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This city centre record shop was pivotal to the Northern Soul scene in the 60s and 70s.
It was originally based on Cross Street before moving to Pall Mall and was the north's main import specialist, bringing in soul and dance records from America and Europe.
It was nominated by music-lover Melvin Thornley, who said it stocked all the sounds that Manchester soul fans were looking for.
"His side window had Tamla Motown singles in their orange sleeves, including The Four Tops," he wrote."These were not in the national chart but sold like mad in Manchester."

Its best years were from 1965 to 1970, he recalled, adding: "If one shop helped promote Northern Soul, this was it. "We used to go to the soul nights at The Oaks pub in Chorlton. We would all have little black ‘police notebooks’ and would write down the tracks, then, on Saturday we would descend on The Spin Inn."

I spent ALL my weekly income in the early 70’s on beer and records ( and little much has changed over the years )
There used to be a small record shop with the fabulous listening booths above a tobacconist / cigar outlet on Yorkshire Street Rochdale in the 1960’s which may have been Spin Inn ? Bought my first ever EP record from there “ Georgie Fame at Last “. Comment: Brent Cunliffe
The Spinning Disc - I had a holiday/Saturday job there in 1965 - I remember opening the box and seeing the Rubber Soul cover for the very first time... Did you know Rita, Norma and Roma - three beautiful women? I adored them. How lucky was I?
sue taylor (2020)




Spin Inn 15 Cross Street Manchester

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