Subway Soul Club Springs Into Action!!!


Subway Soul Club is the most fabulous sixties soul music dance club in New York City. Others have come and gone, but the Subway Soul Club, although not nearly as active as it was when it was held monthly, can still deliver the goods whenever hostess Lady Dawn decides it’s time to swing.


On Saturday March 5, Subway Soul Club, with the aid of our friends at Cavestomp, held an event at Lucille’s, the comfortable room adjacent to BB King’s Blues Club on the edge of Times Square. This is what a night out is all about: going to Midtown to dine and dance and have a good time with good friends. This is why we live in New York City: because sitting at home on and watching TV on a Saturday night is for squares! This is heaven for all the hip cats and kittens who attend. The elegantly appointed Lucille’s, with its large dance floor, excellent food (yes, Lucille’s has a complete menu on which to dine!) and professional staff, is the perfect place for it to happen.


The scene on this particular Saturday night was made ever more marvelous by the expert DJ efforts of the guest DJs: Gene Merideth and Sheila B.

Gene Merideth swings at Subway Soul Club!

Gene Merideth swings at Subway Soul Club!

Gene Merideth has been one of the Subway Soul Club’s favorite guest DJs since its early days back at the late, lamented Club Rififi. Nowadays, Mr. Merideth keeps himself busy on the vintage scooter scene (his company Scooters Originali repairs and restores vintage Vespas and Lambrettas) where he is often seen DJing at rallies. A few years ago he moved to the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania and DJs monthly at Porters Pub in Easton. He tells us that he finds good records in the area. Judging by the sound of the sets he played at the Subway Soul Club, he is finding GREAT records!

Sheila B swings at Subway Soul Club!

Sheila B swings at Subway Soul Club!

Sheila B is one of the most busy and popular DJs around. Last year she started her highly entertaining, educational and eclectic Sophisticated Boom Boom radio show on WFMU (heard every Friday from 3 to 6 PM). On the third Friday of the month she plays hostess at Our Wicked Lady in Bushwick with her Sh-Boom DJ night. She is the curator for a girl-pop-centric web-o magazine called Ch Cha Charming (every Boogaloo Bag reader should check it out). Also she is the producer of finely crafted re-issue compilations of girl group wonderment, most recently Love Hit Me! Decca Beat Girls 1962 – 1970. She knows her stuff, that’s for sure, and she proved it live and in person when she played records for Subway Soul Club!


Lady Dawn swings at Subway Soul Club!



The event itself was a blast. The dance floor had activity going the entire night. The DJs all played fabulous records. A lot of our favorite familiar faces showed up to watusi, including filmmaker Rachael Guma who was celebrating a birthday. Also, there were plenty of new faces that we hope to see next time.


Next time, indeed! When will the next Subway Soul Club take place? Only hostess Lady Dawn knows for sure. She has been very busy with her own design business that we will be lucky to see another one this year. However, resident DJ Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus is going to push to have one in June or July and perhaps one in November. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed on that!


Speaking of the Phast One, he celebrated the amazing music being played that night by drinking one of Lucille’s fine root beer floats! He also played a couple of records, including salutes to the recently passed Clarence Reid and Maurice White (The Salty Peppers).









The Subway Soul Club Crew: Sheila B, Gene Merideth, Lady Dawn & Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus.

The Subway Soul Club Crew: Sheila B, Gene Merideth, Lady Dawn & Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus.

Guest DJs Gene Merideth and Sheila B have graciously listed some of the records that they played:


Gene Merideth (partial list, in no order)

  • Etta James — Mellow Fellow (Argo)
  • Shirley & Jesse — You Can’t Fight Love (Wand)
  • Marlena Shaw — Let’s Wade In The Water (Cadet)
  • Bobby Wells — Bes That Way Sometimes (Romur)
  • Tommy Neal — Goin To A Happening (Pameline)
  • Greg Perry — Love Control (Chess)
  • Lee Rogers — Go Go Girl (D Town)
  • Dynells — Call On Me (Atco)
  • Melba Moore — Magic Touch (Kent; UK)
  • Jimmy Ruffin — He Who Picks A Rose (unissued)
  • Bobby Garrett — I Can’t Get Away (Mirwood)
  • Julian Covey — A Little Bit Hurt (Philips)
  • World Column — So Is The Sun (Tower)
  • Stemmons Express — Love Power (Wand)
  • Linda Jones — I Just Can’t Live My Life (WB)
  • Edwin Starr — Way Over There (Gordy)
  • Jimmy Breedlove — I Can’t Help Lovin You (Roulette)
  • Carl Hall — My Babys So Good (Mercury)
  • Adventurers — Easy Baby (Compass)
  • Cooperettes — Shing A Ling (Brunswick)
  • Moses Smith — Girl Across The Street (Dionn)
  • John Wesley — Love Is A Funny Thing (Melic)
  • Larry Williams & Johnny Watson — Quitter Never Wins (Okeh)
  • High Keys — Livin A Lie (Verve)
  • Frank Wilson — Do I Love You (Tamla/Motown; UK)


Sheila B (partial, in no order)

  • Pointer Sisters—Send Him Back (Atlantic)
  • The LaSalles—La La La La (V.I.P.)
  • Eddie Holman—I Surrender (ABC Records)
  • Billie Davis—Whatcha Gonna Do (Columbia)
  • The Capri Sisters—I Want You To Be My Boy (Newtown)
  • The Crystals (Featuring La La Brooks)—I Got A Man (United Artists)
  • Gia Mateo—If You Can’t Say Anything Nice (RCA Victor)
  • Carl Carlton—I Can Feel It (Back Beat)
  • Pearl Woods—Don’t Tell It All (Crackerjack)
  • Ann Cole—Each Day (Baton)
  • Nancy Adams—I Wanna Hear It From You (RCA Victor)
  • Cold Blood—I’m A Good Woman (San Francisco)
  • Mary Love—Lay This Burden Down (Modern)
  • Stella Starr—Bring Him Back (Piccadilly)
  • Big Maybelle—Quittin’ Time (Rojac)
  • Gloria Brown—Looking For My Baby (Checker)


Every record, in order, played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaoo Omnibus:

  • B.B. King–Poontwangie (Kent)
  • Booker T. & the MG’s–Tic-Tac-Toe (Stax)
  • J. Gardner–Mustard Greens (Blue Rock)
  • Teacho and the Students–Chills and Fever (OKeh)
  • The New Clarence Reid–Cadillac Annie (Phil-L.A. of Soul)
  • Tammi Terrell–This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You) (Motown)
  • James Brown & the Famous Flames–Choo-Choo (King)
  • The Salty Peppers–Uh Huh Yeah (Captiol)
  • The Four Tops–I’ll Turn to Stone (Tamla/Motown; UK)
  • Les Cooper and the Soul Rockers featuring Guy Turner–Gonna Have a Lot of Fun (Atco)
  • Betty Wright–Sweet Lovin’ Daddy (Alston)
  • Lowell Fulsom–Tramp (Kent)
  • Roddie Joy–I Want You Back (Parkway)
  • The Marvelettes–Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead (Tamla)
  • Smokey Robinson & the Miracles–Crazy About the La La La (Tamla)
  • Lonnie Youngblood–Soul Food (That’s What I Like) (Fairmount)
  • Ruby Andrews–Let’s Get a Groove Going On Part 1 (Zodiac)
  • Eddie Holland–Baby Shake (Motown)
  • Z.Z. Hill–Ain’t Too Proud to Beg (Audrey)
  • Four Tops–I Got a Feeling (Motown)
  • Major Lance–Forever (OKeh)
  • Roosevelt Grier–Since You’ve Been Gone (Recording Industries Corp)
  • Jr. Walker & the All Stars–Anyway You Wannta (Soul)
  • Beverly Ann Gibson–Do the Monkey (Jubilee)
  • Patti Austin–Got to Check You Out (Coral)
  • Cliff Nobles & Co.–The Horse (Phil-L.A. of Soul)
  • Nick Ashford–I Don’t Need No Doctor (Verve)
  • The Ikettes–What’cha Gonna Do (When I Leave You) (Phi-Dan)
  • Robb Fortune–Crazy Feelin (Paramount)
  • Trade Martin–Moanin’ (RCA Victor)
  • Bill Withers–Three Nights and a Morning (Lotus)
  • Dee Dee Sharp–Comin’ Home Baby (Cameo/Outta Sight; UK)
  • The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band–Brown Sugar (Warner Bros.)
  • Calif. Soul Explosion–Chain of Fools (Pashlo)
  • Eddie Floyd–Big Bird (Stax)
  • Shirley Ellis–Sugar Let’s Shing-A-Ling (Columbia)
  • Lee Moses–Reach Out, I’ll Be There (Musicor)
  • Dave Cortez & the Moon People–Happy Soul (w/a Hook) (Speed)
  • Curtis Mayfield–Move On Up Part 2 (Buddah; France)
  • Curtis Mayfield–Move On Up Part 1 (Curtom)
  • Jun Mayuzumi–Black Room (Captol; Japan)
  • Ramona King–Hey Everybody (Warner Bros.)
  • Edwin Starr–Agent Double-O-Soul (Ric-Tic)
  • The Webs–Give In (Popside)
  • The Precisions–If This Is Love (I’d Rather Be Lonely) (Drew)
  • Charlie McCoy & the Escorts–Screamin’, Shoutin’, Beggin’, Pleadin’ (Monument)
  • Cannibal and the Headhunters–Out of Sight (Rampart)
  • Les Beethovens–Pour Moi Ça Va (Miracle; Canada)
  • The Wailers–Simmer Down (CoxSone; Jamaica)
  • Prince Buster and the All Stars–Madness (Prince Buster; Jamaica)
  • Ela Laboriel–El Gato Negro (Musar; Mexico)
  • [no artist listed]–Mirza (Mlliat Freres; France)
  • The Lollipops–Busy Signal (RCA Victor)
  • Quincy Jones and His Orchestra–Soul Bossa Nova (Mercury)

None of these records are for sale.

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus toasts Subway Soul Club with a root beer float!!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus toasts Subway Soul Club with a root beer float!!

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