1964 Gig Ads

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Walsall Observer: Friday 22rd May

Noddy Holder's Phantoms were now Rocking. By the end of the month they would be The Memphis Cutouts.

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Express & Star: 9th May

Three hits in one ad, not bad. First we have young Jimmy Lea playing at The Caves with Nick & The Axemen. Next, a cameo appearance from revered local legend, the Tommy Burton Combo. he would later play piano on Find Yourself A Rainbow. The icing on the cake here, is The Phantoms announcement.

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Walsall Observer: Friday 11th December

Steve Brett & The Mavericks (previously The Memphis Cutouts) played Bloxwich Baths on the 12th December 1964. Earliest ad I have for the new Mavericks but Mr Selby is still on the hunt.

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The 'N Betweens, meanwhile, were doing well for themselves, the change of name was a good move. Signing with Astra was even better. Playing support to Zoot Money while they were promoting a record must be a good sign.

This second version of The Big Roll Band actually got together in 1964, they were a popular attraction on the London R'n'B club scene where they had a residency at the Flamingo, hence the banner 'Straight from the Flamingo Club in London'. Around the time of this gig they were promoting their first single on Decca entitled Oh Mom (Teach Me How To Uncle Willy)?

One of the great showmen of the time but unfortunately their record sales were disappointing the group broke up in 1967. Their guitarist Andy Summers went on to find fame in the 80's pop group, The Police.

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This is early Moody Blues, but surprisingly Go Now, only their second single was #1 in the UK charts in December 1964. From Birmingham, it must have been exciting for The 'N Betweens to share the stage with a fairly local success story.

Three years later, they would release Nights In White Satin which Slade would cover in 1969, although it was never released. The Moodies captured the imagination of music fans around the world with the landmark Days of Future Passed, one of the earliest "classical rock" records.

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As always, a big shout out to Chris Selby for coming up with the goods again.

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