Top Twenty Club
Milton Street, Hollinwood

The first all night club that I knew about outside Manchester. Only small, but an electric atmosphere.

Dave Hancock

I was still at school in 1964/65 and I was helping out in the cloakroom of the Top Twenty club. Reverend Black and the Rocking Vicars were playing. I believe Lemmy out of Motorhead was rhythmn guitarist at the time.

It was the first time I had ever seen a band live and I thought they were fantastic!!!! I remember the bass player was a scottish man and his party piece was rotating his head and whipping his hair around, which sent the audience wild.

Kevin O`Neill

We used to leave the Wheel/Blue Note and catch the bus from Picadilly and to the Top Twenty for the morning session, always remember a guy there called Clarky and another called Kennedy

Never knew the place was in Hollinwood - used to just catch a bus and seem to get there (being a Wigganer, Manchester was the place to be, if you wanted to hear the sounds)

Also remember The Dolphin at Picadilly where all the gear was sold. Ahh fond memories 10 dex for a pound (old money). Hey bring back those days

Tunes they played could not be heard anywhere else (1970-71).

Two records really stand out - Hey girl dont bother me - Tams and Jackie Edwards' Feel so bad.

It certainly was a long walk back to Victoria bus station but all worthwhile.

Paul Shone
25/2/12

I was a regular at the 'Twenty' from around '69 to '70. It was the first all-nighter in the Oldham area and used to attract a strong local crowd and, as a previous poster said, we'd see an influx of others from the Manchester venues like The Wheel and the Blue Note for the morning session .

It was a fairly small club as I recall and it could feel packed with relatively few people - producing a great atmosphere. I don't remember seeing any live bands there....maybe the old grey matter is letting me down on that one!

The music was, as you'd expect for the period, classic dance tracks from Motown, Atlantic, Gordy, etc etc.

I still have a few original singles from that time and the hairs still stand up on the back of my neck whenever I dig them out of the loft and put them on the turntable.

What more can you say? It was another iconic piece of the jigsaw that made up the club scene in the Manchester area in the late 60's.

I'm sure lots of people will have many pleasant memories of the music, the people, and places like the Top Twenty - all of which formed the history of our youth and, maybe, of our innocence lost (although, compared to today, I suspect we were pretty angelic!!!).

Ray Bayliss
21/9/13

Used to go to Top Twenty Club in Hollingwood. Remember the road runner on wall!! d.j was in a little booth a side of dance floor!! Always used to play The Tams  - so many good old all-nighter tunes!!

Ruth Hayes
23/10/13

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Topic: Top Twenty Club, Hollinwood
Melvyn Hubbucks says...
I was on the run from approved school and was hiding out in Oldham. Used to go to the Top Twenty with a girl called Sylvia Grady who lived on 5th Av. Great little club. Preferred it to The Wheel. Remember The Wagon And Horses pub a couple of doors ... Read More
29th February 2016 3:19pm
Ray Swindlehurst says...
With you on the dex.not as good as blueys and green and clears.does anybody remember Artie and his bird.Joan i think?Ken Murray was the gaffer.Reall happy sunday mornings:smile
25th July 2016 1:13am
Jim Knox says...
Ray. Top Twenty , Smokies plus the rest. How you doing pal remember Alexis Von Trotsky ! Happy days. Perhaps we could catch up. Knoxy.
18th August 2016 7:20am
Ray Swindlehurst says...
Just seen your mssge jim,cant believe it.love to meet up and ile bring some of that fast stuff,you can get me on 07737323989.What u up to.married workin still goin out?never expected this JK.Alexis cruelly divorced me.Great to hear from u .call me ... Read More
21st August 2016 4:30pm
Ray Swindlehurst says...
Just seen your mssge jim,cant believe it.love to meet up and ile bring some of that fast stuff,you can get me on 07737323989.What u up to.married workin still goin out?never expected this JK.Alexis cruelly divorced me.Great to hear from u .call me ... Read More
21st August 2016 4:32pm
dave smith says...
ray swindlehurst? you the ray that went to Hollins school? dave smith here [ERNIE] wow! you still in one piece?
20th November 2016 9:42am
dave smith says...
and jim knox must be my soccer playing mate,cant be two of them.
20th November 2016 9:45am
Ray swindlhurst says...
Glad your ok knoxy.reading more comments has made meremember more clubs.i'd forgot the blue note and the oasis and dive bars.what was that all nite cafe on oldham called.07737323989.oh so happy days.pleaae take me back.
23rd August 2016 7:09am
Ray swindy says...
Mel was jonny hart "lobdon jonny?
27th August 2016 12:15am
Brian wild says...
I remember the top twenty club when it first started, it would be about 1964 or 65.I use to live on stable street just around the corner from Milton Street, my mate use to live on the same street as the club. We had some great times seeing all the ... Read More
3rd September 2016 11:35am
Janis Green nee Furlong says...
My Dad painted the club it was all psycedelic and it glowed in the uv lights,went to my first all nighter there brilliant club was in every weekend.
18th December 2016 11:36pm




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