This week our popular nostalgia quiz remembers a music phenomenon that took the North West by storm in the late 1970s – Northern Soul.

Emerging from the British Mod scene in the late 1960s, Northern Soul was based on a particular style of black American soul music with a distinctive heavy beat and fast tempo.

The term Northern Soul was coined by a music journalist – and it stuck right through the early gigs at Manchester’s Twisted Wheel nightclub to the famous all-nighters at Wigan Casino.

As it grew more popular, Northern Soul developed its own style. Baggy trousers and brogues along with energetic spins and turns were strongly in evidence – as our picture proves.

How well do you know Northern Soul? Why not test your knowledge in our quiz and compare your score with friends.

 

What was the original name of Manchester’s Twisted Wheel club when it started life as a coffee bar in the early 1950s?

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When did Saturday all-night parties start at the Twisted Wheel? They were a mixture of live and recorded music that included imported American soul and jazz.

Wigan Casino dancers
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The popularity of Northern soul had spread across the North and Midlands by the time the Twisted Wheel closed its doors. In what year?

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Wigan Casino, with DJ Russ Winstanley on the decks, held its first all-nighter in September 1973. How was Wigan Casino building formerly known?

Northern Soul DJ Russ Winstanley
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A favourite Northern Soul track was Tainted Love by Gloria Jones, pictured with her partner Marc Bolan. Which British band took Tainted Love to the Number One spot in 17 countries in 1981?

Marc Bolan
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Actor Martin Compston starred with Felicity Jones in the 2010 movie Soulboy - a love story set around Wigan Casino. In which TV crime drama did Compston play Detective Inspector Steve Arnott?

Martin Compston
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Manchester broadcaster Terry Christian praised Northern Soul for being ‘wild, free and grassroots’. What late-night entertainment programme did he present from 1990 to 1995?

Terry Christian
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In what year did Wigan Casino hold its final all-nighter? The last song was the classic Do I Love You (Indeed I do) by Frank Wilson.

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Which journalist coined the term Northern Soul to cater for northern football fans who came into his Soul City shop in Covent Garden on match days?

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Wigan Casino all-nighters always finished with three songs - Tobi Legend’s Time Will Pass You By, Jimmy Radcliffe’s Long After Tonight Is Over and I’m on My Way by Dean Parrish. At what time?

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