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This is not one we would normally add to the site but as it settles the argument on whether the Rolling Stones did or did not perform at The Outlook Club in Middlesbrough we have relented on this occasion. The clipping was supplied by Brian Swales and is reproduced with the kind permission of the Evening Gazette.

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  1. I asked this question a few years ago but never had a reply so I thought I would ask it again. Does anyone know when John McCoy opened the Outlook Club and when did he start booking acts at the Kirklevington Country Club?

  2. Just to show how this appearance by the Rolling Stones was highly unusual in being so far from their normal ‘gigging’ schedule around London, here’s the venue list for that same week back in July ’63;
    10th July: Twickenham, Eel Pie Island
    11th July: London, Scene Club
    12th July: Twickenham, Eel Pie Island, ‘Twickenham Design College Dance’
    13th July: Middlesbrough, Outlook Club
    14th July: London, Ken Colyer Jazz Club, Studio 51
    14th July: Richmond, Crawdaddy Club, Athletic Ground
    15th July: London, Ken Colyer Jazz Club, Studio 51

    • I remember seeing The Who at the original Purple Onion in the 60’s.
      I’m a Darlo girl, but Stockton and Middlesbrough were always our weekend haunts. I remember seeing The Who at the Purple Onion in Bottomley Street and the Beatles at the ABC Stockton. I was in front row at Jimi Hendrix in Darlo Imperial Hotel. But The Kirk was always the best Thursdays and Sundays, we had to hitchhike from Darlo to get there. Great days.

  3. Good to see Barry Faulkner on here…at last! A 16 year old ‘face’ at The Outlook (and even the ‘Twisted Wheel’, Mcstr) way back then and still to be seen locally, though more often in Stokesley these days. Barry picked up ‘the baton’ of John McCoy in central Middlesbrough in the early 80’s, some years after after John moved out to The Kirk and at the same time, went into the management of singer Chris Rea. Local lad Dave Rea (now living in Brisbane, Australia) and Barry, managed, against all odds, to negotiate a lease and drinks license for the former Young Outlook basement ‘club area’ which had been used as a confectionery/tobacco warehouse, i.e. ever since the store closed in 1966. This club/bar ‘Ossies’ was then followed by his solo-projects Blaises Club, Charlie Parker’s Bar, Faulkners Bar (a former Grade II listed bank) and Dempsey’s Bar. His efforts culminated in him taking over the huge former Middlesbrough Empire, a building which had morphed from a Vicwardian music-hall, into a late 50’s/early 60’s cabaret club, thereafter becoming a Mecca Bingo-Hall for nearly 30 years. His ‘investment’ in this magnificent, iconic Grade II listed building, at first as a ‘super-bar’, then later as both a UK and International ‘staging’ venue for DJ’s, musicians and bands across a broad spectrum, not only preserved the building, but established the town as major entertainment destination nationwide. A status, the Empire continues to maintain under Barry’s son, Barry Jnr. and his partner Ashley Wem. Though now ‘retired’, Barry still has an eye for what is trending in the bar and club world and given the right option, would probably set up yet another small-bar where people of a similar lively mind-set and an appreciation of great music, could once again gather.

  4. Just a note to add to Chris Bailey’s comments on Jenny Kehoe. I knew her younger brother John – Johnny Kehoe. Johnny’s father was Commander Kehoe – ex Royal Navy – and he is buried in Nunthorpe Churchyard. Johnny’s other siblings included at least one brother who was an opera singer. I hope Johnny [sounds like Ronnie] didn’t end up mumbling around the streets of Middlesbrough though he certainly had an intellectual disposition.

  5. Is Chris Bailey the lad who designed the Kirk’s membership card, and DJ’d at the club. It must be as he worked at the Gazette and I remember him as a really nice bloke. I still have one of my cards which is hidden in a draw along with my Twisted Wheel card. Although it’s now nearly 40 years since I left Teesside I remember with affection nights at McCoys and the Kirk,in particular The Steampacket. Unfortunately they never made an album together, but a collection of demo tapes has been compiled by Munster Records on a 10inch disc ‘The First Supergroup’. It was Chris who gave me one of my favourite tracks ‘The Entertainer’ by Tony Clark, I play it to this day. I also spot the name Tony Hargan above, and I remember a small room at the back of the lanes at Redcar Bowl – we had to walk alongside one of the lanes to get in. I liked that – and associate the place with a ballad by Little Anthony and The Imperials, ‘My Love Is A Rainbow’.

  6. Ref: Mark Wier. John Rogers was the owner of the former Outlook premises at that time. The vacant basement premises, which had been used as a Confectionery/Tobacco warehouse after the Outlook closed in the mid-60’s, were leased by Barry Faulkner and Dave Rea in the early 80’s and re-opened as ‘Ossie’s Bar’. Later,this partnership split and Dave Rea then later ‘sold’ the Bar lease to John Rogers, before he emigrated to Australia in 1986. It was a surprising purchase by John Rogers as the building was already earmarked to be demolished for the erection of the new Crown Courts building which stands on the site today. Whilst the ‘signed’ plasterwork (the stage wall also bore the ‘signatures’ of many other early ’60’s bands) may have been swept away by this development. John Rogers still owns the original Rolling Stones 1963 ‘signed’ contract (discovered in a discarded file) which had then later been displayed behind armoured glass in the Ossie’s Bar front entrance.

  7. Ref: Mark Wier. John Rogers was the owner of the former Outlook premises at that time. The vacant basement premises, which had been used as a Confectionery/Tobacco warehouse after the Outlook closed in the mid-60’s, were leased by Barry Faulkner and Dave Rea in the early 80’s and re-opened as ‘Ossie’s Bar’. Later,this partnership split and Dave Rea then later ‘sold’ the Bar lease to John Rogers, before he emigrated to Australia in 1986. It was a surprising purchase by John Rogers as the building was already earmarked to be demolished for the erection of the new Crown Courts building which stands on the site today. Whilst the ‘signed’ plasterwork (the stage wall also bore the ‘signatures’ of many other early ’60’s bands) may have been swept away by this development. John Rogers still owns the original Rolling Stones 1963 ‘signed’ contract (discovered in a discarded file) which had then later been displayed behind armoured glass in the Ossie’s Bar front entrance.

  8. Re the Rolling Stones at the Outlook. My Band the King Bees had a residency at the reopened Outlook in the 1980s. When plaster was stripped from the wall behind the stage during renovation there were signatures found underneath of The Rolling Stones. I remember them being very clearly legible, though I don’t know weather they were preserved in any way. The Clubs owner at that time was John Rodgers.

  9. Re the Rolling Stones at the outlook. My Band the King Bees had a residency at the reopened Outlook in the 1980s. When plaster was stripped from the wall behind the stage during renovation there were signatures found underneath of The Rolling Stones. I remember them being very clearly legible, though I don’t know weather they were preserved in any way. The Clubs owner at that time was John Rodgers.

  10. Is that Jackie Blythe, one of the finest administrators we ever had, in the Ev.Gaz. department known as ‘Creative’? Please feel free to ask the Picture Stockton site moderators for my email!

  11. I recall Mr Duffy as being quite a distinguished ‘gent’ who knew an awful lot about tailoring, or what was known as ‘bespoke outfitting’ back then. He also worked at Dormand Stewart’s a largish store on Linthorpe Rd that specialised in high-quality clothing , especially rainwear (it was the owner of this shop that gave Stewarts Park to the town in the 1920’s). Ged, Mr Duffy’s son, being a gifted bass-player, later went on to form popular local band The Videos in the late 70’s. Sometime later, he then went on to hold an executive position at Peter Gabriel’s ‘Real World’ recording-studios in Wiltshire.

  12. I think you maybe right about the Keogh’s I am sure she lived in Gunnergate lane. (I have not lived in the Boro since the day the Outlook closed so am a bit rusty ) Outlook was such a fantastic project… We had a hairdressers from London I think called Richard Henry who specialised in the haircut like Twiggy’s and another of Macoy’s babies was the record department which was wonderful as many of the groups we watched went onto record so we all felt part of the scene —- John also set up the odd jazz night. He would sing and a chap called Brian Thacker used to play the piano. We had many of the top jazz bands of the day…. Jonny Dankworth., Acker Bilk, Kenny Ball and many others….. thought of another man on the door – Rocker Rowlands Chatting on line has opened up all the old memories of a fantastic time if you are reading this John, thank you so much.

  13. Was Jenny’s name spelled Keogh,…or Kehoe? There’s a presence of Kehoe’s in my local Nunthorpe Churchyard, I wonder if she was related? On a more up to date level, there was a ‘street-person’ character that used to roam central Middlesbrough a few years back. Known simply as Ronnie ‘Kee-ho'(sic), he could be extremely funny and had quite an intellectual disposition. It was rumoured, somewhat sadly, that he’d been a solicitor in his former life. Talking of another local ’60s-chick’ who seemed to possess a certain confidence far ahead of their years, here’s another name, Jo Dale. I wonder where she ended up? I recall her as being quite a dancer and at that time sported a very sharp ‘classic bob’ hairstyle. I assume the Mr Tennant that Beryl Thompson speaks of was Brian Tennant who along with his wealthy father Charles (a locally based large Building Contractor) opened the KD Club at Billingham. This, no doubt after observing the success of the Outlook basement club area. He is listed on the copy of the ’63 ‘Young Outlook’ store-flyer that I have, as being a member of the ‘young-persons’ committee (a sort of ‘trend’ advisory panel). After the Outlook closed, Howard Mays, or as he was better known ‘Mazz’, stayed with John McCoy in a managerial capacity thru’ the Scene Club and then as the long-time manager of ‘The Kirk’. He left around the late ’80’s to live in Northallerton,(or was it Thirsk?) where I believe he opened a car-showroom and subsequently went into pub-ownership.

  14. Jenny came from a very talented family, not sure about the model agency and dont know Jenny Forbes I remember vaguely going across to look at a place in Billingham with Mr Tennent as he was opening a shop over there and wanted staff. I decided to go to London. I am meeting Georgina Leslie on thursday outside of Selfridges (we both worked there and the Outlook), I will try and gleen some information out of her but don’t hold your breath, I am the one with a mind of usless information.
    Just had a thought, there was a man on the door, a great friend of John McCoy called Mazz or something like that. I was working in Northallerton a few years ago at Barkers and recognised him (see the usless information) he might be worth getting in touch with.

  15. Absolutely fascinating recollections from Beryl Thompson! Didn’t Jenny Keogh (whom I recall as being a real ‘it-girl’ in the 60’s) go on to open a local modelling-agency? I’m also interested in whatever happened to Jenny Forbes who opened probably the areas first 60’s style ’boutique’ for women called ‘Target’ within a tiny converted street-house in Fletcher St, M’bro – just behind the old Corporation Hotel.

  16. I so loved reading all of the above. I worked at the Outlook in the daytime as the window dresser with Jenny Keogh and in the evening I worked in the coffee bar just selling hamburgers and coffee – no booze, we had to go to the town for our barley wines. Yes we did have the Rolling Stones playing there, I was working that night.Charlie Watts spent the whole evening in between sessions sitting in the walk in fridge. I also remember Jonny Dankworth playing there on the day his son Alex was born and him getting quite drunk backstage. I loved Cyril Davis and remember just how much he loved the newcastle brown ale. He usually had Long John Baldry in tow and on one occasion Rod Stewart was with him. It was a fantastic time, we saw so many groups who went onto be mega. When the shop closed 4 of us went off to London as there was no other place like it – Georgina Leslie, Olwen Craggs, Janet Catchpole and Jo Stokeled.

  17. RE; Brian Swales above posting; You may like to team-up with Paul Delaplanque at the Evening Gazette’s ‘Remember When’ supplement on this one. Rather than wait until 2013 for the 50th Anniversary of The Stones appearance at The Outlook he’s considering a feature in the July edition of his supplement. I know you’ve done some sterling work as to archive research (i.e. the advertisement above) but I can distinctly recall ‘The Young Outlook’ (as the fashion retail store was originally called) having some rather large pre-opening press-ads appear in the Ev Gaz around 1962-3 which may be worth searching out.

  18. Does anyone know when John McCoy opened the Outlook Club and when did he start booking acts at the Kirklevington Country Club – better known simply as the Kirk.

  19. In respect of Henry Anderton’s posting above. Ooops!! You appear to have really missed out on that mid-70’s visit Henry. As for as Barry Faulkner & Dave Rea reopened those basement premises around 1984 (as Ossie’s Bar) they discovered ring-binders full of the original contracts (including The Rolling Stones) abandoned in a the back-office drawer. You’d have probably been given them free-of-charge back then. Certainly more transportable than chipping the autographed plasterwork off the columns and back wall of the stage! I believe local bass-player John Rogers has now possession of The Stones contract, which was still displayed behind armoured glass when he purchased the Bar from Dave Rea in 1986. The fascinating thing about it, was the fact that next to the fee-payment there was an acknowledgement of receipt to be signed by the ‘Group leader. This has been signed orig. by one ‘M.Jagger’, which has then been crossed out, and the name B.Jones signed instead.

    • Also with that chris, a five pound sub signed by Brian jones. It was 1980 we opened. Ossies (named after my dad) it was a pleasure for me to go solo, the rests history.

  20. Many years ago as a young rep in the mid 70’s I called on a wholesaler of tobacco and confectionery that was situated in the old outlook buildings. I mentioned to the manageress that I went there as a younger man and she told me that the club was still downstairs and intact. The tables and chairs were still there as was the counter and coffee machine. What amazed me was that the backboard of the stage was still in place with all signatures of the bands that had performed there including The Stones, Hollies, Merseybeats, Searchers. I lived in a small flat and had no room for it but it would have been a talking point in a room. I always imagined an enterprising demolition man might have taken it and I half expect one day to see it on Antiques Roadshow.

  21. Further to my posting on the night ‘Eric Burdon and The Animals’ appeared at the Kirk in December 1967; The group was not the original line up of Eric Burdon, Hilton Valentine, Alan Price, Chas Chandler & John Steel. Eric Burdon’s backing group at that time probably consisted of Vic Briggs on guitar/piano, Danny McCulloch on bass, John Weider on guitar & Barry Jenkins on drums.

  22. Eric Burdon did have a distinctive bluesy-rock voice back in the ’60s, possible because the genre was so new to our ears. Subsequently, that vocal style was adopted a lot more by many frontmen to rock bands that followed, local-lads Paul Rodgers and Dave Coverdale to name two. However Jean Vogler should beware, especially if her tickets for Eric’s appearances in N.Cal are expensive, for when I saw Mr Burdon in concert in Newcastle, a few years back, he was singing decidedly worse and possibly very much off-key. Regardless of this comment, I saw on TV recently that his killer 1965 rendering of ‘We gotta get out of this place’ has been voted ‘Most popular song’ by US Military personnel serving in years as far apart as the 60’s-70’s Viet-Nam conflict and the more recent Iraq war. His seminal vocal-status is therefore confirmed. Brian Swales’s posting above surprises me, for whilst I was at the Jimi Hendix appearance at The Kirk, I would have bet even money that Mr. Burdon & Co were well beyond playing mere club-gigs by late ’67. But, it was Chas Chandler, bass-player of The Animals who originally managed Jimi Hendix, and as a pal of John McCoy, booked Jimi at the Kirk for a £50 fee during his early 1967 U.K.’showcase tour’. Jimi also played The Imperial Hotel, Darlington (now a Joe Rigatonis Restaurant) on the same tour, where I believe someone stole his Fender ‘Strat’ guitar.

  23. Eric Burdon is still touring, and hope to see him in May in N.California. Another Northern lad with a unique voice. Last time I saw him was with his original band at the Globe in Stockton in the 60s. Do any of you remember going to the ‘Twisted Wheel’ in Manchester? It took till Midnight to get from Mbro to Manchester. People would get dressed on the coach and then dance all night. Saw The Drifters there ….Not sure it was worth the long trip when we had excellent clubs locally. Oh and best wishes to John McCoy – I hope his health improves.

  24. I also spent many great Sunday nights at the Kirk. As a matter of interest, Jimi Hendrix appeared at the Kirk on Sunday 15 January 1967, I know this because I looked out the Gazette advert for his appearence there for Stan Laundon’s forthcoming website page on the Kirk. The advert bills the appearence as ‘The Jimmie Hendrix Experience’! Another date was for Eric Burdon & the Animals – Sunday December 17 1967.

  25. Yes, I think we can all agree there was some great clubs in Teesside in the sixties and seventies. The Kirk was my fave especially when you had great bands like Alan Bown, Gino Washington, Jimmy James, The Peddlars, Traffic, Julie Driscoll, Chris Farlowe. I kick myself because I had a chance to see Jimi Hendrix, but he was on the sunday night and as usual, like a lot of us, I didn’t have any money left, plus I had to go to work on the monday.

  26. Followers of this thread might be interested to know that I’ve been having talks with John McCoy and working closely with him (and Alan Fearnley) on the history of The Crawdaddies and The Real McCoy. John hasn’t been in the best of health of late so progress has been a bit slow. We also plan to do more on The Kirk and other venues he was involved with.

  27. Mr McCoy’s Club ‘morphed’ out of The Outlook, via The Scene in a period of just 3-4 years. The common denominator of course being John McCoy, who promoted or owned all three. The other factor being that all of these venues were ‘unlicensed’, i.e. selling only soft-drinks. Probably the last ‘dance-music’ and ‘live-acts’ clubs to do so on Teesside. Being unlicensed, meant that it was perfectly legal for persons as young as 14 to attend on any given evening. In my own case, I was at a grammar-school which meant that ages 15-16 were all about studying for GCE’s, whilst my pals at Sec Mod Schools had already left school at 15, and were ‘earning a wage’. As a consequence, I couldn’t attend The Outlook quite as often as I may have liked thru’ 1963/64 mainly due to my ‘pocket-money’, and my Saturday-job wage, not quite stretching that far. However, I do recall that Peter Sibley was the undisputed ‘style-king’ at The Outlook. Being possibly 2-3 years older than most of us fellas and working in the Building industry, he always seemed to have the best ‘clobber’. As to Don Harris, Tony Gallacher and Barry Faulkner, (as mentioned by Jean Vogler above) all started, (to borrow modern parlance), ‘clubbing’ at The Outlook, before graduating to Mr McCoys in ’66. In fact I have an old b&w group-photograph, taken in The Outlook that shows Don, Barry and myself!…and Tony Gallacher, (onetime D.J. at Mr McCoy’s) called in to see me just last week! The Outlook ‘crowd’ represented the new ‘modernist’face of the early ’60’s, in a town populated by other young people committed to the Brylcreem jar, or the ‘beehive’ hairdo of the ’50’s. Their venue of choice, or gathering-place, being The Astoria Ballroom on Wilson St, M’bro. By contrast, I recall Mick Iley, (having worked ‘the season’ in Jersey with the early ‘mod’ Londoners), once or twice attending The Outlook wearing his g/friends ‘eyeliner’. Not such a big ‘statement’ these days, but in a drab, northern-industrial backwater, of over 45 years ago? Now that truly was ‘cutting-edge’ style.

  28. ‘Brian Warne was here’ – I remember the day Brian died. His girl-friend was May Brown, a friend of mine in the 60s. Thanks to John McCoy for bringing the best music to Teesside. I remember seeing Eric Clapton at the KD and having to walk home from Billingham to Thornaby having missed the late transport. I remember seeing John Mayall, Julie Driscoll, Long John Baldry, Chris Farlowe, The Who and Geno Washington at McCoy’s, the best club in Mbro at the time. Some of the ‘In crowd’ such as Don Harris (who used to do a good impression of James Brown), Barry Faulkner, Tony Galisher (spelling?..) and others who’s name’s I don’t recall, all looking cool in their mohair suits. Great times and the best music!

  29. When the KD first opened just to the left hand side of the stage was a sand pit for the in crowd in their frayed bottomed bell bottoms (if you were really in, bells down the sides) to dance in.

  30. As mentioned above, Brian Tennent was always ‘on the scene’ around Teesside in the 60’s and had been on the appointed ‘young persons’committee of the original ‘Outlook’ Club, an experience which no doubt prompted him, via his dad Charles, to open the Kave Dwellers Club at Billingham. As the son of a large, successful local Contractor / Builder, Brian always seemed to have a ‘few quid’ around him and whilst we, his contemporaries, were relying on public transport or second-hand Lambrettas to get around, he had a brand new MGB convertible (in British Racing green)that had in it an amazing ‘sound system’ that played 45 rpm ‘singles’, much in the fashion of a modern in-car CD player. I also have memories of that seminal ‘Otis Blue’ album. There was a typical ’60’s all night party held at a house in Brentnall St, M’bro,the year of its release 1965, at which what seemed like every 18-20 yr old from the ‘Outlook’ attended. Early next morning, I awoke on the sofa surrounded by other ‘bodies’ to hear the sound of that Otis Redding album repeatedly playing in another room, due to the ‘arm’ being left in the off-position, on the ubiquitous Dansette record-player. As I switched it off, I noticed scrawled on the over-mantle mirror in lipstick, ‘Brian Warne was here’. Brian was a pal of ours, and a bit of a ‘face’in the Outlook crowd. He had left the party earlier to walk his girlfriend home along the ‘Wilderness Rd’ to Thornaby.
    Tragically, later that day, we learned that he had been killed by a drunk-driver whilst cycling home along the same road, after borrowing his girlfriends bike.

  31. I did go to the Outlook club when I was at secretarial college in Middlesbrough at Pickerings College by the Exchange as lived in Redcar. I did also attend the opening night of The Scene and saw the Rattles with a couple of mates. My late mother and late stepfather Nelson and Margaret Appleyard had some connections in the music world and we all got in without a ticket I believe. The KD club here in mentioned. My real father, a Mr. Ronald Walker, worked at Charles Tennent and they built the KD Club which I believe Brian Tennant ran. I recall going to see Zoot Money at the KD club one evening and then a few of us went over to Brian’s flat nearby and he played an album Otis Blue which I never forgot and rushed out to buy it. I did eventually buy a CD of it. I often wondered what happened to Brian Tennant. Seemed to disappear. Sad to say I do not get back to Teesside much as I have lived out here in Los Angeles for the past 25 years and a lot of family have passed on. Thanks for the memories all of you.

  32. Perhaps the final word, regarding the above appearance of The Rolling Stones at the Outlook Club lays with a website I recently discovered that compares ‘now and then’ U.K. prices. If, as John McCoy states in his posting above, the band were paid £65.00 for the gig back in 1963, this evidently equates to apprx £1010.00 in present day value. Similarly, the 10 shilling entry price (for guests)works out at around £7.80. I have copy of the contract that John McCoy (when later at The Kirk) received for another star in their ascendancy, i.e. Jimi Hendrix who was paid £50.00 in 1967 for his appearance there. This figure, apprx 3-years later, equates to a mere £677.00! That same year, I recall starting work at the Evening Gazette, and my first pay-slip shows I earned £10.00 per week….it seems that I was therefore on ‘good money’ aged just 19. Just where did it all go?

  33. I recall hitch-hiking up from the Newport Bridge to get to the K.D. Club on a fairly regular basis.We also used to hitch home afterwards. On one occasion I hitched up there with my pal guitarist Bob McConnell. Our pal Denny Chatto ,drummer with ‘The Firefly’s’who were appearing that night at the club,and in those halcyon student-days of being perma-skint, had previously arranged to ‘sneak’ us both in, via the emergency doors adjacent to the main front entrance which led to the ‘entry staircase’and cash-desk. We’d been waiting sometime in the cold for Denny to appear, when two ‘Teddy-boy’ type drunks,(who’d come out of The Black Horse’) and somewhat older than ourselves, started mouthing-off at us. Suddenly one of them pulled a huge kitchen-knife out of his inside pocket! Bob immediately took off one way, and being cornered, (and terrified) I then ran into the KD’s front entrance, bounded up the stairs, and kept going straight thru’ the lobby, past the Cash-desk and into the Gents. A few moments later the door swung slightly open, and the voice of no less than Mrs Tennant, mother of the owner Brian and matriarchal ‘taker-of-the cash’, shouted in the doorway ‘young man…you, I believe, owe me 3/6d!….I’m waiting’ The best laid plans, eh?

  34. I remember the opening night at the KD Club when they had an open-topped bus to take you home. 20+ lads got on only to be told at Middlesbrough Town Hall that it was going home to Berwick Hills and not Billingham as they expected. a long walk home that night

  35. ‘The opening night ‘headliner’ band at The Scene in Albert Rd, Middlesbrough in early ’64 was, as Brian Swales correctly pointed out, The Rattles from Hamburg. They were supported by John McCoy’s own band The Crawdaddies. The interior walls were in fact painted red and had some large facsimile ‘block printed’ Victorian advertising-posters (from ‘Dodo’s’in London) applied around the various areas. The club had been designed and decorated by John Stonehouse and Dave Borwell two senior-students from M’bro College of Art. The story of the peeling walls, became legendary, as most customers went home that night bearing some trace of the red paint on their clothing. It seems that the emulsion paint had been applied, that very day, to walls which already had a thin coating of condensation on them (no dehumidifiers back then). As a consequence, the paint could not ‘stick’ to the walls and though dry ‘on the top’ it floated off like those ‘tattoo transfers’ we used to soak in water and apply to our arms as kids. Customers quickly found that they could actually ‘draw’ their names on the walls by using only their fingers. Similarly, as the night progressed, the floor paint also began to lift, and woe betide those who had ventured out, proudly sporting their finest suede Beatle-boots that evening. Another amusing story, was when The Nashville Teens (only hit ‘Tobacco Road’) appeared at the Scene. It seems that they required a piano on stage, so John McCoy was obliged to negotiate the ‘loan’ of the ancient bar-piano from The Wellington Pub at the other end of Albert Rd. Having no means of transporting it, the said ‘Joanna’ was pushed by five lads (inc Buff and Macca Harding) along the pavement of Albert Rd on its tiny brass castor-wheels, most of which fell off en-route. This occurrence, leaving the lads no choice but to then drag the poor instrument the final 100-feet from the Corporation Hotel corner. Whether or not the piano desperately required the services of an experienced piano-tuner after such a perilous journey, I have no idea.

  36. I remember playing at the Scene Club with Del and the Falcons in Jan 1965, we supported Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders. We hadn’t expected them to turn up as they had just charted with Um Um Um Um Um Um (!), but they did AND then taught us their new single ‘The Game if Love’ as we all sat backstage afterwards. Great times!
    I don’t remember the purple decor though!…

  37. On the subject on the Scene club in Middlesbrough. I remember going there with a friend on the opening night hoping to get in, but is was impossible as there were hundreds in the queue outside. I’m sure the group that were due to appear that opening night was a German group called the Rattles who had a minor hit in the UK in 1964 with ‘Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah’. They had played alongside the Beatles in Hamburg. Perhaps the Rattles were the support group for the Four Pennies.

  38. I was at the opening night of the Scene. If I remember rightly the Four Pennies played. The place was painted that dingy purple of the time, and by the end of the evening the floor was swimming in condensation and my shoes were covered in purple gunk from the paint.

  39. As mentioned, I remember the scene – an old gas board showroom where the paint came off the walls if you touched them. Also saw the animals and Cliff Bennet and the Rebel Rousers. I also remember seeing the queue on opening night from the committee rooms of the Municipal Buildings, Middlesbrough.

  40. Just found this site. I was there at the Stones/Hollies gig. Some friends and I went down to Outlook during the afternoon hoping the Hollies might be around before the gig. No sign of them, but some other cool looking guys came in. One of them came up to our table and asked if we knew where the Corporation Hotel was. I walked up the stairs with him and out into the street to point it out. So I spoke with one of the Stones, but because I didn’t know of them then I don’t even know which one it was! There were some great nights at Outlook and the Kirk. Cyril Davies and Long John were favourites, and later the Steam Packet at the Kirk. The Crawdaddies were pretty good too, and I had the good fortune to work in Alan Fearnley’s record shop on Saturdays. I’ve been a blues fan ever since.

  41. I remember John Mayalls Bluesbreakers featuring Eric Clapton playing the KD club in Billingham and also Bruce Thomas from Eaglescliffe playing in a band called The Machine, I think he was still working at the Gazette.

  42. Yes, I remember Eugene McCoy’s band, I remember it as The Elastic Band, but there again it could just as easily have been The Rubber Band.

  43. I spent many an afternoon sitting under the stairs at the ‘Purp’ listening to Micky M practice the blues licks that he mastered so expertly and make a terrific career out of… and then there was the Manfred Mann gig at the Coatham/Red Lion – best gig ever…
    so, a thanks to John and Mrs Mac and Eugene for the memories and the magic..
    Anyone remember the “Rubber Band” or is it just me?

  44. As young gals, we remember The Outlook and The Scene very well. Sometimes we had to walk from Middlebsrough to Stockton/Hartburn. Great website, keep the memories flooding in!

  45. I’m never surprised to find out… just what you can ‘find out’ by trawling the Internet. For instance, the band that preceeded the Stones/Hollies gig shown above, i.e on the Friday night of July 12th were Ian Crawford and The Boomerangs. This band ( like The Hollies) were part of the early ’60’s Manchester ‘beat-boom’ (which as Liverpool iconically also did at that time), produced a profusion of groups. It appears that the lead-singer Ian Crawford was a Brit-born Australian who had enjoyed some minor success ‘darn under’ in his early teens and had come back over to the UK to pusue his career. Unfortunately, he seems to have disappeared without trace. However, his father’s company Crawford Productions in Oz, were an early TV production crew that some years later brought us such notable (??) day-time TV programmes such as ‘The Sullivans’ and ‘Flying Doctors’. Dad certainly fared a tad better in the entertainment business…he evidently received a knighthood!

  46. The north east has produced three world class vocalists over the last 40 odd years. Paul Rogers, David Coverdale and Eric Burdon.

  47. With reference to Tony Hargan’s posting (immediately above) it’s gratifying to note that ‘local lad made good’ rock-singer Paul Rodgers, is about to be awarded an Honorary Doctrate of Letters by Teesside University later this month. Paul now resides in Vancouver, Canada.

  48. I remember working in a bar about 15 years ago and a girl came up to me and said “Your my dad’s favourite DJ” when I asked her who her dad was, the answer “Paul Rogers”.I only wish I had more photo’s from those day although I have one of the Crawdaddys at the Red Lion in Redcar. Another I have is me with some of my friends in the 60’s at the Raglan in Zetland Rd. It includes Kenny Todd, Billy Rowney & Bob Purvess(Rip). The only photo’s I have are of me at the Kirk in about 77′.

  49. On the day that the city of Gary, Indiana, U.S.A. is mourning the death of it’s most famous son, Michael Jackson, maybe we should refer (as mentioned within the posts just above) to possibly one of Stockton’s most ‘iconic’ musician sons, bass-player Bruce Thomas. It is quite amazing that three local musicians, from one local band,’The Roadrunners’ were able to carve out life-long, and highly successful, individual careers in rock-music. Bruce’s huge contribution to the rise n’ rise of Elvis Costello, as bassist in his backing band ‘The Attractions’ is well recognised, and fully appreciated wthin the music iindustry. In fact, it was when Bruce became ‘ an author’ and wrote a novel,’The Big Wheel’, a thinly veiled account of lfe on the road with an ‘arrogant and grandiose’ singer, that Mr Costello, after reading it, split the band up (1996). Thereby almost proving Bruce Thomas’s point! Bruce wrote two more books, one of which is regarded as the ‘definitive’ biography on another Bruce, kung-fu maestro Bruce Lee, entitled ‘Fighting Spirit’.His talents as a bass-player have subsequently placed him alongside artistes such as Paul McCartney,Mick jagger, Suzanne Vega, John Wesley Harding, et al. It is further rumoured, that he was sought as the replacement bass-player for seminal rock-band, The Who, after the sudden death of the legendary John Entwhistle. Spooky that, because as a young 17yr old, I recall Bruce knocking out the complicated bass-riffs to their ‘Can’t Explain’ and ‘My Generation’ tracks, with instant, and accomplished, ease, as we rehearsed in manager Davey Rea’s old ice-cream van garage, off Cannon St, M’bro back in 1966, A raging talent even then.

  50. Yes i think it would have been me.. I use to be a girl about town.. always eying up the nice looking guys. I remember Bari Cohan and Terry Maughan rings a bell. Micky Moody band used to play at Roseworth youth club amongst other places.. his friend was Paul Rodgers of Free. Their group then was called The Roadrunners. Micky went on to play with Whitesnake and Juicy Lucy. He recently brought a book out and I got a nice mention!! I was over the moon… I wrote to him to ask if it was definately me and he was kind enough to reply and say yes!!!! Bless him.. not everyone would have taken the time to reply. I loved his book, it mentions Mccoys, Kirk etc… oh the wonderful old days!!! I hope someone does bring a book out with all the old pics, it would be wonderful – John Mccoy take note, you must have some of mccoys!, purple onion. I love this site.. Thanks to Peter Jordison for lots of comments – keep them coming!

  51. Strange how one subject leads to another, especially when faced with someone’s name from long ago. Back in 1971-73, I was involved in the opening of a large ‘mens boutique’ called ‘Spirit’ which occupied the former site of ‘Barry’s’ Electrical & T.V. shop,
    on Yarm Lane corner and The High St, S/ton (opp The Swallow),
    Also involved, were Terry Maughan and Bari Chohan. It’s now a Solicitors offices I believe. Was it the same Chrissie Reeves that used to come in, with her friends, and chat with us all on Sat afternoons and meet up again with us, for a drink later in The Fiesta, Inn Cognito, Electric Onion and sundry other places around Stockton at that time?The staff, and ourselves, all used to go out together on weekends, we were the best-dressed guys in town! We should have been….all our suits, ‘suitably’ dry-cleaned, went back on the sales-racks on a Monday morning!!

  52. Can’t check your provenance there Chrissie, as I loaned my copy to Steve Williams (formerly of John McCoy’s Blues DeLuxe band) last year. However, Mick Moody’s own website, Mickymoody.com has a guest-book page, so you an ask him yourself. He’ll no doubt get back to you. I was back then, a sit-in member of the band that Micky describes in his book as being ‘somewhat better at playing with their managers till… than their instruments’, this in the section regarding bass-player Bruce Thomas joining his band The Roadrunners, from ours. The manager in that case being Davey Rea, Thankfully, I was not present when the ‘purloining’ of paper bags full of threepenny bits n’ tanners went on.

  53. I’ve just managed to aquire Micky Moodys book “playing with trumpets”. I think I’m the girl on page 59 called Christine at Roseworth club. Chris Bailey, if you ever manage to get in touch with Mick will you please ask him if it was me? I’d love to know one way or another. Tony Hargan, I bought some of your old records from a charity shop a year or so ago and gave them to my son who collects a wide variety of music.. thanks. I was also one of the Mccoys, Kirk, Twisted wheel clan – oh such happy times. If anyone out there reads this from old days please put your old pics on.. see if I can remember any of you! My memory is not brill. I love this site..

  54. Ah, the Purple Onion, what memories. We hung out there when we were supposed to be studying at the M’bro Library, which was just round the corner. But back to the point – I recall seeing the Who at the dive next door (?) to the Onion, which was two houses with the attics connected. You went in one, went through the roof area, and then down into the “club”. Anyone remember what it was called or when the Who played there? Had to be 1965/66.
    I also saw John McCoy and the Crawdaddies frequently, as my girlfriend had a crush on him. Playing feedback on the amps at the M’Bro Town Hall is a particularly vivid memory.

  55. Am I going to be the only GIRL to have frequented “The Outlook Club?” Since it appears that only the boys are contributing to the talk about it. Many happy times spent there, I wonder what happened to the old clique? Joyce Addison, Barry Marshall, John Jones, Mike Peel, Chris, Mike Walker, amd many more. We also really enjoyed “The Purple Onion” Another of John McCoys ventures I do believe. I particularly remember an evening when Long John Baldry sang there. A really great time had by all.

  56. I recently received an email from Andrew Loog-Oldham the former 20yr old “enfant terrible” early “60”s co-manager of the Rolling Stones, along with Eric Easton.In the email, he suggests that the band may have taken the Outlook gig to 1) Basically “sound out” the Northern U.K.scene, as they did not think that their sound would go down too well up here, or 2) On a recommendation from Cyril Davies/Long John Baldry,or 3) “Knowing Eric Easton (the bands booking manager),…for the very large fee!”(£65) Mr Loog-Oldham is now a House Music/Garage D.J.on a Californian radio-station, still at the cutting edge in his 6th decade!

  57. I”ve heard reference to a night after a Cyril Davies & The R&B Allstars gig at the Outlook Club when there was a big fight in the coach outside? Can anyone elaborate? We would really like to include comments re: this incident – or any memories of Cyril – on our web site dedicated to his life and acomplishments. Cheers!

  58. Like Tony Hargan, I was a bit puzzled by that Russ Sainty booking at the KD Club as I could not recollect the name, until a bit of keyboard work found his website! Seems he is still performing at age 70, and has just written a book….rock-on! The Hoochie Coochie Men was a band formed out of the “harmonica-led” Cyril Davies R&B All-stars (appeared at the Outlook May 63) after Cyril suddenly died in “64, L.J.Baldry”s co singer in the band, was a young man called Rod Stewart, whom I recall at that time, took to the stage in a straw-boater, and striped boating blazer. This was his “Rod the Mod” period. Former “Deep Purple” keyboard man Jon Lord, and a few “Ozzies” have just formed a band called “The Hoochie Coochie Men”, and seem (on their web-site) to have congratulated themselves upon finding a really “original” band name. “Time to think again lads?”

  59. My sister has just found a couple of cuttings from the Gazette, one of them announces the opening of the Kave Dwellers Club feat Russ Sainty & the Nu-Notes? On the next night you had 1234 Five & the Crawdaddies. The other cutting featured the Redcar Jazz Club with Long John Baldry & the Hoochie Coochie Men, for the support bands you had the Crawdaddies & the Tempests.

  60. Many thanks to C.W. for forwarding a copy of that “Outlook News” publication to me. A simple, “Gestetner” duplicated couple of sheets, produced on a typewriter,. It is a far cry from the mass of full-colour, graphic designer inspired, club-flyers” we see littering the reception areas, and cash-desks, of hairdressers and fashion-shops these days. There is a list of six “Committee members” shown, one of whom is a B.Tennet whose address is given as Osmotherley. I”m sure this was Brian Tennet son of Charles, who owned the large S”ton builders and contractors, Tennet & Co. This family later went on to create the K.D. (“Kave Dwellers”) club at Billingham in “66, where many other great “60”s bands and artistes appeared. In later years, these premises became the “Visions” pub on Station Rd. As far as the fashion store element of the Outlook premises are concerned, and in case you thought designer-clothes and high-pricing was a recent phenomenon, there is an example of a ladies coat listed “.. in finest Swedish cloth, with a blue-fox collar”. This coat is on sale at “twenty five and a half guineas”, which, in index-conversion of prices, i.e.1963 to 2009 would make it around £500-£600 or more!! Mind you they do draw attention to a new “budgetary” fashion department, as well as a the ladies shoe-section. After shopping during the day you could go downstairs into the “club” (or basement) and enjoy a Hamburger for 1/6d (8p) or a Cheeseburger for 2/-(10p) whilst listening to “popular music”. John McCoy is welcomed back in “his own right” appearing alongside the Mike Whitehead band(?) on Oct 12th 1963.

  61. Just wanted to reinforce the various comments that it is wonderful to see some entries here from John McCoy himself, and to add my thanks to him for being responsible for giving us all so much fabulous music. My enduring memory of the Outlook was the night that the driver”s side sliding door on the Road Runners” old Bedford van came completely off its runners and fell onto the ground in Dave Usher”s haste to get into the club, much to the mirth of the folks in the queue at the Odeon accross the road. I saw Eugene last summer John, and spent a great evening with him at the Tontine reminisicing. I think of Bottomley Street and the Kirk every time I look at a photograph of Joe. Kind regards to you and yours from Toronto.

  62. Sorry, missed off George Bruno “Zoot” Money and the Big Roll Band. They did appear at Mr McCoys, and The Kirk. Owner, John McCoy, was a big pal of Zoot”s (George), and his eldest son is called Bruno. Zoot later took up acting on TV and in films. His “Zoot Money & The Big Roll Band-Live at The Marquee “66” album is still available on CD.

  63. I”ll look forward to that C.W., many thanks. You can ask Picture Stockton for my email address. As for artistes and groups at Mr McCoys I can say that Spencer Davis, The Small Faces and The Hollies did NOT appear there. However, Chris Farlowe and Jimmy Saville did! Chris Farlowe and The Thunderbirds (featuring guitar legend Albert Lee) appeared the night of the release of his No.1 single “Out of Time”in “66. On the “60”s Group from Stockton” page (on this same site) I related the occasion of Jimmy Savilles visit to the club, during which he “magic-markered” his signature in huge letters across the dressing room wall, using a huge dollar-sign for the “S” in his surname.

  64. Just found a copy of a poster anouncing the opening of Mr McCoys. According to it the forthcoming attractions include – Spencer Davis – The Small Faces – Zoot Money – Chris Farlowe – The Hollies and also Jimmy Saville. I”m not that sure if any of them played there?

  65. I thought the Outlook News might be interesting to somebody. I think it may have been in an old box and just forgotten about over the years, it says it was sent out with the membership card. It would be a shame if the details were just lost so I will get a copy of it for you Chris. On the back page it also has details of forthcoming bands although I must admit I cant remember any of them.

  66. I am amazed to read that you have an original copy of the Outlook News, C.W. As a local collector of all material relevant to the “60”s on Teesside (sad I know, but it keeps me off the streets) I would be more than pleased to receive an A3 or A4 photocopy of that publication. Obviously, I would be willing to cover any costs and postage involved. You can obtain my email address by contacting the Picture Stockton Team.

  67. I would go to the Outlook on a saturday afternoon to the kids club as I was to young to attend in the evening. Once McCoys was open in Bottomley street it was all go for me. I remember being there the first night to see Georgie Fame, and later on the Who, Stevie Wonder the Alan Bown set and many more. Later I spoke to John and he gave me a copy of the bill he had made with all the appearing guests who were due to on. Brilliant club and no drugs.

  68. I have a copy of the first Outlook news dated october 1963. It has the names of the committee on the front and a message from the chairman, it also has the prices of snacks from the grill. Inside it does state that this is the first edition and it gives the names of some of the groups that have already appeared which includes the Rolling Stones, the Hollies, the Searchers and the Mersey Beats. Included are the prices of some of the clothes you were able to buy upstairs in the shop.

  69. What I remember most about the Outlook was the number of Liverpool bands booked including The Searchers, The Undertakers, Rory Storm & The Hurricanes, Earl Preston & The TTs etc. I remember seeing Cyril Davies and for me one of the great live club bands at the time – Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers.

  70. Congratulations, and well done, to Brian Swales for resurrecting this small piece of history…it being carried over from discussions on the “Local 60″s group from Stockton” page on this site. Thanks should also be extended to the site moderators for publishing the item, especially as The Outlook Club was in Middlesbrough and not Stockton. In the absence of any comment from John McCoy to Brian Swales question re: “The Alcove” I can only presume this was to do with matters contractual re; bands, etc in attempt to separate the “club” activity in the basement, from the department/fashion store i.e. retail activities, on the floors above, which also traded under The Outlook name. If anyone recalls, the main seating & table areas were arranged in slightly raised “alcoves” around the walls. The basement, functioned as a coffee-bar during the day, which also served light-lunches. A separate rear s/case connected it to the ground floor of the retail areas.

  71. I started my apprenticeship at Cargo Fleet steelworks in 1963, it was a very exciting time musically in the Midbro area,John McCoy and the Crawdaddies were an inspirational group for our generation. I lived in Loftus at the time and saw the band in Redcar Coatham and loved dancing at the Kerklevington, those imported American records were fantastic

  72. I too would like to thank John McCoy for providing some of the most enjoyable nights out I have had in my life, first at the Red Lion at Redcar, then the Outlook Club in Middlesbrough and ultimately the Kirklevington Country Club, dancing to the Crawdaddies and the many soon-to-be-superstars he brought to the Teesside area. On more than one occasion my mates and I walked home from Redcar to Stockton on a Saturday night, having had such a great time at the Red Lion that we missed the last train home.

  73. Until I found your site I feared my childhood was just a dream. I have lived in New Zealand now for nearly 40 years and my recall. Wasn”t the Bottomley St premises just a couple of old houses with the internal walls knocked thru? I think it was a “dry” establishment, but there was a pub just around the corner (The Corporation?) I recall the cloakroom was upstairs and the dancefloor downstairs with a cafe attached? I and my chums from St Marys College and Convent used to frequent it on Friday nites and the Cafe( if one could describe it as such )was THE meeting spot when Saturday Arvo shopping in town. I still play the old Stax and Altantic stuff from that time when I”m driving on a long trip. I think my uncle Jack Edgar used to play brassin a band with one of the McCoy brothers and I do remember Eugene . Thanks for the memories .

  74. Nice to see John McCoy’s reply to this advertisement of when the Rolling Stones & The Hollies played the Outlook Club in July 1963, but his comments have left me a little confused! Although I wasn’t there this particular night several of my friends were and remember this memorable night at the Outlook. I only ever remember going to one club in basement . . . the Outlook, never the Alcove! So perhaps John McCoy could explain why the need for a “Separate I.D.” for the basement club, and why the Alcove appears on the Stones contract and not the Outlook!

  75. I”d like to thank John McCoy for the happy days i spent at his club in Bottomley Street, Middlesbrough! Mccoys.. i absolutely loved it. please if you have any photos or memories of the time will you put them on here? ill be eternally grateful. thanking you in anticipation.


  77. Talking about John McCoy, I seem to remember him putting on early gigs by, among others, the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Traffic at the Kirkleavington country club in the late 60″s/early 70″s, but can”t be sure “cos my memories of the period are rather hazy (can”t think why) Anyone remember clearly?

  78. I was at The Outlook that night.Never forgot it.Why? Because Mick Jagger and The Stones were different then, with their introduction of american style blues ,it was exciting to listen to. I”ve been a blues fan ever since. Another night I won”t forget in 63 ,was at The Coatham Redcar at sunday nights Jazz Club, where we went every sunday to listen to all the jazz bands on tour and imbibe copeous quantities of Newcastle Brown Ale! Great times. Expecting another Jazz band we were introduced that night to “Cyril Davies All Stars” from London with Alex Korner. It was quite something because they were our first introduction to a Chicago style harp blues band.The place went wild , it was quite a night. Times had changed, the popularity of Trad Jazz bands declined rapidly after Blues stars like John Lee Hooker and Sonny Boy Williamson visited. Teesside was blessed with a great evolving music scene in those years with John McCoys Crawdaddies and Long John Baldry”s Steam Packet among many others..

  79. “Just Like Me” peaked at number 25 in the UK. The Hollies must have been frequent visitors to Teesside in the 60s/70s. If I remember correctly, they gave an interview to the Evening Gazette around March 1966, about their future plans and playing the Fiesta. They also turned up and gave an interview to the local radio station (Radio Tees?) about 1972. Leslie Brown”s shop seemed full of their product, but I only found one LP “Hollies Sing Hollies” relegated to Brown”s bargin bin for 50p. I thought Brown”s were very clever putting their long record department next to the shop entrance. You had to go past it to get to the toys. Thus parents with their teenagers were first tempted into buying the records, and were later buying toys for their ever present youngsters because of guilt or complaint.

  80. That just goes to show how on the ball John McCoy was in those days by booking up and coming bands (or groups as they were known then!) who were not known outside their own area. However the Hollies first single, “(Ain”t That) Just Like Me / Hey What”s Wrong With Me” was released in May 1963. But whether it actually got into the top twenty by July I don”t know.

  81. Except the first Hollies single to reach the top twenty “Searchin” was released in August 1963, according to their official web-site. So this July advert seems a bit premature over “top twenty stars.”

  82. There has been one or two comments on Picture Stockton regarding the night The Rolling Stones played at the Outlook Club in Middlesbrough in 1963. Apparently over the years there has been some dispute as to actually where the band played that night because many references say it was at a club called the Alcove. This is probably because in Bill Wyman”s book “Rolling With The Stones”, (a detailed journal of his time with the band) he states they played at the Alcove club. However there never was a club in Middlesbrough with that name! The actual date was Saturday 13 July 1963 when the Rolling Stones played at the Outlook and it was in fact the Stones first booking out of Greater London on their first UK tour, also on the same bill were the Hollies. Just two months earlier the Stones had released their first record “Come On”. The Outlook club was run, and possibly owned, by John McCoy whose R&B band The Crawdaddies already had a regular following there. He had proved himself well in touch with the early 1960″s music scene by booking many unknown bands on the rise not only from this area but from around the country, London and even America. He had booked the Stones at the Outlook for £40. The Outlook Club was in the basement of a trendy clothes shop called Young Outlook which was on Corporation Road opposite the Odeon. Another of John McCoy”s clubs, Mr McCoy”s he booked The Who and (as he was known then) Little Stevie Wonder.

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