What do YOU know?

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    • I loved the blue note, think I went there after the wheel moved to Whitworth St, remember Pat Dempsey being there as I was involved prior to that with the Meads fan club. Loved the music and still do, wish I could remember more details just a great time to be young

    • I when’t to the blue note with Graham Porter, little Lou Costello, Ray Massey,Brian Moores Les James,I also when’t out with Monica Samuels, you have got her down as mosside but she lived in Hulme. I also did go to the wheel Brazenose St. and Whitworth street, the Jigsaw In Cromford court, Stax, Manor Lounge Stockport, the Mask Stockport , Oasis round the back of the old wheel, Sinking Ship under bank , under Stockport express building, Tabernacle ,Sg Peppers, coffe Bars when on Scooter.
      the Cona Tib St Swinging Door Didsbury, Chey Freds Stockport, the capricio stockport, I also know Penny and Steve Wild thats his Sister they Had a Shop in Cheadle Hulme, I still go to The new wheel Pete Roberts runs it I go to dance ,
      I know a lot about the old mod scene it real’y needs recording.
      I would not mind hearing from anybody out there Monica and Jimmy Riddle he was Norman Atkinsons mate he bought My Record collection and was DJ at Top of the town
      That’s Steve Rydell. anyway Good luck Robo

      • Happy memories Dave! Monica was beautiful, Jimmy Riddle had a mate with an Austin Westminster and we used to go to The Boat House in Chester on a Sunday night. I drove my Sunbeam Rapier on remould tyres whilst Jimmy and his pals were sat in luxury. How we survived I am not totally sure. Where is the Twisted Wheel scene run that you mention?


    • A name to add to your list of members;
      Alan ‘Adge’ Igbon.
      He and I used to go regularly together, an apprentice electrician at the time, he later became an actor; Boys from the Black Stuff, Scum, Coronation Street etc.
      Unfortunately now deceased.

      • Cheers Terry. Shame about Adge. We had a mate also called Adge who also occasionally went to the Blue Note. He died way back in 1982, only 35. One of the best. His Mick Jagger dance used to slay everyone.

  1. The new wheel is every second sunday and the last sunday of the month at alter ego
    on princess street about 50 meters up from the union pub it is a gay club on other days but is just dedicated to the wheel on those days 3 pm till 8 pm if you go on youtube and put in last days of the wheel you will see how many people are now going about 10 times more people than in the sixty’s, the current wheel people go in the union for a drink first or munroes on Picadily Paul Davies the last wheel Dj from the sixty’s has shown up a few Times. do you live in the Stockport area has jim lived in
    the Bredbury area is he still around his mate Norman also came from Bredbury but he died about fifteen years ago, and I don’t know about Monica, Les james one of the blue Note Dj s is dead, Brian moores sometimes was Dj I see him all the time he is into scooters, I had a lot of respect in the blue note having a black girl friend she was something special and got her picture in one of the national newspapers has a pinup the heading was sun girl from St kitts ,I live in Marple if I find out anything of interest I will send on good luck Dave Robo

  2. Hi all you old timers, I was talking to Dave the other day about this site ( found it while looking for another “Note” site that i’d left a list of mates names on about 5/6 years ago ) A couple of names i’d forgotten at that time but are on this site are Penny and Steve, got caught necking with Penny at a party above their shop by my date at the time and now my long suffering wife, Jill, enough of that. Lots of memories of Steve dj-ing at the Bull in Mottram St. Andrew – a few Ford Anglias’ and of course Dave’s Spitfire on the car park. Did I mention once, no transport to get to the Note – borrowed the old man’s Morris Minor van while he was asleep. Anyway enough rambling by me. Great times and great fun. I have found the other site and am trying to copy to here.
    Some members names that I can remember, a lot lost to the time bandit:
    Graham Porter (me ) Dave Robinson, both of us at “The Wheel” Sunday afternoon, 9/10/11 – no back drops though.
    Les James ( dj god bless him, sadly passed away to that soul music in the sky ) ps hopefully Air Tours got him there safely.
    Brian Moores, another disc spinner and his wife Julie.
    Jim Delaney, Little Louie from Hillgate, Ray Massey from Cheadle, Jon Jackson and ex wife Val, still see Val with Brian and Julie.
    Dave Hallam, god that man could do ” the james brown ” See you’ve posted on here previously Dave, get in touch mate we all thought you were in jail somewhere abroad.
    Vague memories of a colossal 6ft+ guy called “bones” from Wythenshawe and his mate Paul and a bus load of people who I never got to know.
    Also remember getting rolled one night for ten bob and Les James dragging us all out of the club, phoning round M/C for other members to meet in a café near Top of the Town and never returned to “The Note” again.
    So many more people who not only loved the Note and the Wheel but Manchester in general.
    Who remembers all the other places? Very fond and brilliant memories.
    Posted 17/10/11

    • Thanks Dave. I am fairly sure the dj I remember was Les Lee and this would probably be in ’67 but let’s see if anyone else can shed some light.

  3. Message to Penny Wilde :- Hi Penny . I remember you from the late sixties around Stockport and Town . I remember you best when we all used to get to Abersoch . I remember your brother but not very well . I am now back in Manchester after doing ‘ missionary Work ‘ in Chester and North Wales for many years . I hope that you are well and if your last post still applies having the time of your life ( second time around ) in Spain . Kindest regards . John Reynolds .

  4. Hi John.
    Nice to hear from you and I remember you well. I was looking at all the old photos from Abersoch only a few days ago. We did enjoy ourselves there. I’m still in touch with Jayne Schofield, if you remember her. I lost contact with lots of people once I moved to London and then I left for Spain for a year and never went back – except for holidays.
    Keep up the good work. Regards. Penny Wilde

  5. Can’t believe this site exists. Brilliant! I was a regular and had great times there. I was invited by Ray Buller from a Saturday afternoon at the Mogambo. I dated Junior from the Exits Band from the age of about 14 but then met Ray and spent some fabulous times in that club with him and later times. It was an amazing time. I remember I was still at college and going to night school but me and a mate used to wag it and go down to the club and stash our bags some place. Still in touch with Vanda, Rays sister.

  6. I was Dave Lomas’s girlfriend in 1968/ 69. We had a great year shared a love for soull music and dancing. We could be seen regularly at the clubs in Manchester. Then we had a son but his parents did not approve and shipped him off to California at my due date! Though we met again on his return Dave played no active part in our son’s upbringing. Last I heard he had died in Hawaii and was married to someone called Marlene.

    • Thanks June. I do remember a bit of this, you have sparked a memory. Dave Phillips also reminded me that Dave had a child – it all seems so sad now. I do hope you and your son are well. Regards Bob

  7. I remember Ivan’s Meads and their ambulance! Remember them at the Wheel, both Brazenose St and Whitworth St and The Blue Note. Don’t remember seeing them at Jigsaw but do remember the all-nighters there. Somewhere around here is their record, Sins of the Family. I was at Salford Tech with Nicky Balcombe and Nick Dempsey (Pat’s brother), Alan Selcoe and Mike Lichten though they all seemed to be into jazz (saw Nina Simone at the Free Trade Hall with them, but was more impressed with the supporting group, 10CC). The two Nicks became very rich business men and the last I heard, Pat was writing a book – you may all be in it! Great days. I did visit the Wheel a few years back but the atmosphere was just not the same. Or maybe it was me.

    • Hi Angela
      Great stuff – thanks. Nice to know there are still some Blue Note Survivors out there! If you have any photos of you from around that time that would be fun – I still see DJ Dave Phillips regularly and the Wheel and Blue Note often come up as you can imagine.
      Nicky Balcombe was part of the establishment at the Blue Note – I seem to remember he was engaged to Gilda Nevitt but I don’t know whether that ended in marriage or not…

      Bob Cummings

    • I look forward to reading Pat’s book, please let me know if you hear anything else regarding it.

      Dave Phillips wrote a novel, Manchester Wheelers about his time at the Wheel and the Blue Note. It’s on Amazon if you are interested.



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