Paul Darby

One of the classic Northern Soul images was a Cats regular from Bilson area of West Midlands, seen here at Wigan Casino. Pep recently caught up with Paul Darby or 'Darb' at a local Soul night in 2022.


Club membership date stamp


Later collected/owned by Max Millward, being left to his Son James.

More memories of Max, shared by Son James Millward

Express & Star adverts 1969-1972

 Michael Corrigan

Express and Star, Saturday, 4/5/72.
This was the last night before the club closed for refurbishment. It reopened in September having had something of a facelift. The dance floor was re-laid and extended and the old stage was replaced with something much less defined. The clock with no hands that graced the wall at the back of the stage was deemed surplus to requirements and did not survive the re-fit.

1969 advert from Express & Star newspaper


21st Anniversary EP release (1995)


John White kindly sent me some pictures of the Anniversary EP. Only 500 were ordered, only a few made it to the Anniversary nite though, apparently Pedro had trouble getting more through on the occasion and sadly passed away soon after. 16th of September 1995 was the day of the advent. I missed this gig, but did attend the 20th a year earlier at the Wulfrum Center. Have you got any memories from this event to share, please comment below.


Tribute All-Nighter 2021 (original DJ's)

DJ running times
8 pm Steve Glover
9 pm Kenny Onions & John Pugh
10.30pm Carl Dene
11.30pm Neil Rushton
12.00am Grayham Warr
01.00am Nige Brown
02.30am Neil Rushton
05.00 am End


Club Soul The Catacombs (Vinyl)

Released in January 30th, 2019 on Charly Records, sleeve notes Neil Rushton £17.75 on Juno but already sold out



"Before the Catacombs there was Rhythm & Blues, after the Catacombs there was Northern Soul" Carl Dene

They called it "the greatest little Soul Club in the land" and, as history tells us, it bridged the gap between the R&B of the Twisted Wheel and the "adrenalin" soul of the Golden Torch. It was an integral part of the rare soul movement and set the template for what became known as Northern Soul!

This stunning vinyl album is compiled in association with the club's founding DJ, Carl Dene, and celebrates its 50th Anniversary. It has been newly remastered and pressed to 180g heavyweight audiophile vinyl complete with sleeve notes and a printed inner sleeve. (propermusic.com)



Manifesto Soul Music Magazine


The magazines contain DJ reviews of new and old tracks plus modern soul charts and best sellers. A brief description of what is in the magazine is shown underneath. You can now chase that copy that you might have missed or never even knew existed! Happy hunting. (note no.21 was not issued it came out as 22 and 22b followed)

Prices are reasonable - email me for details All copies are in mint condition but second hand. More numbers will be added as they become available. If you require more information or wish a copy please email me at: pcrl103fm@hotmail.com Back issues of Blues & Soul can be found at: click

118 Sept 2011 
Keni Burke, Mellow D, Richad Earnshaw
117 July 2010 Drazabone, Cynthia Wayne, Chris Youngblood 115 May 2010 
Avery Sunshine, Mary Love, N'dambi
114 April 2010 
Dira, Prestatyn review
113 March 2010 Pearly Gates, William 'Smokey' Howard
112 Feb 2010 
Tortured Soul
110 Nov. 2009 Motown divas 109 Oct. 2009 Chuck Jackson, Jesse Davis, Martha Reeves
108 Sept. 2009 Michael Jackson 1958-2009, Barbara Stant, Eric Roberson
107 July 2009 
Brenda Russell, Hil St Soul, Ginger Taylor £
106 June 2009 
Man behind a 1000 remixes: Tom Moulton, Ron Tyson, Sound n' Surf weekender review £
105 May 2009 James Day, P.P. Arnold, The Magnetics £ 104 April 2009 
Leon Ware interview Part 2, Terry Jones & Village Soul, Java Jazz Festival, Jakarta
103 March 2009 
Leon Ware interview part 1, Heston
102 Feb. 2009
50th Anniversary of Motown, Temptations, Pearly Gates Story £
101 De-Jan 2009 Four Tops, Mo Philly Jimmy Levine & Raymond Earl, Australia Weekender review £ 100 Nov 2008
Kim Weston & Jaki Graham interviews, Cool Million, Prestatyn review, History of Northern soul clubs £
99 October 2008 The Spinners, The Flirtations, Betty Pearce £ 98 Sept. 2008 
The Flirtations interview, Don-E
97 August 2008 
Sam Moore, Sam Bostic £
96 July 2008 
The Impressions, Preston Glass, Sam & Dave £
95 June 2008 Supremes, Paul Weller, Incognito £
94 May 2008 
Kloud 9, Gloria Jones, Snowboy & Newquay review £
93 April 2008 
Gloria Jones, Temptations, Conya Doss, Prestatiyn review £
92 March 2008 
Reel People, Ronnie McNeir interview, Alexander O'Neal interview, Northern digital age
91 Feb. 2008 
Angela Johnson interview £
90 Dec-Jan 2008 Herb Ward interview, Roy Burton, Stylistics, Australia Weekender review £ 89 Nov. 2007 
Linda Griner (aka Lyn Roman) interview, Spirit of the Mecca £
88 October 2007 Benny Troy, James Talor, Rahsaan Patterson £ 87 Sept. 2007 
Ian Levine part 2, Angelo Starr £
86 August 2007 
Karl Frierson, Ian Levine part 1 £
85 July 2007 
Mike Terry, Ebony Alleyne, Donnie £
84 June 2007 Contours' Joe Billinglea, Johnny Boy, Soul n' Surf Weekender review £ 83 May 2007 
Pretatyn Weekender report, Gordon Chanbers, Eric Robertson £
82 April 2007 
Little Anthony, Mikelyn Roderick £
 81 March 2007 Emanual Laskey, Adriana Evans interview, Lord Large, Dee Dee Sharp £ 80  Feb 2007 
Just Ouside Memphis, Anthony David interview, Andantes Detroit Part 3 £
79 Dec-Jan 2007 Roy Roberts detroit part 2 interview £ 78 Nov. 2006 
I Love Detroit weekender review, Rosie Gaines, Lou Gossett & Jocelyn Brown interviews £
77 October 2006 Conya Doss interview, Bluey on Bees + things + Flowers, Soul 'n Surf Newquay review £
76 Sept. 2006 
Billy Griffin interview, James Day £
75 August 2006 Kenny Thomas interview, George Duke & Julie Dexter interviews £ 74 July 2006 
Golden World demolished, Cleethorpes review, Ann Peebles & Karen Bernod interviews £
73 June 2006 Southport Weekender review, Marva King £ 72 May 2006 
Prestatyn review, Masueraders, Dean Coutney, Doni Burdick £
71 April 2006 
Marvin Gaye, Nolan Porter interview
70 March 2006 Inferno label, Martha Redbone, Kim Weston £ 69 Feb. 2006 Brenda Holloway £ 68 Dec-Jan 2005 Soulful House, The Moments, George Kerr Connection!, Temptations £ 67 Nov. 2005 
Carleen Anderon, Weekender reviews: Frankfurt, In-Crowd & Nottingham £
66 October 2005 William Bell interview & Soul Sam on Chat Rooms £ 65 Sept. 2005 
Don Penn & Chuck Jackson Interviews £
64 Aug. 2005 
Soul Deep Bob Moss Looks Back, Garry Jenkins & What Interviews £
63 July 2005 
George Duke, Sherlie Matthews & Alexnder O'Neal Interviews £
62 June 2005 
Sherlie Matthews at Cleethorpes £
61 May 2005 
Dave Thorley Looks Back at Stafford £
60 April 2005 Prestatyn Reviews, Troy Keys interview £ 59 March 2005 
Bah Samba & Lorraine Chandler Interview, £
58 Feb. 2005 
30 Years Of Salsoul £4.00
57 Dec-Jan 2005 
Ola Onabule Interview, 2004 the best of the year, £
56 Nov. 2004 Gwendolyn Joy, Leah McRae, 1936-2004 Dave Godin Tribute, Garland Green Interview, Archie Bell £ 55 Oct. 2004 Hermon Hitson, Cooly's Hot Box, On The Real Side, Avani £ 54 Sept. 2004 
Adey Croasdell 6t's 25th Anniversary, Pete McKenna £
53 Aug. 2004 
Soul Brothers Bobby & Steve, Bluey, Stephanie Mills, Byron Woods £
52 Jun-July 2004 Jerrard Anthony Interview, Alyson Williams, Neil Rushton £
51 May 2004 
Rashsaan Patterson, Vanessa Freeman, Bill Bush £
50 April 2004 Mtume & Lucas, David Nathan Remembers, Don Garner, Melvin Davis, Cody Black, Babby Washington, James Bell £ 49 March 2004 Rosie Gaines, Bluzy Paradise interview, Melvin Davis Interview £ 48 Feb 2004 Impromp2, Mocha Soul, N'Dambi, Howard Tate, Prestatyn Weekender Review £ 47 Dec. 2003 
Marlon Saunders interview, Blaze interview, Ron Foster, Chuck Jackson & Jerry Butler live at the Apollo £
46 Nov. 2003 
New Jersey, Soul Summit!, Spellbinders, Chris Bartley, Ad-Libs, Tony Drake, Dennis Taylor £
45 October 2003 Marvin Smith, Marlon Saunders, Nathan Haines, John Manship£ 44 Aug. 2003 
Randy Cozens Tribute, Ruby Andrews £
43 Jun. 2003 
Willie Hutch, Brenda Russell, Dave Godin. Tasha's World, Jesse Fisher, Edwin Starr, Kenny Thomas £
42 April 2003 Incognito, Bluey interview £
41 April 200
Ann Nesby, Prestatyn review, £
40 Dec. 2002 Maxine Brown, Bunny Sigler, Peggi Blu, Tashan £ 39 Oct. 2002 
Gary Des-Etages, Lou Ragland, Julie Dexter Live, Detroit Soul Part 2, Eddie Hubbard, Phillip Mitchell £
38 Aug 2002 
Floyd Taylor, Richard Searling, Ledisi, Free CD (sorry missing) £
37 June 2002 
Dennis Coffey, Duke Records £
36 April 200
D-Influence interview, Dome 10 Years, Freda  Payne interview, Betty Lavette, £
35 Feb. 2002 
Ray Pollard, Tony Middleton, Shabazz, Soul Sam £
34 Dec. 2001 Shabazz interview, Kloud 9, James Conwell interview, Dennis Taylor £ 33 Oct. 2001 
Angela Johnson, Gene Chandler, Baby Lee £
32 Aug. 2001 
Beverlei Brown interview, Sid Barnes interview, Lamar Thomas, John Manship interview £.00
31 May 2001
Sid Barnes, JJ Barnes interview, Drizabone 
30 Feb. 2001 Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim interview, Al Green 29  Oct. 2000 Aretha Franklin, Martha Reeves interview, Twisted Wheel, Roy Gee Hemmings £ 28 July 2000 
The Temptations £
27 May 200
Willie Tee @ Cleethorpes £
26 Feb 2000 
Paul Weller interview, Jimmy Ruffin interview, Carolyn Crawford live in Birmingham £
25 Dec. 2000 
Marcia Hines, Butch Talks, Ausie report, Potato Porn £
24  Oct. 1999 ABarbara Lynn, Bobby Paris interview 23 Aug. 1999 
The Dells live in UK at last, Bubby Hutton interview
22b June 1999
Frank Wilson, The Dells
22 April 1999 
John Vincent interview, Northern Soul in Australia £
20 Jan. 1999 
Sam Dees & Flirtations interviews, Pat Lewis £
19 Oct.1998 
Ian Levine part 3, The Elgins £
18 Aug. 1998 
Terry Callier, Togetherness Weekender
17 May1998 
Al Wilson at Cleethorpes weekender, Ian Levine interview, Mick Lyons
16 March1998 
Ronnie McNeir, Chris Burton interview, Whats on
15 Jan.1998 
Jackie Wilson Bio, Dave McCadden, Brenda Holloway & Kim Weston interview
14 Oct.1997 
 Gladys Knight, Colin Curtis & Keith Minshull £
13 August 1997 Chuck Jackson, Richard Searling interview, Soul reviews £ 12  Summer 1997 Maxine Brown, Brian Rae talks about the 'Dark Ages' B4 Northern soul
11 Spring 1997 
 Ady Croasdell interview, Baby Washington, German weekender, Ritz £
10 Winter 1996 Ginger Taylor interview, Esther Phillips, Venue reviews £ 9 Auutmn 1996 Bobby Womack, Pat Brady interview, Cleethorpes weekender spread, new cd's, Vinyl, Competitions £ 8 Summer 1996
The Isley Brothers, Bob Hinsley interview, Letters & reviews. £
7 Spring 1996 
Chris King interview, Look back at the Mecca, Whats on & reviews £
6 Winter 1995 
Junior Walker 1942-1995, Professor Soul, Letters £
5 Autumn 1995 Magic of Lou Johnson, Reviews £4.00 4 Summer 1995 Kev Roberts Story, Pete McKenna's 'Nightshift', Torch revival, St. Ives, Keele, Blackburn, Cottons, Ritz 3 Spring 1995 
Edwin Starr 39 years on, Mr Oldies Dave Evison, Retro looks back at VaVa's, reports on top venues, letters & what's on £
2 Dec. 1994 
Blackburn All-Niter, Clubs & character from the past remembered, Major Lance story, Olides reviews, Letters & East soul in 1995 £

1 Sept. 1994 
Dave Thorley, The Ritz Manchester, Pep on the Cats, Porthcawl 11 years on £
Nold 2022