563 thoughts on “Local 60s group from Stockton.

  1. Chris Bailey & Trevor Davis – I’ve been doing some research into Dennis (Denny) Chatto for his son Jason, an old school friend of mine. The band ‘Rainy Day Feeling’ became GBI (Great British Invention) and appeared on ‘New Faces’ in 1977. Unfortunately their appearance looks to have been wiped. Looking back at all the memories here, I’m sure that Denny would be thrilled to discover that you have some film of him playing with The Firefly’s in the 60’s and I’m sure he would like a copy. Please get in contact with via the archive and I will pass on the family contact details. Denny recently retired after 40+ years in the business and still lives in Scarborough with his wife.

  2. Visitor from down south here – Any of you know of a guy by the name of ‘Terry Hudson’ who was the drummer for the ‘National Smile Band’ 1978? – He came from your part of the world, would love to meet up with him again. He is featured in the book ‘Bright Lights Dark Days’ by TG Gayner

    • Hi Paul, I’m Des, Terry’s brother, unfortunately, terry passed away in December 2002. I’m 8 years younger than Terry, but I do remember the smile band back in 78, culminating in the stories in the national press. All Bristol lads, except Terry as I remember. I’m gonna have to get online and get a copy of the book now Paul.
      Cheers, Des

      • Hello Des
        I have only just read your reply, unfortunately for some reason I did not get any notification of your reply. Ironically just today, I made contact with the author of the book to let him know about your news, and he had “today” just received an email via a journalist, from Terry’s son Calvin, and has now written a message to him asking about Terry’s life etc.
        They were sad to hear the news regarding Terry and asked me to pass on his thanks for your reply and their deepest condolences.
        It is a great book, I hope you got a copy and enjoyed reading about your brother Terry – god bless him

        The author of the book ‘Gary’ has asked me to pass on his email address, he would love to hear from you and find out what become of Terry and his life post 78′


  3. Somewhere above, no doubt dated a few years back, I related my recollection of the night that Jimmy Saville appeared at Mr McCoy’s Club in Bottomley Street, Middlesbrough -during 1966. Colin Bradley also contributed a posting about that night too. In view of the current intense media interest in Mr Saville’s personal life, and the many accusations as to his predilections, I thought they may be worth relating again.

    At that time, one of my part-time jobs (as an art-student) was running the coffee bar at Mr McCoy’s, which was actually situated adjacent to ‘the club’ in the original ‘Purple Onion Coffee Bar,’ but accessed via a short internal corridor. The club was unlicensed and only sold coffee and soft-drinks, the ages of the customers was therefore anything from 15-25.

    However, on that particular night, I noticed a much older guy, possibly’ 30+ ‘hanging around’ in the bar-area. Dressed in a raincoat and wearing small, round NHS spectacles with his hair heavily Brylcreem’d, this guy spent his whole time seated alone, sipping on a plastic cup of coffee whilst smoking his stash of ‘rolys’. Both his appearance and his demeanor were very odd, especially in a venue that was usually attended by fashion conscious and lively younger people.

    In fact, even then, Jimmy Saville had little ‘celeb’ appeal and I further recall that the night was not exactly a ‘capacity’ one. In most cases, the appearing artiste(s) inevitably came down after their ‘spot’ from the 1st floor dressing-room into the coffee-bar at which point I got to chat to them (I often sat in the kitchen making cheese sandwiches with Rod Stewart, Julie Driscoll and Zoot Money!) I therefore expected Mr Saville to make an appearance…which he eventually did, puffing on a cigar and largely being ignored by the other customers, except one that is.

    For no sooner had JS ordered a coffee from my assistant, than the ‘odd guy’ rushed up to him and spurted-out, in a clichéd and almost grovelling manner, “Mr Saville, I’d like to introduce myself.. as your No.1. fan!” A statement I remember laughing about later, with my assistant.

    Now, having watched and listened to Jimmy Saville’s vocal mannerisms on TV and Radio, you’d have expected him to exchange a couple of bits of ‘clever’ parlance in his Leeds Market Trader voice, shake hands and then brush the ‘odd guy’ aside. But he didn’t.

    In fact Jimmy Saville and his ‘No.1 fan’, after exchanging a few words, moved away from the bar and stood together in a corner engaged in a low-voiced conversation for at least 40-minutes after which both Jimmy Saville and the odd-guy’ disappeared. At the time, being busy working, I thought little of it. Though I remember being a bit put-out, by the fact that I’d not actually spoken to ‘Jimmy Saville’ i.e. one of the few people appearing at Mr McCoy’s, that my mother would have known, as being ‘off the telly’.

    It must have been a few weeks later that I once again saw the ‘odd guy’. It was whilst returning home from art-college on my battered Lambretta scooter each afternoon, that I noticed him regularly standing on the Ormesby Road corner (opposite The Majestic Cinema/Buccaneer Pub) with a ‘roly’ clenched between his lips and dressed in the same raincoat.

    • I have just found this site after looking at one that mentioned all the nightclubs in Middlesbrough.
      I remember Chris Bailey working in the Purple Onion and chatting to him. I used to go to McCoys and was entering the club when Lulu visited, she had been on the Fiesta I believe. I later married Tom Harris the brother of Don Harris. I recently went to a wedding and met Chris Gallagher the brother of Tony the DJ , we talked about McCoys and remembered the night that Unit 4 plus 2 played there and also a young Rod Stewart playing in the steam packet. We used to drink in the side room of the Corporation Hotel as we were only 16 yrs old but he ho…
      We had trips to the Twisted Wheel at Manchester. Barry Faulkner was part of our crowd and stayed at our house in North Ormbesby many times when we had parties, always wanted to press the crease in his trousers he was smart dresser.
      I also remember Billy Rowney his wife Pat (who sadly died), Jimmy Dover who I think emigrated, his wife was called Dot. I think I saw Chris in Safeway in Yarm about 3/4 weeks ago and was trying to think of his name.
      Please get in touch Chris for a catch up.

      • Hi Pam, Good to meet up by chance (at last) in Yarm today. I must confess that I had missed your previous post on here. Interesting, that you recall Lulu’s visit to Mr McCoy’s Club, after appearing in cabaret at The Club Fiesta in 1965. Lulu, aged just 16, was at that time riding high on her recording of ‘Shout’ which had charted at No.8. the previous year. This of course, was a Brit-cover of the Isley Brothers earlier 1959 release in the USA (Cilla Black had done the same in ’64, with Dionne Warwick’s ’63 USA hit ‘Anyone who had a heart’) This fact neatly brings us to D.J. Tony Gallacher ( and D.J. Tony Hargan) because, though difficult to conceive in a present age of multiple music-radio channels, I-tunes and Spotify the main music source of our lives back then, was the BBC, and this organisation once known as ‘Aunty’…hardly ever played ‘black’ music. It was therefore left to local DJ’s such as Tony G. and Tony H. to complete our ‘education’ regarding the unheard of Isley Brothers, The Contours, The Du-tones and many other ‘stateside’ black artistes who never received any airplay in the UK. As you also mentioned, our appreciation of such ‘underground’ music, was celebrated in the company of others at The Twisted Wheel Club’ Manchester. These ‘trips’ to the club’s Saturday all-nighter sessions, were organised by the 19 year old Tony Gallacher and usually involved a couple of ageing motor-coaches, making the long journey over the (pre-motorway) winding Pennine roads to Manchester. Once there, the whole night was spent dancing in a deep, dark cellar area on Whitworth Street drinking Coca-Cola, or coffee and staying awake, by means of what were known back then as ‘blueys’, or more simply, ‘pills’. We’d emerge bleary-eyed from the Club, onto the rain-soaked streets of Manchester at around 6am, ready to begin the 6-hour journey back to Teesside….where, if we were lucky, we’d arrive back home in time for our ‘Sunday dinner’ and then… collapse into bed! In later years, this ‘happy’, eminently danceable, music was ‘tribalised’, becoming more widely known to the subsequent generations, as ‘Northern Soul’, with the tag, ‘Keep the faith’. A phrase referring back to those days, when people like Pam, myself and many others of a similar mindset, ‘travelled’ in order to listen to music that was not ‘spoon-fed’ to us, via profit-mongering recording companies, radio stations and the likes of a certain Mr S. Cowell…

    • Strangely enough I remember that night. Wasn’t JS wearing his hair dyed white on one side and black on the other? He seemed to be wandering around wanting someone just to talk to, I don’t remember that he was actually on the decks.

  4. What an amazing thread has been created from that picture uploaded 7 years ago. As a Stockton seedling and a fan of music from this era, I’d love to see (or create myself) a YOUTUBE Teeside music channel. I wonder how many of these bands recorded singles or indeed albums. I am raking through all these 7 years of emails to get info. It’d be great if someone could list some releases from these acts.

    • Three of the most popular club-acts of the mid 60’s, (who all appeared locally at The ‘Kirk’, Mr McCoy’s Club,The KD Club, & Redcar Jazz Club) amazingly still have ‘live’ and very evocative albums (in cd format) from that period, available on Amazon.
      These were;
      Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames / R&B live at The Flamingo.

      Zoot Money & The Big Roll Band / Live at Klooks Kleek

      Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band / Foot Stompin, Funky butt, live!

      An interesting fact, is that the young lead-guitarist who played with Zoot Money back in the 60’s, is clearly featured on many of the bands record sleeves in ‘group’ photographs. This of course was Andy Summers, who later went onto super-stardom alongside ‘Sting’ & Stuart Copeland as part of late ’70;s band
      ‘The Police’.

  5. Mick Rowe/Wally Latheron
    The bits I had of the Chelfont Line are now on Stan Laundons site.
    Still waiting for the get together.

    • I have just been on Stan’s site and caught the Chelfont Line nostalgia trip. I wish I was that skinny now… Anyway message to John Taylor, Wally and others. I still spend enormous amounts of time in Aberdeen and when making trips home to Teesside there always seems too much to do before having to head back north. I do plan to be home in the period 22nd December to 7th January and hope we can meet up for a pint? You can contact me via my bands website. http://www.souledsylum.co.uk. Hope to hear from you both. By the way I have splashed out on a 1966 Fender Precision just like the CHelfont Line days except this one is sunburst. Soon have it white!

      • Are you the Mike Rowe from Cotswold Crescent? If so, somebody is trying to get in touch with your Dave on the Friends Reunited site. I believe he is in Australia isn’t he?

      • Hi Ian,
        Hope you are well.
        I am indeed the Mick Rowe from Cotswold Crescent. Brother David has lived in Oz for the last 40-years and I am afraid that my only contact is the annual exchange of Christmas cards. Brother Peter who lives on Bypass Road and frequents Billingham Social Club including doing time behind the bar is the best avenue for contacting David. Peter is in contact with Bob Blakelock if that helps. Best of luck.

      • Mike
        I thought that I’d drop a line seeing as how you’re still active. You probably won’t remember me but I used to spend most weekends at my gran’s at 95 Cotswold and hung around with the lads from Braid Crescent. I remember our playing cricket on the school field, and as we grew up spent more time at the Synners Youth club or the KD. Moved to Burton after university and play on our boats in Cornwall, although I still keep in touch with some in Billingham and Middlesbrough. Please ask Picture Stockton for my email, if you’d like to get in touch (You may better remember me as the lad with the left leg shorter than the right).

  6. I have just discovered this site and have a little information on the drummer in the photograph – Frankie Smith. I knew him when he was in the Carnaby Rags from Hartlepool. I have a photo of the band which also featured him and Alan Plaice on guitar and the unforgettable Bill Collier on bass. Sadly Bill died last year but he will not be quickly forgotten. One thing about Frankie that was curious was that he fixed a second bass drum to the front of his main bass drum presumably to create more oomph – don’t remember whether it worked or not. Frankie was quite intense and he and Bill had regular punch ups at gigs usually over some triviality. Is Frankie still with us? Two contributors (Chris Bailey and Colin Bradley) mentioned seeing the Soft Machine at the Gaumont in early 1968. I thought it was at the Crypt. My memories of the gig are more positive than theirs as I thought the Soft Machine were a psychedelic treat in the midst of a grim NE winter, but if they would care to share their thoughts perhaps the Picture Stockton Team could put us in touch via email.

    • I first met the Carnaby Rags when I played in my first band ‘Some Other Guise’ but came across them again when I played with ‘Harvest’, when we played at Outon Manner Youth Club. Bill was a character of that there is no doubt and they all could play. I admired Frankie’s playing but he did have a violent streak which he was still demonstrating when he was in the band in the photo. We used to meet at the cafe/club at Hartlepool which was Tizacks place. Fond memories

    • Alan Grange – just to this date I’ve just found this site. Its truly amazing and certainly brings back many memories, I can’t recall what band you were in? Yes I’m still with the land of the living and living in the south of England thanks for your comments. I do hope I can get in touch with my past band mates etc. through this letter many thanks . Frankie Smith.ex carnaby rags, arc ,custard beast, fanatics, connection, freshwater , macnamaras band,

  7. Having viewed the recent television programme concerning Alan Ludley’s son and ‘Rivers Invitation’ on BBC Iplayer, which I found extremely interesting, I rummaged through my hoard of old 7 inch records and found that I have in my possession an old demo recording by Rivers Invitation of ‘Marcie’. I cannot for the life of me remember how I came to possess it but, if any of the old members of the band would like it, I will gladly send it to them. The Picture Stockton Team can give you my email address.

  8. I have managed to keep in touch with most of the band members who played in The Victors over the years. However, Tommy Campbell and Ralph Chapman, both who played with us at sometime in the 60’s, remain elusive. If anybody has any idea where they are now then please ask them to get in touch via the administrator of this site.

  9. Dee Dale – Jed was a dear friend and his death was a great loss to his family and friends. He lived on Cotswold Crescent and his mom, Josie Sullivan, was a vivacious and attractive woman who had enjoyed her own career as a singer on the club/pub circuit some years before Jed’s untimely death. Their home, and in particular the shed at the bottom of their back garden, was a refuge for Jed’s friends at all hours of the day or night. I’ve really no other information to pass on, but perhaps others who read this thread may want to comment.

  10. Colin Bradley – ‘Jed Sullivan (another ‘minder’ who died in a tragic car crash on the A19 in 1967)looked out for us whenever we were playing’… Do you have any further information about Jed Sullivan?

    • I remember the night that Jed got killed, I’d been to a girls house in Norton and rode back on my trusty Vespa to hear the news that the car had hit a lamppost. There were hundreds at the funeral at Wolviston Church, and on my rare visits back in the area I do call at the grave to pay my respects to a guy I liked a lot.

  11. Mick McDermott – how nice to see that you have visited and read this thread. Hope you are doing well. Lots of fond memories from 1967-68 – Billingham Bowl, the Synners dances, parties in Neil Carlton’s flat etc. etc. Angela says hi!

  12. Wallah! It was the KD (Kave Dwellers) Club…later ‘Visions’, at Billingham. I recall Bob McConnell ,Tony Highams, George Tinkler and myself being there that night. On another night, I remember us all chatting with Jeff Beck, just after Clapton left the Yardbirds.

    • Does anyone know where George Tinkler is now? He called at our house in the Midlands some 30 years ago and we then lost touch. As I recall the Yardbirds didn’t turn up to the KD when they were booked and we spent the night in the Smiths Arms instead. I was drinking cider and was sick, that was the first time that I got drunk. Usually we limited our drinking to one or two rum and blacks in the Corporation before going to McCoys.

      • Jim, just trawled thru’ this thread for the 1st time in a year or two. I saw George in Yarm High St last summer. I believe he’s still living in Linden Grove, Linthorpe, M’bro (towards the Cambridge Rd end-sorry no number!) Couldn’t believe you’ve not been in touch, for he often mentioned you in conversation and I believe he’s still in touch with Steve Gibbons whom I believe now lives in the USA.

  13. I dont get on this site as much as I would like to, a note to Mike Rowe, if you have any free time Mike for a get together with John and myself maybe we could persuade him to have a search for those photo`s of the Chelfont Line. Keith Davison gave me a great photo of the line up, I don’t know if you have ever seen it. The Picture Stockton Team can provide you with my email address. Does anyone remember the John Mayall band playing in a little club in Billingham, not sure of the name of the club? Eric Clapton was in the line up and when they took a break he came over to the pub for a drink with us and talked about his music – he was quite shy believe it or not, a nice man. He was wearing that short fur jacket that you see of him on the John Mayall Album – probably the only coat he possessed as they were poor back then. Come on you Historians what was the name of the club? Great site – keep the stories coming lads.

    • I think that it was the KD which was Charlie Tennant’s club, although his son Brian thought that it was his. Mrs Tennant worked on the entrance selling the tickets, not as a bouncer.

    • When this place first opened, I believe it was called THE KAVE. (K.D. Stood for Kave Dwellers). I am not certain but I seem to remember that was the name.

  14. By chance I was on Google and saw my fathers name mentioned on this site. I’m sure I recognise some of the band members on the photos, I have a similar one with my father in a group called the ‘Boston Movement’. Sadly, as mentioned, he passed away with Cancer after post CVA issues which was tragic as his voice was amazing similar to Roy Orbison, who in fact once thanked my dad for singing his songs before they became popular in the UK. I think he went under Colin Dale? I used to come up and see him singing in the clubs. It was a GREAT period by what I recall as a 10 year old, so much going on. I would get in backstage by bribes to club committee members who were usually drunk. Like Peter Kay’s Phoenix night. Does anyone else remember him or have any photographs?

  15. It was a nice surprise to hear from Wally Latheron and welcome to this great blog. Of all the bands that were around in our days, the Chelfont Line was certainly one of the most popular. Pity that it is not featured on Stan Laudons great website ….come on John Taylor you must have old piccies and a good memory to give our great band a mention. I remember the early days when we first formed. I was a lowly instrument apprentice and was constantly broke. Cattermole had an awesome purple drop top MGA with big wheels and I think Wally was running around in an MGB GT. I could only dream then. Mind you I couldnt drive so it didnt really matter. Times change and them early sacrifices have paid off. I spend a lot of time in Aberdeen, keep a flat here and get home whenever I can. I have a project on the go where we are digitising all our old Betamx and VHS tapes. Was looking at one from 1992 when we hired a marquee and threw a party for daughters 21st. Davey Shearers band played, with Johny Rhodes on guitar and I think the bass player vocalist was your mate Keith Davidson. There is some great band footage and in the second set, I got up with the old Fender Mustang bass, Cattermole did a spot ( still a great singer is Paul ) Colin Bilton did a bit and Keith did vocals. Got it all on video. I had a fantastic soul band on the go in Aberdeen but a few years ago shut it down due to bickering and fractions. Plus the lead singer emigrated and the drummer went back to Oz. Still got music in my blood and I am determined that this will continue either by reunions or forming another band. take care Wally and lets hope we can meet up sometime before its too late.

  16. Chris Bailey
    The great thing about the KD Club was that it had two stages. The main stage was for the headline act and the second area for the support group, which meant both bands could ‘set-up’ their kit independently. I recall Bob Mac’s band ‘The Machine’ played opposite ‘The Herd’ one night in 1966. Afterward, their young guitarist/singer came over and politely asked us if there was anywhere their band could grab something to eat? So, we took them to the Excel Bowl in M’bro, where we bought ’em all burger n’ chips. Ten-years later, that young guy had the No.1. album in the USA and the U.K., an album so popular, you’d think it had been given away with the Teesside Times. The guy’s name was was Peter, the album…’Frampton Comes Alive’.07/10/2011 00:00:15night in 1966. Afterward, their young guitarist/singer came over and politely asked us if there was anywhere their band could grab something to eat? So, we took them to the Excel Bowl in M’bro, where we bought ’em all burger n’ chips. Ten-years later, that young guy had the No.1. album in the USA and the U.K., an album so popular, you’d think it had been given away with the Teesside Times. The guy’s name was was Peter, the album…’Frampton Comes Alive’.

  17. Just wondered if anyone can shed light on two of the Ryan brothers. Ronnie Ryan, who briefly managed Colin Dale and the Boston Movement and who was a really good man. Also, Kevin Ryan (heard through the grapevine that he was a hospital porter) who was the drummer with the same band. Talking of ex-Colin Dale Drummers, anyone have any news of Stuart Mott?

  18. Jed Stonehouse, I am mighty saddened by the news that Dave Stonehouse has passed away and condolences to yourself, Peter and the rest of the family. To add to what Colin Bradley has said, I was bass player in both the early Steve Brown Soul Sect and then Psycho 67 and our regular meeting place was the legendary Billingham Arms. From here we would cram into the van and then onto gigs. Now and again after the gig we would go back to your place in Greatham when the parents were away, and party the night away. If we drew the short straw, we would be on the top floor with Dave suffering his DJ skills where every record was a Bob Dylan tune played on the old radiogram (stereo as well ). If not Greatham we would head back to Jed Sullivans place in Cotswold Crescent, Billingham where his parents had built a great wooden shed at the bottom of the garden. This was right done up with carpets, heating, furniture you name it. This is where the famous card schools took place. Both Dave and indeed Jed were bleeding fearless and I recall a gig in Hartlepool where brother Peter (lousy footballer/good butcher!) had been in a local pub with his girlfriend and had overheard the locals planning to pop into the gig and do our heads in. Big mistake. We had Dave, Jed, Ronnie Lambton, Andy ?? from Billingham as minders and with Mick McDermott, Stooky and the rest of the band we were tipped off and ready. End of last song and we were attacked. Bit like the Commitments I guess. Carnage on the dance floor with mic stands bouncing off cods heads… it was a no contest and the local bully boys soon fled. Dave would do anything for anyone and although he was a master tippler he had a heart of gold. I could go on all day with stories from that era involving Dave. May he RIP. Pass on my regards to Peter and tell him one of these Saturdays I will pop in to test his ribeyes…

  19. Very sad to read that Dave Stonehouse has passed away. Dave, along with Ronnie Lambton, managed an early iteration of the Steve Brown Soul Sect which later became Psycho 67. Dave lived life at warp speed, was a prodigeous consumer of beer, and a fun guy to be around. We often used to rehearse at his folks’ place in Greatham, and the first time I ever travelled at 100mph in a car was with Dave driving in his dad’s Vauxhall Cresta – very cool. He and his girlfriend at the time (Barbara) used to drive the band around in a 1961 VW Van – the ‘flower power’ kind. We played a gig in South Bank once, at which Dave, in his capacity of band ‘minder’, became involved in a fracas with a local hard case called Alan Appleton, which resulted in GBH charges being laid and a protracted court case etc. Dave, and Jed Sullivan (another ‘minder’ who died in a tragic car crash on the A19 in 1967)looked out for us whenever we were playing some of the more physically intimidating local gigs, particularly in places like Hartlepool or Grangetown. Whenever I see a bottle of Newcastle Brown Ale, I’ll always think of Dave. Thanks for letting everyone know Jed, and best to Peter.

  20. Hi all…..I am Jed , Dave Stonehouse’s (from Greatham Butcher) younger brother and I’m afraid to say that he passed away a few weeks ago…I looked after him for a while and he used to go on about the groups he was involved in…Psycho 67 etc…I had not heard of any of this history as he was 14 years older than me…so when I got home I googled Psycho 67 and that led me to this site…I then searched for Stonehouse and was really pleased to find his name mentioned even though he was just the ‘heavy’….names he mentioned where Stooky and Mick Mcdermott so I printed all of this page into a little pamphlet for him…copywright [oops..sorry]..my other 2 brothers Peter and John and my sister Kay all had memories when we talked at his wake as they all attended Billingham schools…sorry to pass on bad news…this was an era I missed and would have enjoyed being part of it…cheers all…have a glass for Dave

  21. Mike(used to be ‘Micky’ Rowe) – your life has kind of mirrored my own, musically and professionally. How wonderfull that you are now almost ready to leave behind the ‘real job’ and focus on what you love. I hope to be in a similar position soon. It’s been a long time since our days in the Steve Brown Soul Sect and Psycho 67 with Mick McDermott, Stuky, Steve Bell etc, but the memories endure. Always loved your bass playing Mike, and that little brief re-union in December 2003 at the Smith Jaques studio in Billingham was a special time too. Good luck with the studio man – I hope to be there one day down the road. Had a great trip back to Teesside recently, and got to play the Metro Arena in Newcastle with my old mate Paul Rodgers – I’ll never play to as big a crowd again, but through Paul’s generosity, I lived the dream for a day. Take care Mike – great to know you are doing so well, and Angela says hi.

  22. Someone told me about this site and it makes great reading, such wonderful memories. Mike, well how long has it been since we saw each other, you could probably remember. I can remember when we first played in the Chelfont Line together, you and Johnny Mac from Billingham and the rest of us Boro lads, what a great sound Mike, that brass section was something else wasn’t it. John Taylor trumpet, Paul Rhucroft sax (god rest his soul), George ??? the man with no surname. John Taylor will remember his surname and the rest of us, happy days. The photo of the band is Connection, with Alan Harrison- singer, myself – masquerading on guitar, John McWilliams – guitar, Andy Hunter – bass and Franky Smith on drums. Those haircuts were rubbish even then. Keith Davidson told me about this site but I never got round to looking it up, I think it would be great if we could hear from some of the other band members. Keith asked me recently if I would like to join him in the Soul Rebels but unfortunately I couldn’t make all the dates. Keith is a great guy and still full of enthusiasm, a pity he is so shy and retiring, not! It would be great to hear from you Mike or Mickey as we use to call you, see if we can remember some of those crazy days we played together in the band. Here’s one memory for you – remember the old Ford Zephyr Johnny Mac had that used to have the exhaust fumes on the inside, himself and Alan use to go to the gigs in it but both had to cover their faces with hankies, they looked like Bonnie and Clyde driving along. Got to the gig and couldn’t sing, they were both choking on exhaust fumes. I think it improved Alan`s voice. Keep the memories coming lads I am sure we will remember a lot more in the years to come. PS Mick, I was in Aberdeen last week, never away from the place.

  23. It has been great reading this thread particularly the parts relating to my era and bands that I was fortunate to be part of (Chelfont Line, Gypo, Physco 67, Steve Brown Soul Sect, residency at Starlight Club with Coverdale and Merv Jones and at Walkerville Hotel Catterick with Paul Smith and Dave Burton). Work took me away and local band life ceased, its at that time that you lose complete touch. The thread has brought back loads of memories. I have been lucky in that travel with work has enabled me to play in Mexico, USA and Norway. Even luckier is my current 10-year stint in Aberdeen where, along with some very talented musicians, we formed Souled Asylum. From the photo I remember Wally who played great guitar in Chelfont Line, Andy Hunter who played an Epiphone Bass in the Veltics ( Mick McDermott on drums. Mick later became the keyboard player in Physco 67 and was a great footballer and a tough nut )and Jonny McWilliams where we played one solitary gig together.
    Anyway my time away working is coming to an end. I have been on the road since 1974, 20-years offshore in diving and subsea construction and the rest in offices doing commercial management. Its now 2011, so thats 37 years on the road. We are embarking on a music studio/rehearsal room at the Rowe residence in Stockton/Eaglescliffe and I hope to see out my time thumping out bass lines with other musicians old and new when I retire from the oil business. This room will house my Nexo/Turbosound PA, B3 yes B3,C3 and Chop Hammnds, bass rigs, guitar amps,and everything else required to have some live music fun.

  24. To anyone who is interested. The Pictures of Stockton team do, and continue to do a truly great service but if those of you who are interested more in the local band scene from the 60’s and through the years try Stan Laundon web site, his support for Hartlepool and the Teesside 60’s era has yet to be surpassed and his forum page focuses more to general memories all to do with the bands and their supporters (www.stanlaundon.com)

  25. I remember Alan Harrison very well, he and his group performed at the Billingham Campus Stephenson Hall school concert in about 1959/60 when he was a pupil there. I seem to remember he had a Billy Fury haircut in those days, I have vague recollections of them doing some Buddy Holly stuff, Alan played guitar and sang, this is probably one of his eariest public performances.

  26. Nice to see you on this forum Tommy. Very grateful to you & the rest of the Zephyrs for the great nights we had listening to you at the various club venues over past years. As I previously mentioned at the top of this forum this photograph was given to me by Alan Harrison (Rhett Alan)one night at the Low Grange social club. Alan, Bob Green & myself worked together for a number of years. There was never a dull moment when in the company of Alan Harrison, he was related to the Leeming’s from Portrack and music appeared to run in the veins of that family.

  27. Freshwater was the name of the band in the picture it featured Rhett Alan our former lead vocalist
    Tommy Harbron Zephyrs lead guitarist

  28. I was informed that Pink Floyd played an impromptu practise gig at the Durham University, Dunelm House Students Union building in 1970 or 1971. It was related to me that they were on their way to a gig in Edinburgh and were looking for a place for a last minute practice. This could be correct as Dunelm House was a popular and well known venue for many of the bands of the day.

  29. Perhaps the perfect place to try glean some information, since so many here have reminisced about the bands that played our area in the 60s… I heard a rumour that Pink Floyd once played somewhere nearby? If any knows when or where this may have been, I’d love to know!

  30. Yet again, I have to post some bad news. My thanks to Graham Walton for informing me of the passing of Colin Dale. On Youtube you can hear Colin singing under his real name which is Colin O’Roarty.


  32. Anyone remember the Youth Club at St Mary’s Portrack? I think it was around 1967 because I recall seeing Magical Mystery tour being shown there on the TV. The Couple running it were called Eric and Nora Rose, they ran the club for a while and got local bands to play. I think Eric also worked at the Globe in Stockton as a Doorman or similar.

  33. There was a certain irony in the fire that gutted what had been the Excel Bowl and later Gaskins Night Club. Both operations were in fact carrying on the traditions of live-music and dancing that had gone on since the late 19th C on the same site, in what was the Victoria Hall owned by the Cooperative Society. This too was destroyed by fire during one of the heaviest WWII air-raids on M’bro during the night of July 7th 1942. In fact two of the four young ARP night wardens (also being daytime Coop employees) on Victoria Hall were killed by the blast, one being only 16 at the time. Poignantly, just twenty years or a ‘generation’ later at a similar age, I had my first game of bowls at the Excel without a care in the world.

  34. I seem to recall Skid Row playing at the Excel Bowl on Linthorpe Road around 1970. Club owned by Laurie Pigg??? Anybody remember the year it caught fire?

  35. Derek Elliott – does anyone remember a group by the name of Engine? I think they came from Hartlepool and had Dave Usher as drummer, a three piece with a heavy sound.

    I just had email from a gentleman called Alan Grange, in the United States, who told me he was a roadie for Engine. The band, he says, were from about 1967 and he has promised to send me some photographs and more information on the band. Local businessman the late Ken Tyzack was their manager.

  36. Gary Moore had left ‘Skid Row’ well behind by late 1974. He later ‘sold’ the name for $35k to a USA band who adopted the same name (Tommy Lee their drummer later marr. Pamela Anderson, etc). As to the facial scars, there is an article in the Belfast Telegraph dated 1986 recalling how ‘his facial scars were very prominent’ and the fact that Gary’s Manager had asked for him to be photographed from his ‘better side’. Further research shows that a ‘glassing’ was the cause of the scarring (‘many, many years ago’ ) but no one confirms ‘where’ it actually occurred. I remember seeing Mr Moore at The Coatham but with which band he was with at that time, I cannot recall.

  37. Been a while since I looked at this site. Nice to see comments from Chris and the others about the sad death of Gary Moore. I met him when I believe he played in aband called Skid Row? He came with another band member and stayed till very late at my house and stayed in one of our flats which was rented to a friend of his. This would be late 1970s, I am not sure it was after a gig on a sunday night at the Redcar jazz Club. I also believe Chris Bailey may remember that evening. He certainly did not have any scar on his face at that time, so if he received that facial scar in Middlesbrough it was after that time. He was acclaimed as a great guitarist in the mould of the many famous names that graced the UK in those years and after.

  38. To add to this, The Freemonts played the main stage at the Globe on a Saturday morning back in 1962 or 63. Peter Laverick (rhythm guitar) will, I’m sure, have the exact date for this and Dave Lewis (lead guitar), who has also contributed to this site, may remember the event. I remember it very well as it was, if you exclude school pantos, my stage debut as they invited me on stage to play maracas for one song! Quite an experience!!!

  39. Another local group who performed on the main stage of the Globe were the Apaches in 1967 (twice). I remember seeing the Panthers performing in the foyer one night when summer holiday was being shown.

  40. At one point Gary Moore was asked by a reporter if he had recieved his facial scar in a fight. He said no and that he had been bitten by a dog, but by then I think it was common knowledge what had really happened. I didn’t know he had been glassed in a Middlesbrough pub, seems somethings never change.

  41. Reading last week about the untimely death of blues-guitarist supremo, Gary Moore at age 58, I was reminded of a story my late friend and local guitarist, Bob McConnell, once related to me many years ago. Gary Moore always had a prominent scar on his face, and it was Bob’s claim that this had been received in a bar-fight at The Excelsior Pub, near M’bro Railway Station when Gary & Phil Lynot’s band ‘Skid Row’ were appearing at M’bro Town Hall in the early 70’s. I’ve searched the internet for some confirmation, but can find no mention of the incident. Does anyone else recall the occasion? I believe that Bob stated he was a member of the ‘support’ group at that time, and that Gary Moore had asked to go out for a drink in a local ‘rough boozer’, where it seems he was unfortunately ‘glassed’ in the resulting melee.

  42. I’ve got some photos of a gig at Middlesbrough Town Hall back in the 70’s with you in the dressing room Stuky with a band called Root & Jenny Jackson. It was a gig a DJ friend of mine put on, he’s called John Lennigan (Marvin Blue) and he lived up here for a few years, funnily enough in the same house that local band The Wheel used to live in Shaftesbury Street. John came from Sheffield and I lost track of him. The town hall gig was quite a success.

  43. I remember the occasions you have talked about with Willy on the farm as I am Willy’s sister, Al. It seems such a long time ago now but with the death of poor Will it is a time for reflection. I was extremely lucky to watch and be part of that mad time, albeit from the sidelines, but I recognise a lot of the names on this site. Thank you for bringing Wills passing to the wider Stockton public and your kind thoughts. Would love to hear any other recollections of Willy from the time.

  44. This posting is to report the sad passing of one of the great characters and roadies from our region. Will Grimston, who I first met in around 1967 when he ran a fruit and veg shop in Linthorpe, was the most personable and jolly character. His family ran a farm in Ingleby Greenhow and they sold the fresh produce in the shop. The farm was called Midnnight Farm and a band, of which I was a member and who were the remnants of Denver Mule, took that name in the later reincarnation. I remember that we were allowed to rehearse in the cow byre, in the middle of winter, the audience being a herd of friesian dairy cows who provided their version of very adequate bovine central heating. I think that the band was that bad and loud in those days that we must have soured the milk in those poor abused udders.
    As time went by and we all began to explore our various paths to fortune I lost touch with Will, the last time I saw him being in Birmingham where I now live, when Chris Rea, who was just beginning to really ‘break through’ and the band were playing at one of the theaters here. Although we hadn’t seen each other for years he welcomed me like a long lost brother and I just didn’t realise that, all those years ago, that would be the last time I would enjoy his company.
    My condolences go out to his brother Doug and all the Grimston family who I am sure I have met, but time has erased their names from my memory.

  45. My old work colleague from Mexico and Norway, Bob Davies, sent me the link to the site last night and after a nostalgic burn through this morning I felt another contribution was in order.
    Some time after Chelfont Line folded, Stooky, Wally Leathren, Johnny Mac (both in the top piccie), me and I think Tony Relph got a band together and practised without amps at Johnny Macs flat at Ochil Terrace, Billingham. I remember the first gig at La Ronde. Full of expectation, gear set up nerves jangling and off we go… oh no we dont. My bass gear, which was a Marshall Valve bass Amp drivng twin Vox Foundation 18″ cabs, was completely flat. Normally this kit rumbled the walls but tonight the amp had called it a day. The gig carried on but this line up never played another gig. After rig down and back load we called it a day.
    My working life keeps me in Aberdeen for long periods but retirement is not far away. Whatever time I have left is precious and I have promised that I will have a music studio/rehearsal room at my Stockton home before long. Although I shut down my Aberdeen band, ‘Souled Asylum’, I do miss playing and a home facility will be just the tonic. I have my grandkids playing piano and guitars and the studio will be a great momento to pass down to them.
    Finally I salute Youtube. I spend many an hour looking up 60’s music from Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll through to Chris Farlowe. Now I know how to upload into my IPod thingy my travelling is bliss.

  46. Great thread and boy, a lot of memories and old names, clubs, music – really took me back. I am an old Stockton boy and have just gone 63, reading the thread made me feel a teenager again.
    One musician mentioned was Mike Rowe who I worked with for a number of years but have not talked to him for a while, I last bumped into him in Yarm during a visit.
    I am not sure if he his still playing up in the Aberdeen area where he works. He lives in the yarm area although a Billingham boy. His band is called Soul Asylum.

  47. I think that my comments about Tony Hargan being the areas first ‘real D.J.’ refers primarily to the fact that he has always seemed to possess a depth of knowledge about the artistes he was playing, and constantly sought out ‘tracks’ that many of us would not normally hear on what was then (in the mid ’60’s) a very ‘safe’ and restricted musical-diet played on the U.K., i.e. BBC, radio network. It is easily forgotten, that the BBC played very little music that was not destined for popular ‘chart’ appearance.Indeed almost all the music played on the BBC was ‘white’, or ‘white-covers’ of black music. More adventurous music was only to be found on the iconic Radio Luxembourg or even American Forces (Europe) Network. It was on the latter, perhaps around 1961-2 (Tony will know!)that I first heard Booker T and The MG’s play the iconic ‘Green Onions’, a powerful new-sound that stopped me dead in my tracks. That track, I believe, didn’t actually chart until a few years afterwards. Later, on trips to the all-nighters at ‘The Twisted Wheel’ in Manchester during the mid-60’s, others and myself were exposed to further examples of rare ‘black’ music, which in the passage of time then became regarded as Northern Soul. Whilst the BBC ( and cable) is now fully able to satisfy the most individual ‘taste’or ‘genre’ of modern and / or music from previous eras, we should all be grateful to Tony H. for his own special contribution to our continuous musical education in local clubs and other gathering places, over the last 40+ years.

  48. I’m not sure what Chris Bailey means about me being the ‘area’s first real DJ’ but I was different in that I took very little notice of what was in the charts, I mainly played Blues, R&B and Soul. And being the snobby music purist I used to be, I didn’t play many requests. I’m not from the Yarm area, I’m a Boro’ lad through and through. I DJ’ed at the Paul Rodgers night in Marton and it was great to talk to people I hadn’t seen for over 30 years.

  49. Just read Chris’s latest contribution about the area’s first ‘real’ D.J. Tony indeed was one of the first in the Yarm area, but let’s not forget Ricky Masters who served the Astoria fans many years before Tony was around. He was the first person in Teesside to have twin decks and I think even announced the Beatles back in ’63 along with all the other top chart acts of the day.

  50. The Engine formerly KTs Engine, were Dave Usher, Pete Rutter vocals, Les? Bass and Alan Place guitar.They had a go trying their luck in London in the early 70s .Alan Place is I’m told still ripping out blues with a band in Hartlepool JAK. Alan played guitar in the seventies with a band I was in, Jonboy, who had a few different incarnations starting with the remnants of the Fabulosa Brothers Merv Jones Ray Johns Terry Sidgwick and myself.
    Nice to see ‘the King’ Stuky on here

  51. Derek Elliott – does anyone remember a group by the name of Engine? I think they came from Hartlepool and had Dave Usher as drummer, a three piece with a heavy sound

  52. The recent Paul Rogers visit to Teesside recently has reminded me of a concert of his, some years since (15-20?), in Newcastle City Hall when one of our party, the late Joe Bradley (brother of Colin) had declared his intention to get back stage and see Paul, with the intention of presenting him with a poster of the ‘first Road-Runners gig’, that Joe proudly claimed credit for securing.
    Knowing the amount of security involved I couldn’t imagine Joe getting past the first man, but sure enough, as Paul Rogers came on stage, his opening words were to “dedicate the night to my old friend, Joe Bradley, who got me started in the business”.
    I was touched that Paul Rogers hadn’t got too big-time to remember his roots, and pleased for Joe, knowing how much that meant to him.

  53. I remember the Acklam cafe as when going to collect my GCE O level results I foolishly said that if I got 4 or more passes I would buy all the coffees. As I got 5 it cost me a whole weeks pocket. money.

  54. Good to see Trevor Davis back on this webpage, and also good to know that your book has progressed. I would certainly be happy to assist in any way, and can confirm that Dave Macnamara has now ‘retired’ back to Middlesbrough, from China, complete with all his band pics, clippings and other ephemera loaded on his laptop. There might therefore, be a few pages still waiting in the wings to be uploaded in the near future. Since Sue Stokeld mentioned to me sometime ago, that John McCoy was intending to write his ‘personal’ biographical-tome I have heard nothing else further. Brian Swales’s ‘Outlook Club Advertisement’ page, here on Picture Stockton, (about the Rolling Stones, M’bro appearance in July 1963) brought only a single, short response from John McCoy when I felt he could have been a lot more illuminating about that seminal early-60’s haven of musical talent that he brought to us. Have you contacted John McCoy, Trevor? I’m sure there is a very good case for his material to be combined with your own as co-writers, in order to create a more ‘fulsome’ account of the period. I can possibly hook-you up if needed, along with Dave ‘Mac’,and Sue Stokeld (who has some great memories of the earlier late-50’s (see posting above). Local Sax-legend Ray Dales is another terrific ‘raconteur’ about the period, and the area’s first ‘real’ D.J., Tony Hargan also possesses a wealth of memories. I recall Brian Crawford once telling me a funny story about ‘Goldie & The Gingerbreads’ appearing at The Kirk in ’65, sadly Brian has now passed, as has The Kirk’s co-owner Ken Crawford (see above) as have many others we all knew from the clubs and bands of that era. Let’s face it fellas, we’re all stepping a little closer to ‘that plate’ on a daily basis, and it’s about time our musical, and other memories, of that incredible period here on Teesside, no matter how small, were committed to print for both our ‘then’ contemporaries and subsequent generations. Let us not create a case of ‘Yesterday was cancelled…due to lack of interest!’ After all, whatever happened to our once vibrant 60’s ‘baby-boomer generation’ spirit of enthusiasm? Like yourself Trevor, my email address is now freely available from the site moderators, upon enquiry. Unexpectedly, I’ve plenty of free-time these days, and have no problem in acting as a ‘local’ agent for you, if so required.

  55. BOOK UPDATE – Sorry for not keeping you updated but I couldn’t find this page as there have been some changes to the site. Thanks to those who are still contributing to the book.

    I did a dry run print just on A4 to see what it was looking like and I feel that we need a lot more info. I just dont have enought to make a decent read. Soooo please feel free to contact me with addtional info on bands plus I would like some photos from the audience perspective probably photos that the bands haven’t seen either.

    Bari, I deleted your email with your phone number on it by mistake so if you can get in contact again I will ring you for a chat.

    Chris Bailey, I have tried contacting you but think you have changed your email address?
    I have been chatting with Gordon Valentine who also lives in France near me and we discussed the best way to publish the book.

    I give permission to Picturestockton to give out my email address to those who request it.
    I’m sure they wont mind helping as they have been very helpful in the past.

    Regards to all who have sent photos and info its all been used so far its looking good but its a bit thin.


  57. I am surprised that no one has posted any comments regarding Paul Rodgers recent (April 17th) impromptu and almost clandestine gig at The Marton Country Club, an event organised by John McCoy. Unfortunately I could not be there that night but heard that over 700 ‘locals’ were in attendance. Guitarist Colin Bradley,(see his many posts above) Paul’s bandmate (along with Micky Moody, Dave Usher & Bruce Thomas) in their original local ’60’s band The Roadrunners was due to fly over from his home in Canada to accompany Paul on the night. Unfortunately that was the week the now infamous Icelandic Ash-Cloud struck, and Europe became a no-fly zone. Colin must be bitterly disappointed. This was the first time that Paul had played in his home town since 1984 when he was with ‘The Law.’

  58. Nice to see that Sue Stokeld has mentioned Stockton’s Rick Hewson who’s high-end career has associated his name as a musician, arranger and producer with many of the greats from the ’60’s thru to the present day. Another ‘un-sung’ musical talent from Stockton, was of course Lesley Duncan, who passed away on March 13th this year. Her talented singing and recording career began in 1963, and brought her into contact with amongst others The Walker Brothers, Elton John, Dusty Springfield and Pink Floyd.

  59. Just got off the phone with my pal Chris Bailey, discussing the upcoming event including John McCoy, Paul Rodgers et al… we were talking about Rick Hewson from Stockton, an old beau of mine in the 50’s – check out Richard A Hewson (the RAH band)in Wikipedia or Google – talk about a Stockton boy making it. Talking about the Acklam Cafe… Rick, John McCoy, Ken Crawford, sorry can’t remember the names of the others, used to play there once a week. My sister, Jo McCoy and I would be decked out in our black polo necks and skinny trousers, black eyeliner, the whole nine yards as the groupies. Music was great and also it seems most of that crowd went out to a pub in Stokesley to listen to Skiffle with the same musicians and I recall Barry McLoughlin playing the mouth organ. We went out in an old hearse Barry had and sat in the back with our feet where the coffin would have been! Rick Hewson did the arranging for “Those were the Days my Friend” and boy, they sure were! Any of you guys come to San Francisco, be sure to look me up….

  60. Just found about some posts on here regarding my old band “The Videos” from another old band member of mine, guitarist Nev Reed, who I played alongside with in Night train/Boys brigade & the jogging waiters in the 80’s. Ged Duffy (Bass & lead vocals) now works for Peter Gabriel in his Real world studios in Box (Nr Bath) has a top UK Sting/Police tribute band “Stingchronicity”. Johnny Newsome (Drums/vocals) now a pro golfer owns/runs the Phoenix golf academy near Rotherham. I myself have been working offshore as an instrument tech for 25 yrs, have a home studio & still gig with local bands, having 3 of my original compositions getting through to the UK songwriting comp of the year (2 in 2008 & 1 in 2009). Check out my homepage at http://www.myspace.com/plasticplayer if you’re bored! Great site & thanks for the memories!

  61. Fabulous to hear about all the old bands and to hear what everyone is doing. I have a photo of the Chelfont Line when I was a singer in the band. The line up then was:
    Micky Rowe (bass), Wally Leatheran (guitar), Tony Ralph (drums), Barry Robinson (keyboard), George Trigg (sax.), Paul Rucroft (baritone sax.)and myself on vocals. I think John Taylor blew trumpet with us now and then.
    Paul Smith came in later.

  62. A stunning, tour-de-force of memories from Dave Lewis above, which surely is the type of material that should be included in Trevor Davis’s forthcoming publication? It also jerked a few grey-cells in my own head. The ‘Acklam Cafe’ for instance, which later had a Fish n’ chip shop augmented into the rear, and where as early teenagers we’d ‘hang around’, much like the kids we’d all wish to “clear-off” around our local shops today!. Malcolm Harrison was at school with myself, and I recall him and his pal Peter Hawksby fervently practising guitar at each others homes to a ‘folk-blues’ Davey Graham L.P., whilst I , on the other hand, was proclaiming the value of early ‘MoTown’ and even blues supremo Buddy Guy, to them both. Malcolm and Peter both joined me at Art College in ’66 after which we lost touch. We also had another school-pal who went onto Art College with us, Paul Rhucroft. Paul also played a bit of guitar, however he is best remembered as a saxophonist in local bands. I can honestly say that in all the time I knew him at school or Art College, and on the many occasions that I visited his home in the early ’60’s I never saw him with a ‘sax’ in his hands. It turned out, I was later informed, that Paul had been tutored on the sax with the ‘Sally-doodles’ (Salvation Army) very early in his life, and I can only presume that this rather ‘un-cool’ period in his upbringing, was not the sort of thing he wished to admit to in our formative teens. However, the demand for brass-sections in the mid to late ’60’s soul-era must have prompted a ‘horn’ back into his clutches and he became a very accomplished and popular player. Several years ago, I once again made contact with Paul after a gap of 30years. We had a long chat on the phone, arranging to meet up in the near future for a pint. Sadly, just 10 days later I was informed of his untimley passing.

  63. Great to hear another story of success from the 60’s especially someone I had a great friendship with – already met upwith Jeff Ellis and spoke with Pete Laverick from the Fremonts. This page has done so much to revive great memories of the greatest era of music ever. Dave Lewis was always “special” and it was so nice to hear his story.
    More characters have been brought to mind – What happened to the singers Brian Fletcher and Ray Harris ? We had the tragic death of Bob Gray (aged 52) about 9 years ago and until this page appeared not many people were aware. A lovely guy, fantastic singer and drummer (and even did a stint as a comedian) will always be in my memories as will the Fremonts.

  64. I discovered this web site on 20 Jan 2010, and can relate to many people and events. Whilst remembering Bryan Tattersall, Bob Gray, Wilf Ashman, Jack Keane, Ken Crawford, who are sadly no longer with us, I take this opportunity to tell my musical history, which others may relate to. I have tried to be as accurate as possible, with dates and events mostly based on the memorabilia that I have. Guitar: In 1956, my 11th year, a few of us were peering with amazement through the window of the “Acklam Café”. We were watching one of the first amplified groups in the area. I believe that they were called “The Condors”. Does anybody know anything about them? Bill Haley’s “Rock Around the Clock” was a hit at the time. In February 1958, I was given a £5 guitar for my 13th birthday. Maurice Burns, of the “Set Squares” skiffle group, showed me some chords to various skiffle songs. The next few days were painful and my finger ends got really sore to the point of bleeding. Songs like “Move It”, “One Night with You”, “Living Doll”, “Travellin Light”, “Shakin All Over”, increased my repertoire. I learned “Apache” and other “Shadows” instrumentals as they were released. In 1960 I bought a new white acoustic guitar costing £20. It had a neck pickup and I used to connect it into the radiogram turntable arm wires for amplification. I went regularly to the “Linthorpe Assembly Rooms”, mainly to see the “Skyliners” playing. Their lead guitarist had a “Futurama”. He made it look easy to play and it sounded good. So in 1961 I bought a “Futurama III” guitar costing 45 guineas and joined the “Silvertones” as lead guitarist with Barry Sutherland, Peter Bradley, and Ray (drums). Early in 1962 we auditioned at the Tyne Tees TV Newcastle studios playing Cliff Richard’s “The Young Ones” which had just been released. Unfortunately we didn’t pass the audition. Later in 1962 I joined “The Fremonts” as lead guitarist, with Graham Wilson, Peter Laverick, Mike Woods, and Bob Gray, initially playing “Cliff and the Shadows” material. Ray Harris replaced Graham Wilson as vocalist, and Jeff G Ellis replaced Mike Woods on bass guitar. Later Brian Fletcher (from “The Panthers / 1234Five”) replaced Ray Harris as vocalist. Arthur Evans and Dave Dalton managed bookings. In 1963 Pete and I bought Gibson rosewood Les Paul SG’s to match Jeff’s Gibson EB0 bass guitar. Our early bookings were at “Stockton Corporation Hall” and pubs in the Darlington area. (Chubby Checker’s “Lets Twist Again” was a popular request, I remember). We were fortunate to play on the main stage at the Globe Theatre in Stockton for one of the matinees. On 04 January 1964 sparks flew at Catterick Camp when, due to a faulty earth on my amplifier plug, I became electrified. Jeff’s Base strings suffered pitting when we were pulled together by what felt like a powerful magnet. Fortunately Peter had the mind to switch off the mains supply. It took me several days to recover mentally and regain the confidence to play the guitar again with an amplifier attached. On Easter Monday 30 March 1964, “The Fremonts” came fifth in the finals of the 1964 Evening Gazette competition at the Astoria Ballroom in Middlesbrough. A Fremonts fan club had evolved during the heats, and before the finals they placed a notice in the Evening Gazette based on some of our songs: “We think of you” every time we meet, “All our loving” we send to you, “Will you still love us tomorrow?” See you all on Easter Monday. Thanks to our loyal fans for their support. Bookings followed at the Cosmo in Carlisle, Tow Bar Inn at Nethertown, South Bank sporting club, Outlook, Scene, the “Brewers” basement in Saltburn, A “Basement” club near Billingham green, Billingham Arms, The Community Hall near the Roseberry on Acklam Road. All kept us busy. Our final booking was in 1965 at the Beachwood and Easterside working mans club, where I remember winning £10 on the bingo. In 1965 I played lead guitar with the “Concordes” of Darlington, standing in for their lead guitarist who was on an outward Bound course for several weeks. One of the venues, sponsored by the hair stylist John Hunter, was at the Darlington football ground, Darlington v Arsenal. We had to perform at the side of the pitch to warm up the crowd before the match started. It was cold and wet, so we didn’t stick around to watch the match. Mandolin: In 1966 I was introduced to the Folk club scene at the “Rifle” in Canon Street, Middlesbrough. A neighbour, Stewart Macfarlane was looking after the door at the time. It was here that I started playing the mandolin that Bob Gray had given me in 1963. Initially I played with “The Young Folk” singing group with Richard C Harris and friends. Later I joined Stan Gee’s “Revivalist String Band”, and alongside other local artists in concert at the Middlesbrough Little Theatre, we made a recording of Dallas Rag. The concert was recorded, and a number of vinyl LP’s were produced to raise funds for a “Folk Centre Teesside”. During an appearance at the Stork and Castle in Stockton, I asked Dave Swarbrick where I could find a mandolin like his, and Martin Carthy told me to ring Steve Benbow. I did this and Stewart and I met him in Wimbledon where I bought his Gibson mandolin A1 for £35. In 1967 Stewart Macfarlane, Malcolm Harrison and I formed “The Creel” folk group. We played at the folk clubs in Middlesbrough, Stockton, Hartlepool, Redcar, and regularly at the “James Finnegan Hall” in Eston. In September 1967 Malcolm Harrison went to London to study graphic design. Shortly afterwards, Stewart and I joined the “Teesside Fettlers” folk group to replace Alex Mclean and Cliff Robson who were leaving for pastures new. Ron Angel, Ken Crawford, John White, Stewart Macfarlane, and Dave Lewis were now the “Teesside Fettlers”. I expect many people will remember those Stockton folk club nights at the Stork and Castle, and later in the Leeds hotel. Any photographs anybody? I remember the “Dubliners” calling into the Stork and Castle, between appearances at the “Fiesta”. That weekend I took pleasure in driving the “Dubliners” to see the “Redcar Folk Festival” and I got to playing “Never on a Sunday” with them at the “Studley Hotel” in Middlesbrough where they were staying. In 1968, we played live on a Tyne Tees TV outside broadcast with Marion Foster, at the Billingham Town Centre, to celebrate the town’s absorption into the County Borough of Teesside. On 19 August 1968 In Leeds, we played live in the Yorkshire TV studios on the news programme “Calendar”, and recorded for two future “Calendar” programmes earlier that day. On 30 January 1969 we were on the Wally Whyton show “Walk Right In” at Tyne Tees TV alongside the “Corries” and “Dorita Y Pepe”. The programme had been pre-recorded some weeks earlier at the Tyne Tees TV studios in City Road, Newcastle. I used to go to The Cleveland Bay in Eston on Sunday lunchtimes, and meet with Vin Garbut, Ron Angel, Frank Porter, and others for a “Jam” session upstairs. Unfortunately my job away from the area meant I had to leave the “Teesside Fettlers”. Vin Garbut took my place to be followed some time later by Frank Porter and Sean McManus. I got married to Susan, and in 1971 we had a son Mark Jonathan Lewis. He is now an Australian citizen from Perth WA presently working in London. Back on the scene in 1973 I got together with Frank Porter and Colin Irvine and we made a Ferrograph tape recording at Jim Frazer’s house in Billingham. I have a copy of that session. Somewhere in the grand order of things, I played with Ged Drum of “Ged, Dave, & Sandy” fame. Perhaps someone can let me know when it was. (Ged Drum, Dave Pope, and Sandy McNeil often played at the Purple Onion cafe in Bottomley Street, Middlesbrough in the mid to late 60’s). (Bottomley Street and the original Purple Onion, was demolished in the early 70’s to make way for the Cleveland Centre). Also in 1973, I joined “The Waggoners” folk d
    ance band with Jack Keane, Rita Angel, Dave Milner & Wilf Ashman. The band was popular and bookings were plentiful. I enjoyed many years with Jack’s band. Rita Angel, Dave Milner and I formed a folk group called “Jackaroo”. We played at the local folk clubs and appeared several times on BBC Radio Teesside’s “Helter Skelter”. Stan Laundon recorded our version of “Dallas Rag” which he featured on his country music programme “Country Time”, and Stewart Macfarlane used another recording of us playing “The Mason’s Apron”, as the introduction and background music to his “Focus on Folk” club spot each week. We recorded several Christmas songs for a BBC Radio Teesside programme “The Christmas Nativity” written and narrated by Sid Chaplin, and we contributed to the New Years celebrations live in the studio. Eddie Walker replaced me in Jackaroo, when I left the group. In June 1974 Bryan Tattersall made several recordings of me playing the mandolin for his “North East Sounds” programmes on BBC Radio Cleveland. I joined “Blue Anchor” with Dave Martin, Nigel Bond, and Colin Irvine and we had some great Sunday evening sessions at the “Pied Piper” in Osmotherly – anybody remember them – any photos perhaps? My work took me out of the area again, so with regret, I had to leave it all behind. In 1978 during a break in Holland, I bumped into Jeff G Ellis (Our Bass player in the Fremonts). It was great to see him again and talk over old times. Guitar: In 1978 I joined the “John Bob Duo” as lead guitarist using my 1964 Stratocaster, with Bob Gray (ex 60’s group “The Fremonts”), and John Thomas (ex 60’s group “The Renegades”). Venues were in Redcar, at The Oasis, The Kingfisher, Redcar Cricket Club, and regularly at the Redcar Racecourse Club. In November 1979, together with my brother Mike Lewis, we “Trod the boards” at Middlesbrough’s Little Theatre with the Middlesbrough Amateur Operatic Society “Call Me Madam” production. The following year in January 1980, we took part in the Little Theatre’s production of “Dick Whittington & His Cat”. I rejoined the “Waggoners” until 1983 when my work took me to Leicester. Back in 1977, I had started to learn Ballroom and Latin dance steps at “Smith Jacques” in Billingham, and continued to attend their “socials” where in 1983 I met Carole. We married in July 1985 and celebrate our Silver Wedding this year. I played mandolin with the “Teesside Fettlers” again for a short while in about 1995. At the Durham Street Studios in Hartlepool, we recorded “Johnny Condom” for the Spitting Image team. (“Johnny Condom” can be heard on “you-tube”). I decided to start playing the guitar again after meeting “Zoe Mculloch” at the Newcastle guitar show in 2005 (my 60th Year). So I bought a Custom Shop Fender Stratocaster, Marshall amplifier, “Amtech” echo unit, and a “Tascam” portable studio, and practiced almost to the exclusion of all else. By August 2006 I had produced a 14 track CD, playing Hank B Marvin instrumentals using “UB Hank” backing tracks. I have many more backing tracks to choose from, so I’m not short of material for several more CD’s yet. I celebrate my 65th next week on 7th February 2010. I can’t believe it. Would love to do it all again. Best wishes to all. Dave Lewis.

  65. I saw The Videos many a time all over the North east. Not much is said about this band but I have have never seen clubs/nightclubs as packed in my life! Fantastic entertainers/musicians & what a visual performance. Massive sound system & lights. I had never seen a sound mixing desk at the back of a room until I saw them! Only top London bands had them! I heard some second hand info about their whereabouts from a friend; The Bass player singer Ged?)is now working for Peter Gabriel at his recording studio in Bath. Mac the guitarist is still in local bands but works offshore on an oil rig & has a home studio writing songs etc & does tours with Francis Dunnery (Ex It Bites). Johnny the drummer is now a pro golfer & has a golf school/academy in Rotherham. I wish they’d get back together for a charity gig or whatever… I’m sure it would be packed out! Any takers to get in touch with them & sort it out?

  66. Wow the videos, thats a band I always mention to my mates, only saw them once in mid 80`s at the Billingham Cons club. I always recall the guitarist announcing “here`s a nice song for all you Neil Diamond fans” and launched into an excellent version of the who`s my generation! Brilliant gig, always wondered what happened to them too!

  67. I noticed an earlier post by a lad who played in “The Videos”. Whatever happened to them? I know the pubs/clubs were absolutey jammed to capacity when they played. I bought a 45 single from one of the gigs in 80-81ish? they had a terrific show & sounded better live than the Police! Any info would be grateful as I now live in Melbourne great site.

  68. When we used to go to the clubs in thornaby in the late 70s/early 80s, the group we all wanted to see were called White Spirit who came from Hartlepool. I have been at the Embassay club on a sunday night and have found out that White Spirit were playing at the Nats club and nearly all the lads made a mass exit from the Embassay to go to the Nats. White Spirit backed the Ian Gillan band on his british tour and when Gillans guitarist left Janick Gerse W S guitarist joined Gillan and now he plays with Iron Maiden.

  69. I’m sorry to hear that Trevor Davis’s efforts regarding ‘the book’ have become stymied. Perhaps the pre-cursor of it being solely a document relating to ‘bands’ and ‘groups’ of the 50’s-70’s era, has led to it being cul-de-sac’d? Maybe a wider approach to the social and cultural aspects of the ‘scene’ on Teesside at that time, may help give the book a little more perspective, as well as assist in chaptering-out, or stimulating the content. The backdrop to the activities of local musicians in terms of clubs, pubs, food and fashion was in reality directly relative to certain other ‘players’ i.e. John McCoy/ Roger Barker/The Lipthorpe bros, etc. who as the venue-operators and club-owners have, or had, their equally interesting stories. Bass-player, Dave McNamara still holds a mass of photographs and cuttings. I did forward some 50% of these to Trevor that I had received from Dave, but for some reason he didn’t get back to myself for the remainder. In a similar vein, I recently received a DVD of some cine-film shot by Dave Rea in the 60’s. Dave lived in Punch St (off Newport Rd), and operated a few ice-cream vans around the area. He took-up ‘band management’ of ‘The Machine’ in the mid 60’s and there is some ‘Monkees’-like footage of guitarist Bob McConnel and drummer Denny Chatto practising in his van-garage on there. You are also reminded, via general shots of Newport Rd, just how few cars and little general road traffic there was back then. Sadly, there is no ‘sound-track’, which makes viewing this important era of time, in terms of a short 45yr-old flickering amateur cine-film, seem quite poignant.

  70. Let me add my support to the comments made by Sheila. I was in contact with Trevor just recently asking about the book and he said that he was in need of a bit more material.It would be such a pity if all the work he has put in was to be wasted for want of a few more stories, so come all of you who were there, it’s your chance to tell the truth (rose tinted no doubt) about what actually happened during that great decade, before it’s lost forever!

  71. Trevor Davis is my cousin,he still lives in France, he was over here about a month go for a couple of weeks. Yes, he is still on with the book, but I think maybe the info has dried up from various sources so come on guys give him a hand and maybe he will get it finished.

  72. This page appears to have fallen off the radar on many of the earlier contributors computers, and ‘favourites’ bars. So, I’m putting up this post to enquire as to what happened to the book that Trevor Davis was putting together re: ‘Bands of the 50’s & 60’s on Teesside’. Did it ever make publication in some form? I believe Trevor was then living in France, has anyone subsequently had contact with him?

    His last posting on this subject was almost a year ago.(23/12/08)

  73. My lasting memory of Ken Crawford is of him playing banjo with Gerry Carney, owner of Carney’s Carpets in Parliament Street, on piano jamming at Gerry’s house, Greenabella, in Yarm. It must have been sometime in the early 60s and from what I was told a regular occurance with other local musicians of the day taking part.
    As mentioned, without Ken and others of his era, Eugene McCoy senior included, the music scene in Teesside would have been a poorer place. Eugene Senior could often be seen at Mr McCoys enjoying the atmosphere.

  74. I feel it should be sadly mentioned (and recorded) in passing, that Ken Crawford, the former ‘silent’ partner of John McCoy at The Kirklevington C.C. died suddenly on Nov 10th. Ken was by day, an Architect and at night during the 60’s a banjo-playing member of the phenomenally successful local ‘Fettlers’ folk band (who won the Kilkenny Folk Festival, Ireland in 1966) This band, in one form or another, is still going today. Ken was rarely seen at the club on an evening, usually calling in each day to deal with admin. matters etc. Nevertheless, he was jointly responsible for providing us all with that plethora of musical talent we enjoyed during the period 1965-89 at The Kirk. A nice guy.

  75. Remember John Mcwilliams very well, brought up with John and his brother Peter who was my best man, we all lived in Pentland ave although John was a few years younger than me for the life of me I cannot ever remember John playing in groups in the area. John worked for the local council for many years as a driver, last saw John and Peter at my silver wedding do in 1989. I am amazed at some of the things people remember on this site, use to go to all the gigs in the Billingham area in the late fifties and early sixties but could never have remembered the names of the groups and who played in them, very interesting reading re the query about Hamiltons music shop. I can remember (ah remember something) it being in Newport Road Middlesbrough about where the bus station is now.
    Lived away from Billingham for about thirty years now but some great memories can you still get a good pint of exhibition in the area, used to get mine in the Billy arms as we called it then.

  76. In the wake of the news that Middlesbrough-born, uber-rocksinger Paul Rodgers is about to be awarded an Honorary Doctrate of Letters by Teesside University later this month.

    His pal , and early band-mate in local ’60’s group, The Road Runners, Colin Bradley (see his regular postings above) has recently posted an excellent article on Vintage 60’s about the emergence of this young band under the guiding hand of Colin’s charismatic older brother Joe who lived in Norton. As well as being a fascinating story, the article features some high-quality and truly interesting photographs, both past and present. The Road-Runners band spawned no less than three professional musicians of international repute, who are all still performing on a regular basis to this day.

  77. Surprised no one has mentioned the Tent Club at the Swan hotel in Billingham, I can remember seeing Elmer Gantry & his Velvet Opera (Smashed the drum kit up on stage) there in the sixties, I believe Joe Cocker also appeared. Met John McWilliams when he lived in a flat above the shops in Ochil Terrace, a true gentleman.

  78. There has been so much response from the band photo. Names from past and present that have caused so many chuckles and lots of memories, and it is pleasing that all the people are remembered for being talented musicians, all from this area. But it has also informed us of some very sad losses and yet again someone has to come forward and let these muso’s know that another of its amass of talent has sadly left us – MARSHALL GRANT, at only 55, has left the building. I myself along with NEV REED and PHIL UDALL were together in IRON CHICKEN, 15 and 16 year old kids playing Baileys night clubs and going to school the next day after not getting in until gone 4, daylight. Mush, as he was known, was only 14 and considered a fine, fine player being talked about as being the next John ( Collie ) Collins , this in itself is a very high standard indeed. We toast and say again …to absent friends.

  79. Thanks Mac. Sad news about Dessie. I recall him from donkeys years ago and I still remember his favourite quote when talking to us snotty nosed embryonic Musicians. We were quite overawed at his dexterity on the Piano. You have to understand that, at this stage in our musical development, a well played piano was almost unheard of. When I dared to compliment him on his prowess he retorted, not without passion, ‘I am not a Pianist…..I’m a bloody good piano player!’
    I think that, because I am a habitual hoarder, I may still have a Piano part that Dessie wrote of one of his songs. As I remember it was a song called ‘Come along with Me’ and it was inspired by that current crop of dismal Eurovision Song Contest entries of the time. A character who will be sadly missed.

  80. Kev Ryan is now a porter @ the James cook hospital Middlesbro…he hasn’t played that much really since his brother Dessy (Keyboards) passed away. Kev also used to do the bandboxes later on with Trev Bullock (RIP) & mad Tex the bass player. Kev was the drummer in my first ever band “The Rick Davis roadshow” he’d previously been in Freddy & the dreamers with Trev. I went on to play with “The Videos” & thereafter “Night train” (With Nev Reed & Andy Hunter)…”Six of the best” & finally “Spike” with ex Chris Rea band singer Steve Conway “The beautiful losers”

  81. Ok, my previous message has not borne fruit so, does anybody have any information on a few other old members of Colin Dale etc? Specifically, Kevin Ryan (drums), Stuart Mott (drums) and Chris Holden (guitar)?

  82. As the ex Bass Player with ‘Colin Dale and the Boston Movement’, I wonder, does anybody have any information on what became of Colin Dale? Also, Ronnie Ryan who was briefly the manager?

  83. According to Sue Stokeld in San Francisco, I’m informed that Terry Sedgewick is now living in Brighton, Sussex. Whether he is still playing, she knows not. What year did Terry become a member of The Jonboy Band? I seem to recall designing some publicity material for them during the early-mid ’70’s

  84. I feel ive got to put this little baby to bed , well done to Bob Dale , precise about Johny Mac and Andy Hunter both great lads and players , the band above was Freewater they changed to Connection with Ian ? coming in on vocals , they were a superb outfit doing stuff by steely dan to a very high standard , the others in the photo who seem to get little mention or praise are on the left Alan Harrison no longher sadly with us but a character puts it mildly , and a boy for the girls was alan formerly he was the singer with The Zephyrs / Zephrons , next to alan is Wally Latheron , not often seen doing his gardening in tollesby , Wally was guitarist with the one of the best bands ever to come from this area Chelfont Line , for me wally packed in far too early and word has it from himself would like to get back into it for a bit of fun , have had a get together and wally hasnt lost any of it , a great player , finally going to the guy on the right thats Frankie Smith who hailed from Carnaby Rags , a Hartlepool lad originally also a good footballer , laugh a minute was Frankie but his downfall was his fiery temper as to which many band members and audience both found out but nevertheless a great lad ,how do i know so much ? I replaced Ian on vocals and had a few years of fronting what was an excellent band CONNECTION , my inspirations in them early days were Chelfont Line and a guy who played bass with The Crawdaddies , Real Mccoy , Rivers ,Fabulosa Brothers ,Tramline but a voice that sent shivers up my spine , yes TERRY SEDGEWICK so come on ? what and where is Terry Singewhistle…

  85. As I remember, this a picture of “Freewater”. The centre figure is Johny MacWilliams, who was previously our lead quitar in the Moonbeams. The guy at the right back is Andy Hunter, I went to school with Andy. Sorry but the others I do not know. What an era that was – talking just last week with Ewgene McCoy and he also remembers the era with afection. I cannot recall any other time when Teesside had such a vibrant live music scene.

  86. I was the drummer in The Dirgers (aged 13 – 15) and then The Alicats (aged 15 – 18). The Dirgers line up was Sid (lead and vocals), Alan (rhythm), Kevin Prosser (bass). Although not a registered millionaire I have lived in Jersey since 1986 and am still drumming (with two bands!) at 58. Also drum on the cd “Let Yourself Fall” (2006) by Kevin Pallot and the Pinnacles.

  87. All brings back many, many memories from Chris Bailey. I remember going to live in London and, believe me, I think the music scene was much better on Teesside than London. I remember the girls going to work “a season” in Jersey in various hotels and so forth. I wondered why none of them stayed then realized one had to be a registered millionaire to gain residence.

  88. There”s a definition of the word “gentleman”, as being a guy who can play the accordion…but doesn”t! It”s a phrase that can never have been applied to a “lady” accordionist, because one of the greatest acts I ever saw at The Kirk was the extraordinary 60yr old Queen Ida. Along with a motley-crew of side musicians (incl. Flaco Jimenez & a pensionable-age washboard player)her band almost blew the windows out of the place (and nearly collapsed the dancefloor due to the “bouncing” audience) under the pressure of her particular brand of Cajun/Tex-Mex rock. Another seminal act was “Big Daddy” who played almost any chart classic in the style of 50″s rock n” roll. To hear Rick James”s funky 80″s hit “Superfreak” arranged, sung, and played like an Everly brothers smooch-song was downright genius! I am the proud owner (thanks to a big payout on Ebay) of their later album, “Sgt Pepper”, which song for Beatles song, recreated that iconic 60″s album, in a perfect 50″s stylisation. I mean, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”sounds as though it should have always been sung by Jerry “The Killer” Lee Lewis. We have much to thank John McCoy for, in exposing us to such a broad spectrum of music, at The Kirk..

  89. Thanks for putting my mind at rest about Little Feat. I had moved away and heard a rumour when came back one weekend and have never substantiated it, until now. So I didn”t miss them after all. I remember the advert for Blinkers in the Gazette, Admission: Guys 10/- Dollies free. I don”t think that would be allowed now!

  90. No, Little Feat did not play at the Kirk, at the time they where one of John”s favourite bands and I know he did try for them. Talking about Blinkers, I used to go there quite often as one of my mates was a DJ there (Bob Slater). Freddy had a policy in that if the bouncers threw you out of the back door for fighting, he would let you go round to the front and pay to get back in again.

  91. Once again, Chris Bailey has come up with the definitive answer(Brogue/Blinkers)to follow his many interesting contributions about that special era. The in-depth knowledge is fascinating and always jogs the memory. My own question is to ascertain whether Little Feat played the Kirk in the 70s?

  92. Freddie Veazey is still to be seen around M/bro these days. Freddie started in clubs as a croupier at the Marimba Club , Newport Rd in the early “60”s, and then became Manager of a combined bingo/casino venue in M/cstr, around the time of Georgie Best”s hey-day at Man Utd. George, had opened a mens “boutique” near Freddies “casino”, and it was with this in mind, Freddie returned to M/bro to open Brougue Mans-shop in Bottomley St, next door to the Purple Onion/Mr McCoys Club. This tiny shop was where many a local lad purchased his first “iconic” Ben Sherman shirt. “Blinkers Nitespot” was opened in Grange Rd by Freddie and his partner John Lewis. Freddie later had a partnership in the “Rock Garden & Bierkeller” on Newport Rd along with Paul Herbert, ironically, in the former Marimba Club premises. Sometime later he purchased the old “Dockers W.M. Club” on Southfield Rd and it became The Belmont Club. Having been made a “good offer” for the building by the University of Teesside, Freddie purchased, and transferred to The Havana Club (formerly The Barracuda, then Speakeasy Club) bought from Brian Andrews, who in turn took over the now vacant Rock Garden as The Arena. Freddie then later sold his “Belmont 2” Club to Tony Spensley of The Dickens Inn who, 6 months later, sold it to Boro Taxis. In retirement, Freddie has returned to his “trade” and become a leading light in the current U.K. attraction to “poker” tournaments.

  93. I have to concur with Steven Murray regarding local band “Rythym Method”, If anyone amongst the many “veterans” on this page has not seen them yet,..do so! I mean how long is it since any of us has seen a super-tight brass section featuring a trombone? Or a female sax-player who can also really sing! They are without doubt a real “show”. When I once caught them at The Dolphin Centre, during the Darlington Blues Festival, they had the whole place up dancing, within minutes of hitting the stage. Fabulous!

  94. Eric Newton – there”s a Billingham lad from the past. I havent been on this site for maybe a year now, how are you?, Remember Kiora Hall rehearsals with “The King” Stukey? We used your Dads van to shift the gear if I remember correctly. John McWilliams, “The King”, Paul Smith and me on bass. We recruited Wally Latheron and Tony Relph a bit later. Alcatraz was the band and Bari Chohan fixed us a recording session in London, we did 4 takes with reasonable backing tracks and then added “The King” later on vocals, he forgot all the words the engineer lost all interest and we went home with no money, having borrowed the petrol money to get there from the manager of La Ronde, I think he was called Brian Lonsdale (?) Didn”t know you were in Qatar but then again I lost touch with everyone from Billingham 30 years ago, but still playing and have a band now ready for the road, guitar player is 19 and I”m 57, the rest fall somewhere in between.

  95. This photo often brings up reference to the Steve Brown soul sect. My brother Alan Murray was the drummer for this band and still has some photos and newspaper clippings. I remember him mentioning a snake that the band used to have. Dave Macnamara also mentioned a photo of the band in thread dated 15/1/2008. Alan also played in the band Sneak Preview prior to the unfortunate death of John Cunningham whom I met in the late 80s – a great guy and most sadly missed. Alan is still bashing the bin lids around Teesside and now plays in a band called The Rhythm Method – check them out next time they”re in your area and say g”day.

  96. Thanks to Chris Bailey for those kind words. I”ve just realised that I know Franky Smith from Connection. In the early 70s I played in the same sunday league team as him. It was sponsored by Blinkers, a club in Grange Rd owned by Freddy Veazy. Now Franky was a good footballer but inclined to a footie version of roadrage, which included a lot of off the ball tackles, so we did”t see him on the pitch that much.

  97. Fantastic memories. Regarding Steve Brown Soul Sect”s,[Paul Strooks ( “Stookey”), real name Dave Struke is now working and living in Watford and still keeps in touch when I am home. Don”t remember the bands name he sang with at the time but recall they made a recording of Black Magic Woman produced by Chas Chandler. Also still in touch with John Rodgers (Bass Guitarist), had a few beers with him last year here in Qatar.

  98. I”ve just returned to New Zealand after spending Christmas and New Year in Middlesbrough. For me there are still enough visual triggers around the town to bring the 60″s memories flooding back. Starting with the Railway Station which used to be quite busy on Saturday evenings as the tribe (those of us without cars) made the weekly trip to and from the Redcar venues, to the Gothic Town Hall which in my imagination could be dedicated to Bram Stoker!? Some great gigs were held in the Crypt and when the dancing got too hot the Central was only a stagger away. I see from the flags of origin of the blogs that many correspondents now appear to reside outside the UK, perhaps like all Diaspora we are searching to understand what has made us who we have become. A walk through Middlesbrough 40 years on surely helped me with that one.

  99. There”s an old addage about D.J”s that goes like this.. Dad; ” What do you want to be when you grow up, son?” Son; ” a D.J., Dad”…Dad: “Come on son, you can”t have it both ways”. In the case of Tony Hargan, this is a long, long way, from the truth and much credit must be given, and be owed, to him locally. Tony was a D.J when the term was hardly understood, and for over 40 years has played a successive “opus” of rare-grooves, classic and cutting-edge music to several generations of club-goers. Even those who never ventured onto a dance-floor appreciated the quality of the music he was playing. Never your ubiquitous “party D.J.”. Tony has an encyclopaedic knowledge of quality music, and recording musicians, stretching way back. His long term residency at The Kirk actually “complimented” the very fine bands we all stood and watched during the “60”s,”70″s & “80”s. Billed on a Kirk “flyer” I still have, dated 1966, as playing “Hargans Hot Hundred”, he was as an important part of the music scene then, as he still is today. Well done Tony, good to see you here!

  100. Just found this site and it brings back so many memories. I did DJ at Mr McCoys & the Kirk so you can imagine how many great bands I”ve seen. I was at the Outlook on the Rolling Stones night and I remember seeing The Beatles on the Astoria. As far as the Kirk is concerned, the live acts that stand out for me were – Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix. It”s A Beautiful Day a great soul singer Maxine Brown.

  101. I remember when the Astoria changed its name to the Showboat and adopted the persona of the clubs like the Marimba, Tito”s and the Fiesta. Although they were the days of the Great Northern Clubs – if I recall correctly a man had to wear and jacket and tie to get in – so therefore a lot of short back and sides types frequented along with women who had the bouffant hair rocker type of look. I recall the Showboat and seeing quite a few top people there. It also had a casino and gave out free gambling chips on a Monday night. Oddly enough I used to win at roulette quite a bit back then. I remember one evening calling around at some friend”s house by Newport Road – the door to be opened by their Dad who greeted me with “Gillian, I heard you broke the Bank at Monte Carlo last night”. Great days.

  102. Regarding the book project I”m still struggling on. I need info on Hamiltons music store (I cant remember where they had their first shop), John Burdons Stockton, Guitarzan and Bongo Bills. Any photos would be great too. Any other shops selling musical instruments you may know about plus the odd story may help too. The Picture Stockton Team will supply my email address on request for photos or publish any info on this site.


  104. It would be almost impossible these days, to communicate to an 18yr old, the incredible “gulch” that existed in the club & music scene in Middlesbrough during the early to mid “60”s. Most people left school and were quickly wage-earning by age 15-16, i.e two years under the legal drinking age. Many young apprentices were earning almost as much as their own “unskilled” Dads. So, the emergence of unlicensed clubs was a viable option. Whilst the “licensed” Astoria ballroom in Wilson St had opened (on the site of the Hippodrome Cinema) in 1961, it catered mainly for the “Brylcreem n Winklepicker” brigade and their gals, who were by default, post 1950″s rooted. The Outlook (unlicensed) therefore provided an alternative for the new breed of young people who were rapidly becoming more interested in both “style” and music, and had a fair amount of disposable income. After all, the whole “Outlook” building itself, was a daytime high-fashion related “mini” department store aimed at such a market. Some of these youngsters, did a “season” each year in Jersey or other south-coast resorts, and as a result, returned with first hand knowledge of how the “new” London (and Manchester) fashion and music-scene was starting to bourgeon, this discovered from others they met whilst working away. As far back as 1964-65 I recall Mick Iley wearing “eye-liner” on a night out, a fashion statement adopted amongst early London “mods”!! Although the style leader, or “top-kiddy”,to my mind, had to be a guy called Peter Sibley. So, in effect, there were only two regular venues to attend. You paid your money, and took yer” choice of the “tribe” you wished to belong to. On the departure of John McCoy, as “manager” of the Outlook, he opened the short-lived “Scene” and then “Mr McCoys”, both of which were unlicensed. By this time, the “plush” cabaret-clubs (Marimba,Titos,Contessa etc) had started to emerge, and became the venue of choice for even Mums and Dads as well as many of the now slightly older Astoria crowd, a venue which in turn, then eventually “morphed”itself into The Showboat cabaret club. The KD club at Billingham seemed to be the only stalwart north of the Tees at this time operating outside the fringes, often booking the same quality live-music acts as Mr McCoys. However by 67-68, the original Outlook and MrMcCoys/KD crowd had grown older too, and by right of passage, and with many people, by now, proud second-hand car owners, moved out of town to The Kirk which had been purchased by John McCoy in late “66. The “cosy informality” and “edginess” of The Kirk, contrasted much, with the offerings of the “corporate” cabaret clubs, especially in it”s live-music policy, as testified to in postings above. At the same time, Redcar had now suddenly sprung into life on two, then three, fronts. The “back room” at Redcar Bowl (open until 4am!),and the Coatham-Jazz Club also provided much needed alternatives to those willing to “travel”. But,in 1967, it was the arrival in Redcar of Tony Zivanaris and Ron Gillette from Leeds, that set a completely new benchmark for clubs, in the form of the “Topdeck”. Pure n” simple “discotheque” had now arrived in the area, No stage, no bands, no live-acts, just dancing to records in modern, comfortable surroundings, played by stunning female D.J”s!! More importantly, it also operated on a very selective, almost extreme, door policy. That policy tended to drive standards of behaviour, and dress codes, ever upward. By 1968-9 the local “in-crowd” were firmly esconced in either The Kirk, or the Topdeck, alternating between the two, on different nights throughout the week. This despite, perhaps, a 15 mile travel distance either way. Meanwhile, back in M”bro, the Marimba cabaret club, suddenly closed its doors, and reopened as “Sloopy”s” discotheque in an attempt to corner the by now vacant market for the town-centre based 18-25yr olds. Bari Chohan”s “Barracuda” club (a former restaurant) on Linthorpe Rd, M”bro was a brave attempt, in 1968, to attract the Kirk/Topdeck crowd back into town which unfortunately for Bari, did not happen.(For the record: Sorry, Paul Rogers “Free” did not appear on the opening nite, but sometime later) Owing to poor attendances, and by 1970, this club had then passed into the hands of Billy Price, and incredibly, reopened as an overnight success (amongst the “downtown” heavy drinking crowd), in the form of the now infamous “Speakeasy”. Billy”s stroke of genius was that for the price of admission he”d almost guarantee anyone, in any state of dress, or enebriation, entry!! The term “claggy-mat” therefore passed into local parlance, whenever the “Speakeasy” was referred to. The 60″s had come to a close, it died, and along with it, the innocence of our original expectations. The early “tribes” did not exist anymore, as everyone was by now “singing-off-the same-hymn sheet”, as far as “style” and music was concerned. The era of the “uber- club” was on the way, and in 1974 it arrived, as Tony Zivanaris threw open the doors of his legendary, huge 1400 capacity, luxury, rooftop M”bro nightclub, “Madison”. The era of glitz, flares and excess had begun. Live-music went off to play in huge stadiums and arenas, with ticket prices to match. The new tribalism that became “punk”, did much to counteract and stem the flow. But the future “back-to-basics” post-modernist style of Manchester”s Hacienda Club, and even M”bro”s own “Havana”Club, had to wait to return, i.e. almost a full generation away from those early “60”s beginnings.

  105. Yes Barri did open a club in Linthorpe Rd called the Barracuda and the opening night act was the group Free with Paul Rodgers.

  106. I remember the Ford Galaxy that was often parked outside McCoys. It belonged to a rather flamboyant looking character that a mate of mine went out with a couple of times, I cannot remember his name but can see him. I think he was called Barry – not Barry Chohan but another Barry – and was well off.

  107. Those comments by John Salmon raise a couple of good points. Cecil Gee opened only their 5th menswear shop outside London in Middlesbrough, on the site of what had formerly been Fred Burns Tailors, a small chain who would make-up,or custom-tailor, a dress suit in almost any style. From the late 50″s, this shop had been an invaluable style-haven to the local “Teddy-boy” population. The 1st manager of the new “cool” Cecil Gee”s was the redoubtable, and charismatic, Johnny Young. He could be found most weekends, inhabiting the cocktail-bar of The Corporation Hotel, immaculately dressed, and sporting the very “orangest” shade of “Tanfastic” tanning lotion.He was quite a local character. The Excel Bowl on Linthorpe Rd opened in 1964, and was unique in as much as, it was open 24-hours a day. Incorporating bowling-lanes , a cafeteria, and a cabaret-club, it was a far sighted venture, that seemed to coincide with the “new” up-all-night culture. As such, it became the gathering place, or communication-central venue,for clubbers wandering the streets in search of all-night partys, or after Mr McCoy”s, and sundry other clubs, had kicked-out at 2am. People would just “hang-about” talking on the concourse area, or sip a Coke for two hours, whilst waiting for something to happen. Aged just 17, I was “crushed” to be hauled out of there at 4:30am one morning, by my concerned parents, whilst sat chatting to Peter Frampton and The Herd, who we”d just played a support-gig with, at The KD Club in Billingham. By age 18, thankfully they”d given up! It took another 20yrs, and the mobile-phone, for the “80”s “rave” culture to create a more advanced form of that early – hours “gathering” phenomenon.

  108. I think I rememberBarry Chohan! Was it Barry who opened a club on Linthorpe Road about 1968 and used to spend truckloads of money on Ben Sherman Shirts? I like many others was at Teespop 68 and the 24 hour bash at the Gaumont in 1967, I also recall that Ike and Tina Turner performed at Finnigans? Hall in Eston about 1967 and that Jnr Walker and the All Stars (Dressed In uniforms of the Confederacy!) and Simon and Garfunkel performed at the club which was part of the Bowling Alley on Linthorpe road. I was never a musician, but my (later) appreciation of seeing and hearing the best in the world pass right in front of me in the Teesside of the 60s staggers me, when I tell my NZ mates of the experiences their jaws drop in disbelief. I guess you just had to be there! I think we took to Soul, R&B , and all the other American influences and British interpretations because of the foresight of the promoters who seemed to understand what was wanted and also we (the consumers) understood the music in our minds, hearts and souls to the extent that, in a very real sense it was US performing and singing! This website appears to be a testament to the depth of those experiences. We were and are indeed a fortunate generation. Nevertheless, I gather that what we are trying to do is identify the group and people in the photo!? Frankly I dont have a clue who they are, but the cut of their jib and formality of the pose suggests to me that it may originate from the early 70s rather than the late 60s.

  109. Hi, Ive just cost half a days income by getting engrossed in your website during working hours!! Hello Chris Bailey! I dont recall meeting you, but you have a great memory. Your recall of made to measure overcoats and suits leads me to ask if you recall the full length Suede overcoats worn by both the girls and the boys? God they cost about STG 30.00 in 1966. A months wages! Or when Cecil Gee opened a shop next to Marks and Spencers ? London Prices in Middlesbrough! Do you recall John and Brian Daly , John Yarker , Alan Richmond – all boys who made the trips from Middlesbrough to the Twisted Wheel for the music? Do you recall the size of the hands on Peter Betts? (huge). Who was it who used to park a Ford Galaxy outside Mccoys in Bottomly street on a Saturday Arvo? What happened to Paul Cattermole? My best mate was Mike Weldon, his Father ran the Undertakers on the corner of Park Road South and Linthorpe Road. He had a 175 Lambretta which we used to scoot all over Teesside on. THE drink at the Coatham was Barley Wine (it was like a double strength beer if I recall). The girls loved it but mayhem did break out occasionally. I was a St Philomenas boy then at St Mary,s College before serving my time at Dorman Long then leaving the UK for NZ in 1970 . The Stokelds, Rea,s and quite a few others were from the St Philomenas parish area around Linthorpe village .The 60,s were indeed Nuli Secundus . I shall be home on Sunday 21st to spend my first Christmas in Middlesbrough since 1969 Anyway , I must set an example to the young people here and do some work . Keep up the good work . I shall put a spinal tap into this blogsite on my return .

  110. Well good to see you on here Chris and your comments. You have such a good memory for the old days. Yes, the Royal Standard was our pub. Incidentally do you know what happened to Elaine Wilson from Thorntree. I have been trying to locate her to no avail. Keep up your postings and memories.

  111. Stan Gee, although a couple of years older than myself, was a fellow student at M”bro Art College where he was studying textile-design. Even in those days (1964-67), Stan was masterful at almost any instrument that was “twangable” i.e banjo,(4 & 5-string) guitar (6 & 12 string) and anything in between.He was already a very active performer in local folk-clubs. Nice to see he is still active both nationally, and internationally, to this day. “The Rifle”, a street-corner pub, off Newport Rd, had an upstairs concert-room in which a popular folk-club met on Friday nights. It was accessed by a narrow staircase that resembled the north-face of The Eiger, passage up which, was made more difficult, even dangerous, by people sitting on the steps talking, and drinking, during the interval. The late “60”s Steel Mill Blues Band, played another regular, well attended, Friday night gig, at the huge Bridge Hotel, Thornaby, on Victoria Bridge, which had a voluminous concert-room. Both Neil Hunter (keyboards/vocals) and Pete Gilgan (lead-guitar) still lead two of the N/E region”s most active and talented bands, in the form of The Smokin” Spitfires, and The Pete Gilgan Blues Band. Bass-player Dave McNamara,(who later auditioned for Paul Rogers “Free”), went on professionally to back artistes such as Brian Poole, and Tony Christie. He now resides in Macao, China.

  112. As to “The Who” at Mr McCoy”s Club, this was the only time that I was ever engaged in “club-security”. Chief-bouncer Chris “Buff” Harding, insisted that us Purple Onion coffee-bar staff (Pete Betts, John Stokeld & myself) joined a hand-linked cordon of door-staff in front of the stage to prevent any “surge” toward the band. This gave us a magnificent vantage-point of just 4-feet away from their performance, up on the small 2-foot high stage. Afterwards, I think most “punters” were secretly disappointed that Messrs Townsend and Moon had not gone into their infamous “auto-destruction” mania with the instruments and amplifiers. Perhaps, a 200-capacity crowd of young Teessiders on an early January night, was simply not the right “showcase” for that extra-over part of their stage act? The only other factor I recall of that evening, was the “magnificent” vent in the back of Pete Townsends mohair-suit jacket. It stretched up, almost to his shoulder blades. Amazing, how little things like that seemed “important” way back then, eh?

  113. Good to see Gillian Walker on here! If I recall your Mum & Dad had The Royal Standard in Redcar, so you were more than handily placed for the train into the M”bro music scene and/or popping around the corner into the Redcar Jazz Club. Your memoire re: Denny Chatto and ” Lil” Stevie Wonder ” at Mr McCoy”s Club is quite correct, but, do you also recall that during Stevies multi-instrumental virtuoso number (harmonica/keyboards and drums) he dropped his drumsticks mid-solo,… which left him flailing around for a few seconds in complete silence! That is, until one of the roadies hurled himself across the small stage, to grab the “spares” from the bass-drum slots, and direct them into his hands. Poignant? or amusing? Denny Chatto played drums and sang vocals with a cabaret band called “Rainy Day Feeling” professionally for some years during the “70”s and now lives near Scarborough with his long-time wife Patti.

  114. My Dad was in the Skyliners – Tony Wilson-Barker. I even have some records on vinyl that they recorded. I would have loved to have seen them live although that was before my time! If anyone has any stories, photographs or trivia to share I would love to hear it.

  115. I played at Columbia House with the Jazzboard (a 5 piece outfit from Sunderland). According to my old diary we were there every Thursday between May and mid-July 1966. I remember it was always jam packed and had a great atmosphere. The dates for these gigs and others in the area are included on my Ready Steady Gone site.

  116. I remember the Columbia House Club in Church Road, Stockton very well, it used to be wall to wall in those days on a Thursday night. Who did you play with? Mick Kemp”s mam Mary was the steward of the club for a number of years back then.

  117. I was fortunate to be in the support band – the Jazzboard – when the Who played at the McCoy Club in January 1966. I was the sax player. We got to share the dressing room with them and I ended up with Keith Moon”s “POW” T shirt, which I still own. One of the places I played at regularly in 1966 and really enjoyed was a Thursday night dance at a place called Columbia House in Stockton. Does anyone remember this venue?

  118. Well thanks for the information. It is great to see all these names from the past. I would like to hear from Dave McNamara Chris Bailey and Bari Chohan. I am on Friends Reunited.

  119. Stan Gee is playing with The Fettlers folk group these days. He also has a fine website dedicated to “American” music as he calls it. Dave Macnamara, who played bass in the Steel Mill Blues Band, told me that in 1968 the line up included Nick Allen, drums; Neil Hunter, vocals; John “Whoop” Watson, alto sax; Paul Deduka, tenor sax and Pete Gilgan, lead guitar.

  120. It was myself who inquired of the Steel mill blues and and also of Stan Gee. Good to hear he is still around playing. Although I was not a folkie, he did play exceedingly well like Bob Dylan if I recall. I used to go and see him play at the Rifle Inn – as I did like Bob Dylan and he was the nearest thing to him in the area at the time. Amazing he was your neighbour. If I recall he was a rather eccentric character who wore far out clothes at the time. Nice person as well, rather quiet.

  121. I am pretty sure I saw the Steel Mill blues band play a few times a St Mary”s Youth Club in the late 60″s and early 70″s.

  122. To Gillian – yes, its the very same Chris Bailey – I”m surprised he has not responded in person, as he scans this thread regularly. I too saw the Who and Stevie Wonder, meeting both acts back stage as part of the privilleges enjoyed as a “Road-Runner” courtessy of John McCoy. I still have the Who”s autographs somewhere, written on a Road Runners business card that was designed by Chris Bailey. To the person asking about Stan Gee – he was my next door neighbour in Victoria Road Middlesbrough for some years. He now lives in the Great Ayton area and is still acive musically.

  123. Oddly enough – the Charles O”Connor you mention, I was in Whitby one day and stumbled into his antique shop and bought a lovely necklace and earings. He has the most fantastic shop. On chatting to him he commented that he was related to me – as my family the Walkers originate from Whitby. I was last over in 2006.

  124. Does anybody remember a blues band by the name of Steel Mill? They played around the area in the late 60″s and early 70″s. Also a folk singer by the name of Stan Gee – who played at the Rifle Inn. I remember these well.

  125. I remember when the Who played at McCoys as I was there along with my mates. I remember a mate of ours got carried across the stage by Rodger Daltry as she could not make it through to the floor part to see the band -and lo and behold she was wearing the same shirt as Rodger was. He nodded to her – it was really funny. I also saw Stevie Wonder there – and all who remember – Denny Chatto walked “Little Stevie” as he was known then – onto the stage to perform – Stevie as you all know is blind. I have many many memories of all the clubs as was born in Middlesbrough and started going out when I was 14 in 1964. Thanks for the memories.

  126. What a fantastic thread, stimulated by a great photo. The memories have come flooding back and when The Who played Mister McCoys in Bottemley Street they were late going on stage!

  127. I have just stumbled on this site. Is the Chris Bailey mentioned here somebody that I knew many years back in Middlesbrough in the Purple Onion and the clubs, I think worked for the Evening Gazette and at one time went out with one of my best mates Elaine Wilson from Thorntree? If so, this is Gillian Walker (Samples) here and I live in Los Angeles California – via Redcar and would like to say hi after all these years. I also am the Los Angeles Mentor for the Daily Telegraph in the Ex pats section.

  128. A great site discovered quite by accident. The only relevant thing I can add is to say that I was astonished at the recent “Remember When” article in the Evening Gazette, about Teessides only 60s Band Festival “TEESPOP 68″at Eston, in which former owner of The Kirk, John McCoy was given all the credit for organising the event. As members of some of the local bands who appeared that day can probably still testify, wasn”t Bari Chohan a co-organiser too? Of him there was no mention. I still have a copy of the large original purple and silver poster on which the name of a local graphic designer, Chris Bailey, was printed in small lettering up the side. The poster shown in the article seemed to have had this clipped out too.

  129. Well reading all of this certainly brings back some memories and names from the past. I remember being with the Grimston brothers in their fruit and veg shop in Linthorpe village one tea time, they were managing the Elastic Band at the time I think and they had advertised for a vocalist. Anyway this kid came in the shop in his school uniform for an audition. He didn`t impress the brothers Grim-they didn`t like him and they sent him away. The kid was David Coverdale. The Elastic band when I drove for them was;Tony Relph on Drums, Barry Robinson Keyboards, Eugene McCoy vocals, John Taylor Trumpet, Rob Atkinson Sax and possibly Bob Evans base?? Then Andy Strickland came along and joined the lineup, Eugene left and I think Paul Cattermole joined. We had an old Commer Van which had red and white checked curtains which my mam made and at least one of the band had to sit on the engine cover between the two front seats which was good in the winter, nice and warm!

  130. I was the roady for the Elastic Band and for a while The Chelfont Line. In the begining our highlight was to play at the Quay Club in Newcastle,how we made it there in our wreck of a van I don`t know. I note the comment by Barry Robinson who I haven`t seen for ages-would love to hear from Barry I live in Stockton now find me in the phone book and give me a call.

  131. Just to let you know the book project is still progressing and my comment at the outset of just how hard could it be to put a book together, came back and bit me on the bum. Progress is still slow but it is progress!! I will be writing to those of you who promised some editorial and hav”nt yet delivered. I will be doing a print of the book to see how it looks shortly just as a first draft. You can still contact me through this site just by leaving a message and it will be forwarded to me by the administrators of the site. For any new people on the site – I am writing a book about the bands of the 60s in the North East, see previous messages above. I need stories and photos of anyone you feel should be in it. It would be nice to have some audience photos and input too. This is Your book about You and the good times and memories of the 60s NOW is the time to contact me for late additions.

  132. I remember the Skyliners well. They were one of the pioneers of rock”n”roll bands in this area and must be remembered along with the Zephyrs, Midnighters, Bluecaps, Panthers and Denvers who inspired the next generation of muso”s.

  133. Nice to see Mick is still alive and kicking. Just been reading the article on the number of groups he played in. I was the keyboard player in the chelfont line then we went on to form warm summer breeze. The article brought back some great memories. I also used do do all the bookings for the band,we had some great nights,playing at some great venues and with some of the greatest bands about at that time who are now icons. The main line up of the chelfont line was Mick on bass, wally letharon on lead, tony relph on drums, paul cattermole vocals, paul rhucroft and george trigg brass and myself on keyboards.What a sound!

  134. Surprisingly I found Stan Henry, once of The Bailey Organisation in the news again this week with his “Springs” health spas. Stan, a genial,charismatic Tynesider, was of course the at the forefront of the Cabaret club business during the 1960″s. Amongst the 32 clubs he once owned across the U.K. , The Marimba and The Contessa,(M”bro) Tito”s, and La Ronde (S”ton) are best remembered on Teesside. Stans “organisation”,like others named above, also paraded some of the world greatest talent in front of our eyes, in what then was “sophisticated”club surroundings. They also offered multiple “bills” of acts each night, many of the lower orders being local bands. Gambling tables were an essential part of these clubs, as that part of the operation funded the “big names”. However after the “66-“67 Gambling & Gaming Act, that required gambling to be conducted in a “seperate” isolated area, many of the tables had to be removed and, as a result, the quality of the acts declined. This by chance happened at a time during the rise of “Disco” Clubs which had nowhere near the overheads in terms of entertainment costs. The Marimba, became Sloopy”s and Tito”s became Bailey”s (later Bentleys) However they still booked a lot of local bands to vary the entertainment on offer.Eventually, even the Lipthorpe brothers at The Fiesta (who did manage to keep their Gambling licence) buckled their knees to Disco, and it became Black Cats.I recall once having lunch with Stan Henry in the “80”s and he admitted to me that , in the beginning, things were so primitive in his company that the architectural drawings for The Mirimba were done in one night, on the back of his “loft-cover,” perched on his kitchen table. The iconic Jayne Mansfield rubbing her huge “boobs” in Mike Dales”s face during her cabaret act at The Marimba is something I”ll never forget… I don”t suppose Mike has too! Any other memorable cabaret acts?

  135. Thanks to a mail from Arthur Evans, Charles O”Connor has been found running an antiques & “ephemera” business in Whitby, N.Yorks. Seems he”s still involved in playing music around that area.

  136. O.K. heres a “blindside” local musician who made it to the “big-time” and never receives a single accolade as far as Teesside is concerned. Back in “66 at M”bro Art College in the year behind my self was a lad by the name of Charles O”Connor who possessed almost archetypical Irish good looks, although he was from either Redcar, or M/bro I believe. Only once did I find him strumming a guitar, and although the likes of fellow students Alan Ludley, Mike Gutteridge, Paul Rhucroft and myself were involved musically on the local scene, I never saw “Charlie” anywhere. However, I later found that he was a founding member of “70”s Irish super-group Horslips, a band that enjoyed great international success. A little like Chris Rea, who only played with one local band, Charlie seemed to have left the area, and gone straight “up”. He”s listed in Wikipedia as being from M”bro, anyone out there ever meet him, or know of him?

  137. Ref unknown group well you have Mr Harrison himself and John McWilliams this was the start before The Moonbeams formed, then John Walker drums. Bob Dale, Mike Buttle (bass) Mr Fingers McWilliams (lead) and then Denny Price vocals. Johny (Cybals Walker)is my brother. He made me roadie for The Moonbeams travelling in an old post office van around the clubs playing at the Billingham stores dances, Hutton Rudby village hall and others and made me play C AM F & G till my fingers where sore, well it payed off the new Moonbeams are up and playing.

  138. Ah the days of the Fiesta. I was there when Jimmy Cliff appeared singing, “I can see clearly” Where are you now Anne Glover? We had some good times together.

  139. Came upon this brilliant site by accident, nostalgically putting “Boro” names in Google and spent the last couple of hours reading it. My association was mostly with Denmen following a chance meeting with Bill Randall in the Purple Onion, later with Real McCoy through Terry Sidgwick. Good to hear Mick Gutteridge”s contributions – how are you Mick? So many memories. All the best to all involved.

  140. I left Stockton and moved to Merseyside in the late sixties so it was interesting to hear Eric Whitehouse mentioning Kenny Johnson who used to perform around Merseyside as Sonny Webb and the Cascades during the Merseybeat boom. Since then he has played in a number of top country bands notably the Hillsiders and Kenny Johnson and Northwind. He is a great singer and he now plays the country music clubs solo. He also hosts an excellent weekly country music show Sounds Country on Radio Merseyside. I play double bass in a bluegrass band and recently we backed Kenny at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall in a tribute show to Buddy Holly, 50 years to the day from when he played there in 1958. There were 30 bands on including Tommy Allsup (Buddy”s guitarist) now 75 and buddy”s wife Maria Elena was there.

  141. Almost by osmosis, many of the original Merseybeat musicians drifted quietly into other outfits. A premier example neing drummerTrevor Morais who emerged from the incredibly hard- done-by Liverpool band Farons Flamingos (i.e they had their highly original arrangement of The Contours “Do you love me?” stolen by both Brian Poole & The Tremeloes and The Dave Clark Five) and re-emerged in The Peddlers ,a Manchester band that once again achieved 60″s “cult” rather than chart success.Their incredible “Live at The Pickwick (Club)” album unfortunately features the rather more “plummy” voice of early BBC D.J. Pete Murray delivering an introduction. as opposed to the grittier, natural voice of Bob Wooler on the Big-3″s “Cavern” E.P. Nevertheless, it remains another classic example of what powerful work a three-man line up can achieve.We all then had to wait until the late “70”s mod-revival to find Paul Weller”s “The Jam” generating a similar tour de force from just three musicians.

  142. The Big Three were possibly the most highly respected musicians of all the Liverpool groups. They evolved from a group called Cass & The Cassanovas which were formed in the late 50″s by Brian Casser. Although originally a four-piece outfit, by 1959 they had slimmed down to a trio comprising of Casser (guitar/vocals), Adrian Barber (guitar) and Johnny Hutchinson (drums). In need of a bass guitarist, Hutchinson brought in Johnny Gustafson. At that time Gustafson didn”t have a proper bass guitar so Barber converted an acoustic for him. Late in 1960, Casser left the group and moved to London reducing them to a trio again. In January 1961 the Cassanovas re-emerged as the Big Three. Despite being a three-piece they were one of the loudest bands in Liverpool due to Barber”s talents in the electronics field. He built the band giant amps, standing over five feet high, which were nicknamed “coffins”. Brian Epstein signed them to his sable and sent them over to Hamburg. It was during that trip that Brian Griffiths joined the group, Barber left, and the best-known line-up of the Big Three was established. Their musicianship and attack were legendary and they exerted a considerable influence on their contemporaries. Epstein arranged for them to audition for Decca Records and they recorded “Some Other Guy”. The group were not happy with the recording and appalled when they were told that Decca would be releasing it and wouldn”t allow them a proper recording session so they could perform the song they way they wished it to be played. Instead of understanding why the Big Three were so popular – because of their aggressive sound, their wildness, their casual appearance on stage – he put them into suits and began to dilute their sound, choosing lightweight pop numbers and insisting, against their wishes, that they record them. The Big Three and Epstein terminated their partnership in July 1963, but the damage had been done. Gustafson and Griffiths quit, and with drummer Ian Broad from Rory Storm & the Hurricanes formed the Seniors and left for Germany. Hutchinson replaced them with Faron and Paddy Chambers from Faron”s Flamingo”s. By mid-“64 their days were numbered. Paddy Chambers left and was replaced by Paul Pilnick from the All Stars. Pilnick only stayed a short time before moving on to Tony Jackson & the Vibrations. Hutchinson received an offer to join Kingsixe Taylor & the Dominoes but declined, opting insted to hang up his drumsticks.

  143. Just been up in my loft and found “AT THE CAVERN” by the Big Three. Decca DFE8552. Tracks included What”d I Say, Don”t Start Running Away, Zip a Dee Doo Daa and Reelin” and a Rockin”. Some Other Guy was not on this EP. Sorry folks. Mick if you want to borrow it give me a call.

  144. The E.P was a strange “recording” issue by record companies, almost like a sampler by a band. The other two iconic E.Ps I recall from that era were “Five by Five”, from the Stones (featuring an unusual instrumental number) and the slightly earlier “Cyril Davies Rythmn n” Blues All Stars”which featured the late, great, Arty McDermotts favourite (and almost his signature number) “Chicago Calling” I think I played this latter Ep almost “white” whilst practising blues-harmonica at school in “63.

  145. Terry Sidgewick is in Brighton and Terry Popple is in Hutton Rudby but goes to Brighton often to play in a few gigs and is in touch with Terry S. I suppose you know we lost Tony Hicks. Glad to see Chris Bailey is alive and kicking.

  146. I still have my copy but it”s warped and skips badly. Bob Wooler did the intro and you can almost feel the sweat and the slime running down the Caverns walls. One of the best Liverpool bands of the day was Sonny Webb and the Cascades, he”s still around on the country scene today under the name of Kenny Johnson Band. Kenny left the Cascades in the late sixties and formed the Hillsiders. Johnny Kidd and the Pirates did an even better version of “Some Other Guy” with Mick Green on lead guitar.

  147. I remember that EP very well. It had the definitive version of “Some Other Guy” There is a fantastic lead break played on a Hofner Colorama. This guy was so cool, he didn”t need a Strat or a 335. Can”t remember his name but he was rated the best in Liverpool. The bass player was Johnny Gustafferson. Johnny left the Big Three and went on to join the Mersybeats taking over from Billy Kinsley. Chris, you were spot on with your view of this recording. The perfect interpretation of the “Liverpool Sound”.

  148. Just noted that LP comment by “gt” re: 60″s albums. I remember being given by a girl at M”bro Art College an EP called “The Big 3 …Live at The Cavern” back in 1964. This was an early “live” recording and seemed to summate the very essence of Merseybeat, and that hot, sweaty atmosphere of so many basement clubs we can all recall from that era. The Big-3 were really “tight” on this album and yet achieved so little acknowledged fame, or success. It was only much later via the “web” did I discover that this band were the most popular in Liverpool amongst club-goers, having achieved, what might be termed the “coolest” performance accolades above that even of The Beatles , The Searchers,Farrons Flamingoes etc, etc.. Some 44 years later, I cannot get hold of, buy, or even find, a copy of that EP for love nor money. Goes to show , talent is no metier of success!

  149. Thanks Eric, I was a big fan of all the North east Groups and did see many on stage. I think your right about Reg Davison. Im not sure why the original Tempests broke up but in my time with them we had great times. Barry Grimwood was the Lead Guitar and was a great teacher and influence on me personally. Barry brought the Chuck Berry riffs into play and we got quite bluesy as time went on. I do hope I hear from one of the band members. Isn”t it strange we didnt take many pictures in those days. Im sure there must be one of the Tempests in my time with them.

  150. Jack I think you took over from my next door neighbour Reg Davison. Lol Atkinson mentions the Tempests at the vintagesixtieslive site. Checkout also stan laundon”s site for more 60″s bands from this area.I”m still trying to organise a band reunion night. If anyone is interested please contact me via this website.

  151. 60s !! What a time in my life. I played with a reformed group called “The Tempests” We played all the North East clubs and dance venues. I often wonder what happened to the band members Alec Geddes Vocals, Ivan Thompson Bass, Barry Grimwood lead, Dave Ritchie drums and me the clown on Rhythm. We Played Redcar Jazz club , also Kirklevington . Playing alongside Baldry and Rod Stewart. We made a 45 demo disc in Newcastle which i have since lost !! Anybody got one ?? We did a jazz version of Summer Time and the bside was Walkin the dog i think ? I left the band to join the Merchant Navy and subsequently moved to Canada in 1967 (Vancouver) I have no pictures or contacts with the band but often talk to family and friends about my days with The Tempests in Stockton. If anyone out there has a contact or picture i would dearly love to have them. Some fantastic bands in the North East at that period in time. I have loved reading all the stories on this site. I was in the North East last year but couldnt find anyone i once knew.

  152. Just thought I”d mention I”ve got two albums on vinyl,one is “Live at the Marquee” featuring one side Jimmy James and the Vaggabonds and the otherside The Alan Bown Set,I also have Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band “Shifters,Shifters,Finger Clinking Mamas”featuring songs like,High High Hazel,Michael,Water etc,Many a time I”ve dusted them off and went down memory lane,listening to them.

  153. Hi everyone been away a few weeks and missed reading the site. I too remember the Gig at the old Gaumont on the corner of Southfield Road and Linthorpe Road it was the summer of 1967. Good to be reminded of the bands yes it was Soft Machine and for some wild reason in my head either that gig or another did PINK FLoyd ever play or were Soft Machine part of their earlier incarnations? It was a summer of coming of my age and when I started to put on concerts in Middlesbrough later that summer early September was my first at Sacred Heart Hall on Linthorpe Road which was the Stainsby Old Boys first gig and had John McCoys Tramline I think Rivers Invitation and the first or one of Chelfont Line first gigs all for around 7/6d . These were heady times the McCoys in Bottemley Street and the Kirk and the Redcar Jazz Club where the places to be and the music was the very best of true Soul and R&B and the influx of the British bands and the beginnings of the household names for the next forty years from the Beatles Stones Yardbirds The WHO and the whole wave of the sixties pop bands. For live gigs the Kirk and McCoys where the places for pure atomsphere and the energy that certain bands could create still lives on to those who had the pleasure and enjoyment of the nights with The Alan Bown Set,the Amboy dukes to the Fantastics or Geno washington and his Ram Jam Band or the most loved Jimmy James and his Vagabonds. However the Sunday nights were the domain of the Redcar Jazz Club who always had shows and headliners you could not and did not want to miss. i can remember that on one run there were 22 Sundays on the trot and each night was truely memorable and I did not miss one,This is still a credit to Roger Barker as the names were memorable to this day. from Cat Stevens,Spooky Tooth,Sonny Childe and the TNT many many USA soul bands to the best of British Blues bands and Big Roll Band and all the famous names you can think of had a gig there over those unforgotton years. I guess we should also mention the Lipthorpe brothers and the Stockton Fiesta as the List of World stars and again many bands who have played there are an endless list or in the case of Amen corner were seen for two minutes before being torn off the stage.One great and unforgettable night was the show the Beach boys did live just after the release of Good Vibrations. The history and the chances to see the idols and heroes of the Teesside public through these exciting decades, has been well served by the people who played and assisted behind the scenes from roadies to promoters and these pages rightly address and recognise the contributions of so many that have brought about these truly lovely and sentimental exchanges by all of us who have been fortunate to have been through and a part of those glorious years. Bari Chohan.

  154. Had an update on The Phantoms from Mike Gutteridge. It seems that they were from the same “stable” as The Denmen(previously The Bachelor Boys) i.e. Mr & Mrs Ludleys front-room in Gresham Rd , M/bro. Brothers Allan (Denmen) and Tommy Ludley (Phantoms) both played guitar. Mike recalls that The Phantoms were Terry Sidgewicks first “go” at playing bass with a band, back in “63/64. Mike actually went with Terry to buy his first guitar at Burdons in S/ton.The lad must have practised hard, as four years later, he was recording the “Somewhere Down the Tracks” album with John McCoy”s “Tramline”.Anyone know where is he now?

  155. I remember the Soft Machine gig at the Gaumont all-nighter in 67. I was there, along with Stookey, Ronnie Lambton and others, and my recollections mirror your own – people milling about in the dark, not really knowing what the whole thing was supposed to be about, but then it was a “happening”, after all. I lived not far from the Gaumont, so was able to fall deleriously into bed after sticking it out until about 4.00am I think. Happy days.

  156. hi,im looking to make contact with musicians john and irene rodgers who lived in redcar and played at the pier ballroom with danny mitchell in the 1960

  157. Amazing how the further you dig into the grey-stuff, you come up with little oddments. Can anyone recall the “24 hour Shudder” a “one-off” , held in the former Gaumont Cinema (corner Southfield/Linthorpe Rd) back in 67-68?. I believe the band was Soft Machine, at the dawn of Psychedelic-rock. The once magnificent “opera-house” interior was completely stripped out and yet somehow, someone, had managed to hire it with an electric supply.I can”t recall much else, besides watching interminable guitar solos played to a sporadic audience, who all stood gazing at the huge stage area in the darkened auditorium. This, where only ten years previously I had sat and watched Flash Gordon, and The Cisco Kid, each Saturday morning.

  158. TO THOSE PEOPLE ASKING BOUT WALLY LATHERON FROM THE PHOTO THAT CREATED ALL THIS,was with WALLY last week and a bit sad really that he stopped playing so early,has not lost one bit of his humour,had a giggle and those who saw his demise in the paper,it was his dad,of the same name,pleased to say passed info about this site and look for some input from him,not one from the photo has had any input,howay walter …give it some,put the gardening on the back burner,…ive sent TREVVIE some stuff ,,,,some of it..UNPRINTABLE but give him credit and more of the stuff needed,finally,not a push,just a fact,SOUL REBELS,we done the first few gigs and already we are being likened to THE ALAN BOWN SET..i wish..??but its soully its tight its good……

  159. It”s good to see that Trevor is making progress with The BOOK, but don”t forget that all stories, however brief, are all part of the rich tapestry that made the sixties music scene on Teesside so memorable. So come you guys out there, add your contributions to “immortality”. And yes “Bogus” your ma is quite correct in her memories of my late mother Doris who, sadly, didn”t make it to the sixties.

  160. Interesting that request by Stan Laundon in respect of “photographs” of bands from the “60”s because in those days if the band didn”t organise their own “pics”, there was precious little chance of the local paper taking one of them, or even mentioning them.These were the days of the “day-job”,careers,trades and generally getting on up that ladder in a proper vocation. Of course music, and pro-musicians were somewhere out there, but it was not really a viable “career” prospect. Back in the late “60”s I worked for the Evening Gazette, and one day our M.D. decided to introduce a “suggestion-box” scheme, for ideas as to the newspapers future content. My own “suggestion”(at age 20) was that there should be a “featured” section devoted to music, clubs and entertainment.I recall receiving a brief “thank-you” note. At that time,1966-67, there was a vibrant local music scene not only with famous bands, but huge cabaret artistes such as Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones etc all appearing regularly around the area. And, as we all testify here, the “local” band scene was also pretty healthy too, playing at a mass of individual venues. All these clubs and venues “paid” for their advertising on the “Ents” page each week, and unless the particular cabaret artiste, or band was willing to knock over a “pile of pennies”, or visit a Childrens Ward, the Gazette otherwise blithely ignored them, and slept through the seminal “60”s music scene. Some 30 yrs later, a “bright-spark” at the paper introduced the current “Whats-On” guide each Friday, and at last achieved what I had deemed possible years before. What is more, it gives a fair shake to local bands as well as other musicians on the rise-up nationally, with plenty of “photographs” and even interviews.

  161. The Skyliners changed their name to Government. They have been disbanded for some years. The final line up was; Brian Rowe Drums Malcolm Buckton Bass Malcolm Bradshaw Trumpet Norrie Roy (deceased) Vocal/Keyboard Dave Williamson Tenor Sax…. Someone was asking about Roger Barker. He is still alive and kicking. He has recently been involved in the restoration of the steam loco “The Sir Nigel Gresley” He can be found on most Friday nights “Supporting” the bar at Guisborough Cricket Club This information was supplied to me by Dave Williamson who now plays together with me in two Soul Bands. Soul Survivors and Soul Rebels

  162. Terry Popple is mentioned on The Kalvins page of my own site, thanks to the late Dennis Trowbridge who was kind enough to send me a photograph. I am always interested to post photographs and information of the Teesside bands. The more people post to me, the merrier.

  163. I remember the Phantoms very well and Terry was only a young pup in those days. We all paid our dues in places like the Jube and the Maison along with the Greenway. The reason probably they do not appear on Stan”s site is because nobody has bothered to contact Stan with any info.Stan”s always on the look out for forgotten Teesside or Hartlepool based bands from that era.

  164. The various clubs where live bands played in the Mid Sixties were the just before my own era The Outlook,The Scene,The Kirk,The Redcar Jazz Club,The Astoria(then became the Showboat.)and many many more also the Den at Billingham. At the next level down was the proving ground of the numerous local youth clubs throughout the area and various church and village halls gigs. All the local bands had a tough circuit to keep climbing up to eventually maybe be the supporting band to the Headliners be they the popular main local bands or a chance at the main venues.Some of the highlight gigs of the year were often the various young farmers barbecues and other annual social events.Eventually the nightclubs from the Bailey Organisation to who ever allowed these local bands to play in the later years as it proved more difficult to fill their bills. The role also of the strong set up and opportunities provided to local bands of the workingmans sector should not go unrecognised. All these gigs were the backbone that made these bands and forged them with the resiliance to play and get better. From the schools dance at the end of the fifth year leaving to all in between should all be acknowledged for assisting in producing from our area some truly great musicans and stars. This photograph and the discussions that have evolved around it have been terrific and I enjoy reading the comments and seeing many many names from my past popping up from nowhere.

  165. Dave Rea has been on to myself from OZ. regarding local “60”s band “The Phantoms” featuring Terry Sidgewick & Tommy Ludley. He reckons that back in 1964 The Greenway Pub at Thorntree, M”bro, on a Friday night, used to erupt to their performances with people even dancing on the tables! Searched Stan L”s site and they don”t appear to be listed. Anyone have any info? Terry went on to play in John McCoy”s “Tramline” with Micky Moody and Terry Popple, can”t recall if his “Jonboy Band” was before, or after, that.

  166. Regarding the long standing dispute about the fact that the Stones & the Hollies played the Outlook Club 13 July 1963. In the Middlesbrough Evening Gazette, Friday 12 July 1963 page 10 there is a small advert for the Outlook Club advertising that the Rolling Stones and the Hollies were to appear the following night. Admission cost was 7/6 for members and 10/- for guests, and Positively no admittance after 10.30 pm! I”m afraid Bill Wyman is wrong on this occasion because there never was a club in Middlesbrough called the Alcove.

  167. With reference to the Stones & Hollies at The Outlook Club in M/bro 1963. I now have the finite story from Davey Rea in Oz,i.e. that it was himself who discovered the contract with the double signatures of Mick Jagger & Brian Jones on it, this when Barry Faulkner and he, re-opened the Outlook as Ossies Bar in the early 80″s. The contract was kept on a wall, behind armoured glass, and remained there after subsequent owner John Rogers purchased the Bar in 1987. John then took the contract to Sotheby”s,for a Rock Memorabilia valuation. They, it appears, showed little interest.However, I don”t think even they realised that this was the 1st gig The Stones had played outside their home territory of greater London. I managed to persuade Stones uber- fansite “Timeisonourside” to post a long needed correction after Bill Wyman in his book “Rolling with the Stones”referred to the gig as being at “The Alcove Club”.

  168. I need some info on Drummers Terry Popple and Aidrian Tilbrook Mike Kemp and Drummers you feel should be in the book. Please get my e mail address from the administrators or post the info here. Still need info on Chris Rea too

  169. Just found this site via the photo of FRESHWATER, Alan Harrison Wally Latheron John MacWilliams Andy Hunter and Frankie Smith. Andy left the band and I replaced him on Bass. Problem was I had to wear Andys suit ,if I remember correctly.and he was a good 4 inches taller than me.I see Bilbo Taylor has been on here a few times, will never forget the time he was breathalized on the Whitby Bridge after our gig at the Fylingdales, the lads life flashed in front of him I think.If Paul Butler is reading this and was the guitar player with Del and the Falcons, my ma who turned 88 last month was remembering his late mother Doris(?) , who was a pal of hers when they lived in Stockton near Dovecot Street.Some well known and interesting names crop up here, I can remember most of them quite clearly.I did stints with Cycle, Alcatraz, Freshwater Fabuloso Brothers Jonboy (Hartlepool) and Bilbo Taylor but it was a hell of a long time ago.

  170. Glad to see that the site has again come to life.It needs the stimulus that people”s memories provide of this period. I have been fascinated by the diverse spread of people who have responded to the site and that they are from so many parts of the world,yet are drawn back to their teenage and adolescent times on Teesside.I am so pleased that there is such enjoyment through the connections made by these pages.Trev I have only had the couple of emails from you and I promise to send you some riveting material over the next few weeks. I have been delayed due to illness and family committments. great to see ChrisB still headlining and bringing out and evoking so many people”s thoughts. good to hear and clear up that Wally and JB McCoy are alive and well and still playing even. For those who asked about and what was TEESPOP 68 look back over some of the earlier contributions and pages and many snippets about Teesside”s very first Music Festival even before The major Isle of Wight festivals. We had many fantastic acts of the time and future great names as well as a spread of our local talent.It was an eclectic mix of TRAFFIC featuring Stevie Winwood and BEN E KING top of the bill and then the Bonzo Dog Do Dah Band and The Family also Joe Cocker just as his first record was breaking the UK charts.Amboy Dukes and Alan Bown Set (made up most of Supertramp) plus many more compered by Long John Baldry and many local bands Tramline Rivers Invitation etc It would be good to get some comments from the guys who played in those bands at this event.as the co promoter I am honoured and pleased to be associated with this event.It took the great courage of two local politicians to allow this event. Councillors tim thornton and Hall.I hope the contributors continue to send in their comments and that many more interesting facts and talking points emerge from the site. BARI CHOHAN

  171. Now here we have, the “premier rock-chick” Sue Stokeld, all the way from sunny Calif! C”mon Sue tell us all about Marty Wilde at the Stockton Globe Theatre Panto in 1959, the seminal “2i”s” Coffee Bar in Old Compton St, London,Cliff R., Adam F.,etc, and ex-beau Rick Hewson, from S”ton, who later produced, and arranged, so many great artistes. Nice to see you on here.

  172. Good to hear Chris Bailey is still around, aka The Scarlet Pimpernel……….and I hear Andy Strickland still does a mean impersonation of Joe Cocker…..why don”t you all get together for a reunion………give yourselves time for hair appointments, facials etc! I will fly home for it.

  173. John McCoy is alive and well and playing his harmonica with Terry Popple on drums and other local musicians occasionally at the Kings Head in Hutton Rudby and various other pubs in the vicinity.

  174. NEWSFLASH: I am reliably informed that the man himself Mr John Benedict McCoy ex: The Outlook,The Scene, Purple Onion Mk.1. ,Mr McCoys, The Kirk, Perrys, Purple Onion Mk.II and co-organiser of Teespop “68, is, as I write, already compiling a book with regards to the “Teesside Music scene” 1950-1995. Looks like we have two publications racing to the bookshops, We”d all better ask for a few book tokens from Santa this year!!

  175. Fascinating site! Read Trevor”s tales of the Johnny Taylor Five and his his forthcoming book which evoked lots of good memories……..pleased to see I am not forgotten!!!. Gordon obviously has a good memory . I have a collection of yellowing press cuttings about the JT5 and some professional photos if they would be of use in the book. There is even one about the first school group that Gordon refers to …The Four Teens would you believe! I lost touch with the fellow band members and would love to know their whereabouts. Please pass my e-mail address on to Trevor if possible. Keep up the good work,

  176. Re Peter Jordison I have a vast amount of info for Paul Rodgers, Micky Moody and The Road Runners from Colin Bradly I have also had e mails from Micky Moody with a few snippets of info . The book is going well but still needs local snippets like the one above from Gordon Valentine I would like info on Chris Rea too if anyone can shed some light on his early years Although John Taylor has supplied some info ( Thanks for that) Those of you who said they would be interested in supplying info please let me know how it is going and space can be dedicated for you in the book . Although I would rather like to see some copy. Bari Chohan ,Did you get my e mails ? and Jeff Beal (Panthers ) I would like to here from you again Regards Trev

  177. I have recently established re-communication with Andy Strickland and can unfortunately confirm that the famous “pork-pie hat” is no longer in existence.

  178. Find below the first part of a decade in the life of Johnny Taylor Five supplied by Gordon Valentine for inclusion in the 60s Book Project. This is the sort of things I”m looking for from all the local bands, Zephrons ,Panthers, Whirlwinds ,Blue Caps etc This story is only 1 page of 3 you will have to buy the book to get the rest but don”t it bring back the memouries !!! the book is progressing but I need a lot more like this …… supplied by Gordon Valentine Bass / Vocals JT 5 I think it all started when Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel” scorched out of the radio on Family Favourites one Sunday in May 1956. The effect that record had was unbelievable; then along came Lonnie Donegan and suddenly us young Billingham lads realised that you didn’t need to go for music lessons for years to learn to play an instrument, just three chords on a guitar and you play skiffle and eventually rock ’n’ roll songs. So I suppose at 12 or 13 years of age I got my first guitar. It was a steel-strung acoustic with an action that needed a mole wrench to fret a string. No instruction book though and no idea how to tune it! Eventually I did learn from other lads at school and soon like many others we formed a school skiffle group. We soon went from that to Buddy Holly, Ricky Nelson , Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis. The first group ( not band !!) was me on a Hofner 500/5 bass ( no amp yet) Eric Shoosmith with a Rosetti single cutaway electric , George Corfield with a Hofner Senator and Mike Hutchins with a snare drum (maybe a cymbal!) It didn’t last that long and I moved on to Al Morgan and the Echoes ,playing some youth clubs and dances. Al Morgan joined the Johnny Taylor Four and I played for a while with Johnny Parker and the Echoes until we joined the The Travellers resident in the Black Horse on Billingham Green. My memory might be playing up but I think we played Thursday, Friday and Saturday for 16 shillings each! (75p) Shortly after, Brian (Johnny) Taylor asked me to audition for his group. They had already started to build a reputation, working for Border Dances ,two regular pub jobs (the Magnet Grangetown and the Cleveland at Southbank) and had supported Wee Willie Harris at the Jubilee!!! Fame at last . Before too long we managed to persuade Jack Marwood to let us play at the Maison while the band took their break and we also started getting a full weeks work at the Empire Continental. Incidentally in Bernards Orchestra at the Continental the pianist was a young Steve Gray who went on to arrange for Quincy Jones and I think Ron Aspery(later on the sensational Back Door) on sax. The bookings continued to build and I think we must have played at almost every dance hall and social club in the north east.The Billingham Tech dances were memorable, always three groups. One evening ,with all the gear in the van we went into the old Hippodrome in Dovecote St., to see Gene Vincent .The compere came on to tell the audience that Gene’s transport had broken down and the show would start late .Ever enterprising, Brian Taylor went backstage and offered to play until Gene’s arrival. We hauled the gear in and were setting up when the man himself arrived. So there we were meeting and talking to a rock’n’roll legend. It’s difficult to explain and describe the mood and the atmosphere of the north east in the early sixties. The optimism after the grey and cold fifties .The innocence and the colour. The wealth that was being generated. No pre-recorded music played in the shops and restaurants (thank god!); pubs might have a piano player ; dance halls had bands; the clubs had the organist and drummer and the only juke boxes were in the coffee bars. I remember Stockton High Street , maybe around eleven thirty on a cold old winters night, “TOMS HOT DOGS” parked in the middle and three or four old group vans. Mick Kemp and the Bluecaps, the Whirlwinds, the Tempests and maybe the Panthers ,all of them great groups , eating burgers and talking about where they played that night.

  179. What a pleasure to read this thread and many thanks to my oldest mate, Nev Reed, for giving me the link. I was too young to remember the greatest Kirk years but was promoted from cloakroom duties at McCoys in Bottomley Street to be the last custodian of the “Onion” on McCoys nights. I remember Chris Bailey(I went to the Isle of Wight as well. It”s strange that I didn”t bump into you amongst the half million!)who did the artwork for The Elastic Band”s card(I think I”ve still got one)and many other projects. I managed to see Jimi Hendrix at the Imperial Hotel in Darlington – thanks, Mandy, and thanks to Will Grimston for the lift! In answer to the question about people who played in bands at McCoys and later became ultra famous -here”s my contribution The Gas Board (although there was The Jazz Board) featuring Bryan Ferry, Gary Farr and the T-Bones fearuring Keith Emerson and possibly Lee Jackson. Has Andy Strickland still got that pork-pie hat? Great memories. Let”s hear some more.


  181. I have looked at the site several times and I am a little non plussed in that there is a distinct lack of input at the moment.Whether this is due to editors and censorship or that people are being frightened off by the preamble that now appears.This has caused a lot of people who were deriving great enjoyment through their nostalgic reminiscents to stop their contributions to the site. I agree that the comments should be relevant to the photograph but they do lead on through much social intercourse into developing wonderful memories of many people and this site is to to be thanked for this.I hope that this contribution will be posted and that a little leeway is allowed so as all may truely continue to enjoy what has been achieved in bring so many people together with their thoughts and memories of the music and times in Stockton and Tesside.My regards to all the contributors to this site please keep it going strong. Bari Chohan

  182. What a find this site has been. I”m a bit younger than you guys and “fraid to say a Darlo boy (the relationship was always a bit oil and water – I remember Kirk being threequarters Teeside with the Darlington enclave at the right hand side of the stage). One of my earliest memories is of being very drunk and entering a back yard and then what appeared to be a converted house to a sweat-soaked room where Jimmy James were playing (McCoy”s first venue). They had a guy who must have been around six foot seven called Count Prince Miller??? Remember being mesmerised by the spinning Lelsey organ speaker. Must have been about 15-16 at the time. Hence a lot of what I”ve read brings back vague memories of the bands who also played Darlington. Found the site as I recently met up again with the sax player from Jimmy Williams & the West Coast Promotion, John “Smokey” Bowman and entered the band in Google. While Teesside has it”s Hollies/Stones early gig we have the Hendrix appeareance at our R&B club above the Bolivar in the Imperial Hotel on 02/02/67. I was there, and yes, I DO know who pinched his guitar that night. I was a regular at Kirk and am surprised to find no mention so far of d.j. Tony Hargan?? (also worked at Fearnley”s). For my sins I later went on to become a pro d.j. through the northern soul/psychedlic era before running night clubs and admit Tony was somewhat of a hero and gladly confess that so many of the American imports I played were copied from Tony”s playlist. Even copied his style which wasn”t difficult as he didn”t speak a word all night but let the music speak for him. Many, many memories of great times at Redcar Jazz etc. in an era that is now almost unbelievable for it”s innovation, but as my early memories are Darlington based they”re not relevent to this forum so I won”t bore you. I DO remember Darlington “mods” being very miffed “cos we had to go to Middlesbrough to buy Ben Shermans and John Wesley Hardin shirts etc., no-one in Darlington stocked them (John”s City & Western I seem to remember??). Memories of Kirk live bands include Steampacket, Dream Police, Terry Reid (just amazing), a very pregnant Mary Wells with Bobby Womack on guitar right up to Labi Siffre (always went down well), Thunderclap Newman. Q Tips and many many more. Wish Darlo had a similar forum, perhaops if I keep looking……… Regards from “over the border”.

  183. Whilst trying to find some info on my fave Rock God.. Chris Rea, I came across this wonderful site. As an honorary Teessider, (I spent 30 wonderful years there, livin” all over from Redcar, thru” Grangetown,The Boro,Stockton,Billingham,Darlo, Middletown-St.-George, back to Stockton, and finally stayed again in Billingham, before moving to the West Midlands 3 and a half years ago). Anyway less of that, but what I”m trying to find is a piccie of Emilio Rea”s cafes” in the Boro, around the sixties. The reason being is that for a long time, I have wondered if 1 of them was painted blue on the outside, as in the title of 1 of Chris”s Cds, “The Blue Cafe” one, and was that where got his inspiration for the name of that album?. Anyone got any idea? Also, whilst reading this wonderful site, I glanced at a post that began “To Laureen Large” . Laureen Large???. I have only heard the name “Laureen” once in my (nearly 52 years) life, and that belonged to a wonderful lady, a person I class as a TRUE friend. Her surname is Large? Surely it MUST have been the same Laureen Large, that I know lives in London, came from Seaton Carew, and does a lot of work with a Southern based band called, “The Blue Bishops”. Anyway, re-read back a few posts, and of course it WAS my friend Laureen, that is on here.. Laureen, you dark horse, you never, EVER mentioned in our long chats a few years back about the North East music scene, The Fiesta, The Globe Theatre etc., that you were in a band called “The Engines”. And although we last met recently, ( December 2007, at Wembley Arena, after watchin” a fantastic performance, of our fave Live Band,) you STILL never told me about this band, from your past. Now I AM intrigued, tell us more please. Mark

  184. RE BOOK Looking for info on those who made the grade but played in local bands. I have some info on Paul Rodgers, Bruce Thomas, Micky Moody and Dave Coverdale but nothing on Chris Rea. Any info or photos would be a big help. Indeed if I have missed anyone out please let me know. Contacting me can be done through this site or the Administrators who have been very helpful with other info (Thanks) Regards Trev

  185. To Alistair Smith: That “lithping” bar-maid was indeed Carol Metcalfe who served so long on what had been “the roulette bar” of The Kirk (top of the stairs turn left) it was known in perpetuity simply as “Carol”s Bar”.

  186. To Christine Reeves: There are quite a few retro-sites in respect of “Memories of The Twisted Wheel”, and the Chris Rea song is on his album “Deltics”.If you want to recall the “club-sound” of that era “Geno Washington-Live!” and “Zoot Money at the Marquee”are probably the best still-available albums. To Dave “Mac”: Ah! The Pedlars, this great little Hammond organ-fuelled band were regularly featured on Brian Matthews “Saturday Club”on BBC Radio. Our pal, guitarist Bob McConnel, was so enamoured with them that he tried to get me to book “em for an Art College dance-just to see them up close! To Trevor Davis: I am working on making a John McCoy connection and I don”t think a “nudge” in sax-player, and humourist, Ray Dales”s ribs will go amiss either! How come nobody has mentioned him on here recently?

  187. Hiya Dave Macnamara, Was the girl at the Kirk called Carol? I seem to remember that she had a slight, almost unoticable, lisp.

  188. Hello to Dave Shearer, I dont think we ever played together,but I believe we were once going to form a band, maybe with Steve Brown,anyway its good to read your threads.Who are you playing with now?anyone I might know?Take care,keep it coming.

  189. Just recalling a few more bands that John Mccoy/Rodger Barker/Bari Chohan laid on our table. Nashville Teens,John Lee Hooker( The Scene)Freddie King,Three Dog Night(Town hall Crypt)The Peddlers ( Redcar jazz Club)I remember a girl I was dating at the time said to me “I am up to here with all this jazz and blues”Anybody remember the girl who worked behind the bar at the Kirk?She knew every instrument and band member that played there. To Chris Bailey,how about passing this address and Stan Laundons onto John Mccoy?

  190. to chris bailey.thanks for your mail.i was too wrecked to go back out on the sunday nights… still wrecked on mondays when i had to go back to work at littlewoods stockton..the store detective once chastised me and asked if i had been taking drugs!!!!ill try and get the album of chris rea,s . thanks for that, i didnt know about it.my son buys the old lp,s so he might even have it . fingers crossed.no pics of the wheel??? take care. this is a great site.. christine reeves.oh, and i remember going to see paul rodgers in the free at redcar jazz club. everyone had to stand in a big queque to buy their drinks and they all seemed to be getting bottles of brown ale. strong stuff. i hadnt had it before but happily draank it… i was very sick on the train home and didnt even get to people watching in middlesbrough the next day , which was saturday.. that use to be one of my favourite pastimes.. going up and down linthorpe road checking the talent out.. what else were saturdays for??

  191. hi bari, i remember you well from mccoys. mainly for your good looks!!! they certainly were great days. as im getting older im thinking back to them a lot more. wish my memory was as good as yours seems to be! can hardly remember my name some days!! haha! well, not quite that bad…. it will be fantastic if we ever do get a book from the good old days.any pics of when we were all that age will be great to see… even if it wasnt in the nightclubs. where have all those years gone? christine reeves


  193. for Chris Bailey: I too remember seeing the contract in Ken Crawfords office I think it was for a fee of £16 and for the Tramline just after they had released their LPp somewhere down the line with the same extra of a crate of newcastle brown ale,

  194. I need to contact The McCoys To find out about copyright for some contracts recived for The Kirk for The Cream and Jimi Hendrix . Plus I feel they would be a help in supplying info for the book project.

  195. I have been reading the comments over the last few weeks and it is great to here from so many of the early members of groups that I remember working with when I played with i.e,Midnighters,The Stormers,The Fireballs ect.I was wondering if any one rembers a late night coffee bar on Borough Rd. called Expresso Pietro? We used to go there after our gigs I remember one night we were there, Granville Leacy, Ray Hudson, Tom Gibson and myself when in walked Hank Marvin, Tony Meehan and jet Harris. They were playing the next night at the Empire with Cliff Richard we were invited back stage to meet him, he was currently starring in his latest movie Expresso Bongo he was so proud to show us his gold lamay jacket which he wore in the film. We spent the better part of the night with them and of course Granville was engrossed in guitar talk all evening with Hank Marvin telling him how much he loved his new strat.For Eric Whitehouse I have found some old photos so I will bring them with me when we get together.

  196. To John Taylor: In quoting Mark Twain”s ” Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated”, I”m extemely pleased to find that this has proved to be exactly the case regarding guitarist Walter Latheron. I shall inform Barry Faulker forthwith. Thanks John.

  197. To Eric Whitehouse: following in your thread about Fender”s attempt to control, or at least fully establish themselves in,the massive guitar sales battle of the “60”s, even locally at Burdons and Hamiltons music stores. An ex-colleague, of both bass-guitar “hero” Bruce Thomas, and myself, at the Evening Gazette recently related the story of how Bruce once had his bass-guitar re-poed by Hamiltons as he couldn”t keep up the repayments. After bringing the guitar into the office, he decided, in a fit of seething pique, to deeply scratch his initials into the lid of the flight-case prior to walking with it back to Hamiltons. Now, if subsequent bass-players ever owned, or still own, a flight-case with “B.P.” scratched in the lid, it now has a deal of “famed provenance”, rather than simply looking grungey! Although, by all accounts, this case too, could have been sent down to Fenders own Room 101, and the awaiting crusher.I mean who”d have bought a new “Precision” and put it in an “old” case back then, when you could stick “em both on the “never,never” ?

  198. I was with Micky Rowe the day he bought his six string short scale Fender Mustang bass it was orange with a red go faster stripe across the top horn. He didnt purchase a case for it and I think, even though Hamiltons had the guitar for sale they didnt have the short scale case to go with it. It was his pride and joy. He had, before that an old Hofner violin bass, not out of Beatle nstalgia but because he didnt have long arms. Back to his pride and joy, that Saturday that he bought the Mustang we were playing at Club Marimba and after the gig I”m taking him home, Jackie and my wife were in the car and I was taking them back to Norton Road, at that time they lived in a flat opposite St Mary”s church just near the old Turks Head. While driving out of Middlesbrough I”m going through a mental check list and at the Blind School at the start of Stockton Road I stopped and asked Mick where was the new guitar. “Oh S”” was his cry “Ive left it at the gig”. We turned round and went back thankfully we were not that far away. I went with him into the club and he walked straight up to the stage and behind the left hand back wall curtain was a big plastic bag with his guitar in it. So much for his pride and joy. Mind he could play an astounding bass could Mick.

  199. To Christine Reeves: I recall going on at least two or three of Tony Gallachers organised sojourns to the all-nighters at the “Twisted Wheel” Club in Manchester. Once, the ancient 1950″s coach in which we were travelling, had its heating system beakdown,this, as we crossed the snow-covered Pennines on the very slow, and winding old A59 -in mid-winter!! It became like travelling in a fridge for hours on end. The home journey next a.m. was usually spent trying to get some (very disturbed) sleep, on a bit of a come-down. Eating a warmed up Sunday “dinner” once home, and then bed. with only the bravest of souls all meeting up again on Sunday night, at The Kirk. Singer Chris Rea, being too young to accompany us all on these trips, commemorated his personal regret, by composing the number “(Down at) The Twisted Wheel” which is on, I believe, his second album.

  200. Paul Butler. Thanks for the reply. If you say it was £55.00 when sold then that was a lot of money back then. I must remember to pay the loan back to my old dad. To Chris Bailey. Wally is alive and well and was away playing golf in Spain last week with a friend of mine.

  201. To Chrissie Reeves nice to see you on the site. I remember so much from those days at the McCoys,Kirk and Jazz Club then the The Deck and Red Lion before graduating to the other night clubs of the time from the Marimba then Sloopys anyone remember particular night when PP Arnold played there. The many many fantastic evenings of unforgetable stars at the Fiesta Showboat and other venues throughout the North East.I too hope that there are some photograhic memories out there that we all can share with each other. Any that I have I will make available and able to download in the near future. Please evryone try and give support to Trevor Davis in his BOOK of this era it will at least save afew of the names and hopefully photographs for posterity,plus we can all say we were there.Chrissie hope you are well and my regards. Bari Chohan.

  202. To Eric Whitfield,Little colleen walker thats a blast from the past,colleen was at our wedding 42 years ago,She married a good mate of mine Colin Davis (spike) they had a skip hire firm,and lived on gravil hill farm norton they had three sons who all will be grown up now.but sadly collen and colin split up and i have no idea were they are now.hope this helps you eric,

  203. To Micky Rowe: Great to read your recollections Mick, and just the thought of Stooky in a karaoke bar brings a smile to my face! Your participation in that surprise get-together of many of my musical friends at the Smith-Jaques dance hall in Billingham back in December 1993 will always be a special memory. To all on this thread – does anyone remember a bass player called Eddie Giles? ( ex M”bro lad, later lived in Billingham) – I”d be interested to know what happened to him. Finally, can someone please ask Billy Cockerill if he still has my old Srat? Keep the memories coming folks.


  205. Hi Anon, It”s certainly not a bee in my bonnet, more like a annoying bluebottle. It was definitely a band from Liverpool who had just returned from Germany.I”ve tried contacting the Johnny Gentle site a few times but never got a reply.It would be nice to clear up the mystery.I”m sure Bill Postgate from the Globe would know if we could only find him.

  206. to John Taylor hiya John give up on the AC30 John your not gonna get your money back just cos you”ve blown the speakers. The guy will have moved anyway.

  207. hi chris bailey, thanks very much for your reply!!so sorry to hear about the loss of those guys. i remember now that tony gallecher ?? spelt wrong .. did some work on a bungalow we were building when i was married. so, joe walker is still good looking!! pig!!!!do u remember going to the twisted wheel at manchester?? we were at all nite raves before all of them!what fabulous days.. red lion redcar, the kirk. oh i wish i had a better memory.

  208. To John Taylor: Yes I did sell a Vox AC30 with top boost in 1966 but I believe it was for £55. As you said a lot of money, although to be fair a lot of amp too.Yes I lived in Sydney street just off Nelson Terrace and had a Gretsch Tennessean. I sold it all as I”d decided to stop playing, although that only lasted a few months before I went acoustic, and like most of us I wish I”d kept all that gear! Well remembered! Sorry the receipt is no longer around, just the memories…

  209. Hi Chaps and chapesses Just to let you know how the book is coming along .I have had some cracking copy and photos from Colin Bradley Thanks Colin, The Panthers are hoping to make a contribution the Victors, Del and the Falcons, Mike Gutteridge and a host of people starting to write copy. I have found a book company that will print copies as requested from 1 to 1000 and you can order on their web site and have a copy sent anywhere in the world. The book is kind of formatted and a few people have offered to check the copy and spell check the whole thing, so it’s moving along. I still need copy from anyone interested enough to see their bands in the book. I notice through reading the copy on this site and vintage sixties live a lot of you have photos. If you don’t want to write anything but would like to send the photos with who’s who in them, then I will do a photo section in the book. Just send and copy or photos to trevor.davis at wanadoo.fr. There is no charge or cost to you for inclusion in the book what so ever . I’m sure you’ll buy a copy when complete!! This is not done for profit and I will keep the book retail price to a minimum, so that if anything is made it will go to the publication set up and cost of printing .This is your book BE IN IT There is no dead line yet so you still have time to write something, I would like inclusions from The Whirlwinds, Blue Caps, Zephrons, Heartbeats, Delmonts, Denvers, and Steve Brown Soul Set Sundowners. If you know any of them please ask them to view this site for info or contact above email address. Plus North East bands from Conset, Newcastle, Bishop Auckland, and surrounding areas are included, so copy from you guys is also needed Regards Trevor Davis

  210. re-eric harris comments it may have been a typing error vivien married john jobson.by the way johns brother bill also played in the CYLICS.

  211. Paul Butler. Did you sell a Vox AC 30 with a Treble Boost and Chrome stand in I think 1966 and live off Nelson Tce,Stockton because if it is you I bought it.I believe for £25/30. A lot of money in those days but what an amp, I wish I still had it. I had to borrow the money off my dad. I remember you had a Gretsch guitar but why did you want to sell the amp? I was a trumpet player in a band back then but wanted to play the guitar and own a decent amp. Have you still got the receipt?

  212. to trevor davis, hi trev cath was talking to the young lady from burdons today. It is maureen earl and sends her regards and gave us her e-mail to send to you.however there is a problem,there are 2 trevor davis in france both using orange/wanadoo(both owned by orange)! Mr.davis is attempting to sort things out. regards eric.

  213. To Chrissie Reeves: Obtaining photographs, or “snaps” of that time would be like discovering a vein of pure-gold in your back garden! Cameras then, were usually quite bulky items, often without a flash facility. Processing too was quite expensive, taking about a week or so, at your local Chemist! It never occurred to any of us, to “record” what was happening all around us, we probably had, in our opinion, better things to spend our money upon. Sad to report, Chrissie, that people such as Jimmy Downing, Terry “Spuggy” Eaton,and Colin Wood, all regulars at Mr McCoys have gone to that so called “better place”. On a brighter note, Joe Walker (of The Joe Walker Band, and granted, still a Steve McQueen lookalike) I often meet whilst shopping in Linthorpe Village. Tony Gallacher, by surprise, was laying bricks, at the house next door, only a couple of months ago!

  214. To Dave Shearer: On the subject of girl singers; when I first started playing with The Victors in the early 60″s, Colleen Walker from the Keithlands/Newlands Avenue area of Norton was our singer. She was still at school at the time and I have no idea what happened to her after she left when Norman Parry joined the group. The Denvers for a time had 2 girl singers Jenny Paul and Jackie Peters.

    • To Eric Whitfield: I remember Colleen she was the singer in a group that I used to roadie for (I think it was the Victors) in the early 60s. One of my best mates Mike Smith, (very sad to hear on this site that he has passed away) who played guitar, lumbered me, because I had a van, into driving them around.
      Because I wasn’t part of the band (per se) Colleen, a lovely lady, used to pour out all of her problems to me. I would also like to know how she is doing.
      Mid sixties I joined The Moonbeams as drummer, with John MacWilliams, Bob Dale and Ray Buttle, after John Walker left. We later took on a keyboard player called Jegs (I never ever found out his real name). He had a Bird organ and always wore a fur coat (like Arthur Brown). I would also like to catch up with these guys, if anyone knows where they are now.

      • Tony, I have asked the admin team to pass a message on to you. Mike sadly passed away some years ago, but I was fortunate enough to meet up with him just before his death at his home in Hartburn.
        It must be 45 years since I last heard of Colleen.

  215. Eric Whitehouse:- you certainly have a bee in your bonnet about Johnny Gentle & The Silver Beatles and the “Jube” in 60/61. Well, I am going to pull out all the stops and see If I can dig anything up on this. Don”t hold your breath but I hope to post something within a few weeks on this subject.

  216. if anyone has any photos of mccoys and the people who use to go there or the groups that performed there id love to know where to view, buy, them…it was a fantastic time in my life.i remember seeing stevie wonder there and georgie fame.drifters , geno washington.. lots of others of course.i remember bari chohan going there. mike forbes, chrissie todd. oh, they were the days.barry faulkner, do u have any pics that you can put on internet?there was jimmy downing, tony gallegher?oh , and that gorgeous joe walker!would love to hear anything about the old days and pics would be fantastic.. thanks chris reeves

  217. dave shearer…hi dave,vivien still lives in stockton,she married John Hobson lead guitarist with the cylics.They played as a duo and i believe they performed on various cruises.regards eric.

  218. Just thought I”d endorse Mike Gutteridge”s comments about the outlook and being high on the music and add a reminder to all who played there about the “room” behind the “bar”. Where we got changed, left our cases and tuned-up etc., it seemed to be full of fridges and somewhat hot as a result… memories….!

  219. I was talking to Barry Faulkner of The Empire , last evening, and mentioned this site. I told him to look for a picture of a band (Freshwater) with our old pal, guitarist “Walla” Latheron in it. Some on here refer to him as Wally. Barry then shocked me, by saying he thought Walter had died about 7-yrs ago. Can anyone confirm this fact? I have a pic of Barry, Walter and myself, plus a host of other “innocent” young faces, in The Outlook, around 1964. I may post it on Stan Laundons “60”s Bands website where you can easily upload such material. Who knows, you may just recognise yourself, or someone else on it!

  220. Many years ago Mike Kemp was told a story by someone who worked in Burdons Music shop, Yarm Lane, Stockton around 1961/2 ish. A similar tactic was in place at Hamiltons also. The shop was told to give generous part exchange allowances for people buying Fender products. This I later was told was nationwide by the distributor and agent (possibly Selmar). When a shipment of Fenders arrived they were normally all sold and collected within days. The old Hofners, Burns, Harmonies, Rosetti”s and Dallas Tuxedos were shipped off somewhere and scrapped. Some top of the range models went back into the shop window as second hand but the cheaper models went off every month. Is this why there are not many of those brands around second hand ? What happened to the hundreds possibly thousands of early guitars that were around the north east before Fender were sold in this country? Not many people could afford to hold onto those early guitars and part exchange was the only way you could upgrade. Did you hear a similar story ? Any ideas ? And the answer to Paul’s question a few days ago is I play a 1976 Ovation Glen Campell model which I’ve had from new , but my old lead guitarist Tony from Middlesbrough Music recently sold me a Standard Strat and I love it. I only put Tokelau “cos I wanna see the flag.

  221. Hi Jeff [Beall] I”m afraid the old grey cells are going. Of course Rathbone was the original drummer and not the bass player. The Panthers were so much like the Hollies and John Lowe was Bobby Elliott with hair. For years when I was in Manchester on business, I stopped at a farmhouse between Marple Bridge and Glossop. The farmer told me that Eric Haydock lived in the same lane. Look forward to meeting up when you are in the area. To Paul Butler. I am still playing and I use two acoustic guitars. One is a nineteen fifty six Gibson Country and Western with round shoulders. I also have a a Gibson L140. It is about six years old and a very pretty guitar. Wished I still had my Strat and Gibson 345. To Chris Bailey: You amaze me with you knowledge of the period. I have very fond memories of Geff Harland. An excellent teacher and of course the legendary Owen Yarwood The Outlook was the most fantastic club. It shows how you can have a great time without alcohol or drugs. We were on a high just with the music.

  222. To Jeff Ellis. Great to hear your news would love to meet up, possibly at your gig in Acklam. Could you give me some more details (PictureStockton have my email address) Best regards, Peter.

  223. In the 60″s there was a band who had a girl singer called Vivienne Dye lived in the Grangefield/Fairfield side of Stocton on Tees she worked in Smiths in their record department typical of the times she had long straight black hair can anybody remember her or the band she was in because in truth there were not that many bands with girl singers

  224. RE:Clothes and shops. Chris B brought up Edgars first shop that only opened a couple days a week opposite St Johns church on Marton road, Middlesbrough. this jogged my memory and I recalled it as I had tended to only remember his second shop on Borough Road M”Bro.I recall the first Beatle jackets at Stewards corner of Linthorpe Road and Wilson Street in late 1963/64. I cannot remember the name of their sister department store further along in Sussex street(Over the Border)or was it the sister store of Tower House? and a not far from it was Manchester House were nearly everyone got their first Levi”s from. There was another high class gents outfitters that I recall had button down shirts before the Ben sherman era opposite Jack hatfields in Newton street. Also Jon Pearce fathers shop in Smeaton street in North Ormesby. Bakers man shop had the up market Eton shirts etc.The other item I recall with great nostalgia were the made to measure overcoats similar to the suits of the day. Mine were from Hepworths and often we would get our own cloth. I had a famous twill coat and had the double vents high up the back and buttoned to hold in place.Many of us had matching overcoats to our gaberdine suits and the colours were fantastic and with the shermans and john Wesley Harding and Tony Rome shirts we were the first among Mods in our area.

  225. To Arthur Evans and Pete Laverick Hi from the past its the Bass player from the Fremonts. Just found the site what a lot of history from the 60″s. Was wondering how all the guys were and glad to be able to pass on my news. Last time I saw Dave J. Lewis was in a bar in Holland in 1978. Very sorry to hear about Bob Gray passing on , always will remember him being pulled off the stage in Carlisle Town Hall and disappearing into a sea of females. Last time I met him he was drumming with the Model T”s And the Gigs at Egremont were something to be remembered, Still got some Photos. Arthur do you remember our trip abroad in your Mini ? And the Fry-ups at Peter”s in Cobden St. after a gig. Oh whatever happened to the bass cabinet and amp you borrowed in 1965 when I packed in playing? Hee Hee I let my Gibson SG go for £40 to Willis from Del and the Falcons. Got married in 1969 to Christine a girl from Leeds, have two boys Steven 32,David 34, both musically gifted but don”t use it. We are still together and now live in Bramham Nr, Wetherby. I took up singing barbershop harmony in 1995 won the British Seniors quartet Gold medal in 2003 and a bronze chorus medal in 2006. I am still singing country ,Rock and Pop in a trio called “RECYCLED” playing Bass Guitar and Double Bass. We need a live drummer. Back in 2006 we entered the “Yours” magazine “British Silver Stars over 60″s Talent competition and won the first prize over in Southport Floral Hall. still playing for birthdays weddings concerts and special events as reqd as well as pub evenings. We are appearing at the Salvation army evening show in Acklam on Saturday 1st March, would be nice to meet up again. Finally got my MG TF rebuilt after 38 years and now rebuilding another like Dave Lewis had. Try and contact if possible would like to have a chat. Best regards Jeff Ellis

  226. Hi Mike (Gutteridge). Enjoyed your piece about The “Strolling Bones” and The Hollies at The Outlook but just want to correct a couple of things. Eric Haydock (one of my idols) was bass player with The Hollies at that time (not Rathbone) and in fact Don (not Alan) Rathbone was the original drummer. Don left shortly after this and was replaced by Bobby Elliot from The Fentones. That”s all. Hope you are keeping well and maybe see you in the spring. Cheers mate. Jeff

  227. To return to the subject of Burdon”s and buying guitars in the early sixties. I started off with a second hand Futurama 2 which cost about £20 then moved on to a Vox Super Ace. Sometime early in 1963 our new Bass player (Geoff Ellis) saw a Gibson EB0 in Burdon”s and bought it. This prompted our lead player(Dave Lewis) and myself to buy Gibson Les Pauls. We ordered them at 147guineas each and waited impatiently for 3 months for them to arrive. Not like it is now, order on line and its delivered next day. Can”t thank Mr. Camplin enough for looking after us young lads, I have many happy memories of Saturday mornings in Burdon”s, meeting like minded people(do you remember, Paul?), paying the hire purchase and buying new strings.

  228. To Eric Harris: Yes, to just about everything you mentioned!! Surely we”ll all meet at the launch of The Book? To continue the guitar theme, there are some of you out there still playing, Mike Gutteridge, Eric Whitehouse and others no doubt. What do you now play? For my part I”m playing a Tokai TST50, a copy of a strat that I tried sceptically back in the mid “80s convinced that their claim that it was as good as the original Fender was a bit brave of them, but I”m still playing it twenty years later, it”s stunningly good and, dare I say “it”s as good as the original”.

  229. The Skyliners did, as Trevor Davis said become Government. I spoke to Billy Cockerill, only last week, and he told me that they changed the name to Government because thir new management thought the Skyliners was out of date and as “The (real) Government” was always in the news. He also recalled that Dave Coverdale (Deep Purple & Whitesnake) used to be the featured vocalist at the time. For Trevor Davis: Peter Cuthbert went on to play in The Denny Price Trio, which comprised myself on drums and Dennis Howe on Piano and Vocals, both ex The Victors) . Last I heard of him he was working at ICI.

  230. To Trevor DAVIS YES LITTLE BILLY COCKERILL did play for Government,and when he left government he joined a band called kellys eye I went to see him on the village green club at billingham they were a good turn he was and still is a good friend of mine,he worked on cleveland transit for a while,last time I was talking to him was in norton green and he was doing a bit of part time work on the council picking up school kids he is a good guitarist and good man.

  231. Nothing to do with the “music” or indeed the club-scene of the “60”s but that comment by Mike Gutteridge about Mick Jagger , the Chelsea boots, and fashion etc. does much to summate the “zeitgeist” of that time. In my penultimate year at M”bro” Boys High School we had a temporary art-teacher appointed. Our previous teacher Geoff Harland had gone over to M”bro Art College to teach. Now, this new teacher in 1962 had just come up from graduating at The Slade in London, prior to going off to the USA. He was a “god” to Paul Rhucroft and myself, He was tall, had long hair, had numerous pairs of “chelsea boots” , wore tight Levis, and had many denim button-down shirts, even one in pink! All this was previously unseen to us teenagers, a shirt…in pink? He, no doubt, was an “outrage” in our masters “sports jacketed” staff-room. Some time later, I recall that Dormie Menswear on Corporation Rd were the first to stock button-down shirts, then pin-thru” collars and tab-collars, usually in white.Everything else was as your Dad wore, remember Bri-nylon? Styles from London took an aeon to reach the shops in Teesside. I bought my first “pink” button-down in Liverpool whilst visiting relatives in “63. However the flip-side was that we were already dressed in made-to-measure suits from Burtons,Jacksons & Hepworths(with one-fitting) for an incredible £20! Who could afford made to measure today? C&A formed a bridge to “60”s fashion when it opened, they were stocking what became known as “beatles-jackets” about the same time as the Beatles tried “em on, but they were a bit “over the top” for Northern lads at that time, However, those who were a bit more adventurous went off to London & Manchester for their “togs” as the local scene was still very much “in denial” until the smaller boutique operations appeared about “65/”66.The first of these for men was Jack Edgars “Shurtz” on North Ormesby Rd, M”bro, nr St John”s Church. At first, it only opened on a Friday afternoon and all-day Saturdays such was the restricted demand for such “high-fashion” items at that time. And the art-teacher “god”of 1962?, He was called David Wilson, he went off to New York in 1963, and became the foremost modern architectural stained-glass designer in the USA ,even to this day.

  232. Nikki Not a hundered percent sure but someone will correct me. I think they became Government with Billy Cockerill lead ,and Dave Willow on sax Dave played for me in The Souls survivors in Saltburn before I came to France and is still playing with them 10 years on. I remember the Skyliners PA system as being a Meatzzi Factotum small but loud enough. I think the spelling of it leaves a bit to be desired though !!

  233. to michael rowe…hi mike, ah right; cath reminded me that paul played at walkerville before me,she remembers you coming to our house in lingfield drive,eaglescliffe to see if i fancied the job.We used to finish after 1am and then drive home to teesside long hours but great times.I seem to recollect now that peter was the organist ,learnt all his music in the army. Do you remember you and i with the overlanders at eaglescliffe community centre? regards eric.

  234. To Brian Swales: Thanks for quoting that piece from Wiki-pedia, I wrote it! I could find nothing about The Kirk on the web, so filled in a bit of detail on the Kirklevington (village) page.As I mentioned previously in these threads “confirmation” of The Stones appearance at The Outlook was via a ledger of receipts found by Barry Faulkner, when he reopened the “cellar”to create “Ossies” bar in the mid “80”s. As I also said, the signature of Mick Jagger(as band-leader receiving the fee),was crossed out and Brian Jones”s signature written alongside.Barry later gave this historic “document” to John McCoy. There was also a Mick Jagger signature scrawled on the plasterwork of the l/hand stage “column” (bands then used to sign the stage wall). The Outlook was not Sinclairs Warehouse until after The Outlook store closed. It had been purpose-built as a mini-department store, as an investment development by Sinclairs. It contained very high quality ladies and mens fashion departments, a record store, and a hairdressing salon. The Outlook “cellar” coffee bar was essentially the “Club” each evening.This retail “concept” was 40yrs before the much vaunted Psyche in present day M”bro, and in general far ahead of anything else for years. I believe that John McCoys connection was that he had previously managed the first real “record-store” in M”bro on the 1st flr. of W.H. Smiths in Linthorpe Rd, he then moved to The Outlook. He was already playing in a band and used the opportunity to start booking other bands in the “cellar”.To Mick Gutteridge: It was Owen Yarwood, lecturer at M”bro Art College who actually carried out the Interior Design of the Outlook. I recall a copper wall-feature behind the coffee-bar that was particularly striking.You are also right about the “elevation” of the stage, you could practically trip-over it, it was so low! To Micky Rowe: bass player and “bouncer” John Rodgers later bought Ossies Bar (The Outlook) from Barry Faulkners partner Davey Rea after they split up.A strange move because it was already “cited” for compulsory purchase, which inevitably happened, and these days the Middlesbrough Crown Courts stand on the site.

  235. Mike Gutteridge – (Mick?) when was the “Mike” adopted? Mike/Mick, will you swear an affadavit and send it to Bill Wyman so that he can add an addendum to his books where he unequivocally states that the club was called the “Alcove”?

  236. Does anyone remember a band called the skyliners from the 60″s early 70″s, they did gigs at the fiesta and redcar jass club?? Do you know there names and what happened to them??

  237. The night the Stones and the Hollies played at the Outlook, Bill Randall, Allan Ludley and myself arrived late as we had been playing a gig. We just caught the last number of the Hollies and I received a signed copy from the bass player, Allan Rathbone of their first release”Just Like Me”. Before the Stones went on I also received a signed copy of “Come On” from Brian Jones. I distinctly remember looking down on this guy with glossy blonde hair as he signed the copy to Mike of the Bachelor Boys. We stood in front of the Stones for the whole of their set. As the stage was no more than a foot high, it was probably the best view anyone has ever had of a Stones gig. When the club had cleared, we all sat on the stage drinking orange juice talking to Jagger and Richards. We asked them about their Chelsea boots and Jagger was very animated in discussing how fashionable they were. I think I had my Clarke”s finest on that night! I then asked Richards about the intro to Down the Road a Piece [a Chuck Berry number that was just a knockout]. He took me through all the moves on his Epiphone Riviera. It was the Stones first booking out of London and I class myself very lucky to have experienced that special moment of Rock history. We should all thank John McCoy for having such great musical foresight.


  239. oh happy memories of the old days….i saw the roadrunners at roseworth youth club. i also remember the chelfont line.wasnt there a guy called tony who played in it? his father had a funeral firm. has anyone got any pics from the old days??

  240. To Eric Harris….Hi Eric. Yes it was Paul Smith on drums at the Walkerville Hotel, for about 4-months. I have some photos from that era. Gosh I had a 30″ waist then and a wonderful Fender Mustang Bass bought for me by the wife. Before Paul did the gig we had a chap from the pit villages in Co Durham. Really nice fella but I can not remember his name. I think I left when Paul left but its so long ago, my brain hurts thinking about it ! Paul was the worlds worst driver and on many occasions we would make the Catterick gig just in time after some prang or other !! Yep I am still living at the farm and I hope soon to have a studio so that I can make some music again. By the way someone asked about Stooky….he was with Jim Davidson the comic for years and is now firmly ensconced in London and is known as ” The Camden Karaoke King ” Toodle pip. Mike

  241. I was at the Outlook club in Middlesbrough the night in July 1963 when the Hollies and the Rolling Stones played. I remember thinking the Hollies were fabulous and the Stones, who nobody had heard of yet, were weird! Forty years later in July 2003 my son went to a Stones concert in Toronto that was attended by almost half a million people.

  242. The Stones & The Hollies at the Outlook, July 1963. The following is an extract from the Kirklevington (& Country Club) entry on Wilkipedia, but it doesn”t say that The Stones & The Hollies actually played on the same bill at the Outlook. “In the mid 1960s the Club was purchased by local band leader John Benedict McCoy (whose R&B band The Crawdaddies already had a regular following there) and his partner Ken Crawford. John McCoy had already proved himself well enough in touch with bands on “the rise up” as early as 1962 by booking the Rolling Stones for £40 ($80) and The Hollies at a his previous venue The Outlook in Middlesbrough. At another small venue Mr McCoys he had also booked Stevie Wonder and The Who”. It would appear that Bill Wyman won”t budge on this point. No doubt John McCoy could settle the misunderstanding, is he still around?

  243. hi mike, cath and i enjoyed your musical history great memories.Are you sure it was paul on drums at the walkerville hotel, catterick? I remember billy cockerill on lead for a while,i cant remember the organ player”s name either ,he was an exceptional player,he joined eric delaney”s band after the walkerville.Hope you and your family are keeping well.are you still at the farm down moorhouse? best wishes eric x.

  244. Trevor Davis. I believe that Peter was in a group called Martell. I know that Billy Jarrett went solo calling himself Leighton Roberts.

  245. Brian Swales:- The Rolling Stones at the “Alcove” Club Middlesbrough in 1963. This is a long outstanding query. Bill Wyman is adamant that the club was called the Alcove Club. However those of us who were on the scene in Stockton, Middlesbrough area in 1963 are fully aware that there was no such club. So, it must be the Outlook. Bill Wyman says he knows it was the Alcove because it was the very first gig for the Rolling Stones outside of London, the very first, a landmark and therefore that is why he clearly remembers the name (the wrong name, that is, as we know). The Stones had released their first record, the single “Come On” an uptempo cover of Chuck Berry”s original version in May “63. When they played Middlesbrough it was “nibbling” the bottom of the charts. A minor success. The Stones did not like the record. It was at odds with their image. The record had strong appeal to the “rocker” element (such as me, at the time) but the Stones were promoting a “mod” image. They were a “blues” band and subsequently the song as far as the Stones were concerned was given a low profile. Maybe the people who ran the Outlook or the people who worked there can throw some light on this, in any event it would be interesting to hear any memories of ex-staff of the Outlook.

  246. to gary thomas – i remember the pats dance – you were going out with my mate pauline who you married – i remember your crowd always singing along to sugar pie honey pie? I can vaguely remember lindisfarn and the free were playing at St Marys in stockton and chicken shack at the pats –

  247. Any one know or remember Peter Cuthbert Lead ,Billy Jarret Rhythm and Frank Garvy vocals and bass ,all Ex Satallies. I know Peter went on to play in a cabaret band and played at the Fiesta. Frank played in The Blue Caps and later with a country band. Nothing known of Billy and help would be apreciated as this was my first band and I would like some photos for the book project Regards Trevor Davis

  248. This is absolutely amazing so be prepared for my groups life story. Its Friday afternoon 1st Feb and I am sat at my desk in the oil capital of Europe – Aberdeen and its like the Arctic outside. Normally I should have finished my weeks work and be off for a flight home to Teesside but this weekend theres much to do,bills to pay and deadlines to meet so another day/another dollar. Anyways this morning I gets an email from a fella that runs a business in our area and to cut a long story short this other chap he is discussing business with is none other than John Taylor ex- Chelfont Line ( trumpet ). Via John I gets a piccy of the band at some gig and another of the poster for TeesPop 68 where Chelfont Line were on the bill ( Above Rivers Invitation Yeehaa !!! ) So I send these two JPegs to my muso mates in Aberdeen and one replies back with a link to this website. The memories and anecdotes are truly outstanding and I hope the chap undertaking writing a book gets all the support he needs and is patient cos this stuff takes time. So its hello to a great wad of you who I remember, especially Dave ( Mr Memory ) Shearer. My 2 cents goes like this and sorry in advance if I bore the kegs off any of you……I have so much to say !! First band was Beeliners when we were 15 at school in Billingham and we had Steve Bell on Drums, Billy Bowker on Rythmn, Dickie Howe on Lead and Vocals and yours truly attempting to lay down a bass line. Beeliners morphed into Warm Summer Breeze and we were now getting serious. Line up was the same but we got Stooky in on Vocals and Mick McDermott on organ. Mick was ex-Veltics and brought much needed experience. We ran around in an old commer van and Dave Stonehouse from Greatham ( Stonehouse the butchers )was our manager, driver and roady. He was also handy which was good insurance for Hartlepool gigs !!! Next up was Steve Brown Soul Sect where we used to practise at Billingham Synners Youth Club and their annual dance was our first gig. Line up was Steve Bell on drums, Mick McDermott on Organ, Stooky on Vocals, Dickie Howe on Guitar, yours truly on bass and of course Steve Brown on Tenor Sax. We had parted company with Billy Bowker at this stage. Them days none of us had any money and one gig I blagged the loan of an home made 18″ bass cab. Got through most of the gig, then my Burns Black Bison with black nylon strings popped the cone. The band looked at me and said….do you know whos that cabinet is? Nope ! Well it belongs to Johnny Rogers a notorious bouncer chap at the Fiesta Club in Stockton. I thought, well we will just take it back and say nowt. When I saw him I though nope, better come clean. All credit to Johnny he was nice as pie and some time later he bought my Fender Jaguar 6-string bass off me.( that was knackered too !! ) A real gent. Eventually Dickie Howe had to leave the group and Colin Bradley joined us ( Hi Colin ). We did all manner of gigs with the Steve Brown Soul Sect but at such a young age the gigs at the Carribean Club ( Later the Bongo ) always filled me with worry. It was the mysterious aroma and dark shadowy figures of the place that disturbed my young mind. Like all bands it didnt last, parted company with Steve Brown and renamed the band Psycho 67. I seem to recall that we ended up with a manager who was the boss at Woolies in Billingham Town Centre and we used to have right good old parties at his company flat in the town. One night the shop got broken into and the whole band one by one was interviwed by Mr Plod. Not guilty the verdict. Psycho 67 was a dam fine band but there started to be an awful lot of fighting especially between messrs Stooky and Mick McDermott. I remember a gig at Shildon where they were beating nine bells out of each other rolling around on the dance floor before doors opened. At gig time you would think nowt had happened. Mind you that might have been Warm Summer Breeze its just that my minds a bit fuzzy these days. Next was Chelfont Line and I remember our very first practise at a pub in Middlesbrough. I was a Billingham lad, couldnt drive and the band had to pick me up and drop me off for practises and gigs. To play in a band with brass and horns was awesome and after a while we were gigging. I seem to recall that it was me on bass,Paul Cattermole on Vocals ( he was good. Our lass reckons his version of Higher and Higher is the best yet !! ) Wally Letheran on guitar, Barry Williams on organ, Rob ???? on Tenor Sax, John Taylor on Trumpet or was it Flugal Horn and Tony Relph first up on drums. Chelfont Line was up against the mighty Rivers Invitation but managed to carve out its own local following and went on to do some great gigs. Most notable being Finnegans Hall supporting Joe Cocker on a Friday night when his single Little Help From My Friends had just hit No 1. His bass player used a fretless bass and I still have his plectrum that he gave me. Also had many a wonderful gig at The Redcar Jazz Club as support band to Rory Gallagher and many other esteemed musos.Also the gig at TeesPop 68 was a classic and to share backstage and on stage with so many named bands was just out of this world.Chelfont Line members changed over time and I know that we lost Relphy on drums and brought in Ian Nesbitt. Now Ian could smack a snare drum and he just drove the band along with a straight ahead punch that left you wincing. Only Davey Shearer and Merv Jones could hit the kit like that. The lure of Rivers Invitation caused Ian to leave and we brought in Norman Smith. The horn line up changed to Paul Rhucroft and George ??? and eventually Stooky for Paul Cattermole. I can not remember why these changes came about but as with most groups, it just happened. Eventualy Chelfont Line folded and with Davey Shearer on drums, Johnny Rhodes on Guitar, Colin Bilton on vocals we formed Gypo. Now this band was kick ass and became the La Ronde in Billinghams favourite band. Rhodesy after a while went his own way and in came Eric Robinson another wizard on the guitar. Full stack and a Gibson Les Paul and the rock tunes of the day fizzed out of Gypo…… When this came to an end I came across a residency gig in the Starlight Club, Redcar with Mr Coverdale on Guitar and Vocals and Merv Jones on Drums. Just the three of us but what a sound. We then joined with Ray Johns on Electric Piano and Davey Burton on Guitar and started rehearsing in a hairdressers shop beneath the flat I had in Stockton.Before we could gig we lost Coverdale and brought in Arty ??? For the life of me I can not remember the name of this band but it went on to play great gigs at the many workys clubs in the area. After this I hung up the bass for a while but dusted it off to join the house band at a hotel in Catterick frequented by the army. We had Davey Burton on guitar, Paul Smith of Billingam on drums , yours truly on bass and a chap whose name I can not remember on Hammond Organ ( L122 ). This lasted about a year and that was the end of my local music career. By this time I was 24 and began in the big wide world oil business and which is where I am still at all these years later in my late fifties. After much travelling, Aberdeen became my work base and for the last nine years I managed to create and gig a great soul band called Souled Asylum. We have video clips on YouTube and a website under .co.uk. Check it out. In June 2006 I shut this band down as it had run its course but hold many fond memories of some fantastic gigs. My aim now is to get something built at home before the big gig in the sky, so I can set up my PA, bass stacks and Hammond Organs and have a right good time playing along to Motown or even getting some of you similar old chaps along for a wee jam. Reading this blog has allowed me to relive what were for me great times back in the sixties and seventies and I am very glad and consider lucky that I was part of it. Toodle pip. Mike

  249. I wonder if any of the many local ex group members from the 60’s who are out there care to comment on a passage I read recently in the book “Rolling With The Stones” by Bill Wyman. The book is a detailed, day by day, account of his time with the Rolling Stones. In July 1963 he says they embarked in their first UK tour, he writes, “We played the Alcove club, Middlesbrough on 13 July 1963. We were the support band for the Hollies”. I frequented many local clubs in the 60’s but I have never heard of the Alcove club! Although I wasn’t there, I remember friends telling me about the night the Stones & the Hollies played on the same bill at Outlook in Middlesbrough. Is Bill Wyman mistaken about the venue? I played bass (not very well I might add!) myself in the 60’s, all we ever played was the odd youth club dance. I remember going to Liverpool one weekend with the Ludley brothers, Robert Thompson (a drummer) and a few others whose names I can’t remember. I think we went in the Denmens” canvas topped Land Rover. Alan Ludley wanted to meet the Cavern club compare Bob Wooler to try and get a booking there. It was a good weekend and we went to the Cavern on the Saturday night. I don’t think I had any sleep from leaving home on the Friday until we came home on the Sunday! On the Saturday afternoon we parked the jeep and went to a Liverpool music shop looking at Gretsch guitars. When we returned we found the jeep had been ransacked. My wallet had been stolen with a 10/- (50p) note in it, I was devastated! I’m not sure what year this was but I seem to recall somebody saying the Beatles had played the Cavern for the last time six months earlier so I guess it was 1963. Happy days!

  250. To chris bailey. Some of the names mentioned reminds me of the gigs I put together whilst at University I was seconded into being the University Rag Week entertainments sec for 1971/2 and what a line up we gave them. Chris B did all the artwork for the tickets and posters as he was working in Leeds at the Yorkshire Post. We had a few old names from Teesside in some of the bands who played over that week. Mick Moody and I think a drummer from Stockton were in Juicy Lucy we had Arthur Brown of “FIRE” fame and I believe he had connections to Saltburn?One of the concerts we held had John Williams solo on acoustic and Ralph McTell top of the bill who was just breaking big time with “Streets of London”. All that week the likes of A lee of Ten Years After and Ralph McTell all were in awe of John Williams and wanted to know how his set went down. With 10YA we had a new name opening a Frankie Miller. Many other great acts ending in the Ball with the Hollies and a live MONTY PTHYON show.

  251. Hi Eric, John Rhodes tells a lovely old tale about the “Apaches” and the first van you all had. Apparently the oil light on the dashboard came on, and not being mechanics you all decided to stick a piece of black electricians tape over the light co”s it was annoying the driver, stop laughing you lot, of course eventually the van stopped, well it would, siezed up good and proper. Of course wouldn”t happen to anyone else but think back. How many amps or speakers have you all blown up in the early days because of inexperience. Many years later, again involving John we used to have a bedford van with column gears and while dropping one of the lads off in Middlesbrough I came out to find everyone left in the van silent, When I looked the gear stick was hanging straight down to the floor. John had been demonstrating that with these types of gear stick you could twist it around to the other side, of course all he did was twist the gear column off the connecting dogs result….no gears. That little prank cost me points and a fine and a fine for the lad we dropped off in Middlesbrough….but thats another very long story. Part two another time. Also Eric thats how John introduced us to Norman “Taff” Parry. Fun days.

  252. ref new years eve dance at middlesbrough Town all with the State Express, the other band was the New Elastic band with Bob Evans on bass, Mick Burns vocals, Phil Lockey Drums, John Whittingham Lead guitar, Adrian Prest organ. we played for the fee of £30 – Christmas eve was for £25. a months wages in those days.

  253. to dave shearer,hi dave old mate, you are quite right we did meet at enron i think you were doing inspection at the time.We go back along time,i can remember coming to Shaftesbury street many times talking shop and having tea with your dear old mum and your future wife.I was so sorry to read she had passed away, my sincere condolences. The kit you borrowed was the one i bought from mike kemp. Yes i was in the apaches/dingle boys with john, jimmy sturdy , “bomber” tweddle and norman parry. They were really fun times.Met jimmy last week in stockton market! nice to hear from you. regards eric.

  254. to Eric Harris Hi Eric did we meet on the Enron site during construction. I used to borrow your Premier kit, the mahogany one, before I eventually bought my very first new kit which again was a Premier kit all of this was before I bought the kit I use now and have done for the last 37 years. If it is you Eric you were also in a band with John Rhodes, was that band called “Apache” ? Hey best of luck.

  255. I wonder if anyone reading this site remembers the New Years Eve and Christmas gigs at Middlesbrough Town Hall that our band Vaughn Taylor and The State Express played. I cannot remember the other two bands anyone assist?I believe it would be New Years Eve 1967? Also anyone know where Vaughn Taylor is these days or Little Lloyd who played lead for us. our manager was Barry Usher(RIP) and we had a ball around that time at various gigs in Teesside.Mostly the youth club dances and village halls or the young farmers barbecues in the summer.For John Taylor and any members of the Chelfont Line I have a few photographs of the band and will dig them out.For Chris Bailey we both must have many photographs from over our years together and it would be good to catch up and swop them over sometime.

  256. eric whitehouse. hello eric old chum belated thanks to ian,charlie/les,linda,peter ,your goodself and mike god bless him for all the great fun i had with the bluecaps in 60,s. it was mike who got me started,gave me encouragement and sold me his mahogany premier kit. Am i right? was it you who painted the pig with the smoking gun on the bass drum?! the knights of st. columba was a great gig every week best stockton ever saw. best out of town was redcar jazz club supporting lucas and the mike cotton sound. Great days, cheers eric harris.

  257. to brian parker, yes brian i do remember and purchased the 5 live yardbirds e.p. do not have it now but i remember 2 great numbers i,m not talking and hang on sloopy. regards eric harris

  258. Re: The Downliners Sect The first records I ever bought to play on my new Dansette were two EP”s (remember them?)- Five Live Yardbirds and The Downliners Sect “The Sect Sing Sick Songs”. Was lucky enough to see Cream at the Kirk and Redcar Jazz Club where I also saw The Who, Jethro Tull, The Nice, John Mayall, John Hiseman and many more at this great venue.

  259. Going back to bassist Phil Chen, and the “Before they were Famous” slant raised by Bari Chohan, There are a few names that immediately spring to my mind from the “regular” bands we all saw on the local Club circuit. Jon Lord (Organ:Artwoods)to Deep Purple./Andy Summers (guit:Zoot Money)to The Police./Robert Palmer(voc: The Alan Bown)to Solo stardom/ Albert Lee (guit:Chris Farlowe)to Guitar “legend”. Interestingly enough, Albert Lee also played with Heads,Hands & Feet of which the bassist was Charles Hodge. He had previously served with distinction in the great Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers. Today we know him as one-half of cockney rockers Chas n” Dave”! Any others?

  260. hi paul butler nice of you to reply. some fond(ish)memories of ici but great memories of the group and club scene especially 60,s/70,s ect. remember when you and I used to go to durham university dances on friday nights in your green mini.I think you were the first app. to own a car. Great custom dash board care of eric gilles(whirlwinds). Did you achieve your aim of going to uni. and maybe becoming a teacher? Great group at one particular durham dance was the downliners sect (little egypt).remember? maybe we could meet up sometime if you are still in the area? kindest regards eric.

  261. Interesting that one about comparative prices on instruments. Upon being asked to play “harp” (instead of drums ) for my first band, I went down to Hamiltons in M”bro(1963).Strange as it may seem, nobody in the shop knew which particular instrument, from the cabinetted array, got you the “blues” sound. So, in my ignorance I was offered, and bought, a Hohner “Rythmn n”Blues” model, which had 3-holes in it! Turned out you got 6 “suck/blow”-chords for 8/6d. It was a huge, chrome and red plastic useless “lump”. Some weeks later I went to see Cyril Davies and the All=Stars at The Outlook, and made a particular note of his instruments. Trouble was, that first harmonica had “skint” my pocket money, and it was therefore some 3-wks later before I could afford the 7/6d for an Hohner “Echo Vamper”. Today, that almost same model costs £21.00, and if you wanna go a bit more “pro” £65.00. Multiply that by say 4 to 5 keys and its not the sort of “tin-sarnie” you leave out on “the amps” anymore, during the break. I”ve lost too many that way!!

  262. an any one remember the young girl that worked at Burdons. Slim, tallish, dark haired slightly afro hair style ,I think she was called Maureen She often used to know about who needed a band and what was going on in the area . She got me a audition with The Mike Leander Show band at the Globe theater who needed a bass player to back Kathy Kirby . Unfortunatley I failed misserably as I couldn”t read music and still can”t ,but they gave me the audition anyway . I remember Declan out of the Bachelors being on the public phone blasting someone for all his worth . Who knows where I would be now if I passed the audition!!! Hello to Eric Harris Check out vintagesixties live.co.uk loads of photos . My son has sold your old house in yarm and bought the castle in Castle Eaden, my e mail address is on the above site under The Johnny Taylor five would love to know what your upto now

  263. To Eric Whitehouse, Do you remember that I”d had the strat. modified (in Burdons of course) so that you could have the neck and bridge pick-ups on at the same time? It was a little chrome “toggle” switch on the scratch plate, or perhaps you just wondered what on earth the switch did…! Also I”ve spotted a silly error, the Tennessean was £295 (not £195!!) still not a house!

  264. Eric Whitehouse, I”ve been trying to contact you but Stan Lauden said you”ve moved and might have a new e.mail address. I am back in the UK in April if you still want to see the Southern Border Dance correspondence I still have from Joe Postgate. I think Stan wanted copies of the letters for his site. I got my first Strat off Mr Camplin for 125gns in 1961. As you say a great guy. Can you imagine getting gear on appro these day”s to try out?? My e.mail can be got from the team.

  265. Hi Paul and Eric, The Green Strat started life as a Sunburst until Howard Rayner took it into his spray booth in Oxbridge Garage. I ended up buying it back when you disposed of it. The first Strats at Burdons cost 166 gns and Mr Camplin was indeed a great fella and helped all us young lads out a lot. Credit was very tight in them days. My early Telecaster cost around 132 gns and I think a Precision bass was around 112gns.Funnily enough I “ve just moved to bungalow on Darlington Back Lane last November, I”ll have to look out for Billy.

  266. To Eric Harris…Wow! and hello!!I”m fine, thanks for asking [fond(ish)Memories of ICI etc.eh?!]. It”s good to see you”re alive and kicking(with Mervs kit too!)The book idea is great and must be built on (I”m slowly putting together my memories so be patient Trevor) With ref. to guitars, after the usual hofner and futurama I bought my first Strat. from Burdons (a green “ex Bluecap” model) paying slightly less than Mike (Mick?) Gutteridge, I later traded it in for a Gretsch Tennessean costing £195 (not quite a house!) Yeah if only we”d kept them….

  267. Have just discovered this excellent web site.It has brought back some very happy memories and recalled some nice lads whom i either played with or met along the way. Phil Sloan mentioned billy cockerill,s whereabouts.Billy lives darlington back lane,stockton. I played with billy in kelly,s eye in the 70,s.Billy was an excellent guitarist and had great patter on stage. hello Paul Butler how are you these days? i still have mervin,s ludwig kit (circa 1962). Great book idea Trevor old friend enjoying your retirement? regards to all eric.

  268. Talking of guitars, I bought my first electric from Greenwoods pawn shop in North Ormesby. Alan Ludley and myself bought a couple of solid guitars. Mine was a red Hofner Colorado. I think I paid £18.00. I cannot remember the guitar Alan purchased. We did start the Bachelor Boys with them. One afternoon, I was in the best shop in the world; Burdons on Yarm Lane , Stockton and Mr. Camplin the manager showed me a second hand blonde Stratacaster. It had belonged to Roy Smith of the Denvers and it was for sale for £99.00. A new one at that time was £190.00. Most of our fathers would not have been earning £20.00 a week so it really was a fortune. I don”t think I went to bed that night. I just played and played. I later traded it in for what I believe was the first 345 Gibson in the area. A price tag of £320.00 which could have almost bought you a house in Tarring Street . How I wished I”d kept them both. There value would be enormous but I couldn”t have bought a house in Tarring Street for them.

  269. Believe me Trevor if you had been around in the early 60″s you would have known who had the first Fender Stratocaster in the Teesside area. Musicians used to sit and oggle Granvile Leacy and queue up just to touch the instrument. Then came names like Tommy Harbron,Roy Smith,Howard Rayner and Kenny Grocourt.Everyone else made do with their Hofners,Burns and Harmonys. My first electric guitar back “58 was a Rossetti Solid Seven. Most guitarists used Cathedral (4s 6d)strings. If you were “flush” you would buy Black Rose strings for around 6s 9d a set.

  270. Hi Chaps and chapesses Still need info for book project. I now have some photos and blurbs from a couple of bands BUT I NEED A LOT MORE ….. e mail me inclusions for the book. This is our book , and times of our lives lets get it in print. We had great times loads of laughs lots of rivalry some great musicians and great bands and some unbelivable stories. How many people claim to have had the first Stratocaster and Telecaster in this area !!!! has anyone got the provenance to prove it, What about those back stage antics with top name bands too. What about the disasters like Danny Williams ( Moon River)singing The Letter (Box Tops) with us, we didn”t know it, he couldn”t sing it, and he couldn”t stand up properly due to one too many drinks and his manager went beserk with him. That was in the Black Lion in Stockton before it was redeveloped into a shopping center Or the original Seeker in John Burdons in Stockton they were on the Fiesta and just popped in and played a couple of numbers while trying new guitars Great times eh So get your fingers typing lets have some stories As you post them on here also e mail me (PictureStockton team have the address) Thanks guys and gals trev

  271. Hi Bart, What a surprise after twenty years nearly. Look forward to meeting up again in March. If you have any old band photo”s bring “em over and I”ll scan them for Stan”s site. Regarding sax player Steve Brown, I too saw him busking in a tube station a few years back. Steve first played with the Bluecaps for a few months before meeting up with Stukie and his mates when we were playing at the Sinners junior club in Billingham. The night Kennedy got shot we were playing at Coxhoe Dance. Can anybody remember seeing Johnny Gentle at the Jubillee Hall back in the very early 60″s ? The backing band was an unnamed,un advertised, leather clad Liverpool band who had just returned from a stint in Germany. I was only 14 at the time and did not pop across the road to the Station pub with the rest of the group and sat in the dressing room all night. The boss of Southern Border Dances was there, Duncan McKinnon and so was a rep from the Musicians Union. If anybody could throw any light on who the band were I would like to know.

  272. To Dave Macnamaram nice to see you popping up regularly on this site.I had picked up you are in the Far East,Hope life is good and these memories are evoking and capturing our youth and finer moments and bringing many friends together.Get my email from the site and get in touch. I can remember so many gigs we played and your various bands played for my different promotions. Look back over these pages and you will see my recollections of bumping into Steve Brown in London a few years ago.A little footnote to your playing at finnigans with joe Cocker. he had played at Teespop68 the month before for about £65-00 and we had him rebooked and his first single (Margarine) went into the top 20 that night.I had to take him to the station immediately he finished as he had a TV appearance the next day in Amsterdam. The day after it was in the papers he got busted coming back into the country–that”s life and fame.TO TREVOR DAVIS THE BOOK PROJECT get in touch with me I have been working abroad on and off the last few months hence the gaps in my contributions to the site. I have been tryng to gather as much information about the period from clubs to bands for the book.so do not despair I am sure all contributors have some anecdotes and points of interest you will need to galvanise everyone to send them to you. first make the structure and layout and get people to send their comments for each section. Example I think around 1964/5? I went to see Gene Pitney at the Stockton Globe and also without really knowing it got blown away with the Kinks(still a Ray Davies fan)the Troggs but who stole the show JNR WALKER AND THE ALLSTARS.So you must persevere.TO CHRIS BAILEY can you remember some of the unknown bands who made it so big in our area first eg Sonny Childe and the TNT(one night was memorable at The Jazz club when Otties wife jumped up on stage and danced with them) and some great gigs at McCoys on the Friday nights and the Kirk live on the Tuesdays. Another band who had a Xylophone in the set was TIMEBOX and then there was Amboy Dukes and the fabulous ALAN BOWN SET(half of the eventual SUPERTRAMP)Jimmy James and Geno were matched by the Fantastics and the Flirtations. A question for you or anyone the ARTWOODS were they the original line up of Deep Purple. I remember so many names writing to this site and it is really good and stimulates so many old dates and memories. Lastly I remember my first night at McCoys I was a real TROG check hipsters paisley shirt etc once there i became a true MOD the next week a Ben Sherman buttoned down and striped and a dark wool slipover with smart gaberdene trousers a transformation and my true introduction and beginnings into the music and soul of early sixties and the OUR local music which was a great vibrant scene.TO COLIN BRADLEY were you in the band with Stukey when I got Psycho67 a day in a recording studio in London all by a chance fluke. You may remember a quirky record by the laughing Napoleon I got a call from his manager trying to get club dates in the North and sold him on a swap for a day in a full real London studio,thats the chance of how luck played a part. Anyone remember Robert Palmer in the Scarborough band The Mandrakes another near local lad who went on to great accomplishment(RIP)

  273. To Alistair Smith: Funny you recently mentioned Philip Chen of Jimmy James & The Vagabonds, I watched BBC 4″s “Rod the Mod” biopic of his “76 tour tonight, and there he was “cookin it up” behind the “Old-gravedigger” on “Sweet “lil Rock n” Roller.” Talking of broadcasts, does anyone remember “Jazzbeat”. a radio show on Saturday evenings (Light Programme-VHF) at around 6.00pm.in 1965-6. Introduced by George Melly it paraded 30 min “live” sets from most of the bands we knew from the club scene at that time. My mother had strict instructions to press the record button on my tape-machine (perched in front of our “radiogram”) on hearing the GMT “pips” -whilst I was in the bath getting ready to go out. For years I had Zoot Money, Herbie Goins, Georgie Fame, The Artwoods (Ronnie Woods bruv),Geno Washington, Jimmy Cliff etc all on two spools. This programme seems to have been erased even from the “webs” “60”s memory, pre-empting TV”s Whistle Test by years.

  274. to Bart I am trying to contact part of Freds family my e-mail add is with the picturestockton web site people or Eric Whitehouse may have my phone number. My late wife and I used to babysit Fred and Maureens children when they lived in Shaftesbury Street but that was 37 years ago.

  275. For Dave Shearer you are right Fred was my older brother who played not only at the Jack”n”Jill but virtually all over the N.E.regretfully he passed away a number of years ago.

  276. To Dave Macnamara – Thanks for your note Dave – I guess that line-up pre dates my sojourn with Steve (not surprisingly), however I do remember playing several dates at the Carribean, along with Stuky, Mick McDermott, Micky Rowe and Steve Bell (can”t remember if Bob Evans had joined at that point or not). Obviously the Carribean was a favoured venue for Steve with his connections in the Jamaican community etc. I was anxious to see the photo mainly because I do not have any photos of me playing a lovely old Fender Strat that I bought from Billy Cockerill ( see elsewhere in this thread) that I re-sold to him about a year later. If anyone reading this thread has pictures of the Steve Brown Soul Sect circa early 1967 or of Psycho 67 later the same year)playing places like the Billingham Synners youth club, I”d be interested to get copies. I had recently replaced Dicky Howe on lead guitar at the time.

  277. To Colin Bradley,sorry to say Colin the band members in the Carribean photo are myself Tony Clements,Rob Metcalf,Alan Murray and of course Steve, who said at the time “People will still be talking about this band in 40 years”well there you go.

  278. To Alistair Smith: (re: 4/01/08) By trawling the web, I managed to discover that The Who played Mr McCoy”s (or “The McCoy Club”) with N”cle outfit “The Jazzboard” in support, on 7/01/66. That”s a cool 42yrs,almost to the day, of your posting! To Mick Gutteridge: Great memory! I recall being the first to relate the news around 6.50pm at The Avenue Methodist Y.C,,Linthorpe. For some reason, I distinctly remember that “Gerry n” The Pacemakers”…”How do you do, etc” had to be taken off what passed for a “sound-system”, a single-play portable Dansette, whilst I attempted to convince the others it was true!As you said, a very vivid moment, that subsequently has proved almost common-place in the world.

  279. To Al Todd: I wholly agree with all the accolades paid to Roger Barker re: Redcar Jazz Club (The Coatham)as to the amazing selection of bands he paraded before us all. In particular I remember the night Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds appeared with The Artwoods there (plus others I can”t quite recall) Roger had BOTH ballrooms open and there “seemed” to be thousands in attendance that night. However, we also shouldn”t forget Barry Noble”s “Showboat”in Wilson St,M”bro incredibly that is where I first saw Ian Anderson & Tull (+ flute) and where Micky Moody relates the title of his book “Playing with Trumpets” to.Of course for those outside the U.K they can reaquaint themselves with The Coatham in the current world-wide blockbuster movie “Atonement” where it features as part of the backdrop for the WWII French coast,with 100″s of “mufti-clad” Teessiders playing the troops. Fame at last ,eh? To Colin Bradley: I”ll get your e-mail from the S”ton site-mods and forward that pic!

  280. for Bart Bardsley did you have a relation who played keyboards in the Jack & Jill pub in Berwick Hills his name was Fred and during the day he worked on the railway. Also for Ian Fazakerley the “Silver Dollars” at one time were a huge club act and also did the Bailey circuit.

  281. To Chris Bailey and the Stu Adam”s story on the night of Kennedy”s death. That night was the first and last time I missed a booking with the Denmen. I had real bout of the flu and had to inform the lads in the group when they came round to pick me up for the gig. We were booked to play at the Kiora in Roseworth. If I remember correctly, I think the news on Kennedy broke about 18.30.00hrs. The lads arrived at my home in Tarring Street shortly after and we sat for a while digesting the enormity of the moment. A seminal and vivid moment in our lives.

  282. I don”t know whether Bart Bardsley was talking about my earlier posting about The Midnighters, but the information I gave about the band”s line-up was from a photograph I was given from Tommy Gibson. It must have been taken at the time you were sick, Bart! You can see the photograph in question on my own website under the bands section. Eric Whitehouse also tells me that another singer with The Midnighters was Wilfie Graham. Eric still has some Bart & Pluto Bennett photos, too! Maybe he should post them in here!

  283. For Al Todd: – An amusing tale about Tull/Free for sure. Perhaps the identity of the two coversationalists will be revealed. John Taylor and I have been in touch just this week and he sent me some old photos from the era, including a great one of Denver Mule with you and Dave Coverdale plus a number of others, e.g. Elastic Band etc. For Chris Bailey: I”d kill to get a hold of a copy of the picture of the Steve Brown Soul Sect at the Caribbean!! Do let me know if that would be possible once you have it.

  284. An amusing tale that has laid buried in my rapidly failing memory since the late 60s/early 70s. I think it concerned the Redcar Jazz Club and Jethro Tull were booked to play there. For some reason they couldn”t make it and had to cancel at very short notice. “Free” were in the area at the time and so Roger Barker (i assume) booked them to fill in for Tull. “Free” were always worth seeing and a good gig ensued. At the time people used to congregate in Fearnleys record shop to discuss the the previous nights goings-on and two of the “regulars” began a conversation. It went something like this… 1. “Did you go to the Coatham Hotel last night?” 2. “Yes i did!” 1. “What was it like?” 2. “It was great but he didn”t play his flute much”! I believe the story to be genuine but does anybody remember who the participants in the conversation were?

  285. O.K., heres a good idea for a new thread-series which came up as a result of a recent conversation with Stu Adams the ex-bass player of “60”s band The Fireflys. If you recall, Nov 22nd 1963 was the night (a Friday ) that Pres. John F. Kennedy was assassinated. By legend, most people of that era can remember where they were when they first heard the news. Locally, it was the night The Beatles played The Globe,Stockton. Stu” told me that as a young 16yr old bass-player he heard the news around 7.00pm in the back of his mates Dad”s car whilst being driven, with their band gear, to a gig in the upstairs room of The Brunswick Pub on Yarm Lane, Stockton. Any other “similar” gig memories of that night worth posting?

  286. To Trevor Davis: Don”t push the book to one-side yet! (laughs) i”m currently receiving a boatload of memorabilia pics n” info from bass-player Dave MacNamara, now living in Macao -China, in the form of his personal scrap-book. Would you believe a pic of the Steve Brown Soul Sect actually IN The Caribbean Club?!! And can anyone recall The Groove Disc Club at South Bank? (I must have stayed in that night!) Will forward soon.

  287. i was wondering if any of u had heard of the silver dollars. i am looking for a copy of there song called rainbow i think the drummers name was called kenny madden and he lived in stanley in co durham. any info would be great. please contact at fazza1977@yahoo.co.uk if u have any news

  288. I have just found your site and it brings back many memories form earlier one contributor remembers The Midnighters and he was correct with the band members except one,he mentioned Johnny Rocco as the lead singer.That is incorrect Johny was a stand in for couple of gigs as I was sick. As for the founding members that would have been Tom Gibson,Ray Hudson,Grandville Leacy (who finally joined the paratroopers and myself Bart Bardsley. Barry Thompson we were originally a skiffle band called The Blackjacks later Barry Thompson joined us when Granville”s became our Manager I stayed with them for over 8 years playing regular at The Empire Continental for Mrs Bastiman. When I finally left I formed a band called The Stormers wii Frank Feeney,George Richards,Buck, and Alan Richardson (Drums).We were together for many years and finally when we broke up I joined Eric Whitehouse in a double act know as Bart & Pluto Bennett,and the story goes on from there until 1977 when I left the industry and emigrated to Canada where I still reside. Eric for your information I will bee back home on March 18th 2008 for a visit. Bart Bardsley

  289. To Alistair Smith: The “handy” pub, on the Linthorpe Rd / Bottomley St corner for Mr McCoys was in fact The Devenport (demolished late “66) and also The Erimus on Newton St, which had a band/concert room on the 1st floor -up an almost vertical s/case straight off Fletcher St. Favourite watering hole, of course, was the huge Corporation Hotel which had at least 4 seperate bars and lounges on the Ground floor alone. When the M”bro Council demolished The Devenport pub, they also demolished one side of Bottomley St to form a car-park. The Purple Onion was in No”s 7-9, from where I recall watching the work in progress. In a strange quirk of history,and only in the last couple of months, I spookily discovered that my mothers family resided opposite in those very houses, at No.8, when they first arrived in M”bro, from Essex, in 1875! Strange one that.

  290. To Dave Shearer, Thanks, I was aware of the newspaper cutting the VSL website. It was taken for the Evening Gazette competition in 1964. I still have the original glossy photo and a now very raggy souvenir edidtion of the paper that accompanied the competition. They really were fantastic memories.

  291. Hi Eric Whitfield check out vintagesixtieslive web site there is a picture of “Perry and The Victors” featuring Norman “Taff” Parry. I worked with him in the sixties in an early band called “Some Other Guise” he became the first non instrumentalist singer I worked with and at that time he lived in Billingham then he left I think to join the Merchant Navy.I was also a big friend of Mike Smith and even through his strange ways was an incredible straight bass player. I spent many nights at Mikes house listening to early Moodie Blues, Keef Hartley music and Wishbone Ash he had an exceptional music system a Leak stereo amp with a Sure deck with 15 speakers concreted into the alcoves on sides of the fire place. Fantastic memories.

  292. Realizing the potential that this site has, I would like to appeal for any photographs of Perry & The Victors/The Victors. I know there must be some out there. I (Eric Whitfield) was the drummer with the band and keep in regular contact with ex-members; ie. Billy Cockerill (Lead), Trevor Davis/Brian Flounders (Bass), George Kitching (Rhythm), Dennis Howe/Norman Parry (Vocals). sadly Mike Smith our original rhythm guitarist has passed away. So if anybody remembers my band, or has any pictures then please get in contact. (See Stan Laundon”s site for a reminder).

  293. To Alistair Smith: Yup, Jimmy Saville did make an appearance at Mr McCoys in “66-as a guest D.J. I recall serving him coffee in The Onion, just before we were interrupted by a real “weirdo” stalker type guy (aged about 30),announcing himself as Jimmy”s “No1. fan” This guy went on to literally “corner” him for about an hour.I”d never seen him before, but for many years afterwards, regularly observed him stood with a “roly” in his mouth staring at the traffic for hours, on the Buccaneer/Ormesby Rd traffic lights! Now, if he”d been a proper psychpathic “stalker” armed with a 9mm…he could have saved us all a lot of annoying and gruesome, “Jim”ll Fix It” TV shows, later on!

  294. To Alistair S. & Colin B.: Originally the main entry to Mr McCoys was on Bottomley St and moved to the rear, Norton St, when the 1st flr. “lounge” was taken over by Bruce Yuill to store antique furniture on. The band room then transferred into the rear upstairs of The Onion, where I once shared an early jazz-woodbine with members of Soft Machine. However, the most amusing story to come out of Mr McCoys must surely be the one concerning the redoubtable door-manager “Tessa” (Terry) Davison. In those days I recall that “members” were charged say 3/6d admission, and “guests” 4/6d admission. On the night of one of Georgie Fames appearances Tessa called John McCoy in his office on the intercom ,stating.. “McCoy?, theres a “bewer” down “ere wantin” to see Georgie Fame -says she”s Lady Londonderry ” to which John of course responded “Well, let her straight in” and put the phone down.Two seconds later Tessa called back, quickly enquiring, “..as member, or guest?” This may have been Tessa”s one, and only, brush with the aristocracy! As keen students of the era will know, Georgie Fame had been friendly with Nicolette for several years, after her subsequent divorce, they married in “72. “Tessa” Davison later went on to work “The Kirk” door for many years, and later still went into pub management. He died of a stroke in the early “90”s.

  295. To Chris Bailey: Happy New Year and thanks for the accurate recollections about the architecture of Mr. McCoy”s in Bottomley Street. The WHO gig was certainly a memorable one – The Roadrunners were accorded dressing room privileges and when we got to meet the guys, Townshend”s advice to us was to “keep taking the f@#*ing pills boys” – I swear to God. As for Rod and Julie Driscoll, my late brother Joe”s perennial Rod Stewart story was that he once gave him a shilling (whilst in the Purple Onion) for the gas meter in his digs (God knows where they were staying!). Finally, I am just finishing up about a dozen pages of recollections and commentary to pass on to Trevor Davis for the “book project”. It includes a verbatim copy of Joe”s entire hand written gig and accounts diary for the RR”s, which cites an expense for business cards paid to one C. Bailey. Hope your tax records are in good order (LOL!!!). Keep the memories coming folks.

  296. Hiya Chris Mr McCoys ended as it started with the entrance being round the back where you had to go up past the old cloakroom and then back downstairs into the club. I can also recall there being quite a few costermongers barrows stored in the area at the rear. The Who must have been one of the last bands to have appeared there. Before club opening time quite a crowd of us would meet in the pub on the corner of Bottomley Street, The Leviathan?, or in the scale model car racing business alongside McCoys and have a few laps. As you mention McCoys hosted many to be famous musicians. Last year I went to see The Riders on the Storm at The Roundhouse and was surprised to see Phil Chan on base, ex Jimmy James and The Vagabonds. A regular band at McCoys. Also I don”t know whether it was genuine, but in one of the upstairs rooms at McCoys I was shown, scrawled on the wall, Jimmy Saville”s autograph with the S in Saville crossed as in the dollar sign.

  297. To Bari,I remmember playing support band for Joe Cocker at Finnigans hall with Steve Browns band,you may recall we had a 9 foot Python, I was sat in the dressing room,the snake was in a box ,much too small for the size of that snake and Joe Cocker walked in and said to me whats in the box ?I replied a snake,the usual comment was made F” off, I said take a look,the snake sprung out of the box and Joe leapt straight onto the stage missing all six steps leading to the dressing room.After that his band arrived and he was taking bets over what was in the box. Thanks to Chris Bailey for this site.

  298. To Jim Moore; A few grey cells diminishing there Jim?(laughs) Mr McCoys in Bottomley St, was in fact created out of the premises previously occupied by Arthur Jones Electrical Wholesalers and was in fact quite large, with a labryinth of rooms on the 1st floor.It originally opened on both levels and people entered by coming up a staircase to the 1st floor and descending another s/case to get down to the main area (a la KD Club). The Club was connected to the normal daytime Purple Onion Coffee House at No.7 Bottomley St by a small passageway. I recall The Who very well, as I worked the Coffee Bar with Nick Stokeld, and we were told to close it and cross-join hands with bouncers in front of the stage to stop crowd “surge”. Afterwards, I think we were all secretly a bit disappointed that Pete Townsend didnt smash the stage up! I also recall regular Georgie Fame, and then one night “Little” Stevie Wonder losing his drumsticks mid solo. I used to knock-up “belly buster” cheese n” ham sarnies with Rod Stewart & Julie Driscoll in the P.Onion kitchen every time they played the Club in their various bands. I was astonished, years later, to find that sexy, sassy, “60”s uber-chick Julie was actually the same age as myself at the time…just 18! An interesting rock-fact is that Chris Farlowe and the Thunderbirds played Mr McCoys the night his mega-hit “Out of Time” was released in “66. To Dave McNamara: Nice to see you on here at last!

  299. Just become aware of the site and what memories. I was lucky enough to be Roady with Rivers Invitation when we played with Hendrix at the Kirk Valentines night 1967. Can confirm one of the threads that Hendrix was supposedly on £75 that night. We also were on with the Who at the Jazz Club plus another time Baldry, Rod Stewart and Julie Driscoll as the Steam Packet backed by Zoot Money. The nights were a great tribute to Roger Barker who made the Jazz Club at the Coatham such a great place . I was sorry to hear about Mick Kemp, working away you are out of touch. Knew him back in the sixties and most recently 10 years ago as boss of the George in Eston. I also remember playing the Carabbean Club with a schoolboy band called the Few. The name Kenya Cafe also strikes a chord. I remember seeing The Who in McCoys Bottomley Street in what was effectively the two bedrooms of one of the two houses knocked through. Also no mention of the Scene opposite the Town Hall now the Centre where I saw the Kinks before they brought out You really Got Me just having done Long Tall Sally. Through my connection with Rivers I also became the Manager of the Sporting Club in South Bank although a bit cabaret aka Fiesta we did have local bands on monday and thursday nights. Unfortunately I am in Aberdeen all week but somebody should arrange some sort of Reunion of all the bands. By the way Bari Chohan glad to see you are alive and kicking.

  300. Got to keep pushing you guys I”m getting very little feed back from any of you I have about 4 interested parties So far the book has a front cover , a forward, and a back cover  !!! come on I need some feed back from you You all thought this was a good idea !!  and I need your support in this  Please read letter posted 29/11/2007 and let me know  by e mail that I can  count on a story and band info from you 

  301. To Chris Bailey. happy belated birthday another year older. the memories stirred by the nostalgic reminiscents of all the contributors has been fascinating and very informative of the local music scene. I agree with CB the local folk scene has produced a few stalwarts and although the most popular were bands like the Fettlers another to remember was a very unique Vin Garbutt. My own preferances were Motown and Soul and the influence of the electric Blues/Chicago Blues and the soft rock of bands like Crosby Stills Nash and Young and the Moody Blues. Earlier my own influences were the Yardbirds.. although I missed seeing many of these bands live I was lucky to see many others during my years of music involvement. So all the Sunday nights at the Redcar Jazz Club and the live gigs at the Kirk and McCoys were not only my enjoyable and unforgettable magic moments but memories that are never far from my mind when we speak of live music and great nights.Lucky enough to see so many bands at the Isle of Wight (Hendrix last performance and first of Emmerson Lake and Palmer) Wembley for the great rock and roll concert with all the stars of the 50s and 60s headlined by Chuck Berry. Visited many smaller festivals at Skegness and Burton Constable there seemed to be many more opportunies for bands to play live and move up the ladder to these enormous gigs.Most of all we had the chance locally to see many of these great names when so many areas never had any chance for live bands. We need everyone to assist in getting this book of memories going and give their own private ancedotes for posterity. I wish evryone reading these pages a very Merry Christmas and I hope a very happy New Year for 2008. which brings real joy to all and peace, if everyone got the therapy these pages provide it will certainly be happier for all.

  302. To Alistair Smith: Nice to see someone has mentioned Ken Crawford! As we were all twangin”,blowin” and thumpin” our way thru the “60”s it must not be forgotten that there was a parallel musical universe also very active on Teesside…Folk Music! In fact I recall that Ken, Ronnie Angel & Stew McFarlane et al, as “The Fettlers” won the prestigious Kilkenny Folk Festival in “66. Ken was also the “silent” partner of John McCoy in Mr McCoys, The Purple Onion, and The Kirk.I personally was not very “folky” orientated but had to admit there were some excellent musicians playing the various local venues which, in those days, seemed inhabited by pipe-smoking guys in arran-jumpers accompanied by very sombre ladies.In fact, back in “72 local folk-blues afficianado Stan Croft invited myself to play a “blind date” acoustic gig at the BBC and brought along a his pal called Dave Wallis as singer. Dave up until that time had never really sung “up front” or in public. However, when he eventually cut-loose he had perhaps the finest rock n”blues-voice I”d ever played with. So much so, I persuaded Pete Webster, Denny Chatto & Bob McConnell to “scratch-up” an electric band for the final studio session. Afterwards we all went our separate ways. By chance, I got in touch with Stan recently (after 30+yrs) and he”d had the original master tapes placed on CD and sent me a copy. And Dave Wallis? He simply went back to being a Quantity Surveyor! As they say, sometimes mistakenly, “…don”t give up the day job!”

  303. To John T. Yes no money was made on TEESPOP68, as the only one who knows is JBM. We had to contribute the funds from the next Finnigans Hall gig featuring a very successful Joe Cocker to make up the losses.I believe we ended up with few thousand on the day but lost money even with the terrific support from Teesside Council who paid for the Marquees and allowed the site for free.No, the local bands did all receive a small fee similar to a weekend gig,but had a marvellous chance of being part of a unique event and history. I was lucky enough to assist in organising Glen McCrory”s Boxing world title fight at the same site in a Circus tent and using the Eston sports centre in the early 1990s hope we can do a third event?I would love to have a copy of the poster and ticket as I have lost all my posters and scrap books over the years. So any one got any old posters and tickets of any of my events get in touch. To Chris Bailey I do have the actual ticket block for the Teespop68 which you gave me and I still use as a paper weight on my desk.Yes I still get mixed up over Muddy Waters who had died and I saw BB King, but always remember you introduced me to the Paul Butterfield Blues band and in later years Billy Joel, long before he was commercially popular. Speaking of posters and other gigs CB also did some great posters for the music movie nights we had at various venues and for the gigs at Stockton Billingham Tech that we organised with ISH—-phantasmorgorical night of music? I also booked the Three Dog Night event for another promoter at Middlesbrough Town Hall.again a couple of the local bands supported.To John Taylor i am sure you could contribute many memories of all the bands you have played with over the years and if any old photos pleased email to me(get details from this site–please)I hope you are all enjoying this site and I wish everyone a great Xmas and hopefully a better New Year for all in 2008

  304. Hi John yes you are right it is Bill Collier and I believe he IS still alive and well but boy what an absolute character. As far as I have always known them, WHILE Keith Davison was in the band, I knew them as Connection

  305. Dave – The mad bassist in the Carnaby”s was Billy Collier I believe still alive and kicking in Hartlepool. Are you sure the band in the picture is Connection and not Freshwater?

  306. Isnt strange that a photgraph such as the one leading all of these comments should provoke such memories and comments. In the picture there is Andy Hunter who is still playing and deserves to because a better bass player you would be hard put to find, and then Frankie Smith an excellent drummer I remember playing along side of the Carnaby Rags, Frank, Alan Plaice and an absolutley mad man of a bass player from Hartlepool whose name has escaped me. Wally Latheron on lead guitar who was in one of my favourite bands The Chelfont Line who I was later lucky enough to play with their Brass Section and my favourite alltime bass player Micky Roe. Johnny Mac an absolute gent and another very good lead player. I caught connection towards their end time when they had Keith Davison singing and they were a great band. Just thought I would mention the band that has provoked us all out of chairs to sit on our computers (still very active then lads and lasses) and write all of these wonderful comments. Keep Music Live

  307. To Arthur Evans: My experiences of the Model T”s were with Alfie Raine at The Eagle Pub, Berwick Hills(see previous note )where they rehearsed. Shortly afterwards a break-away band called The Mk.5 were formed by Alf(drummer) & Neil (Sanderson?bassist))it was for this band that lead gutarist Bob McConnell stepped up. Sad to hear about Bob Gray, but sad to say I knew little of his band “cept that the Fremonts & Del & The F”s regularly played the M”bro High School dances whilst we were all there. Another band not yet mentioned here were The Fireflies which were joined by the seminal Tony Hicks RIP (later Back-door) when existing drummer Denny Chatto stepped up to the mike. This band was listed in a Chris Rea interview in Q-magazine as being “the first local band I ever saw -live!” and it was that name, The Fireflys that Chris currently uses for his touring band. Stewart Adams the F/F”s original bassist now owns a carpet store on Oxford Rd, M”bro and Denny Chatto lives just outside Scarborough.

  308. To Arthur Evans – great to see your name again. Shocked and saddened to hear about Bob. I met Dave about 20 years ago and we managed to find Bob doing a solo gig in one of the Durham clubs, we were both amazed to find how good a singer he was. If you recall we never used to plug his mike in because we thought he couldn”t sing, based on his performances in the van on the way home from our “bookings”. Ray Harris was the singer that you mentioned, he was followed by ex-Panther”s Brian Fletcher

  309. To Bob Ricketts. The close ups backstage at Teespop”68, would you have pictures of the Chelfont Line. I was the trumpet player in the Chelfont Line but have no pictures. A local teesside band playing with all those headliners was something else. I only have the memories of the day. I managed to get hold of a copy of the poster by Chris Bailey which is now framed and in the George & Dragon in Yarm and also appears in the wine list of infamous McCoy”s Tontine. All those name bands for £1.00. Bari C and John B. Mc, was any money made? I think we played for nothing or paid Bari C just to be there.

  310. To Chris Baily -you vaguely refer to a group called the Fremonts and Bob Gray (who sadly died about 7yrs ago)whats happened to the other members Dave Lewis, Jeff Ellis.Pete Laverick, and some of the vocalists Ray ? etc..Memory failing now. Used to manage them and then formed the “Model Tees ” a club Band with Bob and ex Skyliners Bass John Thomas , Jeff Rowley, and Harry Suffle. Love to meet up again

  311. Sorry for not replying sooner as I”ve just moved house. I heard a rumor that when Paul was at Grangefield Grammar School he often pretended to be Peter Embleton so as he could pull the girls. He did resemble Peter in his younger days and as a youngster watch us practice at his dads pub in Brunswick St, the old Stork and Castle When we were Johnny and the Bluecaps. Mick was a fine drummer and driving force of the band and had a canny knack of pulling any four lads off the streets and turning them into a decent outfit.

  312. Hi all, with referance to Paul Frost – Digging into the depths of my memory (past brown ale bottle tops and many wine corks) I followed the Blue Caps avidly, Mick Kemp was a great inspiration to me as I regard him as one of the finest Pop Drummers in the North of England. Peter Embleton was followed by, I think, Colin Bilton then Jimmy Pugh lead guitar and vocals then a singer from Oxbridge who”s name escapes me but I think was called Buckley then Keith Davison, included were guitar players who played and sang such as Dave Watkins and Barry Skeldon both excellent bass players and later I was in a club band with Barry and he did some great singing and playing. No I don”t think Paul Frost was in there, I am willing to be corrected but as some of you guys will automatically know, I wont like it. (Ha Ha)

  313. Terry Owens – I am in contact with Roy Smith of The Denvers quite often. He may have some idea where Pauline Reilly is. You can contact me through my own website or Picture Stockton will pass on my email address.

  314. for Bari Chohan . Bari I cannot remember the third band but I think they were from the Whitby area the other Band was my own group The new Elastic Band with Bob Evans, Mick Burns, John Whitingham, Phil Lockey and Adrian Prest on organ. As you say old age is getting the better of me.

  315. Having been one of the people who was encouraging the writing of a book. I would be more than pleased to assist in any way and give over to you my personal recollections and my memories of this period of time and I am sure you will find many others will do so.I also still have some old memorobilia, photo”s and tickets etc I can make available to you. At least judging from the responses this site has been able to generate you will get more people assisting you.Derek Elliot thanks for reminding me of the line up at the Sacred Heart gig and if I recall Chelfont Line played a lot of my other venues and dances over the next year.To Dave Shearer I also remember Harvest and the band memebers you mentioned.To Trevor Davis and Chris Bailey I seem to recall that Paul Frost( worked at the Gazette with Chris Bailey then TT Television) joined the Bluecaps? as a singer did he? and was it to replace Peter Embleton(Saint –later the compere at the Fiesta and solo singer)The gigs at the James Finnegan”s Hall were some of the best we had, all featured three bands one being the headliner. We had Jimmy Cliff with Wydner K Frogg in his band on organ, Root N Jenny Jackson,Joe Cocker, and the Fantastics all supported by two great local bands. My own favourite gig that I played in was at Middlesbrough Town Hall New Years Eve with Vaughn Taylor and the State Express. Can anyone remember the other two bands who played, as old age is getting the better of me.The late night private clubs after the nightclubs etc were also known as the “Blues” and were the hub of night life along with the all night restaurants like the Europa Chez Mario ( later Josefs)Hellenique rtc and before that the coffee bar culture of the Italia,Paradise etc

  316. What a great read this is, loads of great memory shakers. Trevor I will be able to provide you with some great pic”s taken at Teespop. I will scan and forward them to you. I gave John Mc Coy volumes of local memorabilia about 20 odd years ago, suggest you put him on the list to assist. (Close-ups Back stage Also loads of pic”s from Scene,Onion, Kirk, James Finnigan Hall, Redcar Jazz Club and Astoria. Hello Chris Bailey. Happy day”s rememberd from Henry”s (John Forbes place near Boro station)Been living in South Africa since 1988. The bands and characters mentioned in these notes confirm what a great period in time we enjoyed,those times were unique the innocence and excitement will surely never occur again.

  317. Thanks for the comments on the book idea you seem to think it’s a good idea. However I have had only on reply from Colin Bradley with an offer to help with formatting. Nothing at all from bands wanting to be included. I know its early days but come on guys get involved. To Dave Shearer you seem to have a wealth of knowledge let’s have some info on Harvest etc Eric Whitehouse you have seen and done lots lets have it!! There are lots more of you out there come on lets get the ball rolling Read above info on book and e mail trevor.davs@wanadoo.fr Trevor Davis

  318. To Alice Gardner:Now those are the memories this “book” needs (although the track “Catholic Girls” by Frank Zappa immediately springs to mind) in other words,” the audience”. I believe West Coast Promotion were a D”ton band I know that J.Mc”s secretary Mandy used to date one of them, called Brian, in “66. The Real McCoy recorded “Milk a Cow” at the behest of Island Records owner Chris Blackwell who being brought up as a privileged “white”caribbean did much to promote bluebeat & ska (later reggae)in the UK. In that particular musical genre, credit should also be given to Bari Chohan who booked the iconic Jimmy Cliff at Finnegans Hall, Teesville in “68. “I can see clearly now” is still an all-time fave of mine.

  319. Your book sounds like a brilliant idea. I was kind of involved in Stockton”s music scene in the early and mid 80s and knew the McCoys – there was a great local scene then probably still is now – lots of material for a book. I would buy it.

  320. Anyone remember “HARVEST”, our original line up was : Rod Millgate, who started it all,keyboards, John Rhodes lead guitar, Mick Griffith of Blue Velvet, Born Waster and Feddie & The Dreamers fame on bass guitar, Myself drums, George Trigg on tenor sax, Paul Rhucroft on baritone and sometimes tenor, John Taylor on trumpet/flugel horn, Vic Hall on trumpet/valve trombone and of course not forgetting Colin Bilton vocals and patter. A very special time for me and these guys produced a great sound.

  321. Memories of the 60s! When I was 14 in 1966 I joined the then to be opened St Mary”s Youth Club in Major Street. It was in the old infant school building. The priest who did all the work getting this off the ground was I think a Father Horan. He was Irish (of course) and worked with Cannon Callaghan. He asked for volunteers to get the place up and running and quite a few girls from St Mary”s Girls” School went along. He let us pick the materials for the seats (we bought leather look material from the market) to upholster the seats with, we chose the lighting and God love him he found out about disco lighting and day-glo tubes were installed. We also had a table tennis room and a coffee bar. In 1966 this was modern technology you know, especially in Stockton!! Every month we had a local group in, The Blue Caps were our favourite but also if my memory serves me correctly, there was a group called Jimmy Williams and the West Coast Promotions, they were brilliant as I remember. We also had that group from Middlesbrough who had a minor hit record with “Show me how to milk a cow” By heck, they don”t know how to write songs like that any more!!!!!! That youth club became very successful, people came from all over the area to go to “The Mary”s” as it was christened

  322. I am hoping that you musical guy”s can help me out. I am looking for my cousin Dennis Harrison, originally from Thornaby, a pianist from the late 50″s on. If anybody has any knowledge of him or where I can get in touch with him, please ask Stockton Picture staff for my email address. It would be greatly appreciated.

  323. I have fond memories of The Caribbean club both playing there and also spending time there and also hanging out with Steve Brown My wife and I got to know Steve”s family very well and we used to visit various “Shibeans”(Ilegal drinking houses) around Middlesbrough of which in those days there were many but unlike some who have commented on these pages my memories of those places they were not all run by Jamaicans or any other foreign nationalities but a very mixed bunch. Like Mick Kemp would say – (Gig cock ! Youve never done one” a learning curve indeed Middlesbrough”s underbelly was not ALL black or even dark.

  324. To Trevor Davis: Congrats on taking up authorship! I would suggest that any such publication be marketed thru” Teesside bookstores as they already carry quite comprehensive publication sections on “Local History” namely by Norman Moorsholm, the Evening Gazette and Bari Chohan”s brother, Araf. The question of sponsorship is also worth considering, maybe the Evening Gazette (who have a publishing division) along with a couple of musical instrument stores (Pete Webster”s “Bandland” and Teesside Music springs to mind!) A “proceeds to” dedication would also be good P.R. As for printed material posters/cards/car stickers/tickets etc I have drawerfuls which I”m about to forward to “Remember When”. The “grandaddy” of all local musical raconteurship and charisma must of course be John McCoy who can still tell masses of funny stories from the late “50”s. I especially recall a riotous one about Cyril Davies”s Blues All-stars appearing at his Outlook Club around 1963. When Barry Faulkner opened “Ossies Bar” on the same site (15 yrs later) he found a ledger of “receipts” from all the bands who”d played the Outlook. Amongst them was one for the “Rolling Stones” on which the signature of “band-leader”(i.e. who received payment) Mick Jagger had been strangely crossed out and Brian Jones signature thereby substituted. I believe Barry later gave this document to John McCoy.A piece of real musical history indeed! Incidentally , I did write a piece about Mr King & The Caribbean Club, but I think it was a bit too “liturgical” and profound for the sites legal team – I”ll try again, and tone it down!

  325. I have been giving this book idea some thought!! I would be interested in having a go at pulling something together if I could get enough interested parties to supply details. I don’t have any experience in the book world but how difficult could it be!! First off before I start, I would like to hear from anyone interested in helping i.e.: collating info, proof reading and assistance with vanity publishing and marketing. I don’t expect this to be a Booker prize winner and don’t expect sales in areas other than localised interest. This would also be sold via the Internet. A web site would be a good idea and help with this would be needed. I don’t expect this to be a great money producer, anything made would go into running the web site and book production so at the out set – no wages either!!!! Just the pure need to produce something that we could all leave to show that we were there when it all started!!! So what I had in mind was …… I would like first, anyone who has a story to tell and would like to be included in this, to e mail me at trevor.davis@wanadoo.fr declaring an interest. Please mark the e mail subject as “book” it will help when sorting e mails. Depending on the amount of replies, I would then e mail you back within a month or so to confirm we had enough information to put something together. Any suggestions for a book title would also be appreciated. In the meantime…. Sit down at the computer and in the Word program write your account of what you did, where you played and your memories. Photos of the band may be included, but just for now one single photo of each band you played with would be sufficient . Please make sure we are not infringing any copyright laws with photos and newspaper editorial. If I need more photo info I will let you know. At the end of your letter, list all the bands you have played with to the current day plus band members you would like to contact. Maybe an obituary for those who are no longer with us. Even if this book fails to get off the ground, you will have your own full account of this unique time of our lives. It would still be a legacy for your children to read when you are no longer here, so the whole project is not a waste of time and let’s be honest you always meant to do it one day didn’t you!!! Stan Launden’s site and others such as ‘Vintage Sixties’ have a wealth of knowledge and there must be others too. I also know a number of people from a lot of local bands, who went on to be famous, encouragement from them would also be welcome if they don’t have any issues about being included in the book . This could take some time to pull together, so put the guitar down and get writing; the sooner we make a start the sooner it will be in print Regards, Trevor Davis Ex Blue Caps, Johnny Taylor 5, Selection Soul Band, Victors…………

  326. To Alistair S. & Trevor D. Well,well,well Mr King of the Caribbean Club eh? I recall Geoff Pattinson taking me to one-side in the original “Onion” (around late “66)and telling me he had a “small contract” to sound-proof the Carib”n front window, the Priests House of the M”bro Catholic Cathedral opposite had evidently objected to the noise from the club. Now in fairness, neither of us knew anything about “acoustic insulation” but Geoff was of the opinion a bit of Poly-foam,a stud wall and some aluminium baco-foil would do it. I was an art-student, Geoff was a photocopier sales rep! He organised a meet at the club with Mr King (built like Sonny Liston)and his “gang” to discuss the job. Incredibly, he got 50% up front. The next day we went to pick up the cash from his manager (a Mr Shepherd?) who before handing it over, reminded us not to “cross” Mr King as he was “….a bit of an animal” (said,drawing his finger across his throat). Ten minutes later in the relative safety of The Onion, Geoff handed me a tenner, and I naively asked where we would buy the materials? “Materials?” he laughed “F” materials!” It then rapidly became obvious that I was, inadvertently, about to become a moving target, a victim of Geoff”s ardent commercialism. At 18 I was pretty terrified, especially as Mr King had already “eye-balled” me . I was so scared, that I told my old-man. He went and found Geoff , got some of the money back, then went to The Carib”n and completed the job!…Phew! Geoff Pattinson later left M”bro,went to London, and later opened the London Horseless Carriage Co.(super-car sales n” hire) and the last I heard was a multi-millionaire, owning oodles of large scale London real estate. He who dares wins?…or just a plain old ruthless sociopath? I”ll never know, but at least I”m still around to tell the tale! P.S …so is my Dad!

  327. for Bari CHohan In relation to your first promotion you were almost right the three groups were the Chelfont Line The new elastic band and John McCoys Tramline, It was the Chelfont Line”s first gig

  328. Hi just a quick note on The Caribbean club. I Trevor Davis played there with Monty little and the Selection Soul Band and we used to be there every other week as the Sax player Mac (Lionel McLennan)? Was also one of the few coloured sax players along with Steve Brown playing at that time? Mr King as I remember lost his late night drinking licence and all the punters used to bring their own drink but had to buy coke (When coke meant coke) and they would stand round the walls jigging along to the music, However we always came out a bit light headed at the end of the night . As I seem to remember it was a meeting place of ladies of dubious employment, Quite a eye opener for young lads still a bit green behind the gills Mac also knew the majority of them too, they would come and chat to the band taking the mick as I remember. We had some great nights as it was open till about 4 am then off to the Elesay Greek restaurant on Boro road for a last minute meal. Mac was a well known sax player in the region he played with some top professional names too. Mac died in Jamaica some time ago sadly missed. I did meet Bari at his home but I doubt you would remember me as you were just starting out as a booking agent. We did a gig with Steve at the Fireman’s ball in Redcar a great night but rivalry prevailed but they were on top billing and we played second and had to lump it . Great days and a book would be a terrific idea . Would love to hear if anyone remembers the Selection Soul band as the singer was Colin Billton (Monty Little) and he went on to play with Jimmy Pugh I Went on to play with The Blue Caps ,The Johnny Taylor Five and spent 6 Month at The Starlite club at Redcar playing in the band I Knew Jerry Lowther till his death a couple of years ago Time and friends fade away all too soon .

  329. Hi Bari, I recently handed in my old Mr McCoys membership card from 1966 to the new Purple Onion along with an old embossed Kirk membership card. I thought that this would be an appropriate home for them. Freddy Veasey was a man of many colours, I can even remember him as croupier at The Kirk looking after the Blackjack table. 2/6p(Halfcrown) minimum bet. Like a lot of other McCoys attendees I also bought my first Ben Sherman shirts at his shops in Bottomley Street and Silver Street. Whilst working in Fosters Off Licence in Sussex Street I used to visit the Carribean club next door for the Ska and Bluebeat. It was there that I met Steve Brown, Fingers and and few other of the Carribean residents of the Boro. Apart from this club there were at various addresses and at various times other small basement(illegal) black clubs that Steve took me to. Great music,energetic dancing, guinness, cards and an aromatic scent. Mr McCoys was a great venue and with Eugene as DJ the music was varied. Old Eugene McCoy, Eugene and Johns”, father used to attend the club along with some of the older musicians of Teesside, Ken Crawford and Gerry Carney amongst them. Yep Middlesbrough had it all and in the 60″s and early 70″s was an easy match for London. Although I visited The Marquee in Wardour Street, even saw The Real McCoy there, Mr Mcoys and The Kirk along with The Redcar clubs provided enough variety for entertainment. The death of Ron Aspery was a great loss to the musical culture of the area. His name is evident on so many albums as a session man apart from his own band “Back Door”. I even heard one of his tracks being played on Radio 2 last week “The Bed Creaks” from the “81st Inst” album. You are right Bari, someone ought take a musical challenge and document the 60s and 70s Teesside music scene before “old timer”s disease” hits us.

  330. TO Chris Bailey,Colin Bradley,Derek Elliott,Mike Gutteridge and all reading these wonderful pages full of memories. Chris as Mike has stated with full details the Den was the Carribeaan Club that the illustrious Mr King ran and was my first introduction to Reggae and real West Indian music of Bluebeat and Ska. this is were I first met my old mate Steve Brown (not then a resident of Middlesbrough but visiting)and the few black guys in the area at that time.Colin,I once bumped into Steve Brown in London(1990) stood at a bar in a pub behind the Londin Palladium all suited and booted and up comes an old but still fit Steve and we stood speaking for a couple of hours of the old days in Middlesbrough which he said were some of his favourite days and place for playing in various bands.He was busking on the tube stations and making more money than any of his band days. His was always one of my favourite local bands partially because of the superb brass sections and my other good friend (RIP) from those times the great BOb Evans who did also play bass in the Elastic Band then on to Sax in all his other bands.I noted you had asked about Stukee from Pyscho many years ago he was a manger in the Baileys clubs in Leicster?Mike I do remember you and Micky Kemp as when I first began in the local music scene you and the other bands like The Bluecaps the Zephyrs etc were the established groups. I guess I grew up on the tail end of the Crawdaddies, and the beginnings of Real McCoy and the great Denman again one of my own favourites.One group who no one has mentioned who I reckon professionally were the cream of our local musicans and in playing was the Rivers Invitation messrs Ray Dales Alan Fearnly Alan Ludley and the gretaest brass section locally with Ron Asprey?and merv on drums there are so many and it sad so many have now gone the great thing about this wonderful new media is we can all communicate from around the world together and inform others and all enjoy the end product.I have been priveledged to have had many of my own idols and heroes play at my pwn venues and dances over the years or have mixed with them and so I fully understand the thrill we all have of the moments when great names have crossed our paths. Another possible chapter for the book, Chris can start with a mad night out with Jimmy Ruffin at a party in Lambeth road and learning that BAD meant great.There are so many names being mentioned who helped and formed part of the vivid scene that music and clothes and the freedom of expression and finance made and these generations created after the war and the fifties.We got the delivery of that good fortune in the sixties when the whole package came together. I am lucky to have also been a great part of this locally and I am pleased that a few should remember my gigs and dances and the boutiques I was involved with.My first promotion was at the Sacred Heart hall on Linthorpe Road middlesbrough and it was the end of term dance and leaving do for Stainsby Boys School. I believe it was the first gig of the Chelfont Line and one of the early gigs for either New Elastic band or Rivers Invitation. I then went on to host several dance at the old St Marys Restaurant on Corporation Road and then the Middlesbrough Town Hall. My own favourite nights were the gigs I held at James Finnigns Hall in eston and then aregular Saturday night venue at the Oak leaf in South Bank in 1969 I opened the Barracuda Lounge and Bar and was also teh person when live bands became too expensive for the types of venues we had brought 16 mm movies of bands like Creams Farewell concert at Albert Hall hendrix Experience etc to many venues throughout the North even at places like the Fiesta it was such a mix of music and ideas that kept everthing fresh.Teesspop 68 was the frist outdoor pop festival certainly in the North and the lineup is that eclectic mix THE TRAFFIC WITH STEVE WINWOOD,BEN E KING,BONZO DOG DO DAH BAND,THE FAMILY,JOE COCKER,ALAN BOWN SET,AMBOY DUKES,RIVERS INVITATION,TRAMLINE,AND OTHERS ALL COMPERED BY LONG JOHN BALDRY FOR ONE POUND ATICKET AT THE ESTON RECREATION GROUND BEHIND ESTON BATHS SUMMER 1968.I was fortunate to have a good friend in Chris Bailey,who besides his music abilities and fashion connections should be remembered for his brillant avant garde posters,ticket designs and advertising designs. Unfortunately over the years I have lost my own scrap books and posters.Chris was responible locally for the new wave of art design that people like myself and the clubs locally were able to tap into and allow free reign and it is just as important as the era that the perception and visual images are also new. So Chris is my choice to do a book on this period it will be a winner and encapsulate many peoples ideas and memories and be a natural follow on to this great site.

  331. To Mick Gutteridge: Thanks for that “infill” on The Den, as I stated it was always a bit of a mystery. The opening “bash” I recall (whilst still attending school) was The Scene, around early “64,on the corner of Newton St (opp. the Town Hall M”bro). This was another J.B. McCoy venture. John had employed Dave Borwell & John Stonehouse (snr.students at the Art College) to paint murals around the wall. Unfortunately, the walls had not quite had time to fully dry-out (if at all) and most people, including myself, went home that night with a small section of these art-works all over their clothes!! The main band was German outfit The Rattles, with John McCoys Crawdaddies in support.The Scene was just around the corner to John”s “original” Purple Onion Coffee House at No.7 Bottomley St, where, instead of a juke-box, you could find a Dansette record-player in the corner on which you could play something from a pile of 45″s&LP”s laid at the side. I first heard the voice of Bob Dylan on that machine! By late “64 I had a student job behind the “Onion” counter whilst at the Art College, In turn, John asked me to paint murals on those walls, thankfully, they all dried out a treat!

  332. To Chris Bailey: Your recall is excellent on the Den. We were approached by a guy called Harry Wyneberg [ not his real name but very showbiz agent sounding] as he wished to manage us. I”m almost sure he had managed the Panthers previously. As you stated, we were still called The Bachelor Boys. Harry decided to open the Den which was on Sussex Street. In an inspired moment over a couple of beers in the pub opposite, I suggested changing the name to the Denmen. I had to lie down for a rest after that one! The line-up was the same as The Bachelor Boys except for the addition of Bill Randall on vocals. We knew Bill because we were all in the same class at Middlesbrough Art College. You were again correct in your assumption that the Den did not last very long. It opened with a band called the Interns. They dressed in white hospital coats and had featured on “Thank your lucky Stars the previous Saturday”. It”s a pity that they had not been real interns as there was so many fights on the opening night, they could have helped patch up all the wounded. After the first week, they were running out of blood down at the General and Harry was running out of money. It was shortly after the Den debacle that Brian Tennent and his father started to manage us. They built the KD club and we became the resident band. We were luck to play alongside some of the greats such as Georgy Fame and the Blueflames and the Yardbirds.

  333. Bari Chohan great to hear from you after all these years I was the manager of the New Elastic band, we played at the New years eve dance at Middlesbrough town hall with the State express for the princely sum of £25 a months wages in those days. Only our third gig as a semi pro band and we auditioned you as vocalist for the band during the audition we managed to talk the youth leader at Beechwood Youth Club into getting you to start your own agency even if it was just to get our bass player Bob Evans and vocalist Mick Burns back into the group. We went on to play at quite a few of your gigs I even attended Teespop68 to see Traffic and Bonzo Dog Band. Good to see you still remember those days.

    • Hi Chris, Stan Croft wanted to contact you. Can you give me a ring? Or my email address is available through Picture Stockton.

  334. To Chris Bailey: Your recolections about The Den are correct – I was in the place as “The Den” only once.The Carribean Club was a regular venue for the unforgettable Steve Brown of the Steve Brown Soul Sect, whose line-up included the late Bob Evans as well as yours truly. I remember doing several gigs there – a very scary place. I was also at the Yardbirds gig (along with Mick Moody,Paul Rodgers and Dave Usher)that you mentioned at the KD in Billingham, (that would have been some time in 1966 or possibly earlier) and remember the two stages quite distinctly. The very last gig that Psycho”67 ever played was on one of those very stages, in January 1968,opening for Cliff Bennet (of the Rebel Rousers) if my memory serves me correctly. Anyone know what happened to Steve Brown? Keep the recollections coming people!

  335. To Bari Chohan: Good to see you on here! I did send a previous message (but it must have been deleted) in which I mentioned Vaughan Taylor etc, and Paul Turner (RIP) who later went into acting I believe.You mention the Den (which was in Sussex St M”bro) Now this club has always been a puzzle to me (it was one I didn”t get to) as it was only open for a short while. However local band The Bachelor Boys changed their name to the Denmen,on account of a sort of “residency” there, Mick Gutteridge ex. Denmen may be able to tell us more. I believe it was opened by some guy for his daughter, ( huge piece of philanthropy for those days!)but I don”t know who he was. This may have become The Carribean Club which was a dedicated West Indian venue. This was of course around the corner to The Kenya Cafe on Bridge St ,which then later became The Bongo. The KD (Kave Dwellers) Club at Billingham was owned by the Tennant family, who operated a huge local construction company at the time. Our band played along side (it had two stages!) both The Herd (Peter Frampton) and Them (Van Morrison) I also recall chatting to Jeff Beck when the Yardbirds appeared there.We used to regularly hitch-hike up to B”ham from the Newport Bridge! It had a lot of very (later) famous artistes thru” its doors and has been much forgotten over the years. Brian Tennant, I believe, emigrated to Australia in the mid “70”s.

  336. To chris bailey and all reading this site. Chris you are a natural for putting a book together to collate the memories of this remarkable era. I believe this is the book in you and with such a rich vein of source material and pictures and still a few of the old souls around. What a unique record it would make for posterity. I would be glad to assist in any way possible I am sure you could elicit some support from the local councils and various agencies. I had the priviledge of mixing with you guys a few years older than myself and thus obtained an insight into the the era just before my own years. So it is so much better to share those memories and keep them alive for all. Than as you stated be trying to remember the events in our dotage and some old age persons home.When it is too late. To Al Todd and all the others I remember many of you and hope that those of us still around enjoy this site and the interaction it brings and joy of old days and better times and all our youthful days. My own band in 1967 was the Vaughn Taylor and the State Express. However I ended up only being a singer in it as there was only a couple of black guys around in those days guess I was the next closest thing. But I could at least move if not sing we had some great gigs and enjoyed it all immensely. I was much better at organising and ended up getting more bookings than we could handle and thus began my period of running some successful dances in the area and eventually Teespop 68 with John McCoy.. Really enjoyed this site and we have missed a few names of the people to remember for bringing all types of music and entertainment to the area. as even the era of the nightclubs opened many doors for all. So the likes of Bailey organisation Stan and Co and Barry Noble who turned the Astoria into the Showboat and even Gerry over at the Starlite in Redcar should not be forgotten all have a place. Maybe a genus of the bands in the area and their prodigy and all the clubs like a family tree would be an interesting beginning say 1960. My own recollections go back to McCoys in Bottomley Street Middlesbrough although I can remember the places like the Outlook and Scene and the Astoria ven the Den over in Billingham and the Red Lion at Redcar. I also remember much about the days of our Mods when I worked with Chris for Fred Veasey at Brogue manshop in fact we worked with Rita Veasey when they opened their second shop in Silver Street in Stockton next to Maddox the animal feed store? Go for it someone and write a book on this special era and period of time when we all could break the mould even all us ordinary guys.

  337. To Paul Butler: Would you believe it if I told you that I actually MET the original Mr Ben Sherman? It was at his office/showroom in a tatty old office block at No 9. Carnaby St.circa early 1966. He had a blonde crew-cut, and library-framed glasses (An American guy – very “Ivy League”).He”d observed the fact that the original London “Mods”(a derivative of modern jazz fans) were ordering Hathaway & Arrow American shirts from Austins Menswear on Shaftesbury Ave in droves.He simply decided to copy these shirts and had them “made-up” in a factory in Gloucester. I was with Fred Veazey at the time, who”d just opened a mens-shop in M”bro and we got the address of Ben”s H.Q. from a couple of jewish lads in the East-end. At that time Carnaby St was simply a “back-alley” occupied only by about 40% fashion shops(cheap premises), I even recall a greasy-spoon cafe, and a Hardware shop with brooms n” bins hanging outside over the pavement.!! P.S. Fred”s first order of shirts sold out in about 3 hours at £69/11d each!

  338. To Bari Chohan. Hi Bari…Really nice to see you”re alive and kicking! You may not remember me but i was involved is a few of your musical projests (teespop etc) with the group i was playing with at that time (Denver Mule). I always thought you were very brave in an entrepeneurial sense and i congratulate your sheer guts for doing what you did. I do remember your short-lived club “The Barracuda”. Correct me if i am wrong but I seem to remember we were the support band for “Free” there and i recall Paul Kossoff making me a cash offer for my Marshall 4×12″ speaker cab! Good luck for anything you do in the future Bari. Al Todd.

  339. To Chris Bailey: You are absolutely correct, we “baby boomers” do deserve our time of exponential growth in everything positive to be fully recognised. As regards fashion, it all comes around, I”m still wearing Ben Sherman shirts (we all discovered them in the 60″s)and still like the black and white images and clothing styles that briefly re-appear. Ah nostalgia! I should have mentioned in my previous e-mail that the “book” kept by my sister was for Del and the Falcons and also that she is still irritating!!! So finally, who is going to volunteer to start compiling all this wealth of knowledge, while it is still fact, is there a budding (or existing)writer out there reading this?

  340. To Paul Butler: I totally agree with your comments. There are a plethora of books, pamphlets and publications available of either photographic or “dry” historic fact in respect of Teesside. Thankfully much has been done to record the previous generation in respect of their WWII experiences and social “intercourse”. However we were the baby-boomers, born under the H-bomb, who experienced social change at a fairly rapid level from the mid”50″s thru” to the “80”s. It was a change like no other generation in history had experienced, all set to a phenomenal background of good music.Before we all become grumpy-old- men some of the sheer joy and inspiration of that period here on Teesside should be recorded. They say that “if you can recall the “60”s you weren”t really there” well that”s just a piece of hyperbole that looks good in print. In truth we all can recall the “60”s(and “70”s) in glorious Technicolour because, given a choice, that is exactly where many of us would attempt to seek refuge.Why? Because it was a period in which average people managed to cast off the “formality” and social restraints of their predecessors,even in an industrial based backwater like our own. We all had money, fashion, guaranteed jobs, free education and our own MUSIC that belonged to us and made reference to no other formats. In other words, we were free to be anybody we wanted, and live out our own musical aspirations for a time-whilst even being paid for it!. If an example of that change needs to be made any more apparent look at the pic. above. (this is actually from the early 70″s- surely not the “60”s). In 1963 I bought my first “smart”American button-down shirt(music=cool jazz/blues) and had a neat college boy haircut,by “65 my first “sharp” mohair suit,(music=tamla/soul) by”67 it was military jackets(music=acid rock)and by “71 we were all dressed like Afghani tribesmen listening to “progressive/concept” bands and pretending to like it -with hair longer than our girlfriends. That, you veterans, is just an 8yr sample,i.e about the same time since we entered the 21st Century.and that glorious Festival of Flatness they called the Millenium.L ittle wonder there are so many bored people about, technology is moving super fast but peoples hopes and ambitions seem to be once more standing still, or at the very least, obstructed. Please!, someone should start collating relevant info now, I don”t really fancy being “interviewed” about it all (confined and drooling in my future Nursing Home), by a bored schoolkid as part of a local class project! Pete Townsend…you disappointed me, you”re still alive!

  341. To Eric Whitehouse: It”s good to be remembered, sir… proof I”m not hallucinating! Tom McNally was the seven fingered pianist if I remember rightly. I moved away from Stockton circa 1973 and live in Sheffield now (via London and a few other places). No contact with Bill Postgate since those days. Incidentally, I too trod the boards of the old Globe Theatre at Bill”s behest when he wanted a “turn” for the ABC Minors Matinee one Saturday morning. Two thousand hostile little hooligans got Morningtown Ride and Puff The Magic Dragon whether they wanted it or not!! Scared me! Good to hear you”re still at it… Is there a way we can swop e-mail addresses? That would be fun. All the best to you.

  342. Having read Bari Chohan”s comments, IS anyone thinking about writing about this period? If so, I too would be glad to help. I have a fascinating “book”, compiled by my (at the time) irritating little sister, that recorded virtually EVERY gig (booking as we called them in those days) that we did, along with the dates and who we played with. This covered the period from 1963 to 1966 in and around the N.E. and Cumbria. It brings back so many good memories and there must be many more out there that need capturing before it”s too late…

  343. I agree wholeheartedly with Chris Bailey and Bari Chohan”s acknoledgements of both John McCoy and Roger Barker being directly or indirectly responsible for enriching the lives of so many on Teeside during the 1960″s popular music explosion. Without them and their vision, we would have missed out on so much. My musical “education” was largely underpinned by being given exposure to the dozens of seminal bands and artists who played Mister McCoy”s, the Kirk and the Redcar Jazz Club, and I”m eternally grateful for it, especialy so to John McCoy, whose personal generosity to four little “Road Runners” was without limits. I was lucky to “be there” when it was all happening, and I”ll never forget it. Bari, you won”t remember me, but I certainly remember you and thanks for posting such pertinent commentary.

  344. Thanks for such a great site! JUST CAME A CROSS IT BY CHANCE AND HAVE BEEN THROUGHLY ABSORBED AND NOSTALGIC. I would like to thank my two mentors who gave me so much and assisted my involvement in the Teesside and greater music scene. During a period of exceptional people,talent, and the opening up of opportunities to all. My friend CHRIS BAILEY was always a true friend and a great influence to me.I think everyone also owes respect for the way that people like John McCoy The Crawfords and Roger Barker made sure we had a unique music scene in our area as good as anywhere else in the UK. AS well as the entreprenuers like the Lipthorpes at the Fiesta and Tony Zivzeranis at the deck and Madison. It is sad to see so many from this era have passed away and this site will help to immortalise and remember those gone and the moments and times they all represented. Each generation believes it is their time and era but we all know that the sixties was truely a unique period and time of social change and we were all a part of it and have memeories to share and remember. SO TO ALL WHO STUMBLE ONTO THIS SITE ENJOY IT AND GIVE YOUR RESPONSES. I WOULD BE GLAD TO ASSIST ANYONE WRITING ABOUT THIS PERIOD OR TRYING TO PUT TIME PEOPLE AND EVENTS INTO PLACE. MY REGARDS TO ALL AND ANYONE WHO REMEMBERS ME AND MY SMALL CONTRIBUTION TO THAT TIME AND ERA. TO CHRIS BAILEY LOVE YOU AND GET IN TOUCH. SOME POINTERS FOR DISCUSSION I EVEN FEATURED IN A BAND THAT LED ME ONTO RUNNING DANCES AND SETTING UP AN AGENCY. WHAT WAS CALLED? TEESPOP 68 WE HAD OUR FESTIVAL ON TEESSIDE AND IT WAS A GREAT LINE UP AND WEEKEND. CHRIS AND I HAD THE TIME OF OUR LIVES AT THE ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL—I WAS ASLEEP ON THE GROUND WHILST A MILLION SANG AND DANCED TO A GREAT SET BY FREE. BUT WHAT AN EXPERIENCE IT WAS. MEMORIES THAT IS FOREVER AND THIS SITE WILL EVOKE SOME GREAT MOMENTS FOR MANY. ENJOY IT.

  345. I wonder if anyone out there is still in touch with Pauline Reilly who, under thst stage name Jackie Peters, sang with the Johnny Taylor 5 and other local bands in the 60s. We know the wereabouts of all of the rest of the members of the JT5 across the years but sadly we have all lost touch with Pauline

  346. The death of Dennis Trowbridge seems to have brought this thread to a respectful full-stop. I didn”t know the gentleman but his site and Stan Laundons do much to show local young,present day, musicians that there has been quite a tradition of local involvement in “live” music within Teesside since the “50”s. It wasn”t all sex,n”drugs& rock n”roll -many musicians had a lot of fun each night, and just went back to their ordinary jobs the next morning, and thereafter lead ordinary lives.The “big-time” break was reserved for only a familiar precious few, whom we we all admired later from afar. The one person who should be accredited with much of our “close-up” exposure to so much good live-music is John B. McCoy who over 30yrs from the early “60”s brought so many “un-discovered”, later world-class artistes to our attention at The Outlook,The Scene, Mr McCoys and The Kirk -as well as booking many local bands at his venues. John as a singer/ musician(Crawdaddies,Real McCoy,Tramline, Blues DeLuxe)led some excellent line ups of local “musos” and at the same time launched the successful recording careers of Chris Rea and Claire Hamill. I believe he still “gets up” on stage even today.Some form of local recognition for this musical stalwart is surely long overdue.

  347. It was sad to read of the death of former Kalvins member, Dennis Trowbridge. I didn”t know him personally, but through the bands pages on my own website, we corresponded quite a lot with memories and photographs over the last twelve months.

  348. Lynn Kill, I am so pleased that you have been able to add the correct name to the group in this photogaph. The photograph itself was given to me by your father many years ago, I sent it on to this website, you can see it”s created many comments. Bob Green and myself use to meet up with your father at various social clubs around the area to see the many groups around at the time. I think we were in the Low Grange social club on the night he gave both myself and Bob a copy of this photograph. I was sad to read he had passed away in the local evening paper, last July. Both Bob Green and myself worked alongside your father and had some great nights out together over a number of years. I remember going to Wembley Stadium with Alan and others to see Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard and a host of British rock “n” roll groups, it was a terrific day out. Your father was certainly part of a musical family, namely the Leemings. I knew Edie very well and her son the late Syd Boyes, at the time living in Elliott Street then moving on to the newly built houses in Portrack Lane. I know they and many of the Leeming family would get up and sing their hearts out in the local pubs, always well received. Best wishes to you.

  349. I have stumbled across this website by total mistake when I noticed the photograph, the photo is of a band called Fresh Water and Alan Harrison was my father, sadly he passed away on the 19th of July this year if anyone would like any information on the group please feel free to email me.

  350. In a recent message, I reported that Dennis Trowbridge, the lead guitarist with the Kalvins was seriously ill. Unfortunately, Dennis passed away on the 13th of October at the age of sixty two. Dennis had his own website and for those interested, there are some excellent photos of the group and a superb recording of them playing the Mexican. He was a terrific guy and will be sadly missed by all that knew him.

  351. Heres another name I”m throwing into the ring, bass-player Dave McNamara -anyone in contact with him? I remember playing some gigs with Dave in the late 60″s early 70″s, then about 10yrs later met him to find he had just returned from M/chstr after living down there whilst backing Tony Christie”s act. We went for a night out at the legendary “Harveys” on Bridge Rd S/ton and I introduced him to Ian “Tex” Peacock who was doing his solo act there each Fri & Sat. They both then teamed-up and became quite a formidable act each weekend. About 4yrs ago Dave contacted me, and came to visit from his new home in Hong Kong complete with wife Mk.3 a Chinese girl! After he returned, his phone and e-mail seem ker-putt -although i recently heard a rumour he was now in Macao. Any answers ?

  352. ive been very fortunate to play with some great people over a span of many years and asked recently ? why d,dya still do it,the answer i find very simple,cos we can,to a few Trev Davies was at nixons with your good self,to a lot no longer with us it was my privilege, to Jimmy Pugh you should never look above yourself as you really were a very very good player and a good man to have on your side,unsung hero Nev Reed for me the finest unrecognised among us, but ,not here to name but just to say Thanks to all who put up with me for a lot of years and yes i know,it was only because i could sing

  353. to Trevor Davis Yes I lived near Lawrence Street and yes I married the long haired blond girl, she very sadly died 2 years ago but I have some great memories and some amazing friends and just today I was sat with Jim and Jackie having a drink and I will see them again this week so I will pass on your regards

  354. Dave shearer, Does Pete Webster still have bandland? I used to go to school with Pete, havn”t seen him for many years, also Dave, I”m not sure my emails are getting through to you, have sent you 4 or five recently, could you mail me in case i”m getting your address wrong, look forward to hearing from you, By the way Bill Randells name came up the other day, did you know him Dave, Last time I saw Bill was years ago, he was doing a bit of male modeling, I didnt know he used to sing.

  355. Nice to hear all those names for the sixties such as Eric Whitehouse,Frank Garvey, Ian Morrison and Les Bennett.[ the latter two being ex members of the Kalvins.] Unfortunately, Dennis Trowbridge who was the lead guitarist is seriously ill in hospital. I am in touch with the family on a weekly basis. Please contact me if you want more information about him. I am still in contact with two of the drummers of the Denmen. John Bowlt and Dave Ritchie. Dave lives on Skye and John lives in the Cotswolds. Nice to hear from Chris Bailey. Still can”t get the hang of the harp. You should look at some of the open mike nights at the Station Hotel, Kirby and the Globe at Guisborough.

  356. To Colin Bradley: Thanks for that note Colin, the last time I met Paul was many years ago on an extremley crowded train out of Kings Cross (standing room only) I noticed a very pregnant asiatic lady standing, and gave up my seat for her, only to find her partner, standing behind her, was Paul! To Mick Gutteridge: glad to find you on this space.. at last! Was in touch with Alan Ludleys son in Calif. recently about a track his dad recorded on my much used and borrowed, twin-track Ultra tape-machine whilst we were at M”bro Art College in “66- its cached somewhere in my own 90yr old dad”s attic. Hopefully, I”ll find the time to look it out (if it hasn”t disintegrated by now!) To Kevin Taylor: Hello again! Yes, that person is the very me!

  357. Like to know more about the monthly meeting at the Victory Club. I was the lead guitarist and one of the founder members of the Denmen. The original line up was: Alan Ludley[ guitar and vocals],Bill Randall [vocals] , Mike Gutteridge [lead guitar], Tubby Ayton [bass] and John Bowlt on drums. Wonderful times playing support to bands such a the Yardbirds, Merseybeats, Georgy Fame,Rod stewart and so many more. Many happy memories of playing at the Maison, Astoria, KD Club and the Redcar Jazz Club. Still playing the folk clubs and enjoying every minute.

  358. Are you the Dave from near Lawrence street Stockton, As I remember your girlfriend at the time was a long haired blond!! Did you marry her? I also played with a girl called Trish from Redcar and the lead guitarist lived opposite you unfortunatly the band never got off the ground as she wrote a adaptation of Macbeth called Night Shriek and spent time promoting it .If you see Jim or Colin give them my regards Colin doesnt know I played with Jim so you might mention it too Regards Trev

  359. To Trevor Davis – Hi Trevor I remember you from the Blue Caps unfortunateley you might be a while getting a reply from Jimmy Pugh as he is at present here in the UK and will be for another 5 weeks. I still see Colin Bilton now and then. To Eric Whitehouse yeah nice to be remembered hope you are well will probably bump into you in Band Land its been a while

  360. Hi Jimmy Pugh do you remember us Trevor and Dot I played with you and Mick in the Blue Caps in 1970 photo on vintagesixties.co.uk you bought us a shirt for our wedding present !!! I played with Colin Bilton in the Monty Little (Colin)selection soul band too photos also on the same site . What part of Ozz do you live in ? are you still playing Regards Trev

  361. John Taylor, Hi there, this is my third arrempt at replying to you, actually I havn”t seen Paul for years, sadly he doesn”t have any contact with myself but I”m sure you would find he”s still at his mum”s address in Acklam, dont know if he”s doing anything musically, how about you? are you still blowing your trumpet? I still remember that fabulous little sports car you had. Glad to hear your still around John, last time I saw you was in Yarm a few years ago.

  362. CYCLE and the beer barrel…..I think it floated for a bit and then sank !!!! Do you think that this will end a mystery as enigmatic as what happened to Lord Lucan?!!!

  363. To Chris Bailey – Would this be the Chris Bailey who was at Middlesbrough High School 1959 – 65 and went on to work at Evening Gazette?

  364. To Chris Bailey: Hi Chris – How strange that I should see this note from you about Paul this morning. My wife and I had dinner with him amd his wife just last night here in Toronto. He was here to do a radio show and some media interviews on his way to a gig at BB King”s in NYC. He looks as good as ever, is very pumped about the new studio album with Queen ( due out early in the New Year) and is currently basking in the sucess of the Glasgow DVD which is currently # 2 on the USA music DVD chart. As always, we talked a lot about the “Boro, school, Road-Runners days, Mister McCoy”s, Saltersgill Avenue, Valley Road (lived next door to Brian Clough), Joe etc. etc. I”ll be out in Vancouver next month and expect to visit with him there too.I”ll be sure to remember you to him. Great to hear from you Chris.

  365. To Colin Bradley: Just been raking around in a few “memory boxes” and discovered a copy of the Sunday Times colour magazine dated “71 with a full pic. of Paul Rodgers on the cover, in action-mode with Free, at the IOW Festival. This came out the following Sunday to the Festival which Bari Chohan and I had managed to attend ( via a sneaky move at the security gate-giving a tad more emphasis to the word “free”) Paul and the band blew “em all away. I was also cruising down the USA I-75 highway a couple of years ago and a local Radio DJ played no less than three of Paul”s tracks back-to-back. Not bad for a “Boro” lad from Saltersgill Avenue – 30yrs on!!

  366. What a find this site was, by accident of course. Although not as famous as some of the bands mentioned, my own band The King Bees (previously Concords) played may of the venues previously mentioned: KD Club Billingham, The Outlook, Billingham Arms, Inn Cognito and of course the Kirk. I also remember many workingmen”s club gigs. The Battle of the Bands competition which if I remember rightly culminated at Richmond Castle lurks in the deep recesses too. Del & The Falcons with Pete Embleton & Stu Willis who were pupils at Middlesbrough High School in the same year as me played end of term concerts.

  367. For Laureen Large: This is my second reply to you Laureen – for whatever reason the site did not post my first reply to you. I don”t have a number for Dave in Ireland, but my nephew Michael Bradley probably does. He”s in the book (lives in Brentford road, Norton) – call him and explain how I gave you his name via this site. It was interesting to read your comments. I last saw Micky and Dave at my brother”s funeral last October. How time flies. Take care.

  368. There are so many names I recognise from this thread, and they certainly bring back lots of memories. I would particularly like to get in touch with Colin Bradley in respect of Dave Usher. He is an old friend of mine but we lost touch a long time ago, he moved on to other things. I originally come from Hartlepool but moved South in the late 60″s with a local band called Engine, they consisted of Pete Rutter, Alan Plaice, Les Taylor and Dave Usher. There was quite a crowd of us used to hang around together in those days and most of us are still in touch today, in fact some of us met up on Saturday in Hartlepool to see Alan Plaice”s band Jak at the Woodcutter in Hartlepool, some of the names there were Tony Turnbull (great drummer), Bill Collier, and Mal Craggs, Alan (Granny) Grange, Derek (Wilko) Wilkinson, all three of them went on to have very successful careers as roadies working with bands all around the world. I now work with an r”n”b band called the Blue Bishops in the south, their lead singer is Geoff Grange from Hartlepool (brother of Alan), coincidentally, Mick Moody came along to one of their gigs in London last week, check out their myspace website, great band. We got to talking about Dave Usher and I remembered I had seen it on here that he is now living in Ireland. Colin, I would love to hear from you if you can give me any information on contacting him, I am sure the moderators would be happy to pass on my email address to you if you wouldn”t mind?

  369. Hi Chris Bailey, Thanks for the compliment! I remember the Longlands college gigs quite well as the”stage” was ( or appeared to be) a set of tables that we had to set the equipment on!! and yes it was always hot and sweaty for us. You”re right about Pete becoming Peter Saint. Happy days Eh!

  370. To Paul Butler:Yeah! Del & The Falcons! Pete Embleton was in my year at M”bro Boys High School as was Merv Jones, the drummer (Bob Gray drummer of the Fremonts was the year above) you guys seemed almost semi-pro before even leaving school! Pete later became “crooner” Peter Saint didn”t he? I recall Del & The F”s playing a gig in some old sports changing/canteen rooms close to Longlands College around 1964. It was so packed with bodies, the temperature had your clothes almost tattooed to your body with sweat and condensation. Somehow, the “now” sanitised atmosphere of well ventilated , smoke-free bars will never produce those atmospherics again!

  371. Hi Geof, I often wondered what had happened to you. Have you moved away from the area ? Are you still in touch with Bill Postgate, I”d like to pick his brains about a show in the Jube back in 60/61 with Johnny Gentle. I remember the Aberfan Charity Night at the Knights Club with yourself, the Bluecaps and of course the mighty Fettlers and the jazz piano player with only seven fingers who also wrote for your paper.I think he was a joiner by trade hence the seven fingers.Greetings also to Davey S. long time no see or hear from.

  372. Oooooops!! Having now read the article properly! I”ve noticed that it was Sharon Finlay who wrote about St Pats and Del and the Falcons and Saltburn by the sea/Memphis Tennessee back in May this year and not Gary Thomas! My apologies to both Paul

  373. Wow! I”ve just found this site and spotted the reference to Del and the Falcons by Gary Thomas (May 2007). I played guitar with them (and sang a bit!)and the mention of Saltburn by the sea (instead of Memphis Tennessee) brought back memories!!! This came about, if I remember correctly, as a joking reference when we used to play at the Cellar club in Saltburn, a great place that probably now wouln”t even be allowed to open thanks to health and safety! Glad to see that someone out there remembers those tremendous times!


  375. for BArry parkin I can confirm that although it was nearly 40 years ago the barrel of guiness did infact float after it was dropped over victoria bridge. I was the manager of cycle at the time an can confirm that Ronnie did have his beer glasses on at the time as it was after 12.00 at night having brought the barrel from my house at 175 Hesleden Ave acklam via Thornaby. I feel sure that John Whittingham will confirm this.

  376. I”ve really enjoyed this site, so many names I remember from my youth, Dave Shearer, last spoke to you in Redcar, lost your number, hope your ok,wish i had your email address.x

  377. To Tony Scott: “Little” Billy Cockerill (correct spelling) was from Billingham, and played in a band called the Cherries, managed by Bill Postgate. They occasionally played the Saturday night dances at the Jubilee Hall in Stockton (mentioned elsewhere in this thread by Eric Whitehouse)as well as the Northallerton Town Hall dance run by my late brother Joe. Billy has a special place in my memory because he brokered the sale to me (from a friend of his unknown to me) of a really beat up “61 Fender Stratocatser that had been hand painted black. I bought the instrument in early 1967, used it throughout my sojourn with the Steve Brown Soul Sect [Paul Strooks ( “Stookey”), Micky Rowe, Mick McDermott, Steve Bell and myself as well as the aforementioned Steve Brown, later to morph into “Psycho 67” and then implode in early 1968)and then sold it back to Billy in the summer of 1968. How I wish I still had that guitar today!! No idea where Billy is – perhaps missing, presumed having a good time, to paraphrase the Notting Hillbillies.



    • Hi Barrie Mick Bonar here good to read your stuff . Rob Mackenzie is coming over from Mexico next week to stay with me. Like to get in touch with ronnie

  380. The name of the gent who played the drums at the Blythehome was Leo Duffy and he lived in Cranbourne Terrace off Yarm Road.

  381. Anyone remember little Billy Cockerall who use to play for a rock band in the seventies i think called Kellys Eye he was one hell of a guitarist,I used to go to a club in chapel road billingham to watch them ,

  382. Sadly or gladly in the early 60s there were not many drummer/percussion teachers, if you have to ask then like me you are just a lowly drummer. One of the old few was a gent called Leo Duffy who played in the Blythe Home Club, Leo, as a young man, had been a traditional circus drummer and had great hand technique, unlike Kell Dennis who was a great drummer AND teacher. You could pick out Leo”s students because he taught well but without being to unkind his kit playing was too flamboyent, but his xylophone playing was amazing. I just started because it was all I wanted to do “Play The Drums” yes I know I can hear some of you guys “Still trying then” Have Fun keep music live.

  383. To Dave Shearer / Johnny Taylor: Reading thru these threads I was astonished to read of Tony Relphs demise. I recall he bought, perhaps his 1st kit of drums, an ancient set of Premiers, from myself for £20. I in turn had purchased these from schoolmate Alf Raine (of The Eagle, B/Hills) for £50. Not having appreciative or understanding neighbours, I”d given up the drumming career and stashed “em in my dads outhouse. It was Alf who first started me playing “harp” with his band The Model T”s, later The Mark Five.Tony obviously made much better use of the kit. To Paul Bowen: I lived in Penhill Close, B/Hills a tad further up Ingram Rd (1953-“68). Micky Moody lived over our “back-fence” in Scalby Rd.

  384. Hi,again,to all…re the above photo.I agree with Davey Shearer…it”s “Connection” I remember Walter(Wally)Latheren(sorry if I”ve misspelt your surname)as I lived opposite him in Kinver Close,Berwick Hills.He was also a great footy player and I remember us all being given a super session with a M”bro player “Joe Matthews”before we got into the music business.Keith(Porky)Davison and I saw “Connection” about”73-4 at a workmens club in Pallister Park one Sunday lunch 12-2pm.I remember them playing an excellent version of “Reeling in the years”(Steely Dan)Wally had a black Les Paul(3 p/u I think) and the other lead guitarist had a sunburst custom Les Paul.Is Wally still playing?

  385. To Barbara Baldwin. You mention the Youth Club at St Mary”s, Norton. This was a great club and was instituted by a very enlightened Parish Priest Fr Cornelious O”Callaghan. It was sighted in the old St Mary”s Junior School. I remember great gigs by some of the great bands around the area at the time especially “Free” fronted by the great Paul Rogers and the late great lead guitarist Paul Kossoff. Wonderful memeories!

  386. Barbara Baldwin. I was the original bass player with The Panthers – thanks for your comment. I have kept in touch with Les Bennett and will give you contact details if the Stockton Pictures team will provide you with my email address.

  387. Fab site indeed… quite a few names from my past sprinkled in there, mostly from four formative years as a cub reporter on the old Billingham & Stockton Express (65-69)… Eric Whitehouse and the late Mick Kemp of The Bluecaps, Bill Postgate, Joe Bradley (The Cherries). I even played at the KD Club Billingham on the same bill as The Denmen for a charity night! I was in a little folk band and I remember The Denmen enjoying my auto-harp strumming! Saw The Yardbirds there when Jeff Beck was with them … and caught Cream at the Redcar Jazz Club (Coatham Hotel). Eric White of The Bluecaps … I knocked around with you & Mick a little and I remember you lending me that old Harmony for a while, obviously before you sold it to Alex from The Fettlers. Speaking of which, the little folk band I was in – The Windhovers – played regularly at Stockton Folk Club and we once supported the McPeake Family at a gig in Hartlepool. Happy days, long gone but not when you”re feeling nostalgic!

  388. This may be a long shot, but trying to trace Les Bennett ex guitar player from various groups in the 60″s. I see someone remembers him and says he was still in Billingham, can anyone add more to this. Organising a Youth Club re-union from St. Mary”s Norton and Les is one of this missing persons. Would be great if we can find him. I remember many of the groups they used to play at youth club dances, The Panthers were very polular.

  389. Hi Jimbo, Glad to here you are well. I agree with you “Ezza” was certainly underated as a lead guitarist when he was Mick, but he had past lead guitarists Howard Rayner and Ian “Tex” Peacock for Mick to compare with.They all played their part with Mick at different musical eras of the sixties. Howard was around in the early rock”n”roll Shadows era and Tex was around during the Beatles to the Mod / Flower power era. One week we”d be at the Club Fiesta doing cabaret supporting Frankie Vaughan or Brenda Lee, the next Sunday we”d be playing a completely different set supporting John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers or Long John Baldry”s Steam Packet and holding our own. Kempy worked us all hard so we became very versatile. My favourite line up when I played with the band was with Mick (drums), Tex (guitar), Pedro (bass), Peter Embleton (vocals), Linda Kemp (vocals), Jock Graham (trombone) and Gerry Denning (trumpet). It”s a pity it all fell apart, but we all had to move on to better things or so we thought at the time.

  390. Great site!!!!!What a fantastic trip down memory lane.I can remember most of the bands,and members, mentioned by most of you guys.To Eric Whitehouse,I took your place in The Blue Caps from “68 until “76 with many,many band members changing..Dave “Spotkins” Watkins(Zephrons)Keith(Porky)Davison,Steve Lewis,Rob McKenzie,Ralph Chapman.Ezza was lead guitarist then…was..and still is my idol.Teesside”s answer to Jeff Beck.After the Blue Caps I went into PAPERBACK with Colin Bilton(vocals)Paul Rhucroft (sax)RIP.Johnny”Totty” “Talcy bot”Taylor(trumpet)John Rogers(bass)Barry Robinson(keyboards)Musically that was the best band I”ve ever played in,thanks guys.From the huge “sound” Davey Shearer(The ultimate drummer) and I formed a trio with Barry Skeldon(bass) who also served an apprenticeship with Mick Kemps” Bluecaps.We called ourselves “Mirrors” with an added player for a short while,Dave Halliday.Ezza,Spotkins,Michael Pugh(drums)Ray Southgate and myself,had a band called “Jon”s Court” “65,when RoadRunners,Crawdaddies,Denmen,Bluecaps were all the top N/E bands.I also remember “Cycle” one time,when in the Bluecaps,playing at the Spitfire,Johnny Whit asked if they could do a couple of numbers whilst we had a break,Mick Kemp said ok,but he wasn”t happy about it,they were great..Sunshine of your love..but Norman broke Mick”s snare-skin and it was World War 3…Happy Days. Great to hear all your comments. Keep on playing till you drop.Cheers..Jimbo now in Australia

  391. To Billy Yull, Yes I did work at the John Collier factory (and various shops on Saturdays),left about three years before it closed, when the writing started to appear on the wall. I”ve moved on a little from trainee cutter, but still work with fabrics, for a company in Stockton in the filterbag industry. I caught a picture of you with the hearse and snazzy suit (not one of my creations). I will get in touch. To Chris Bailey, Not the same Bowen family, I only have a brother; we did live in Berwick Hills ( Ida Road) between 1955 and 1965. Where did you live as your name rings a bell?

  392. To Colin Bradley: Colin, I”d have to agree. Bruce always seemed to have his own “agenda” in life, very enigmatic. When The Machine were rehearsing Cream numbers in 3-part harmony, Bruce would pull-back off the mike, almost reducing the number to two-part. This used to cause Bob Mc. to fly into one of his famous rages and he go over and physically threaten Bruce! Hard-core stuff! Bruce seemed not to have this problem by the time he reached Elvis & The Attractions. Bruce didn”t go to Art College (where I was at the time ) but had a job in the large art-dept at the Ev.Gazette as a trainee.When he left with the RR”s(or Wildflowers) for London they advertised his job, and out of 75 applicants, guess who landed it! So, Ive much to thank him, and his professional aspirations for. 10 years later I moved into Architecture, and see that Bruce became an author having written (amongst other things), as you know, the definitive book on Bruce Lee! For the record, I now play Hohner Special 20″s, at a cool £21.00 per key! These little “toys” used to cost 7/6d (37p) from Hamiltons Music Store back in “63 when I first started playing.

  393. To Chris Bailey: Chris, I stumbled across a lengthy interview conducted with Bruce Thomas recently by the Fender guitar comany. Of all of the ex RR”s to become “famous”, he seems to be the one with the darkest personality and the highest cynicism quotient -Great to read your observations throughout this thread, and to know that you still knock out the odd tune on the old “Marine Band” – or is it a Lee Oskar these days?

  394. To Derek Elliot I too was shocked at the death of Arty McDermott, he always looked much younger than his age, fit, tanned and without any of middle-age spread that has affected so many of us. I believe he had ventured back to his trade as a Painter & Decorator and suffered a stroke during a tea-break,resulting in his demise a few days later in hospital. A truly sad loss. His funeral, as you can imagine, was well attended by many local “musos”(Johnny T. being one of them) and I actually ended up (post reception) in The Market Tavern “Doggy” with Thornaby”s own Stevie Harris,(& Barry Faulkner) on vocals,myself on harp, belting out Mustang Sally (as a tribute) to a Karaoke “Soul” tape (!!!!) the DJ found in his collection. To Paul Bowen: Did you have a sister Gwendoline who was in my class at Berwick Hills Jnr School?

  395. Hey Johnny T. thanks for the mention on here! The Bruce Thomas “missing years” were spent in the company of myself, Bob McConnell(lead) and Denny Chatto(drums)-“The Machine” Rehearsing in an ice-cream van garage off Newport Rd. Micky Moody mentions in his book that Bruce joined them (The Roadrunners) after our breakup was caused by the band being “just as adept at taking money from his till (the manager)as producing sounds from their instruments” Exit Bob & Denny, stage left, to a detention Centre. Technically, by that time i was just “sitting in” as my dream of a new Butterfield Blues Band had been overtaken by the emergence of supergroup Cream which suited the 3-man line up. Chicago Blues, at that time, was in reality, just not suited to achieving regular gigs at the main fountain-head of musical showcasing-the Workingmens Club! After this ,like you Colin, I decided to get on with my career in design. I still have a lot of promo-material I designed for local bands (Both Paul Rodgers & Micky featured the RR”s card in their books) and John Whittingham showed me his adaptation of the original Elastic Band card he”d adapted for Raised on Rusks – and who recalls the “Steel Mill Blues Band” …Neil Hunter , John Gilgan etc? These days I play blues-harp hardly at all , although I still have my various mikes and harps…oh, and the strong will to play ! I”ve also got a reel-tape of Micky Moody (aged 15),Bob Mc. and myself rehearsing Booker “T””s “Red Beans & Rice” in my front room made about 1966?. The past is definitely another country.

  396. For David Thomas sadly John Cunningham died quite some years ago in a motoring accident he was believed to be coming back from a gig Newcastle way when at the bottom of the run near Castle Eden brewery heading towards Teesside his car ran off the road. At that time John was really involved with his buisness as well as the band and was very enthusiastic about his life and family. Very sad indeed.

  397. When I sent this photograph to the Picture.Stockton website I had no idea it would provoke so many memories for subscribers to the site. The photograph was given to me many years ago by Alan Harrison, bottom left of picture. I have known Alan for many years, our paths crossed at work and at local social clubs to watch rock “n” roll groups perform. It was with great sadness that I read in the Evening Gazette that Alan died a few days ago. It was good to see amongst the family notices a tribute from the group I will always associate him with, The Zephyrs from Stockton. I will remember Alan for the whirlwind of fun and laughter he was. RIP to a great rock “n” roller.

  398. Dave Shearer..I did not know that John Cunningham the Bass Player had died. Was this very recent? I uses to gig with him and two others in the seventies. And mention of Henry Fawcett being in the Johnny Taylor 5 reminds me of practising, using the back of a Fruit and Veg lorry as a stage in Portrack when he was trying to put some showbiz into us.

  399. Gordon Valentine, If you taught at “Breck”, then you are the GV who taught Art at OLSB Stockton. I have been trying to trace you for ages and drawn a blank. I thought you might have popped your clogs, but you are hiding in France. I am still at the above school. As for Mick Kemp, he was my wife”s cousin, what a character!

  400. Hi Paul Riding on the back of my motorbike, that takes me back. If my memory serves me well you were training as a cutter at John Colliers. Unfortunately I no longer have a bike, but I do have a sports car and an old hearse. I was a rocker in the sixties and still have a yen to buy another bike. I am considering buying a trike, you know boys with toys stuff. Have a look at my web site and you will see that I am still as mad as ever. Best Wishes Billy

  401. For Paul Bowen: Glad you enjoyed “Playing WIh Trumpets” Paul – Olwyne often mentions you during our regular telephone calls. It”s quite amazing how this little thread that started in June 2006 has brought out many friends and acquaintances from the past, either from school days or from the musical community. I recently exchanged e-mails with Jim Dearlove, courtesy of information passed along by none other than Vin Early. As for the music – I long ago realised it will always be a part of who I am. I enjoy playing as much as ever. Take care and good to hear from you Paul.

  402. For Colin Bradley: Just finished reading Micks book, kindly loaned to me by your sister, also listened to your music, keep up the good work, you sound great. That picture of you on your bike in Victoria Rd took me back, as I grew up in Myrtle St before moving “up market” to Berwick Hills, just a few streets away from Moody. Jim Dearlove now lives in the Birmingham area; we keep in touch and meet up when he visits family during Christmas or Easter. For Billy Yull: What a picture is forming in my mind, you and Moody as alter boys — never!!! I still have the shakes when I recall the odd times you gave me a lift on the back of that motorbike of yours from DOGGY to Easterside; what a pair we must have looked, you in your bike gear and me in my best John Collier suit. Great to know you guys are still well.

  403. david shearer:sorry to be morbid but does anyone know when and how Arty McDermott passed away as he was in my band Loving Feeling quite a few years ago

  404. Just found your website and looking at photo. Top right is Andy. He played bass in a few local bands with my late husband Ronnie Moore who sadly passed away in 2002. Ronnie knew many of the folks mentioned in the pieces published and although I didn”t meet him until 68 I have heard many stories of the “Maison,” etc. He played there quite often in another local band – “The Sattelites”, Billy Jarret,Peter Cuthbert and Frank Garvey. Ronnie and Peter later played in various local bands.

  405. For Al Todd – I can”t believe that you have a copy of that performance – it will make interesting listening. To get in touch please can you jot down your email address on a bit of paper and send it to me at my business address – Freepost CN1401, Billingham, TS23 3BR – no stamp needed. I”ll then send you a more detailed email etc. Hope you”ve still got your Teesside accent!

  406. Wow Andy Hunter, he is playing bass in my band now, we are called Infinity. Cracking fella, it”s weird to see him looking so young.

  407. For Nev Reed: WOW! So happy to hear from you Nev! Everybody keeps asking me if i”ve heard from Mick Martin but i”m afraid the answer is sadly no. The last time i saw him was over 20 years ago when i went to London for the day and met him for a pint but nothing since then. The same with Collie…..Have no idea what happened to him. Of course i well remember you doing that gig with Colin Dale and him being taken to hospital. I even have a recording of you playing at that gig and if you can give an email address i”ll forward it to you if you”re interested. Ah! the “Red Rose”. What great laughs we used to have in there! Where are you living these days? I landed in Birmingham in 1972 and have been here ever since. Be sure to keep in touch Nev.

  408. Billy Yull – how could I forget Dukes House Wood camp at Hexham and the dreaded Mr. Darragh? Yes indeed, I was there when you guys were, as was my old buddy Jim Dearlove, with whom I lost touch many years ago. Tea and jam sandwiches for supper – I hated it! Might has well have been in Stalag Luft 13. I imagine the Corpus Christi photo of Micky Moody would give him a chuckle. He was at my brother”s funeral last year, and it was fun to catch up on each other”s lives etc. Check his website if you are interested. Glad to hear that you are a blues fan, and that you make it to Chicago periodically.

  409. For Al Todd :- I”ve just discovered this site & saw your comments. Hope you are OK – fancy a pint in the Red Rose?. Are you still in touch with Mick Martin? I still remember the night I stood in with the Boston Movement (a club in Sunderland as I recall) where Colin Dale was rushed to hospital for some reason – nightmare. Do you (or anyone else) know what happened to Collie? (John Collins). I lost track of him a long time ago when he was working for Edwin Shirley. He used to call round to my house in Middlesbrough when he was trucking at City Hall gigs but I haven”t seen or heard of him for a long while. For everyone – Sad to hear about Arty McDermott. I didn”t know him that well but he always appeared to be a genuinely decent bloke.

  410. To David Shearer: Hi David. No sorry…My memory is atrocious these days!:) Apparently, my sources tell me, Pete Webster now has a music shop in Stockton. called “bandland”

  411. To add to my gone but not forgotten list a man who needs a seperate mention, a man who did more to promote the live music scene throughout his life is the grand “Joe Bradley” who has seen more bands and promoted more bands and musicians in the North East than anyone I can think of.

  412. Gone but not forgotten : Alan Ludley Singer, Trevor Bullock Guitarist, Ian McLaughlin Bass Player, John Cunningham Bass Player, Ian McLennan Drummer, Paul Rhucroft Saxaphone, Bob Evans one of those clever guys who played just about everything, Ken Smeaton Saxaphone, Mick Kemp Drummer/Singer, Peter “Pedro” Thompson Bass Player/Singer, Robert “Bob” McConnell Guitarist, Tony Relph Drummer, Howard Rainor Guitarist, Kell Dennis Drummer and a fine teacher, and now Arty McDermott Singer. I know I have got some names wrong but the memories are still there.

  413. Hi Johnny “Totty” Taylor hey John fond memories of your mam I remember the “Andy Pandy” suit she made You wore it at a gig at the Kirk one Christmas Remember the Sycamore Club when you fell over the balcony and knocked your self out… we couldnt see you so we just kept on playing and yes I have some photos. Alan Todd can you remember Pete Webster putting “Claptrap” together you came for the early stuff but then dropped out glad to see your still with us.

  414. Glad you remember me Colin, thought senility may have been setting in by now. If you are ever in England again please look me up. I have never been to Canada but get to Chicago for few weeks a year to visit my daughter. I always make a point of going to Buddy Guys; unfortunately he has to look for new premises. I saw him over the New Year period the man is still awesome and gave a fantastic performance. My son-in-law is a big blues fan and we always set aside a few nights for the lads to visit Chicago’s blues scene. I’m not sure if you were at Hexham camp with Paul Rodgers, Mick Moody and myself but the three of us appeared on stage in one of my short comedy sketch’s. I also have great photo of Mick Moody and me as altar-boys in Middlesbrough’s Corpus Christie procession when we where both at Saint Alphonsus School in North Ormesby. Mick’s rock-cred is seriously damaged with his hand clasped during a pious moment.

  415. For Al Todd: Yes, Danny Ramage, Gerry Pears and the old Britania test-house still haunt my memory from time to time. Shame about the stroke Al, but glad to see it hasn”t made you bitter. I”m still playing on a part time basis (as explained elsewhere in this “thread”)but still make my living in the engineering business, which has taken me all over the world. Keep music live!

  416. For Al Todd, Hi Al I really am going back a long way, it would have been early 70″s, maybe even earlier. Do you recall Colin Dale & New Boston Movement, That”s how long ago. If you want to get in touch, get me on WltGrh@aol.com Regards

  417. For Colin Bradley: So sorry to hear about Joe. He was a good man. Although i was making a decent living from music (managed to buy a house! and i still live in Birmingham) my pro muso career was cruelly curtailed when i suffered a stroke at the age of 29 (a congenital condition and not caused by copious amounts of beer!) I still play and i like to describe myself as the best one-armed bass player in the world because as far as i”m aware i”m the only one. Do you remember Danny Ramage? For Derek Elliot: Yes, David Coverdale was the singer but he is now on a different planet and i havent spoken to him for donkeys years. Three Dog Night happened to be touring Britain and they stood in for the Jeff Beck band at the town hall. It was before they got really big and i was surprised at how unassuming and friendly they were. For Graham Walton: Yes, “tis another refugee from Cumberland Road! I do apologise but i can”t place you (memory not what it was:( Were we friends back then?

  418. To Al Todd: How nice to hear from you Al. I remember you well of course, along with many others from the old Royal Exchange days. You were a pretty good bass player as I recall. Are you still making a living in the music business? Sadly, Joe passed away last October at the age of 78 following a battle with Leukaemia. He had a great life, was loved by many people in the music business both on Teesside and internationally, and his funeral was a real celebration with a huge crowd. Hope life has been good to you and yours Al, and if you are ever in Toronto, be sure to look me up. To Billy Yull: My goodness, a name from the past. I do remember you Billy, and often wonder about old school friends from the Highfield Road days. I went back there recently – it was an empty field awaiting housing development – so many memories. I still keep in touch with Paul and Micky, and in fact Paul makes his home in Canada these days. Great to hear that you have had success in the creative arts, and so nice to hear from you.

  419. For Al TODD, Al are you the same guy who lived in Cumberland Road Linthorpe, Played Bass Guitar?? If so, get in touch. Cheers.

  420. Al Todd Denver Mule the same band that had Dave Coverdale as lead singer remember seeing them at the town hall middlesbrough backing three dog knight.

  421. For Colin Bradley. I remember you Paul & Mick setting up your first band at school St Thomas. You called yourselves the Premiers for a week or so prior to changing it to The Roadrunners. Sorry to read about Tony Relph. I am an author and have a film production company hope you remember your old school friends .

  422. Hello Colin Bradley:) Don”t know if you remember me but we used to be apprentice draughtsmen at the Royal Exchange in Middlesbrough. I remember that when I announced to the drawing office at the age of 19 that I was going to be a pro musician you were the only man that really shook my hand and wished me all the good luck in the world. Your brother Joe used to manage a band I used to play with by the name of “Denver Mule”. please give him my warmest regards. With great affection for the past, al.

  423. Yes Eric, the Redcar Jazz club was THE place to be seen. I can remember seeing Thin Lizzie in particular. We also travelled to York Uni to see groups, saw Nektar and Kraftwerk there.

  424. Hey Merrick – hope all is well with you in Rusk-land. Laminated copies of those contracts are on my music room wall at home here in Toronto. God bless Joe for making them available, and also for taking his kid brother to both shows. Not many people can say they stood 10 feet away from Hendrix at the Kirk, but I can. Colin B.

  425. Hi Eric I well remember the Jazz Club at Redcar and also your famous Strange World Of Arthur Brown song complete with flaming helmet but I promise not to tell how the flames were eventually put out

  426. Dave Shearer. Yes the Flugel is still in the loft along with a red drape suit and a pair of blue suede shoes. The wig I”m still wearing. Any photo”s of the old bands we played in? I”ll checkout Jimbo”s site, thanks for that. It”s been a long time since I was called Totty Taylor. Eric mentioned the Redcar jazz club, anyone know what happened to the organiser Roger Barker?

  427. How abour a mention for Redcar Jazz Club at the Coatham Hotel. This was an even bigger breeding ground for young talented musicians than the Kirk. It ran from the early sixties upto the mid seventies and booked all the big name London bands as well as a lot of local talent.

  428. Just to pick up on an earlier comment about Cream and Jimi Hendrix at the Kirk. I have copies of contracts booking both Cream (£95) and Jimi Hendrix (£75) to appear at the Kirk, “payment in cash to the artist”. Unfortunately never got to see either gig but have fond memories of being smuggled up the back stairs from the restaurant to the club by John”s brother Eugene, so I could get a sneaky look at other big-name acts. I was maybe 15 years-old at the time and didn”t always appreciate what I was seeing, like Stefan Grappelli,”jazz?? wot?”, but wouldn”t it be great if this area had another “Kirk” now?

  429. The Johnny Taylor 5 was formed in Billingham early in 1960. The original line up was: Brian Taylor (Johnny) Drums Henry Fawcett Rhythm Guitar Alan Raine Lead Guitar Al Morgan Vocals Gordon Valentine joined as bass guitarist in mid 1960 The band played at all the usual local social clubs, pubs and dances, was the first group to play at the Maison de Danse in Stockton and supported Dave Allan at the Empire Continental and made their first television appearance on TTV. . In 1961 Allan Raine left to be replaced by Ray Douglas Ray Douglas was replaced as lead guitar by Eric Shoosmith in 1962 and the same year, Al Morgan left to be replaced by Lou Flett (stage name Gary Phillips) In 1962 successfully auditioned for BBC television show, some Liverpool lads calling themselves the Beatles didn’t make it that day but seemed to do quite well later. In 1963 supported the Beatles at the Astoria Ballroom Middlesbrough and also appeared twice at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. In 1964 played support for the Rolling Stones at the Tower Ballroom New Brighton compered by Jimmy Saville In January 1965 Eric Shoosmith left signifying a change in lineup. Terry Owens joined to play keyboard and Henry Fawcett began alternating between lead and rhythm guitar. Later that year Gary Phillips left to be replaced by Pauline Reilly (stage name Jackie Peters) and Johnny Taylor left to be replaced by Vic Creed on Drums. In 1966 Trevor Davis replaced Gordon Valentine on Bass while Gordon continued on Vocals alongside Jackie Peters. By this time the band was working the cabaret circuit in the North East including the Fiesta at Norton, the various Bailey clubs across the region and the Sporting Club at South Bank. The JT 5 continued with this line up until it’s final gig at Cockerton Band Club Darlington in November 1967.

  430. I used to follow the Crawdaddies around too – lead singer John McCoy. I remember them first at the Red Lion in Redcar then at the Kirklevington Country Club. In fact I believe John McCoy ended up owning the Kirklevington as well as the Outlook Club in Middlebrough, where he used to bring in at the time unheard of groups like the Hollies and the Rolling Stones.

  431. The Crawdaddys, now thats a name that really wakes up the memory box, brilliant. I”d like to hear from anyone who remembers the names of all the groups that where around c1964 – who played local youth clubs pubs etc

  432. I remember well the St.Pats social every sunday night being the highlight of myself and my friends week. It was one shilling and sixpence to get in if there were just records on but two and six or half a crown if there was a group on. We used to love Del and Falcons especially when Del sang Dave Berry”s Memphis Tennessee but Del would sing Saltburn by the Sea.

  433. Just to remind everyone that we would love to hear from anyone who was in a group in the North east during the Sixties. We have a website and a monthly club night at Tudhoe Victory Club and any contributions for display would be greatly appreciated.

  434. Hi Gordon I remember you playing in The Black Horse with us for a short while, a bit of a fight in the Black Horse? when was there not one? As far as I know Johnny is still in Australia, we lost touch after the group split. I remember going to the T.V. studio in Newcastle for an audition thinking “we had made it” only to find just about every group on Teesside there! It was another competition, which The Johnny Taylor Five won. Good times.

  435. Yes Gary I remember “The Pats” and also “St Mary”s” at Thornaby I was a keen follower of “The Chelfont Line” and a huge fan of “The Crawdaddys” who played both venues regularly

  436. do you guys remember the sunday nights at the Pats dance in Thornaby, I remember The Real mcoy, the Denmen,Jimmy williams and the westcoast promotion, Big Herberts Jazzboard,who I think Brian Ferry was in, and many other local bands that played there

  437. denis graham,I was with you and the Travellers at the Black Horse for a while on bass.Remember the night you had your new premier kit and there was a bit of a fight in the audience?Did Johnny Parker stay in Australia?

  438. Hi Dee good to hear from you and yes still playing, and if anyone out there is interested I see earlier amongst names mentioned, about Dave Holliday. Well Dave is alive and well but he had a triple heart by-pass 8 month ago and over the Easter weekend had another minor heart attack but after a change of medication he appears to be getting back on form he is still keeping his hand in with his own group. Jimmy Pugh who is in Australia is still playing and in a band called “Junk Male” check out their web site for contact with Jimbo. “Totty” Taylor do you still have your dads flugel horn fun days John well….some of them

  439. Dave Shearer – good to see you are still around Dave. Still drumming? In a band? I can well remember your dear father leaning over your garden gate in the summer evenings after work wearing his vest. No 1 Shaftesbury Street, as I remember. Also your weekly family trip to the cinema in Stockton every Friday night in the 50″s.

  440. I played drums with THE TRAVELLERS who started the bands off in the BLACK HORSE Billingham in 58. We went on to play at the Maison,clubs,pubs,and the EMPIRE CONTINENTAL in Middlesbrough,where we came first in a rock group contest ( THE JOHNNY TAYLOR FIVE came second) , sorry Johnny.The band members were myself (drums) Johnny Parker (lead guitar vocals) Eugene Kennedy (bass)& Ian Edwards (rhythm)Sadly Eugene passed away a few years back.

  441. The band is called “Connection” and I”m beginning to think after reading some of the comments more “drinking” than “playing” went on but never mind keep music live

  442. Hi Derick,yes I have still got the Gibson SG , which is a 1961 SG Les Paul. Unfortunately I had to sell the 330 to fund the purchase of the SG which cost £40 !!!! I was a poor student. Saw a similar guitar for sale in London recently with a price tag of £8750, SO I suppose I got a good deal !!!!! thats why mine is in the bank vault.

  443. John Whittingham, nice to hear from you do you still have the gibson 330 or the gibson sg3, also I will try and get to one of your gigs to catch up on oldtimes.

  444. Gordon Valentine: You must let me know when you return to Blighty as I would be most interested in catching the Johnny Taylor 5 in flight. Do you keep in touch with uncle Peter?

  445. I”m adding a comment about the picture of the 60″s band. Andy Hunter (top right)is my brother. He plays bass guitar. The band members top left and middle played lead/rhythm guitars. Not sure but I think they were called Connection. I saw them quite a few times and I”m sure they used to open with an instrumental by the Allman Brothers called Jessica. Andy is still going strong and is still playing the cicuits.

  446. Having played with the Moonbeams, Sunsets, Milestones,Chelfont line, Smithfield Blues Band,and Cycle and later Desperado,I certainly served my Rock n Roll apprenticeship in playing the Drums with all of these bands. Any other information about them i will gladly oblige. Norman Smith

    • Hi Norman,
      Any info about the post-Moonbeams exploits of John McWilliams would be gratefully received.

  447. Is the barrel of Guinness the famous one that ended its days being thrown off The Victoria Bridge and to the amazement of John Whitingham, Ronnie (Bass) and Jegs (Hammond Major Organ)bounced instead of sinking? There are many legendary tales of the “Rock n” Roll” activities of Cycle. Some true, others elaboration. I always rated Cycle as the best local rock band with The Steve Brown Soul Sect being the best for soul music.

  448. John whitingham great to hear from you it brought back many memories including the night you broke the neck of your Gibson 330 at Lakes social club in Redcar and the night you left the same guitar at Eston Park secondary. Also being paid off at Hartlepool wc and removing a barrel of Guiness in payment of the fee. Heavy rock group booked as an Irish show band! Have you got either of the guitars Gibson s3 or the 330?

  449. Gordon Valentine. Nice to see your name & can”t believe I have chanced upon it whilst idly surfing when I should be diligently working. Seem to recall you looking not unlike these chaps when you taught me Art at Breck in the 70″s. Do you still play that home made Paul McCartney style bass?

  450. Johnny: Glad to hear you are still musically active. I had a pint with Geoff a couple of years ago during a quick visit back to Teesside. He”s probably told you that we played together in Desperado for about six months, including winning a “Battle of the Bands” at the Town Hall. He and his late wife Jacquie were dear friends. I”m still playing, mostly as a sideman these days, but also with my own band once in a while. Toronto is a great place for music. Keep in touch via my home e-mail, which both Norman and Geoff have, and I know you”ll enjoy Micky”s book. CB

  451. Derek Elliott – I don”t know how or where Bob played his last note, but it was probably to do with Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll.I heard he”d gone from one of the old band members. Cycle were a great group and should have made it. Regarding John Whittingham I have no contact details so check out the Raised on Rusks website as Colin Bradley suggested. They”re a good band and worth seeing. Talking of managers did you know Ian Jones who went on to manage Status Quo?

  452. Mary Scott/Graham – It was good to see someone remembered the Chelfont Line. I”m now searching for the photographs. All the guys are still around and some still playing. The line up was Paul Cattermole(Vocals), Micky Rowe(Bass), Wally Leatheron(Guitar), Barry Robinson(Keyboard), Rob Atkinson(Tenor Sax)and me(Trumpet). The original drummer was Norman Smith(The Milestones/Cycle) who was replaced by Ian “Nosebait” Nesbitt who went on to play with Chris Rea”s Loser”s. Good memories and we had a great local following. For anyone that”s interested the missing name from the photograph at the top is Frankie Smith, Drummer(Bottom right)formally with the Carnaby Rags from Hartlepool.

  453. Colin – Thanks for the reply. I hadn”t seen Norman for over 30 years but there he was at Geoff O”Donnells wedding last year,he”d never changed apart from the grey hair. I now play guitar and Geoff and I do the occasional gig as a duo. Great voice and he sometimes gets the bass out. I still have a trumpet but the lips gone now. Remember Teespop”68 with Micky and Tramline and the Chelfont Line on the same bill with Traffic, Joe Cocker and Ben E.King headlining. I still have a copy of the poster designed by Chris Bailey – Great blues harmonica player. Good to hear from you and give my regards to Mick when you are in contact. The books ordered.

  454. Johnny Taylor – how nice to hear from you. Norman Smith ( with whom I am in regular touch) mentioned that he runs into you once in a while. Moody”s book title is a reference to his father who,upon learning of Micky scoring his first real pro gig with Gene Pitney”s band, commented that he must really have made the big time because he was “Playing With Trumpets” (his Dad was a huge Eddie Calvert fan and originally wanted Micky to take up the trumpet instead of the guitar) I do indeed remember all of the names you mentioned, but had no idea that Bob Evans and Tony Relph had both passed away. Good to hear from you John, and if ever you are in Toronto, please look me up – I”m in the book. Derek Elliot – I suggest you contact John Whittingham via his band”s website contact link or guestbook – http://www.raisedonrusks.co.uk

  455. Johnny Taylor. agree with the memories sorry to hear about Bob Evans any idea how he died I was with New Elastic band and Cycle as manager, we needed one in those days, also interested in contacting John whittingham after all these years

  456. What memories. I”m nothing to do with the Johnny Taylor 5, I was the Trumpet player with The Elastic Band, Soul Supply and The Chelfont Line. I recently attended a reunion with the remaining members of The Elastic Band – Eugene McCoy(vocals), Andy Strickland(Bass), Rob Atkinson(Baritone Sax) and Barry Robinson(Keyboard) missing on holiday John Whittingham(Guitar)and deceased Bob Evans(Tenor Sax)and Tony Relph(Drums). An Eight piece band, we played for fun not money. Colin Bradley, I guess you remember all the guys and the school gigs we play on the same bill as the Roadrunners who of course were always top of the bill. Is that where Mick Moody got the title of his book “Playing with Trumpets”? I was sorry to hear about Joe. You all got a mention at our reunion. Happy Days.

  457. Colin Bradley do you have a contact for John whitingham as I would like to contact him as I”m now retired on Ill Health and moving to Spain

  458. Thanks Stan,for your info on the Midnighters.This site and your own are throwing up all sorts of memories and names.Regarding the Denvers,Pauline Riley{Jackie Peters} sang with the Johnny Taylor 5+1 1965 to 1967 and eventually emigrated to Canada. Also Vic Creed was drummer with the JT5 at the same time.We were working all the Bailey clubs at the time and did appear twice at the Fiesta

  459. Gordon Valentine – I remember the Midnighters very well and remember seeing them play at the old Queens Rink Ballroom, in Hartlepool. Would-be guitar pickers at the time were envious of their lead guitarist Granville Blair Leacy who was the first person in the north east to own a Fender Stratocaster. It was red, too, the same as Hank B. Marvin used with The Shadows. I have a photo of the band which I will submit to this site. It was loaned to me by Tommy Gibson who was the founder of the Midnighters. The band also included Ray Hudson on bass guitar, Tommy Gibson on rhythm, Barry Thompson on drums, Johnny Rocco the lead vocalist with Granville Blair Leacy on lead guitar. Ray and Johnny, sadly, are no longer with us. Barry and Tommy are in Middlesbrough and the last we heard Granville joined the Marines!

  460. Derek Elliot: Regarding The Elastic Band and Tramline etc. John Whitingham recently retired as headmaster of Tolesby Special Ed. School in Middlesbrough and is still acive musically with “Raised on Rusks” – the successor to my old band “Desperado”. They are a great band and have an excellent website. The history of “Tramline” is well documented in Micky Moody”s recently published book “Playing With Trumpets” – also an excellent and amusing take on life in a local “group” as we were called then, the “we” being The RoadRunners. I have not heard of Bob Evans in many years, but would be interested to know if anyone else has. Hope this is helpful.

  461. AS for Tramline John Mcoy of the purple onion middlesbrough was their vocalist I”m not sure about the wereabouts of any of the new elastic band or another local band CYCLE and a club band Loving feeling a vocal harmony group

  462. With regards to the Chelfont Line my band the New Elastic Band played at their first proffesional gig at the church hall on Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough along with John Mcoys Tramline

  463. I remember Chelfont Line playing a gig at Grangefield Grammar School, It was great to hear a brass section in the band, I think it must have been around 1968? most probably wrong.

  464. Does anyone have any knowledge of some M”Boro groups from the late fifties,early sixties (pre mersey beat )THE MIDNIGHTERS and the SKYLINERS?They were both very big names in Teesside to us young beginners in Billingham.

  465. Back in the late 60″s I managed a number of local groups the new elastic band. and denver mule dave coverdale of whitesnake”s first group. interested to know if any of the elastic band are still around mick burns phil lockey john whitingham bob evans and adrian prest.

  466. What a great site! So many memories. I was with the Johnny Taylor 5 from 1960 to 1967. History making times indeed. At the moment I am living in France but hope to move back soon. Remember the KD club in the old Billingham Express offices?

  467. David You are correct, Lou Flett sang under the stage name of Gary Phillips and was with the band when I joined them in 1965. He later toured the country in a double act called Gary and Alan with Alan Raine who was also ex JT 5.

  468. Hi Terry,I worked at the Malleable with a bloke called Lou Flett, small fair haired guy who I believe was in the Johnny Taylor five back then. Not quite sure though, maybe my memory is fading. I did however, work with John Lowe”s dad, Matty Lowe back in my Malleable day”s and often saw the Panthers play around the area.

  469. To David Mills My brother, Tony, also worked at the Paton & Baldwins Wool factory in Billingham. He then moved on to the crisp factory.

  470. What a great site! I played keyboards for the Johnny Taylor 5 in the sixties and the stories on this page bring back a lot of memories. Four of the band got together recently to do a charity show at the Billingham Arms, Henry Fawcett(lead guitar) Gordon Valentine (Bass), Brian Taylor (Drums)and myself. We were also joined for a few numbers by John Lowe former drummer of the Panthers. A great time was had by all, even the audience seemed to enjoy it.

  471. Regarding Paul Willows query on the present whereabouts of Lou Johnson, Lou lives in the Mill Street West area of Stockton. I worked with him, Alan Harrison, Bob Green and others many years ago for the late Charlie Oxberry.

  472. Just going back to the original thread I can remember going to the Blythome club to see a group fronted by Alan Harrison (Alan I think was a painter & decorator like myself) & John McWilliams (council worker who could make the guitar talk) we all nearly were evicted by the committee that night for dancing, as it wasn”t allowed in the club. One rule I or nobody else could understand, why employ a rock n roll group if you were not allowed to dance? Correct me if I’m wrong but Alan & John also went on to have the resident band in La Ronde for a while called AZTEC. Going back to the early 60s my cousin John Walker (drummer) formed THE MOONBEAMS I remember one of their first gigs was in the old scout hut down Haverton Hill, unfortunately after a couple of numbers his bass drum rolled of the stage. Sadly John died suddenly a few years ago. Also I have memories of a group called The Candlelight Four, their drummer Lou (sticks) Johnson he was also a painter and decorator we worked together for George Laidler in the late sixties. Haven’t seen him since he was resident drummer at Haverton Hill Working Men’s Club many years ago. Anyone know where he is?

    • If the John McWilliams mentioned here was lead guitarist of The Moonbeams, in 1964 at least he was a fireman on the railways and as well as guitar he could also play the violin. His mother was a music teacher so he’d learned to play properly. Anyone know where he is these days?

    • I would like to know what happened to Robb as I was in a band with him called The Limbo Line and worked for BaiIeys night clubs based at Titos

      • Hey Paul, you can contact me through the email supplied – email Picture Stockton and they will supply you with it. I am now living in Mexico.

  473. What an interesting thread? I don”t know whether most of you are aware of it but Alan Leightell and I have recently started a web site (www.vintagesixtieslive.co.uk) and monthly club night with the intention of bringing together as many of the surviving group members of the Sixties as we can for a chat and maybe a song or two. It has been a great success so far. We have had a visit by Alan White, formerly of the Downbeats, who we manged to reunite with former Downbeat colleagues Kenny Potts and davey Turnbull for a short jam session. Contact is welcomed from everyone who “was there”. Full details on the web site.

  474. To pick up on Eric Whitehouse’s comment, I was bass player for The Blue Caps and Mick in 1971, while I was still at school. I did about two years with between 17 and 19 what a laugh, what a character! Now that was an education! The guitar player was Jimmy Pugh, who moved over from bass when Eric (EZZA) Robinson left as I recall to form Gypo with the previously mentioned Mr Webster and Davey Shearer. Jimmy stayed with Mick in the Blue Caps for nearly a decade as I recall from 69 ish to late mid 70’s. Then he emigrated to Oz. Robb Mackenzie was the singer he was previously with Limbo Line with the afore mentioned Steve Brown and Mick Bonar. Robb runs a Cirque Du Soleil these days, and by the time I can find where he is, he’s somewhere else. He and I had another band together down south later on, and we have always had careers in and around the music biz, but fortunately for music lovers, not as players. In the 70’s the Blue Caps stompin’ ground apart from clubland was the Yorkshire Dragoon, every Saturday night for years (about 5 I think). I remember Mick Kemp talking endlessly in dressing rooms about the days with Pedro and Tex and Eric and Eric I really believe I owe my career to Kempy as he painfully taught me that my ears were not just there for decoration. The only buddy I have left from those days (apart from Robb, who I still see somewhere every couple of years) is Davey Holliday who sat in with us a couple of times and ended up in Firm Landing and GBI, and that reaches the 80’s. These days I’m living in Atlanta, in my 50’s and still working in music. Thanks Mick!! RIP it up!

  475. I heard that Eric “Elvis” Whitehouse received his nickname because Elvis Presley was regarded at the time (late 50″s/early 60″s) as being very good-looking and “Elvis” Whitehouse was similarly good-looking. That”s right Eric, is it not? By the way, Eric “Elvis” Whitehouse played at the Blytheholme Club in Yarm Road, Stockton-on-Tees in September 2006.

  476. There has been some very interesting reading on this page and it certainly brings back a lot of happy memories for me. I don´t know all the people mentioned but I did meet a lot of them during the course of my “failed musician” career and later at the BBC. Maybe Eric Whitehouse and I will get the chance to pick some guitar again when I eventually get back to England after almost thirteen years in Spain. I recently bought two Fender Telecasters so there is hope in the old dog yet!

  477. Eric Whitehouse: Eric, good to read your informative and interesting reflections on people and venues. Dave Usher now lives in Ireland, truck driving by day and gigging by night. He keeps in touch with my brother Joe who still lives in Brentford Road, and who incidentally, was a “parther” of Bill Postgate”s during the Jubilee Hall / Globe period. Bruce Thomas is indeed a world class bass player and has collaborated with Paul McCartney in the fairly distant past. I”m not sure of his current activities. However, Micky Moody is in the news currently, having just published a book called “Playing With Trumpets – a Rock and Roll Apprenticeship” which deals with his early career from the start of the Road Runners etc. I understand that a second book about his later years with Whitesnake etc. is currently in preparation, but the current book will certainly make interesting reading for yourself and others of us involved in the Teesside 60″s band scene. The front cover features a picture of the Road Runners including Paul Rodgers and Dave Usher as well as myself. Moody also has an excellent website – just Google Micky Moody and you will find it easily. I see and speak with Paul Rodgers regularly as he now has a home in Canada. I was at a recent Queen/Paul Rodgers show here in Toronto which was spectacular to say the least, and got to spend some time with Paul and his wife to chat about old times. Glad to know that you are still “keeping your hand in”

  478. Eric Whitehouse – Eric I did as you suggested and checked out Stan”s site. Seeing you up front, on the front – on picture, removed 40 years in an instant. Good to know that you still thrive & survive. Cliff Thornton – Cliff if you haven”t already done so, try what Eric Whitehouse suggests, check out http://www.stanlaundon.com. The info in the “bands” section, along with the photos, is a real memory stimulant.

  479. Cliff Thornton – Cliff I remeber the story well as I was friendly with most of the guys, we were at the same school. I have a complete mind blank regarding Bruce Thomas”s predecessor, but remember the christian name Alan ??? He being a Geordie, it was reputed, left Jarrow & on the third day ascended into Hebburn! Alex McClean as you may well remember, was also lead singer & mandolin player for the Fettlers. Can you, or anyone reading this, remmeber The Dirgers? The lineup totally gone from my memory.

  480. Names from the past indeed. I went to school with Ian “Tex” Peacock and Les Bennet and I were mates for years. We still are, however, haven”t seen Les for a while as he is still in Billingham and I”m in Sydney Australia!

  481. Mike – you are digging up some names from the past. I remember the story of The Tremors playing upstairs at The Brunswick in the mid-1960s, when one of the drinkers expressed his dissatisfaction with their music by walking up to the “stage” in the middle of a song and putting his boot through the front of “Tap-tap” Thompson”s bass drum!

  482. I think we played the old hall in Eaglesclife once or twice along with Hartburn Tennis Club.I think Bruce is playing with Macca now, but I was the first “Elvis” he played with long before Costello. I certainly remember all the lads in the Tremors. Alex bought my old Harmony from me when he was with the Fettlers. Check out my old mate Stan at http://www.stanlaundon.com for more old band info.

  483. Eric Whitehouse – Hi Eric, some names on this site have rung faint memory bells, but yours I recognised immediately. Bruce Thomas, that”s a blast from the past, do you remember when he played with the Tremors. Lined up with Bruce were Dave (Pink) Grey, Tony Atkinson, Alex McClean, Andy? Thompson. But I certainly danced to the Bluecaps at various venues, did you ever do Eaglescliffe Village Hall? You”re right about Bruce, NOT bad at all for a Grangefield lad!

  484. As far as I know and according to George Skelton the General Manager of the Globe we had the honour of being the only local band to play the main stage. This was possibly due to the fact that Bill Postgate (Joe”s son) the Assistant manager was managing us at that time. The line up for that week was Peter Embleton (Del), Mick Kemp, Ian “Tex” Peacock, Les Bennet and myself. We also played the foyer when Summer Holiday was released along with the Zephyrs I think.

  485. Dave Usher was and still is a brilliant drummer. He used to stand in for Mick Kemp when he was just 14 years old.There certainly was an amazing wealth of musical talent in those early days of the 60″s.A lot of good local bands just couldn”t get the work around here and went South and made it.Bands like the Zephyrs, Pathers, Bluecaps, Real McCoy, Johnny Taylor Five, Whirlwinds and the Denmen had the work “sown up”. The Downbeats won the “64 Evening Gazette Competition and the Bluecaps came second. The Renegades won the Northern Echo contest a year later.The Downbeats also had a young talented drummer by the name of Alan White (Yes).

  486. Hi Eric, Dave Usher, Stocktons answer to Ginger Baker! I remember him starting out with a band called The Senators at the Eastbourne Youth Club around “62, the other band that regularly played there were The Sabres with brothers Vic and Bob Paylor. I”m glad to hear that you keep the old plectrum hand plucking, the Bluecaps were an integral part of the early “60”s “Beat Group” culture in Stockton and the surrounding areas, along side The Panthers, The Zephyrs, The Whirlwinds, Del and The Falcons, The Tempests, the Johnny Taylor Five….the list is endless. Do you remember the Evening Gazette best group competion, around “64, finally won by The Renegades from Whitby. What an amazing wealth of musical talent the North East possessed in them far off days. Eric do you have any group photographs of the era to share with us “old uns” on this site, I”m sure they will be well received. Finally were the Bluecaps the only local group to appear on the Globe Theatre stage ?, I do remember The Panthers playing in the Globe foyer when Summer Holiday was released.

  487. I can remember the first time the Roadrunners played at the Jubillee Hall wasn”t Dave Usher and Bruce Thomas playing with the band at the time. Bruce is a brilliant bass player and was recently inducted into the Rock”n”Roll Hall of Fame. Not bad for a Grangefield Grammar School kid. We used to practice and pick every lunchtime in the school Cadet Hut along with Cliff Thornton and Roy Smith out of the Denvers. Instrumentals like Frightened City & FBI.

  488. The Jubille Hall Dances in the main heyday were run by Southern Border Dances and managed locally by a guy named Bill Postgate the local MU Branch Sec. The owner of SBD was a millionaire chain smokin” pig farmer and promoter from Scotland by the name of “Drunken” Duncan McInnan. He is mentioned in the Beatles Complete book a few times. Top bands from all over the country played there every Saturday night supported by a local group. Names like Emile Ford, Johnny Gentle, Johnny Kidd & Pirates, Rikki Barnes Allstars and Rory Storm and the Hurricanes along with drummer Ringo Starr.I could tell you some stories that happened in that dressing room that would make your hair curl but I won”t.Brilliant music and nights I”ll never forget. Sadly, Mick, Pedro and recently Howard have all joined that band up in the sky. Johnny McNaughton is in Australia, Charlie Peacock is living in Oldham and “Tex” Ian Peacock out in Spain I think.I”m still doing the odd country show and festival to “keep my hand in”. When SBD ceased promoting Mick Kemp and the rest of the band ran the Saturday night dances for a short while along with Hutton Rudby Village Hall, Thirsk Town Hall and Northallerton Town Hall. What happened after “68 when I left the band I don”t know.

  489. Hi Mick, I last saw Micky Rowe at a surprise party thrown for me in December 2003 at the Smith Jaques dance studio in Billingham. Unbeknowns to me, my wife Angela had invited as many local musicians as she could contact, whom I had played with when I lived on Teesside. Micky actually flew in from Holland where he was working at the time, especially for the gig, and played bass ( along with two other bass players!) It was a night to remember for sure. As for “Stookey”, at one time he was working as a personal assistant for comedian Jim (“nik”nik”) Davidson, but I have no idea where he is these days. As for me, I”ve lived in Canada for the last 25 years and I”m still very active musically in Toronto. I have my own band, and also work as a sideman for other musicians from time to time. Good to hear from you.

  490. Hi Colin, I remember Psycho-67 very well, I was an apprentice with Micky Rowe your bass player, I wonder what happened to “Stookey” (Pete) the vocalist? Remember the ICI “Synners” dances, they were legend !! seem to recall you were quite a tight outfit. Micky Rowe still plays in a band up in Aberdeen

  491. The guy in the middle is most definitely not Steve Bell. In 1967 / 68 I played with Steve Bell in The Steve Brown Soul Sect, later to be known as Psycho-67, before we disbanded and Steve later went on to play for the Teesside Panthers. The Zephyrs (later the Zephrons) were from a few years earlier (1963 – 1965) and were popular at the same time as my original band The Road Runners, which included Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company, Queen) and Micky Moody (later to play with Tramline, Juicy Lucy, Snafu and Whitesnake). I played all of the workingmen”s clubs mentioned in the various responses, and my brother Joe ran the Saturday night dances at the Jubilee Hall in Stockton. He was also a good personal friend of the unforgettable Mick Kemp – RIP.

  492. The Maison De Dance, now that brings back memories. Every year just before christmas it would hold a special early evening dance with Jack Marwood at the helm for regular customers and their children. As a small boy in the fifties it was a highlight of christmas, they gave out streamers, balloons and those paper whistles that you blew into, that extended and made a sound like a kahzoo! I also remember my older sisters talking of fights between teddyboys outside in Yarm lane after kicking out-time, some things never change on a Saturday night in Stockton!

  493. Yes David: Do I remember jack Marwood at the Maison de Danse….Do I indeed. Every Friday night without fail I would start my evening at the Red Lion with Phil Lewis and the rest of the reprobates..onto the Garrick, a quick one at Jockers and then I am ready to dance…and did I dance. Jack Marwood had a piano player called Billy Daniels and the piano was placed at a point whereby when if you went up the stairs and held onto the balcony rails your hands would be no more than about 1 foot from Billy”s head. It goes without saying that to resist not tickling his head became for me an impossibility. So I did and he always responded with a wonderful smile and I would respond with “play it again Billy” ( a take off of “Play it again Sam in Casablanca) Great times David…and the women…plenty for everybody

  494. Maybe Tony Scott is refering to the Maison de Dance. Anybody remember Jack Marwood and his band who played there before the local pop groups really got going?

  495. Amazon was presumably a corruption of La Maison. La Maison de Dance (French – The House of Dance or Dancing) was just up from the bottom of the High Street on the way to Yarm or Darlington.

  496. I”m almost certain they are not the Denmen! I well remember the Denmen from the 60″s and the photograph looks nothing like them. The photograph shows a group more “clean cut” than the Denmen were. One of the Denmen was called Mike Gutterage another was Alan Ludley, the group were from Middlesbrough. I don”t remember the Amazon de Dance . . . . where was it?

  497. Thanks to Eric White of The Bluecaps, and Peter Webster of Bandland (the music shop on the Portrack Business Park), we now have the following names from left to right Alan Harrison Wally Leatheron Johnny McWilliams Andy Hunter ? (possibly …Taylor from Eaglescliffe ?) Now all we need is the name of the group!

  498. I was sad to hear of Mick Kemps death too. I knew him and one or two of the “Blue Caps”. Ian Peacock I think was lead guitar when Mick was on the drums. Mick”s sister Linda Kemp used to do a bit of singing back then with local bands also.

  499. I”m not absolutely sure but I believe the guy in the middle is someone I used to work with at Paton & Baldwins wool Factory in Billingham. His name is maybe Steve Bell and he played in a group called The Panthers.

  500. I knew Mick Kemp well from the Saint Cuthbert”s youth club at Lealholme on Yarm Road in the late fifties. He lived on Patterdale Avenue. Mick was a gregarious young lad, very outgoing and crazy about rock music; he later became the drummer for “Johnny and the Bluecaps”. Sad to hear he has died.

  501. Yes those were the days – especially the mid to late 60″s and early seventies. Clubs like the Blytheholme, the Billingham Trades Union and Norton Workmen”s Club always had good “turns” on a Saturday night and some Fridays and Sundays. Bingo on these nights and who can forget the call, “all ready in the bar, ready in the concert room – bingo is on” and only the shuffle of cards or dominoes was heard apart from the whispers about how bingo should be banned. Some of the “acts” were in fact pathetic but always amusing and many never saw the second act. Stars like Dave Berry (Crying Game), Gene Pitney, Solomon King etc would appear for the working mens club then back to the Fiesta for the late show. Yes those were the days with beer at a reasonable price, little trouble in the clubs and safe to walk home with fish and chips from places like Leeds Street, Fred Pearce, Durham Road Fisheries etc. and all out by 11pm. John Robson is right, we never knew how good it really was!

  502. This publicity photograph, taken probably in the 1960″s features a local group of that era, we called them groups in those days and not bands like they do these days. Although I do not remember the name of the group the lead singer, bottom left, was Alan Harrison a Billingham lad. Alan was the original singer with the well known local group at that time, The Zephyrs. During the heyday of the working mens clubs pop groups such as The Zephyrs, The Blue Caps led by the late Mick Kemp and many more would play most nights of the week on the club circuit. I will never know how some of the lads ever managed to get to their day jobs after performing until the late hours on stage the nights previous. Alan Harrison eventually left the Zephyrs because of the hectic schedule and not getting enough time with his wife and family. Tony Martin became the new singer with the group, also at that time The Zephrys changed their name to the Zephyrons. We were very fortunate in those days to be served great entertainment in the working mens clubs. With the added attraction of the Fiesta and Tito”s we were spoilt for choice. Alas those days are past and a lot of the working mens clubs are now gone, those that remain with the odd exception struggle to survive. I will always remember and be grateful for the wonderful nights out I spent with my mates in the heyday of those clubs.

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