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.
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“:
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).
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.
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!
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