19th March 1964 - Screaming Lord Sutch plays Salisbury City Hall

Screaming Lord Sutch played at Salisbury City Hall

On the 19th March 1964 Screaming Lord Sutch played at Salisbury City Hall[1].

Screaming Lord Sutch was a ‘60s pop star who recorded with Joe Meek. He was influenced by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins in that he added Halloween-y theatrics to rock and roll. In turn he was an influence on Alice Cooper, and perhaps to a lesser extent, the Cramps.

Sutch was probably best known in the 1980s for standing for parliamentary by-elections. He actually first stood in 1963, in the by-election at Stratford-upon-Avon caused by Profumo’s resignation. He stood in three General Elections between then and 1974.

In 1983 he stood for the first time as an Officical Monster Raving Loony candidate in the Bermondsey by-election in which the Liberal Simon Hughes defeated Labour’s Peter Tatchell.

Pic: By Colin Dale, Radio Sutch (http://www.colindaleradiosutch.com) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Footnotes

[1] BBC - Wiltshire - History - Salisbury gig history

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