The Memphis Cutouts

Walsall May 1964
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They were now playing US style R'n'B songs, Holder felt their name should represent that. After an evening of brainstorming The Memphis Cut-Outs were born. This ad appeared in the Express & Star 9th May 1964.

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"As I left school to turn professional, the band morphed into The Memphis Cutouts which had more of an R&B vein."
Noddy Holder: Birmingham Mail, 7th April 2013
The earliest known gig is listed as 15th May 1964 St Johns Mission Church Hall, Blakenhall, although it oft quoted as the Three Men In A Boat public house. The earliest listing for The Memphis Cutouts at that venue is 1st August 1964. The group quickly carved their own niche in the Midland market. Playing a mixture of R'n'B, Pop and Rock & Roll, they extended their repertoire, upgraded their equipment and earned themselves a growing reputation and several residencies.
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Holder would occasionally check out the competition, The Redcaps, a group that included Roy Brown. The Cutouts were the youngest group on the club circuit but Roy Brown was in his year at school. Holder got on well with the band and since they were playing alongside the likes of The Beatles (before they were a success) they were good for advice. It was while actually watching an early Beatles performance that Holder realised there was more required than simply being a good musician. He learnt not only to play like a professional but also to act like one and he also realised that good presentation was essential and the band found themselves a dress code.

In 1963 Holder, Burnell & Bickley quit school to turn professional. 'Tubby' Cooper had left the band by this point but Mick Aulton stayed on at school and the band recruited Gerry Kibble to replace him as their drummer. Burnell's brother in law Terry Taylor also joined them on saxaphone, while Burnell himself had added the electric organ to his role. The first few months of post school gigging went well but the pay wasn't enough to cover living and gigging.

Enter Steve Brett. Brett was a well-known singer and entertainer in the Midlands, having his own TV show for awhile. His main focus was as a singer and he travelled all over the UK fronting his band, Steve Brett & The Mavericks
"We were taken on by Steve Brett, who was quite a local celebrity. He had a TV series in the Midlands called For Teenagers Only. His backing band left him so we became The Mavericks."
Noddy Holder: Birmingham Mail, 7th April 2013
His band quit to further their own careers and Brett decided to hire a band rather than put a new one together. The Memphis Cut-Outs had a particularly good reputation by now and a large local following but the band had only recently started to venture outside of the Midlands but as The Mavericks they would reach a whole new audience.

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Although they didn't tour, as such, they certainly travelled and stayed away overnight. Weekly gigs in Glasgow, Manchester and Liverpool ensured that. Steve Brett & The Mavericks was a professional outfit and our Neville had moved up a level.


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All additional media and background info supplied by Chris Selby who was born and bred in Sneyd Hall Road and lived yards away from the community centre but for some reason neglected to record every move made by the Phantoms.

The Phantoms Known Gigs

1962
10/09/1962 Saint Chad’s Youth Club, Bloxwich
15/09/1962 All Saints Church Hall, Bloxwich
16/09/1962 Lea Hall Club, Bloxwich
02/11/1962 T. P. Riley School, Bloxwich

1963
06/01/1963 All Saints Church Hall, Bloxwich
14/01/1963 Hilary Street School, Walsall
03/02/1963 All Saints Church Hall, Bloxwich
10/02/1963 Liberal Club, Birchills
14/02/1963 Bloxwich Baths
(with Wilf Hayward & His Music)
21/02/1963 Beacon Youth Club New Invention
03/03/1963 All Saints Church Hall, Bloxwich
06/03/1963 Bloxwich Baths
(with The Jaguars)
14/03/1963 Hazelslade Youth Club, Cannock
23/03/1963 North Walsall Working Men’s Club, Walsall
24/03/1963 Bloxwich Lock & Stamp Social Club, Bloxwich
27/03/1963 W. R. Wheway School. Walsall
28/03/1963 T. P. Riley School, Bloxwich
13/04/1963 North Walsall Working Men’s Club, Walsall
20/04/1963 North Walsall Working Men’s Club, Walsall
07/06/1963 Methodist Youth Club, Bloxwich
08/06/1963 Hay Mills Memorial Hall, Birmingham
09/06/1963 Coach & Horses. Wednesbury
09/06/1963 Digbeth Mutual Club Walsall
14/06/1963 Beacon Youth Club New Invention
18/06/1963 Croft Street Working Men’s Club, Walsall
30/06/1963 Three Men In A Boat, Bloxwich
07/07/1963 Three Men In A Boat, Bloxwich
14/07/1963 Three Men In A Boat, Bloxwich
15/07/1963 T. P. Riley School, Bloxwich
30/07/1963 The Cock Inn, Bilston
02/08/1963 The Cock Inn. Bilston
06/08/1963 The Cock Inn. Bilston
09/08/1963 The Cock Inn. Bilston
10/08/1963
Noddy Holder watches The Rolling Stones at the Gaumont
19/08/1963
The Phantoms see Gene Vincent at the Gaumont
08/09/1963 Three Men In A Boat, Bloxwich
21/09/1963 Castle Hall, West Castle Street, Bridgnorth, Shropshire
23/09/1963 Primrose Ballroom. Walsall Wood
28/09/1963 Civic Hall. Brierley Hill
(with Nicky James & The Senators)
29/09/1963 Three Men In A Boat, Bloxwich
(as The Rockin' Phantoms)
06/10/1963 Three Men In A Boat, Bloxwich
(as The Rockin' Phantoms)
13/10/1963 Three Men In A Boat, Bloxwich
(as The Rockin' Phantoms)
20/10/1963 Three Men In A Boat, Bloxwich
(as The Rockin' Phantoms)
27/10/1963 Three Men In A Boat, Bloxwich
(as The Rockin' Phantoms)
03/11/1963 Three Men In A Boat, Bloxwich
(as The Rockin' Phantoms)
04/11/1963 Ashmore Inn. Wednesfield
10/11/1963
The Phantoms see The Beatles at the Birmingham Hippodrome
22/11/1963 Beacon Youth Club New Invention
24/12/1963 North Walsall Working Men’s Club, Walsall

1964
05/01/1964 Three Men In A Boat, Bloxwich
(as The Rockin' Phantoms)
10/01/1964 T. P. Riley School, Bloxwich
12/01/1964 Three Men In A Boat, Bloxwich
(as The Rockin' Phantoms)
19/01/1964 Three Men In A Boat, Bloxwich
(as The Rockin' Phantoms)
26/01/1964 Three Men In A Boat, Bloxwich
(as The Rockin' Phantoms)
02/02/1964 Three Men In A Boat, Bloxwich
(as The Rockin' Phantoms)
03/02/1964 The Ashmore Inn, Wednesfield
(as The Rockin' Phantoms)
09/02/1964 Three Men In A Boat, Bloxwich
(as The Rockin' Phantoms)
21/02/1964 Beacon Youth Club New Invention
28/02/1964 Bloxwich Baths,
(with The R+B Four & The Wilde Cats)
06/03/1964 Bloxwich Baths,
(with The Jaguars)
20/03/1964 T. P. Riley School, Bloxwich
22/03/1964 The Primrose Ballroom. Walsall Wood
(with Lee Stevens & The Satellites)
23/03/1964 Bushbury Arms. Wolverhampton
(as The Rockin' Phantoms)
20/04/1964 Coney Lea Hall. Codsall
(as The Rockin' Phantoms)
09/05/1964 Darlaston Town Hall
(as The Rockin' Phantoms with Mark Anthony & The Senators)
09/05/1964 Express And Star announce:
“The Phantoms are now to be known as The Memphis Cut-Outs”

15/05/1964 Saint Johns Mission Church Hall, Blakenhall
22/05/1964 Stage & Sportsman, Wolverhampton,
(as The Rocking Phantoms with Les Group Italianos)
23/05/1964 Town Hall . Walsall
(as The Rocking Phantoms with The Master Sound)
13/06/1964 Town Hall. Darlaston
06/07/1964 Jubilee Hall. Brewood
11/07/1964 Town Hall. Darlaston
01/08/1964 Three Men In A Boat, Bloxwich
(with The Wolves)
03/08/1964 Streetly Youth Club,
(with The Nomads)
04/08/1964 Three Men In A Boat, Bloxwich
08/08/1964 Darlaston Town Hall.
22/08/1964 Jubilee Hall. Brewood

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