The Twisted Wheel was one of the great northern soul clubs in the Sixties and Seventies. Years before the Wigan Casino’s heyday in the early to mid Seventies, the Wheel was spinning the up-tempo soul that would later define the North West long before any Blues & Soul journalists had even caught a whiff of what was happening.
 
Some say it was the Wheel that earned the “northern soul” moniker for the first time in 1970.
 
Tonight its floors will see their last spins, back drops and high-kicks in a final all-nighter before Manchester City Council bulldoze it, making way for a 330-bed budget hotel. After the Hacienda, this is the second major cultural hub being cut out by the city.
 
More sad news. The Twisted Wheel’s farewell comes the same day that northern fans everywhere are remembering Frank Wilson – Motown songwriter, producer and vocalist – who passed away last night. Frank sang ‘Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)’: the most expensive and sought-after record on the northern scene.
 
RIP.
 

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