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David Wright Posted 23rd Nov 2016, 08:32pm
 
    QUOTE (Joannas DJ @ 4th Mar 2012, 11:10pm) *
    Hello everyone. I was the DJ at Joannas from Nov 1969 until Mid 1980(apart from a 3 month period between Dec 1973-March 1974). I worked Friday and Saturday nights. JOANNAS was situated underneath the Albert ballroom on Bath Street. The spot is now home to Tennents Lager building. Anyway I first started djing at the Outback club which was situated on the top floor of the building directly across from the Picasso Club in Buchanan street. The owner was a wee Australian guy called Mike. It was a death trap with 3 flights of stairs the ONLY escape should a fire break out,but luckily that never happened. And anyway in those days "safety" was the furthest thing from anybodys mind. I also remember in the Outback we had 2 go-go dancers,and I can remember that one came from Coatbridge,and yours trully being from Pollok,Coatbridge was the other side of the world. I frequented the LUNAR 7 pub for a pint before going in to work in Outback. I left there in the summer of 1969 because my pals were all going enjoying themselves while I was working. And immediately we started going to Joannas. The dj was a girl who used to sit either reading a book or knitting. I got chatting with her about music etc. And each week we had a wee natter about new record releases. Then in late 1969,she informed me she was moving to Australia and would I like the djing job in Joannas when she leaves. Without a seconds hesitation I said You Bet!!!. And 2 weeks later on a very frosty November Friday night at 9.00pm the manager,who at that time was Mike Smith,and whom I had also got to know,called my house in a panic saying...Joe can come in as quick as possible,the dj was is a bit under the weather,because of all the drinks people were buying her,as she was leaving the next weekend. My dad ran me in to Bath Street. The dj, being a bit worse for wear,said she had left me 10 records to play in order,then it was upto me. Big Tam the bouncer was in a sweat trying to keep the music going.I can still remember his face when I walked in. He was delighted to get out the dj box. After the night ended,the manager(Mike Smith)asked me if I would like to come in through the week for an audition for the djing job. I said Mike, ARE YOU KIDDING???. "I have just been thrown in at the deep-end,and kept the BEST club in Glasgow going for the past 3 hours without a hitch,and a type of dj equipment I had never used before,but more important,I kept the floor packed all night,so that WAS my audtion". He said aye your right Joe,can you do Friday and Saturday nights starting from next weekend?. My answer was "NO PROBLEMS MIKE, BUT get me a microphone, which he promptly did. In fact I think I was the first dj to use a mike,because I cannot remember hearing anyone else using one in any other club,but not sure?. And not long after starting in Joannas, Mike left to manage one of Pleasureama`s(Joannas owners)other clubs. I think it was in Falkirk,but I cannot remember for sure where it was. And Cathie Campbell became the new manageress of Joannas, which she held until it closed down in 1982/3?. I still have the ORIGINAL copy of the Walker Brothers Joanna,that was played EVERY night as the the last record. Or "Lumber" number as I christened it.
    Those WERE the days!!!!.
    I could write a book about JOANNAS...THE BEST CLUB IN SCOTLAND!!!
    Joe Stringfellow(joannas DJ) :-)))))))

    Joannas DJ Posted 27th Apr 2016, 10:35pm
      Hi Wellfield. Everyone has been telling me the same thing....write a book when I tell them about my adventures djing. .."Confessions Of A Glasgow DJ / circa 1968.78" lol.
    Joannas DJ Posted 27th Apr 2016, 10:28pm
      [quote name='wellfield' date='13th Feb 2016, 08:44pm' post='3712590']
    A real nice read Joe!...yea' betcha' could write a book!...lol
    [/quote
    wellfield Posted 13th Feb 2016, 07:44pm
      A real nice read Joe!...yea' betcha' could write a book!...lol
    Joannas DJ Posted 13th Feb 2016, 12:29am
     
    QUOTE (Joannas DJ @ 4th Mar 2012, 11:18pm) *
    Hello everyone.
    I have not been on for a few years but I was playing my Motown record over past few days and they
    brought great memories back for me in Joannas. So decided to get back on here to chat with any
    Joannites who feqented the club.
    I was the DJ at Joannas from Nov 1968 until 1978.
    I worked Friday and Saturday nights. JOANNAS was situated underneath the Albert ballroom on
    Bath Street. The spot is now home to Tennents Lager building.
    Anyway I first started djing at the Outback club which was situated on the top floor of the building
    directly across from the Picasso Club in Buchanan street.
    The owner was a wee Australian guy called Mike. It was a death trap with 3 flights of stairs the
    ONLY escape should a fire break out,but luckily that never happened.
    And anyway in those days "safety" was the furthest thing from anybodys mind.
    I also remember in the Outback we had 2 go-go dancers,and I can remember that one came
    from Coatbridge,and yours trully being from Pollok,Coatbridge was the other side of the world.
    I frequented the LUNAR 7 pub for a pint before going in to work in Outback.
    I left there in the summer of 1969 because my pals were all going enjoying themselves while I was
    working. And immediately we started going to Joannas.
    The dj was a girl who used to sit either reading a book or knitting. I got chatting with her about
    music etc. And each week we had a wee natter about new record releases. Then in late 1968
    she informed me she was moving to Australia and would I like the djing job in Joannas when she
    leaves. Without a seconds hesitation I said You Bet!!!. And 2 weeks later on a very frosty November
    Friday night at 9.00pm the manager,who at that time was Mike Smith,and whom I had also got to
    know,called my house in a panic saying...Joe can come in as quick as possible,the dj was is a bit
    under the weather,because of all the drinks people were buying her,as she was leaving the next
    weekend. My dad ran me in to Bath Street. The dj, being a bit worse for wear,said she had left me
    10 records to play in order,then it was upto me. Big Tam the bouncer was in a sweat trying to keep
    the music going.I can still remember his face when I walked in. He was delighted to get out the dj box
    After the night ended,the manager(Mike Smith)asked me if I would like to come in through the week
    for an audition for the djing job. I said Mike, ARE YOU KIDDING???.
    "I have just been thrown in at the deep-end,and kept the BEST club in Glasgow going for the past
    3 hours without a hitch,and a type of dj equipment I had never used before,but more important,
    I kept the floor packed all night,so that WAS my audtion". He said aye your right Joe,can you do
    Friday and Saturday nights starting from next weekend?. My answer was "NO PROBLEMS MIKE.
    BUT get me a microphone, which he promptly did. In fact I think I was the first dj to use a mike,
    because I cannot remember hearing anyone else using one in any other club,but not sure?.
    And not long after starting in Joannas, Mike left to manage one of Pleasureama`s(Joannas owners)
    other clubs. I think it was in Falkirk,but I cannot remember for sure where it was.
    And Cathie Campbell became the new manageress of Joannas, which she held until it closed down.
    I still have the ORIGINAL copy of the Walker Brothers Joanna,that was played EVERY night as the
    last record. Or "Lumber" number as I christened it.
    Those WERE the days!!!!.
    I could write a book about JOANNAS...THE BEST CLUB IN SCOTLAND!!!
    Joe Stringfellow(joannas DJ) :-)))))))
    Joannas DJ Posted 12th Feb 2016, 11:22pm
     
    QUOTE (doctor @ 25th Sep 2013, 05:34pm) *
    Hi Joe
    what is your wife's maiden name who was a waitress in Joannas
    My wife also a Joannas waitress then barmaid was Irene Holland.
    Lorna Haining was best maid at our wedding


    Her maiden name was Braes. Valerie Braes...sorry but I have been off computer for years and just saw your question. Tell Tommy big Joe said Hello!!
    Rob Debance Posted 1st Dec 2015, 11:17am
      I remember the DJ used to play Billy 's Bag by Billy Preston in the background, when he was telling the punters about anything.

    I remember a couple used to be there most Saturday nights and they both wore black suits. They were great to watch when they did "The Bump" to Nutbush City Limits or a couple of Alvin Stardust songs.

    I remember the Albert Dance Hall above went on fire and Joanna's was flooded with all the water from the fire hoses.

    Great place it was.
    *Gercram* Posted 28th Apr 2015, 09:49pm
     
    QUOTE (joan wheatley @ 11th May 2012, 10:57pm) *
    Do you remember a song that was played towards the end of the evening (slow number) by Nina Simone or someone like her? Loved the song but never found out what it was called.

    Ella Fitzgerald

    Every time we say goodbye

    I played it on Monday nights

    Gerry
    *bernie* Posted 23rd Apr 2015, 01:35pm
     
    QUOTE (Joannas DJ @ 4th Mar 2012, 11:27pm) *
    Hello everyone. I was the DJ at Joannas from Nov 1969 until Mid 1980(apart from a 3 month period between Dec 1973-March 1974). I worked Friday and Saturday nights. JOANNAS was situated underneath the Albert ballroom on Bath Street. The spot is now home to Tennents Lager building. Anyway I first started djing at the Outback club which was situated on the top floor of the building directly across from the Picasso Club in Buchanan street. The owner was a wee Australian guy called Mike. It was a death trap with 3 flights of stairs the ONLY escape should a fire break out,but luckily that never happened. And anyway in those days "safety" was the furthest thing from anybodys mind. I also remember in the Outback we had 2 go-go dancers,and I can remember that one came from Coatbridge,and yours trully being from Pollok,Coatbridge was the other side of the world. I frequented the LUNAR 7 pub for a pint before going in to work in Outback. I left there in the summer of 1969 because my pals were all going enjoying themselves while I was working. And immediately we started going to Joannas. The dj was a girl who used to sit either reading a book or knitting. I got chatting with her about music etc. And each week we had a wee natter about new record releases. Then in late 1969,she informed me she was moving to Australia and would I like the djing job in Joannas when she leaves. Without a seconds hesitation I said You Bet!!!. And 2 weeks later on a very frosty November Friday night at 9.00pm the manager,who at that time was Mike Smith,and whom I had also got to know,called my house in a panic saying...Joe can come in as quick as possible,the dj was is a bit under the weather,because of all the drinks people were buying her,as she was leaving the next weekend. My dad ran me in to Bath Street. The dj, being a bit worse for wear,said she had left me 10 records to play in order,then it was upto me. Big Tam the bouncer was in a sweat trying to keep the music going.I can still remember his face when I walked in. He was delighted to get out the dj box. After the night ended,the manager(Mike Smith)asked me if I would like to come in through the week for an audition for the djing job. I said Mike, ARE YOU KIDDING???. "I have just been thrown in at the deep-end,and kept the BEST club in Glasgow going for the past 3 hours without a hitch,and a type of dj equipment I had never used before,but more important,I kept the floor packed all night,so that WAS my audtion". He said aye your right Joe,can you do Friday and Saturday nights starting from next weekend?. My answer was "NO PROBLEMS MIKE, BUT get me a microphone, which he promptly did. In fact I think I was the first dj to use a mike,because I cannot remember hearing anyone else using one in any other club,but not sure?. And not long after starting in Joannas, Mike left to manage one of Pleasureama`s(Joannas owners)other clubs. I think it was in Falkirk,but I cannot remember for sure where it was. And Cathie Campbell became the new manageress of Joannas, which she held until it closed down in 1982/3?. I still have the ORIGINAL copy of the Walker Brothers Joanna,that was played EVERY night as the the last record. Or "Lumber" number as I christened it.
    Those WERE the days!!!!.
    I could write a book about JOANNAS...THE BEST CLUB IN SCOTLAND!!!
    Joe Stringfellow(joannas DJ) :-)))))))

    Brilliant reminisces . Thanks!!!
    Frank Adams Posted 2nd Apr 2014, 09:47pm
      I was manager of Joannas for probably less than a year. Can't remember exact year but it was early 70's.

    Remember Joanna who also wrote a column in the Sunday Post. She included me in one of her articles which I think was about what the attributes of what an ideal girl friend would be. Mike Smith who hired me was a director of Pleasurama at the time.

    I introduced live bands midweek when the place was dead. Geno Washington & the Ram Jam Band appeared. I also instigated Sunday opening for a while. Because drinks could not be served on Sundays it attracted younger punters but they were a bit of a nightmare.
    At one point the waitresses were dressed in some ridiculous slinky dresses that my mother in fact made for them. I think we were trying to emulate the Playboy club or something.

    Eventually I was gotten rid of by Mike Smith who had instructed me to fire a bouncer ( can't remember why) but I have always been crap at firing people.

    I eventually went on to open my own music shop in London which lasted thirty years but firing people was still a weakness I never got over.
    I do still have fond memories of Joannas although I was never given much of a free reign by Mike Smith or the manageress of the Albert ballroom above who was also my boss.
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