And The MG’s Hip Hug Her

William Bell: Marching Off To War


The Soul Children The Sweeter He Is

Theola Kilgore The Sound Of My Man

Love Time The Kelly Brothers

I’m On My Way Dean Parrish

Other Bluenote Favourites

Lorraine Ellison Stay With Me Baby

And the list goes on, on. and on…

Albert King: Born Under A Bad Sign

Laundromat Blues

I Love Lucy

But Sam and Dave etc…

Love Makes a Woman Barbara Acklin

Still Water The Four Tops

The Soul Of A Man, Recovery Fontella Bass

All For You

Garnet Mimms Looking For You

Bobby Bland: “Good Time Charly


I Pity The Fool

Al Kent You’ve Got To Pay The Price

Chris Clark From Head To Toe

Ray Pollard The Drifter

Gloria Jones Tainted Love

Brenda Holloway When I’m Gone

Homer Banks A Lot Of Love

Etta James & Sugar Pie DeSanto Do I Make Myself Clear

You Left The Water Running Maurice & Mac

Aint No Big Thing

Betty everett Getting Mighty Crowded

Jackie Ross Take Me For A Little While

The Isley Brothers: Tell Me Its Just A Rumor

Your Love Is My Love”(LP Track)

Funkey Donkey Bernard “Pretty” Purdy

Slim Harpo Scratch My Back

She’s Looking Good Roger Collins

Chris Bartley The Sweetest Thing This Side Of Heaven

Grab This Thing The Mar-Keyes

Honey Pot

Philly Dog

Get Down And get With It Little Richard

Everybody’s Going To A Love In Bob Brady And the Concords

Going To A Happening

Express-way To Your Heart The Soul Survivors

Ray Charles: Georgia On My Mind

Night Time Is The Right Time

The Train

I Dont Need No Doctor

Paying The Cost To Be The Boss B.B. King

Shotgun And The Duck Jackie Lee

Otis Reading Mr Pitiful

That’s How Strong My Love Is


Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)

Don’t Mess With Cupid

Let Me Come On Home

Hawg For You

I Can’t Wait to See My Baby’s Face Baby Washington

That’s How Heartaches Are Made Baby Washington

 Maxine Brown Since I Found You

Little Johnie Taylor Zig Zag Lightening

Marvin Gaye Night Life

Mabel John Able Mable

George Perkins And The Silver Stars Cryin In The Street

Aretha Franklin Chain Of Fools

Funkey Street Arthur Conley

Eddie Holland Just Ain’t Enough Love

Summertime Billy Stewart

Don Thomas Come On Train

Ooh Baby The Five Staisteps

Leon Haywood Baby, Reconsider

P.P. Arnold Everything’s Gonna Be Allright

Don Gardner And dee dee Ford I Need Your Loving

Jimmy Reed Aint That Loving You baby

Alvin Robinson Searchin

Down Home Girl

Gris Gris LP Dr John

Dr John

Stasborou Blues

Maybe The Shantells

Bobby Powell…?

KoKo Taylor


Wang Dang Doodle

Deon Jackson Oh Baby

At The Top Of The Stairs The Formations

The Sharpees

Carl Calton

The Duettes Every Beat Of My heart

Am I The Same Girl Barbara Acklin

Betty Wright Girls Can’t Do What The Guys Do

Tommy Hunt I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself

Brand New Me  Jerry Butler

James Carr Thats What I Want To Know

Make Me Your’s Betty Swann

A House Is Not a Home Mavis Staples

Go Now  Bessie Banks

Try My Loving On You The Clovers

When You Move You Lose Rufus And Carla Thomas

When You Move You Lose  Bobby Powell

I Got What It Takes Brooks And Jerry

Mitch Ryder And The Detroit Wheels Little Latin Lupe Lu

The Dells Run For Cover

Stay In My Corner

Don’t Hang Up The Orlons

Nina Simone Feeling Good Don’t Let Me Be misunderstood

Lay This Burden Down Mary Love

The Monitors

Erma Franklin Piece Of My Heart

Whispers (Gettin’ Louder) Erma Franklin (orig. Jackie Wilson)

Dusty Springfield

Tower Of Strength

I Do Love Yo” Billy Stewart

Irma Thomas Good To Me

Dee Dee Warwick: When Love Slips Away

We’re Doin’ Fine

Turn Back The Hands Of Time Vernon Garret

Dear Lover Mary Wells

No Pity (In The Naked City) Jackie Wilson

Nothing Can Stop Me Gene Chandler

Jamo Thomas I Spy For The FBI

Edwin Starr I Have Faith In You

Back Street

James Brown

Chris Montez Let’s Dance

“Who’s That Guy” The Kolettes

I Need You The Impressions

Love Sickness Sir Mack Rice

But It’s Alright J. J. Jackson

Shirley Ellis Sugar Lets Shing-A-Ling

Madeline Bell Picture Me Gone

Billy Preston In The Midnight Hour

Billy’s Bag

West Coast Ketty Lester

Shake & It’s Got The Whole World Shaking Sam Cook

Dixie Cups What Kind Of Fool

The Drifters At The Club

Sing Sing Sing

Up In The Streets Of Harlem

The Sand Pebbles Love Power

Shimmy Shimmy Walk The Megatons

Ike And Tina Turner Beauty Is Skin Deep

The Walk Jimmy McCracklin

Johnnie Taylor Testify (I Wanna) (Parliaments Orig.)

Lion Haywood Mellow Moonlight

Mosses And Joshua Dillard Get Out Of My Heart

I Followed You To

Sho Nuff- But its Allright J J Jackson

Willie Mitchell Secret Home

Willie Parker You Got Your Finger In My Eye

Russell Bird Hitchike

Jerry O Karate Boogaloo

Ordinary Joe Terry callier

Mel Torme The Power Of Love

The Emotions So I Can Love You

Ain’t No Sun The Dynamics (Orig Temptations)

Eddie And Earny Time Waits For No One

The Horse

Hughh Masekela Grazing In The Grass

Private Number William Bell And Judy Clay

Sergio Mendez And brasil 66

Fool On The Hill

Mas Kinada

This Guy’s In Love With You Herb Alpert

La La La La La Means I Love You The Delfonics

Ready Or Not Here I Come

Sweet Inspirations What The World Needs Now

Mama Poppa Rompa Stompa Sir ‘Paul’ Raggedy Flagg

Otis Leavill Love Uprising

I Love You

Billy Butler I’ll Bet You

Jerry Butler Only The Strong Survive

Tell It Like It Is Aaron Neville

The Jerk”The Larks

Mad Lads Get Out My Life Woman

Clarence Carter

Archie Bell And The Drells

The Orlons: Crossfire Heartbreak Hotel

It Keeps Raining

Have Fun

Use Your Head Little Anthony And The Imperials

Eddie Holman I Surrender This Can’t Be true

Magic Potion Lou Johnson


A Time To love A Time To Cry

The Ikkettes

The Ronnetes

The shangrilas

Friends Of Distinction Grazing In The Grass

Cowboys To Girls

Storybook Children Billy Vera And Judy Clay