Gerry Fortsch… They went on to slightly better things.
Mike Curtis… Nick Lowe I believe?
Catherine Cooper… Hah ,they look so serious !
David Miller… With non-stop dancing on Sunday to The Who and Time…that’s value for 10 bob. Don’t know that I’d non-stop dance to Tommy…but maybe i would have back then.
Iain Cobby… Don’t remember Time but the Who…. did the whole of Tommy and watching John Entwistle set me off on playing bass. They say never meet your heroes; I did about a year before he passed, disappointed . After the gig my dad picked me up and we watched Neil Armstrong walk on the Moon (not Keith)
Michele Wilson asks…
I am trying to locate the old band members of Bern Elliott’s group The Klan. They were on Ready Steady Go 4th September 1964. Can you help me. I am trying to put a programme together about the band. Thanks. Miles & Michele Wilson.
Terry Lucas… Hi luv I tidied Bern and The Klan Dave cameron, ex Fleewrekkers, lead guitar, Tim Hughes rhythm guitar and vocals( passed away) Andy Knottley skins, Trevor Haworth bass I think, memory is failing me, this might help though
Michele Wilson… Hi Good to be in touch, I was Tims sister. I remember you well. Please send me details of Bern Elliot and any e-mils to get in touch with. Love to tlk to you again. Michele
Bob Pateman… Hi – I know of Tim Hughes more as a Hasher than a musician. I just looked up the Fernmen on Wikipedia and did not see Tim listed as a band member? Any explanation?
Roger Humphries… Terry Lucas. …. I’m sure that John (Silbey) Pierce was the bass player with The Klan. and the band also had an organist (Vox Continental) played by a guy who lived in Maidstone Road, Chatham.
Roger Humphries… John Pearce was definitely the bass player with The Klan. …. When the band split he joined Candy Choir and in 1968 he became a police officer based in Kent. …. John is on Facebook.
John Pearce… Hi There, I’m John Pearce and was the bass player of Bern Elliott & The Klan when it was formed in 1964. In any documentation you have about the band, it will show my name as Jon Silby Pearce. This was the idea of Ronnie Vaughan Bern’s manager, Silby being my second Christian name and H being dropped from John was also his idea. If you need any further info I’d try to help.
John Pearce… in reply to Bob Pateman… Tim Hughes was rhythm guitarist of The Klan and I played bass. We were both head hunted from a semi pro group called The Cortinas based in the Medway Towns when The Klan was formed. Tim passed away some years ago, I believe in Thailand.
Lee Elliott… Hi I’m Berns son Lee, my email is email@example.com
John H Warburg… (in reply to Terry Lucas) Bern Elliott on lead vocals (b. Bernard Michael Elliott, November 17, 1942, Erith), Dave ‘Tex’ Cameron on lead guitar (b. David Cameron, October 21, 1939, Ealing, West London), Tim ‘Magic’ Hughes on rhythm guitar (b. Timothy John Patrick Hughes, 1944, Little Ashton Park, Staffordshire d. Friday, January 23, 1998, Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand), John Pearce on bass, a guy on Vox Continental organ and Pete Adams on drums (b. Peter Adams).
Harry Barned… (in reply to John Pearce) This a long shot, but my name is Harry Barnes and I have stumbled on this text trail by accident, but I do have an interest and a connection. I played lead guitar and vocals for a band called Ray Cleveland and the Statesmen, we too were managed by Ronnie Vaughan along with Steve Marriott and the Moments. I would dearly love to catch up with any of the band, but for years I have failed on social media. So, if anyone, Roy Lucas (bass), Ray Dickinson (vocals) etc, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jimmy McMaster… Peter J. Mason was the organist and there was also an Andy Torley listed as a sax player (maybe for session). I live in Australia and got this info from a magazine called Fabulous in 1964.
John Pearce… I confirm Peter Mason was our keyboard player (Vox Continental). He was a classically trained pianist and lived in Chatham, Kent. I was with The Klan from start to finish and we never had a sax player, either for gigs nor in the studio.
Harry… Hi. I’m trying to sort out the line-up on the ‘Good Times’ 45 for a website and (thanks to all you people who’ve contributed) I’m nearly clear but there’s an extra bassist called Pete Shelton who mentions being in this band in 1964 (I believe September 1964 was when the single was released). He posted in detail on Facebook and said; “In mid 64… joining Bern Elliott and the Fenmen…the name later changed to the Klan. I stayed with them until Christmas 64.” Is anyone able to clarify – I realise it was a quite a while ago! Thank you
John Pearce… Harry, I’ve never heard of a Pete Shelton playing for either the Fenmen or The Klan. Eric Wilmore played bass for The Fenmen and I played bass for The Klan. That aside, I can help you with ‘Good Times’ because I played bass and provided backing vocals at the session with Bern. It was recorded at the Decca studios in London. Line up Dave ‘Tex’ Cameron lead guitar, Tim Hughes (aka Hamilton) rhythm guitar and backing vocals, John Pearce (aka Jon Silby Pearce) bass guitar and backing vocals , Peter Mason keyboard (Vox Continental) and Pete Adams drums. I hope this helps.
Harry… Thank you John.
John Warburg… (in reply to Terry Lucas)… Hi Terry I have a bit more info. Bern Elliott on lead vocals (b. Bernard Michael Elliott, November 17, 1942, Erith, Kent), Dave ‘Tex’ Cameron on lead guitar (b. David Cameron, October 21, 1939, Ealing, West London), Tim ‘Magic’ Hughes on rhythm guitar (b. Timothy John Patrick Hughes, 1944, Little Ashton Park, Staffordshire d. Friday, January 23, 1998, Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand), John Pearce on bass (b.John Silby Pearce, 1947, Gillingham, Kent), P.J. Mason on Vox Continental organ (b. Peter J. Mason, 1945, Chatham, Kent) and Pete Adams on drums (b. Peter Adams, London). Cheers John
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The next instalment of the History of the Happy Ballroom, takes us to Saturday 11 July 1964, which turns out to be quite different, we have starts from the US A and The Midlands appearing. The attractions tonight on the Pier will include Big Dee Irwin and The Strangers Five.
Big Dee joined the United States Air Force, and in 1954 was based at Narsarssuak Air Base in Greenland. While there, he formed a singing group, The Pastels. The groups all left the USAF at the same time and the group continued, toured widely and appeared on concert bills. In March 1958 they featured as part of Alan Freed’s touring Big Beat Show, which also included Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Frankie Lymon, Larry Williams, and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. They performed at the famous New York Apollo Theatre later in 1958, but split up early the following year. Ervin then started a solo career as Dee Erwin, before signing for Dimension Records as Big Dee Irwin, and releasing a version of the 1944 Bing Crosby song “Swinging On A Star” which also featured Little Eva (unaccredited on the UK issue). In 1963 it became a bigger hit in the UK where it rose to 7, and Irwin then took part in a nine month tour of Britain. Of which the Happy Ballroom was one of those dates. He also worked as a songwriter for Ray Charles, Bobby Womack, and others – the Hollies included his “What Kind of Boy” on their 1964 album In The Hollies Style. The Strangers originated from a local rock ‘n’ roll band called The Marauders, initially known as “Rob Roy and The Rockin’ Marauders” who formed about 1960 while pupils at Dudley Grammar School. The Strangers were very active on Joe and Mary Regan’s famous “Regan Circuit” of dance halls in the West Midlands which included The Plazas at Old Hill and Handsworth, The Adelphi (West Bromwich) and The Ritz at King’s Heath.
The band won a coveted spot on Decca’s “Brum Beat” LP compilation of West Midlands groups in 1964. The opening track on the album was an original composition by Roy “Dripper” Kent entitled “What A Way” and was certainly good enough to have been released as a single in its own right.
Other things that were happening that week included – Ready Steady Go for Friday 10 July – included guests appearing – Manfred Mann – “Do Wah Diddy Diddy.”The Searchers – “Someday We’re Gonna Love Again.”Dusty Springfield – “I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself.”The Four Pennies – “I Found Out The Hard Way.”The Pete Best Four. The Leroys
BBC TV: Top of the Pops The Applejacks (“Like Dreamers Do”); The Animals (“House of the Rising Sun”). Videos: The Rolling Stones (“It’s All Over Now”); The Beatles (“A Hard Day’s Night” & “Long Tall Sally.
And for those that will recall the recent visit of the Kinks – I discovered this fact the other day – 12 July 1964 – IBC Studios, Portland Place, London : The Kinks record “ You Really Got Me” with Bobby Graham on drums and Arthur Greenslade on Piano. Andre Martin
John Maskell… Sometime ago you were instigators in finding an Ad for the pier as my group The Beat Syndicate appeared with Patrick Dane & the Quiet Five. You now have a fantastic site reminding all who were there of our time. Having read your articles I noted the comments on the Marauders. I had the pleasure of playing on the same bill as them at the Noreik club South Tottenham in 1964. I thought they were a great group and the drummer exceptional but like a lot of us never got the big break. Are you able to put a name to the drummer as I never did find out who he was. Keep up the good work.