Here is our list of DJ’s, past and present with their profiles and playlists ….

“I started with four crates of northern soul”: Nottingham record dealer celebrates 40 years

His shop is famous for its jumbled layout and vast collection. But it all started with a handful of records and a simple love of music for a Nottingham record shop owner celebrating four decades in vinyl in 2017. Alice Watkins found Rob Smith beneath the banana boxes and asked him why his industry is so culturally invincible. The tables have turned twice on Vinyl in the 40 years Rob Smith has been buying and selling LPs. Now that vinyl’s breaking records again Rob says his love for the format will never get old. We live in a digital age, yet for many the desire for a tangible, physical object persists. Whether you’re a seasoned vinyl fanatic, or you’re only just building up your collection, Rob’s Record Mart, tucked away in Hurts Yard, is a firm fixture on Nottingham’s road map of backstreet gems. Containing an estimated 200,000 records, in ...

Richard Searling on the BBC Iplayer

Richard Searling, one of the original DJ's at Wigan Casino,  is now on the BBC Iplayer with his Radio Manchester "Northern Soul" show's the link ...
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Dave Thorley & Topdog Records

We have been in business as Top Dog Records and before as Boogieman Records for over 20 years. We work to find and sell a wide spectrum of black dance music. We currently have over 20,000 records in stock. Our aim is to provide music lovers "The Hard To Find To The Just Plain Good". We welcome anyone to visit us, just give us a ring and we will see what we can arrange. The company is run by soul DJ’s/promoters Dave Thorley & Malayka Visit Topdog now More Info I'm a Record dealer and DJ/Promoter in the UK. specialising in soul music. My business runs through our web site . Top Dog Records is run to help people just like me find the music they love, 'From the hard to find, too the just plain good'. We hold over 20,000 titles at anyone time, covering Soul, Funk, Boogie ...
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Sean Chapman (Records)

A Mine of rare records to choose from, visit Sean's site and have a browse If you're looking for quality northern soul, mod and ska 45s, LPs and memorabilia at great prices you've come to the right place. We buy, sell and source records and memorabilia for customers all over the world, our reputation as a provider of excellent quality goods and service is second to none. Without doubt one of the most comprehensive selection of titles and genres on planet Earth with a very easy to use website with sound bytes and scans of some of the most wanted records!! More ...
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Kev Roberts

KEV ROBERTS is one of the most prominent DJ/Promoters in the World of Northern Soul & Motown. His own or consulted events in the Soul/Gold music market are the busiest in the country. An expert in 60's-90's music. Currently, you can find me on air Weekends at Signal 2 (Staffs/Cheshire). I'm the current host of the World Northern Soul Dance Championship at Blackpool Tower. Actively shaping and promoting events across the UK and Europe. With many years of experience I can offer expertise to the Motion Picture Industry, Record Labels and Festival type projects. Contact me to discuss Radio, Live Event, Voice Over and Northern Soul More ...
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John Vincent

An old article, John if you read this send us your update and your new website details! Next in the long line of yesteryears DJ's making a comeback on today’s northern scene is John Vincent. Our man in Sheffield, Bill Brotherton went along and had a chat with him. AT FIFTEEN he visited the Twisted Wheel all-nighter on Brazennose Street. At 16 he was jocking his first all-night at the Esquire club in Sheffield and by 17 he was playing R&B and Blues in local clubs. By 1970 the first Sunday night sessions at Samantha's, Sheffield began, followed by his own monthly all-night at the same venue which became a weekly event by 1974. Today the man who broke monster sounds like Lou Pride “I’m com'un home in the morn'un”, Willie Mitchell’s “The Champion” and the Pointer Sisters “Send him Back” to name just a few says he is poised ...
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Rob Smith … Another Northern soul legend

I found this article about Rob Smith, the first record dealer I visited at his make shift office in the heart of Nottingham to buy records from his photo copied list that used to arrive in a brown paper envelope every month, thanks Rob you have made a fantastic difference to the scene .. Starting with a copy of Let’s Twist Again by Chubby Checker in 1967, Rob Smith has been buying and selling records in Nottingham for four decades. His chaotic institution Rob's Record Mart is still going strong on Hurt’s Yard, remaining pleasingly resilient to today’s internet-driven music era. Rob also manages a parallel career as a well-known DJ on the Northern Soul scene, putting even the hardiest of ravers to shame with a hectic travel schedule that takes in all-nighter venues nationwide.  After welcoming me with his habitually good-humoured “Oh, my dear sir!” greeting, Rob closed up ...
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Danny Spedding’s Mixcloud

Danny is an old friend that is just starting to DJ again, watch this space for his venue's ! I just love Soul Record's I don't Know. I have alway's been the same. My mates at Wigan E.C.T. Used to say you still buying them records No one knows. I Said Yes Mate. HA HA See More ...
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Glenn Walker-Foster

Please visit Glenn's Mixcloud "Northern Soul Sessions" page here  Profile My DJ career started in 1972 whilst at public school in Blackpool , some of the older boys at school were going to The Torch in Stoke On Trent and The Highland Room at the Blackpool Mecca which sparked my interest in Northern Soul and Tamla Motown. I began listening to Emperor Rosko and Andy Peebles Soul Train on the radio and in fact remember clearly hiding under the bedsheets at night as a young lad with a tiny transistor radio , a torch , pen and paper hastily scribbling record titles and names of all the singers that I could . I began organising school disco's and along with two friends Jem and Steve a regular Saturday night at our local Y.M.C.A. youth club . By 1974 I had begun attending Blackpool Mecca myself and in March 1974 thanks to ...

Chris Patrickson

Profile text: I started my professional career as a DJ in 1978, DJ'ing for Alan Lawrie's DJ agency called I.D.E.A. which was based in Copenhagen. Alan arranged numerous contracts for me while I was working for his agency during the years of 1978 and 1979 to DJ in various clubs in Luxembourg and Denmark. I returned to the UK to get married and start a family in November 1979, after which time I hung up my DJ boots until the late 1990's at which time I got the DJ'ing bug once again, and since then, over the last 16 years or so I am regularly asked by other promoters to either DJ at, or putting on my own soul nights in and around Carlisle and Dumfries and Galloway. Starting in November 2011, I was resident DJ and co-owner of the newly opened "Soul in the City" night club in Carlisle, ...

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