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Lots about night life in 70's lately - but I don't think anyone

mentioned the Top Rank Suite.

That was something when it opened 1968 ??

The tickets for Christmas Eve and New Year were like gold.

A few artists appeared there also - I remember going to

see the Small Faces perform - fantastic night.

 

Any more memories of the "Rank" anyone.

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More memories from the 80's when it was renamed Steeleys.

 

Went to see The Jam there - Top gig

 

Saturday night at Steeleys was great, 500 people on the dance floor dancing to Pig Bag with a load of change in there pockets, all you could here was the change jangling up and down.

 

Anybody need any memories jogging

 

http://www.pigbag.com

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Used to go on a tuesday night to the Rank as a teenager.

Big John was the DJ a cocky guy who reveled in his role as a top DJ.

Don't know what become of him but don't mix him up with the present Big John of Hallam FM he is a different bloke.

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The Top Rank was a fabulous nightclub back in the 70's ... must have held thousands of people as it was that big.

 

Great memories of the place.

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used to go to the saturday morning venue for kids at the top rank.

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remember going on a sunday night and seeing The Police and two other bands for 50 p.

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I remember one of the guys one night having to go to the hospital. He sat down on one of those seats that used to be on the balcony, someone had put a glass on the seat and it broke stabbing him in the backside.

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saw mott the hoople there excellent gig.

 

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Originally posted by Chris M

Lots about night life in 70's lately - but I don't think anyone

mentioned the Top Rank Suite.

That was something when it opened 1968 ??

The tickets for Christmas Eve and New Year were like gold.

A few artists appeared there also - I remember going to

see the Small Faces perform - fantastic night.

 

Any more memories of the "Rank" anyone.

 

I replied to this thread but it looks like it was lost in the ether. So i'll reply again.

 

The first DJ wI remeber was Bobby somebody (Ill try and dig his photo out), and he was replaced by Tony Prince who went on to bigger things I think. The first group I saw there was "Amen Corner" with Andy Fairweather Low and the last was Bowie in his Ziggy incarnation. Bowie was supported by the great Alexis Corner.

When it first opened I went to the Satuday afternoon "disco" for the under 18's. Last time I went there would be around 1974.

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Originally posted by deelightful3

used to go to the saturday morning venue for kids at the top rank.

 

Aaaahhhh fond memories of marvelling at my white socks turning that lovely blue shade under the lights.

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If you had a white bra on the lights would pick it out - very embarrassing.

 

We went in circa 1986?? when Gary Glitter was there and he fell off his shoes and couldn't appear, did his back in I think.

 

Wouldn't pay 10p to see him now!

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Ah, my mum and dad used to go there when they were 'courting' in the early seventies. My mum ended up working there too for a couple of years in the early eighties and when it became the Roxy. Wasnt it Barry Noble who owned it? Im sure he died. I never went there myself. Used to go to other clubs such as Cairos and Jacks, Josephines, The Roundhouse, Uropa, The Rhythm Room and Millionaires. Those were great days!

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