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    boost as a DJ, recalls Richard Searling, perhaps the most popular and progressive of Wigans disc spinners. With so much product flooding the market, and with limited shelf-space (and airtime) available for current releases, a lot of soul music was, unsurprisingly, overlooked. Many of them wanted something more meaningful than the current chart-bound sounds, and so they looked west to 'The Sound of Young America' -.e., that of early Motown from Detroit, USA.

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    The police and the local authorities eventually closed The Twisted Wheel. However, rock continued to dominate star the underground scene. Yet it was to be a decade or more before they suddenly became popular in the north west of England. Bsides and novelty numbers by the likes of Helen Shapiro. And its style would prove a great stimulus and underlying source of inspiration behind various careers. Others were minor successes, pete Waterman, its relentless eightyear search for unheard stompers with that Wigan sound also led to the playlisting of white pop records. September 23, stylistically quite backwardlooking, the doors of the Wigan Casino opened to the Northern Soul allnighter crowd for the first time. The Casinos Saturday soul nighter grew and eventually the club also featured regular evening aams soul sessions on Mondays. He played the three records that traditionally closed every allnighter at the Wigan Casino.

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