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THE SOUTHERN ENTERTAINER  Issue no 3 January 1964 price 6d

Front cover

SOUTHERN ENTERTAINER RECORDS POP - STARS JAZZ - R & B

Front page  Issue No. 3 JANUARY, 1964 Price 6d.

Chart-Chase by

"ALL MY LOVING"

Dowlands

(See full Story Page 4)

……………………………………BIG BEAT CONTEST

News of a great new beat contest is in the air and what a stir it is causing. Sponsored by Walls Ice Cream and Mecca Dancing Ltd., this National Beat Contest is the largest ever. There are some fifteen areas each having four or five heats and an area final

All the final winners will compere at the New Mecca, the Empire at Leicester Square in May. Groups attracted to Southampton's Royal Pier already number 10 and come from as far away as Reading. First heat is on Wednesday, February 5th, Who can tell—it might well be a Southern group to win the £1,000 and a recording contract.

Wanted! News of Groups

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THE CANDY MAN

It's "rock for rock" when Brian Poole's manager started publicity for the group's record "Candy Man." Thousands of sticks of rock with "Candy Man" printed right through it have been given to fans, children and hospitals. Giant sticks were handed out to the panel of Juke Box Jury by Brian himself. (He was in the hot seat that time himself— for his own record was being reviewed.)

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KEVIN PLUS JULIE AT EASTLEIGH

What's new in the "gear" world of musicians—well we hear that Kevin Scott and the Kinsmen featuring Gary Young have acquired for themselves a Homer piano-organ. They are backing Julie Grant when she appears at the Imperial Ballroom, Eastleigh, in February.

Recently the group were "top" of the bill with two other London groups at the Kensington Town Hall. New fan club H.Q. for the lads is c/o the Imperial Ballroom, Eastleigh, Members of the fan club are. to receive a booklet containing seven different photographs of the boys plus a biography of the group and their membership cards.

Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers created a fair old impact at the Imperial Ballroom last month and have been re-booked to appear there in April. Another group proving very popular at the Imperial is the Threeways.

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The Southern Entertainer's selection for Glamour this week is the gorgeous Julie Grant. Julie is to appear at the Imperial Ballroom, Eastleigh, on the same bill as Kevin Scott and the Kinsmen on February 16th. Great news—and we'll be there to greet her on your behalf.

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JAZZ AT THE DOLPH.

Jazz at the Dolph., Botley, is not just jazz and beer. Mate, it's an institution. Started some ten years ago and I won't go too far into that) it has become the Mecca for jazzmen (players and fans) from all over the country. In fact, if my information is correct, they come from all over the world.

Although Noel Adams, mine host at the Dolph takes a keen interest in the bands playing there; the chap most in view is Bob Champion. Now Bob has been around the Dolph scene for some years and is well known for his Riverboat shuffles (in which efforts he was so ably aided by his Lieutenant and confidant, Hugh B. Collyns.)

In the not too far distant past parents would look askance when their offspring suggested a trip to a jazz club—"Jazz" they would say—and make it sound like a mucky word. But. I'll let you in a secret—there were several mums dropped in on the Dolph to find out what it was like and now they are taking the old man out there to listen and sup.

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IMPERIAL BALLROOM, EASTLEIGH IMPERIAL TEENAGE CLUB

forthcoming attractions

FEBRUARY

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1st

THE LONDON KOSSACKS

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2nd

ROY STARR with the CHEROKEES

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7th

THE THREEWAYS

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8th

from London RAY MARTIN and the MARTELLS

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9th

PAUL RAVEN and the TWILIGHTS

VALENTINE DANCE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14th

DAVE DEE and the BOSTONS

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15th

THE CLASSICS

STAR ATTRACTION SUNDAY FEBRUARY 16th

JULIE GRANT

KEVIN SCOTT and the KINSMEN

featuring GARY YOUNG

For future attractions see details in the local Press.

Everybody's going to the Imperial

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Sunday Teenage Club

A special Sunday club for teenagers is to start on February 9th. Due to a new policy by Mecca, bingo on Sundays at the Royal Pier, Southampton, is out and guest groups for the Sunday Club have already been fixed. All geared up for a raving time down there are: Robb Storme and the Whispers (February 9th); Grant Tracy and the Sunsets (February 23rd).

There will now be three teenage sessions at the Pier as well as the Youngsters' record show on Saturday afternoons. These are, "Off the Record" (Mondays), "Teenbeat" with local groups on Wednesdays and now the Sunday Club.

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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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EMPIRE HALL, TOTTON

IMPERIAL ENTERPRISES (TEENBEAT CLUB) Presents:

IN PERSON!

TOP LIVERPOOL STARS!

THE

SEARCHERS

plus THE THREEWAYS

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4th

7.45—11.00 p.m.

Admission 6/6

 

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SPOTLIGHT ON THE ORIGINAL FORTUNES

A home made guitar and an old Salvation Army drum set two young brothers on the way to fortune and fame. Fortune might seem to be a bit on the "punny" side—for the group they formed are known as the Original Fortunes. The two brothers, Ron and Ken Hughes were both born in Manchester—bringing a little of t'owld Northern scene to the South.

A cousin of the lads made a guitar and gave it to Ron. This set the lads off on the big beat chase. Ken bought an old Salvation Army drum for a song as you might say (£7 10s. for the lot) and they started "gigging" around the pubs of Portsmouth with two other local musicians. In October 1961 the group split up and Ron and Ken joined two other musicians, Bassist Dave Cawte and rhythm guitarist Derek (Don) David. Musically they did fine but felt they needed a singer. Two weeks later Paul Spooner joined them.

A dance gig was fixed for this brand new group on December 18th and then tragedy struck. Three weeks before the dance Don was killed in a road accident and the group fell to pieces. They did, however, manage to get hold of a rhythm guitarist and carried out the engagement.

About this time a girl singer joined the group, Josie Franklyn and Paul Spooner adopted the name of Tony Wyell. Soon the rhythm guitarist left to join another group and the Fortunes carried on as a three-piece group.

Things started picking up for the Fortunes and for the next nine months all went well. Then Tony Wyell left the Fortunes to join the Classics. Josie also left the group and gave singing up for some time. No singer—but the wheels of fate whipped over another turn for the Fortunes. Peter Richardson turned up at the right moment and they were away again. He changed his name to Ritchie Peters and the Fortunes were made. The group are now doing very nicely and have gone beyond the days of home-made guitars and old drums and now have a fair line-up on musical gear. The group name change came about when another group called the Fortunes recorded for Decca and they then became "The Original Fortunes" with Ritchie Peters.

This group, much the same as many another group starting off have had their ups and downs. It now seems that they are really on their way up and up. Good luck to you lads—let's know more about how things are going for future editions.

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IN THE CHARTS NOW ! !!

"ALL MY LOVING"

ORIOLE RECORDS CB 1897

THE DOWLANDS and the SOUNDTRACKS

Solely Represented by AVENUE ARTISTES, 68a THE AVENUE, SOUTHAMPTON 24999

 

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ALL MY LOVING

Remember the Spotlight on "Meet the Dowlands"—now meet them again as they climb steadily up the top of the pops in this country. They are giving some fierce competition to our Northern friends and the London groups for disc honours. On January 9th they entered the charts at a modest No. 43. Signals from the Oriole sales department confirmed that over the week ending January 10th, sales had doubled and at week ending January 24th, the Dowlands stood at No. 30.

Dave and Gordon Dowland who have worked hard at their entertaining business and also their own advertising agency in Bournemouth told the Southern Entertainer this week that they do not want to turn professional yet. They are, however, taking off time from work to undertake thirteen dates on the Bob Stigwood tour which starts on February 8th. This tour features The Rolling Stones, John Leyton, Swinging Blue Jeans, Bern Elliott and the Penmen, Mike Same, Billie Davis and the Innocents.

On top of this tour they are to appear on "Thank Your Lucky Stars," "Ready, Steady, Go", "Pop Inn", and Disc a "GO-GO". They have also been offered places with two major tours in April and May; the first the Roy Orbison tour and the other the Adam Faith tour in May. Joe Meek, recording manager for the lads has plans for the release of an L.P. featuring all the boys' compositions but a date has yet to be set for this.

Although still semi-professional, the Dowlands and their backing group the Soundtracks have travelled around the country for dates. At a club in Northampton recently they created quite a stir among the local pop-followers and 100 records went on the strength of this appearance in one week.

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The Contrasts

THE CONTRASTS,the Huddersfield group, discovered by the Beatles recording manager, George Martin, appearing in the South on: Lido Ballroom, Winchester (28th February).

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Cliff and the RR's Return

Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers who proved so popular on their last visit to the South are to return in April and their dates set so far are: Bligh Hotel Ballroom, Sevenoaks (18th April); Imperial Ballroom, Eastleigh (19th); and Dowgate Hall (20th), On the 21st January the band recorded five new numbers which are set for subsequent release on the Parlophone label, although the follow-up to "You've really got a hold on Me" has yet to be decided.

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Fan Club

for the Falcons

New Year brings all sorts of goodies to all sorts of people. The best "goodie" this year for The Falcons came after they had appeared at the Clarence Pier, Southsea. A young lady smitten by their charms (or their music, or both) decided to form a fan club for them. Sure now and not long afterwards it was discovered that she ran the Southern area fan club for Freddie and the Dreamers. So the Falcons are in excellent company as you might say.

The Falcons is not an old established group—starting just over a year ago as the result of an accident. Tied down (not literally) with a broken ankle, rhythm guitarist, Terry Collier started to practise guitar seriously. Brother Malcolm took up drums and a new group was on its way to join the ranks of Southern Entertainers.

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Lido Attractions Romsey Panto

Some fair old sessions to be held at the LIDO BALLROOM for forthcoming attractions include such artistes as: Tony Meehan Combo, Chris Sandford, The Searchers, Big Dee Erwin, Russ Sainty, The Undertakers, The Cherokees. Biggest attraction is of course the proposed visit of Jerry Lee Lewis on February 20th. Confirmation is still awaited for this star.

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Margate Dates

Southern Groups at Margate Dreamland Ballroom are: Three-ways (1st February); Trendsetters (8th); Johnny Dee and the Falcons (15th); Johnny Keeping and the Lonely Ones (7th March); Dave Dee and the Bostons (15th March).

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Southern Entertainment at its best. The pantomime "Robinson Crusoe" staged at Romsey's Crosfield Hall during the second week of January was of excellent entertainment value; the Romsey Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society never seem to have a failure-production wise, and this was no exception. The scenery was truly great and this is one aspect that always go to making their shows successful. One scene I found most intriguing was the effective way that ultraviolet lighting was used as unusual sea urchins floated across a black stage during the underwater scene. The first half of the show concluded with a fine display of ballet by the Leonora Sudden School of Dancing.

It was most interesting to find out that there was so much of a story involved in the tale of Robinson Crusoe. With a cast of over thirty who obviously showed that they had put many months of rehearsal into this production, must have been very pleased with themselves to find that the audience were getting so carried away that it was hard to imagine it was only an amateur production. So this is another success to be chalked up on the back of the Society's scenery flats.

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G and L Reunion

On their way back from Germany where they have been playing with DAVE DEE AND THE BOSTONS are GARY AND LEE. This popular song and dance duo from the recent BEATLES tour are to be re-united with their former backing group, the STRANGERS, for a show at the British Legion Hall on February 7th.

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ESSO RECREATION CLUB FAWLEY

FEBRUARY ATTRACTIONS

SATURDAY, 8th FEBRUARY

JOHNNY KEEPING and the LONELY ONES

* THE DYNAMOS *

ST. VALENTINES NIGHT

(Friday l4th)

DAVE CURTISS AND THE TREMORS

(Philips Records) AND

THE DIPLOMATS

FRIDAY, 28th FEBRUARY

NEIL LANDON AND THE BURNETTES

BRIAN FISHER AND THE RAIDERS

All Dances run from 8—midnight. Admission 5/-

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The Dating Dowlands

DOWLANDS dates so far are: Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis (1st Feb.); Ashford (7th); Folkestone (8th); "Lucky Stars" re-carding (9th); Blake Hall, Bridg-water (10th); Grand Cinema, Frome (12th), Scotland (14th, 15th, 16th); Atalanta Ballroom, Woking (17th); Town Hall, Farnborough (19th); Discs a Go-Go, Bournemouth (23rd); Royal Pier, Southampton (8th March); Princess Rooms, Yeovil (13th); British Legion Hall, New Milton (20th).

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Mad for Manfred

They went mad for Manfred Mann when he appeared at Thorngate Halls recently. There was an audience of 1,200 breaking all previous records. He is booked to appear there on April llth with the Classics. Other names being negotiated for this show are Johnny Kidd and the Pirates.

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GAYEWAY CLUB

104 ABINGTON STREET, NORTHAMPTON THE MIDLANDS TOP TEENAGE

NIGHT CLUB

take pleasure in presenting the

South's Top

Showgroups

EVERY WEEKEND

When in the Midlands—GO GAY ' GO TO THE GAYEWAY '

CHICKEN & GRILL RESTAURANT — DANCING STUDIO TEENAGE CLUB TEENAGE HAIRSTYLISTS

ALL UNDER ONE ROOF

*D.S.J.  N.B.   I trust that the above club has changed its name and advertising copy  by now!*

 

Page 5 Issue 3 MEET Mr. ENTERTAINMENT - BOB POTTER

When Bob Potter left the Farnborough Grammar School at the age of 16 it was quite apparent that he was going to make musical entertainment his sole profession.

He acquired a set of drums and formed a three-piece band, consisting of Pianist, Alto Sax and he, himself, played the Drums. At first the band played at the local dances in the Aldershot and Camberley areas, but due to much hard work, long hours and perseverance, on the part of Bob Potter, the three-piece band finally emerged as a fourteen-piece orchestra, whose musical engagements took them throughout the South of England. By this time the orchestra, with Bob Potter on the drums, was in constant demand, and as their activities grew more widespread they accepted engagements on the Continent, in the Channel Isles and on Continental pleasure cruises.

By the time he was twenty-one Bob, in addition to playing the drums in his own orche tra, had formed another eight bands which fulfilled engagements on behalf of himself. With the advent of rock and roll brought about by Bill Haley, Bob Potter was quick to realize the successful future this type of dancing would have, as a result of which he ceased playing the drums in his orchestra and turned his activities to promoting rock and roll dances throughout the South of England.

Success followed success and it was not very long before this tireless man was organising different tours throughout the length and breadth of England, and was actually the first promoter to organise rock and roll dances in the Midlands. To this day he is still running summer tours of the West Country and the South, in addition to supplying resident bands and groups for various holiday camps at well known seaside resorts.

Today, after years of struggle and honest endeavours, it would appear that Bob has reached his ultimate goal in the entertainments business. His business premises which are situated at 100-106 Mytchett Road, Frimley, Nr. Aldershot, is considered to house one of the most modern organizations in the country, consisting of:

(i) A modern up-to-date office which caters exclusively for rock and roll promotions. A licensed agency responsible for several first-class groups, in addition to the original dance bands with which Bob started his career in the entertainments business, (ii) A recording studio which houses all the latest up-to-date recording equipment, and is capable of producing its own discs.

(iii) Own vehicle maintenance workshop with permanently employed mechanics, whose sole occupation is to ensure that the fleet of coaches used for transporting rock and roll bands throughout the country are kept in a first-class running condition at all times. The maintenance of these vehicles is carried out with such efficiency that it is to the mechanics' credit to say that in recent months Bob Potter has sold coaches to Johnny Kidd and The Pirates and Freddie and the Dreamers. In conclusion, whilst it is considered by many of Bob's associates that he has reached the ultimate goal in his profession, he himself is still looking for new fields to conquer.

One aspect of show business he is contemplating is the functioning of a mobile dance hall whereby he can move from town to town erecting the big top overnight, and then giving the public "top of the bill" artists, and who is to say that this man will not succeed in this venture!!

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DAVE DEE AND THE BOSTONS

One of the South's most popular show groups who strongly emphasise comedy and showmanship in their act. They have just returned from second residency in Germany, where they were playing every evening at the Storeyville Club of Cologne, backing another local duo Gary and Lee.

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BOB POTTER'S ENTERTAINMENTS AGENCY (Licenced Annually by Surrey County Council) 104-106 MYCHETT ROAD, FRIMLEY, Nr. ALDERSHOT

Tel. : Farnborough 2125 and 2959

Solely Representing : RAY ANTON and the BANDITS (Columbia)

DANIEL BOONE and the RENEGADES (H.M.V.)

THE DYNAMOS — BEAT SECTION FIVE

JOHNNY ARKELL and the PLYMOUTH SOUNDS KERRY RAPID and the SELTONES

RHYTHM ACES DANCE ORCHESTRA

BOB POTTER DANCE BAND

featuring organist MARK STEVENS

VAN NORMAN ORCHESTRA

BARRY BRITTEN QUARTET

OLIVER NELSON (M.C. and Ballroom Entertainer)

Quotes for all Entertainment — Over 100 Top Bands Cabaret — Rock Groups and Childrens Entertainers Available

HURRY — BOOK NOW

 

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Smoke Signals for Fast Rock

"Pop" go Polydor! Yes, the label so far associated with more serious types of music and the classics is going into the "pop" market with a vengeance this year. I am told that they intend to extend their activities to Luxembourg and are to feature a show in the summer. At present, releases are limited and consist mainly of "King Size Taylor and the Dominoes" with versions of well established hits. However, many new artistes are under consideration and we will hear more of them shortly.

The New Year does something to me. I feel I want to rush out and invent a new dance or sing or something. Now here's a secret . . . actually, I can't sing very well, even by amateur standards, but I love to sing to myself during the record sessions I put on at the Empire, Leicester Square, and elsewhere. After about three hours I get pretty hoarse! One particular evening 1 was holding the handmike and singing away with the Beatles (sorry boys), when I noticed a terrible noise coming over the speakers. It was me—the mike was still switched on! I shall not be recording this year in case anybody gets frightened.

To get back to the new year I predict a good chance for "The Breakaways", a charming trio of girls. They really put something into "That Boy of Mine" (Pye 7N 15585). This is a good disc and right up to date. There's even a few "Woos" to make it sort of female Beatle like.

Did I say that I thought the Liverpool sound would fade in 1964? I still think it will. There are signs (faint srnoke signals to be exact) that fast rock could be on its way back. Don't ask me why, don't even think too much about it. Just watch and wait. I've been wrong hundreds of times. But it's fun trying to discover (notice clever use of column title) what's going to happen even if it never does!

We've just finished the crazy time for new disc releases and now we can expect a whole flood of new titles. Incidentally none of the Christmas records really went too well this year. Now had John, Paul, George and Ringo recorded "Ave Maria" in Japanese! People would have been killed in the rush.

At least we're saved! I've just discovered the secret of everlasting bliss. I spent 6s. 8d. and got Four Pennies. Still don't understand ? O.K. rush out and hear "When the Boy's Happy" by the Four Pennies (Stateside SS244). Pennies from heaven they are because they've finally solved everything. The simple message is—"When the Boy's Happy, the Girl's Happy Too". It's up to us men to be happy—that's all there is to it. This one swings along in the familiar style of the New York "sound" and yet another coloured group joins the ranks.

Billy Fury goes on a "fools errand" (part of the lyrics) with his new one called "Do You Really Love Me Too?" (Decca F11792). This is his best for many a moon and the up-tempo beat has everybody feeling good after the first few bars.

Let's hope some of the recording artists, especially the groups, make New Year resolutions not to copy each other and try to sound different. I've heard about a "Southern Sound" about to come. I hope it isn't like the "London Sound" with Johnny Kidd and Adam Faith providing carbon copy like stuff of their Mersey rivals. If this "Southern Sound" comes along, let's hope that all the Confederate groups try to be original and individual, Let's face it, there are far too many around who aren't. See you again soon.

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The Marauders

From the half North (Stoke-on-Trent) comes a whole new singing group that is reckoned to be right on its way to the top. The Marauders (all self-taught musicians) have been in the area recently at Totton (January 21st) and Ludgershall (January 23rd).

In 1963 they were the group selected from an audition of thirty groups to win a Decca recording contract. First disc was "That's what I want." Could be we'll be seeing more of them on the Southern boards.

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24827 (Between Civic Centre and Above Bar) 24827

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For the Largest Selection of Records in Southampton

visit

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116 St. Mary Street, Southampton

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TEST RECORD FOR GROUPS

January 18th is a day "for the book" in the lives of two representatives of Avenue Artistes when they met "hit-maker" Joe Meek, independent record producer and personal manager for Heinz and the Tornadoes. An agreement was reached— and Avenue Artistes are now solely representing Oriole recording artistes, The Dowlands and the Soundtracks. Joe is now their personal manager. The Southern Scene was also discussed and Joe has promised to come down in the near future to test record several of the Southern groups. Get your guitars and backing ready, lads— more news when and where on Joe in the future.

THE SOUTH’S SELECTION

  1. Hippy Hippy Shake Swinging Blue Jeans
  2. Glad All Over Dave Clark Five

3. All My Loving The Dowlands and Soundtracks

4. I Wanna Hold Your Hand The Beatles

5. Twenty Four Hours FromTulsa Gene Pitney

6. I'm The One Gerry andThe Pacemakers

7. Needles and Pins The Searchers

8. Stay The Hollies

9. 5-4-3-2-1 Manfred Mann

10. She Loves You The Beatles

11. Kiss Me Quick Elvis Presley

12. I Wanna Be Your Man The Rolling Stones

13. Swinging On A Star Big Dee Irwin

14. I Only Want To Be With You Dusty Springfield

15. Dominique The Singing Nun

16. For You Rick Nelson

17. You Just Don't Understand The Cresters

18. We Are in Love Adam Faith

19. As Usual Brenda Lee

  1. You Really Got A Hold On Me Cliff Bennett and The Rebel Rousers

The Beatles knocked down a peg or two, The Dowlands proving how popular they are on the South at No. 3. Also Manfred Mann doing nicely. Seven discs dropped out since last month, so it's goodbye to Cliff, Kathy, Freddie, Billy, Bern Elliot, Chris Stanford and Billy J.

Impressive entries from Rick Nelson, The Cresters and Brenda Lee.

"DYMOND" DISCS

Hi There! We're in the third edition already and a swinging pile of platters to review, and the first one:

Little Darlin'—Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders

Yes, the old Diamonds number (no relation!) given a new lease of life. Don't rate this one much at all and I'm afraid Wayne and his boys do little to enhance this great "oldie". I've still got the original in some dusty corner and, personally, 1 think I'm better off.

I'm the One—Gerry and the Pacemakers

Well, it's back in the Top Ten for Mr. Marsden. This number really swings, and coupled with solid drumming all through, plus of course, Gerry's talents, it's gear. At the moment, it's merely a matter of time

I'm Comin* Home—Duke D'Mond and the Barren Knights

There really are some great discs out just at this moment, and this is but one. Doing justice to the Mel Torme release of '62, Duke D'Mond should register pretty strongly with this one.

Needles and Pins—The Searchers

Another one to rave about. The talented four will no doubt "click" again on this, a rather slower offering, but nevertheless danceable tune. My needle at least will be on this disc pretty regularly for some time to come,

DYMOND TIP Everybody Knows— Gregory Philips This one I really like!

After a moderate success with "Angie7', this. talented fifteen-year-old makes a determined effort with a very commercial platter. Slow beginning, breaking into a Torn-Tom beat and presto! I advise an early listen to Gregg Philips and I'm sure you'll agree, it's fab!

Tonight You're gonna fall in love with me—Shirelles

These titles get longer with every release. The Beatles rave about these giris and can you wonder? Song bounces along pleasantly with quite a story attached if you care to latch on to the vocal.

Could bring the Shirelles back into charts after their long absence.

And that's my selection for this time round, what with the after holiday rush from the manufacturers, it certainly was difficult to choose what really will break big in Britain. Let's wait and see.

PHOTO Chart Chasers The Dowlands with The Everley Brothers

 

 

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South Beat in Germany

You know you can say what you like—the South has got a big following in the nightclubs of Germany. In Frankfurt-am-Main there are three nightclubs all featuring British groups—and TWO OF THESE GROUPS WERE FROM SOUTHAMPTON.

The Storyville Club using Gene Anthony and the Lonely Ones with Paul Hanford as guest were playing to packed audiences every night. At the Top Ten Club, Ricky Brown and the Hi-lites were becoming known as the "Beatles" of the area. They have now released a single disc (in German) and have an L.P. for release later in the year. On the cards for them is a trip to the East Turkey, the land of promise and much delight. On return they may well be playing at the world famous "Star Club" of Hamburg. Our "on the spot" reporter, Dave Jay, said that they were a trifle sick for the sights of home and are to return for a short trip in February. Glad to see you back for a while lads, drop in and let's know how you are getting on.

Third of the clubs is the Acadia. Playing there at the time were the "Beat Brothers" led by Tony Sheridan. Tony is often into the German charts and is not unknown here. He recorded "My Bonnie" with the "Beatles", a hit for Tony and the Beatles. Tony used to appear frequently at Totton and Eastleigh in the dark days of 1959. He sends his regards to a mate of his, Johnny Watson now playing with Southampton's Star Combo. Layne Rogers, Southampton singer, was pleased to have the chance to sing with Tony's band.

It's a right chortle when yon come to think of it—those German kids who lap up the Southern sounds as handed out by our musical mates over there—cannot understand English. The trouble, it seems, is that there are only 21 beat groups in the whole of Germany.

On the face of it there is fair scope for musicians in this music-starved country. So if you fancy a 45-hour week—get your fingers a-bleeding with the effort—get yourself an agent—and, in the words of the prophet, you're away.

Another well known group now appearing over there is Dave Dee and the Bostons at the Storyville Club, Cologne.

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GROUPS GALORE

All groups back to normal now after a very hectic Christmas period . . . Bass player of the Trojans has now fully recovered from mumps, but has passed it on to the lead guitarist now . . . very impressive show from The Marauders on Tuesday, 21st, and Thursday, 23rd January at Totton and Ludgershall. . . Manager of Bern Elliott and the Penmen, Ronnie Vaughn has taken a sudden interest in Southern Groups ,.. Trendsetters supporting Big Dee Erwin at Margate . .. DOM lands thanks to their new chart success are now likely to appear on "Thank Your Lucky Stars", "Discs a Go-Go", "5 O'clock Club", Parade of the Pops, and several other nationwide radio and T.V. dates . . . Sorry to hear that Don and Sharkey have left the Baron Knights after 3 years hard work with the group . . . Brian Poole and the Tremeloes to appear at the City Hall, Salisbury, on Wednesday, 26th February . . . perhaps Brian's latest release on Decca, the big Roy Orbison hit "Candy Man" will have more success than their last disc . . . Grant Tracy and the Sunsets playing dates in the South from the 10th to 21st January including Southampton, Mudeford, Swindon, Warminster and Gillingham . . . Dave Curtiss and the Tremors, Linda Laine and the Sinners, The London Federals, and The Solitaires to do the same venues . . . Transatlantics put up a very impressive show at the Guildhall the other week . . . The Intruders another local group to entertain on board the Northern Star to South Africa . . . Another success for Dee Jay Clubs at Romsey on the 17th January . . . New names in the area during February, Brian Poole (Salisbury), Steve Mariott and the Frantiks (Ludgershall), Tremors (Esso), Burn files (Esso), Contrasts, Cherokees, Tony Meehan Combo, Chants (Winchester) . . . Royal Pier, Southampton has new dancing policy opening now on Sunday evenings commencing 9th February with a Teenbeat Spectacular to feature 9th—Robb Storme and the Whispers, 16th—Cherry Roland and the Plus Four, 23rd—Grant Tracy and the Sunsets ... Brian Poole recording "Easy Beat" on 5th February, and then fly to U.S.A. for a nine-day promotional visit (10th-18th February), in June and July he is off to the Far East, and will play dates in Japan, China, and Saigon . . . Linda Laine's first release out yesterday, 31st January and looks like going into the charts entitled "Don't You Know" on the Columbia label . . . New release by the Cresters from Leeds "I just Don't Understand" getting very good sales reports . . . Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames did very well at Concorde on Monday, 13th . . . sorry to hear that the great British Rhythm and Blues King Cyril Davies js dead . . . Woolworth's selling note paper with pictures of the Beatles on the cover . . . how much exposure can they get? ... great new record by the Searchers should do very well indeed . . . following groups signed for Leicester Threeways, Falcons, Trendsetters, Lonelyones, Bostons . . . Juke Box readings in the Gayeway Club, Northampton shows the following artistes most popular in this order—1, Cresters; 2, Dowlands; 3, Dave Clarke Five; 4, Swinging Blue Jeans . . . Beatles came 7th!! ... Freddie and Dreamers a fantastic success in Panto . . . negotiations opened to bring Jerry Lee Lewis to the Lido Ballroom, Winchester, on the 20th March . . . Lead Guitarist Bill Butler of the Blue Chords has left to join a professional dance band, new group at present rehearsing . . . complete self-out for the Bobby Vee, Searchers, Big Dee Erwin, Dusty Springfield Tour . . . Roy Orbison to tour here again in April. .. Countdowns have now lost both lead and rhythm guitarists, lead instrument in the group is now a piano . . . The Saxons by now should have a new organist . . . Trendsetters may change their name shortly if everything proves O.K. with Gene Anthony. Any suggestions? . . . Johnny Keeping now singing solo with the Lonely Ones who also need an organist who can sing ... How many Senators are there about? . .. Our popularity poll going great guns—have sent yours in, yet? . . . Dave Dee and The Bostons doing a great job backing Gary & Lee in Cologne, Germany from all accounts . . . The Classics to make their first ever appearance at Romsey on Friday, 28th February, also on the show The Del Rio Four . . . The Raiders and The Trendsetters to entertain at the Marlands, Southampton on 15th, —NAGLO to present The Lonely Ones and The Kinsmen at Southampton Guildhall... Rumour has it that The Diplomats may now be without Mike Devon . . .

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ROUND AND ABOUT

January has really been a great month for shows with national names appearing left, right and centre. Salisbury's City Hall was not too well supported for a really first class-show on the 8th January starring Bern Elliott and The Fenmen who were really entertaining, as were The Dowlands, but Pat Wayne and the Beachcombers were a little disappointing.

But surely the show of the month was at Southampton Guildhall on 14th January. The groups from Southampton — The Transatlantics, The Nevitt Bros, and Jaguars — put on a great show hold and kept up the standard of the South. The three guest groups Senators, Intruders and the Mersey Sounds put on a good show — but did not come up to the standard of the other groups.

The star groups, The Barron Knights and Sounds Incorporated very really gave value for money, the former being under a handicap as they had lost their bass player and drummer the previous night and a new drummer was having his first night

Barron (rhythm guitarist) ?. played bass, but any who had not seen their show could not have noticed the difference — they are that versatile.

Sounds Incorporated are the only group able to hold an audience for an hour, mainly playing instrumentals, their musical ability can be compared to any throughout the country, which only goes to show why they back so many stars. It was most unfortunate that they should have to go on last, at the end of a the long dance, at which time many as patrons had to leave for buses. All in all this turned out to be a most enjoyable evening. When is the next one?

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First of all many thanks to all of you who have sent in your replies . . . it's been quite staggering, but just in case you haven't heard about it. Then briefly here are the details once again: You have the opportunity of seeing the South's groups and you are bound to have your favourites, so this is your chance to find out how popular they are. Just fill in the coupon below and send it in to: Pop Poll, Southern Entertainer, 68a The Avenue, Southampton. Bear in mind that your favourite vocalist does not necessarily have to belong to your favourite group. So fill it in, send it in, and who knows it may be YOUR VOTE that makes YOUR FAVOURITE come out on top. (COUPON AS PER BOTTOM OF COLUMN)

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LETTER:

Thank you Sir

Dear Sir, I read with great interest your Southern Entertainer, but so far you have given Bournemouth groups and singers little publicity. I refer mainly to groups such as Tony Mathews and the League of Gentlemen and of course Jay Francis, although Jay at the moment has no backing. group. Could you please publish photographs and information about these two items. Yours Interestedly, I. BUTLER.

Wanted— News of the above groups. — EDITOR.

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Let's go to the Cinema by JOHN MORGAN

During the past few months I have noticed a distinct increase in the number of cinema queues to be seen . However, it's not the queues that surprises me so much as the fact that most of the queues consist of young people. This is a very good omen for the cinema industry as it means that the influence of T.V. has, at last, been overcome and that the cinema is coming back as a form of popular entertainment.

The depression that hit the cinemas over the last few years was very obvious, due to the number of cinemas that closed and many thought that cinemas were, like Musichalls, completely finished but, to me, it was the best tonic that the cinemas had. The cinemas that closed down won't really be missed, because those that were left were so re-decorated that the standard of comfort is now excellent and what's more, the films are getting first-rate also. The studios are now making better films than they ever made for many years and the stars themselves are regaining their popularity. A look at the production chart for 1964 shows that soon the answer to the question "Where shall we go?" will be "Let's go to the pictures!" Watch out for the following films that will be coming your way!

The Cardinal (B.L.C.).

Story of an American priest from 1917 to 1940

The Haunting (M.G.M.)

A spine-chiller de-Luxe.

Goldfinger (U.A.).

Sean Connery in another wonderful James Bond thriller

West Side Story (U.A.).

This is one of the greatest musicals ever made,

Seven Days in May (Paramount).

A suspense drama with a powerful cast.

Zulu (Paramount).

Jack Hawkins and Stanley Baker come to make this African drama a must for filmgoers The story of the Battle of Rourkes Drift in 1879. Eleven Victoria Crosses were awarded in this battle, the most ever for single military action.

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The Mann Travelling

New Chart entrant Manfred Mann is booked for club and ballroom dates this month at Margate Dreamland (1st), Hayes Blue Moon (2nd), Nottingham Golden Slipper (5th), Portsmouth Kimbells (6th), East Grin-stead White Hall (7th), Manchester Twisted Wheel (8th) and Hanley Palace (9th) before joining the Joe Brown-Crystals tour which commences on February 16th.

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MEET THE MANAGERS

The Atherley Cinema in Shirley district must be one of Southampton's best known cinemas but it also holds another claim to fame. It is the oldest cinema in the town, having been built as a cinema in 1912 and after 50 years it's still going strong. In fact last year they had the best year's trading that they have had for a while. The first "talkie" feature shown in Southampton was at the Atherley, "Lucky Boy" starring George Jessell. They were also the first to show films with magnetic stereophonic sound. Lately they have had a run of horror-type films which have been very successful but don't think that they are going to continue with this. On the contrary, as Arthur Hawkins, the manager tells me, they are going to really show a series of first-class films very soon. (continued column 3 back page) * DSJ-ADDED ON HERE *

 

South goes North

More and more Southern groups are being used in Northern venues and groups to visit promoter Ron Stanley in Bedford and Northampton over the next few weeks are Johnny Dee and the Falcons, 7th and 8th February; Clive Shane and the Avengers, 15th and 16th; Gary and J-.ee, Dave Dee and the Bostons, 22nd and 23rd; Del Rio Four, 29th February and 1st March

 

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BROOK BROTHERS

They have been described as the "clean-cut disciples of entertainment"—and they are one of the "most" in entertainment to come from the South. Although the boys have only been in the entertainment world for some six years—they have an impressive number of "hit" records behind them. Numbers like "Warpaint" and "Green Fields" which shot up the "pop-polls" of this and other countries.

It all started three weeks after the first broadcast of 6.5 Special. Mrs. Brooks, the housekeeper for the owners of the Lido Ballroom, Winchester, Mr. and Mrs. Pragnell, came to see the owners with a view to using her two sons Geoff and Ricky Brooks who were still at school at this time as a singing group. Rex Pragnell decided to experiment with this idea, and by using The Brook Brothers and their backing group The Dominoes and records he promoted the first teenage dance in Great Britain and his iirst night brought in an audience of 200. The following week the audience doubled and every week after that a capacity was reached. . Six months later Mr. Len Canham, Manager of the Royal Pier, Southampton, came to see Mr. Pragnell and was amazed at the success of this venture and immediately started promoting teenage dances at the Pier, with equal success.

Rex then successfully introduced this idea to another well-known dance promoter Reg Calvert (now personal manager to Danny Storm and Screaming Lord Sutch) who opened up dances all along the South Coast. Several months later the idea hit London and from there rapidly spread all over the country, although it is still Mr. Pragnells claim that the South especially the Lido was instrumental in starting the group craze.

But Rex tells us that praise must go to Len Canham for his outstanding work in rehearsing groups for shows and it was he who was basically instrumental in introducing the Brooks Brothers to their Agent in London and finding their first engagement. Besides Winchester the Pragnells have promoted dances successfully at Oxford, Reading, Windsor and High

Wycombe although now they keep to the Lido where, besides rock they have dance bands, wrestling and bingo throughout the week.

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TONY MEEHAN COMBO

MIKE DEVON AND THE DIPLOMATS 7/6

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JOHNNY KEEPING AND THE LONELY ONES

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Their Lucky Stars

Future ''"Lucky Stars" appearances are: Kenny Lynch, Jimmy Justice, Robb Storme and the Laurie Jay Combo (February 8th), Dave Clark Five, Crystals, Dowlands (February 15th), Ben E. King and Billy J. Kramer are set for February 22nd and the only other bookings set so far are Freddie and the Dreamers, Chris Barber (March 7th), and Gene Pitney, Adam Faith, and the Roulettes for March 14th.

 

AVENUE ARTISTES BAND DIRECTORY

AVENGERS 5 pce with CLIVE SHANE/Voc. RICKY LEWIS/VOC. /Piano/Rhythm, plus Lead, Bass, and Drums. Semi pro./Salisbury.

BOSTONS 5 pce. incl. DAVE DEE/ Vocal, plus Lead, Rhythm, Bass and Drums. Established comedy and vocal group. (Prof/Salisbury.)

BLUE CHORDS 3 pce. all vocalise. Guitar, Bass and Drums. (Semi pro/Southampton.)

CLASSICS 4 pce. all vocalise. Lead, Bass, Harmonica, Drums.

(Semi pro/Gosport.)

CORTELLS 3 pce. all vocalise. Guitar, Bass, Drums. (Semi pro/Southampton.)

COUNTDOWNS 5 pee. incl. vocalist LAYNE ROGERS and Guitar, Bass, Piano, Drums. (Semi pro/Southampton.)

 

DEL RIO FOUR 4 pce. all vocalise. Lead, Rhythm, Bass, Drums. (Semi pro/Southamp-ton.)

DIPLOMATS 4 pce. all vocalise. Lead, Rhythm, Bass, Drums. (Semi pro/Portsmouth.)

DOWLANDS and SOUND-TRACKS duo and 3 pce. Lead, Bass and Drums. Duo play guitars. (Duo and Group record for Oriole.) (Semi pro/Bournemouth.)

DYNAMOS 4 pce. Two vocalise. Lead, Rhythm, Bass, Drums. (Semi pro/Portsmouth.)

 

EMERALDS 4 pce. with vocalist DANIEL BOONE and Guitar, Bass, Drums. Group record for Columbia. (Semi pro/Camberley.)

FALCONS 6 pce. incl. vocalist JOHNNY DEE, with Lead, Rythm, Bass, Organ and Drums . (Semi pro/Hythe, So'ton.)

FORTUNES (the original Fortunes) 4 pce. incl. RITCHIE PETERS/Vocal, Guitar, Bass, and Drums. (Semi pro/Portsmouth.)

KINSMEN 6 pce. incl. 2 vocalists KEVIN SCOTT and GARY YOUNG with Lead, Bass, Piano, Drums. (Semi pro/Eastleigh.)

 

LONELY ONES 4 pce. incl. vocalist JOHNNY KEEPING with Guitar, Bass, Drums. (Pro/ Southampton.)

PLYMOUTH SOUNDS 6 pce. with vocalist JOHNNY ARKELL and Lead, Rhythm, Bass, Organ and Drums. (Semi pro/Camberley.)

RAIDERS 5 pce. incl. vocalist BRIAN FISHER with Lead, Rhythm, Bass, Drums.

(Semi pro/Fawley, So'ton.)

SAXONS 6 pce incl. Vocalist MARK TWAYNE wit Lead, Rhythm, Bass Organ, and Drums. (Semi pro/Totton, S'ton.)

STRANGERS 3 pce. all vocalise Guitar, Bass and Drums. (Semi pro/Southampton.)

STROLLERS 4 pce all vocalist Lead, Rhythm, Bass and Drums. (Semi pro/Southampton.)

THREEWAYS 3 pce. all vocalise. Guitar, Bass and Drums. (Semi pro/Andover.)

TRENDSETTERS 5 pce. incl. vocalist GENE ANTONY with Lead, Rhythm, Bass, Drums—Group vocalise. (Semi pro/Southampton.)

TROJANS 6 pce. incl. 2 vocalists NICK TROY and ESME DUVAL with Lead, Rhythm, Bass and Drums. (Semi pro/Fawley, So'ton.)

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Phew! These 'Southern Entertainer' pages have taken so long to copy, scan text, edit and place into these three segments but well worth it!   So many names of singers, musicians, venues with loads of nostalgic looks at the charts (that many people can still recall after so many years)  Sadly, a few of these names are no longer with us but it's nice to keep their memories alive- especially with their families and fans who used to follow them all over the place.  I hope you have enjoyed reading them and I personally think back to those times when I was starting to get into my first 'proper' group after a few years of messing about.  Many of us thought that it might only last for a short while before we 'settle down' and get a 'real' job or married then face a future of dead end jobs.  Luckily - this wasn't the case for so many who are still kicking ass these days!   It's called 'growing old disgracefully' and it's 'Fab' !!

 

October 2010

I am in constant touch with John Clare- formerly helped to run the legendary Henrys Record Store in St Marys Street Southampton, which was THE main outlet for discs throughout the Sixties onwards.  John's encyclopaedic musical knowledge meant that the most obscure requests were catered for as well as knowing the scene inside out with his links to the many local DJs who stocked their collections.  He later teamed up Terry Hounsome and produced an astonishing brochure of information/photos of Hampshire groups and singers.  This was a real 'labour of love' and handwritten to form a massive A4 catalogue known as 'Southern Roots' with accompanying  'Rock Family Tree' layout of the many line-ups over the years (similar to Pete Frame's idea)   Much of the information on my webpages has been taken from S.R. and John kindly posted these files from his home in Australia a couple of years ago and there are still more pieces for me to write about but time is always in short supply!  I have just received a CD from him that contains his own book that tells the story of Henrys Records and I will adding some text and images to that very page in the near future.  It also serves as a tribute to Henry himself- a much respected and well liked part of the Southampton music scene whose business skills and willingness to listen to John Clare's advice helped make it a great success.  Sadly, the demise came as the bigger chain of record stores came into being and their buying power/discounts soon killed off the smaller specialist record retailers.  Try going into any of these giant record shops these days and ask for some obscure record to be met with blank stares from some young staff if the 'computer' is down!

 

John also dug out some more rare files that were printed by Avenue Artistes and fit perfectly on these very pages of 'The Southern Entertainer'   By the acts listed, it appears to be around the 1970 period and you will note many familiar names of future arena-filling groups who were just breaking at this time in the business.  Just look at some of the prices of these acts and be amazed!  Another great time capsule can be shared, so please enjoy reading this lot below as I have simply placed them in original page order.  Maybe YOUR name is here- hope the fees have gone up by now!

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