The Cat Club & Ian Clayton: Post-session review

The Cat Club

The Cat Club

They came. They saw. They played records! Yes, on Thursday 12th March, we welcomed The Cat Club (Classic Album Tuesdays) to Glossop Record Club all the way from their base in Pontefract.

With a mixture of rock ‘n’ roll and blues records and vintage 78s as the backdrop, the evening kicked off with The Cat Club’s founder and acting chairman Kevin Reynolds who told us about why they started the club, some of the records they’ve played, the people who’ve been and the disagreements they’ve had. He then handed over to Ian Clayton who shared with us stories, music and possibly one of the oldest records in the world (certainly the oldest record we’ve ever had at record club) – an Enrico Caruso 78 from 1904! I didn’t dare touch it. As Ian said, it was like listening to a ghost.


Ian and the 111 year old Caruso 78.

For the full album, Ian chose Billie Holiday‘s 1957 release Songs For Distingué Lovers, an intimate yet swinging jazz album featuring some brilliant playing from Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison (trumpet), Ben Webster (tenor saxophone) and Barney Kessel (guitar) (amongst others) and of course the ‘scorched newspaper voice’ of Lady Day herself.

After a group discussion about the merits of the album it was time to say goodbye to The Cat Club, but not before they invited us over to Pontefract for a session there. So watch this space and I’ll post an update soon.

Thanks to Anthony for the loan of the 78RPM enabled turntable, Brett, Rick and Penny for bringing a handful of 78s each and a big, big thank you to Ian and The Cat Club for an evening of captivating stories and music. We look forward to seeing you soon. Cheers! Click here to listen to digital highlights.

A full list of the records played is below. The next session is Thursday 9th April, when Brett (curator of The Downstairs Lounge) will be at the helm for an evening of comedy. On vinyl of course! Tony Hancock, Benny Hill, Monty Python and possibly more. Full details coming soon.

UPDATE: Ian has written about The Cat Club’s visit to Glossop on his website. Read it here:


Elmore James – Original Folk Blues (1967, Dol reissue)


SIDE TWO: Standing At The Crossroads/Happy Home/Dark & Dreary/Goodbye Baby/Blues Before Sunrise/I Was A Fool

Jerry Lee Lewis – “Live” At The Star-Club, Hamburg (Philips, 1964)


SIDE ONE: Mean Woman Blues/High School Confidential/Money/Matchbox/What’d I Say – Part 1/What’d I Say – Part 2 SIDE TWO: Great Balls Of Fire/Good Golly, Miss Molly/Lewis’ Boogie/Your Cheating Heart/Hound Dog

Enrico Caruso ‎– Mattinata (78″, The Gramophone and Typewriter Company, 1904) caruso

Teddy Wilson And His Orchestra ‎with Billie Holiday – I’m Painting The Town Red (78″, Decca white label promo, 1935)


78s free for all (part 1)

Jim Dale – Sugartime (Parlophone, 1958)
Norman Wisdom – Don’t Laugh At Me (Columbia, 1954)
Dora Bryan – Why Do You Call Me Lily (HMV, 1955)
The Wailers – Mau Mau (London American, 1959)
The Del Vikings – Cool Shake (Mercury, 1957)
The Fontane Sisters – Hearts Of Stone (Dot, 1954)
The Rays – Daddy Cool (London American, 1957)

Billie Holiday ‎– Songs For Distingué Lovers (Verve, 1957)


SIDE ONE: Day In, Day Out/A Foggy Day/Stars Fell On Alabama
SIDE TWO: One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)/Just One Of Those Things/I Didn’t Know What Time It Was

78s free for all (part 2)

Frank Sinatra – A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening (Columbia, 1943)
Frank Sinatra – I Only Have Eyes For You (Columbia, 1945)
The Ink Spots – Whispering Grass (Brunswick, 1940)
Victor Silvester And His Ballroom Orchestra – You’re The Cream In My Coffee (Columbia, 1942)

Jimmy Reed – I’m Jimmy Reed (1958, Dol reissue)


SIDE ONE: Honest I Do/Go On To School/My First Plea/Boogie In The Dark/You Got Me Crying/Ain’t That Lovin’ You Baby

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March’s Record Club: THE CAT CLUB


We are not alone. There are others out there doing what we do (or very similar), gathering in darkened rooms to spend an hour or two sat in a hushed silence…

I’m talking about record clubs, vinyl nights and listening sessions of course! In Derbyshire alone there are regular happenings in Bamford, Chesterfield and Matlock. Beyond the borders there are record-related goings on in Macclesfield and Shipley. There’s a new listening session starting up in London and ones in the pipeline in Shropshire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire. All do their own take on things, but the basic principle remains the same – communities of music-lovers coming together to share, listen and enjoy.

One such collective is The Cat Club (Classic Album Tuesdays) up in Pontefract and on Thursday 12th March, a minibus full of Cat Clubbers are coming over to Glossop Record Club to join us for a ‘record club exchange trip‘. Among their number is writer and broadcaster Ian Clayton. Ian will be leading the session, playing a few records and sharing a couple of stories from his books. He’ll also be treating to us to a full album by a vocalist he considers to be “the greatest jazz singer who ever lived”, Billie Holiday.

On the night we’ll also be equipped with a turntable capable of playing 78s, so if you have any shellac you wish to share, this is your chance.

I hope you can join us to do things Cat Club style and welcome our Yorkshire brethren to the labour club. See you there.




Record Club Exchange Trip with The Cat Club & Ian Clayton
Thursday 12th March, 8-11pm
Glossop Labour Club, Chapel Street, Glossop, SK13 8AT

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