G4E2 – Northern Soul & Disco – Early Period

Includes: Frank Wilson, Tobi Legend, Jimmy Radcliffe, The O'Jays, Jackie Wilson

Welcome pop pickers.

This is based on stuff like what I like, there will be various bands and artists to try and cheer you up and kick-start your weekend.  Hopefully for many of you, to bring back some fond memories and get your foot tapping.

This week we are back to Northern Soul and Disco.  This is what we heard at the Youth Club in the early 1970’s through to the late 1980’s, when most nights were party nights, men were men and girls were girls and you met on the dance floor.  Happier times.

This week, I suspect there will many of the artists covered that you do not know the name of, apart from Jackie Wilson of course. 

Thank you to Wiki and Top of the Pops.

The Tunes:

Just before the arrival of Disco music, came Northern Soul.  Northern Soul itself came out of the Motown sound. 

Every all-nighter at Wigan Casino ended with the playing of three well-known northern soul songs with a particular going home theme. These came to be known as the “3 before 8” and were: “Time Will Pass You By” by Tobi Legend, “Long After Tonight is Over” by Jimmy Radcliffe and “I’m on My Way” by Dean Parrish. Commercial pop songs that matched the up-tempo beat of the stompers were also played at some venues, including the Ron Grainer Orchestra’s instrumental “Theme from Joe 90” at Wigan Casino and the Just Brothers’ surf-guitar song “Sliced Tomatoes” at Blackpool Mecca.

Curtesy Wiki:

Northern soul is a music and dance movement that emerged in Northern England and the English Midlands in the late 1960s from the British mod scene.

Little Anthony and the Imperials and Jackie Wilson.

Now then, many of you may never have heard of some of the artist, nor the songs, but I guarantee a foot stomping time.  Enjoy, please:

The featured song is Frank Wilson – Do I love you (indeed I do) – some nice scenes in this video.  Shades of break dancing as well.  Springsteen did a cover a few months ago and it reminded me of the song.  Original is better though.  Sounds strange but the Springsteen version music quality is far too good to be like Northern Soul.

Here are the 3 before 8:

Tobi Legend – Time Will Pass You By

Jimmy Radcliffe – Long after tonight is all over

Dean Parrish – I’m On My Way

The O’Jays – I Love Music – You will probably know this one.

The Carstairs – It Really Hurts Me Girl

Little Anthony & the Imperials “Goin’ Out of My Head” – Dionne Warwick covered this, as did Frank Sinatra.  Original is best though.

Darrell Banks- Open The Door To Your Heart

Jackie Wilson  (Your love keeps lifting me) higher and higher-This nearly was the featured track, but we do play it a lot on here.  Obviously, this video is the Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth one!

Could not put a Jackie Wilson mention with Reet Petite of course.  I found a dancing video, jolly good fun.

Singalong, enjoy and be happy!

Links to Origins Series:

Genre 1 Episode 1 – Motown – The Beginning

Genre 1 Episode 2 – Motown

Genre 1 Episode 3 – Motown

Genre 1 Episode 4 – Motown

Genre 1 Episode 5 – Motown

Genre 1 Episode 6 – Motown


Genre 2 Episode 1 –

Glam Rock – The Beginning


Genre 2 Episode 2 –

Glam Rock – The early days

Genre 2 Episode 3 –

Glam Rock

Genre 2 Episode 4 –

Glam Rock – The beginning

Genre 2 Episode 5 –

Glam Rock

Genre 2 Episode 6 –

Glam Rock


Genre 3 Episode 1 – The Singers


Genre 3 Episode 2 – The Singers – The early Days



G4E1 – Origins of Northern Soul & Disco – The Beginning

 G4E2 – Northern Soul and Disco





G5E1 – Origins of Rock ‘n’ Roll – The Beginning






G6E1 – Those different ones like what I like






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