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April 2010

 

These three are amongst my favourite pages as I have been lucky enough to have been sent photocopies of this short-lived but great publication from 63/64.  I am grateful to Portsmouth based Mick Cooper- another ex 60s musician who played with several groups in his own area just a few miles down the old A27 from Southampton, including the much respected 'Heaven' whose old recordings are quite collectable.  They were a 'progressive' type outfit and included my old pal Eddie Harnett from The Unforgiven who were based in Eastleigh Southampton and his vocal/guitar skills were also complemented by his songwriting skills that feature on the group's LP output.  Their greatest moment was appearing at the 1970 Isle Of Wight Festival but I missed them due to arriving for the Saturday and Sunday to enjoy an amazing line-up including Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Tyrannosaurus Rex and many more legends.  Just check out the Wikipedia entry on this festival and you will find the most awe-inspiring collection of artistes you could wish for!  This was Jimi Hendrix's last performance as he sadly died in London just a few weeks after this iconic festival appearance at just 27 years old - Janis Joplin, Brian Jones, Kurt Cobain and Jim Morrison and a few more well known musicians also died at the same age so quite poignant for those of us who enjoyed their amazing talent that was cut short by the scourge of a rock n roll lifestyle.  I'm a real 'Southern Entertainer' and I knew about it when it was first published all those years ago but never got round to getting a copy........until now!

 

The Southern Entertainer was the brainchild of the very enterprising Dave Jay, who managed several acts in the Southampton area and who worked within the offices of Avenue Artistes in Southampton.  This agency/management company was founded by Len Canham who looked after the Royal Pier Pavilion Ballroom from the late 1950s as well as booking acts all over the South Coast.  He also worked with Reg Calvert, whose own story (and Len's) can be found on my other webpages (see Site map) and then joined by Terry Rolph who still runs the company to this day.  Avenue Artistes had a fine roster of the best in local groups, singers, DJs and their publicity side was very organised - this can be seen all over my webpages as these managed acts had the best photos, handouts and were also sold onto other promoters in other parts of the country.  One of the most notable being Bob Potter who was and is still based on the Hampshire/Surrey border at the world famous Lakeside Club that has seen many of the biggest stars in showbusiness topping the bill as well as the annual World Darts Championships that are staged there.

 

I was with several freelance groups from 1964 to 1972 and many of these were often booked through A.A. on odd gigs but never had any sole agreements or management deals - sadly resulting in my not having a decent portfolio of old publicity photos as we rarely bothered.   I have reproduced all the pages of these three issues in small image files below - large files take up far too much bandwith but I have scanned the text from each page and placed it underneath the individual one.  It all makes for very interesting reading and offers a superb insight into the whole mood of that exciting time.  If you have read my Groups 11 webpage, then you will note that this magazine coincided with the second major Beatles tour that played the Gaumont theatre in December 1963.  Some of the reviews seem quaint to our modern ears but you will hopefully capture a glimmer of the exciting times when there so many groups, singers and many venues in which to play as many a youngster would flock to the local 'hop' and dance the night away to their favourite acts.  There may have been a few punchups but you would never hear of any stabbings, drug-taking, binge-drinking and all manner of behaviour that can be seen in recent years.  Many venues were youth clubs, church halls, cinemas, drill halls so often 'dry' areas with no booze taking hold and prompting the negative side of a night out.  It was an innocent time, with full employment and a sense that the Swinging Sixties would last forever but history soon proved us all wrong. For us youngsters lucky enough to be involved in the pop group scene- it was a great time as we made music, had loads of laughs, pulled the girls and often made lifetime pals and I am lucky enough to keep in touch with so many from some 45 years ago.  Most of us never 'made it' but it was fun in trying and I'm sure that most of us would do it all over again if given the chance to use a real Tardis!

 

So here it is dear reader- after some 46 years you can read all about the movers and shakers of the Southampton music scene as published by Avenue Artistes.  It serves as a 'time capsule' taking you back to the start of the Swinging Sixties that really took off over the next few years and we thank everybody for making the music on any level.  From the massive hits of each year- just take a look back over the old charts and note how many classic songs are still getting airplay to this day.  I am reproducing the scanned text from each page below each image and as it reads so please forgive any spelling mistakes- not mine!!!   I have also spread each each across three separate pages so- enjoy another trip back in time!  It takes quite a while to do the copying, proof-reading, slight edits etc but enjoyable as I read through each page and smile at familiar names, venues and much more from that evocative time of my life.

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SOUTHERN ENTERTAINER ISSUE 1:     December 1963 price 6d

Text reads:

"Did someone say who is this group?  Man oh Man where have you been- it's the Beatles!  They have had the whole of the South, or this part of it anyway, quivering  for weeks before they appear at the Gaumont on Friday December 13th.  As a matter of interest for all Beatles fans, their new record "The Beatles Christmas Record" will be mailed free of charge to every member of the Official Beatles Fan Club during the early part of this month"

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SOUTHERN ENTERTAINER

Like It's Old, Dad

by MINSTREL

Caedmon, so the Venerable Bede has it, was a cowherd in the employ of Abbess Hilda of Whitby, on the wild coast of Yorkshire. One day, much to the astonishment of the Venerable Bede, Abbess Hilda, Caedmon, and very probably his cows, Caedmon started to sing.

Singing has been very much a British habit since then. William the conqueror, warlike though he was, took time off to get himself a good minstrel. So did Richard the Lionheart. In 1225 John of Fonset, a monk from Reading Abbey, sat down full of the joys of Spring and knocked out a number called " Sumer is a cumen in "—it is still with us. Henry VIII, so legend says, penned the immortal " Greensleeves is My Delight." He might well have done so. " Greensleeves " was Tudor slang for " virgin."

After the Civil War, with the onset of puritanism all singing apart from hymn singing seems to have taken a dive in general popularity, only to bob up again in much less robust form as entertainment for the Victorian dining room. But the British working people always sang, and unwittingly sowed the seeds for an enormous cultural crop of, folk song and story. Up the Welsh hills were sung songs that de-ceiided directly from the ancient Britons; in England and particularly Cornwall, legends of Arthur were carried on by farmhands and serving maids.

The Irish have always been a warlike, musical race. " All their wars are merry," Chesterton said of them, " and their songs are sad." Irish songs have formed a great part of the British musical tradition.

Sea Songs

The sea, which has always held a large place in British heritage, naturally contributed its bit. Sailors in the days of sail found work much easier to the accompaniment of rythmic music; thus they created the " roll and go" shanties. Ashore, for the landlubbers, they wrote ballads and sang them to the accompaniment of fiddles, penny whistles, concertinas- even stamping feet and rattling spoons. Sailors songs were always songs which left little to the imagination, so that often the delicate ears of ladies ashore were assailed, when a big East Indiaman was putting to sea, by verses like : " Little Nancy Skinner " (Haul 'im away). " Says she's a beginner " (Haul 'im away). " Now she prefers it to her dinner " (Haul 'im away).

To stop this undesirable state of affairs, it became the custom for one man, the " shanty man " to sing the verse in a voice audible only to the sailors on deck, and for the rest to sing the inoffensive chorus.

The Roots

English folk songs were carried across the Atlantic by these same sailors, and the immigrants, they carried aboard their ships, to North America. There, the songs from the Old Country became part of a huge new potpourri of singing culture. The Spaniards and their guitars, the Negro with his blues and banjo, the Germans and Dutch and Swiss all had a little bit to add of their own. The only race that didn't, generally speaking, contribute to American folk song were the American Indians themselves, oddly enough. Because Red Indians, generally speaking, don't sing!

Skiffle

American folk songs as such lies at the root of pop songs. And it is here, since 1953, that Lonnie Donegan came in, with a nasal twang and a load of American pop-folk-jazz songs, to push Frankie Laine and Johnny Ray out of the hit parade and make people think about singing for themselves. Many skiffle groups that originated around this time are now rock groups, hitting the top of the pops in their own right. But a number of them chose to dig deeper into the roots of the music that Donegan sang; and in doing so they rediscovered English Folk Music : Little Nancy Skinner, Greensleeves, and all!

If you'd like to know more about English folk music, you will find that Southampton is rich in folk clubs. In London, you'll find an even bigger variety — " The Troubador," Old Brompton Road's medieval style coffee house where Robin Hall and Jim McGregor started together, is now world famous for the hootenannies that go on there. If you want to hear recorded folk music, try the records of such artistes as Rory McEwan, A. L. Lloyd, Ewan McColl, Peggy Seeger, Dominic Behan, Cyril Tawney, Louis Killen and Derek Serjeant— they all sing the real old stuff, And then . . . well why not try singing yourself?

 

FOLK

by MAX HEDRUUM

Why is folk music popular today? Different people will give you different reasons.

The socialists and anarchists will say that it is the music of the people and a natural and effective method of protest. The folklorists and ethnologists contend that it represents a desire for the rediscovery of racial identity. And the magazine commentators have seen in this return to grass roots a rejection of popular culture and a healthy yearning by the people to make their own music . . . music so far comparatively untrammelled by commercial pressures.

There is no real answer to the question posed in the first paragraph and there is truth in all the theories and explanations.

The best folk clubs are the ones least confined to stylistic frontiers. The beatnik clubs prefer blues; the ethnic clubs frown on too much musical freedom. The " f olkier you try to be the less you are," songwriter Sydney Carter said once, and he is right. One of Southampton's three folk clubs, the " Fo'c's'le," represents the happy medium, a middle of the road approach best illustrated by the styles of its residents.

They are :

THE SOUTHAMPTON BALLADIERS :

Dave Williams. A patter expert, excellent all-round musician (plays guitar, concertina, penny whistle) and a singer with a strong voice of the " belting " type. Very good on shanties, talking blues; not so hot on the softer pastoral songs of Britain, which he normally leaves to ...

Vic Wilton, a singer with a deep brown voice which relaxes into beautiful ballads of lost love and mystical songs like " The Great Solkie " and " The Seeds of Love." Also a banjo picker of exceptional ability . . , and Pete Mills, one of the best chorus-leaders in the South (no-one does " The Barley Mow " quite as well as Pete). Something of an expert on cowboy songs (his yodelling sounds most authentic), Pete is a good guitarist and able exponent of the harmonica.

"GUTTA PERCHA" The name cloaks that of Mike Sadler, a schoolmaster and former traditional jazz banjoist, who in recent times has turned with increasing effect and fame to songwriting. His hilarious skits, in the broadside tradition, on everything lampoonable have won hi ma place, a sure place, in the local and national folk scene.

TONY CALLEN A felicitous exponent of the elegiac sort of song, Tony makes a striking contrast to " Gutta," with whom he is not infrequently partnered.

ANDY RUSBRIDGE

A product, like Callen, of the Southampton University folk music scene, Andy is a young singer improving all the while. He is becoming increasingly more influenced by traditional British ballads. He knows what songs suit him and he puts them over effectively.

JOHN PADDY BROWNE

Co-founder of the club and its joint secretary with John Mann, Paddy looks upon himself more as a collector than as a singer and his fund of material is very large. His speciality: Irish songs (he's a Derry man).

The club meets every Friday at the Bay Tree Inn, New Road, Southampton, and numbers in its audTence lorry drivers and teachers, clerks and labourers, a cobbler, a child psychologist, even a magistrate.

 

Next issue the " Southern Entertainer" will run a special feature on the Balladeer Club which is held every Wednesday at the Bassett Hotel, Southampton.

BALLADEER

SOUTHAMPTON'S ORIGINAL FOLK MUSIC CLUB

EVERY WEDNESDAY

Featuring well-known Guests every week

BASSETT HOTEL, BURGESS ROAD, SOUTHAMPTON

 

 

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Meet—The Dowlands

High on the local " pop-poll" is the Dowlands who hail from Bournemouth. This handsome twosome have been on the boards for the past five years since joining a Southampton promoter and have now really started in the national field with their recording for Oriole " Big Big Fella."

This follows closely on their first record, " Little Sue " which established them among record buyers and proved at the same time that they are not just a carbon copy of the Everley Brothers.

Last Friday was a day of days for the boys as their latest record was released on Oriole, entitled "AH My Lovin " it is a Beatles composition which is featured on the latter's new L.P. " With the Beatles "; is this their chance for Chart success . . , give it a listen it's great.

Born in Bournemouth, Gordon Leslie (1938) and David Charles (1940) they studied at Stourfield Secondary Modern School and then went into their first world of art— commercial art—with an energy in Bournemouth. They took to this like the proverbial ducks and now have their own agency—the Admen Studios. It just shows you—you can't hold a good pair down no matter what job they take up.

In 1958 came the split when " the lads in khaki" got a grip on Gordon. Lucky as ever he was posted to Aldershot, the home of the British Army, and they managed to get together often enough to keep their act and singing in top condition.

1961—they made their first T.V appearance in Southern Television's talent programme " Home Grown " and rated very high indeed. The break that always comes to those who are really worthwhile turned up in the shape of JOE MEEK, independent A and R man when he came to Southampton to hear the lads sing. " Great " said Joe and, in the words of the prophet said " Sign here." This led to a recording contract and a very happy association.

They made their B.B.C. debut on "Parade of the Pops " with Acker Bilk and later on " Talent Spot."

Fan clubs for the Dowlands are springing up in several parts of the country—the local one at 1 Zamek Close, Bear Cross, Bournemouth. Sport figures high in their spare time (the little they have these days) both taking to football and basketball. Gordon has a pash for collecting records while David takes himself off to the cinema.

The chances of seeing them in gold lame suits and purple boots is very remote—they both take to a more sombre hue—dark suits and white shirts.

This happy—very likeable pair—have one great ambition—to be able to entertain very well and make people happy. Well, lads, here's a medal in print—you are already doing that , Keep up the good work—and KEEP US POSTED.

The Dowlands and The Soundtracks               WISH ALL THEIR FANS & FRIENDS A MERRY CHRISTMAS

 

 

 

 

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It’s Elvis – and others

Hold tight all you Elvis Presley fans. He's coming your way, like Santa Claus, at Christmas. Elvis, starring in his latest release from the Paramount Studios, appears as a sailor on a luxury yacht in FUN IN ACAPULCO. From there on he goes through a series of romantic situations till at the end, like the Mounties, he finally gets his girl. However, it's what happens, in the middle that makes the picture worth seeing for Elvis shows that, as an actor, he has the ability and as a singer he is pleasing to nearly all. For Christmas entertainment it will take a lot of beating so watch out for it and don't miss it.

Elvis, by the way, is now one of the biggest money-earners in Hollywood today. Like all the old time big stars he never goes anywhere without his " team " of valets, accountants, cars and his own plane and pilots. So far he has managed to keep the tax authorities happy and off his back and this is where most of the Hollywood stars seem to come unstuck. Still, with an income of over 2 million dollars a year I suppose he can afford to pay his taxes. He has still managed to stay single despite the fact that most of America's eligible females would like to lead him up the aisle.

The latest epic to hit the screens down South around Christmas and after will be " LAWRENCE OF ARABIA." In the present days of tension in the Arabic countries this film has a special significance. The cast is composed of some of the biggest names from both sides of the Atlantic, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn and Jack Hawkins. Also, an old screen favourite, Claude Raines plays the part of a senior British Intelligence Officer in the Arab Bureau. This picture has the rare distinction of being awarded the Best Picture of the Year by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

From the sunlit port of Acapulco and the torrid wastes of the Middle East we move to a small English country town for our next film. Here we find that grand old lady of stage and screen, Miss Margaret Rutherford playing the part of Miss Marples, a female sleuth who stumbles into a very strange murder case in the home of an eccentric gentleman. Miss Rutherford, who is wonderfully supported by Robert Morley and Flora Robson to mention only a few, makes this a film that will be remembered by filmgoers for quite a while. The acting ability is far above standard and naturally so when you have such capable actors and actresses together. The story of the film is based on Agatha Christie's famous novel " After the Funeral," a novel which has sold over a quarter of a million copies so I don't think that you could find it not up to the best of " who dunnit" plots.

THEATRE NOTES

Salisbury's Art Theatre is experiencing a boom at the moment. Mr. Gordon, one of the Theatre officials, told me this with pride the other day and he added that in the opinion of many critics the Arts Theatre was amongst the cream of the country. Some of their recent plays such as "Hobsons Choice," " The Hostage," and Agatha Christie's "The Hollow" have played to packed houses throughout their runs.

VIEWING GUIDE

" Fun in Acapulco," A.B.C., Southampton,

December 29th for a week. " Lawrence of Arabia," Odean, Southampton, December 29th for a season

" Murder at the Gallop," A.B.C., Southampton, December 15th for a week,

A.B.C., Portsmouth, December 15th for a week,

(the above dates are subject to alteration so make sure to check with your Cinema Manager.

 

 

Movie and Cinema snippets:

To the many who wonder whether the decline in cinema viewing is still going on I have good news. According to figure given out in London a short while ago it seems that with the exception of the U.S.A which experienced its recover a good while back, the rest of the countries have seen the start of an increase in the viewing population . One very interesting fact that has been proved is that as a country's standard of living goes up the audience get much more selective and with so many other attractions that go with better living the viewer tend to pay more and see less films. The closure of cinemas of course, is still proceeding as many cinemas are sited in very valuable positions and offers by property houses make the cinema owners wonder whether it's worth keeping some of th older houses going. The trend now is for small capacity house with luxurious fittings and new cinemas are being built everywhere . . , hardly the sign of declining industry.

Many of the Irish population on the South Coast will be sorry to hear that Ireland's only film studios at Ardmore, Co. Wicl low, has been wound up. This studio which was launched with a blaze of glory was to be literally the second Hollywood of the West as a lot of the American studios were interested in making films there. Unfortunately, due to America unions demanding that more films be made in America studios to protect the earning of their staffs the wind of change seems to have blown through Ardmore and even a request to the Irish Government to subsidise the studio failed. One of the most famous film that came out of Ardmore was "Shake Hands With The Devil" starring James Cagney. Robert Mitchum, Aldo Ray, Peter Finch and Nigel Patrick were some of the notable actors who made films there.

 

 

 

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Groups Galore

The South's groups are out in force over Christmas . . . Dave Dee and The Bostons return from a tour of the Midlands next Tuesday to complete a series of nine dates in this area, including Andover, Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Yate Swindon, Catford, Margate, Camberley ... Kevin Scott and The Kinsmen with Gary Young double dating at Totton and Eastleigh on Christmas Eve . . . Brian Fisher and The Raiders on Ice next Friday at Bournemouth, Strangers appearing with the Rolling Stones next Friday at Winchester . . . Strangers to be joined by Layne Rogers and The Countdowns, and The Trendsetters at Romsey on Saturday week, (21st) . . . Lonelyones cable " Southern Entertainer " wishing them luck (see centre pages) . . . Jerry Bromley ex Bassist of the Threeways weds this Saturday, Congratulations . . . Barron Knights and Duke D'mond put up an impressive show both at Ludgershall and Fawley last week . . . how long will it be before they get the hit-record they deserve? . .. Telephone call to our Office reveals that fhe Del Rio Four may now have a Fan Club ... we already know that the Lonelyones, Dowlands, Kinsmen and Bostons have one, how many more are there? ... did you know that the Del Rio Four were known before as the Harry Bevis Trio and appeared on Southern T.V. along with the Lonelyones . . . Will the Classics make it with their Oh So Merseysound, they are certainly heavily booked enough to make one believe so . . '. rumour has it that Southampton group The Countdowns may have to split up, in the New Year if they can't find a new lead Guitarist . . .Saxons have a new Organist, this group only formed just a year ago and have increased their popularity beyond compare. Pity to note that Southampton's Royal Pier no longer features groups to the extent it did before it was modernised ... however Meccas deserve a pat on the back for the wonderful way in which they have redecorated it . ., . More Youth Clubs are now using groups we're glad to say . . . Interns not very pleased at losing their Bass Guitarist to the Shadows . . . Johnny Dee and the Falcons on the lookout for a girl vocalist . . . will this be competition for Esme Duval? Beginning to wonder how our reporter will get the Beatles at the Gaumont, through the Fans to interview Southampton tonight? ., .Layne Rogers and Dave Jay (of the Southern Entertainer) to visit the Lonelyones in Germany over Christmas . . . The Trojans to spend the weekend in Torquay at the 400 Club immediately after Christmas and play at Swindon on New Year's Eve . . . Over Christmas Blue Chords almost resident at the Railway Hotel, Woolston. Bern Elliot and The Fenmen who had such fantastic success with their record " Money" will be at the Imperial Ballroom, Eastleigh on Saturday, 14th Dec. Why doesn't Southern T.V. have a pop programme of its own, that is unless everyone is satisfied with " Dad You're a Square " something like " For Teenagers Only" would be good . . Dave Dee and the Bostons to be featured on Radio Luxembourg during December, their live prerecording will take place on Wednesday, llth December at the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis . . . later in January they are to be featured on Border T.V. . . .

Bass Guitarist, Tony Griffiths, formerly with the Avengers, now joins the group Three-ways . . . Top Liverpool group The Dennisons leave Agent Danny Betesh to join the Arthur Howes Office . . . Lido Ballroom, Winchester have a whole host of Stars booked for appearances there during the New Year including Hollies, Fo utmost, Sinners, Rattles, Tony Meehan Combo, The Undertakers, etc. . . . The Classics booked for New Years Eve, 1964 ... Once more The

Kinsmen appear at Society Functions . . .Friday, 6th December saw them at the Dorchester Hotel, London playing before an audience from the British Racing Drivers Club ... the following day they were at Seymour Hall, London, for the Annual Dance for the Razor Blade Company, Gillette . . . Next issue will contain a letter page and autographed photographs of Billy J. Kramer, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Cilia Black, Tommy Quickly and the Fourmost will be awarded to the best letters, so let's hear from you about your likes and dislikes of Shows, Groups, Films, and of course the Paper.

Address for all correspondence is The Editor, Southern Entertainer, 68a The Avenue, Southampton, Tel. 24999 . . . we would like to hear about groups from all parts of the

Country, as well as Youth Clubs, etc. . . , Next issue will als contain a photo of the Beatles taken two years ago in Germany . . . Agent and Manager of the Beatles, Gerry and Billy J. Kramer, etc., has taken an interest in the Portsmouth duo Gary and Lee, will this mean that at last the South is to be featured in the Charts? . . , Lonelyones offered six-month residency in Germany after the first night they appeared in Frankfurt , . . they will, however, return home on the 1st February, and commence their 2nd Scottish Tour and recording session . . . Dave Curtiss and the Tremors who appeared on Thank Your Lucky Stars a few weeks ago are booked for Salisbury City Hall, Friday, 20th December . . . The Dowlands booked for the Grove Club, Portsmouth, on Christmas Eve, and Seven-oaks on New Year's Eve

 

ESSO RECREATION CLUB

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Christmas Eve

MIKE — JOHNNY — AND THE SHADES

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FRIDAY 27th DEC. 8-12

BRIAN FISHER

and the RAIDERS

NICK TROY 8-12 THE TROJANS ESME DUVAL 5/-

New Year s Eve

COLIN & BRUCE with the DETOURS

THE KEN BENNETT BAND 8 - 1 a.m.

7/6

 

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AVENUE ARTISTES 68a THE AVENUE, SOUTHAMPTON 24999

WISHES EVERY SUCCESS TO THIS NEW MUSIC PAPER AND FEELS IT WILL GO A LONG WAY TO MAKING SOUTHERN ENTERTAINERS " NATIONALLY KNOWN "

AND WISH ALL THEIR GROUPS VOCALISTS AND ASSOCIATES THE COMPLIMENTS OF THE SEASON

 

Left column messages:

(Telegram)

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SOUTHERN ENTERTAINER, SOUTHAMPTON,

HAVING A BALL HERE , STOP , BEST WISHES , STOP WAITING TO READ FIRST ISSUE . STOP . WISH ALL OUR FRIENDS AND FANS A HAPPY CHRISTMAS FOR US AND LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING THEM ALL IN FEBRUARY, STOP. GENE ANTONY — JOHNNY KEEPING —AND THE LONELY ONES. FRANKFURT, 11 A.M., 10TH DEC.

 

THE DOWLANDS and their Group — THE SOUNDTRACKS are more than proud to be' in -the Spotlight OF THIS GREAT NEW TEENAGE PAPER and hope it goes from success to success

The Souths Group with The Olde Englishe Name Mark Twayne and the Saxons Wish Every Success to the Future of the SOUTH'S NEW MUSICAL PAPER " THE SOUTHERN ENTERTAINER "

May your paper have all the luck it deserves NICK TROY THE TROJANS and ESME DUVAL

SETTING THE TREND IN BRINGING POP NEWS TO THE SOUTH THANKYOU AND BEST WISHES from THE TRENDSETTERS

MAY THIS PAPER become as popular as " THE MERSEYBEAT " AND BRING SUCCESS TO THE SOUTH The Classics

JOHNNY DEE and the FALCONS Hopes " THE SOUTHERN ENTERTAINER " HAS SUCCESS IN BRINGING THE SOUTH'S TEENAGERS NEWS ON THEIR FAVOURITE GROUPS

One of the South's Longest Established GroupsThe Strangers

Has every confidence that teenagers will welcome " THE SOUTHERN ENTERTAINER "

 

OUR CHARTER

Are you a "' mod?" or a " rocker?" Are you a trad jazz raver, or do you prefer the cool and the modern? Do you like folk music—from rhythm-and-blues to traditional English ballads? Perhaps you are a theatre-goer, a cinema-goer, a book-worm?

If you are any of these, or even if you are merely a good old wine, women and song merchant, the " Southern Entertainer " will be catering for your taste in entertainment. Every fortnight we will be on sale in the South, full of news and views on Beatles, Beaujolais, saxaphones, Diz Disley, footlights, juke boxes, "nosh" houses, mild and bitter, bass guitars, Billy J. Kramer, the Barren Knights, Southern trad, Hank Williams, theatre critics and all the other goodies which go to make our little lives cheerful and happy here at the office!

And if there is any field of more or less lawful entertainment existing in the South that you know about and we don't, you are very welcome to wise us up! On the other hand, if there is anything, but anything, which you think we might know about and you don't—just ask us! We intend to be a real matey paper! Basically, of course, we are serious in our intentions, as has been said before. Southampton and district is, as some of you know and some of you don't, can be a very good place to live in; as far as entertainment is concerned. Every night of the week there is something going on somewhere. Up until now, however, we personally have often experienced difficulty in finding out just what is going on where and when. We aim to put an end to this sort of thing first.

Our next aim is a patriotic one. We reckon that Southampton is as good a place as Liverpool any day of the week. We also reckon that our local lads, singing and playing down here, have as much potential, if not more, than the lads who are singing and playing up there in the frozen North, So we shall plug the " Southampton Sound " all the way! By the " Southampton Sound " we do not merely mean the sound made by two guitars, bass guitar and drums; we mean all the sounds made musically in Southampton. This town used to be one of the most renowned in the country, after London, for the quality and quantity of its jazz musicians. We believe that it could have this reputation again—on an even bigger scale! We shall back Southern jazz—be it trad, blues, or modern—all the way.

Then there's the folk field—what about the folk field then? There are dozens of undiscovered Burl Iveses' in the area. We've heard a lot of them recently, whilst surveying the general scene—and we can assure you that many of them are first rate by anyone's standards. We shall give them our continued support!

 

 

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That then, is the musical side of our magazine. But entertainment does not end there. To enjoy good music, I always need food and drink. So we are going to show you where the food is best and most plentiful, for a nice economical price, in the area.

Thorreau (have you heard of Thorreau? You haven't? Well, the University will tell you all about him—we haven't time) once said, at table, when asked which dish he preferred : " The nearest!" We don't agree with him. Good food is well worth hunting for, and we will do your hunting!

You have got your " Melody Maker," " Jazz News," etc., to give all the gen on national affairs in the world of entertainment. Until this issue you have never had the complete scene surveyed for you, as it were, by a local entertainments paper.

As we shall be depending, in the main, on local news, we will also be dependant"on you for this news. To every youth club amateur entertainer—full-time entertainer, theatre groups—in fact all organisations, we extend an invitation to send in your news to us, obviously we can't promise to print everything—it depends on the space we have got.

We could also do with photographs of local entertainers—but we would suggest that first of all you contact us at 68a The Avenue or telephone Southampton 24999 first and see if we can use them.

Every newspaper thrives on " fan-mail "—well, that is what some people call it—you should see some of the letters some newspapers get. When you have read this issue—write and let us know what you think of it—suggest groups you would like to see featured—let us have your ideas for a bigger and better " Southern Etertainer."

For the best letter in each issue a signed photograph of groups like Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas and other top-pop groups will be given.. and that about winds up for this edition. Look forward to meeting you again in the next issue—again packed with pix, news and views letting you know what is going on in the world of entertainment this side of the Thames.

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WISHES ITS SISTER PAPER " THE SOUTHERN ENTERTAINER " A HAPPY AND SUCCESSFUL RUN

Currently on Tour in the Midlands

DAVE DEE and the BOSTONS Send GREETINGS and BEST WISHES to all their fans, friends and readers of "THE SOUTHERN ENTERTAINER "

We appreciate what you " THE SOUTHERN ENTERTAINER " are doing for groups like us in the South THANK YOU!!! from KEVIN SCOTT, THE KINSMEN and GARY YOUNG

BRIAN FISHER and the RAIDERS CONGRATULATES " THE SOUTHERN ENTERTAINER " FOR BEING THE FIRST TO BRING OUT A TEENAGE PAPER ON THE SOUTH

ONE - IT'S A GREA T IDEA - TWO - HOPE IT MEETS WITH SUCCESS Best wishes to " The Southern Entertainer " from THE THREE WAYS

 

WE HOPE - TO GREAT HEIGHTS THIS PAPER WILL SOAR GOOD LUCK IN YOUR VENTURE FROM "The Del Rio Four"

FIVE, FOUR, THREE, TWO, ONE ALL SYSTEMS GO .,.,,

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Meet The Managers—No. 1 by VIGILANS

The A.B.C. (Forum) cinema in Southampton is a massive building which befits the thoroughfare in which it is situated. This cinema and restaurant combined is one of the main entertainment centres of Southampton and the person responsible for its continued success is none other than that genial host to thousands ... Cyril Couzens.

Cyril fits the part well with his quiet manner and diplomatic appearance but behind all this you get the feeling that you are putting yourselves in the hands of a man who really knows his job. And this is a fact—for Cyril has been a cinema Manager for over thirty years and there isn't much that he doesn't know about the tricks of the trade. Twenty-two of those years have been spent with A.B.C. in Portsmouth and Southampton and when asked about the biggest change he had seen in the cinemas in those years the answer was not about the marvellous screen systems, etc., that abound to-day, but about the patrons. " You just don't see the regular cinema-goer now," he said, " at least not the faces that came a certain night each week. Now the patrons seem to be more selective and only come when they feel that we have a programme that is really tops. Fortunately for us we do have plenty of those but now people fit in the night for the cinema when the T.V. has no big attraction." He went on to say that the standard of films hasn't fallen as much as some people would think. What has changed is the subjects that are now used. Sex and Horror are the big attractions with Musicals next. Actually one of the biggest box-office attractions that he has had is Cliff Richards " Summer Holiday."

 

Cyril, who is married with no family, says his two passions are motoring and sport and he regrets that his years deny him an active part in sport. When I asked him was he looking forward to retirement his answer was prompt, " No, I'm not, I want to go on looking after my patrons for years to come and ensure that they always get the best." It was a pleasure to hear Cyril, in this age of industrial strikes,'state, that as far as he was concerned he was proud to work for Associated British Cinemas as they were a wonderful firm who really had their employees interests at heart. About the prospects for young men in Cinema Management today he said that there was a wonderful opportunity for any youngster who was prepared to work at weekends as this was the main difference in entertainment work. " You must remember that when the public are off we are on," he said, " and when we are off the public work." Cyril, who controls over 50 staff in the building, is certainly liked by his staff and one of the things that strikes you when you enter the A.B.C. (Forum) is the air of welcome in the air. This, to me, is the biggest tribute that Cyril Couzens could have and I feel sure that his Company appreciates it.

 

The Soundtracks

Zooming along with the Dowlands on their pop-boom ing group for the Dowlands are the Soundtracks—the back- For those who are keen on this up and coming group we will be publishing more details in a future issue. In the meantime you might be interested to know that .

ALAN BARRY (Lead Guitar) Has been with the Dowlands for two years, and has been featured on all their records, and besides handling all the solos he does the lead singing for the Soundtracks. Aged 18 he has dark brown hair, is of medium height and likes Chet Atkins and Merle Travis.

MIKE PIGGOTT (Bass Guitar) Joined the Dowlands on the 21st September, 1963, and made his debut with the group at the " II Rondo Ballroom," Leicester, on that day. Aged 17, he is the tallest member of the group (6 ft.) and has blonde hair.

JOHNNY HAMMOND

(Drums)

Rejoined the Dowlands on September 21st at Leicester, with Mike, after being out of the business for 2 years. Aged 20, he has fair hair and is of medium height.

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THE SINGING SERJEANT

The sudden " revival" of English folk music making itself felt in Southampton's folk clubs at the moment is not of course a revival at all. For hundreds of years folk songs now being hummed and whistled by young people of the towns were sung by farmers, miners and sailors—still are, in fact. Take a trip into the New Forest, Sussex, or Dorset; you are almost certain to find some old boy who'll sing you a six hundred year-old f oik-song for a pint of bitter.

No, the songs are not new. Their revival is merely due to the fact that in recent years they have been dug up and dusted by such keen young collector singers as Derek Serjeant. Derek is in his late twenties, thusiasts throughout England He lives in Surbiton, Surrey, with his wife Mavis, and is employed by the South Eastern Electricity Board, where he served as a prominent union official for N.A.L.G.O. As such he is well known to hundreds of local government workers throughout the South East.

But he is even better known by the hundreds of folk enthusiasts throughout England and Northern Ireland who have heard him sing and have bought his records and his rich voice and subtle guitar playing are known to others who hear them both on commercial television and Radio Luxembourg advertising Tiffin chocolates!

Derek's interest in folk music was stimulated in the first place by the great Burl Ives. He was at that time living in Gillingham, Kent, and playing jazz trumpet in a small local band. Later he bought a guitar and began to play American folk and blues music. By the time skiffle appeared on the musical scene, Derek was a competent performer, and became widely known both in his native Kent and in London as a singer and guitar player. It was while listening to sailors singing ballads of the sea in the dockland pubs of Chatham that Derek realized that his real interest lay not in American but in English folk material. Since then he has ceaselessly haunted museums, libraries, country pubs and town pubs all over the British Isles in search of new songs for his considerable repertoire.

Last year he was asked to make a trial tape for Oak Records, of Surrey. He produced two E.P's of English and Irish folk songs for the Oak label, and a further E.P., "Man of Kent" has just been issued. He has made several appearances on the B.B.C. T.V. show " Town and About" in the London area, and during a tour of Irish folk clubs last year appeared on Irish radio and T.V.

In the Melody Maker folk music polls last year he was voted one of the top ten folk singers in the country, and regularly appears with singers such as Rory McEwan, Enoch Kent, Louis Killen, Cyril Tawney, Caroline Hester and Frank Swyth. His own folk club, which he runs every Wednesday at Surbiton Assembly Rooms, is considered to be the largest in the country.

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DISCOVERIES by JOHN CHAPMAN

News of records and disc-overies will be written for each issue by John Chapman one of London's top DJ's. John is tops on recent record releases so for any information on the latest—drop him a card c/o The Editor, Southern Entertainer, 68a The Avenue, Southampton. Our local crit/D.J., Johnny Dymond, will be ably supporting John Chapman with his selection of what'll make it.

It's the same old familiar batch of Christmas records again, with one subtle difference —this year it's the Beatles who replace the fairies on the top of the trees. " All I want for Christmas is a Beatle," says Dora Bryan. It looks like everybody is going to get just that and after Christmas too!

This year of 1963 must go down in the pop music world (and a good many other worlds) as the year of the " big beat," the near-lunatic fringes and the Beatles. Take a look at the almost unbelieveable achievements of these boys with the dynamic personalities. Can anyone claim almost 1,000,000 sales of a record before the public can buy it over the counter? This at the same time as topping the charts with a previous release? Not content with that, to have an L.P. which sells 500,000 copies in its first week and enters the top twenty at the same time? We all know this cannot go on for ever, but while it does . . . Beatles in the morning, Beatles in the evening . . .

I feel I'm committing something like high treason when talking about their latest L.P. "With the Beatles" (Parlophone PMC 1206). This is not up to their usual standard. Some of the tracks are first-rate but others fall into the mediocre section. First listening gives one the impression that the boys are getting to sound a little too familiar and we know what familiarity breeds . . , should sell a million though.

Back to Christmas and for a personal choice I would recommend the version of "White Christmas" (CBS/AAG 174) beautifully sung by Andy Williams. This well tried favourite seems just as frensh and moving in talented hands of a popular artist. Coupling is another old friend " The Christmas Song "—(chestnuts roasting by the open fire, etc.). Who can say when the Mersey Beat boom will end? There's certainly no sign of it at present. What's more, the influence is spreading South with amazing rapidity and more and more artists are turning to the only sound which is really making big money in the country today.

Adam Faith, backed by the Roulettes, gives us " We are in Love " (Parlophone R5091) and should score a high rating once more in the charts. This is almost pure Liverpool sound and who can blame Adam for adapting himself to the current trend?

People, particularly in the States, are forcasting a return of the Big Bands. Personally I can't see it here, but one man is doing everything he can to bring about the change. He is of course Joe Loss and with "Loddy Lu" (H.M.V. Pop 1231) he may have a minor hit on his hands. This is great and deserves success. Flip is " The Zizzle," a new " with it " dance introduced by Joe at London's Hammersmith Palais.

Rhythm and Blues has a good following at present, its thin sound contrasting sharply with the Mersey type R & B. Most popular exponent is Chuck Berry of "Memphis Tennessee" fame. Out comes Chuck again with " Run Rudolf Run " (Pye International R & B 7N 25228). Some people's cup of tea, but not mine. Elvis Presley is dropping out of favour in this country. However, this is apparently not the case in his own. Now comes another well tried artist to literally " sing his praises." Pat Boone does a very good job on an L.P. called " Pat Boone Sings Guess Who" (London HA-D 8109). With tracks like "Hound Dog" and "All Shook Up" it's not difficult to guess " who." This is a different rocking Pat who will delight both his own fans and those of the "King" at the same time. Who knows? We may yet see " Elvis Presley sing the Beatles." Should sell three or four million before the first recording session!

JOHNNY DYMOND- plus star ratings

Hi There! Glad to be writing a column just for you. Let's get off to a swinging start with:—

Glad all Over/I Know You— Dave Clark Five****. Columbia DB 7154. Penned by Dave and two of his group, this one's got everything. Exciting, Driving, almost Pagan beat. Hope this one goes high for Dave, especially as there's no opposition this time round. Flip also fast with same beat, but topside will get the plays.

Stay/Now's the Time— The Hollies. Parlophone R5077***. This should do even better than " Searchin'." Lots of falsetto in more exciting regions and, coupled with solid drumming, this oldie really swings. Flip not quite as commercial but contains some good instrumental work.

I Can Dance/Are You Loving Me At All-Brian Poole and The Tremoloes. Decca F11771*****.

Watch this one go. A real screaming, floor-shaker from Brian and a cert for Hitsville. I think the fair sex will find they've been out-screamed for once, which goes to prove that if you can't lick 'em, join 'em. " Are you loving me at all" in a more romantic mood, okay for those late sessions.

Bad Girl/Wait 'Til You See My Baby. Neil Sedaka. RCA 1368**. Another Sedaka / Greenfield composition on this one, with pleasant, medium tempo beat and femme backing. May hit " Twenty," but I don't rate it too strongly for top honours, although fans will love it. Flip is a pleasant melody with a simple tune to hold it together.

L.P. SPOT With The Beatles. Parlophone 1206*****. What can you say about these phenomenal Liverpudlians. This is " Gear." With same ingredients as on previous L.P., changes of mood, etc., outstanding tracks include " Til There was You" with superb vocal work from Paul McCartney. " All My Loving " is a great shouter from the boys with prominent guitar work from George Harrison. John Lennon's Harmonica featured on " Little Child " and of course the ever popular " Money" rounds off one side of this L.P. of the year.

JOHNNY DYMOND.

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The South's Top 20

1. I Wanna Hold Your Hand. The Beatles

2. Don't Talk To Him. Cliff Richard.

3. Ill Keep You Satisfied. Billy J. Kramer.

4. You Were Made For Me. Freddie & The Dreamers.

5. Secret Love. Kathy Kirby.

6. Mario Elena. Los Indios Tabajos,

7. I Only Want To Be WithYou. Dusty Springfield

8. Glad All Over. Dave Clark Five.

9. She Loves You. The Beatles.

10. Money. Bern Elliot & The Fenmen.

11. Hungry For Love. Johnny Kidd.

12. You'll Never Walk Alone Gerry & The Pacemakers.

13. I Wanna Be Your Man. Rolling Stones.

14. It's Almost Tomorrow. Mark Wynter.

15. Sugar & Spice. The Searchers.

16. I Can Dance. Brian Poole & The Tremeloes.

17. Blue Bayou. Roy Orbison.

18. Beautiful Dreamer. John Leyton,

19. Geronimo. The Shadows.

20. Blowing In The Wind. Peter Paul & Mary

 

THE SOUTH'S SELECTION . . .

Inevitably the Beatles hold the top of the ladder as in the National Charts, but it has meant that their prior release has quickly dropped to number nine. Both Bern Elliot and The Fenmen, and The Rolling Stones who are appearing in the area at number Ten and Thirteen respectively. Brian Poole's follow-up entering the lower half—will it climb a lot higher? The Dave Clark Five have now entered the Top Ten, perhaps this will be enough to make them go professional.

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LIDO BALLROOM

WORTHY LANE — WINCHESTER

Friday, 20th December

THE ROLLING STONES

Decca Records - " Come On " & " I Wanna Be Your Man "

And the STRANGERS

7.30 - 11.30 p.m. Admission-7/6

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CHRISTMAS EVE

(TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24th)

MARK TWAIN

and the

SAXONS

CLIVE SHANE RICKY LEWIS

and the AVENGERS

PETE MYSTERY

and the

REDCOATS

7.30-11.30p.m. Admission 6/-

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Friday, 27th December

TONY WYELL and the CLASSICS

RITCHIE PETERS and the original FORTUNES

7.30- 11.30p.m. Admission 5/-

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NEW YEAR'S EVE

The

THREEWAYS

The

INTERNS

The

IMAGES

8 -1 a.m. Admission 6/-

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THE BARRON KNIGHTS-featuring Duke D’Mond

One of North London's most successful groups, The Barron Knights features all six members, vocally, as soloists, plus duets, trios, and songs involving 4 and 5 singers, they concentrate mainly on versatility with humour. Recently, they completed a highly successful summer Season at Great Yarmouth, with Billy Fury and Joe Brown, and on December 22nd they are strongly featured on the Beatles Christmas Show, at Liverpool " Empire" 23rd, Bradford " Gaumont " 22nd and Finsbury Park " Astoria " 24th December to January llth.

Record wise, their next issue on Columbia is likely to be " Give me More " (January 3rd, 1964) and they have already cut their L.P. which is pending release. They have broadcast on " Let's Go " B.B.C., and have appeared twice on "Teenage Special" on Grampian T.V., soon they will be featured on Saturday Club.

The group comprises of " Barron" Antony (Rhythm Guitar, Bass, Drums, Harmonica), Don Ringsell (Bass, Ballad Singer), P'nut Langford (Lead Guitar, Comic), Duke D'Mond (Feature Singer), " Butch" Baker (Lead Guitar, Comic), " Sharkey " (Drums)

Moss Gathering

On a sunny August day two of popdoms most prolific and successful songwriters, John Lennon and Paul McCartney stood in a rehearsal room in the heart of London belting out a song called " I Wanna Be Your Man." Their audience was The Rolling Stones and two weeks later the Stones were in the studios cutting the number as a follow-up to their hit " Come On." The treatment is exciting; in the same vein as the Lennon-McCartney penstemmer " I Saw Her Standing There." And this could well be the set of decks to put the Stones back into the charts again. On this opus the pace never slackens. Fine guitar work from Brian Jones and a racy vocal from Mick Jagger plus a great performance from the other members of the clan make this stack definitely a new sound to be reckoned with. The lower deck is titled " Stoned," a weird blues instrumental composed by the boys themselves. Standout feature is the inclusion of their road manager Ian Stewart on piano.

The Stones have come a long way in a short time. " Come On," their first disc released in June rose to No. 18 and stayed steady in the Top Thirty for 15 weeks, selling as many as records that shoot into the charts—and shoot out. They have appeared on all major television shows, broken ballrooms attendance records in many venues and are currently touring the country with The Everly Brothers, Bo Diddley and Little Richard.

On December 20th this fast rising group are to appear at the Winchester Lido. It should be a great night for all " Rolling Stones " Fans.

 

 

 

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HERE THEY ARE - THE KINSMEN

KEVIN SCOTT and the KINSMEN with GARY YOUNG, a group that is possibly one of the best known and popular teenage groups on the South Coast. Not only are they popular amongst teenagers but it has been a great honour and experience for them to appear at many society functions this year. These functions include a private party given by Lord Montague at Beaulieu, an appearance at the house of the Marquis of Bath, Longleat House in Wiltshire, a four hour " rip-roaring " session at the Sandhurst Military Academy Before an audience of officer-cadets and debutantes. Besides these engagements the KINSMEN have appeared at a party held at London's famous Cafe Royal, and the most important engagement of their career was this year on October 22nd, when they appeared at the Mansion House, London, before a very exclusive audience which included the presence of H.M. The Queen Mother.

Seemingly it doesn't quite stop there, for some very exciting engagements are being lined up for the group in 1964. Those who know and speak to KEVIN, GARY and the KINSMEN will know that they are completely unaffected by all the " glamour " that they have experienced, in fact they are always too busy trying to improve their act!

Many of their followers will be interested to know that at last, a fanclub has been started for the group, here in Southampton. If you are-interested in joining this fanclub you will find the address to write to elsewhere in this newspaper.

SING, SING-OR DON'T

In the " live " performance of folk song, the main instrument is obviously the voice. Your guitar, banjo, ukelele, lyre or whatever you choose to accompany yourself is merely a secondary instrument. Remember this! Keep the accompaniment simple, and you'll find that it is quite effective and adequate enough.

Don't sing English folk songs with an American accent! Nothing sounds worse than a bloke from Tooting Bec trying to sound like a hill-billy from Oliver Springs, Tennessee. The same applies to Irish and Scottish ballads—if you can't "do" and Irish or Scottish accent, sing in your own lilting 'ampshire brogue—it'll sound just as good.

Don't be afraid to change the words a little if you think you can suit yourself better. The same applies to the tune. In fact, if you can write a better song altogether, do so—but remember! A genuine English song of say, the seventeenth century has had about two hundred years of evolution at the hands of countless good singers. If you can do better than that lot, you're a better man than I am! Good singing!

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IMPERIAL BALLROOM

" Everybody's going to the Imperial." This is a statement which is seemingly quite true, because since the opening-of the; Imperial Teenage Club at Eastleigh, only three months ago the ever increasing membership now stands at 1,500.

The club is the only one of its kind in this area and for miles around, and attracts regular visitors from as far as Basingstoke, Andover, Winchester, Stockbridge and all parts of Hampshire and Wiltshire. The club also boasts of members who live in the U.S.A., Germany and France, and honorary members include famous pop star from Eastleigh, HEINZ, a policeman and a vicar!

The Imperial Teenage club is mainly for teenagers and features top attractions in the way of Teenage Groups every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. On Mondays there is a record hop and and every Wednesday top disc-jockey TONY CALDER travels down from London to present the latest and the best in top pop records. Tony is the resident disc-jockey at the famous Ilford Palais in London.

As a very special attraction the "Imperial" is to present a fabulous " DECCA WEEKEND " on Saturday, 14th December, with a group doing very well in the charts with their recording of "Money," BERN ELLIOT and the FENMEN. On Sunday, 15th December, the group which caused so much controversy when they appeared in the T.V. Show " Our Man at St. Mark's " with Leslie Phillips, this group is the CLASSMATES whose latest release on Decca is " Go Tell it on the Mountain."

There will also be special attractions over the Christmas period, in particular the "IMPERIAL XMAS SPECIAL" on Sunday, 22nd December, with one of Britain's most brilliant acts, " CARTER-LEWIS and the SOUTHERNERS " who have been in the charts twice this year with " Sweet and Tender Romance" and their big hit " Your Mommas Out of Town." This versatile group frequently appear on Radio's "Saturday Club," "Easy Beat," "Parade of the Pops," etc.

There will be a great show on Christmas Eve with Southampton's most popular group KEVIN SCOTT and the KINSMEN with GARY YOUNG whose act will most definitely give teenagers the extra spirit needed at this festive time of the year.

Are you a member of .the South’s brightest and most go ahead teenage club? You can still join, the membership fee is only 2/6 and whether you are a " Mod," " Mid " or " Rocker," this is the place for you!

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BERN ELLIOT AND THE FENMEN

Here we have top entertainers Bern Elliot and the Fenmen. These popular recording artistes (hit recorders with " Money " now at No. 12 in the hit parade) are appearing at Eastleigh on December 14th. This is a week after appearing on " Thank Your Lucky Stars." They go on tour early in 1964 with the American group, the Ronettes.

 

IMPERIAL TEENAGE CLUB

IMPERIAL BALLROOM — CASTLEIGH

Special Decca Weekend SATURDAY, 14th DECEMBER

DECCA HIT PARADE STARS

*Bern Elliot and the Fenmen *

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SUNDAY, 15th DECEMBER

THE FABULOUS CLASSMATES

DECCA RECORDING ARTISTS OF RADIO & T.V.

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Special Christmas Attractions

SUNDAY, 22nd DECEMBER

FAMOUS RADIO, TELEVISION & RECORDING STARS

*Carter Lewis and the Southerners *

TUESDAY,24th DECEMBER—Christmas Eve

*KEVIN SCOTT and the KINSMEN *

featuring GARY YOUNG

"OPEN BOXING DAY"with DJ TONY~CALDER"

EVERYBODY'S GOING TO THE IMPERIAL

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Published by Southern entertainment, Editorial Office, 68a The Avenue, Southampton, Phone 24999, and printed by G. F. Wilson Co. Ltd., Eastgate Printing Works, Town Quay, Southampton.

 

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www.davidstjohn.co.uk/entertainer2.html

and

www.davidstjohn.co.uk/entertainer3.html

A really fascinating glimpse into this Southampton publication that sadly just died away after only three issues but can now be enjoyed by a new wave of readers of all ages. Once again- thanks to Dave Jay, Johnny Dymond and Terry Rolph of Avenue Artistes which must surely have the distinction of being the UKs longest running theatrical agencies under the same name?  As always- if you have any input as a result of reading this and and other webpages, then please get in touch with me by e-mail and maybe YOUR story can be added on at some stage.

 

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