Johnny Vincent at 15
John Vincent started dee-jaying at the age of 15 at the Esquire Club
in Sheffield. Forty years later John is still spinning black music
vinyl; having started with rhythm and blues recordings he has encompassed
all the various forms of black music playing solid Northern Soul from
JV meets Jimmy Saville
Opening his own soul night in 1970 at the now legendary club Samantha’s
in Sheffield, John progressed the venue to such an extent that weekly
all-nighters were held from 1974.
The venue accomplished much and today is still revered by many in
their top ten all time venues.
At the same time John was also at the forefront of Wigan Casino from
1974-76, he steadily developed his own spot by playing a different
set of sounds to other jocks, consequently he was responsible for many
major monster sounds on the Northern scene. Working back to back all-nighters
every weekend at Sheffield and Wigan he was the driving force
behind sounds such as Lou Pride, Yum Yums, Pointer Sisters, “The
Champion”, Ivories and dozens more of the same ilk.
My first allnighter at the age of 15!
John worked all the major venues over a period of 15 years, from Samantha’s
to Wigan, Cleethorpes Pier/Winter Gardens, St Ives AN, Peterborough
AN, Morecambe Pier AN and the first Stafford AN. John, possibly the
only full-time NS jock at the time was also one of the select group
of jocks that formed the Northern Soul Road Show which toured the
country for many years and consequently he managed to spin northern
all the major towns of the UK.
From Dundee to Carlisle, from Newbury to Torquay the guy has spun
it and declared his dedication to a lifetime of vinyl.
John Anderson, dealer extraordinaire, once said to John, “once
a vinyl junkie, always a vinyl junkie.”
Although having disappeared from the scene for nearly sixteen years,
John reappeared on the eve of the Millennium and played to many packed
clubs on a come-back mini tour.
Today, John drives his own residency at the Polish club in Sheffield
and is still enthusiastically committed to the scene, still insisting
old values of original
vinyl only are still applied.
PLAYING BLACK MUSIC VINYL FOR 40 YEARS!!!!!!!
More about John
Click here to read an article from a magazine.
John’s last play list at Morecambe AN.