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Jenny boxall ne Jackson left a comment for maureen wigger
"Hi Maureen it just like fb but called shades and soul events . It's been created by paddy o Grady . xxx"
maureen wigger left a comment for Jenny boxall ne Jackson
"Hi Jenny whats this all about then ??"
maureen wigger and Jenny boxall ne Jackson are now friends
Jenny Bamforth (formerly Swann) might attend Paddy Grady's event


September 19, 2014 at 8pm to September 20, 2014 at 1am
FRIDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2014After an absence of over 7 years, one of the town leading club nights returns.Out On The Floor was a top soul club night at places such as; The Venue, The Soundhaus, Black Bottom Club & The Roadmender until 2007, but now it is too return to Kitty O'Shea's Music Venue, on St Peters Way Shopping Centre ( next door to Argos).Playing a stunning mix of, Motown, Northern Soul, 60's Soul Club Classics, 70's Soul, plus Reggae, Trojan & Mod sounds.It all happens at;Kitty…See More
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Mike Kelly is now a member of Shades and Soul Events
Jul 16
Paddy Grady posted photos
Jul 16
Phil Thompson posted photos
Jul 16
Phil Thompson updated their profile photo
Jul 15
Phil Thompson left a comment for shaun mcguire
"hi Shaun, are you the Shaun McGuire that went to Cliftonville school and we hitch hiked to the California to see Junior Walker about 40 years ago :-)"
Jul 15
Profile Iconshaun mcguire and David Westerman joined Shades and Soul Events
Jul 14
Jane varney left a comment for Ian Hockings
"Hi Ian Sorry it was not me, I went to Guilsborough School in northants. But thanks for welcoming Me."
Jul 14
Ian Hockings left a comment for Jane varney
"your name came to mind, from the radcliffe school. wecome anyway."
Jul 13
Paddy Grady posted a status
"a big big thank you to everyone who came last night to our Motown night at Aspers! Once again a sold out event & a superb crowd. THANK YOU."
Jul 13
Jane varney is now a member of Shades and Soul Events
Jul 13
Paddy Grady posted a status
"still getting far too many people wanting to join using only their first names, the requirement on here is for christian name & surname."
Jul 8
Paddy Grady posted a status
"can I remind all newcomers applying to join us that you must supply your first name & surname on the entry form. It is a requirement to join"
Jul 7
Paddy Grady posted a status
"our 20th annual SHADES REUNION 2015, yes 20 years old & one of the longest running club reunions in the UK. Is on Sat 25 April 2015@ Aspers."
Jul 3
Paddy Grady left a comment for Sharon Tidd
"Hi Sharon. yes all sorted got your 4 tickets on the door under your name. Paddy"
Jun 29
Sharon Tidd left a comment for Paddy Grady
"Hi paddy can you reserve four tickets to the Aspers nite 12th July in the name of sharon please thanks paddy"
Jun 29


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Donnie Elbert 9 Replies

Started by Terry Morehen in Sample Title. Last reply by Tony bonner Jun 5, 2013.

Memories of the night the Leicester Ratae Hells Angels came to 'take' Shades. 10 Replies

Started by Paddy Grady in Sample Title. Last reply by Paddy Grady Apr 16, 2013.

Gaff Nightclub-Banbury 8 Replies

Started by Ken Fitton in Uncategorized. Last reply by Mick Murphy Mar 3, 2013.

George Ward. 3 Replies

Started by Paddy Grady in Sample Title. Last reply by Sharon Ward Feb 25, 2013.

the old Shades building & new plans in the C&E 2 Replies

Started by Paddy Grady in Sample Title. Last reply by Paddy Grady Dec 15, 2012.

2 Much Club 1 Reply

Started by phil dann in Sample Title. Last reply by Paddy Grady Nov 20, 2012.

SHADES - SHOP 6 Replies

Started by Paddy Grady in Sample Title. Last reply by Paddy Grady Sep 22, 2012.

Do any old tape recordings from Shades still exist?

Started by Paddy Grady in Sample Title Aug 19, 2012.

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Shades reunion

To Paddy

Looking forward to to seeing old friends ,and getting back on the dance floor.




Posted by Paul Edmead on April 11, 2013 at 2:14pm — 1 Comment

Gaff nightclub,Banbury

Guys & Girls,did any of you visit the Gaff nightclub in Banbury in the 60's,if so can you contact me ( Ken ) as I am organising a reunion in Banbury Feb/March 2013.My phone is 01788 576081,e-mail Ken

Posted by Ken Fitton on December 15, 2012 at 6:24pm

2 Much Club

 Does anyone have any pics of the 2 Much Club, I am doing a journal on the northampton soul scene in the late 60's

Posted by phil dann on November 20, 2012 at 8:27pm

Finding Mick Sharry and Drac

Hi does any one know either Mick Sharry or his mate Drac as Im trying to get hold of them

Posted by Lesley Haynes (nee Bending) on May 15, 2012 at 5:40pm

Wilby reunion

A good night Paddy,and even better to meet up with some old faces.



Posted by Mark Woodfine on July 24, 2011 at 9:44am — 1 Comment




Singer Michael Jackson next month will receive a posthumous Grammy for lifetime achievement, along with six other artists, organizers of the music industry's top awards said.


The others honoured with the annual award are Canadian singer Leonard Cohen, blues musician David "Honeyboy" Edwards, country star Loretta Lynn, pianist Andre Previn,…


Created by Paddy Grady Dec 14, 2009 at 10:21am. Last updated by Paddy Grady Dec 14, 2009.

Brits Secure Right to Michael Jackson's early recordings!

Three UK businessmen who believe Michael Jackson's most successful years may be ahead of him have snapped up the rights to some of his earliest recordings from under the noses of the giants of the music world.

The future potential earning power of the King of Pop convinced businessmen Edward Adams, Robert Stansfield and Ray Santilli to contact his family and secure the rights to one of the first recordings of a seven-year-old Jackson with his brothers in the Jackson…


Created by Paddy Grady Nov 9, 2009 at 2:13pm. Last updated by Paddy Grady Nov 9, 2009.


Hi All.

I had this sent to me, which I thought you would like to know about! A 4 CD Box Set coming out in December, here are the details. I have now added the full track list!.



Created by Paddy Grady Oct 30, 2009 at 12:50pm. Last updated by Paddy Grady Nov 2, 2009.


A new DVD of unseen footage from some of America's TV music shows & featuring some of Motown's best known acts is about to be released. This is what the DVD contains;

1. The Marvelettes - Please Mr. Postman (Teen Town)

2. The Contours - Do You Love Me (Hy Lit Show)

3. Marvin Gaye - Hitch Hike (Hollywood A-Go-Go) 4. Brenda Holloway - Every Little Bit Hurts (Shivaree)

5. Martha & The Vandellas - Dancing In The Street (The Ed Sullivan Show)



Created by Paddy Grady Oct 23, 2009 at 10:15am. Last updated by Paddy Grady Oct 23, 2009.

Smokey Robinson on BBC TV.

 Smokey Robinson and his band with the BBC Concert Orchestra are appearing on the forthcoming "Electric Proms" from the Roundhouse.

Smokey's concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on Saturday 24th October 8pm, the following evening Sunday 25 October 11pm the concert will be shown on BBC2 TV, then in the following week it will be available by the red button on constant loop.



Created by Paddy Grady Oct 15, 2009 at 11:18am. Last updated by Paddy Grady Oct 15, 2009.

9 Supremes!

Thought I would post this picture I found on the internet, it show all 9 members of The Supremes over they years. Only 9 members is not that bad, when you compare it with over 50 in the Drifters and over 20 in The Temptations!




Created by Paddy Grady Oct 6, 2009 at 11:16am. Last updated by Paddy Grady Oct 6, 2009.

Tony Thompson RIP.

I have just been informed that Tony Thompson has died of a heart attack. Tony was probably best known for being the owner of 'Memory Lane' Record shop when it was in Derngate, and then in Bridge Street. Tony was also a superb DJ working at places like the Birds Nest, Opus 2, and was resident at The Freewheeler in Kettering for over 10 years. Tony had in more recent times DJ'ed for me at the Park Inn on a number of occasions.

Tony was just 55 years old, and my condolences go out to all…


Created by Paddy Grady Oct 2, 2009 at 12:53pm. Last updated by Paddy Grady Oct 2, 2009.

New Brenda Holloway CD.

Although Brenda Holloway was aged just 17 when Tamla Records issued her Every Little Bit Hurts in 1964, she had been releasing 45s in Los Angeles for over two years by then. The set includes solo sides, duets, singles made by Brenda as a member of a girl group known variously as the Watesians and the 4Js and the ultra-rare Do The Del Viking by her younger sister Patrice, which features Brenda on back-ups. Some of these were issued on familiar labels like…


Created by Paddy Grady Sep 23, 2009 at 6:30pm. Last updated by Paddy Grady Sep 23, 2009.

HDH - First Wives Club!

"The First Wives Club" had its' pre-Broadway run in ( San Diego) at The Old Globe Theatre.  The production of "Wives" sees new songs from Holland/Dozier/Holland, who wrote the music and lyrics for this new original production & has opened to rave reviews.…


Created by Paddy Grady Sep 16, 2009 at 6:35pm. Last updated by Paddy Grady Sep 16, 2009.

Four Tops / Temptations Tour!

Yet another tour of Motown legends is to take place in March 2010, just wondering though if we are now getting too many of them! This tour see's Motown giants, The Four Tops and The Temptations touring along with The Drifters and Three Degrees. Here are the dates & arenas they are playing;

Full details are:-

March 2010

Date City Venue Box…


Created by Paddy Grady Sep 15, 2009 at 1:23pm. Last updated by Paddy Grady Sep 15, 2009.


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