Thursday 13 July 2023

The Stormcats

 
 
Members
 
Stu Lane - lead guitar, vocals (Born: 1 August 1945, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire)
Keith Williams - rhythm guitar, vocals (Born: 13 February 1945, Huthwaite Village, Nottinghamshire)
Mick Hodgkinson - bass, saxophone, piano, vocals (Born: 17 September 1946, Rainsworth Village, Nottinghamshire - Died: 18 June 2007)
Ric Lee - drums (Born: Richard Lee, 20 October 1945, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire)

The Stormcats formed in Rainworth, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire in 1963.
When Ricky Storm (Geoff Bradbury) of Ricky Storm and the Stormcats left the group they carried performing as a four-piece called simply The Stormcats.
Changed their name to The Mansfields in September 1964 when they turned professional.
 

Known Gigs

2 May 1963 Blidworth, Scala Cinema, Nottinghamshire.
26 Jan 1964 Mansfield, Palais de Dance.
25 Mar 1964 Mansfield, Palais de Dance.
16 May 1964 Mansfield, The Nottingham Miners Annual Demonstration Open Air Concert, Berry Hill. With Ranne Star and the Aliens, and The Dalesmen Rhythm Group. Billed as The Stormcats Rhythm Group.

Ricky Storm and the Stormcats

 
 
Members
 
Ricky Storm (Geoff Bradbury) - lead vocals (Born: 1943)
Stu Lane - lead guitar, vocals (Born: 1 August 1945, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire)
Keith Williams - rhythm guitar, vocals (Born: 13 February 1945, Huthwaite Village, Nottinghamshire)
Mick Hodgkinson - bass, saxophone, piano, vocals (Born: 17 September 1946, Rainsworth Village, Nottinghamshire - Died: 18 June 2007)
Ric Lee - drums (Born: Richard Lee, 20 October 1945, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire)

Formed in Rainworth, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.
Formerly known as Ricky Storm and The Tornados. They changed their name in September 1962 after the London group The Tornados had their first hit with 'Telstar'. 
Ricky Storm (Geoff Bradbury) left the band in 1963 and they continued as four-piece known simply as The Stormcats.
The Stormcats would eventually change their name to The Mansfields in September 1964 when they turned professional. 


Known Gigs

12 Jun 1962 Mansfield, Parochial Hall, Brunts Street. With The Deamons, and Johnny Gold and the Sovereigns. A Grand Dance.
Jul 1962 Mansfield, Granada Cinema, 10 West Gate.


Ricky Storm and the Tornados

 
Members
 
Ricky Storm (Geoff Bradbury) - lead vocals (Born: 1943)
Stu Lane - lead guitar, vocals (Born: Stuart Lane, 1 August 1945, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire)
Keith Williams - rhythm guitar, vocals (Born: 13 February 1945, Huthwaite Village, Nottinghamshire)
Keith Wilson - bass guitar (Born: 1945)
Ric Lee - drums (Born: Richard Lee, 20 October 1945, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire)
 
Mick Hodgkinson - bass guitar, saxophone, piano, vocals (Born: 17 September 1946, Rainsworth Village,  Nottinghamshire - Died: 18 June 2007)
 
Formed in Rainworth, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire in 1959.
The band practiced at The Church Hall on Southwell Road East, Rainworth, opposite the home of Stu Lane.
Stu Lane and Geoff Bradbury were friends from the Rainworth Methodist Church. Mick Wilson was a friend of Bradbury from Brunts and Keith Williams was a friend of Lane from Queen Elizabeths School, Rainworth. 

In September 1962 they changed their name to Ricky Storm and the Stormcats soon after the London group The Tornados had their first hit with 'Telstar.'
It was around this time that Keith Wilson left to be replaced by Mick Hodgkinson who passed an audition at the Rainworth Methodist Church.

The Orange Bicycle

 
 
Members
 
Robb Storme (Robert F. Scales) - vocals (Died: 2018)
John Bachini - bass guitar, guitar, vocals
Kevin Currie - drums
Bernie Lee - guitar, vocals
Pete Wilson aka Wil Malone aka Wilson Malone - drums, keyboards, vocals
 
Garry Hooper - bass guitar
Jim St. Pier - saxophone, keyboards
 
 
Also known as Orange Bicycle (without 'The').
The Orange Bicycle evolved from The Robb Storme Group who were previously known as Robb Storme and the Whispers.
Although Jim St. Pier had officially left the group before they became The Orange Bicycle, he rejoined the band briefly in 1968 for an ill-fated European tour for Yardley cosmetics. It was supposed to go to Switzerland and Italy but was cancelled after the first two gigs (Hamburg and Berlin). The reason Jim rejoined for the tour was because the band was booked to back The Flowerpot Men, who specifically requested a saxophone player.



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UK Singles
 
1967 Hyacinth Threads/Amy Peate                                                                                      Columbia DB 8259
   (Released 18th August 1967.)
1967 Laura's Garden/Lavender Girl                                                                                       Columbia DB 8311
   (Released 24th November 1967.)
1968 Early Pearly Morning/Go with Goldie                                                                            Columbia DB 8352
   (Released 16th February 1968.)
1968 Jenskadajka/Nicely                                                                                                    Columbia DB 8413
   (Released 17th May 1968.)
1968 Sing This Song All Together/Trip On An Orange Bicycle                                                Columbia DB 8483
   (Released 4th October 1968.)
1969 Last Cloud Home/Tonight I'll Be Staying Here                                                               Parlophone R 5789
   (Released 18th July 1969.)
1970 Carry That Weight-You Never Give Me Your Money/Want To B Side                               Parlophone R 5811
   (Released 10th October 1969.)
1970 Take Me to the Pilot/It's Not My World                                                                         Parlophone R 5829
   (Released 30th January 1970.)
1970 Jelly on the Bread/Make It Rain                                                                                  Parlophone R 5854
   (Released 10th July 1970.)
1971 Goodbye Stranger/Country Comforts                                                                           Regal Zonophone RZ 3029
   (Released 8th January 1971. 'Country Comforts' was written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin.) 


UK LPs

1970 Orange Bicycle                                                                                                         Parlophone PCS 7108
   (Released June 1968.)


UK Radio Appearances

6 Jun 1968 Pop North - BBC Radio 1. With The Phil Moss Orchestra, Johnny De Little, Dave Blakeley, Mireille Gray, and Chris Marlowe. Introduced by Dave Lee Travis.
29 Aug 1968 Pop North - BBC Radio 1. With Cliff Bennett and his Band, The Nice, The Peddlers, and The Freelanders. Introduced by Dave Lee Travis.
8 Feb 1970 Annie Nightingale - BBC Radio 1. With The Alan Bown! Billed as Orange Bicycle.
21 Feb 1970 Tony Brandon - BBC Radio 1. With The Spinners. Billed as Orange Bicycle.
22 Feb 1970 Annie Nightingale - BBC Radio 1. With Alan Bown. Billed as Orange Bicycle.
21 Mar 1970 Speak-Easy - BBC Radio 1. Presented by Jimmy Savile. Billed as Orange Bicycle.
4 Apr 1970 Roger Kirk - BBC Radio 1. With Jimmy James and the Vagabonds. Billed as Orange Bicycle.
9 May 1970 Gary Taylor - BBC Radio One. With Slade. Billed as Orange Bicycle.


UK Television Appearances

30 Aug 1968 Ice Cabaret - BBC Two. Introduced by Ray Alan.
12 Apr 1969 Ice Cabaret - BBC One. Introduced by Ray Alan.
26 Jul 1969 Colour Me Pop - BBC Two. Billed as Orange Bicycle.
3 Oct 1970 Disco 2 - BBC Two. With Eric Burdon, and Mark/Almond. Billed as Orange Bicycle. Introduced by Mike Harding.


Known Gigs

30 Sep 1967 Haywards Heath, The Pilgrim, West Sussex. Billed as Robb Storme and the Orange Bicycle.
9 Nov 1967 Haywards Heath, The Pilgrim, West Sussex. With The Switch. Billed as Robb Storme and Orange Bicycle.
21 Dec 1967 Haywards Heath, The Pilgrim, West Sussex. Billed as Robb Storme and the Orange Bicycle.
30 Jan 1969 Haywards Heath, The Red Balloon Club, The Pilgrim, West Sussex. Billed as Orange Bicycle with Robb Storme.
6 Mar 1969 Haywards Heath, The Red Balloon Club, The Pilgrim, West Sussex. Billed as Orange Bicycle.
10 Apr 1969 Haywards Heath, The Pilgrim, West Sussex. Billed as Orange Bicycle with Robb Storme


Thursday 29 June 2023

The Maniacs

 
 
Members
 
 
 
 
 
 
Formed in South London.
Won a heat of the 'All Britain Beat Contest '64 - '65',  a competition promoted by Stuart Weller Promotions in conjunction with Record Mirror, narrowly beating the North London group The Sentinels.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Article in Record Mirror 21st November 1964.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday 28 June 2023

The Echoes

 
 
Members
 
Dave Burns - lead guitar
Tony Oakman - rhythm guitar
George Staff - rhythm guitar
Peter Oakman - bass
Bert Crome - drums

Laurie Jay - drums
Tony Collins - guitar
Les Smith - piano
Douggie Reece - bass guitar
Big Jim Sullivan - lead guitar
 
 
Formed in late 1959 in London as a necessity for a tour of the UK.
Tony Oakman, George Staff, Peter Oakman, Bert Crome were originally in The Spacemen Skiffle Group, with Joe Brown, and were only backing Chris Wayne whilst Brown was contracted to appear on television in 'Boy Meets Girls'. They later rejoined Joe Brown as his backing group The Bruvvers.
Dave Burns would briefly work with Wee Willie Harris in Italy before returning to rejoin The Echoes.
A second tour of the UK, this time supporting Gene Vincent, would require a new version of The Echoes. The Echoes would also be needed to back Gene Vincent on stage. Laurie Jay was available to play drums and the other members were drafted in from a band called The Dynamos who had previously backed Sonny Stewart.
During the tour Tony Collins had a car accident and was replaced by Big Jim Sullivan.
The Echoes regularly played live and backed other musicians on stage. They would later record for the Fontana and Philips labels and appeared on sessions for many solo artists. The lineup of the group changed many times over the years.
The Echoes disbanded in 1971.
Laurie Jay later went into artist management, becoming the manager for Billy Ocean and Shirley Bassey.
Peter Oakman would later play bass for Lonnie Donegan until Donegan's death in 2002. 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Known Gigs
 
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The Dusty Springfield and Brian Poole Tour
 
14 Nov 1964 London, Granada, Edmonton. Backing Dusty Springfield. With Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, Herman's Hermits, Dave Berry, The Primitives, and The Gobbledegooks. Compere: Johnny Ball.
15 Nov 1964 Liverpool, Empire. Backing Dusty Springfield. With Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, Herman's Hermits, Dave Berry, The Primitives, and The Gobbledegooks. Compere: Johnny Ball.
16 Nov 1964 Southampton, Gaumont. Backing Dusty Springfield. With Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, Herman's Hermits, Dave Berry, The Primitives, and The Gobbledegooks. Compere: Johnny Ball.
17 Nov 1964 Portsmouth, Guild Hall. Backing Dusty Springfield. With Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, Herman's Hermits, Dave Berry, The Primitives, and The Gobbledegooks. Compere: Johnny Ball.
18 Nov 1964 Exeter, Odeon. Backing Dusty Springfield. With Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, Herman's Hermits, Dave Berry, The Primitives, and The Gobbledegooks. Compere: Johnny Ball.
20 Nov 1964 Cheltenham, Odeon. Backing Dusty Springfield. With Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, Herman's Hermits, Dave Berry, The Primitives, and The Gobbledegooks. Compere: Johnny Ball.
21 Nov 1964 London, Granada, Kingston. Backing Dusty Springfield. With Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, Herman's Hermits, Dave Berry, The Primitives, and The Gobbledegooks. Compere: Johnny Ball.
22 Nov 1964 London, Granada, Harrow. Backing Dusty Springfield. With Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, Herman's Hermits, Dave Berry, The Primitives, and The Gobbledegooks. Compere: Johnny Ball.
24 Nov 1964 Birmingham, Odeon. Backing Dusty Springfield. With Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, Herman's Hermits, Dave Berry, The Primitives, and The Gobbledegooks. Compere: Johnny Ball.
25 Nov 1964 Leeds, Odeon. Backing Dusty Springfield. With Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, Herman's Hermits, Dave Berry, The Primitives, and The Gobbledegooks. Compere: Johnny Ball.
26 Nov 1964 Glasgow, Odeon. Backing Dusty Springfield. With Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, Herman's Hermits, Dave Berry, The Primitives, and The Gobbledegooks. Compere: Johnny Ball.
27 Nov 1964 Stockton-on-Tees, Odeon. Backing Dusty Springfield. With Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, Herman's Hermits, Dave Berry, The Primitives, and The Gobbledegooks. Compere: Johnny Ball.
28 Nov 1964 Sheffield, City Hall. Backing Dusty Springfield. With Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, Herman's Hermits, Dave Berry, The Primitives, and The Gobbledegooks. Compere: Johnny Ball.
29 Nov 1964 Coventry, Coventry Theatre (formerly The Hippodrome). Backing Dusty Springfield. With Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, Dave Berry, and The Primitives. Compere: Johnny Ball.
30 Nov 1964 Mansfield, Granada. Backing Dusty Springfield. With Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, Herman's Hermits, Dave Berry, The Primitives, and The Gobbledegooks. Compere: Johnny Ball.
1 Dec 1964 Doncaster, Gaumont. Backing Dusty Springfield. With Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, Herman's Hermits, Dave Berry, The Primitives, and The Gobbledegooks. Compere: Johnny Ball.
2 Dec 1964 Ipswich, Gaumont. Backing Dusty Springfield. With Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, Herman's Hermits, Dave Berry, The Primitives, and The Gobbledegooks. Compere: Johnny Ball.
4 Dec 1964 Southend, Odeon. Backing Dusty Springfield. With Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, Herman's Hermits, Dave Berry, The Primitives, and The Gobbledegooks. Compere: Johnny Ball.
5 Dec 1964 London, Granada, East Ham. Backing Dusty Springfield. With Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, Herman's Hermits, Dave Berry, The Primitives, and The Gobbledegooks. Compere: Johnny Ball.
6 Dec 1964 Stoke-On-Trent, Gaumont, Hanley. Backing Dusty Springfield. With Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, Herman's Hermits, Dave Berry, The Primitives, and The Gobbledegooks. Compere: Johnny Ball.
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The Gobbledegooks


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Members
 
Howard Davidson - vocals, rhythm guitar
Barry Conway - vocals
Dave Amplefort - lead guitar
John Simpson - bass
Henry Andrews - drums
 

Formed in London.
The Gobbledegooks were formed by Howard Davidson.
After going through a couple of name changes, having been previously known as The Seekers and The Pacemakers, they settled on the name that would lead them to tour with Dusty Springfield and Brian Poole and the Tremeloes and record for Decca.
 
 
UK Singles
 
1964 Where Have You Been/Now And Again                                                                      Decca F 12023
   (Released 13th November 1964.) 




























Review in Record Mirror 21st November 1964.






 
Known Gigs
 
************************************************************************************************************************
The Dusty Springfield and Brian Poole Tour
 
14 Nov 1964 London, Granada, Edmonton. Supporting Dusty Springfield and Brian Poole and the Tremeloes. With Herman's Hermits, Dave Berry, The Primitives, and The Echoes. Compere: Johnny Ball.
15 Nov 1964 Liverpool, Empire. Supporting Dusty Springfield and Brian Poole and the Tremeloes. With Herman's Hermits, Dave Berry, The Primitives, and The Echoes. Compere: Johnny Ball.
16 Nov 1964 Southampton, Gaumont. Supporting Dusty Springfield and Brian Poole and the Tremeloes. With Herman's Hermits, Dave Berry, The Primitives, and The Echoes. Compere: Johnny Ball.
17 Nov 1964 Portsmouth, Guild Hall. Supporting Dusty Springfield and Brian Poole and the Tremeloes. With Herman's Hermits, Dave Berry, The Primitives, and The Echoes. Compere: Johnny Ball.
18 Nov 1964 Exeter, Odeon. Supporting Dusty Springfield and Brian Poole and the Tremeloes. With Herman's Hermits, Dave Berry, The Primitives, and The Echoes. Compere: Johnny Ball.
19 Nov 1964 Cardiff, Capitol.
20 Nov 1964 Cheltenham, Odeon. Supporting Dusty Springfield and Brian Poole and the Tremeloes. With Herman's Hermits, Dave Berry, The Primitives, and The Echoes. Compere: Johnny Ball.
21 Nov 1964 London, Granada, Kingston. Supporting Dusty Springfield and Brian Poole and the Tremeloes. With Herman's Hermits, Dave Berry, The Primitives, and The Echoes. Compere: Johnny Ball.
22 Nov 1964 London, Granada, Harrow. Supporting Dusty Springfield and Brian Poole and the Tremeloes. With Herman's Hermits, Dave Berry, The Primitives, and The Echoes. Compere: Johnny Ball.
24 Nov 1964 Birmingham, Odeon. Supporting Dusty Springfield and Brian Poole and the Tremeloes. With Herman's Hermits, Dave Berry, The Primitives, and The Echoes. Compere: Johnny Ball.
25 Nov 1964 Leeds, Odeon. Supporting Dusty Springfield and Brian Poole and the Tremeloes. With Herman's Hermits, Dave Berry, The Primitives, and The Echoes. Compere: Johnny Ball.
26 Nov 1964 Glasgow, Odeon. Supporting Dusty Springfield and Brian Poole and the Tremeloes. With Herman's Hermits, Dave Berry, The Primitives, and The Echoes. Compere: Johnny Ball.
27 Nov 1964 Stockton-on-Tees, Odeon. Supporting Dusty Springfield and Brian Poole and the Tremeloes. With Herman's Hermits, Dave Berry, The Primitives, and The Echoes. Compere: Johnny Ball.
28 Nov 1964 Sheffield, City Hall. Supporting Dusty Springfield and Brian Poole and the Tremeloes. With Herman's Hermits, Dave Berry, The Primitives, and The Echoes. Compere: Johnny Ball.
29 Nov 1964 Coventry, Coventry Theatre (formerly The Hippodrome). Supporting Dusty Springfield and Brian Poole and the Tremeloes. With Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, Dave Berry, The Primitives, and The Echoes. Compere: Johnny Ball.
30 Nov 1964 Mansfield, Granada. Supporting Dusty Springfield and Brian Poole and the Tremeloes. With Herman's Hermits, Dave Berry, The Primitives, and The Echoes. Compere: Johnny Ball.
1 Dec 1964 Doncaster, Gaumont. Supporting Dusty Springfield and Brian Poole and the Tremeloes. With Herman's Hermits, Dave Berry, The Primitives, and The Echoes. Compere: Johnny Ball.
2 Dec 1964 Ipswich, Gaumont. Supporting Dusty Springfield and Brian Poole and the Tremeloes. With Herman's Hermits, Dave Berry, The Primitives, and The Echoes. Compere: Johnny Ball.
4 Dec 1964 Southend, Odeon. Supporting Dusty Springfield and Brian Poole and the Tremeloes. With Herman's Hermits, Dave Berry, The Primitives, and The Echoes. Compere: Johnny Ball.
5 Dec 1964 London, Granada, East Ham. Supporting Dusty Springfield and Brian Poole and the Tremeloes. With Herman's Hermits, Dave Berry, The Primitives, and The Echoes. Compere: Johnny Ball.
6 Dec 1964 Stoke-On-Trent, Gaumont, Hanley. Supporting Dusty Springfield and Brian Poole and the Tremeloes. With Herman's Hermits, Dave Berry, The Primitives, and The Echoes. Compere: Johnny Ball.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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20 Dec 1964 Nottingham, Dungeon Club.
 

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