Behind the Scenes 4
Beryl Marsden, who hasn’t had the best of fortune with her first two records, is to make a third disc.
It’s called ‘Empty Place’ and it should be released about the middle of the month.
Playing in Belgium over the Easter holidays were local group the Concords.
The boys – who were booked for the White Horse Club at Ostende – had the experience of playing to a crowd of more than 1,000, most of
whom were described as being an in ‘angry mood.’
Many of them were day-excursionists from Britain, including many football fans, and several disturbances broke out in the Belgian resort
But the Concords kept playing – and got a good reception for their trouble.
Mike McGear of the Scaffold – they were largely responsible for getting the Clayton Squares a ‘Gazette’ appearance – tells me that he’s given up his job as a hairdresser.
Mojos For T.Y.L.S?
As predicted a couple of weeks back the Mojos have bounced into the charts with their great ‘Everything’s All Right’.
Now I heard a group of youngsters in Kirkby and Norris Green are determined to get their favourites on to ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars.’
They’ve organized a petition and so far they’ve collected over 2,000 signatures.
Next move is to send these to AR TV with a DEMAND that the Mojos get booked at the earliest opportunity.
Even the Beatles never got this treatment in their early days.
The Mastersounds are to record for Fontana. At least that’s the opinion generally held after the cryptic comments of Bob Wooler last week.
Said Bob: “They’re to record – that’s all I can say, and it’s for the Threlfall’s label.’”
Bob admitted that his remarks gave away a clue – so then the guessing started.
Threlfalls is an alcoholic drink in a beer-type bottle, another drink has a blue label on its bottle – there’s a blue label on Fontana’s records.
That’s the way folks have been thinking – so it seems to be Fontana. But at least the group are definitely going to record.
A stranger to the scene last week was Tottenham Hotspur and Ireland footballer, Danny Blanchflower.
Danny, who saw Liverpool F.C. go to the top of the soccer charts with a 3 – 1 win over Spurs, dropped in the Blue Angel to hear some of the well-known Merseyside sounds.
I’m delighted to report he was as impressed with our music as he was with our football!
That really fine group the Remo Four – who are much under-estimated by the fans – have a great reputation as a backing group and as session men.
Now that they’ve signed for NEMS, they’re likely to come into their own far more – and my information is that their first disc will be ‘Shimmy Shimmy’ c/w ‘Peter Gunn.’
Incidentally, I hear that lead guitar Colin Manley is playing a harmonica which once belonged to the late Cyril Davies.
Though it’s still ‘all happening’ in Liverpool itself, and in certain other areas – all is not well in Widnes.
In fact, the Mersey Sound is on the wane and all Peak Promotions bookings at Widnes’ Queens Hall – which was booked till September – have been cancelled.
Where once crowds of 700 or 800 flocked each week, there’s now only a handful of beat fans – so that Sound has had to fade away.
Maybe it’s because the bookings were for Mondays. Maybe it’s because Widnes saw the Beatles and the Searchers and other top groups over a year ago and nothing so big since.
There must be some good reason.