Max Millward’s Records, in Lichfield Road, Wednesfield, he was renowned among soul fans for his collection of rare Northern Soul vinyls and popular DJ sets. The shop closed in 2008 because of growing competition from larger stores. A popular DJ and record shop owner credited with bringing Northern Soul to the Black Country has died of a heart attack, aged 67.
What a top bloke! Back in about '74 me and my brother wagged school on a Monday as I recall and set off for Max's. Got there and it was shut!!! Asked the butcher nearby what the score was and he said he didn't open on a Monday but he'd see if he could get in touch with him.Sure enough Max came in to open up for us 'niusances from Manchester!' Had a real learning experience afternoon with loads of new tunes fired in our ears.Max really appreciated our meagre budget and added loads of ace cheapies to make our trip worthwhile. Funny upshot of it all was - got back home and tanned the record player to death.Anyway, the old man came in from work and had found out (god knows how) that we'd wagged school.It was a mortal offence and oh yes he knew what had caused it - 'that bloody soul music' and was he gonna get it out of our heads once and for all yes sirreeee!!! Being Irish he went for the basic approach - legged it upstairs to our bedroom swept up the nearest records to the deck (you've guessed it - we'd only just begun tannin' em) and decided to grill em! yup grill em (not the verbal variety) Well 35 years later it's still in our bloody heads - we've managed to recollect all the charcoaled tunes -the old man finally had to admit we woz hooked and yes very fond memories of that day. Comment : Tom 'n Our Kid Soulsource