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Northern Soul: Keep The Faith, 35 Years On

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Paul Mason | 22:35 UK time, Saturday, 20 September 2008

Since everybody else is doing it, I will publish my top 5 Northern Soul tracks of all time, to coincide with the 35th Anniversary of the opening of Wigan Casino. Apparently some of my former mates are right now trying to have an impromptu allnighter in a car park in Wigan!

UPDATE: Unitl 4am the webcam is live here!

Its not as completely sad as being a retired Elvis lookalike, because while Elvis invented rock-n-roll we invented dancing all night using nothing stronger than Coca Cola, and that's still going!

Here are my top five tracks: I paid £7 for the record at the top of the list in 1976. But they are all on Youtube now, together with hundreds more.

1. Little Anthony & the Imperials: Better Use Your Head

2. Timi Yuro It'll Never Be Over For Me

3. Mel Britt She'll Come Running Back

4. The Four Seasons I'm Gonna Change

5. Del Capris Hey Little Way Out Girl

You can hear from track 3 that funk actually was rearing its head by this time. I am actually in one of these YouTube videos! A prize to anybody who can spot me: I need URL and timecode. It's gonna be harder than Spot The Ball. Closes 30 Sept 2008. Hit the comments button to try it.

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