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Vinyl Jacks - DJ - 60s Soul, Psychedelic, Alternative & Mod


DJ and Actor


Vinyljacks DJ

Alternative 60s

Soul, Surf, Stax,

Pop, Phunk, Psychedelic,

Alternative, Atlantic,

Mod & Motorcity Motown



Psychedelic, Soul and Rock & Roll from Vinyljacks DJ. One man, one massive 50s & 60s record collection, all welcome; his strictly vinyl policy will have indie cats, drum & bass collectives, house parties, Mods, Hippies & Rockers swinging all night long.

Every Thurs, 8pm til late, The Lost Angel, 339 Battersea Park Road, London. Gin Soaked Thursday: 6 Gin Special Cocktails 6: all double gins! Buses 19 - 44 - 319 - 344 - 345. Near Chelsea Bridge.

Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, 10pm -3am. Every 1st Sat in the month as part of Stealth v Rescued. 5/6 club entry.

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Expect to hear the best psychedelic, soul and rock & roll around. No playlist, just wild 50s & 60s toons, including the likes of: The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Elvis, Wilson PickettThe Zombies, MC5, Jefferson Airplane13th Floor ElevatorsThe Contours and American Breed. Plenty of surprises, plus a few of the modern numbers that stand up to the originals, and your favourite numbers from The Jackson 5, The Beatles, Motorcity Motown, The Who, Jim Morrison et al.


Cracking night at The Half Moon, Putney, to see Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band, a thumping mix of soul classics. Lots of live music there, well worth a look . 

Ahh Benedict Cumberpatch's mum, Wanda Ventham. What a corker she was in the mid-sixties. Could be seen in most British B films and in TV series, especially the ATV/ ITC.thriller series,The Saint, Danger Man, UFO, The Baron etc. or

'Ride My See Saw', the best, the only Moody Blues track. From the LP 'In Search of the Lost Chord'. Only got to no 42, for one week in December 1968, but it's become their anthem and the one they always finish their show with. The first rock song recorded on an 8 track recording machine. 

RIP to Jimmy Ruffin, Motown singer : "What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted". In the UK since the 80s where he collaborated with Paul Weller of The Style Council on "Soul Deep" and with Heaven 17, singing "A Foolish Thing To Do" and "My Sensitivity".

Bar staff and chef wanted at Montague Pyke, Soho. Yes it's a chain but in the 80s it hosted the fabulous Marquee Club, est 1958 on Oxford Street, where many famous 60s artists performed and still has photos and prints from those days. For more info on the vacancies contact: More on the Marquee Club here:

Return of the Rude Boy, Somerset House until 25 August

Good luck to Molly Smitten-Downes from Leicester with her Eurovision tune 'Children of the Universe'. Here's 'Symptom of the Universe' from Black Sabbath 

"Pirate Radio Beat Boat Cruise". 6th to 9th August. With legendary Pirate Radio Dj's. Johnnie Walker.Emperor Roscoe Dave Cash and others. Sets off from Tilbury Wednesday 6th August and returns the early morning of Saturday 9th. No mud, no crush, no kids, no fuss!

"You Keep Me Hanging On" The Supremes. 1966 The 'stuttering guitar' morse code-type intro was the idea of Motowns Lamont Dozier inspired by an American radio station signal for a news flash. Played by Robert White of The Funk Brothers, it was recorded nine times until everyone was satisfied.

Not played Motor City 5 ("MC5") for a while, should I kick out the jams next gig? "They played every gig like it was their last. They wanted to reduce the audience to rubble. That's why it was too intense for the hippies on the west coast. They hated us, man. But in Detroit we made total sense." (John Sinclair, Manager)
Rolling Stones played a Rice Crispies jingle in 1963!
The Mamas And The Papas early 1965 : John Phillips }-- "We were on holiday in The Virgin Isles and with rehearsals, finding that Cass Elliott hadn't really got the vocal range we required and started to look elsewhere . We were all walking past a building site when some lead piping dropped on her head knocking her out. When she woke up in hospital her range had increased by an octave and a half! She got the job!"
Dream team gig 1967; surprise line up Jimi Hendrix, Clapton/Cream, Geno Washington +The Ram Jam Band and Roy Woods' The Move . Each of the artists became famous in the months between the booking and the gig but still turned up to a tulip field in Spalding, Lincs. That's class! 

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