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She left in December to join Witches Promise and so only played the first of the two gigs at the Kinema. After signing to Transatlantic their first album tapes were lost and so it never emerged. This was followed by many other personnel changes over the years and they toured Europe extensively and ventured to America. Johnny's main aim as an entertainer has always been to make people happy. He has continuously succeeded in this over the years by mixing excellent music, brilliantly performed, with a large measure of humour.
He has a wonderful voice, which is superb in volume, clarity, tone and versatility and once heard it is never forgotten. For good measure he is also a top-notch guitarist. Long ago, in his school days, he used to listen to New Orleans Jazz. His interest really took off while he was in the Army and sang Jazz standards — Armstrong etc.
He bought a guitar and formed his own skiffle group. While playing with the Jazz bands he was often given a short solo spot. This led him to switching to solo singing as the Trad. He then turned to singing in nightclubs and restaurants in the Channel Islands.
In , when the Folk movement blossomed, he started singing in Folk Clubs, which were springing up all over the country. Since then, as a solo artiste, and for nine years as part of a duo with Dave Moses, he has remained almost certainly the leading all round entertainer on the Folk scene, singing a wide variety of songs ranging from jazz, folk, blues to country and soul, selected to suit each and every audience.
The songs are presented in an extremely professional manner, but with great humour. In addition to playing the Folk Clubs he has performed in Village Halls, Arts Centres, Concerts and Festivals all over the land and in many parts of the world.
He has been rewarded with appearances in hundreds of TV and radio programmes over the years, an early one of which was as a frequent presenter of 'Playschool'. These days, on his annual visit from Norway, his performances just get better and better, so much so that he is fast becoming a living legend.
Simone has been blessed to perform with various bands within the United States as well as being a featured artist internationally. Colin Cameron - drums Ray Gibson - drums.
It happened like this: Turning professional shortly afterwards and went off to Italy for a few months only to come home as they were short of cash. In Tom began work as a part-time DJ and in he left the band. They returned to Italy after a time where Bob met and married an Italian girl and decided to stay and joined 'The Casuals'. The others returned home having stayed there in total around two years and Colin Cameron joined. They then decided to go to London where they saw an advertisement and attended an audition in a London pub where they met John Edwards and blew everyone away!
He took them on that night and they played all over Britain and also appeared on Radio 1 shows almost weekly though the material they recorded was rejected by Decca. It started picking up major airplay in L. Many thanks to 'Big' John Thompson for much of the info.
He was born in Lochee, Dundee in They split with Michael pursuing a solo career. Bobby Eaglesham was a member of Five Hand reel. Cheevers was replaced by a sixteen year old Gary Moore in after Moore had demoed by playing tracks off a Bluesbreakers album.
The band's first single was released that year on the independent Dublin Song label. The early singles were subsequently re-recorded for their first album 'Skid' in Lynott had left the group before the first album but appears on the early single 'New Places, Old Faces' and soon after formed Thin Lizzy Moore would join that band in Skid Row's sound developed as a blend of country ballads, heavy rock, and fusion influenced by jazz music, notably Oscar Peterson and John Coltrane.
By late they had signed to CBS. In they recorded four studio sessions and two concerts for BBC Radio, only the second of the two concerts recorded in January survives. The second album, '34 Hours' was released in but their last recording with Moore on guitar was never released until The band split in only to reform in with a fluid line-up and split again in Another short-lived line-up formed in Sadly Gary Moore Died in February Reproduction is with Brian's permission only.
Contact Brian through my Feedback page. Conversation heard between two fans leaving the last Dunfermline 30th anniversary gig on Thursday 5th July We all owe a sincere "Thank You! See below for my Glen gigs review I've never been more proud to be a Skids fan from Dunfermline. These stage pseudonyms were dropped by early Russell Webb - bass, synthesizer, backing vocals, percussion, guitar, piano, tympani, Mike Baillie - drums, percussion, xylophone, vocals Other contributors on album or live: Tour Manager Clive Ford: If Dunfermline has a music hero it must surely be Stuart Adamson.
He loved the town, it's people and it's football Club Dunfermline Athletic. After Jock's departure to join the Police, 'Tattoo' split and Stuart began to put together a new band towards the end of Read it carefully again and you'll notice the use of capitals suggests the job's with a young and energetic Lochgelly radio station!
PS I've removed the phone number because it's currently still in use! Tam's Uncle Eck drove him and the kit to the audition in the all important 'van' and The Skids had all but arrived. Thankfully it didn't stick and the name they settled for is rumoured to have come about as a modification of another early idea to call themselves 'The SS Kids' but who knows?
Dunfermline Press dated 19th August page 3. Some mindless fool threw a beer glass at the stage, striking a fan on the head and causing injuries requiring stitching.
There was also controversy over the lyrical content of their anti-Communist song 'Contusion'. Stuart explained that the song was about the fact that the event wouldn't have been permitted in a Communist country, and suddenly the power went down and plugs were smashed. The Police also attended. Local opinion is divided as to whether the saboteurs were the allegedly pro-Communist ' Monolug ' or the organisers themselves. Pano championed their first gigs and founded the independent label 'No Bad' Records for their first excursion on to vinyl, which they self-financed.
Other No Bad products include: This was to be the band's most successful year when they spent thirty one weeks in the UK chart and between and , they scored ten British hits, half of them reaching the top Overall they spent sixty weeks in the UK singles chart.
The Skids' music was characterised by huge hypnotic chant-laden anthems that demanded that every soul in earshot must leap around in a barely controlled manic fashion that suggested the floor had suddenly been connected to the national grid. I think it best if I avoid comment on their choice of stage clothing. The cracks began to really show when Stuart walked out of the recording sessions for the debut album and the band. Consequently some tracks featured a session guitarist before Stuart was persuaded to return to the band and the sessions.
This would be the first of several such 'disappearances' which continued occasionally even in his days with Big Country. The Skids could certainly never described as ordinary or predictable. They were well liked amongst other local bands of which they were very supportive. Click the flashing red LED for a personal memory by the author.
Their sound was hugely matured and evolved by one of Stuart's heroes, Bill Nelson though as expected, not everyone was happy with the electronic additions so apparent on their second album 'Days In Europa' The cover of the album too drew criticism from the press with it's Aryan imagery, reminiscent of the Berlin Olympics and gothic font. Virgin later replaced the cover with a much less memorable black sleeve for the later re-issue re-mixed by Bruce Fairbairn to make it more palatable for the Yanks and with a different track-listing which replaced 'Pros And Cons' with 'Masquerade'.
Bizarrely though, the first album cover makes an appearance on the second one as a picture on the wall of the scene and the same scene appears on the rear cover though the picture on the wall is of the their first album 'Scared to Dance'!
Some of these tunes were later played live. Mike left after a particularly unhappy period in April Stuart would later form the massively successful Big Country with Bruce Watson , previously of local band Delinx. They would go on to sell more than 20 million albums.
By January The Skids were no-more, with Jobson already pursuing a career in modelling and poetry. He once claimed to be the highest paid male model in the country! He has since been married for 3 years to, and divorced from, Mariella Frostrup and had a highly successful career in TV journalism, presenting and film direction. Bill Simpson emigrated to Australia then returned home to Scotland where he still lives today. He played drums in the house band called 'Real Deal' who play rock covers and it is alleged that he can also turn his hand to singing some Sinatra!
He too has now returned to Scotland. Tragically after a hugely successful twenty-year worldwide career with Big Country on December 16, Stuart Adamson was found dead in a hotel room in Hawaii. He had been missing for several weeks from his Nashville, Tennessee home. The official verdict was suicide. Many fans, friends and family members attended a moving memorial service on January 27th in The Carnegie Hall in his adopted hometown of Dunfermline.
I feel the whole affair was most apt. Later, towards the end of the gig, it was impossible not to cry as I lost count of the number of choruses of 'Chance' we all sang.
Oh Lord, I never felt so low". The web site began to draw massive support from their still fanatical following for a more formal gathering open to the public and pressure began to mount for a more complete reformation.
Richard writes in the sleeve notes: Then in April the news we'd all been waiting for, In the may they announced a live 9-track session would be broadcast on DJ Billy Sloan's show on local radio station 'Clyde One' on July 1st. Along with a two-part extensive interview with Ricky, they played Melancholy Soldiers,.
Then even better news! The original date 5th July sold-out in two hours and caused the Carnegie Hall box-office to crash for several days! The 4th July was immediately added and sold-out a few days later. More than ticket sales in a week - not bad for a band who split 25 years ago! With a substantial guest list and additional late ticket sales, each gig was witnessed by approx ecstatic fans.
Wednesday 4th July They were OK but I don't feel it would be fair to judge them under these circumstances as my mind was too full of Skids expectation. They certainly need to learn some stagecraft though.
The raised stage was unremarkable except for a video screen at the rear which refused to work on the Wednesday and a substantial array of what looked to me like pretty impressive amplification and PA set-up though I confess to knowing next to nothing of these matters any more.
I have seldom been more wrong. The band came on to the intro from 'Peaceful Times' which eventually morphed into 'Animation'. It was at this precise point that I wondered if the floor had been connected to the National Grid! Grown men who should and probably do know better were sucked back thirty years to experience massive involuntary muscular seizures and became young punks all over again. Many had no idea why they were behaving like this again, they only knew it felt very good, they had no choice and they would do it until either the music or their hearts stopped.
I'm guessing the band, and Richard in particular, were probably pretty nervous as Dunfermline has a reputation for spectacular indifference, however these guys were more like a Glasgow audience - If they don't like you, you're gonna know it. However if they do Suffice it to say I had decided to observe the evening as a calm muso, carefully assimilating the show so I could make educated comment at a later stage. It felt exactly the same. I've not felt it before or since and I don't expect to ever feel it again.
The set was the better part of two hours though it seemed more like 20 minutes. Much to his credit he performed as if no time had passed at all and we were all 17 again. Mike Baillie - fluid, solid concrete drums. Did I mention that Jane Button is very beautiful? I had my trusty attenuating earplugs in and so still have all some hearing left. They also allow you to hear the music clearly and so I can attest to there being precious few mistakes although the more obvious ones were immediately forgiven.
The reaction at the end of the set wasn't quite as tumultuous as I'd expected, but I discovered why when I returned to the company of my friends, I'd probably shouted my last in the second hour and not noticed! I then also noticed that the ceiling was leaking. I had wondered why the roadies were wiping the amps down with towels. Thursday 5th July Ricky was suffering from post gig joint pain and spent the whole afternoon stretching his aching limbs. The band was universally gracious and generous with their time and signatures for around three hours while chatting to their disciples and preparing to muster enough reserves to do it all again.
The Thursday gig was even more special as I was accompanied by my wife Margaret, my life-long friend Dr. Neill Martin keyboards with Trax and his lovely wife, Anastasia. It was quite simply incandescent. My legs faired little better but you don't notice after a bit. The set list was broadly similar, though Vambo was dropped altogether in favour of more original gear. Having saturated the ceiling on the first night, the perspiration rain began even earlier and several shirts were completely discarded unfortunately by blokes and the roadies had to towel down the equipment again.
I think many were quite choked as we saw Stuart looking over the assembled mass approvingly from the projection screen and we remembered one of our leaders was missing.
I certainly augmented my contribution to the humidity with a few tears. Walking through the surrounding Pittencreiff Park The Glen we over heard the following: Friday 6th July A few were allowed up into the third floor flat above the pub where Stuart occasionally stayed and we continued suitably reverential conversations about what had been and what might have been.
I then staggered home to begin winding down. I can honestly say that it took me two days to come down from the experiences of those preceding three and have felt somewhat hollow since. I didn't go to 'T in The Park' but have heard many stories and watched the on-line footage.
It seems they didn't disappoint the , there either. I understand that Ricky had Cortisone injections in his knees to allow him to get through the performance having damaged same in Dunfermline on the Thursday.
To those in 'working men's Dunfermline' who perceive him as pretentious i. He paid several great tributes to his friend Stuart and spoke for us all who miss him.
Hope that's given you a flavour of a few nights those who witnessed them shall never forget. Alas it'll never happen again. If only the gigs could have been in the ballroom.
How typical of a Scot to still find a grain of dissatisfaction. The graft involved in building this site has been and remains well worth it, purely for this alone. How joyous to be a kid again. Ricky claimed that the 'Tin The Park' gig will be in the words of a certain Mr. David Bowie "the last show we'll ever do".
Though my heart says they should tour the UK extensively one last time, my head says "finish at the top boys". Unsurprisingly, tickets were sold-out. Illustrated Discography with UK chart positions. Sweet Suburbia compilation same tracks as 'Dunfermline' CD. The first four sessions above were performed by the original line-up: The definitive Skids fan site incl a forum can be found here: The official site can be found here: The connection with Charlton being that their ground is known as 'The Valley'.
For those of you unable to decipher the lyrics to 'TV Stars', here's what I hear: We do also speak politics to you today. Eddie's Tammy, Stanley's Chamois. Live in the Glen Thursday 5th July The Skinflints are a rock 'n' roll band from Glasgow currently working on their debut album with Blacksugar records. Barry Skinner started singing Folk Songs in the late 's. He formed the Coventry Folk Club in and sang full time professionally from to In sixteen years on the road he sang in innumerable folk clubs throughout the British Isles as well as at concerts, festivals, colleges etc.
Along with over TV and Radio appearances, three solo LPs and various compilation albums, it turned into a very busy and enjoyable sixteen years. Barry had always had a great love, knowledge and interest in the canals and had for many years featured a programme of slides and songs about canals. He also appeared on many programmes about canals on radio and TV during this period. Barry sings both Traditional and Contemporary songs, as well as many of his own compositions. He plays guitar and banjo and is accompanied on the keyboard by his partner, Anne.
Together they guarantee an entertaining and enjoyable evening. Originally recording as 'The 'N Betweens', this UK quartet performed regularly in the Midlands in the Spring of , playing an unusual mixture of soul standards, juxtaposed with a sprinkling of hard rock items.
He insisted that they change their name to Ambrose Slade and it was under that moniker that they recorded Beginnings. Chaff on the winds of opportunity, they next fell into the hands of former Animals bass player-turned-manager, Chas Chandler. He abbreviated their name to Slade and oversaw their new incarnation as a skinhead group for the stomping "Wild Winds Are Blowing".
Their image as "bovver boys", complete with cropped hair and Dr Marten boots, provoked some scathing press from a media sensitive to youth culture violence. While growing their hair and cultivating a more colourful image, they retained their aggressive musicianship and screaming vocals for the bluesy cover version of "Get Down And Get With It", which reached the UK Top 20 in Under Chandler's guidance, Holder and Lea began composing their own material, relying on distinctive riffs, a boot-stomping beat and sloganeering lyrics, usually topped off by a deliberately mis-spelt title.
Their finest moment was 's "Merry Xmas Everybody", one of the great festive rock songs and a perennial favourite. Unpretentious and proudly working-class, the band appealed to teenage audiences who cheered their larynx-wrenching singles and gloried in their garish yet peculiarly masculine forays into glam rock. Holder, clearly no sex symbol, offered a solid, cheery image, with Dickensian side whiskers and a hat covered in mirrors, while Hill took tasteless dressing to marvellous new extremes.
Largely dependent upon a young, fickle audience, and seemingly incapable of spreading their parochial charm to the USA, Slade's supremacy was to prove ephemeral. They participated in a movie, Flame, which was surprisingly impressive, and undertook extensive tours, yet by the mids they were yesterday's teen heroes.
The ensuing punk explosion made them virtually redundant and prompted in the appropriately titled Whatever Happened To Slade. Undeterred they carried on just as they had done in the late 60s, awaiting a new break. An appearance at the Reading Festival brought them credibility anew. This performance was captured on the Alive At Reading '80 EP, which pushed the band into the UK singles chart for the first time in three years. The hits subsequently dried up and in the late 80s the original quartet, while never officially splitting up, began working on other projects.
They last appeared together in February Slade are one of the few bands to have survived the heady days of glitter and glam with their reputation intact and are regarded with endearing affection by a wide spectrum of age groups. However, it appears that their creative peak is way behind them, as highlighted by the emergence in the mids of the derivative Slade II minus Holder and Lea.
In stark contrast, the compilation Feel The Noize received outstanding reviews in the UK, heralding a mini-glam rock revival. Lea has released several singles under various pseudonyms, while Holder has become a popular all-round television personality, co-starring in the ITV sitcom The Grimleys, and also hosted a regular 70s rock programme on Manchester's Piccadilly Radio.
The cancelled gig Tour Poster. August 29 saw the release of "Where Have All the Boot Boys Gone" - 3 minutes of unadulterated power and aggression that had a marked effect in laying the foundation to the early 80's Oi! Late November 77 saw the release of their second Decca single "Dare To Blame" and it was promoted by a short tour of London venues like the Marquee, The Nashville, Dingwalls, and a national tour with Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers.
For February "Quick Joey Small" 7" Slaughter were augmented by a guest appearance by Mick Ronson, but even his presence couldn't help kick this cover of a 60's classic into the charts. But by the time of the final release "Do It Dog Style" on June 13 the band had split up for the 1st time. It looked like the world had heard the last of Slaughter and the Dogs, but two of the founder members Mick Rossi and bassist Howard Bates formed a new band - Studio Sweethearts.
It was announced on July 26 through the music press the band was back. A few more gigs followed before the release on November 8th of the single "You're Ready Now". The Sounds review stated, "Great fun, I never knew they were this good".
The single was promoted by 3 sold-out nights at the London Marquee, though this sudden surge in popularity wasn't enough to persuade Wayne Barrett to stay with the band and he quit in early to pursue a career on his own song writing. His vinyl debut came courtesy of March 's "East Side Of Town" 45 which was quickly followed by the album "Bite Back" - both releases issued under the shortened name Slaughter.
June 25th saw the release of the single "I'm The One". But eventually lack of chart success led to Rossi quitting in August '80 - putting the Dogs down for the next 16 years. Mick Rossi remained the most active of the band following its demise - recording an album with ex Heavy Metal Kids vocalist Gary Holton and 2 other projects The Swingers and The Monsters.
Rumours were rife of a reunion in the early nineties after a low profile release of an album called "Shocking" on Receiver Records. Phil Glen - vocals Tommy Berry - keyboards. During February Frank Kosiba left to become a full time teacher.
Jim Ross took over the drums and the band also turned professional due to the number of gigs they were getting. Some 97 gigs at least from Jan 2nd to Jul 11th that year. All four band members are credited on both sides on both sides of the single - equal shares was the philosophy.
There were gigs in between Jan 2nd and Oct 28th. Phil Robertson left this version of the band in late August during a bust up in Wrexham of all places and they did the outstanding gigs with a roadie on bass until breaking up in October. They also played a few gigs with a band they got on well with called Stiltz. On 23rd August , after a falling out Jim Kelly decided to leave on the way to a gig leaving the other three to carry on.
The LP was shelved incomplete and only a very poor quality tape exists somewhere. Promotional pic from Bathgate Bands. Bathgate rock covers band 'Gannet' changed their name to 'Sloopy' around when original bass player Malcolm Lochrie was replaced by Andy Fairley.
They turned professional in but were finished by when they changed their name to TNT. Pano Michael Douglas "no not that one! Way back in the late seventies, Pano briefly managed Dunfermline bands ' The Skids ' and later, ' Trax '.
Pano dreamed-up the moniker to turn his musical ideas, inspirations and technological skills into reality. Starting off with not much more than a guitar, Minimoog and drum machine Warpo , material was written, analysed and moulded into the shape that was to become the basis of that certain 'Slurpy Gloop' sound. Fritz appeared to be quite shy in the early stages of the band but soon proved to be anything but when performing. He had amazing off-beat rhythm and an ear for a good original keyboard sound.
Having written the preliminary sketches for what would become the backbone of an album, the duo called-out for someone to have a freelance roll and experiment with some kind of vocals to layer on top of some unfinished work. The end result live and recorded was rather intriguing to say the least. She soon adapted herself to tune in to the sound with her own inimitable style. With Fritz and Maria concentrating on vocals, the door was open for a new keyboard player to add a new dimension to the sound.
All they expected from James Barney Ward was some different keyboard work but once he settled in with a Minimoog, Oscar Synth and Crumar Strings he created some mind blowing tunes. James also had an interest in backing vocals and his unique style is evident all the way through the album. Pano himself takes up the story: The only thing was that once we started jammin', mayhem ensued as down below the traffic had stopped, the Police and papers turned up and the band consequently were arrested but released 4 hours later without charge.
A nice time was had by all".. They were described as "Psycho-delic electronica or electronic psych-delia". Ronnie Lane and Steve Marriott had already played in other bands when they met up for the first time in London's East End.
After some success with their live stage act they were signed up to Don Arden's management who in turn secured a record distribution contract with Decca. Their first release 'Watcha Gonna Do About It' which was co-written by the original bass player of the Shadows, Ian Samwell, proved an instant success, but their next single was an untypical failure.
Jimmy Winston left the group after a dispute with the other members and was replaced by Ian McLagan who had until then been with Boz and the Boz People. The band settled down with the new line-up but other management disputes continued which led to them moving to Andrew Oldham's Immediate label. It was this period that saw the band at its most creative and produce some of its most memorable and unusual singles.
By February of , Marriott quit the group quite suddenly saying that he didn't like the musical direction the band was taking and felt that he could no longer contribute. Steve went off to join Peter Frampton in a new venture that became the group 'Humble Pie'. The Small Faces were not able to continue after this trauma and split up. However, they would emerge, again with Marriott together with Rod Stewart and Ron Wood, as the Faces during the s. Sadly, Steve Marriott died in a fire at his home during I'm very much indebted to Alex Stean for these images.
He went on to be bandleader at the Raith in Kirkcaldy and played at the Fountainbridge Palais in Edinburgh before moving to Birmingham and leading the band at the Top Rank Suite there. He played with Manny Charlton of Nazareth at the Kinema too. Andrew as he was always known at home sadly died in It must have worked because apart from scoring a hit at home, this was a top 20 hit in the USA. There were a few attempts to follow up but this was probably too unique for lightning to strike twice.
Sandy Brown - keyboards Rab McQuillan - drums. The Camerons now run Riverside recording studio in Busby. They played at the Kinema on Saturday 22nd April While the reason they split is not yet known, they all went on to play with other bands later though none of them became professional. My thanks to Bill Nisbet for this image. A local band from Dunfermline, active in the latter half of the sixties, who evolved from ' The Ambassadors ' sometime between September and June Fritz Freeburn had played previously with ' The Hellcats '.
Dougie Wright went on to play with both 'Scope' and 'Middle Age Spread' but is sadly no longer with us. He also played with The Falcons. Jimmy Somerville born June 22, is a Scottish pop singer. He had considerable success in the s with the pop groups Bronski Beat and The Communards, and has also had a successful solo career. Somerville was born and raised in Glasgow and has a highly distinctive falsetto high pitched singing style, and is also openly gay.
He is also a left-wing and human rights political activist. His music has consisted largely of disco music, but has also sometimes contained ground breaking social commentary. He co-founded the synth pop group Bronski Beat in , who proceeded to have a number of hits in the British charts.
Their biggest hit, Smalltown Boy, which reached Number 3, was written about persecution of a gay youth in a provincial town, which at the time was ground breaking. They had a number of hits, including a cover version of Thelma Houston's Don't Leave Me This Way which spent four weeks at Number 1 in the charts, and became the biggest selling UK single of The Communards split in and Somerville launched his solo career.
He had several solo hits between and , also singing on the second Band Aid project at the end of But after releasing his album Run From Love, Somerville left the limelight and was absent from recording for a number of years. He returned in with an LP called Dare to Love. Another album, titled Manage the Damage was released in , and Root Beer came out a year later. Most recently, his dance-based fourth solo album, "Home Again," was released in Enrolling in drama school at the age of eight, set Sonia Evans on the path to becoming a professional singer and actress where she gained a LAMDA gold medal with honours.
She was only sixteen when she first entered the music business. Whilst playing the Liverpool club circuit, record producer Pete Waterman spotted her and an impromptu audition secured a recording contract with Simon Cowell at BMG. Numerous television appearances revealed her bubbly personality and natural enthusiasm endearing her to a large audience. Her next step clearly displayed her versatile voice and genuine love of performing as Sonia was invited by the BBC to be the UK representative in the Eurovision Song Contest.
For twelve months, until April , she performed to a full house and critical acclaim alongside Craig McLachlan and Shane Richie. This proved to be so successful that a 2nd UK tour was arranged and also an overseas tour.
Sonia is a veteran pantomime performer and often plays the principal boy role. In she recorded some exciting new tracks for Hit Sound Records and spent time recording an album in Nashville with producer Stuart Coleman. Sonia is constantly gigging around the country and often performs live with her band. Her television appearances in include: Lawrence George - keyboards, vocals Lenny George - drums, vocals. Whereas they were firmly a soul band esp. They played at the ballroom on Sunday 28th December Glasgow outfit, active circa mid-late 's.
The Sound of the Echoes. When Rob Dimbleby left they took on the name 'The Echoes', a name arrived at by going through all the names of cars, of birds, of animals and finally TV sets, of which 'Eko' was a popular make. Richard Paul took on the name of 'Paul Keene'. Not only were they exceptionally skilled musicians by comparison with most of their contemporaries, but their line up was quite different to that generally adopted by most of the groups of their time.
They had a very saxophone dominated style that set them apart from the crowd. With the exception of their drummer, Tony Newman who came from north west London, they all came together from Kent's border with the English capital. They soon became renowned in the suburbs of south and east London- notably in Woolwich- for the fullness of their instrumental sound.
It was from this reputation that they gained the opportunity to back Gene Vincent on his UK tour of The success of this tour led to further opportunities to back visiting American artists as well as the chance to record with Parlophone. Sadly, their only record with this label failed to achieve many sales and even a switch to Decca failed to make much impact.
However, their reputation at live performances- including in the USA - continued to grow and they came to the notice of the Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, who offered to act as their agent.
Through this association they soon found themselves backing Epstein's stars and can even be heard on the Beatles track 'Good Morning, Good Morning' from the 'Sergeant Pepper' album. Sounds Incorporated's own UK success with singles was very modest in comparison to their reputation as live musicians, but they managed two minor hits while still with Epstein. Their greatest success was actually in Australia where their 'William Tell' went all the way to the 1 spot- despite passing almost unnoticed at home!
However, as the s progressed the group began to disintegrate. The rest of the group soldiered on, mainly playing in Australia, until when they finally broke up to each pursue new musical careers. The Sounds of the Blues Brothers. Their musicians and vocalists were recruited from the best soul, Motown, jazz and funk players in the business and past performances include: Sparrie were from Fife and were active around - often gigging with 'Jody'.
They took over at the ballroom as the resident band when the Shadettes left to tour with Deep Purple. The theme music composed by Barry Gray was performed by the band who sometimes wore the uniforms of the series' heroes, the earth's security organisation who were, of course, called Spectrum.
Bill Hendry - vocals Gordon Black - rhythm guitar Ian Haddow - lead guitar Jim Bell - bass Colin Fairley - drums The Spellbinders were a young group from Fife who despite most of the band coming from the Levenmouth area, they were a regular support at the Burma Ballroom on the prom in Kirkcaldy in and the Kirkcaldy YMCA which was their base and where they backed many of the important bands of the s. They changed their name that same summer to The Sunset Culture to avoid confusion with the American band who shared their name.
He later became a respected sound engineer with his own recording studio working with many important bands. Born in , highly regarded Dundee accordionist, Arthur Spink began playing at the age of five and was playing professionally by the age of He and his family emigrated to Sydney, Australia in His son Arthur was a member of the special effects team who were awarded an Oscar for visual effects on the film 'Babe' in They started their Folk Club in Oct.
They set out with the folk club to establish a weekly place where singers, musicians and poets could display their talents. The club would be regularly advertised in the entertainment columns in the local paper, offering an alternative to cinemas, dance halls, jazz clubs and newly emerging discos.
They also wanted to spread their new found enthusiasm for folk music prompted by Redd Sullivan a visiting seaman from London who suggested they should try singing English stuff rather than trying to imitate Americans. They opened with 13 songs they could do as a group and the rest of the evening was taken up by solo songs by the band and any of the audience of 25 friends who fancied doing a turn.
Eventually Philips Records signed them to a four year contract which led them to take the chance and turn professional. Moving on to join the mighty EMI they produced another 8 albums and 4 compilation discs. Having turned professional and hit the road they built an audience throughout Great Britain and Ireland moving on from folk clubs to fill all the major concert venues till their retirement in This was achieved through a lot of travelling aided by becoming regulars on radio with their own series on Radio 4 and Radio 2 and also TV.
TV particularly liked them so did the viewers. The 6 week series ran every summer for 7yrs. There were numerous other guest spots on all the major TV Saturday music and comedy shows including the hilarious Morecambe and Wise Show. After that finale Cliff as the daddy of the group retired and now lives in Australia where he still occasionally does a turn at his local folk club, Mick went into local politics and became Chair of Education on Wirral Borough Council for 10 yrs, but is now back on the music scene in Exeter.
Hughie continued to play and record and remains in Liverpool, and Tony went back to his first love Jazz.
Spooky Tooth was formed in after 'Art' changed their name after just one single and album. Gary Wright was added to the Art line-up. Spooky Tooth was one of the leading bands in the progressive music movement in England in the late s. St Cecilia doing wot it says on the tin. Originally a seven-piece when formed on June 1st in Corby Rothwell, St Cecilia gained notoriety with their self-proclaimed 'naughty picture postcard' music and more precisely with their UK 12 hit single 'Leap Up and Down and wave your Knickers in the Air in Jimmy Young and Alan Freeman however did play the record on their respective broadcasts and it was played extensively on Radio Luxembourg where it achieved 4.
It was also a 1 in Spain. Jonathon King acted only as their agent and song promoter and had no other involvement with the band or song despite reports elsewhere. Both singles were released on Polydor records. Isla St Clair is known to millions for her numerous television appearances, which include all the top entertainment and chat shows, the Royal Variety Show and most notably as co-host on the BBC's long running 'The Generation Game'.
Isla started singing at the tender age of ten. Although the essence of Isla's performances reflect her traditional roots of Scotland, her talent has matured to encompass other aspects of the entertainment business. Her career has now taken a different and more challenging direction. Forming her own production company Isla is co-producing music and films for a wider international audience. Having won a Melody Maker beat contest in , they obtained a Decca recording deal and were able to cover a great record for their debut - The Beatles' "Girl" - which brought them chart success just outside the top ten, but their follow-ups, Graham Gouldman's 'Behind The Door' and 'East Side Story', failed to dent the Top Forty - bringing their recording career to an end in less than a year.
They made a fleeting appearance in the film 'The Ghost Goes Gear' and they eventually split in David Tomlinson went on to join Magazine as Dave Formula! He played with a number of bands before trying for a solo career with his output being issued on Decca.
His follow up was another American song, "Pied Piper" which actually gave him his first American hit and reached 4. Thereafter the hit singles dried up in Britain although he remained popular in Europe. He suffered from health problems including a major stroke in , but showed great courage in relearning how to play guitar with limited movement and made a charity appearance with the Fortunes in His backing band in was The Puppets.
Bill Baikie - bass Gerry Dickson -? The Stag Party Steelyard. Formed after the break up of ' The Golden Crusaders ', they played together for 40 years from to around Remarkable drummer John lee aka 'Ching' was trained by famous pipe-band tutor Alex Duthart and Ching became well-known for a comedy piece in the drum solo where he stood up to play and pretended to catch a sensitive area of his anatomy in the hi hat!
Peter John Vettese David's younger brother appeared with the band on Opportunity Knocks in August at the age of 12 then went back to school! When 'Class' didn't work out, members of the band sent Ching his train fare to get back to Blackburn and the re-join The Stag Party!
By they were on their own as a three piece, and started a new phase which lasted 20 years. Stag Party gained a reputation as a backing band with the likes of Tony Christie during his success the first time round with 'Amarillo' and with Sydney Devine touring up and down the country but never becoming fully professional.
Bill started a music shop Magnum Sound and David graduated to become a college lecturer. Ching became a painter and house decorator. Friend and musician colleague Sam Speirs has composed a tribute song in his honour!
David's younger brother, Peter John Vettese, played with Tam White and Bilbo Baggins and since has gone on to carve a very successful career as musician, song-writer, and producer.
His song 'Proud' has gone on to be an international best-seller and has been used in adverts here and in Australia and USA and as an Olympic theme tune in Europe. Many thansk tio Ian Hossack for a couple of corrections. Gerry Cocozza - vocals. He formed his first band, The Future Tones in but did not enter music professionally until after a stint in the army and it was in he signed with the Ric Tic label in Detroit.
It was with the releases on that label issued through Polydor in the UK that he broke into the chart although Ric Tic was later in taken over by Motown. He moved to England and lived in Nottingham. On 2nd April he died after a heart attack aged The Stars from The Commitments.
They are a full-time professional touring act spending an average of 30 weeks every year on the road. The line-up now includes: From the West Midlands Express and Star newspaper. State Express were one of the "gunslinger" gangs of Sixties music. If some big name moved in, fixin' to boss a new territory, it was guys like these they hired to back their play. If they were good and fast enough, they were never out of work, and always got the job done even if the new boss wasn't all he made himself out to be.
State Express worked almost full-time backing touring American soul artists - or people pretending to be those same American soul artists - picking up a new star and learning a new set of arrangements every fortnight, and launching into another gruelling tour of the country. The following night saw their first show of the tour, in Ilfracombe.
Soon afterwards he got a guitar, but when he broke two strings he decided to learn bass "because I thought it would be easier - little did I know. Soon after leaving this outfit he went to see them playing in Old Hill, and was invited onstage to do a song. In the audience was a drummer from Walsall called Johnny West. I said yes, and he said they were rehearsing the next day in Smethwick with Sam and Dave and did I think I could do it?
I hadn't got any gear either, so I had to get my dad to sign some HP forms, which he did, God bless him, and I set off for the first gig in Ilfracombe.
The basic four-piece of Johnny, Jim, Hammond organist Barry Fletcher and guitarist John Crutchley, with Jim and Barry supplying backing vocals, and augmented by two sax players if required, would then have a busy Sunday afternoon's rehearsal, before setting off for their first gig, often that same night. Highlights for Jim include the high-tension, high-energy act of Sam and Dave, and the pleasure of singing Charlie Foxx's part in Mockin' Bird when Inez toured solo on later visits.
Of the stars, Jim says: It was a great learning curve, playing by the seat of your pants, and it sorts you out. If you don't know it you crumble, but if you know your basics you can do it, and you refine it as you go along; you think about it in the back of the van, how about if I do it this way?
It was scary, but a good scary, because it made you do the job and go into the music a lot deeper. I'd be playing along just enjoying listening to him. Sometimes, however, audiences realised. As soon as we'd finished it was into the van and off.
In the rare weeks that there was no-one to back, the group would tour the same venues with their own act, then one day they were offered a date tour of Italy - and stayed there for nearly three years, as Washington Express, with singer Johnny Higgs and guitarist Jock Evans joining the line-up. They released a single, Sirens, recorded in Milan and written by Jim as was the B side Frustrations , but when their Hammond organ was impounded in a row between promoters, they had to become part-timers for a spell.
It was nevertheless a splendid time says Jim, and a great education. During much of that time, the band was only successful in the UK, where they racked up a string of Top Ten singles that ran into the '90s. In America, the group was ignored after they abandoned psychedelia for heavy boogie rock in the early '70s.
Following that single, the band suffered a lean period for the next few years, before deciding to refashion themselves as a hard-rock boogie band in with their Ma Kelly's Greasy Spoon album. Over the next 25 years, the Quo have basically recycled the same simple boogie on each successive album and single, yet their popularity has never waned in Britain. If anything, their very predictability has ensured the group a large following.
The origins of Status Quo lie in a London-based beat group called the Spectres. Francis Rossi and Alan Lancaster were the core members of the Spectres from their inception; within a few years, the band had added John Coughlan and Roy Lynes.
The Spectres released three unsuccessful singles before changing their style to psychedelia and adopting the name 'Traffic Jam' and releasing the unsuccessful single, "Almost But Not Quite There. When Harrison joined the band in August , the group again changed their name, this time to Status Quo.
At first, Status Quo backed British solo artists, including Tommy Quickly, while working on their own material. Over in America, the single barely registered, squeaking to number 70; it was the last time the group would ever chart in the US.
For the next year, Status Quo tried to replicate the success of their first two singles with similar psychedelic material, but they had little luck. Finally, they revamped their sound -- and jettisoned organist Lynes -- in the summer of , debuting their new heavy, bluesy boogie rock with the single "Down the Dustpipe.
Status Quo began playing concerts regularly across England, slowly building up a strong following in England. Following well-received sets at 's Reading and Great Western festivals, the band became a hot property. The group signed with Vertigo Records and their first single for the label, "Paper Plane," cracked the Top Ten in early , while their first album for Vertigo, Piledriver reached number five.
Later that year, Hello entered the charts at number one, while its accompanying single "Caroline" reached number five. Also in , keyboardist Andy Bown, formerly of the Herd and Judas Jump, became the band's unofficial keyboardist. Since they were experiencing a great deal of success, they didn't change their sound at all, they just kept churning out the same heavy boogie. America basically ignored Status Quo, yet their eponymous album managed to chart at in Nevertheless, they were an English phenomenon, and England continued to support them even when pop music was undergoing drastic changes in the late '70s.
Following the release of 's Just Supposin', drummer John Coughlan left the band in to form his own group, Diesel. Former Original Mirrors drummer Pete Kircher replaced him; his first appearance with the group was 's Never to Late.
Druing the early '80s, tensions escalated between bassist Lancaster and guitarists Rossi and Parfitt, who were the group's main songwriters. Lancaster left the band after performing with them for a final time at Live Aid. He subsequently took Rossi and Parfitt to court to prevent them from using the name "Status Quo. Once the lawsuit was settled, Rossi and Parfitt assembled a new band, hiring bassist John Edwards, drummer Jeff Rich, and keyboardist Andy Bown, who officially became a member of the group.
The new line-up continued Status Quo's remarkable success, as they racked up a number of new Top Ten singles and hit albums, as well as consistently selling out concerts across England and Europe. In , the group had its second number one hit of its career, with the football anthem "Come on You Reds"; the single was recorded with the football champions, Manchester United. By the mid-'90s, Status Quo had scored 50 British hit singles, which was a greater number than any other band in rock roll's history.
The turbulent, acrimonious and comparatively brief career of Stealers Wheel enabled the two main members Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan to produce some memorable and inventive, relaxed pop music. During the early 70s, Rafferty b.
Paul Pilnick guitar , Tony Williams bass and Rod Coombes drums; ex- Juicy Lucy bailed out Rafferty and Egan; the result was a surprising success, achieved by the sheer quality of their songs and the blend of the two leaders' voices.
While the song was high on the charts Rafferty departed and was replaced by former Spooky Tooth lead guitarist Luther Grosvenor aka Ariel Bender. Rafferty had returned by the time the second album was due to be recorded, but then all the remaining members left the band, leaving Rafferty and Egan holding the baby. Various session players completed Ferguslie Park, astonishingly another superb, melodic and cohesive album. The album was a failure commercially and the two leaders set about completing their contractual obligations and recording their final work Right Or Wrong.
Even with similarly strong material, notably the evocative "Benidictus" and the arresting "Found My Way To You", the album failed.
Rafferty and Egan, disillusioned, buried the name forever. Management problems plagued their career and lyrics of these troubled times continued to appear on both Egan and Rafferty's subsequent solo work. The line-up at The Kinema was: Martin Quittenton guitar and Kieran White vocals, guitar, harmonica came out of the British folk circuit. Come Spring time, , they signed a record contract with CBS. The first album, "Steamhammer", was a mixture of classic blues by B. At the end of the British blues boom, only a few hardcore fans took interest on the finest lyrical blues-rock statement of the century.
Not selling as many records as they'd hoped to, Steamhammer nevertheless became a top European open-air attraction, mainly due to their brilliant live performance. American Legion Indiana Road Phone: Wed - Fri Time: Englewood Elks Venue address: Improver - Easy Int Days: Christ Lutheran Church Venue address: Line dance club welcomes public of all ages. Dance, Etc Venue address: Bring your own beverage.
The class is a mix of non-country and some country music. Call Valerie for more information State: Bring water or snacks if needed. Fort Lauderdale Venue name: Beach Community Center Venue address: Beach Community Center is Thursday Mornings. Candance In Line Venue address: Federal Hwy, Deerfield Beach Phone: Adult, Line dance class.
Fort Lauderdale Place name: Beach Community Center Address: Pompano Beach Elks Lodge Venue address: Website Travel'n Bootz dances every Wed.
Our future plans are to unite the Dance Instructor's in our immediate area here on the East Coast. We would appreciate a link to our site.
River Walk Center Venue Address: More info go to DeeDee's website. Restaurant with full bar. Ft Walton Beach Place name: Aggie Marler Email Phone: Pasarda Hall Venue address: Santa Fe Community Education Address: Gainesville, FL Phone number: See class schedule Level: Trinity Methodist Church Venue address: All levels of dancers are welcome. Trinity United Methodist Church Venue address: Beg to Int Days: Gulfport Presbyterian Church Venue address: Basic beginner, 10 am to 11am.
Advanced beginner 11am to 12pm. You may bring drinks and snacks. No flip flops please. Marks Methodist Church Venue address: North Peggy Steelman Email Price: Class is held upstairs. Drinks and snacks ok. Hard soled shoes recommended, no flip flops please. Pam Hall Venue address: The Stockyard Venue address: Thurs, Fri, Sat Time: Memorial Senior Partners Address: Not a high energy class but we do move for fun State: West Citrus Community Center Venue address: Inverness Terri Alexander Email Phone: Bourbon St Station Address: Much experience teaching on the dance circuit State: Free until 9pm Level: Wed, Thurs, Fri Time: Club Savoy Venue address: Boots N Buckles Saloon Venue address: NON-Smoking venue with outside patio for smokers.
Must be 18 and over to enter. Dances run in a cycle for a weeks so you can really get the hang of the dances. Come on out and join all the fun at Central Florida's Hottest Club We'd love to have you! Kelly Rec Center Venue Address: Friday morning class-improver to intermediate Friday afternoon-ultra beginner Largo Community Center Address: Largo Community Center Venue address: Lauderdale by the Sea Venue name: Dance Moves Venue address: Commercial Blvd Lauderdale B Phone: Line Dance Class Venue address: Body Language Venue address: Mostly beginner dances taught during first hour.
More difficult dances during second hour. A donation is accepted, but not required for the use of the studio. I do not charge to teach the class. Marco Island Venue name: Mackle Park Rec Ctr Venue address: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Lakewood on The Green Venue address: Holiday Springs Village Condo Venue address: Call for details.
Margate International Folkdancers Venue address: Margate Community Center Phone: Holiday Springs Condos Venue address: Paradise Gardens 3 clubhouse Venue address: Veteran's Memorial Complex Venue address: Beginner Lessons from 6: Must be 55 to be a member. Line Dance Lessons at Henegar Center for the Arts Venue address: Age 8 and up.
Please check my website for the most current info. Hurricane Creek Saloon Venue Address: Great food and a full liquor bar. Eau Gallie Civic Center Address: Tuesday evening class from 7: Monthly dance on the 4th Friday evening from 7: All levels Includes bottled water, candy, door prize. Room for ballroom dancers and country couple dancers as well as line dancers.
Merritt Island Place name: Kiwanis Island Park Annex Address: Pinecrest Community Center Address: South Mainland Community Center Address: Mustang Lounge Venue address: Country bar and Club Energy top 40 bar Light food. Milton Bill Davidson Email Price: Int Line dance State: Mt Dora Venue name: American Legion Post 35 Venue address: Please text or call Suzanne if you are new.
Jamie Leick Email Phone: Mon, Fri May-Oct Time: Beg, Imp, Low Int Days: Call Jamie for more info. Rec Center Venue address: Mon, Fri Oct-May Time: New Port Richey Venue name: NPR Elks Venue address: New Port Richey Phone: Timber Greens Country Club Venue address: Tom Knight Email Price: Adult, All ages, Line dance class. New Smyrna Beach Venue name: Coronado Civic Center Venue address: Nokomis Community Center Venue address: North Palm Beach Venue name: Sultry Swing Venue address: Country Two Step Class 8: The Plaza Venue address: Warmup - songs danced Beginner lessons - aprox.
Osborne Park Rec Ctr Venue address: North Palm Bch Phone: Pay as you attend. Call Terri or email State: Plaza Ballroom Venue address: One hour of instruction and dance.
North Port Venue name: George Morgan Community Center Venue address: Morgan Community Center Venue address: Int - High Int Days: North Port Senior Center Venue address: This class is for dancers of all ages.
PM Respiratory Venue Address: Dancin' Around Studio Venue address: Studio party on Wednesday evenings - check web site for dates and times. Prestige 55 Venue address: LOTS of fun for all! Extensions Dance Studio Venue address: Ison senior center Venue address: Orange City Venue name: Orange City Library Hall Venue address: Renaissance Senior Center Venue address: The large ballroom is an excellent venue for line dancing.
Orlando used to be Harclerode Address: New Age Linedancers Location: Drinking fountain and bathrooms convenient. Dance ranges from waltz, lilt, smooth, latin, funky to novelty. Music ranges from pop, rock-n-roll, country, Latin to funk.
Beardall Senior Center Venue address: Come dance with us if you can! Elk's Lodge Venue address: Ventura Country Club Venue address: Just mention "line dancing" at the guard house, then drive straight ahead to the clubhouse. We are a small laid-back group and would love to have you visit.
Call me for any other info. Woman's Club Of Casselberry Venue address: See the Dance Class Calendar on my website for specific class information. Low impact, low stress dance class for those who want to just have fun dancing.
This class is for experienced and emerging Intermediate dancers. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by email or phone. Cowboy's Orlando Venue address: Doors open at 8pm, Lessons 9pm Line Dance Thursday is Ladies night with all night Free admission for Ladies featuring beginner dance lessons.
See website for Friday Birthday group special. Saturday - no lessons and Free Longneck Beer night from 10 till 1am. Mostly line dancing club but some couple dancing early on Friday and Sat.
DJ format, open Thurs. Marks Street Senior Center Venue address: Marks Street, Orlando Phone: Ormond Beach Venue name: Rockin' Ranch Venue address: Be, Imp, Int Days: Palm Bay Venue name: Melbourne Floorplay Dance Club Venue address: Occasional Guests so time and lesson may change.
Palm Beach Gardens Venue name: Jr's Buckwild Country Bar Venue address: Usually free until Beginner class from 7: Palm Coast Venue name: Italian American Social Club Address: Beg - Int Days: Italian American Social Club Venue address: Palm Harbor Venue name: All ages Mondays 1: Palmetto Moose Lodge Venue address: Sombrero "The Hall" Venue address: Restaurant next door with same parking area.
You may contact me at the above e-mail address only if the club does not answer the phone. Panama City Beach Venue name: Pembroke Pines Venue name: Southwest Focal Point Venue address: East Pensacola Heights Clubhouse Venue address: Pinellas Park Venue name: Bayou Dance Club Venue address: Pinellas Park Auditorium Venue address: No partner necessary Live Music.
Done 1st Friday of each month and second Saturday. Contra is similar to square dancing with couples moving up and down lines. Have caller for steps. All dances walked through before being danced. See u-tube for contra dance training.
Break for snacks 9: Is usually dance elsewhere on 4th Saturday Temple Terrace. Waterin' Trough Nightclub Venue address: Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat Time: No Lessons, Open Dancing. Best night to come: Sink or Swim is available Thurs-Sat. Visit website for more info. Stardust Dance Center Address: Dance Lessons and Dance When: Sundays Starting 7 November Time: No unsupervised children please!
You must bring your own drinks and snacks. Plant City Venue name: All ages welcome during line dance lessons. Pompano Beach Venue Name: Pompano Beach Venue name: