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The dancing Slipper in Nottingham was one of the principal Midlands venues for touring bands. Run by an enthusiastic, one-armed promoter called Bill Kinnell (known to us all affectionately as Foo), the Slipper was a permanent fixture throughout the entire trad revival, and only finally closed in the early 1970s. The sound system at the Slipper was provided by an electronics enthusiast called Allan Gilmour. He was a delightful man with a large moustache and he adored jazz. With the permission of the bands (and I never heard of one refusing) he recorded every session at the Slipper from the early 1960s onwards. Covering every band which ever played the club circuit, this treasure trove of over 1000 hours of well-balanced material was kept private for 35 years. Sadly Allen died recently and LAKE has entered into an arrangement with the estate to issue the best of the library’.


"Thus, at the age of sixteen, my allegiance was transferred from the Trent Bridge Cricket Ground to Bill Kinnell's Jazz Record Shop on the Wilford Road. "
I Am a Linguist: With a Foreword by Peter Matthews By R.M.W. Dixon

Signed Big Bill Broonzy record sleeve with a dedication "to Bill (Kinnell?) a very good friend" as it was recorded at the Dancing Slipper club in Nottingham, which was run by Bill Kinnell and recorded by Allan Gilmour Dave Harwood


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Dave Harwood
31 Mar 2024 at 08:24
I found this advert in the 'Nottingham Evening Post' dated 3rd February 1955: “OPENING SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5th. BILL KINNELL'S RECORD SHOP, THE FIRST AMERICAN STYLE RECORD STORE IN TOWN! All Labels Stocked, 78’s Exchanged for LP’s, Collections Bought, Self Service, Personal Attention, Records By Modern and Traditional Jazz artists. 126 WILFORD ROAD, NOTTINGHAM (Opposite Jardine’s Factory), Nos 40 and 47 Trolley Buses pass the door. IF IT'S ON RECORD WE CAN SUPPLY IT!”
... and this advert in the 'South Notts Echo' dated 30th July 1955: “THE RECORD SHOP – We beg to announce the opening of our new branch at 17 WEST END ARCADE, NOTTINGHAM, Opposite Carlton Cinema and a few yards from Mount Street Bus Station. The largest stock in the Midlands of STANDARD, EXTENDED PLAY and LONG PLAYING RECORDS! For your JAZZ ON RECORDS visit our Shop at 126, WILFORD ROAD, NOTTINGHAM.”
Dave Harwood
31 Mar 2024 at 11:05
Lake Records weren't the only label to issue Allan Gilmour's tapes on vinyl records. Tony Williams' Spotlite Records released (in 1978) a Big Bill Broonzy session, recorded at the Dancing Slipper, Nottingham in 1957 and (in 1980) a Sandy Brown session, recorded at the Gallery Club, Nottingham in 1966, plus (in 1981) a Tubby Hayes session at the Dancing Slipper, in 1963. The record sleeves all had a “FooKinellSeries” logo as well as the “Spotlite 900 Series” serial number.

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