Marquee – London – Poster with chat on Gerry Lockran & Johnny Silvo, Tony Rivers, Gary Farr & the TBones

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supplied by Mick O’Dowd

Mick O’Dowd… This is the sort of line-up we had at the Pier and Witchdoctor one time. Oh those were the days my friend we thought they’d never end! Whoops! burst into song then. Must be the age thing.

Paul Dengate…Gerry Lockran and Johnny Silvo both played at the Black Horse Folk Club a number of times.

Joe Knight… Use to go there in 67 also up stairs down stairs i great clubs

David Kent… Gary Farr was a very fine singer and was the son of boxer Tommy Farr. GF’s “In the mud” is an old favourite of mine and I first heard it on a compilation which was called “Rock Buster”. “In the mud” featured Richard Thompson on guitar. I saw Johnny Silvo several times at The Black Horse, he was great fun.

Mick Knights… Tony rivers played the witch doctor quite a few times, they did very good beach boys covers including, I seem to remember, good vibrations.

Andre Martin… Tony Rivers was a class act, and he is still playing today and pulling the crowds.Here is one of my all time favourites of his, Another great person to work with.http://youtu.be/LxEWvxQGiXU – watch out for next weekends blog of Bands that we’ve seen on the Pier – its Saturday 31st October 1964 in the Happy Ballroom.

Alex Chapman… Not Hastings I know! This is a Group that I started some time ago in memory of Cliff Aungier a very close friend of mine who sadly died before I moved here. He and Gerry Lockran were close friends until Gerry’s death. I have neglected to update the group, much to my shame but there are some great photos on there which some of you may enjoy seeing?
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=132671293426589&set=o.127886773898196&type=3&theater

Philip John… Saw Gary Farr and The T Bones at The Marquee with Keith Emerson on organ. Even back then Emerson was beating the living daylights out of it. Exciting show.

Mick O’Dowd… I agree Dave. My fave track was( Won’t You Give Him) One More Chance on Columbia if I remember rightly

Andre Martin… From 1965 – great number that used to be played at the Witch Doctor a lot –http://youtu.be/JeRxsW94Yeo

Mick O’Dowd… Thanx Andre Palfrey-martin. Got their cd with this on. Been in touch with Tony Rivers through his page and he confirmed my memory that Tony Rivers & The Castaways did perform Good Vibrations live on stage long before the Beach Boys attempted it. Just goes to show what a talented outfit they were and as you say they are still performing today.

Andre Martin… Yes Gary Farr was one of those great records. brings back lot of memories for me.

David Kent… Thanks Mick, I’ll check that song out.

60’s Acts at Congress Theatre – Eastbourne – Winter 2014 & Manfred Mann chat.

04/11/2014 Marty Wilde’s Rock N Roll Party – Marty Wilde, Eden Kane and John Leyton with The Wildcats
18/11/2014 Sixties Gold – Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Searchers, PJ Proby, The Fortunes, Brian Poole & Chip Hawkes.
02/12/2014. 5.4.3.2.1. It’s The Manfreds – In Concert featuring Paul Jones & Mike d’Abo

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for more information… http://www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk/What’s_On/index.asp?ID=all&enq=diary&v=WHAT’S%20ON

Mick O’Dowd… Just like taking a trip in the Tardis!

Dave Natress…If anyone wants to see a 101% top quality show, go see “The Manfreds”. Its a shame a few of this original Manfreds show line-up have retired from the show tour – but then, none of us are getting any younger but…..it’s a truly fabulous show. Top musicianship all round and top vocals from the true Peter Pan of Pop – Paul Jones – forget the other claimants to this title!! Paul, as some of you will surely know, is also a world class harmonica player.

Alan Esdaile… Saw the show at The White Rock Pavilion a couple of years ago and it was excellent. Had Alan Price and Maggie Bell also on the bill. Paul Jones still looks like he did in the sixties and doesn’t age.

Rontenn…I was a teenager for most of the 1960′s. I loved the music that came out in that decade whether it was from the U.K. or the U.S.A. Glad to see that there are lots of artistes from those magical years still around & still performing. Sadly many have “left the building” including two in the last couple of days Alvin Stardust & Jack Bruce. My personal top favourite of all the solo singers still around is P.J.Proby. The Beatles intoduced him to us all back in 1964. On November 6th P.J. will be 76. He’s still an amazing performer & if you get the chance to see him perform please take it. He’s up there in the same category & class as Elvis.

Rontenn…Manfred Mann were an absolute top group. I see Manfred himself has a new CD out called “Lone Arranger”. When did he leave his own group & why?

Steve Kinch… if you’re referring to the original Manfred Mann group, they split in the late 60s. If you mean MM’s Earth Band – They are still going strong. The Lone Arranger is a Manfred solo album with contributions by numerous artists and musicians, including Kris Kristofferson and members of the Earth Band.

Alan Esdaile… I think they wanted to know why Manfred Mann split in the first place. I think it was down to musical differences and he was not happy playing pop songs but maybe wrong?

Steve Kinch… Alan, that’s about right! Soon after Manfred mann (the pop group) folded Manfred formed MM’s Chapter Three, which was probably as far away from “pop” as it’s possible to get: A kind of jazz/rock outfit relying heavily on band members ability to improvise.