Wigan Casino DJ Richard Searling picks his top ten northern soul floor-fillers

RICHARD Searling’s DJ-ing career started back in 1971 when he played venues such as Va-Vas in Bolton, The Pendulum in Manchester (originally an upstairs room of a pub in Hardman Street, off Deansgate) and Wigan Casino – the latter providing the blueprint for the all-nighter scenes in the new film Northern Soul.

When he wasn’t spinning the records at soul venues, he could be found on the other side of the Atlantic tracking down rare soul records. It was Manchester-born Searling who discovered Gloria Jones’ debut record – a ‘b’ side called Tainted Love – which was a massive Wigan Casino favourite and, in the early 80s, became the first chart hit for Soft Cell.


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