Bongo Van Dort
You seem to have most of the d.js in and around Manchester in the sixties, there is one missing.
We used to go to the Twisted Wheel in Brazannose Street fom 1963-1965, the d.j.was Bongo Van Dort.
He introduced my generation to great new music, Coasters, Chuck Berry, Marauders and new American sounds. He was a realy nice bloke and very approachable. Love you site keep up the great work, for old fogies like me.
Was the DJ at Disco TAKIS in the mid -sixties. Real name Paul Mulvey (or Mulvay) and went on to open haberdashery shops in the Cheshire area. Still has one in Warrington I think.
Paul Pender (real name Paul Mulvey) is now a very successful businessman and owns Black Sheep Wools, based in Warrington, Cheshire. Visit their website for his pics and those of his family. I'll bet he's the most successful of all the Manchester DJ's by far! And he's my mate.
Remember Paul at Takis. We used to go nearly every night it was open, my mate Malcolm Fisher used to be the bass guitarist in our band Misty Soul played at a few places in Manchester.
That was the Best time of my life with a Great DJ and real good soul music, you couldn't of been in a better place and time.
Just another old MOD.
Had a great time as a Disc Jockey at Top Twenty , Beat City , Sceeene, Disco Takis, Top of the Town,Barons beer Keller , Mr Smiths , Tramps, Sands, and many I've Forgotten !!!
Very popular at Top of the Town and I spent a really nice evening with him one Xmas Eve, when we went to Tiffanys. Actually spent the time WALTZING.
I think his real name was Brian Hopkins. Where is he now??
Well known Rowntrees group discos in the 60s dj, Peter still working on radio - Talk Radio Europe.
I started dj-ing in Manchester with Gary Lane and Ugly Ray Teret at the Can-Can behind Cross Street, Manchester. I then moved on to Sale Locano and the Christal Club in Glossop with Ugly.
I then joined the Rowntrees group at Sound, Corporation St and did different days at Top of the Town with Gary Lane, Rowntrees Spring Gardens with Malcolm Just and Barons Bier Keller on Oxford Rd facing Tiffanys which was also a Rowntrees club - all in mid 60s.
I then became manager and licencee of Rowntrees Sound at the end of the 60s.
I am retired now, married 40 years to my wife Jean. We got married at the Cathedral in 1972 and just after that I became manager of Rowntrees Rafters on Oxford Rd. We have one son Brian and a grandson Leon and still live in Manchester.
I was a backroom boy at the Cavern/Jigsaw though I was responsible for choosing the playlists for the Baron & Dave Lee Travis, amongst many other duties thanks to patronage of the owner's wife Wendy who was a truly fantastic lady.
I later moved on to the Can Can starting as Ray Teret's apprentice but with plenty of time on the decks. Other members of the team were Gary Laine (who later went on to open the great Manchester record shop Spin Inn), Alan Bates (who some time later was the landlord of the pub on Burton Rd at the junction with Lapwing Lane - I can't for the life of remember the name).
During this time we also did one off gigs throughout the area including church halls and youth clubs in Withington, Wythenshawe, Altrincham, Sale, etc.
The club changed it's name briefly to the Red Bed before becoming theKkaleidoscope by which time I was running it. My wife Tina & I held our wedding reception there..what a night that was, I could fill many lines on that alone!
After the psychedelic period finished the club once again reverted it's original name.
I also used to run a soul night at Swinton Rugby Club which was very sucessfull with many memorable sellout nights but which came to a premature end when my records were stolen.
Then there was quite a gap until I was asked to step in at short notice to dj and assist in the running of Stoneground near Belle Vue as it had recently been closed and the new owner wanted to get it up and running again quickly. I think this only lasted for about six months but it was a great time and I got to meet and watch a lot of great bands.
Lastly on other memorable gig was dj'ing at the opening night of the new Twisted Wheel on Whitworth St. This was due to Ray Terets connections however there is a slight flaw in this as it was not for the public 'that came some day's later 'but for all the builders/painters/ architects /future & old staff friends and family etc. It was still a great honour though.
I would like you to add Gordon Collins. He was a DJ at the Cattle Market in Salford and also the Richmond Club at Heywood. He introduced me to sweet american soul. What made him stand out was the show he did. He didn't just stand and play records, he entertained and used everyone and everything to make every night, a night to remember.
Big L was another DJ at Ray's Place student nights where most of Manchester students dined on free burgers and chips.
Ian Raven was an extra on coronation street for years, always in the Rovers drinking a pint !
I remember him at Middleton Civic Hall in 1976/77. He did two spots every Monday night. The first one he wore suits, looking elegant and sophisicated. The music matched and he played tracks that you never heard anywhere else. His second spot was the complete opposite. He dressed to dance and mixed all the records into one long song lasting about an hour but the tempo would increase and he got the audience to dance with him. He had three girl dancers and they were part of his show and that was what we went to see because this 'non-stop' as he called it was never the same for one week to the next. I hope he reads this as I would love to give him a hug and a kiss for all the fun he gave me.
I remember Gordon at Middleton in 1975 before I moved to Wales. I also remember him at the Lancastrian Hall, Swinton 1973 to 1975, which he did on Mondays before losing the contract to a cheaper and less talented DJ. I think he did Middleton on a wednesday then, but not sure. He had two dancers back then, Pat & Georgina, very fond memories of all three of them.
David A Jenkins
I used to go to the Cattlemarket pub on Cross Lane in 1971 and I saw Gordon Collins there. He bought me a drink one night when I was waiting for my boyfriend. I told him that I liked Tamla and he played me a record and then after that when he saw me he would play a Tamla record for me. He wasn't there long and then dissapeared but I saw again him a few years later when he was the DJ at my firms Christmas party. I worked for Bank of America and it was at the Piccadilly Hotel. He played great music and he could dance, boy could he dance.
I have just read the posts and they have brought back some great memories. I remember Gordon from Whitworth Civic Hall and also Rochdale Technical College. He played music that I had never heard before and made me fall in love with Rick James. I bought three albums and that took some saving and going without. I hope he is keeping well.
Alison Franks (nee: Hewitt)
This is me as a dj in the 70's and now, in my Toy showroom in Hong Kong.
I spent my best years in Manchester in the late 60's and 70's ,I was a dj on Piccadilly Radio for some time.
Just went through all your comments re Mr Smiths. I was a croupier at the Portland Club when I first got to Manchester and then got a job as the DJ at Time and Place. Now that was a discotheque well before its time.
Fond memories though of Mr Smiths, found a 10 bob chip once on the floor and ended up making 20 pounds on roulette in 1970 - I was a rich man.
Great to hear all your comments. Anyone there from Time and Place days or Nice and Easy?
... Do you remember a D.J. there who worked with Paul Pender called Ray Lea-Jones at Super Takis. I saw him in the south of France last year and he still looks the same .... a bit bigger round the waste and a few grey hairs but that's about it .... how do you get to his age ( must be 60+ )look good on it ...
Spike. a Super Takis goer 1967/1970
John ( Spike ) Jackson
I first took up the mike in 1965 at a disco called the Bat Cave in Wythenshawe. It was part of ten a pin bowling alley with a D.J. who called himself Johnny Be Good.
I also did the Ice Rink in Altrincham, The Southern Hotel near Southern cemetery and Uglys music motor in Liverpool. There where umpteen other pubs in and a round Manchester whose names have slipped my mind.
Then it was on to Takis with Paul Pender. I also did the odd night at other clubs with in the Rountrees group.
Me in the middle with Paul Pender on the right - Rowntrees Sound and (right) the dance floor at Takis
Sam the Man
Started DJing at The Cattle Market on Cross Lane which was owned by Ken Leary in the early 70's,and Dave Cave was the Entertainments Manager. Was known as Saja in those days. Went on to work at most of Leary Entertainments venues throughout the North West. Then was known as Sam The Man at various clubs from Blinkers to Brambles, Applejacks, Richfields etc.
Sam Mackie-Mc Cartan
Does anyone remember Jason Judge mobile dj , used to do Whitbread Brewery Club Salford and Wythenshawe Hospital Club?