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PETE BROYD - NOW AND THEN!
Royal Pier Southampton
I was really pleased to hear from yet another 'survivor' from the early days on the Southampton music scene, as Pete joined a long queue of 'silver surfers' who discovered my website. We have been in constant touch and I am copying one of his early e-mails that tell of his own great memories - read on! Click on the 'Call Up The Groups' above to enjoy more.
Pete and the Nevitt Brothers
I was appearing at a Summer Ball show in Eastleigh and finally met up with none other than Pete Broyd! He now runs a very classy wedding hire shop called Grooms in Addis Square in the main Portswood Road Southampton and he came along with some friends to see my show. Although he hadn't sung in public for many years, I managed to 'persuade' him to join me onstage as I finished off the night with some classic Rock and Roll. I guessed that a few drinks had done the trick and he jumped up to sing a couple of great songs (Blue Suede Shoes and Be Bop A Lula) and he was superb! The years just rolled back and it just proves that you never lose the gift. Here are the photos that I quickly took when jumping down into the crowd that were dancing away to him - You could have closed your eyes and imagined that we were all back at the old Royal Pier ballroom! His table of friends were gobsmacked as the years just rolled off Pete - they had never seen him in action and it made for a very special night as he came 'out of retirement' The audience gave him a terrific applause as I explained that it had been so many years since Pete had got up on a stage and it was one of those magic moments that make it all worthwhile. I have asked Pete to join me onstage, whenever my travels take me down to Southampton as he loved every moment of his return to the spotlight! If you have a wedding coming up, then why not call in to meet him and maybe share some of his many memories with you! He recently had a familiar looking customer stroll into the shop - a tall American singer who was appearing in the area and was recommended to Pete's shop. Although in his Sixties and with receding hair, (quite a contrast to his glory days in the mid 60s) this guy bought a couple of flashy dress coats to use as stage wear. None other than John (Maus) Walker of the Walker Brothers! He was appearing at a Midlands theatre recently and I called in to see him backstage and had a good chat with him. John now performs a solo act with a great mix of music plus all the big hits and he was backed by the Dakotas - remnants of Billie J Kramer's backing group in the early Sixties.
Pete Broyd - The Comeback Kid!
You may have already read my webpage on the Concorde Club as well as the very successful 'Back To The Sixties' reunion night where I organised a full evening at this well known Southampton venue which had just celebrated its 50th anniversary under the guidance of Cole Mathieson. Pete came along with some family and friends who had no prior knowledge of his pre-arranged guest spot as part of the nostalgic night that looked back over this half century. He managed to sneak away from his table and had a very quick chat with a couple of musicians to sort out a couple of classic rock n roll numbers - no rehearsal was available! Read all about Pete's part of that night on the webpage report and he just got up onstage and knocked out some great memories of songs that he had thought were consigned to his own thoughts having 'retired' many years ago. He was rather nervous at facing such a packed room full of musicians and fans alike but they gave him a great reception as well as rather proud faces on his own table!
If you ever need any classy wedding hire then why not pop in to see Pete at:
29 Addis Square
Tel: 023 80 671164
E-mail Pete: Addisgrooms@aol.com
If you have any link with the Southampton music scene then he would be more than happy to share any memories.
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