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going strong after more than 60 years in the music industry
Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band continue to
delight audiences worldwide. Best remembered for his
1961 hit "Stranger on the Shore" which was
the first ever recording to be a No1 hit in the British
and American charts simultaneously and spent 55 weeks
in the charts.
shot to stardom in the 1970's. He had already had four
hit singles under the name of Shane Fenton "My
Coo Ca Choo", his debut single as Alvin Stardust
was a massive success and became a huge international
number one hit and spent over 6 months in the charts.
Numerous hits followed including four more number ones,
"Jealous Mind", "You You You", "Red
Dress" and "Good Love".
in 1976 by school chums who lived in London, Bad Manners
have become a British institution. Between 1980 and
1983 they spent 111 weeks in the charts and had 15
hit singles. Hits included Ne-Ne-Na-Na-Na-Nu-Nu, Lip
Up Fatty, Special Brew, Lorraine, Just A Feeling,
Walking In Sunshine to name but a few.
in 1962 and still going strong today with their new
show "Bop Till We Drop", this show was introduced
in 2004 and is improving all the time and features
all the old hits plus lots of new material.
Williams - the original singer from the very birth
of Boney M - featured on all their top ten hits, and
is now joined by three dynamic singers and live band.
||Sheyla Bonnick's Boney M
|This band as enjoyed successful tours around the world including many TV appearances, Product promotions, studio assignments and live performances in the United Kingdom, Russia/ former Russian states, Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, America, north & southern Ireland, Spain, Italy, Czech republic, former Yugoslavia, Croatia, France, Scandinavia inc Iceland, Malaysia, Australia and Asia in all manner of venues, theatre, arenas, Stadiums, Open-air concerts, Disco and Night Clubs. This flexible band come to your venue as a dynamic four piece playback show or eight piece live-band and always attracts large audiences where ever they go. The show consisting of sleek costume changers and has elements of a mini-musical feel, mapping out the Sounds of Boney M, It's visual feel and musical history. Cleverly edited music and striking sound effects make it easy to imagine your self back in the time of the of Frank Farians tunes and international stories which made the original concept so huge worldwide, songs like – Rasputin, Daddy Cool, Ma Baker, Brown Girl in the Ring, Rivers of Babylon, Ma Baker, Holiday and many many more classic Boney M hits. This is a show not to be missed!
Simply the UKs greatest ever party band! Formerly
Black Lace, Rob Hopcrafts terrific duo performs
all the hits from the legendary duo - Agadoo, Conga,
Music Man and much, much more... Demo available.
of Man won the 1976 Eurovision Song Contest with "Save
Your Kisses For Me". The song proved to be one
of the biggest selling records of all time, selling
in excess of 5 million copies. The group followed
this with 2 more British number ones "Angelo"
and "Figaro". The band also had a number
of other hits such as "My Sweet Rosalie",
"Oh Boy", "Middle of the Road"
and "Beautiful Lover". The band retain the
same line up as appeared in 1976.
Bruvvers are one of Britain's first Rock 'n Roll
Bands who helped set the path for the Beatles,
the Rolling Stones and many other bands from
the early sixties. The Bruvvers along with singer
Joe Brown had a string of top ten hits throughout
the sixties including the No 1 hit "A Picture
The wealth of experience contained in the band
has taken the Bruvvers from strength to strength,
playing good solid rock 'n roll not only for audiences
of the sixties but also today's generation.
Fizz were one of the biggest bands of the early
80's. Eurovision Song Contest winners with "Making
Your Mind Up" earned them an instant place
in musical folklore and an international number
one hit. Following the footsteps of Abba, Bucks
Fizz redefined the public's expectations of a boy/girl
band with exciting dance routines and regular visual
Audiences old and new continue to appreciate the
charm and vitality first displayed by Bucks Fizz
over 2 decades ago.
Tip reformed in 1996, they played a few songs
and realised the old magic was still there. By
January 1997 they began working again, playing
mainly functions, golf clubs, Masonic ladies nights,
parties and weddings etc.
Best known for their No1 hit "Son of my
Father" released in 1972. Chicory Tip are
one of the few bands from the 60's and 70's still
working with all original members.
Curtis And The Foundations
Curtis and the Foundations were the first multi-racial
band in the UK and as the original lead singer Clem
is now legendary in the music business both as a
first class musician and entertainer. Thirty years
of music and humour has produced a quality of performance
which appeals to audiences of all ages. Clems expertise
backed by a brilliant band is a winning and unmissable
Creole And The Coconuts
doubt the musical fusion offered by Kid Creole and the
Coconuts created one of the freshest new sounds of the
1980's. August ‘Kid Creole' Darnell developed
a unique blend of latin, reggae, calypso, disco, rap,
rock, jazz, rhythm & blues and swing. He combines
this with the singing, dancing Coconuts and a multi
talented group of musicians and bursts onto the music
scene with formidable force. Kid Creole and the Coconuts'
stage show is fresh and timeless packed with high energy,
hyperactive innovation and fronted by the flamboyant
persona of Kid Creole himself. A former school teacher
in Long Island , New York, August Darnell first hit
gold with Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah Band before
creating the outlet for his obvious talents Kid Creole
and The Coconuts. Their first album ‘Off The Coast
Of Me', realised in 1980, began a career that has spanned
the globe and spawned over 18 albums and countless singles
since 1981. From the musical trilogy of ‘Fresh
Fruit In Foreign Places', the UK favourite ‘Tropical
Gangsters' and ‘Doppelganger' to the eminently
commercial ‘Cre-Ole' album of 1984, right up to
his latest release ‘Perhaps too Cool to Conga,'
Kid Creole and the Coconuts have brought infectious,
‘groove' orientated music to audiences who simply
can't help but dance. Kid Creole's popularity has never
waned, and always popular in the UK, he was finally
recognised in his own country with performances for
two American presidents, namely George Bush and Bill
Clinton. Hits such as ‘Stool Pigeon', ‘I'm
A Wonderful Thing Baby' and ‘Annie, I'm Not Your
Daddy' remain as vibrant today as when they first hit
the charts and the man who once rightly described himself
as a ‘mega-mega-mega superstar' has broadened
his horizons to create a new legion of fans. His outstanding
success in the West End hit ‘Oh, What A Night'
proved his precocious talent was deeper than his larger
than life pop image suggested, and rave reviews and
packed houses all over the country were testimony to
his ongoing appeal. Today Kid Creole and The Coconuts
are as fresh and innovative as ever, and with a new
album already produced, he's ready to prove once more
that Kid Creole and The Coconuts can out-sing, out-dance
and out-groove anybody on the live circuit.
The Dakotas were formed in Manchester in 1960, where they quickly gained a reputation as one of the most professional groups in the area. They were also one of the earliest of the Manchester bands to appear at the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool. In 1962, at the suggestion of Paul McCartney and John Lennon, Brian Epstein teamed the band up with Billy J Kramer and they were signed up to EMI's Parlophone label. Their first hit was a Lennon / McCartney song, "Do You Want to Know a Secret". It reached No.2 in spring 1963. Other Lennon/McCartney hits quickly followed: "Bad To Me" made the No.1 spot, then "I'll Keep You Satisfied" and "From a Window" both went into the Top 10. "Little Children" gave the band a second No.1 in the spring of 1964. Later that year, both "Bad To me" and "Little Children" reached the American Top 10, prompting the group to visit the USA, where they played sell-out shows to frenzied fans of the "British Invasion" sound. The Dakotas and Billy each had separate recording contracts with EMI, being billed as "Billy J Kramer with the Dakotas". The group also recorded guitar instrumentals such as the "Cruel Sea", written by lead guitarist Mike Maxfield, which reached the Top 20 in September 1963. The Dakotas and Billy J Kramer's last Top 20 chart entry was "Trains and Boats and Planes" in 1965. Following the death of manager Brian Epstein in 1967, the British Invasion phenomenon had waned and by 1968, the Dakotas disbanded. In 1989 the Dakotas reformed, with original guitarist Mike Maxfield, drummer Tony Mansfield & new singer/bassist Eddie Mooney. Mike Maxfield invited Toni Baker to join the band on keyboards. When Tony Mansfield left the band in 1999 to concentrate on his financial services career, this paved the way for a new direction, and long time friend Pete Hilton was drafted in to take over the percussion seat. Christmas 2003, The Dakotas were associated with yet another number one hit: The best selling Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights” TV Show, on which the band
seasoned on several songs and the theme tune was written by keyboard player Toni Baker. The Dakotas appeared on the 2004 Solid Silver 60s tour, and later in the same year the band had a cameo role in the Peter Kay TV series, “Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere”. All the original music was again written by Peter Kay & Toni Baker. Sadly in 2004, founder member Mike Maxfield was forced to retire from live performing for health reasons, although he is still very actively involved behind the scenes and in the studio. Alan Clare is now the lead guitarist with the band. Eddie left the Dakotas in February 2008 to join The Fortunes, following the sad loss of their lead singer, Rod Allen, and Paul Rafferty has now taken over the role of lead singer/bass player.
it's American counterpart, British Rock 'n Roll
has given us some memorable figures. Amongst the
many artists each era has produced there have been
those performers who have that special something
that sets them apart. Sheffield's very own Dave
Berry has to be one of those entertainers, a very
stylised and musical personality. Dave created a
stage act that has gone on to influence others,
most notably, Alvin Stardust and Adam Ant. His current
work on stage embraces all aspects of Dave's career,
underlined of course by his great originality and
Dee Dozy Beaky Mick and Tich
of the most memorable groups from the 60's and not
just because of their quirky name. They made really
great records and were justifiably famous for their
on stage performance. A tradition that is maintained
to this day. In addition to offering the group as
a single unit, it is also possible to book Dave Dee
as a solo artiste on playback or Dozy, Beaky, Mick
and Tich in their own right.
And The Medics
on the road with a new six piece line up and a new
set of classic party hits not forgetting their own
chart topper "Spirit in the Sky", number
one in 36 countries. Available as a completely self
contained unit including a 5kw Meyer PA system and
16k Par64 lighting system.
in Canvey Island in Essex in the early 1970's
Dr Feelgood has become one of the most popular
rhythm and blues acts in the world. The raw and
uncompromising style that made them so popular
resulted in the band achieving a number one chart
position with their album "Stupidity".
Dr Feelgood have also enjoyed a string of hit
singles including "Milk and Alcohol",
"Down at the Doctors", "Roxette",
"She's a Wind Up" and "See You
Later Alligator". The band still undertakes
a full touring schedule, still thrilling the crowds
with the vitality of their explosive live show.
Lonnie Donegan Band
Lonnie Donegan Band is as the name suggests. This
is the band that toured with the legend for the
last 30 years. For those of you who saw Lonnie Donegan
perform in more recent years, then you will instantly
recognise them: Paul Henry ~ Lead Guitar, Chris
Hunt ~ Drums, Sticky Wicket ~ Percussion, Eddie
Masters ~ Bass, Peter Donegan ~ Acoustic Guitar,
Banjo, Harmonica, Mandolin, Lead Vocals. The band
reformed after Lonnie's passing to perform at the
Rock Island Line tribute concert for Lonnie, at
the Royal Albert Hall, backing artists such as Joe
Cocker, Chris Farlow, Rolf Harris, Roger Daltrey,
Mark Knopfler, Van Morrison, Chris Barber, to name
a few... After this they joined Peter and Anthony
Donegan on tour with "Lonnie D" the Lonnie
Donegan Story from 2004 until 2006. Currently the
band tour as the same line up as the last tour with
Lonnie, featuring Lonnie's son Peter Donegan on
keyboards and harmonica - only this time Peter also
performs lead vocals, acoustic guitar and banjo,
fronting the band. During each performance they
sing some of Lonnie's classics such as "Putting
On The Style", "Have a Drink On Me",
"Rock Island Line", and "Pick a Bale
of Cotton" to name just a few. But they also
delve into some of Lonnie's lesser known recordings
and some unissued tracks as well as performing some
original songs written by Peter. It adds up to a
great night of Skiffle, Blues, Jazz and a lot of
Dreamers - Still Rockin and Rollin into the 2000's.
Originally Freddie and the Dreamers, over the last
40 years changes naturally occurred but today two
members remain who have a genuine pedigree as Dreamers.
Mosca and Byng both were an integral part of Freddie
and the Dreamers backing Freddie throughout many
European, American and Australian Tours. Indeed
Mosca and Byng actually backed Freddie on the British
Invasion Tour of America Part 2 appearing at such
prestigious venues as Madison Square Gardens, New
York and The Amphitheatre in Los Angeles alongside
Gerry and the Pacemakers and The Searchers. Mosca
and Byng also appeared on Many TV shows with Freddie
including Surprise Surprise, Noel Edmonds, Time of
your Life TV shows throughout the USA and Australia
appearing with Cilla Black and The Shadows. On Parting
Company with Freddie, The Dreamers went on to be
a main attraction throughout the World. With Brian
Poole's ex-drummer Ray Martin joining in 1996, The
Dreamers went from strength to strength having one
of the most unusual and entertaining acts on the
Circuit. The Dreamers have appeared in the USA,
Australia, Germany, Greece, Belgium and Cyprus for
15 tours resident at the Kings Solomon Hotel Eilat,
Israel and The Holiday Inn, Tel Aviv. Alan Mosca
and Bryan Byng both Featured on Freddie and the
Dreamers - The Greatest Hits Album and the Single
'I'm a singer in a 60's band'. With the departure
of Lead guitarist Pete Ford after 30 years on guitar
and vocals The Dreamers are joined by Rob Isles.
Edwin Starr Band
When they backed the late great Edwin Starr they were affectionately known as
THE TEAM in which Edwin's brother Angelo was an
integral part. THE EDWIN STARR BAND is a 10 piece
show which keeps the memory of Edwin Starr and his
hits alive. His brother is now the front man and
Edwin would have surely been proud to hear his brothers
renditions of his hits such as "War" "Stop
her on Sight" "25 Miles" "Contact"
Happy Radio" etc along with other crowd pleasers
such as "My Girl" "Higher & Higher"
from Birmingham, England, The Fortunes first came
to prominence and international acclaim during that
Golden Era of Popular Music - the ‘swinging’
mid-sixties. Following on in the wake of Merseybeat,
and the R&B of The Stones, etc., The Fortunes
added another dimension to the sound of the classic
pop song with their special ingredients of sophisticated
orchestration, dual lead vocals and stylish counter-melodies.
result was a succession of distinctive and distinguished
hit records including ‘You’ve Got Your
Troubles’, ‘Here It Comes Again’
and, continuing into the seventies with more successful
releases such as 'Storm in a Teacup' and 'Freedom
Come, Freedom Go'. These songs have stood the test
of time, becoming household favourites permanently
on playlists everywhere. The Fortunes remain as
one of the UKs premier harmony groups, and are constantly
in demand worldwide. From the initial success in
1964 of ‘Caroline’, used as the signature
tune for the influential Pirate Radio station of
the same name, The Fortunes had a steady succession
of world-wide hits culminating in 1972 with the
release of ‘Storm in a Teacup’. During
this period The Fortunes were also the voices for
the US Coca Cola adverts (‘It’s The
Real Thing’) still to be seen and heard in
the US today.
Foundations were formed by guitarist Alan Warner,
they have had a string of hits including 'Build
me up Buttercup' (which was featured in the smash
hit film 'There's something about Mary') 'Baby now
that I've found you' ,'Back on my feet again' and
'Bad Bad old days' widely regarded as one of the
best British soul/pop records ever produced. The
band cause a sensation wherever it plays.
The Fourmost achieved fame under the management wing of Brian Epstein and had
already been part of the boom of beat music in Liverpool,
having played the famous Cavern club in 1961, long
before the Beatles made their debut. After being
auditioned by George Martin, they were signed to
Parlophone Records, the same label as The Beatles.
Two commercial Lennon / McCartney songs, "Hello
Little Girl" and "I'm In Love" served
as their initial a-sides, but the chirpy "A
Little Lovin'" became the bands biggest hit
on reaching No.6 in April 1964. They were featured
in the film "Ferry Cross The Mersey" which
consolidated their position as one of the leading
Park achieved UK and European chart success with
the medley style singles "Beach Boy Gold",
"Seasons of Gold" and "California
Gold". Gidea Park pride themselves on being
more than just a tribute band and an outstanding
vocal harmony band. Backdrops and staging are provided
to create a summer sunshine setting, a full light
show adds to the effect. Hawaiian shirts, shorts
and surfboards complete the look. Humour is never
far away and the stage antics have been known to
make even the band roar with laughter.
Glitter Men first came to fame in 1971 as the backing
band for Gary Glitter. The band provided the hypnotic
tribal backings for all of his major hits around the
world including such classics as Rock And Roll Part
2, I’m The Leader Of The Gang, I Love You Love
and many many more. By 1973 the band had changed their
name to The Glitter Band and were striking out and
building a solid reputation as a top chart in their
own right with worldwide chart toppers such as Goodbye
My Love, Angel Face, Let’s Get Together Again
and People Like You. By 1976 The Glitter Band had
changed their name to The G-Band. The subsequent album
Paris Match clearly announced a new musical direction
for the band. Gerry Shephard died tragically in 2003.
Pete Phipps has continued to tour Europe with The
Glitter Band. The Glitter Band of today is an exciting
“all-hit” show featuring all of The Glitter
Band’s greatest hits as well as some of the
better known glitter songs, performed faithfully to
the original recordings. This show is a must for any
70s or Glam Rock event.
voice of ROSE ROYCE on 70's classics including "Car
Wash" "Wishing on a star" & "Love
dont live here anymore" Further chart success
with "Aint Nobody" & revamped "Wishing
on a Star" which gave her a first top 10 solo
hit. Now available solo on playback or with band as
GWEN DICKEY'S ROSE ROYCE for a great party night featuring
all the above hits plus tracks such as her cover of
established a formidable reputation as "Queen
of the British Clubs" scoring a succession of
massive club and dance hits which crossed successfully
into the mainstream charts. Although Hazel did not
have her first hit until 1984, she had already paid
her dues and demands as a singer, writer and performer-her
professional singing career started back in the 70's.
Hazel recorded several singles during this period,
albeit without any commercial success, these singles
were hugely popular on the Northern Soul Scene.
developed her stage confidence with many tours and
live appearances, working with some of the biggest
names in entertainment and appearing at the London
Palladium, The Royal Albert Hall and most of the other
notorious 1970 cabaret venues. Hazel developed her
singing style by performing pop and soul numbers –
gaining confidence after hearing her voice recorded
and well produced. She eventually started veering
towards dance music, marking a new stage in her career.
In February 1984 she had her first chart entry with
double A-side "Evergreen" / "Jealous
Love" ,which made the UK Top 75, two months later
Hazel was back in the pop charts with her electrifying
recording of "Searchin" (I Gotta Find A
man) (proto records) which sailed in at number 6 and
remained in the top 75 for 15 weeks.
Mid-60's music scene was dominated by British Acts;
three of which became household names - The Beatles
- The Rolling Stones and...... Herman's Hermits, who
are one of the most successful groups throughout the
world. From their beginning in Manchester, England,
on April 1st 1964, the band has chalked up over 23
hit singles, 10 hit albums, 3 major movies and countless
television shows and concert tours all over the world
- up to date they have total record sales of over
75 million. Since 1971 and the departure of Peter
Noone to pursue a solo career in the entertainment
business, the group has never stopped. Original member
Barry (the Bean) Whitwam. has guided the band from
strength to strength into one of the hardest working
acts in the business - they still average more than
200 one-night stands per year - and reckon they maintain
their stamina by having an amazing sense of humour.
the mid 60's when the Ivy League had their first
taste of pop chart success the band has gone from
strength to strength. The Ivy Leagues unique falsetto
vocal sound, blended with superb harmonies reproduce
their hits "Tossing and Turning", "Funny
How Love Can Be" and" That's Why I'm Crying".
Added to their repertoire are some old and some
new favourites, all of which are brought together
with some hysterical zany comedy routines.
James And The Vagabonds
Jamaica Jimmy James had some considerable success
with two singles "Bewildered And Blue" and
"Come Softly To Me". He came to England
and joined the multi-racial Vagabonds. The band became
a leading live attraction in the 60's. Chart success
came with "Red Red Wine" and later in 1976
with another set of Vagabonds "I'll Go where
the Music Takes Me" and "Now Is The Time".
The band is a major live attraction with their impressive,
Brown was one of the original Rock & Roll Stars
to come out of the UK. One of the first UK session
men, his early career highlights include playing guitar
with Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Johnny Cash and
other US stars when they came over to Europe. Joe
went on to top the charts with his own records, had
The Beatles open shows for him and in a career packed
with musical highlights has also presented several
National series of the Joe Brown Show on UK TV, two
series Rock Show for BBC Radio 2 and finds time to
do around 100 live shows a year in the UK. In 2002
he appeared at the Concert For George to honour the
life and memory of his dear friend George Harrison.
the leading traditional jazz trumpet players on
the eastern side of the Atlantic arguably the most
successful is Kenny Ball. Kenny achieved worldwide
fame for his recordings in the 1960’s. Including
“Midnight in Moscow” which reached No.
2 in the UK and the US charts and hit worldwide
sales of more than one million copies, the debut
hit “Samantha” and the smash “When
I’m 64”, made Kenny a household name.
With no fewer than 20 albums on sale, a Billboard
Gold Microphone Award, more top 30’s in the
US than Louis Armstrong, and honorary citizenship
to the city of New Orleans, Kenny Ball is no less
than a - true legend.
McKeowns Legendary Bay City Rollers
a decade spanning 1971 – 1981, the Bay City
Rollers became one of the world’s biggest selling
bands, notching up hit after hit around the world.
With their legions of fans sporting the ‘tartan
look’, Rollermania had arrived! In the UK alone:
12 chart hits, 2 number ones (Bye Bye Baby and Give
A Little Love), 9 other top ten placings, their own
National TV series (Shang A Lang) plus sell-out stadium
tours made their faces famous wherever they appeared.
Paramount to this success was Les McKeown, lead singer
and the voice of all the hit records. Les McKeown’s
Legendary Bay City Rollers invite you to re-create
the excitement of those heady days!
No 1 Hit recording band. Now perform as a 3 piece
rock and glamrock band of the 60's and 70's to incorporate
the bands hits. The length of performance being
are one of those groups that just seem to go on forever,
once described as the definitive Scottish rock group.
Mainly remembered for one song "Ob-La- Di, Ob-La-Da"
they charted number one hits and top ten American
hits into the 70's. Still going strong today and thrilling
audiences of all age groups.
Merseybeats can only be described as one of the
most powerful and exciting bands performing ‘live’
music today, they continue to enthral thousands
of fans, in the UK, Europe and World-wide by performing
one night stands and package tours…. proof
that they are still one of the most popular and
authentic sixties bands performing today.
the History of Popular Music and in particular the
"Swinging Sixties" the "Charts"
have been dominated by groups. These inevitably produced
a front man, usually with a distinctive vocal style
that became that group's signature. The Searchers
were one such 60's group, sweeping to fame in 1963
with their first recording, "Sweets for My Sweet"
which was the first of three No. 1 hits, followed
by no less than 14 more chart hits. Voted second only
to the Beatles in 1964, the Searchers became a household
name on both sides of the Atlantic. After the first
two hits, one man emerged as the Creator of the Searchers
sound that was to become a legend. The man responsible
for those highly distinctive vocals and that "jangly"
12-string guitar is Mike Pender. Today the sounds
of the sixties are as popular as ever. Mike Pender's
Searchers still travel the U.K. and many continents
singing, playing and creating that distinctive sound
which has become a legend in popular music.
the early 70’s viewers tuning into their regular
weekly fix of then, un-missible Top of the Pops would
have regularly been greeted by a smiling, mutton-chopped,
gap-toothed singer by the name of RAY DORSET, more
commonly known as the singer, song-writer and guitarist
of MUNGO JERRY. In a two year hit span, MUNGO JERRY
contributed four Top Twenty singles, (including two
Number One’s) and two Top Twenty albums in their
first flush of success. But after a long worldwide
tour and on the way home from Australia, two other
members of the band decided that RAY DORSET was out.
On hearing this both the record company Pye, and the
bands management Red Bus, would have none of it. They
had a better idea, the others were out and RAY DORSET,
the leader would now be MUNGO JERRY the Man! The song
most associated with MUNGO JERRY is the global hit
'IN THE SUMMERTIME', it sold over six million copies
worldwide in the first six months of release and over
thirty years later, that total is now near, a staggering
thirty million sales, making it officially the most
played summer song of all time. Winning for itself
and it’s writer RAY DORSET, prestigious Sony
/ MTV and Ivor Novello awards.
going strong after more than 40 years in the business,
best known for their chart hit "Tobacco Road",
other hits include "Google Eye", "Little
Bird", "Find My Way Back Home" and
"The Biggest Night of her Life".
the best pure singer to come from the '80s soul
era' releasing a 'string of memorable hits' that
are STILL broadcast as 'radio requests' and played
at literally thousands of events around the world
including: 'Fake' – 'Criticize' - 'If you
were here tonight' - 'Saturday love' - 'Never knew
love like this' - 'Sunshine' - 'Secret Lovers' +
many more. His album 'Hearsay' sold nearly a million
copies in the UK alone, and to this day he still
holds the record as the only performer to 'sell
out' for SIX consecutive nights at London's Wembley
Arena. This soul legend STILL has an undying passion
to perform... and his 'live shows' reflect that.
Lace consisted of Philip Wright, Cliff Fish, Chris
Morris, Carlo Santana, and Michael Vaughan . Hailing
from Nottingham, Paper Lace was formed in 1969 and
in early 1974 they won ITV's talent contest Opportunity
Knocks. Thanks to that show they were quickly signed
by songwriters / producers Mitch Murray and Peter
Calendar. The smash hit 'Billy Don't Be A Hero'
stayed three weeks at No. 1 on the British Chart
in March 1974, and an equally catchy story song
reached the No. 3 position; it was called 'The Night
Chicago Died'. Another hit 'The Black-Eyed Boys',
took Paper Lace to No. 11 in late 1974. With their
American subject matter, it was logical that 'Billy
Don't Be A Hero' and 'The Night Chicago Died' should
become US hits, however Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods
were the first to release 'Billy', and Paper Lace
had to be content with a No. 96 placing , but enjoyed
their own American chart-topper with ' Chicago '.
They were the most successful band Nottingham ever
produced and were invited to perform on the Royal
Variety Performance in front of the Queen Mother.
say P.J. Proby is talented, is an understatement.
He's a giant and as the album states a "Legend",
who has made an indelible impression upon the music
and the entertainment industry. There is no dispute
that P.J. Proby is one of the most exciting and talented
performers of our time.
vocalists Chris & Eddy Amoo + Dave Smith. 3
No 1 Singles in both the 70's & 80's. "You
to me are everything" "Cant get by without
you" & "Feel the for They have an
ever growing reputation in the corporate & private
function market and as such they now plan to increase
their band to seven piece, bringing the total on
stage to 10. Performing all their hits along with
classic covers such as "Celebration" "Ladies
Night" & "Aint no stoppin' us now"
to keep the party atmosphere going. They are also
still available for playback shows with the 3 vocalists
singing live to track.
Wood Big Band
early Nineties were spent mainly in his own studio
writing and recording. However, live work called
again and Roy launched the twelve piece Roy Wood
Big Band. This band has now evolved into an exciting
new venture, Roy Wood’s Army, which features
a stunning, seven piece brass section, (six of which
are female!) playing all Roy’s hits &
songs written especially for his sparkling new band.
Rubettes’ first (and biggest hit) was “Sugar
Baby Love” (released in 1974) which was a UK
no. 1 and going on to sell around three million copies
worldwide. The distinctive falsetto lead vocal to
“Sugar Baby Love” was however performed
by Paul Da Vinci (real name: Paul Prewer) who left
the group after a few weeks to be replaced by Williams.
The song is often mistakenly assumed to be by Showaddywaddy
by casual music fans and the younger generation. The
Rubettes went on to have a number of other hits during
the mid-seventies such as “Juke Box Jive”
and “I Can Do It”, mostly written by the
Bickerton-Waddington song-writing team. Their final
hit was the 'country rock' styled ballad - "Baby
I Know" - which reached no. 10 in the UK in 1977.
Searchers are one of the few British pop groups
who have maintained their position at the top for
well over 40 years. Second only to the Beatles as
Liverpool's finest 60's group.
2002 Stevens received a Number One Gold Award from
The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles. In 2003
he headlined to an audience of 200,000 in Austria,
and in 2004 topped the bill at the prestigious charity
event of the Frankfurt Opera Ball, then appearing
in the tv celebration to mark 50 Years Of Rock.
Stevens was then ranked as the 16th highest selling
artist in the UK, ever, and also acknowledged as
having had more number 1's than any other Welsh
artist. He followed all this up with a further Number
1, Platinum selling album in Denmark, and in 2005
with a # 4 album, in the UK, which went Gold within
9 days of release. With a sell-out UK tour at the
end of 2005, Shaky then went back into the studio
to complete a new album, scheduled for release in
1973, the band were asked if they wanted to be on
TV - the show was "New Faces". They won
one programme in the series and were runners-up in
the "All Winners Final". This led to various
record companies racing to sign them up. However they
had already signed to Bell Records, (the Bay City
Rollers and Gary Glitter were also signed to the signed
to the same label).
The first single, Hey Rock And Roll was released on
19th April 1974 and reached number two in the UK charts.
Showaddywaddy then hit the UK charts another 22 times
until late 1982. These included 10 Top-Ten singles
and one number one, racking up a total on 209 weeks
in the singles chart - one of the most successful
singles groups of all time. The first few singles
were all written by the band and these generally reached
the top-20. Two cover versions, 'Three Steps To Heaven'
and 'Heartbeat' were released in 1975. These both
reached the top ten before Showaddywaddy reverted
back to their own material. However, these again failed
to reach the top-10, so they went back to cover-versions
and entered the top-10 once more. Romeo later quoted,
"Dave and Trevor would approach the record company
with a song. The would say, 'No we don't want that
- you had a hit with a cover last time, you can do
it again'". The cover versions were all pop versions
of old '50s US rock 'n' roll songs, catchy tunes backed
up by their colourful image, dance routines and numerous
doubt one of the most exciting bands to come out of
Great Britain in the past 30 years. With their unique
blend of pop-rock 'n roll, outrageous flamboyance,
and no less than 23 top ten singles of which 6 were
number 1's-plus 6 smash albums. Slade have become
a firm favourite in the hearts of pop fans all over
be rock 'n' roll survivors is an achievement. To
be Europe's top live band, thirty years after its
inception is truly fantastic but to still be enthusiastic,
fresh, totally committed and in love with the music
is a positive miracle.
2002, Steeleye Span reformed for a comeback tour with
a 'classic lineup'. Prior and Genocky rejoined, and
along with Kemp, Knight and Johnson, they released
Present (2002), a 2-disc set of new recordings of
songs chosen by fans on a Steeleye web site as the
best of their previous output. Johnson had to retire
from playing duties before the 2002 tour, and was
replaced on guitar by Ken Nicol, formerly of the Albion
Band. With Nicol on board, the relatively prolific
output has continued, with the release of 'They called
her Babylon' (2004) and the Christmas album 'Winter'.
In 2005 Steeleye Span were awarded the Good Tradition
Award at the BBC Folk Awards, while a recent book,
Electric Folk by Britta Sweers (2005), devotes much
space to the band. As of Spring 2006, the band are
currently on a UK tour, to be followed by dates in
Europe and an appearance at the 2006 Cropredy Festival.
The tour is supported by a live album and DVD of their
2004 tour, and a new studio album is expected later
this year or early 2007. The current line-up consists
of Maddy Prior (vocals), Ken Nicol (guitar, vocals),
Rick Kemp (bass, vocals), Peter Knight (violin, piano,
vocals), and Liam Genockey (drums and percussion),
and draws on past and current Steeleye Span repertoire.
They usually plays to theatres and arts centres but
also performs at festivals. The band has recently
toured extensively in Australia and closed 2004 with
a gala performance in London's Paladium theatre.
First Lady - Worldwide sales of 50 million records,
sixteen HIT SINGLES and over 35 years of Concert
Touring. Suzi Quatro the Singer, Song Writer, Musician
and Performer is undoubtedly the QUEEN OF ROCK AND
ROLL! "All My Life I Wanted To Be Somebody
And Here I Am!" Susan Kay Quatro born 3rd June
1950 in Detriot U.S.A., after touring in bands with
her sisters through out the U.S.A. in the late 1960's,
in 1971 Suzi went to live and work in England. Suzi
achieved musical success and went onto become the
first female rock musican with a string of number
one hits through out the 1970's and early 80's.
BACK TO THE 80's with Chartoppers TIGHT FIT. Sets include The TIGHT FIT HITS "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" No 1 in 1982 "Fantasy Island" No 5 in 1982 "I'm Undecided" & "Secret Heart" plus non stop memories such as " Billie Jean" "Dont you want me" "Sisters are doin' it for themselves" "The Power of Love" "Walking on Sunshine" "Celebration" "Walk like an Egyptian" " I cant go for that (no can do) " & medleys of the greatest hits from "Bananarama" "ABC" "Blondie" & "Duran Duran". Seven Piece Show featuring 3 vocalists out front including the 2 original female singers JULIE HARRIS & VICKY
WRIGHT (daughter of legendary singer Joy Beverley of the "Beverley Sisters" & equally legendary footballer Billy Wright.
group formed in 1958 as Brian Poole and the Tremoloes
(the name soon being changed thanks to the spelling
mistake of a local newspaper), and were initially
cast in the Buddy Holly and the Crickets mould.
Decca notoriously chose them over The Beatles, whom
they had auditioned on the same day. They first
charted with a version of “Twist and Shout”
(1963), which owed much to the Beatles' version,
followed by a chart topping cover of The Contours'
U.S. million-seller “Do You Love Me”
in the same year. Before they parted company with
Brian Poole in 1966, their covers of Roy Orbison's
B-side, "Candy Man" and The Crickets'
B-side ballad, "Someone Someone" (both
1964) entered the UK singles chart Top Ten, with
the latter peaking at number two.
Troggs were signed by the manager of The Kinks in
1966 and recorded on Larry Page's Page One Records.
Their most famous hit was the single "Wild Thing"
(written by Chip Taylor), which reached #1 in the
United States in June 1966. Its combination of a simple
heavy guitar riff and flirtatious lyrics helped it
to quickly become a garage rock standard. They also
had a number of other hits, including "With a
Girl Like You" (a UK #1 in July 1966, U.S. #25),
"I Can't Control Myself" (a UK #2 in September
1966), "Anyway That You Want Me" (UK #10
in December 1966), "Night of the Long Grass"
(UK #17 in May 1967), and "Love Is All Around"
(UK #5 in October 1967 and US #7 in February 1968).
In the early 1970s, in an attempt to re-create their
1960s successes, the Troggs re-united with Larry Page,
now running Penny Farthing Records, but the resulting
cover version of the Beach Boys hit Good Vibrations
did not capture the public's imagination. The Troggs
still exist and still play gigs.
band has worked extensively to put together a repertoire
of classic songs from the 60’s to 90’s,
which they perform either in the original form or
in their own unique style – many of which appear
on their albums “This Time Around”, “Classics”
& their latest release "By Request".
The band have also devoted a great deal of time and
effort to perfect their concert sound, which is always
complimented wherever they appear. The "Union
Gap" are a professional band, fully self contained
with concert sound and lighting, are experienced in
– and available for – work in Theatres,
Cabaret Venues, Holiday Centres and Cruise Ships throughout
the UK and overseas. The “Union Gap” are
very proud of their increasing popularity and outstanding
reputation for their friendliness and professionalism
both on and off stage which makes them an instant
hit with audiences, venue management & staff,
sound/lighting/stage crew and entertainment agencies.
Washington and The Ram Jam Band had two of the biggest
selling UK albums of the sixties. Amazingly both
of these were live albums. Hand Clappin, Foot Stompin,
Funky Butt Live was in the album charts for 48 weeks
of the year 1966 and was only out-sold by The Sound
of Music and Bridge over Troubled Water. US soul
acts rarely visited the UK and, having come over
as a part of the USAir force and stayed, Geno was
our soul man. His level of touring and the high
energy of his gigs was, and still is (as immortalized
by Dexy's Midnight Runners in the 80's hit Geno)
the stuff of legends.
Fontana And The Mindbenders
began as The Jets in 1963 playing R&B covers
in Manchester pubs where they were spotted by a
Fontana Records talent scout. He signed them and
the bands' name was duly changed. After making a
few competent, if not particularly exceptional records,
their cover of Major Lance's "Um, Um, Um, Um,
Um, Um" was their first big hit in the autumn
of '64. They followed this with another top ten
record "Game Of Love" (65). The partnership
broke up in the closing months of 1965, and The
Mindbenders immediately struck gold with the beautiful
beat ballad "A Groovy Kind Of Love". They
reached the top twenty again with "Ashes To
Ashes" (66) and made an appearance in the film
before disappearing from view, eventually splitting
up in 1968. Fontana too, put out solo records ,
his highest placing was No. 11 with "Pamela,
Pamela" at the end of '66. This would also
be his final chart entry.
Maizie, original singer from the very birth of
Boney M, featured on all their top ten hits, is
now joined by three dynamic singers, Sheila Bonnick,
Toyin Adekale and Kelly Rahman .Their greatest hits
albums always re-chart and include classics such
as "Brown Girl In The Ring", "Rivers
Of Babylon" and "Ra-Ra-Rasputin".
now, everyone knows the Yardbirds legend, if not their
music; the band graduated three of the great Ph.D.s
of rock guitar: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy
Page. They created hard rock out of standard twelve-bar
blues, doubling the tempos and whacking the amps up
to ten. On the British club scene, the Yardbirds,
the Animals, and the Rolling Stones ruled the stages.
The Yardbirds expanded the range of the electric guitar,
experimenting with feedback, sustain, and fuzztone.
They also coined and popularized the rave-up, a kind
of free-for-all where you jam long and hard, not as
soloists, but in a tandem, until you reach an epiphany
about 10 or 20 or 30 minutes later, a shuddering climax
of decibels and pure energy, and then—back into
the song for one more boom-boom chorus. The Yardbirds
were the bridge between the tributary white R&B
of early-sixties London and the pastures of fuzz-toned
psychedelia and power-chorded heavy metal plowed much
later in the decade and throughout the seventies.
Yes, the Yardbirds laid the groundwork for Rock Guitar
As We Know It.