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Blast from the past – photos & other stuff from the archives

THESE PHOTOS ARE PRESENTED IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER 

We’ve found pictures of the BlackJacks and the Devil’s Disciples and now have a  picture of the Stormers to add to this archive thanks to Michael Brown. Nothing seems to exist of the country group the Wispers however.

Johnny Dee & The Avalons. L to R: Carl Collins, Harry Hindle, Mike Guttridge, Dave Parkinson, Roy Barker

Johnny Dee & The Avalons. L to R: Carl Collins (rhythm guitar & vocals), Harry Hindle (drums), Mike Guttridge (lead guitar), Dave Parkinson (lead vocals), Roy Barker (bass guitar). Harry Hindle broke his wrists and was replaced by Roy Shoesmith. Harry later played with Helen Shapiro & Karl Denver Trio. Roy joined the Navy.      Photo Burnley Express 7/4/63

4-piece Dave & The Avalons with Ray Felters on bass & Roy Shoesmith on drums at Halloween party at Reedyford Hospital 1963

4-piece Dave & The Avalons with Ray Felters on bass & Roy Shoesmith on (minimalist) drums joining Mike & Dave at Halloween party at Reedyford Hospital 1963

New 5-piece lineup for Dave & The Avalons: Les Atkins joins on bass & Ray Felters takes up rhythm guitar

New 5-piece lineup for Dave & The Avalons: Les Atkins joins on bass (from the Stormers where he played with Don Calverley) & Ray Felters takes up rhythm guitar

Dave & Avalons playing same venue as Blackjacks

Dave & Avalons playing same venue as Blackjacks

NIce story in Burnley Express with gritty industrial background

Nice story in Burnley Express with gritty industrial background.Now known as just “The Avalons”

Photo from Burnley Express September 1964. Used this later in story in Q magazine

Photo from Burnley Express September 1964. Used this later in story in Q magazine

Avalons & Blackjacks on same bill in April 1965

Avalons & Blackjacks on same bill in April 1965 but before Barrie joined them as vocalist. 3/6d to see us and 5/- to see THEM (Van Morrison singing “Here comes the night”)

Never to be forgotten night supporting the Who at the Astoria in May 1965

Never to be forgotten night supporting the Who at the Astoria in May 1965

Under new management hence pro photographs in June 1965

Under new management hence pro photographs in June 1965

Another studio shot from June 1965

Another studio shot from June 1965

What would have been another great gig supporting the Walker Bros except they failed to turn up  but we did support them later at the Rawtenstall Astoria on 7.8.65.

The Avalons split up when David decided to moved South (and joined a C&W band which we never let him forget). Les and Ray also decided to leave which left just Mike Guttridge and Roy Shoesmith remaining of the classic Avalon lineup, although Dave carried on until we found a replacement.

Over the Summer of ’65 the group rebuilt. First Roy Thems on bass, then Frank Bamford on vocals, and finally Paul Arrowsmith on keyboard. With Frank’s liking for Georgie Fame and the addition of a keyboard we developed a jazzier sound and the New Avalons were born.

Here are a couple of examples of their work (copied from an old demo disk thus the snap, crackle & pop effects).

First track was a Georgie Fame favourite “Gimme that Wine“: 

Second track was an original penned by Mike (music) with help on words from the Mutineers (under same management at the time) “It’s your Name“:

 

Here is the new lineup pictured mingling at the back of the crowd after playing at a young conservatives shindig on bonfire night in 1965.

Within 6 months Frank quit and the band became The Expression with Alan Gratton on vocals, very much a mod outfit. But after almost 300 gigs in a little over 3 years by June 1966 the Avalons were no more (but see newspaper cuttings below to see what happened to Mike and Roy).

Suddenly it all changed in June 1966. Local groups were popular in local press then

For more pictures of the Avalons have a look at the Lankybeat web-site here.

The next set are the founding members of what became the Uptown Go-Go Band.

Here are The Stormers in 1963.

Left to right: Janet Fisher (Bernard Tinsley’s girlfriend). Les Atkins on bass guitar (before he left in early 1964 to join The Avalons), Frank Pym on vocals, Don Calverley on guitar, Mick Brown on drums, Bernard Tyldsley on lead guitar.

Don and Mick joined the Blackjacks with John Marsden, Paul Waterworth and Kenny Martin. Seen below around Burnley in 1964.

L to R: Kenny Martin on lead guitar, John Marsden on vocals, Don Calverley on rhythm guitar, Mickl Brown on drums & Paul Waterworth on bass guitar. Note turned-up jeans – the height of fashion then. And Don could be a Beach Boy!

The Blackjacks with (l to r) Barrie Sharpley, Don Calverley (sitting), Michael Brown (standing), Paul Arrowsmith and Ken

The Blackjacks somewhere in Worsthorne with (l to r) Barrie Sharpley (who joined from country group the Wispers and replaced John Marsden on vocals), Don Calverley (sitting), Michael Brown (standing), Paul Waterworth and Ken Martin. They were a guitar-based group at that time. They changed their name briefly to the Devils’ Disciples.

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Here are the Devil’s Disciples in a graveyard in Briercliffe. (l to r): Barrie, Don, Ken, Harvey Capstick replacing Michael Brown on drums, & Paul. They were  the only band booked at the Nelson Imperial which had to change its name. The management didn’t like the name Devils’ Disciples so they resurrected the Blackjacks name!

Mike and Barrie team up with Paul Waterworth on bass, Harvey Capstick on drums, Ken Martin on tenor sax & Don Calverley on keyboards. Burnley Express photo taken at rehearsals at Todmorden Rd school. The Uptown Go-Go Band is born! Theme tune "Going to a go-go".

Mike joined  the Disciples as their guitarist which then had Barrie on vocals with Paul Waterworth on bass and Harvey Capstick on drums. Ken Martin moved to  tenor sax & Don Calverley to keyboards. Burnley Express photo taken at rehearsals at Todmorden Rd school. The Uptown Go-Go Band is born! Theme tune “Going to a go-go“.

 Early performance by original band (as above) at Crewe College. We probably performed a set list similar to that below although I think we'd included "Harlem Shuffle" by then.

Early performance by original band (as above) at Crewe College.
We probably performed a set list similar to that below although I think we’d included “Harlem Shuffle” by then.

We probably performed a set list similar to that below although I think we’d included “Harlem Shuffle” by then.

Uptown Go-Go Band lineup changes as reported in Burnley Express. We never did get that 2nd sax player.

Uptown Go-Go Band changes reported in Burnley Express.  Joe Madden (bass guitar) & Barry Trickett (drums) replace Paul Waterworth & Harvey Capstick. We never did get a 2nd sax player.

The definitive lineup of the Uptown Go-Go band with Barrie on vocals, Mike on guitar, Don on keyboard, Ken on sax, and with new members Barry Trickett on drums and Joe Madden on bass

The definitive lineup of the Uptown Go-Go band with Barrie on vocals, Mike on guitar, Don on keyboard, Ken on sax, and with new members Barry Trickett on drums and Joe Madden on bass

The Uptown Go-Go Band at its peak before they went professional

The Uptown Go-Go Band at its peak before they went professional and Barrie & Mike left the band.

The Uptown 5 at St Jon's Worsthorne. Don was ill so we had to improvise

Playing at St John’s Worsthorne. Don was ill so we were the Uptown 5

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Our biggest influences in Uptown Go-Go Band

Our biggest influences in the Uptown Go-Go Band

After Barrie & Mike left Uptown Go-Go Band when they went professional Mike played with 60s/70s cover band Shades of Rock

After Barrie & Mike left Uptown Go-Go Band (when UGGB went professional) Mike played with 60s/70s cover band Shades of Rock playing mostly his “Buddy Holly” sunburst Squier Stratocaster.

Mike playing charity gig with Shades of Rock for Red Nose Day in 1989

Mike playing charity gig with Shades of Rock for Red Nose Day in 1988? (in case you wondered about the nose)

Band with no name i.e. Barrie & Mike performing at Red Nose Day gig in 1989 with Barrie on guitar

Band with no name (aka Red Tape)  i.e. Barrie & Mike performing at Comic Relief gig in 1989 with Barrie on guitar

Barrie & Mike at Red Nose Day gig in 1989

Barrie & Mike at Comic Relief gig in 1989

This was 2 Shades of Rock 25 years ago!

This was 2 Shades of Grey 25 years ago!

Mike playing bass guitar for a change with Oh Boy covers band c 1990

Mike playing bass guitar for a change with Oh Boy covers band

The re-formed Uptown Band. Barrie also playing guitar at their first gig at a school fund-raiser

The boys are back in town as the Uptown Band. Barrie also playing guitar at their first gig at a school fund-raiser. Early 1989?

Barrie & Mike with Don. Barrie was in his Bryan Ferry period!

Barrie & Mike with Don. Barrie was in his Bryan Ferry period!

Barrie & Mike again with Don. We did have two sax players in the Uptown Band and we were loud!

Barrie & Mike again with Don. We finally did have two sax players in the Uptown Band and we were loud!  NB Barrie & Mike left the band in December 1989 (musical differences as they used to say!)

SCAN0158                  Not one to hold a grudge Barrie booked the Uptown Band for his son’s 21st and guested

The Blackjacks reformed in 1995 as a blues band. John Marsden and Mick Brown were joined by John Bridge on lead guitar and Derek Barker on bass. Band also included Fiona Irvine on sax. They disbanded in May 1997 (Fiona & John sadly deceased)

For more pictures of the Uptown Go-Go Band have a look at the LankyBeat site here

2 Shades of Grey at their first performance in aid of Macmillan Cancer charity at Rhode Island Coffee shop in Burnley

2 Shades of Grey give their first performance at Rhode Island Coffee shop in Burnley as part of the Macmillan charity coffee morning. We’d never ever done a morning gig before!

D-Day concert report from Worsthorne Parish magazine

D-Day concert (6 June 2014)  report from Worsthorne Parish magazine

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14 thoughts on “Blast from the past – photos & other stuff from the archives

  1. Mike, There are some really cool hairstyles over the years in this lot………………

  2. I have to say that you would have made a very good “pimp” character in Miami Vice in that spotted shirt and grey/blue trouser outfit, not to mention the all black mafia hit man job.

  3. Those were the days my friend

  4. Wow! Great to see these photos from our heyday,what memories, all the best, Mick Brown,Blackjacks drummer. Thanks Mike.

    • You’re welcome Mick and thanks for your help in tracking down the early stuff from you band. The Stormers picture was particularly interesting and poignant – you all look so young and beach boyish!

    • Thanks Mike, From my recollection the photo with Barrie and me in Worsthorne was by then the Devils D’ciples just before I left and Harvey joined. I have some old Blackjacks photos from 1964 taken [on location) in Towneley Park which would complete the sequence if you feel its appropriate. Mick.

      • Hi Mick. Are you referring to the picture in the barn or the churchyard (we weren’t sure where the barn was)? I’m happy to add Blackjacks pictures to our collection, Thanks

      • Cheers Mike, I think the photo in the barn was taken in Worsthorne around the time we rehearsed in the Club when we had become the Devil’sDciples as per the sign in the van window which me and Don spent hours covering in lipstick (someone had to do it). Looking at the set list from the gogo band the Disciples covered at least four of these numbers before I left, we were moving then more from an r and b and blues band to soul. I,m not sure where the church yard photo was taken as Harvey Capstick had by then replaced me on drums. I have tried scanning two more photos of the Blackjacks, taken about the time we played the Casino club with the Avalons,but they are poor quality so I will have some done and get them to you asap. Do you remember playing those Cavern type clubs, below the Mechanics, Accrington etc, there were loads of gigs back then.

      • Hi. Church yard photo was in Briercliffe apparently but still not sure of exact location of the barn. Re set list, you can see evolution of the Go-go band e.g. we were still playing Bob Dylan material (and still are by the way. She Belongs To me is still a classic and we do a couple of his more recent stuff). I remember the Cavern Club in Accrington very well. I had a bad nose bleed there once and after a nurse in the audience stuffed my nose I played the sets sitting down but ended up in Burnley Casualty department. I also remember dodgy electrics in lots of places and thank god our roadie/techie Peter Fenton was an electrician who looked after us.Cheers and thanks for your interest in the “good old days”.

  5. Bloody hell Mike, that was some quiff in the early days…………….did you have a DA as well?

  6. No, DAs were strictly for the Teds. I was more a flat top and then a proto-mod!

  7. I know it’s only Rock and Roll but I STILL like it.

  8. Thanks again Mike, Barrie should remember where the barn was being a Worsthorne lad. Will get the Blackjacks photos to you via Barrie when reprinted.

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