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April 2010

THE SOUTHERN ENTERTAINER  Issue no 2 January 1964 price 6d

Front cover

 

BRIAN POOLE & THE TREMELOES

 

Page 2 SOUTHERN ENTERTAINER ISSUE 2

Editorial

There is no doubt about it—it was a fabulous turnout for the Beatles when they appeared at the Gaumont on December 13th. It seems an awful long time ago now— and anyway, let's face it, enough was said about what happened when it did. So there is no real need to re-cap on the show.

I noticed among the first house audience there were a large number of parents who were either Beatle fans—or had come along to see what made the "screamers" scream. This is the point I am coming to—was there any need for all that screaming? How anyone heard enough through the noise that started with the Beatles and only finished when they left the stage—well, the imagination boggles. It does seem rather pointless to pay good money to scream all the way through a performance when one could quite easily wander across a field—screaming for nothing. My youth is not so far behind me that I cannot remember similar incidents—but as I remember them they were usually reserved for when the artiste had finished. There is one thing though for sure—even if none of the songs the Beatles sang were heard, their supporting acts were fabulous and I, for one, look forward to seeing more of them.

WANTED—NEWS OF ALL TYPES OF ENTERTAINMENT—we are still waiting to hear from groups of jazzmen, danceband performers, magicians, folk clubs, square dancing groups, amateur sports; all forms of past, times. So send in your news—immediately—to: The Editor, Southern Entertainer, 68a The Avenue, Southampton. We will be pleased to hear from you.

—THE EDITOR.

 

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Dear Sir,

As "Assistant Father Confessor" to an organisation of some 5,000 souls, may I hasten to present my congratulations to your paper on its inception, before I’m claimed by my ulcers! It certainly fills a need on the local scene, has the right ideas, and can look forward to a bright future.

However, as you asked for brickbats, I would like to hurl a couple..

I must refute the suggestion in your pages that The Classics have an " Oh so Merseysound." The ability to reproduce a Beatles recording on stage does not constitute a Mersey group sprouting from the banks of Portsmouth Harbour! Having carefully watched this wonderful group of lads since their formation, I know for a fact that they can make an excellent job of whatever they might turn their minds to, and this is what has given them their tremendous local following. As you probably know, whenever The Classics appear at their "home ground"—Gosport’s Thorngate Halls, the place is filled to capacity with many irate regulars left out because they make the mistake of turning up after 8 p.m. This has, however, created a very unfortunate side effect— all other groups, with whatever reputation behind them, attract only luke-warm support, and many undeservedly play to the furniture, simply because the customers will come for the Classics and no other group. This aspect worries us, and we would like to know if any Southern group would like to take this on as a challenge. If so, I would be glad to hear from them. Yours faithfully,

V. A. BROWN, Gosport Community Assoc.

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Dear Sir,

In the capacity of a Pop Singer dad I have read with interest the first edition of the Southern Entertainer and wish it every success. This gives me the opportunity to mention our popular Fawley group who are frequently billed haphazardly as NICK TROY, ESME DUVAL, THE TROIAN'S instead of NICK TROY and THE TROJANS with ESME DUVAL.

Perhaps this is something that can be rectified.

14 Springfield Ave. Holbury.

Sorry about this—it has been now—Editor.

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After reading your first edition, I feel I must write saying how good I thought it was. But, as a Liverpudlian, I naturally feel the "South" has a long way to go before it will compete with the North, and particularly Merseyside. Loyalty proved, my personal opinion is that the worst thing that can happen to the Southern Groups is for them to develop, as suggested, a sound ie., "The outhampton Sound." The danger being, of course, that, as on Merseyside at the moment, the position deteriorates into one of, to coin a phrase " Ifyou have heard one group.......!!

Surely a group of individual groups, playing good music, with their own individual sounds would be better for the South; and for group entertainment as a whole: Merely an opinion of course! My main intention of writing was to introduce a new group. Newly formed, a matter of months, and already in demand in the Ludgershall area, are the "SENTURIANS." All serving members of the Regiment, they make quite an international .collection. A Scotsman (Archie McNaught, vocal); An Irishman (Ray Burcombe, bass guitar); a Welshman (Ray Warne, drums); two Englishmen (Norman Hallam, lead guitar) and (Harry Quinton, Comedy and Ballads). And myself, a Liverpudlian, Rhythm Guitar.

Wishing the paper great success, and looking forward to your next issue.

Cpl. Harry Walsh,

5th Royal Innis. A.G.,

Aliwal, Tidworth.

Cheers, Harry. Let's know more about how you get on. —Editor.

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I have just finished reading your magazine " Southern Entertainer " and I consider it a fab! publication except for one thing. That is you did not mention my favourite group The Transatlantics (formerly The Transatlantic 7). They are a Southampton group and are just as good as Nick Troy and The Trojans with Esme Duval, which I noticed got quite frequent mentionings. You even went so far as to mention The Barren Knights with Duke D'mond in your edition and not say thatjhey are performing at the Guildhall on January 14th with "Sounds Inc." and "The Transatlantics." In fact it is the Transatlantics manager, Mr. Alan Rowe who is producing the show!

So please! mention them in your next edition. I believe one can get tickets from the Information centre or Whitworths ticket agency but please check this information if you use it in your next publication.

The Transatlantics most ardent fan,

Susan P. Staples,

3 Bullar St.,

Southampton.

We will indeed—look out for more news later—Editor.

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I would like to know if Dave Dee has a fan club, if he has, could you possibly send it to me. Dave Dee has been down here in Romsey three times at the Crosfield Hall and I thought he was fab. This is the first time I bought the "Southern Entertainer " and I saw Dave Dee's photo so I thought perhaps you would know his fan club . I like the " Southern Entertainer," it is very good indeed, it tells you all about the different groups.

Sandra Jackson, Romsey, Hants.

FAN CLUB : c/o MARIES, 80 FISHERTON ST., SALISBURY. Editor

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Dear Sir,

Thank you for giving we young people in this area a newspaper of our own. I feel sure all teenagers have felt this want for some time and I, on behalf of all of them, would like to say a "Thank you." There is one thing I would like to say though, and that is this: I would like to see more news about what is going on in the youth clubs and youth organisations in this area. Just because many young people today are Beatles fans and pop followers does not mean that we are also juvenile delinquents. If more news was published about youth clubs it would show just how popular these clubs are. Well—what about it Mr. Editor.

Margaret McLusky, Thornhill.

Dear Margaret,

Thanks for the wishes. We also would like to see more youth club news coming in—so tell your friends to send it in and we will see what we can do.—Editor.

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Dear Sir,

Thank you for the opportunity to " Meet the Manager " in your first issue of the "Southern Entertainer." It is surprising how often people go to the cinema or theatre and have no thought for the man "behind the scenes" who has made all this possible for them. Through the Southern Entertainer I would like to say " Thank you" to all cinema managers.

Mrs. Cinema-goer, Woolston.

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ROCK—ON—ICE . . .

Teenagers in Bournemouth quickly following in the steps of Southampton's Ice Skaters. Business is now booming at Bournemouth Ice Rink since the introduction of Rock Groups on Friday nights.

OFFER REFUSED ....

Due to the success of The Dowlands current disc, offers have been pouring into the offices of Avenue Artistes for them to appear throughout the whole of the country. It is with regret that an offer for three days in Scotland and a radio date have had to be turned down because of heavy commitments down here.

 

 

 

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A=raiding we will go

Spotlight 1964—and it's Brian Fisher and the Raiders. At local level, dad, they're the tops. Whispers have it from those who know they are going even further—so, to introduce them we take SPOTLIGHT back to 1960 when the pop scene had gone little further than skiffle. Groups galore tried to leap aboard the bandwagon of Rock 'n' Roll. As time went by dance halls and venues and groups realised that the old three chord trick was not enough. In the meantime, however, several groups went to the wall or the dole office.

Protected by the Patron saint of Pop musicians, the Raiders survived. Formed at Fawley by a jazz guitarist (Mike Weatherden) who gave up trad for the new rock style the group is more popular than ever. Batting away at their music they soon became one of the best known groups in the area. They played at the Royal Pier, Southampton, the Teenage Centre of the South. They were convinced that many of the best groups in the area were under the wing of Mr. Canham (Royal Pier manager), and were introduced to a popular young singer who had appeared at the Pier, Brian Fisher. He had been with groups like the H-Fi's, The Strangers, and the Semi-

tones. He was looking for another group and the Raiders were looking for a singer. So the group became Brian Fisher and the Raiders.

Now complete they took unto themselves an agency, Avenue Artistes, and were well on their way to becoming one of the show groups of the South. One bright morning they decided that no longer would they shadow the Shadows style of music—and developed their own style of R and B then on the up—and up—and up. Having developed a " Southern sound " of their own— they now take it up the Frozen North—and do very nicely, thank you.

Recently they have held their own with such as Shane Fenton, Mike Berry, The Spotnicks, Screamin' Lord Sutch, and provided backing for Ricky Valance, Johnny Bev (of the Bruvvers).

Promoters and agents in the North and the Midlands are pursuing them for venues where they can be assured of a great welcome.

HERE YE!

THEDOWLANDS and the SOUNDTRACKS

with "ALL MY LOVING"

on

Oriole, C.B 1897

Representation Avenue Artistes, 68a, The Avenue Southampton — 24999

 

 

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Bingo—Gin-Go It’s a Crazy World

by John Morgan

Now that we have all settled down after the Beatle storm which hit Southampton there is no need for us to be downhearted. Just keep those feet tapping and twisting, because if you see a film called " What a Crazy World," you will find it hard to stay in your seats. Starring our two friends, on either side of the page, JOE BROWN and SUSAN MAUGHAN, the film tells the story of an ordinary bloke who has dreams of writing a hit song that will shake the Top Ten charts. Joe, as the ordinary bloke, and Susan, as his girl friend who has wedding bells ringing in her ears, team up to make this a film that all pop fans should see.

Also in the film are FREDDIE AND THE DREAMERS, THE BRUVVERS and THE HAPPY WANDERERS plus MARTY WILDE and HARRY H. CORBETT. With a cast like that this Pop Musical couldn't really fail to please and I assure it doesn't. Talking about Pop musicals I have wondered why some cinema managers don't arrange to have the first few front.rows of the cinema stalls removed so that the kids could twist to the pops during the interval. Instead of a " Dine and Dance " evening we could have a " Twist and Watch " evening !

(Warner-Pathe release.)

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STOP PRESS. Watch out for the BEATLES in Cinemascope! The world's first Technicolor Cinemascope newsreel will be released by Pathe News soon and will deal exclusively with the BEATLES.

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Meet The Managers—No. 2

by VIGILANS

As I stood in front of the Manager's desk, I wondered If it was in order to snap to attention and salute. Why, you may ask?—simple. I was standing before the Manager of Southampton's Gaumont, Charles Kenneth Watts, a man whom the " Southern Evening Echo " compared to a general for the way he handled the Beatle fans on December 13th. The Beatles visit, the last of their tour, could have been the probable end of Kenneth's career except that he gathered resources he had and used them in an almost military fashion. The result success; and the national dailies were disappointed that they didn't see the mass hysteria so common in other towns. Kenneth was adamant about claiming only part of the praise. The police were the real heros in the incident and the way they regulated the crowds of excited teenagers was an example to other parts of the country.

Kenneth has been in cinema management for over 15 years and before coming to Southampton, two years ago, he was in Bournemouth and Torquay, His actual theatre experience has been gained in Southampton. Until then he had only handled " one-night stands." However, he is fast gaining a reputation as the " Mr. Showman " of the South Coast.

Asked his views on the possibility of variety making a comeback to the theatres he said he didn't think the old sort of shows would return. " Let's face it, he said, you don't find the red-nosed comic any more." T.V. had brought about the era of sophistication in comedy and sheer slapstick had taken the back place. There was such a wealth of talent now available for T.V. that the solo entertainer had to be top-grade material. Anyway, he went on, the stars of variety now want a season in a theatre instead of provincial tours. It pays better and is easier to do. I asked him if his success in Southampton had given him any ideas of branching out on his own but he laughed at this and said " If I was a millionaire I might but otherwise I am very happy to stay where I am."

On Southern audiences he said: " They are very critical down here, and they won't have anything but the best. Audiences ' up North' are easy to please but if you can please the Southampton audiences then you have a terrific feeling of satisfaction." Kenneth, married with a 15-year-old daughter, really likes his job and has a very able staff to help him. He insisted that his Stage Manager, Raymond Abbatt, get a share of the praise for the success of the Gaumont's shows. Also, he said, don't forget the rest of my staff because we all work as a team here and what's good enough for me applies to them all.

Certainly as long as Kenneth is at the helm of the Gaumont, Southampton, audiences won't have to worry about having a good night out and now with Christmas just over there is still plenty of time to visit the panto " PUSS IN BOOTS." This is one of the best shows to appear on the Gaumont's stage and Kenneth is looking forward to seeing you all.

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Cinema & Movie Snippets

That " Grand Old Man " of Downing Street, Sir Winston Churchill will soon appear on the screen. Actually, it won't be Sir Winston in person but a British actor playing the part in a New Carl Foreman production. The film will be based on the early life of Sir Winston and will be filmed in various parts of the world.

I can't really see that the current crisis in the film industry between the Independent film producers and the major circuits will make much change to the general public. The in-dependents want the major circuits to show more of the British films than they do. Both the major circuits say that they show over the normal quota set by the Government and say that they are not prepared to show more than that. We can expect that the major circuits will win and that the whole thing will blow over in time. It all seems to be based on the old problem of reducing outlets for independent films and the only way to correct this is the building or re-opening of cinemas—a solution which is impracticable at the present time.

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The final review is on another well mixed Pop Musical Live It Up. Starring KENNY BALL and his JAZZMEN, GENE VINCENT, PATSY ANN NOBLE it also has the support of Sound Incorporated, The Outlaws, Andy Cavell and the Saints and HEINZ. This is a Rank production and should have a good following.

 

 

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Groups Galore

by FANATIC

Southampton's top professional group The Lonelyones, are forced to come back from Germany a month earlier than expected owing to the fact that one of their singers Johnny Keeping has contracted laryngitis . . . however, their date sheet is rapidly filling up ... Gary and Lee and Dave Dee and the Bostons are being flown over to take their place in Cologne for the month of January . . , Salisbury's group, Clive Shane, Ricky Lewis and The Avengers previously with the James Dodson Agency now solely represented by Avenue Artistes . . . Dates now being finalised for the Dowlands and The Soundtracks for their appearance on " Parade of the Pops " and " Ready Steady Go " . . . New Magazine called the South West Scene, covering the Devon and Cornwall area . . . On his recent visit to Esso Sports Club Brian Poole and the Tremeloes had a conducted tour of the Refinery . , . New Road Manager and musical advisor to the Trojans, Phil Blake commenced work on their new f act last week at Torquay , , , New Promoter' at the City Hall Salisbury, Richard Hurt who owns a Betting Office in Tidworth starts on Wednesday, 8th January when he has Bern Elliot and the Fenmen, Pat Wayne and the Beachcombers and The Dowlands and The Soundtracks, . . future attractions he is planning to use are Dusty Springfield, Brian Poole and a whole host of others ... An offer of £500 for a guest appearance of the Beatles at Exeter for 20 minutes was turned down by their Manager Brian Epstein . . . Teentime at the Marlands reopened with a bang on Thursday with capacity attendance, the next one there will be 16th January and fortnightly after that . . . The Trendsetters who were appearing at Poole in December had the misfortune of playing for nothing when the promoters disappeared halfway through the Dance ... the police are still looking for them . . . The Dowlands put up a very impressive show a few weeks ago at the Pier, Southampton, where the crowd loudly applauded their latest recording of, the Beatles composition " All My Loving "... will this make the Charts? ... It is certainly getting the plugs ... is Brian Poole the only Artist to record the same number twice with such success . . . Youthful owner of the Bure Club at Mudeford Dave Stickley tells us that he is shortly to open another four clubs in the Bournemouth area . . . Strangers put up a very creditable performance at the Lido Ballroom, Winchester, two weeks ago when they were with

the Rolling Stones . .. THREE-ways to support Peter Jay and the Jaywalkers at Sherborne on 6th March , . . Classics and the Trendsetters drew a record crowd at Hillside Youth Club's Christmas Dance last week . . . new groups booked at South-ampton Royal Pier Teenbeat Nights on Wednesdays are Daniel Boone and the Emeralds, The Dynamos, The Blue Chords, and The Classics . . . Romsey Teenagers were really raving at the Crosfield Hall when three groups Strangers, Trendsetters, Layne Rogers and the Countdowns put up an impressive show with a grand finale with all three groups on stage . . . immediately after Layne Rogers and his Manager left for Germany where Layne will substitute for Johnny Keeping for the last week of the Lonelyones stay in Germany . . . Empire Hall, Totton, to have Stoke group The Marauders on Tuesday, 21st January . . . when will the Merseyside activities die down and let other artistes have a chance at the Charts . . . We are still looking for more news on other groups so grab a pen and let us have as much news and gossip soon . . . On page 10 of the 1st issue of the Southern Entertainer there was a printing error on some copies and to rectify all confusion we would like to announce that the photo on the right of the page was The Rolling Stones and not The Barron Knights . . . apologies to both groups concerned . . . More and more big national names coming your way in January including The London Federals, The Four-most, The Rebel Rousers, The Coasters, Sounds Inc., Barron Knights, Marauders, etc. ... we are running a popularity poll in tails . , . who will win the Walls and Mecca Nation Beat Contest this year, the prizes certainly look exciting , . . Since our last issue we have been informed that the Barron Knights next release out today is the old Mel Torme hit " I'm Comin' Home Baby" and not " Give me More " which we announced in the last issue . . . How many groups are there in Southampton, our conservative guess is about 30 ... Rush E.P. release. for Bern Elliot and The Fen-men out just before Christmas contains six numbers including "Shake Sherry Shake," "Mashed Potatoes" and " Please Mr. Postman "... Eden Kane at the Savoy Ballroom, Southsea, on January 24th . , . Not much time for yachting on the River Hamble as Heinz has many commitments to fulfil . . . Billy Fury's latest record about two years behind the times . . . The Grove Club at Paulsgrove running an amateur Beat Group Contest throughout February-see advertisement in this issue for details . . . More and more Clubs are opening up in. Germany, France and Spain requiring groups, but please note, the hours are long, living high .and very hard work . .. we understand that the Dynomos are shortly to have their first record release so let's wish them the very best of luck.

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TEENTIME SPECTACULARS

THURS. 16th JAN. ....

MARLANDS HALL - SOUTHAMPTON

Gene Antony - Johnny Keeping & The Lonely Ones

(Direct from Germany)

and The Strangers

7.30-11 p.m. 4/-

FRIDAY 17th JAN. ....

CROSFIELD HALL - ROMSEY

The Deltas — The Threeways

8-11,30 p.m . 5/-

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THE GROVE CLUB

Marsden Road - Paulsgrove - Portsmouth

1964 SOUTHERN SOUND CONTEST

Open to all Amatuer Groups in the South

Semi-Finals — Sundays 2nd & 9th Feb. Grands-Final — Sunday 16th Feb.

Details and Applications from above addresses

THE POMPEY CHIMES REPLY TO THE LIVERPOOL SOUND

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LIDO BALLROOM

WORTHY LANE WINCHESTER

Friday, 3rd January

LINDA LAINE and the SINNERS

— Latest Columbia Release - " I Can't Stand It"

THE CHUCKS

Another popular group from Merseyside

8- 11.30 5/-

Friday, 10th January

THE HOLLIES

"Ain't That Just Like Me - Searchin - Stay

PETE MYSTERY AND THE REDCOATS,

8-11.30 7/6

Friday, 17th January

DAVE CURTISS

and the

TREMORS

Philips Records—"What Kind of Girl Are You"

DANIEL BOONE AND THE RENEGADES

8 - 11.30 6/-

 

 

 

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FOLKSONG "BRAIN CENTRE"

When you enter the home of John Paddy Browne, the first thing that impresses you is the enormous collection of books, tape recordings, notes and loose-leaf files. This is the " brain centre " of the well established expedition into the traditional songs and customs of the British Isles, for it is from here that John Paddy Browne plans his collecting campaigns, takes his three tape recorders into the country, and records, notates and memorises the folk lore and folk songs of the people.

This young Irishman has been involved in the folk song movement in England for more than seven years. He has recorded scores of singers, spoken about his work on television, written about it and lectured on the subject on numerous occasions. He is, too, a singer whose style is based on a lengthy study of the mannerisms of country singing by the old singers he has recorded over the years. He sings for the most part unaccompanied, for he feels that the introduction of the guitar and banjo, now widely used, are foreign and unnecessary additions to the singing of English and Irish country songs.

John Paddy Browne, at the age of 25, has covered more ground than many so-called " collectors " twice his age, has been more fruitful in his findings and is more enthusiastic about the Southampton folk scene than most people generally regarded as being the "stalwarts" of the local movement. Few people will work as he has worked in his efforts to gather up the last remnants of English traditional culture. Devotion governs John Paddy Browne's determination that it will not die while he lives.

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BALLADEER

SOUTHAMPTON'S ORIGINAL FOLK MUSIC CLUB

EVERY WEDNESDAY

Featuring well-known Guests every week

BASSETT HOTEL, BURGESS ROAD, SOUTHAMPTON

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Here he be -Mr. R. and B.

It's great—it's new—ITS THE SOUTHERN SOUND—and all played for your discerning ears by none other than Manfred Manne and Ms group. Now Manfred is no stranger to these Southern shores—playing at the Concorde, (Bassett Hotel, Southampton), the Southampton University, Bournemouth, Portsmouth—in fact any venue where his " swingo style " of R and B is in great demand.

The lads have appeared twice on Southern TV—in October on Day by Day and on December 29th. Last year they recorded a number, " Why should we not " for H.M.V. Four of these five musicians have links with the South (Andover, Bournemouth,Brighton, Portsmouth and Southampton). For the Day by Day sequences they were filmed at the Concorde Jazz Club, Southampton.

The leader of the group has connections with the South as well, South Africa—Manfred Manne comes from Johannesburg. When he was playing in a holiday camp over here he met Mike Hugg and they formed the Mike-Hugg Blues Brothers from which the quintet has grown.

Mike was born at Andover and was brought up in Bournemouth. Paul Jones, singer and compere, hails from Portsmouth. He had his own skiffle group when he was 12 and later formed his own jazz band. Dave Richmond, bass guitarist, was born at Brighton and was in the R.A.F. as a musician. He worked later with a ship's orchestra.

Mike Vickers, sax, was born at Southampton. He played with various bands when he was at school and was semi-pro with local dance bands before turning pro. He has been commissioned by Johnny Dankworth to produce an arrangement for his band.

If you are an R and B fan you can't afford to let yourself down before your friends and say you have not been to hear this chart-chasing group — it's worth a hundred mile trip on a slow camel to get there.

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ROMSEY PANTO . . ,

With a Cast of over 30, Romsey's Pantomime has been under rehearsal for several months now and looks like being another successful production for The Romsey Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society. With almost forty shows to their credit it looks as though ROBINSON CRUSOE may have a record box office attendance of almost 2,000. These productions are known to be of real professional standard, and our reporter will be covering the show in our next issue. Booking is now well under way at Messrs. Sales, Market Place, Romsey, and the shows run once nightly from 7th to llth January with a matinee on Saturday.

 

 

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Popularity Poll

For a Change — YOU tell US

Those crafty old Greeks had a cure for everything— they either found out or took to hemlock. Heaven preserve us from hemlock—it's as bad as some ale we have been subjected to in the past. But being here neither to take hemlock (nor ale) but just to find out—from you, here goes.

That makes it easier—YOU'VE BEEN, YOU'VE HEARD—now YOU DECIDE—who are the best jroups, singers, entertainers in the South. Each year the national musical papers go to town on who is best—they split up their polling sections into so many different sections like: Top Small Group, Top Large Band, Top Music Personality, Best Record of the Year, Best Jazz—all right, all right, you've had enough of what the other papers do—give us a chance to tell you what we have in mind.

During the next two issues we are going to run a special SOUTHERN POPULARITY POLL. No national names (unless of course they live in the area covered by the Southern Entertainer.) Anyone can enter. Use the entry form at the bottom of this page and tell us who you think is the best group, best singer who live and work within 30 miles of Southampton—this covers Bournemouth, Salisbury, Eastleigh, Winchester, Portsmouth, and the Isle of Wight.

Closing date—31st January—and the results will be printed later. So send them in my merry lads and lasses; who knows, it may be your " top of the pops " to head the poll.

If they are they receive a diploma (best vocalist and group) and both these will be featured at a dance at Crosfield Hall, Romsey, later in the year.

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LONDON LETTER

by John Chapman

About three weeks ago a strange thing happened which las threatened to upset the whole balance of the London -Christmas scene. In short, the Beatles came to town. Royalty was there, society was there, and outside On the pavements great armies of young girls, dressed in the current " uniform " of boots and blue nylon macs, stood for four hours in the hope of getting a glimpse of their idols.

Ever since that night feverish preparations have been under way to make sure that no " incidents " occur when the Beatles start their Christmas season at the Astoria. There have been moves to curb the fantastic amount of police protection necessary and many people are genuinely afraid that, with so many policemen tied up at one particular place, there may be more than the usual amount of criminal activity elsewhere.

Whether one likes it or not, it is difficult to get the influence of the four shaggy haired boys out of anything to do with musical entertainment today. In fact, the whole dynamic of "Liverpool Pop" has now firmly embedded itself in the great metropolis. It is rarely that one can walk into a gentlemen's outfitters without being aware of "Beatle jackets" and photos of the group.

"Such power is dangerous," quote those who see them as nothing more than menace. But amidst all this hysteria and strangely remote in reality and alarm the subjects seem even unaware of the effect they are creating. So long as they stay that way they may be on safe ground. There are already rumblings of a revolution against them, mostly from disgruntled young men who find that their girls are openly comparing them to Ringo, George, find that girls would rather John or Paul, and others who dance with girls and dream of a Beatle "holding their hand."

London, particularly the West End, has lost little time in succumbing to the now familiar "Beatlemania." Everywhere one can find small dingy clubs catering for "Mods" and "Blue Beat." Many of them charge nothing but the coffee they serve to teenagers who appear world of dreams which shuts to be "lost" temporarily in a out realities and threatens to destroy their natural perception.

It is in the dancehalls that the most harmful effect is felt. Disc jockies and bandleaders alike are facing crowds split into two distinct groups—"mods" and "rockers." The "mods" are the least patient and reasonable, constantly demanding their kind of music and showing sometimes audible dislike for anything approaching conventional dancing. One bandleader in particular appears to be holding his own very well at the Hammersmith Palais. He is of course, Joe Loss. Joe has a way with youngsters and he is constantly creating new dances for them in the hope that something concrete like the "Twist" will catch on so that everyone can be pleased at the same time. He will do it in time.

Meanwhile other past " sensations " live on. The Empire Cinema, Leicester Square, is featuring, for the second time within six months, a season of Garbo. She is still a big attraction. Next door, Mecca's fabulous new venture, the Empire Ballroom, is pulling in the patron's, anxious to sample its luxury decor and atmosphere. Beminked ladies and gentlemen in dinner jackets, waiting to relive their youth with high booted young "mods" with Garbo, mix for a moment their youth to the hilt. The two worlds meet for a moment in nylon macs waiting to live and one sees just how different they are.

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THE NORTHERN BEAT SCENE

By Geoff Baker .... Manchester

DAVE BERRY AND THE CRUISERS (from Sheffield) featured strongly in January in a B.B.C documentary called the " Alienation of Youth it is filmed at the Esquire Ciub Sheffield and the numbers they perform are " School Days" and " Hootchie Cootchie Man " . . . Liverpool fugitives from a football Pool THE BREAKAWAYS getting strong reaction on their record of the moment " That Boy of Mine," following their dual appearance on " Thank Your Lucky Stars " and " Juke Box Jury" a few weeks ago . . . Luxembourg series starting this Month, compared by ALAN DELL, features appearances by FREDDIE AND THE DREAMERS, DAVE BERRY AND THE CRUISERS, THE BIG THREE, WAYNE FON-TANA AND THE MIND-BENDERS, and the CRES-TERS together with guest appearances of IAN CRAWFORD and the BOOMERANGS, and LORRAINE GRAY AND THE CHAPPER-ONS ... Liverpool's favourite A-and-R man George Martin has signed the TRENDS from Huddersfield and their first release is January 10th .... DAVE BERRY joining THE RONNETTES, THE ROLLING STONES, and MARTY WILDE for a January Theatre tour... In December Australian session guitarist DARBY WILSON joined PETE MACLAINE AND THE CLAN. Darby who was holidaying in England was introduced to Pete, who offered him a permament job with the CLAN to replace Pete Docking who is now concentrating on free-lance work .. . Tony Stuart, owner of Manchester's OASIS CLUB strongly denies rumours that his three week trip to America was to buy stars for promotion here . . . After their appearance at Esso Club, Fawley, Manchester's DENNI-SONS had well over 100 fan letters from the South of England . . . New CHANTS release a re-hash of the oldie "I Could Write a Book" ... one of the finest non-Mersey Sound to come out of the "Pool" must be SONNY WEBB AND THE CASCADES, they have a tremendous feel for Country and Western Music . '. . One of the most popular acts to visit Liverpool is Luton's BARRON KNIGHTS whose second record on Columbia is to be a revival of the Mel Torme's " Coming for January 3rd . . . New Chart entrants BERN ELLIOT AND THE PENMEN set for a string of Northern dates in February.

 

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We love The Classics .... and it's no wonder. For this group from Portsmouth were a knockout when they appeared at the Teenbeat Club at the Empire Hall, Totton, on December 17th. That is saying a lot—because in the past the Teenbeat Club has had more leading singers and groups than much larger venues. Singers such as Shane Fenton and the Fentones, Jess Conrad, Billy I. Kramer and the Dakotas,' The-Big Three, Brian Poole and the Tremeloes have all appeared at this Club. Groups to be featured in the future are Kevin Scott and the Kinsmen, Mark Twayne and the Saxons,-. Nickolai and the Cossacks.

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Behind the Screens

When we go to the pictures and we are comfortably seated in the cinema I wonder how many of us ever think of what effort, heartaches, money, time, ideas and expense went to make the film we watch. I don't think many of us really think on these lines but if we did it might help us to appreciate the films better.

Let's visit a typical Film Studio that one can find in England and see what happens to a film before it becomes a film at all ... in fact from the time it's only a mass of words on paper. Most films start as novels which are submitted to the studios for reading but these novels are only a few of the hundreds of novels and scripts that are sent to the studios for consideration. When a particular novel is selected it is passed to the Scenario Editor who consults with the author as to what changes are necessary before the novel becomes suitable for a film script.

This then is where the hard work begins. The Scenario Editor passes the film script to a producer who studies the script with the production executives to see how much the script will cost to convert it into a film. Also the whole programme of production has to be worked out . . . who will play the leading parts, where will the outdoor and indoor locations be, can any financial backing be found, if needed, and any legal points which might occur in cases of similarity to people or places.

The next step after finding out how much the film is likely to cost is to get the artists. This is the Casting Director's job and out of the hundreds of artists available he has to select the ones most suitable and if they are engaged on other work he has to find someone else. Sometimes he passes the job to his scouts who go around the country looking for people suitable for film acting and they may come up with a person who is absolutely unknown to the entertainment world. When all the cast needed is found then starts the work of making out the contracts for the stars appearing in the film and obtaining for the producer all the necessary rights involved in presenting his production anywhere in the world.

Whilst the search for the cast is going on the script has been passed to the Art Director who prepares designs for the sets. In the major studio this is not so much of a problem as with their resources they can build anything, large or small, that is needed. In the case of smaller studios they have to find a location similar to the plot and work there. The one thing that must be watched in set making is that if the film is to have a foreign or historical background everything must be authentic. After all, you can't, as has happened, have a Red Indian chief in full war costume wearing a Rolex Oyster watch or announcing a King as the head of a country which doesn't exist as happened in Henry the Eighth when he was announced as " King of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland," the latter place not having been a separate country at the time the film was supposed to represent. Finally, all the designs having been approved the carpenters, the plasterers and painters start to work. The carpenters build the basic framework needed and then the plasterers mould the design around the framework and finally the painters finish the whole lot. Everything done must pass the most stringent examination for authenticity and complete realism.

Now the Prop. Dept. comes into its own. All interior sets must have fittings and in the case of shop interiors, public house interiors and other commercial sets the job of providing the correct props can be a headache. For example, if the: scene is the interior of a Scottish public house you must not stock the shelves with the products of a South of England brewery. In the case of a Victorian drawing room the prop. dept. may have to search the various curio shops for certain items and if they can't be got readily the Art dept. will haye to make a reproduction. This may involve searching through libraries to find a picture of the article, but most Art depts. will already have extensive material on most things. One very important department that is sometimes forgotten is the Stores which supply all the timber, plaster, paint and metal work needed. They must be able to supply a desert if needed and this will involve tons of" sand, rocks and even palm trees.

During all this activity what are the cast of the film doing. They are busy reading their lines and maybe visit certain places to get the feel of the part they have to play. For instance, in the case of films involving a court case the various cast who will play the part of court officials they visit the local magistrates' court and watch the proceedings or even visit the Old Bailey in London, On the other hand they may work in the hospitals, factories or other institutions for the same purpose. Then they start their rehearsals, get fitted in the Wardrobe Dept. for their costumes.

Shooting will be starting soon and the studio sets are now nearly complete. The scenes that are to be shot on location are worked out, equipment assembled and everyone, stars,-extras, cameramen, sound engineers, lighting engineers and the rest of the studio " army " pile into an assortment of transport that ranges from Jeeps to-aeroplanes and go in the shortest time to the place where the shots are to be taken. This part of film-making is the one most dreaded by studios as they now become subject to a variety of evils. Bad weather may hold up shooting, they may have local labour troubles, breakdowns involving complicated machinery may hold up shooting whilst spare parts are rushed to the scene. If abroad tropical illnesses may strike the cast, even though every precaution may have been taken but the old maxim of " the Show Must Go On " is always adhered to and eventually all location shots are finished and the " rushes " have been approved and all return to the studios.

The rest of the film is shot in the special sets built for the film and soon the film cans are in the hands of the Film Editors and the Sound Editors. Here it is chopped about until a product emerges that pleases the producers and directors. Then the sound and music are added and the film goes through expert examination again to ensure that everything is perfect. Then the Press are called in to see the showings in the preview cinema together with the various representatives of the renters and distributors and the film goes on its final journey to the Cinema screens throughout the world. The Publicity Dept. in the studio has already prepared the immense amount of advertising

needed and has laid on the various Press receptions that will take place for the Premieres which will be held, perhaps in London, Paris, New York and other major centres.

So the next time you watch a film at your local cinema spare a thought for the hard working studio staff and artists who helped to produce the film and the problems that the film posed for them and you will find that it may help you to appreciate the film better. Once you do this you are on the road to better film appreciation and it will enable you also to look for the finer points in a film such as the acting of certain stars in relation to their surroundings and even to the point of recognising good camera work which is sometimes more effective than words. Remember that some of the outstanding films made didn't have a word spoken in them but relied on the cameraman's angles more than the artists actions. Watch also and see if you can beat the script writers and prop depts. and find any mistakes which may have slipped through. One you quite often see in Western films nowadays is the jet stream in the sky whilst the Indians are attacking the fort!

(Acknowledgement is gratefully made to A.B.P. Corporation for information supplied for the above article.)

 

 

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DISCOVERIES

By JOHN CHAPMAN

Hello there! And a very happy and swinging new year to everybody! What a year this has been. So much going on in the disc world and so many lessons learned. What's for 1964? Hush, dare I say it? I think we shall see the " Mersey Bubble " go " pop " before many moons have waxed and waned. It may come as a surprise to younger readers but some people actually like other kinds of music and a good many people are getting just a tiny bit tired of hearing falsetto voices and seeing boys wearing haircuts which would do more justice to the fairer sex. There may be a chance for the men yet!

There have been breakthroughs of course and Steve Lawrence with Eydie Gorme have managed to do very well of late. "I CAN'T STOP TALKING ABOUT YOU " (CBS/ AAGI78) could pile up the sales again. This one is so catchy that it may stop you sleeping if you hear it within an hour of bedtime. Swings along

What's this? A new group that doesn't come from Liverpool? Yes, sir and most wel- come. The Triffids will have more than a day with " OVER AGAIN " (COLUMBIA DB7177).

Slightly off-beat sound with plenty of "go" and such a refreshing change from" you know what."

I like Eartha Kitt and so do a good many others. It's not often we get a single from her and although it has no chance with the charts, fans will go for it. Previously titled " I HAD A HARD DAY LAST NIGHT"(COLUMBIA DB7170) it was written by Eartha and she makes every purring word count. Plenty of laughs without offending. Remember last time I talked about Joe Loss and his latest disc " LODDY LO"? By now it should be firmly in your head. This type of thing is most welcome, type Straightforward, happy stuff, just like "IF YOU'VE GOT TO PICK A BABY " (H.M.V. POP1233). This one comes from Glenda Collins and she sings like she was enjoying every minute of this "rocker" with a "shaky" slant. Good backing and great for party sessions.

" NITTY GRITTY " (LONDON HLR9824). Sounds like a new kind of chocolate bar. Actually Miss Shirley Ellis, who is new to me and no doubt to you brings off a nice little surprise with a gimmicky disc. The (title and words are so different that it might just catch on. Young people will love it.

Now I must confess to being a little older than a teenager(although I still manage to think like one when needed). I can remember bombs and German planes and all that gear, but I also remember wonderful Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals at Drury Lane and elsewhere. Surely Richard Rodgers must have an immortal place in the world of light music. Some people have realised his potential in these times when originality is very hard to come by. Gerry and the Pacemakers did it first, now come the Chants with a number from "Pal Joey " (the best number in my opinion) called " I COULD WRITE A BOOK" (PYE 7NI5591). This is given the "Liverpool treatment" but it doesn't spoil the original. If we can't have Richard Rodgers any other way, let's have him like this.

Anyone who has seen Sammy Davis Jnr. perform must surely be sold for life on this remark- able little man. He loves life and the world of entertainment so much that he manages to transmit all his feeling to an audience. For those with tastes in LPs I can heartily recommend " A TREASURY OF GOLDEN HITS " (REPRISE R6096). Sammy really goes on this one with songs from famous musicals like Kismet and Porgy and Bess. Sometimes he's straight, sometimes he's taking the tasteful " mickey." Anyway, it all adds up to first class fun, as they say in all the best advertisements.

" Ouch/" No I haven't dropped my typewritter on my best toe (middle right). I've just heard, stop press, of a new record label by that alarming name. Naturally it's American (what else?) and it will feature groups from " the more sophisticated areas of the New World" to quote and wonder what that means at the same time. Sufficient to say that sophisticated people suffer from nerves because the first release (as yet untitled) will be by some charming people called the " Ulcer- ated Four." Strangely they hail from these islands which proves without doubt that we are now the 51st State or is it 52nd I forget. Now this may be a joke but That’s the way I had it Possible first title may be "NAY, NAY, NAY, YEA YEA, YEA,"

Could be we are in for a sophisticated NEW YEAR. In which case there will be hurried re-titling like " DOST THOU LOVETH ME" and " SHE LOVETH THOU." Imagine trying to put over " TWISTETH AND SHOUTETH" without swallowing your fringe!

Happy New Year!

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JOHNNY DYMOND:

The South's Top 20

1. I Wanna Hold Your Hand Beatles

2. Glad All Over Dave Clark Five

3. She Loves You Beatles

4. Secret Love Kathy Kirby

5. You Were Made For Me Freddie and the Dreamers

6. Dominique Singing Nun

7. Hippy Hippy Shake The Swinging Blue Jeans

8. I Only Want To Be WithYou Dusty Springfield

9. Kiss Me Quick Elvis Presley

10. 24 Hours to Tulsa Gene Pitney

11. All My Loving THE DOWLANDS AND THE SOUNDTRACKS

12. Don't Talk To Him Cliff Richard

13. Swinging On A Star Big Dee Erwin

14. We Are In Love Adam Faith

15. Do You Really Love Too Me Billy Fury

16. Not Too Little Not Too Much Chris Sandford

17. I Wanna Be Your Man The Rolling Stones

18. Stay The Hollies

19. Money Bern Elliot and the Fenmen

20. I'll Keep You Satisfied Billy J. Kramer

JOHNNY DYMOND RECORD REVIEW

Law and Order/Da Do Day. The Outlaws. (H.M.V. POP 1241).

Another number from the pen of the "Telstar" man—Joe Meek, a great piece of instrumentation that shows the versatility of these lads. I don't rate this too highly for chart honours, but should garner steady sales given lotsa' plugs. The flip you'll probably recognise as " Camptown Races." Do You Really Love Me/I Live to Love You. Barbara Chandler. (London HLR 9823). No, it's not yet another elaboration on the recent Brian Poole hit. but it is a number that in my opinion has been more commercially covered by Billy Fury. Barbara's version is just a little too ordinary to "catch on" here, but is very pleasant on the ear all the same. I live to Love You is faster moving and aimed at the teenage market.

Poison Ivy/I Feel Good All Over.

The Paramounts. (Parlophone R.5093).

Not too keen on this disc at all. Sounds too much like the old version to create any excitement. I feel The Paramounts should have tackled something original for a first record. The underside of the disc is much more interesting and really moves.

All My Loving/Hey Sally.

The Dowlands and The Soundtracks.

(Oriole CB 1897). A great combination on this disc—two of the finest voices in the country The Dowlands, and two of this countries most successful composers John Lennon and Paul McCartney. This fabulous rendering of " All My Loving" is certainly scoring well as far as requests in dance halls are concerned and it looks as though at long last these two boys (who are two of our most popular Southern Entertainers) may well have clicked with this their fourth record—I certainly wish them luck with it. Hey Sally penned by the brothers themselves deserves a few plays as well, it's more in the style that we associate with The Dowlands, and really makes the disc value for money.

Boom Oo Yatta-Xa-Ta/Why Did I Let You Go.

Morecambe and Wise. (HMV POP 1240).

Here are two more vocalists (if you can call them that) sounding somewhat different than the two I have just reviewed. The disc itself I found to be uproariously funny, although I would be most surprised to see it in the charts. It's aimed at the older record buyers but I feel that teenagers will appreciate listening to it, even if they don't go out and buy it. With the Big Sound and Choral backing the "B" side might almost be said to be commercial, but there is a slight overdoing of the comedy in parts. I Could Have Danced All Night /Gypsy. Ben. E. King. (London HLK 9819). An upbeat version of the " My Fair Lady " Hit, but it's a long time since this gentleman saw the Top Twenty with any of his records, this may change things. I found it very pleasant and I hope it brings this great artiste back into the limelight. Slow latin type ballad for the flip with nice Guitar/Vocal effect.

Baby Don't You Weep/For You Precious Love.

Garnett Mimms and The Enchanters

(United Artistes UP1038).

Climbing fast in the American Charts, "Baby Don't You Weep " is a bluesy, very commercial number. Although with our charts in the turmoil they're in at the moment, I'm afraid I don't give it much of a chance. The Lead Singer puts "everything" into his words and with a little luck may corner the bottom half of the top thirty. Flip gently sings, O.K. for smooching. L.P. SPOT Johnny. Johnny Mathis. (CBS BPG 62172). This singer I really admire. A very relaxed performance as usual from this great Entertainer. Although some tracks far from easy to put over. Outstanding tracks: "Easy Does It," "Miracles," and the one I really like "I Love You." Surely this platter is a must for Mathis Fans.

JOHNNY DYMOND.

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After Christmas - The Hollies

Of the five members of The Hollies, four belonged to another Manchester group, The Deltas. When the latter group disbanded the boys reformed minus a lead guitarist. They approached Tony Hicks who joined them—and The Hollies were born. They turned professional in March, 1963.

GRAHAM NASH and ALLAN CLARKE had been friends since early school days, they took up guitar at the same time and stayed together in jobs and musical groups as much as possible. They were The Two Teens, Ricky and Dane, and half of The Fourtones; they later joined DON RATHBONE and ERIC HAYDOCK in The Deltas. DON had been playing in several small groups around Lancashire and Cheshire and ERIC had its own group, The Dominators, and had done some cabaret work before joining The Deltas.

In February, 1963, pianist-agent Tommy Sanderson travelled to Manchester to audition The Hollies. He brought them to London for a recording session with Parlophone's Ron Richards. The result was a recording contract for The Hollies and their first release "(Ain't That Just Like Me "). The record entered the best sellers within three days of release and established them as one of the most in-demand groups in the country. Their personal appearances were greeted with " House Full" notices wherever they played. The Hollies followed up with " Searchin'", again a fast hit. Before the release of their first record they auditioned for a part in the Frankie Vaughan musical " It's All Over Town."

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Meet Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers

We have all heard of singer's singers, but now meet the groups' group. Seven lads who have Hit Paraders like the Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Searchers, and Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, America's Bill Haley, Bo Didley, Joey Dee and the Starliters and many, many more, all raving about their sound and ability.

Cliff and the Boys have been building a solid and permanent foundation in pop music over the past two years, and their public appearances throughout Britain and Europe plus their broadcasts on " Musics with a Beat," " Twenties to the Twist," " Easy Beat" and " Saturday Club " have all helped to enhance their reputation.

Their latest record " You've Really got a Hold on Me " is selling very well, and Teenagers in the South have their chance to see this group perform it at the Teen and Twenty Club at Clatford, Nr. Andover, on the 7th of January and also at the Imperial Ballroom on Sunday, 19th January.

 

IMPERIAL TEENAGE CLUB

IMPERIAL BALLROOM — EASTLEIGH

'"SUNDAY 19th JANUARY""

THE FANTASTIC T.V., RADIO and RECORDING ARTISTES

CLIFF BENNETT

and the

REBEL ROUSERS

featuring ROY YOUNG

plus supporting group

7.30 -10.30 Members 5/.

 

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Golden Disc Jockey

At first I thought it was the Beatles that had come on stage, such was the uproar from the girls in the front, then as the spotlight stabbed the darkness it lit up the gold lame clad figure of Southampton's top disc-jockey—Johnny Dymond. Johnny, the teen age idol of the latest ballroom in Southampton Mecca's Royal Pier Pavilion, is a twenty year old from Grimsby. He has been a D.J. for over 5 years now and it all started by haying a haircut. Johnny was having his usual " back and sides " at the local hairdressers when the barber mentioned that the local youth club was in danger of being closed down because of lack of interest. Johnny offered to run a disc session for the kids if the Club would let him. Fortunately they did—and Johnny was an instant success. His cheeky manner combined with a fantastic knowledge of records made him a top favourite with the kids and the membership rose from a mere twenty to 250 in a matter of weeks.

About this time Mecca Ltd. opened a new hall at the Gaiety in Grimsby and they asked Johnny if he were interested in running their record sessions. Johnny agreed and soon he had well over a thousand kids twisting twice a week. Mecca were not slow to realise the talents that Johnny had and they decided to send him to Sheffield Locarno to boost the record sessions there. Again Johnny did the miracle and soon he was the toast of Sheffield's teenagers. Then, Mr. Peter Wild, the Mecca director who was responsible for the Royal Pier Pavilion in Southampton, asked Johnny if he would come to Southampton. You only have to see the crowds streaming into the Royal Pier Pavilion on a Monday, Wednesday night and Saturday afternoons to know that Johnny has done it again. Johnny is a personal friend of many of the Pop stars today but his favourite pop star is a very old friend of his—Freddie of the Dreamers. " Freddie is a real hard worker and I always knew he'd hit the top some day," Johnny said " and he really deserved a big break." Other friends include Screamin' Lord Sutch and Joe Brown.

What about Johnny's background. Well Johnny has a very nice family and his parents, who were sceptical, at first, about Johnny's choice of career and wanted him to go into the timber importing business now agree and they follow Johnny's career with pride. When I asked Johnny about what advice he could give youngsters who wanted to go into Show business he replied, " Tell them it's not all glitter. It's full of hard work and has many a disappointment but always have something else to fall back on. I'm training for ballroom management in my spare time."

My personal opinion of Johnny Dymond, after meeting him, was that he has a big future in front of him soon but for all of this he is a very serious minded young man and thinks more of his fans enjoyment than his own glory. Let's hope he stays with us a lot longer.

Fans can write to him c/o the Royal Pier Pavilion.

STOP PRESS: Johnny's fame has spread to the older folk as well and several organisations have asked him to M.C. their firm's dances. Maybe we'll see him at the Palladium yet!

 

*DAVID ST JOHN:  N.B.  I HAVE TRANSFERRED PART OF THIS PAGE TO PREVIOUS ONES FOR CONTINUITY*

 

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GARY and LEE

Introducing two of the " most" in pop singers on the South Coast, Gary and Lee. These two have toured most of the British Isles during their singing career and featured strongly on the last three-week Roy Orbison, Brian Poole, Freddie and The Dreamers, Searchers Tour. They have completed residencies with the Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, at Weston-Super-Mare, Southend and Margate. They are at present at the Storeyville Club in Cologne where they are supported by another Southern Group, Dave Dee and the Bostons,

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ESSO RECREATION CLUB

FAWLEY

Friday 10th Jan,

THE COASTERS (FROM MANCHESTER)

THE THREEWAYS

5/- 8 - 12 Midnight 5/-

Friday 17th Jan.

THE LONDON FEDERALS THE STRANGERS

5/- 8 - 12 Midnight 5/-

Forthcoming Attractions :—The 'Dowlands, Dave Curtiss & Tremors, Linda Laine & Sinners.

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SOUTH'S GROUPS FOR THE NORTH . . .

Del Rio Four to play at Margate and Leicester 18th and 19th of this month, on February 8th and 9th The Trendsetters to play at same venues. Bedford and Northampton teenagers also appreciate our groups, on Saturday and Sunday, llth and 12th January—The Downlands and Soundtracks, on 18th and 19th Brian Fisher and The Raiders, and 25th and 26th Mark Twayne and the Saxons.

SOUTHERN ENTERTAINERS MEET

On the Sunday immediately following our first issue, over 70 singers and instrumentalists met at The Imperial Ballroom, Eastleigh, and discussed this paper, the general feeling was that it should contain more news on local groups, well! this we are aiming to do, but we still need news on them.

C I T Y HALL

SALISBURY

BERN ELLIOTT

and the FENMEN

THE

DOWLANDS

Hit Recorders of ‘ALL MY LOVING’

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