Soul Music – The Phenomenon of Northern Soul
Northern Soul is the United Kingdom’s underground soul music/record collecting/dance culture, which focuses on American black soul music artists of the 1960’s and 70’s. Particularly popular in the North of England, this movement acquired the name of “Northern Soul”, a name that has stuck to this day and is fed by both popular and rare soul records imported from the United States.
The sound of Black America engendered a love and passion for music that has remained in the hearts of the soul music lovers, dancers and rarities-record collectors. Northern soul goes hand in hand with Motown, Beach Music and R&B. It has developed an appeal to soul music fans throughout the world.
UK enthusiasts of American urban music partied in all-night clubs to unknown soul records and “Northern Soul” has remained an obsession for fans of obscure and long-forgotten recordings in music history ever since. Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin and James Brown may be staples of the Northern Soul music scene, but hardcore fans have discovered a world of music outside of these chosen few. Leave it to inventive DJ’s for mixing modern techno sounds with classic ray Charles recordings while introducing this new form of music to dance clubs all over the UK.
These all-night soul music parties became a mainstay of the club-scene throughout the 60’s and 70’s and reached a peak of popularity during the early 1980’s. Landmark UK clubs have included The Twisted Wheel, The Golden Torch, Blackpool Mecca, Cleethorpes Pier, Winter Gardens, The 100 Club and Kings Hall in Stoke on Trent.
Still popular, though now an underground culture like so many other forms of music, Northern Soul maintains a following among fans of the genre worldwide.