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 few hard core soulies left if it was ok for me to give it a bash at promoting. After a trial christmas bash in 2001 at the Russell Court hotel our first SN night was in April 2002. first tune was played by John Nowlen, Joy Loveday "In Orbit" at the Function Room 3rd floor of Doyles Pub, fleet St Dublin.

 My last time promoting was mid 7ts when living in Bedford where me and my fellow apprentice Frank Criscuolo ran soul nights including the weekly Northern night in Kempston, held at rovers FC, the Addison centre (sometimes turned into unofficial all niters) and then the International Club. Tony Warot and Ian "Hammy" Hamilton were the star regulars, we had a good following with the Hitchin, Leighton Buzzard, St Neots and more in attendance. guest djs included Mick Smith (100 Club) Taff. So many stories, great mad times

Our policy has been an emphasis on fun and growing the scene. The "leave your anorak at the door" attitude has probably been displaced as we get more serious and the scene grows.

Initially tho insisting and still do on 100 vinyl we allowed some boots (not for the purist) as peer pressure and collections grew the playing of non originals hardly happens save for the really scarce stuff. We have tried to find our own sound looking for newies or underplayed; playing across the board the preference is for uptempo 6ts 

Update******** The forthcoming Oldies Charity Night (Sept 06) is to be the last time we play boots at SN. Check the opinions page on reasons.....

 

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The Sleepless crew
Pip, danny, AL, Mitch, honest john

What a job!

taken sometime in early 2005 in the Basement, The Gingerman. The chaps who try to keep it going

Guest Djs

Here's a list of some of our overseas guest dj's in no particular order cept for 2tone Tone deaf Tony warot:(hope I aint left nobody off)



Tony Warot (may 2002 our 2nd night) * Carl Willingham * Paul Bennett * Pete Hulatt * Paul McKay * Mick H * Steve Thomas * Hammy (bedford) * Richie Conn * Steve Eckersley * Michael Fuchs * Kev Spittle * Dave Miller *  Chris Manlove * Steve C (Hants) * Keith Money * Derek Robertson * Steve Eccersley * Mike Hughes * Soul Sam * Chris Morgan * Budgie * Steve Riddle * Olaf * Woody * Chick *  Dave Rimmer * Karl Rhodes

Jeffrey - Love Loan

Wanna Play?

 

Interested in a spot at Sleepless, if you reckon your original vinyl collection should be heard out contact me, cheers

CD's given away at SN

Now and again we organise and make a cd from dj records to mark an event. Thanks to Mark Threadgold who helps me choose tracks and edit cd's. 

 

Sleepless Nights 1st Anniversary (11th April 2003) Our 1st of 3 so far, featured tracks that at time became unique SN anthems and still get many requests for;

1 Jackie Wilson- Because of you

2 Sharpees - Tired of being lonely

3 Sugar & Spice - Faith in me

4 Determinations - You cant hold on to love

5 Joe Tex - I wanna be free

6 AC Reed - My Baby's been cheating

7 Herbs - Never will I fall in love again

8 Constellations - I don't know about you

9 Vangaurds - Gotta Have love

10 Paul Sindab - I was a fool

11 Paulette - Love you baby

12 Lorraine Rudolph - Keep on coming back for more

13 Linda Lyold - Breakaway

14 Johnny Bartel - If this isnt love

15 Diplomats - Cards on the table

16 Miricles - If your mother only knew

17 Harvey Averne Dozen - Never learnt to dance

18 Turley Richards - I feel all right

19 Isley Brothers - My love is your love

20 Terry Callier - Look at me now

21 Marvin Gaye - Desperate Situation

22 John Bowie - Your gonna miss a good thing

23 Cookie Jackson - Do you still love me

24 Wade Flemmons - Jeanette

25 Channel Three - Sweetest thing

26 Sister Sledge - Thinking of you

27 Brian Holland - Im so glad

28 Four Tops - Baby I need your loving

 

21 Sleepless Nights Christmas 2003 (Dec 19) #2 of the series, as we continued finding our way and as playlist change increased, a diverse collection of Northern reflecting the openess of the club.

1 Fugitives - Good feeling

2 Martha Reeves - Your love made it all worthwhile

3 Flirtations - How can you tell me

4 Watts Line - Never stop lovin

5 Major Lance - Your everything I need

6 ET White - Got to have your love

7 Persuasions - Summer ride

8 Royal Esquires - Aint gonna run

9 Arter Set - Sermon

10 Incredibles - I cant get over losing you

11 Joe Simon - Just like yesterday

12 Prince Ella & Sidney James - Baby I got to cut you loose

13 Johnson Sisters - I found my place

14 Roy Roberts - Got to have your love

15 George Jackson - I dont have time to love you

16 Four Tops - Dont bring back memories

17 Diana Ross - Youve been so wonderful to me

18 Sunday - Aint got no problems

19 Beverley & Del Capris - Mama I think Im in love

20 Voicemasters - You hurt me

21 Volumes - A way to love you

22 Chubby & Turnpikes - I didnt try

23 Isonics - Sugar

24 Lou Lawton - Knick knack patty wack

25 Taurus & Leo - Going out the world backwards

26 ZZ Hill - No more doggin

27 Ringleaders - All of my life

28 Tangeers - This empty place

 

The Best of the Third Year April 2005. Some think the best one yet

1 Jackie Shane - Coming down - sue

2 June Conquest - Whats this I see - curtom

3 Adorables - Oh Boy - Golden World

4 JJ Barnes - Aint that the truth - Unreleased Motown

5 Spiedels - Dream Girl - Providence

6 Don Gardner - Theres nothing I want to do - TNT

7 Bronzettes - Beggin baby dont leave me - Double Soul

8 Bitter Sweet - I wont have no babies for you - Anything & Everything

9 Rotations - I cant find her - De Brossard

10 James Bell - Amazing love - Ro Jam

11 Curly Moore - You dont mean it

12 Sandy & Pebbles - Hes my kinda fellow - Mercury

13 TJ Williams - Baby I need you - Josie

14 Internationals - Beautiful Philosophy - Dor

15 Johnny Nash - Some of your loving - ABC

16 Doris Troy - Running (c/u)

17 Claudine Clark - Tel;ephone game - Challenge

18 Festivals - Checkin out - Blue Rock

19 Dianne Cunningham - Certain kinda fellow - Fontana

20 Beverley Mckay - he'll never change - sue

21 Pat & Blenders - Just because - Fast eddie

22 Sensations with Yvonne Baker - Mend the torn pieces - junior

23 Jets - Everything i do - Port

24 Wayne Anthony - You aint wrapped too tight - Roulette

25 Marion James - Thats my man - Excello

26 Saxton & Parker - In the middle of the night - (c/u)

27 Bobby Hamilton - How come - APT

28 Yvonne Carol - stuck on you - Domain

29 Eula Cooper - Try - Trager

30 Caesars - (la la) I love you - Lanie

 

4th Anniversary (April 2006) 4 Years, 8 venues, 1 Club

 

1 Caesers - Girl I miss you - Lanie

2 Five Royals - Take me with you baby - Home of the Blues

3 Gladys Knight & Pips - Stranger - TMG Lp

4 Porgy & Monarchs - That Girl - Musicor

5 Themes - No explanation needed - Minit

6 Masqueraders - Thats the same thing - Soultown

7 Walter Scott & Kapers - Brand new girl - Ivanhoe

8 Appreciations - She never really loved me - Sport

9 Buddy Lamp - I wanna go home - Wheelsville

10 Bob & Earl - Baby your time is my time - Mirwood 

11 Johnny De Vigne - I smell trouble - Delite

12 Lovelace Watkins - Dreams - Sue

13 Major Lance - Crying in the rain - Okeh

14 Quotations - I dont have to worry - Di Venus

15 Tiny Topsy - Miss you so - Federal

16 Lil & Rene - Crazy bout your love - Reprise

17 Fabulous Playboys - Honky Tonk Woman - Apollo

18 Devotions - Same old sweet loving - tri sound

19 Joe Hicks - Dont it make you feel funky - AGC

20 Merle Spears - I wanna know - Whit

21 Neil Sedaka - Too late - RCA

22 Tommy Navarro - Whats wrong with you baby - C/U

23 Mitchell Braithwate - You've been a long time coming - Probe

24 Trini Lopez Sinner not a Saint - Stateside

25 Lynne Randell - Whatca gonna do - CB

26 Jets - Everything I do - Port

27 Profiles - Raindrops - Musicland USA

28 Carl Spencer - Cover Girl - Rust

 

 

 

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SOUL HEAVEN - The Soundtrack; a saturday afternoon meet up organised by Joe Moran, featured John & Brian Dunne, Mitch, Chips, Ray Gilligan and me + guests. When nothing much happening SH kept the flag flying This was made around early 2002 (think) just prior to SN starting

1 Creations - Oh Baby

2 Billy Butler - Your not ready

3 Jackie Wilson - Because of you

4 Stoppers - Come back baby

5 J Jocko - Im getting over

6 Mayberry Movement - I think im in love

7 Dells - Make sure

8 Gerri Thomas - Look what i got

9 Babrbara McNeir - baby a go go

10 Virgil Henry - You aint saying nothing new

 

11 Roy Hamilton - Reach out for me

12 Brenda Holloway - Starting the hurt all over again

13 Colette Kelly - City of fools

14 Benny Mahan - She knows how

15 Patti & Emblems - Mixed up shook up girl

16 Eugene Record - Overdose of joy

17 Archie Bell - Dont let love get you down

18 Carolines - Cant stop loving that boy

19 Joyce Kennedy - Im a good girl

20 Etta James - Mellow fellow

21 Betty Lavette - Only your love can save me

22 Four Sonics - easier said than done

23 Paris - Sleepless Nights

24 Originals - Dont stop now

25 Brooks Bros - Looking for a woman

 

 

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