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> Are Ye Dancin'?, The History of Glasgow Dance Halls
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post 14th Nov 2006, 08:15pm
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Re Glassgow dance halls
My Uncle Davy (David Wilson) was the first manager of the Glasgow Palais from its opening up until i believe just after the war
Around the mid seventies i built a house in Hairmyres East Kilbride and the floors in the dining room and hall came from the reclaimed dance floor of the Palais.
Many the time we thought how many romances started on these boards.
! Days gone by !
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post 15th Nov 2006, 08:12am
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stratson :-

"I thought it was in Hope Street next to Rialto Restuarant
where I worked. "

Would that be when the Rialto was owned by Lenny Rossi ?.
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post 15th Nov 2006, 12:42pm
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Ballroom dancing was always a big part of life in my Glasgow. The city was full of great dance halls and loaded with great dancers. It seemed marvellous to me that guys could go to 'the dancing' any night of the week (except Sunday) and do any kind of dance, that I longed to be able to be able to join them. My pal and I went to an 'open' night' at a dance school, Dalgliesh's on Burnbank Gardens. We sat on the chairs at the side of this mirror-surrounded room and watched with unbelievable admiration and envy all these people gliding gracefully across the highly polished floor. We sat all night without venturing on to the floor. On our way out Mr. Dalgliesh told us to come back next week and we'd get in again for nothing (it cost two bob!). I never went back, my pal did, and he went on to become Scotland's champion ballroom dancer... I just went on.

Anyway, I learned to dance and loved it. My early dancing was at the South Govan Town Hall, where I danced every Monday night to George Lappin and his three-piece band. Oh, it didn't take long until I could glide across the floor and dance all over the city like most Glaswegians of my age. The 'big' halls were the Playhouse, the Locarno, the Palais (well, maybe not quite), and the Plaza.
The Playhouse always had 'big name' bands: Joe Loss, Oscar Rabin, Dr. Crock, Ivy Benson, Squadronaires, to mention but a few. (I once fell on my ta-raa-raa right in front of the Oscar Rabin band... talk about humiliation!). The other 'big' halls also had good big bands, but not quite of the Playhouse calibre.

I guess the classiest, though not necessarily the best, dance hall in the city was the Plaza; a really elegant place located at Eglinton Toll-- had a fountain in the middle of the floor, and strictly for strict-tempo dancing. The Locarno was a well-appointed hall too, but like the Playhouse, it tended to get packed.

Aside from the 'big name' places there were good dance halls all over the city. The Albert and the Berkely were in a class by themselves, then there were the others like the F&F's, the Top Hat Ballroom, the Partick Borough Hall, Springburn Hall...loads of such places. Best dancers? I'd say this honour belonged to a wee dance hall in Yoker called "Spier's", but it was very difficult to get in because of its popularity, but once in, you were assured of a great night's dancing. At time too, one would venture afield to places like Templar's in Paisley, the Moorings in Largs. Oh, to be able to dance in Glasgow, was to be able to have a great time.

Before leaving Glasgow, I was dancing regularly in the Albert Ballroom (Bath St.? ). There was no drinking in dance halls in these days and they generally closed about 11pm. Not at all what they became later. I think the last time I danced in Glasgow was at the Plaza in 1972 (?). I am glad I learned to dance, it gave me a lot of pleasure. I still dance every week on a Saturday afternoon on a wee floor about the size of a Glasgow dance hall's cloakroom, and I still enjoy it. Great pastime !
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post 15th Nov 2006, 05:55pm
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biggrin.gif Dugald I loved yer wee story ,I admire ballroom dancers as my mammy was one & she partnered her brother in competitions all over glasgow when she was young as dad hated dancing.

My husbands father was a marvellous dancer & I knew him for only 3mths. He was trying to teach me & said I was doing well too............................To my sadness I was the last person in this world to dance with him, he died of a heart attack in my arms..........he must have known as we were all at Neils sisters engagement party in the shettleston club & Davy said well ave danced all the women in the faimly so as yer the new addition a saved ye tae last & so it was his last...............we had just changed into a quickstep & I saw his face pale & distort & he yelled out ..................keep going I want this to keep going then he died. Later after the funeral Jeanie said to me well he got his wish to go out dancing so that cheered me up. Nowadays we go to an rsl club & adore to watch the older couples dance its a magical sight & for some the way to go out eh. wub.gif


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post 15th Nov 2006, 05:55pm
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Georgia, Ah used tae go tae Strathclyde Union every Saturday night in the late 60s/early 70s as well! Ah saw Elton John there, Arrival, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Canned Heat, an' loads mare. Ah met an ex-fiance there - he wis a student an' we were in the Union nearly ev'ry night when Ah came oot school. Dae ye mind the Freds (Tom n' Jerry cartoons) that were shown constantly in the TV Room, or the Mezz wherr they hud a disco an' the bar? Aw, ma son went tae Strathclyde an' he couldnae unerstaun whit Ah wis oan aboot - it's aw chinged!
Did ye ever go tae the Christmas Ball at the Union? That wis BRILLIANT! Ah'm gettin' aw nostalgic noo! Wis it really that long ago?!!! unsure.gif


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post 15th Nov 2006, 06:03pm
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biggrin.gif Awe Georgia hen that was funny & a wish a was there haha am no the screamin type hen haha but thats impressive! .....Georgia Neils getting me yer book for xmas hen. wub.gif


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post 15th Nov 2006, 09:00pm
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Sumac, I went to Strathclyde Union around1965-1966, so probably before your time...ah but they were great days!!!

Linda you can order my book and get a signed copy (OOOOOOUUUUU!!!!) through the Glesgapals website.

Better get back tae ma book-signin'.....the Christmas orders are coming in fast! smile.gif


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post 16th Nov 2006, 01:02am
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Well Lindamac, thanks for the "ballroom dancer" label... yes, even with the 'older couple' inference. Never thought of myself that way (I mean not in the 'ballroom dancer way, I've often thought of the 'older couple' way!) . Quite an experience you had with your father-in-law. Despite all my years of dancing, I never experienced anything like that! don't want to either. Ach well, as Jeanie said, he got his wish to go out dancing... there are a lot worse ways to go than that!

Cheers, dugald.
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post 16th Nov 2006, 02:55am
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biggrin.gif aye yer right there Dugald its good for some tae go that way haha why dae ye think I don`t Ballroom dance now....................

I lost my Instructer haha,maybe I thats why I was put off trying again(to learn the Ballroom dance ) wub.gif the art as it is an art tae me haha


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post 26th Mar 2007, 11:37pm
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I can only mind the disco era in the 7o's as I was a wee lassie growin up in Glasgow Mind gettin all dolled up to try and get into Clouds at The Apollo to see The Bay City Rollers, I wis 14, it was an 18 dance hall.Well we made it , we were shakin like mad pretending to be 18 and getting in past the bouncers on the door.A group of school friends in front of us got a knock back and Jackie , my mate and I sailed in no problem, which amazed us as they were all "The in crowd", you know the popular ones at school wi all the best of clothes ect.Well we had a brilliant night and still managed to be home for 10.30 and our parents knew nothing about it.


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post 27th Mar 2007, 03:33am
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:lol:PD, I burst oot laughing at ye saying the dreaded ......Knockback............haha likewise when I was 16 I frequented the roseland(auld white elephant),or GeeGees or,the Penthouse(think thats the auld clouds PD?) even Tiffanys tae(the auld Locarno) or Savoy take yer pick cos a went tae awe thum(loved ma dancing)me & ma pals were never knocked back & a loved that then but nooadays my looking older isnt so flattering hen haha PD I was refering to Ballroom Dancers of the social clubs pal,& OMG I loved the auld TV show come dancing och Ballroom Latin you name it thurr awe rerr tae watch even disco tae.Kept us fitter eh? Mind ye wan night this cheeky blighter of a guy asked me,....Urr ye dancing? a thought och hes no ma type och al gie um a dance says me then the wee sh.te said great cos a want yer seat!....Natuaraly a beltit ees face cos well he widdney gie me ma seat back etc caused me awe kinds of embarrassment he did,hope his next toilet was a hedgehogg thats awe am saying.laugh.gif


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post 27th Mar 2007, 08:04am
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I rmember the 'black tie' bouncers of the Denni palais, Escorting me of the floor because I was Jivin' in the wrang corner tongue.gif

The Barraland bouncers with their Uniform? wee hats like bus conductors. When they bounced ye, ye hit every step oan that long staircase at the front.
Went to the Locarno as well. The Maryland was mainly Trad jazz at the time.
Dances in Whitecraigs tennis club, courtesy of a lovely wee lassie Ah wiz winchin at the time.

Shawfield had a jazz night tae, George Penman was a regular(He must be as auld as me noo) as was the Clyde Valley Stompers.
There used to be Trad Jazz competitions run by the Evening Times in the cinema at Anderston, can't remember the name of it.
Then Ah fell in wi the folk folk

Loved dancin, still dae, Won a Twist competion in an obscure Hotel in Ardrossan!

As ma auld man used tae say, "Ye hiv tae hiv a flair fur it" laugh.gif
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post 28th Mar 2007, 05:27am
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lol Linda laugh.gif


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post 5th Apr 2007, 07:04pm
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Did nobody out there go to the Flamingo on the Paisley Road West on a Tues. and Thurs {in the sixties} Tiny dance floor but what an atmosphere, can still hear Clarence Frogman Henry singing you always hurt the one you love" and I am right back there with my pals.
I remember if you went to the Locarno if you were a "good Girl" you did not go near the yankie corner were all the American sailors from Dunoon stood around, I can laugh my head off at that one now. Still dancin!!!!
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post 16th Apr 2007, 06:28pm
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Oooop`s well seen i`m a newbie at this.Posted someon else`s post instead of mine"DHUH @ ME". Hi I was a DJ in the town during the 60`s and 70`s.I wonder how many of you remember the clubs.And do you have any stories about them?.The first place I started my fledgling dj`ing was in 1967. It was at the top of Buchanan Street next to the Ivanhoe Hotel,directly across from the Picasso.It was called the OUTBACK.It was on the top of a 4 story building.It was the first disco to have "Go-Go-Dancers". It had a wee half-moon stage stuck in a corner of the tiny dance floor for the girls to strutt their stuff. If my memory serves me well both the girls came from coatbridge as I ran them home a couple of times(dads car).The owner was a wee Australian guy,but I cannot remember his name.The queue used to be from ground level up the winding stairs.And when some people(after waitin an hour)got to the door were refused admission.LOL.It was a great wee place to start my djing...Big J
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