Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Oh What a Night! - The Four Seasons Coventry Gig!

Pete Clemons hammers the keyboard with another gem for the Coventry Telegraph - This time it concerns and non-Coventry band and the story of their appearance in Coventry.

A couple of Corrections from Martin Bird

Hello Pete,

My father was at the Matrix ballroom the night The Four Seasons apparently didn't play. They were late arriving because they got lost and did actually play three or four songs before being asked to leave the stage due to 'Lords Day observancy'. Dad says they were brilliant despite the short set. There were some protests however after the band left the stage and a young man (who my father worked with at Alfred Herberts) kicked the drum kit over. The disgruntled audience were all offered tickets for a Wednesday night show by Bee Bumble and the Stingers. Dad saw many bands at the Matrix during the 60s - Beatles/Stones. He recalls with relish, seeing a Birmingham band called Danny Kings Mayfair Set at the Sportsmans in Allesley too. John Mayalls Blues Breakers at the police ballroom Little Park Street was another gig he was fortunate to attend.

Anyway, I hope this corrects a few points.
All the best,  Martin Bird

From Pete Clemons

Hi Martin,

That's great feedback.

I'm happy to be wrong in relation to fact that the Four Seasons did actually 3 or 4 numbers after they finally arrived. I must admit that the info I had was inconclusive as to if the band played or not!

However I do have a newspaper clipping where Terry Blood, the promoter mentions that free tickets were given away for a Jerry Lee Lewis gig.

To my knowledge B.Bumble only played Cov the once and that was in 1962 (The Four Seasons gig was 1963) so your info there was quite was useful.

As was the fact B.Bumble played on a Wednesday. The only gigs I had ever known for the Matrix were on Fridays and Saturdays. 

I will do some more research on this -

The feedback was great to see though.

Thanks again - Pete Clemons.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The DT's and Steve Marriott

Pete Clemons turns his spotlight on the DT's who have returned but in former days toured as Steve Marriott and the DT's. This is his latest article from the Coventry Telegraph. Thanks to Alan Joseph for making the photos available.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Bamba Club (Treetops)

Pete Clemons turns his spotlight on the Bamba Club - (Treetops) on Foleshill road for his latest Coventry Telegraph article. Home of Irish show bands and later Pete Waterman's soul disco.

Pete Waterman was at the Tree Tops, Foleshill Rd. Thurs C 1974 according to Hobo magazine
and Pete Waterman's Roadunner Disco (1973) according to Broadgate Gnome

Adverts from Hobo magazine 1974 including the Steam Packet organised by Direct Enterprises. 

Some of the tracks you may have heard Pete play at the time.

Pete Waterman  at the decks1974

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Joe O'Donnell's Shkayla - by Pete Clemons

Once again we archive the latest article by Pete Clemons who takes a look at another of the high profile folk rock musicians who settled in Coventry in the 1990's.

Last time it was Dave Swarbrick, now it's Joe O'Donnell and Shkayla. The article is from Coventry Telegraph.

We also have an article on Joe and Shkayla on our Coventry Folkclub blog here

P is for Paddy - this track is truly beautiful - take a listen.