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Cassette | Blues - Classic Blues
Cassette | Blues - Classic Blues
Cassette | Blues - Classic Blues
Cassette | Blues - Classic Blues

1444 W. Chicago Ave.

Side A
Artist Song
The C.O.D.'s  Michael 
Barbara and The Uniques  There It Goes Again 
The Esquires  Ain't Gonna Give It Up 
Donnie Elbert  Where Did Our Love Go? 
Billy Butler  The Right Track 
Mel and Tim  Do Right Baby 
J.J. Barnes  Say It 
The Notations  A New Day 
Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell  If I Could Build My Whole World Around You 
Jerry Butler  What's the Use of Breaking Up 
The Artistics  Trouble, Heartache and Pain 
Jackie Lee  Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide 
Betty Everett  Getting Mighty Crowded 
Otis Clay  I Paid the Price 
The Fascinations  I'm So Lucky (He Loves Me) 
Side B
The Contours  First I Look at the Purse 
Mitty Collier  Do It With Confidence 
Ruby Andrews  Everybody Saw You 
General Crook  Get Over 
Felice Taylor  It May Be Winter Outside (But In My Heart It's Spring) 
The Dells  Wear It On Our Face 
Major Lance  Follow the Leader 
Z.Z. Hill  Tomble Weed 
The Whispers  Needle In a Haystack 
Dusty Springfield  I'll Try Anything 
Inez and Charlie Foxx  1-2-3-4-5-6-7 (Count the Days) 
Honey Cone  When Will It End 
Johnny Williams  Breaking Point 
Clarence Reid  Let Those Soul Sounds Play 
The Four Tops  Since You've Been Gone 


The title is the address of the now-closed Chicago dance club Sonotheque, where I was introduced to the sweet sounds of the Windy City Soul Club. The owner closed Sonotheque in November, and it will soon re-open as a Beauty Bar, which, from what I hear, is a chain bar with a 1950s beauty salon theme.

I don't know how I feel about that, but all I know is that without soul nights, it likely will not be as cool as its predecessor. Sonotheque wasn't perfect-the steps in the middle of the dance floor were certainly an inconvenience-but it was a great setting for the Windy City Soul Club dance parties. The floor, when covered in talcum powder, was ideal for Northern Soul dancing; the crowds were diverse; and, for a dance club, the drinks were reasonably priced.

Since it closed, the last two Windy City Soul Club nights have been held at the famous Empty Bottle. I missed the December night, but I made it out last Saturday. Now, I love the Empty Bottle. It is one of my favorite places in the city to see a concert, and going on a random night is a great way to learn about new bands. However, it's not a good place for dancing. It was cramped and humid (even in the dead of winter), and I don't think I found one flat surface on the floor.

In a nutshell, I miss Sonotheque. Soul nights didn't last long in that location, but I will always remember it as the place where soul music came alive for me. The best thing to do now is get some friends together, put on this tape and dance the night away in my apartment.


Date: 1/14/2010
Sounds like a great Mix. I never made it to Sonotheque. I'll have to try the Empty Bottle some night (I'm still new enough to the city to be learning my way around).