27th October 1963 - Everlys, Little Richard, Rolling Stones, Bo Diddley play the Gaumont

For my money this would be one of the most impressive line-ups to have played in Salisbury.

The full line-up for the tour, was, in the order of billing:

In case you’re not familiar with all of these acts, here’s a quick summary.

The Everly Brothers were big stars in 1963. They were ‘actual’ brothers (as compared to the Rightous Brothers who weren’t) and they’d had a bunch of hits, working at the country end of rock and roll.

The Everlys were a big influence on the Beatles, Buddy Holly, and perhaps Simon and Garfunkel.

Little Richard was one of the key figures in the creation of rock and roll. Like the Everlys he both wrote songs and sang them. He had 14 UK top 30 hits between 1956 and 1959, including Rip It Up, Tutti Frutti and Good Golly Miss Molly.

Bo Diddly was another key figure in early rock and roll. Many of his songs had a distinctive ‘Diddley beat’. It’s been said that it reflects rock and roll’s origin in African rhythm’s, but I’m not sure. He had a square-shaped guitar nick-named ‘the twang machine’.

The Rolling Stones you’ve probably heard of! At the time of this show, the Stones had had one hit, the Chuck Berry song ‘Come On’. They had just recorded, and were about to release, the Beatles composition ‘I Wanna be your Man’. These reached number 21 and number 12 in the charts respectively.

There first top 5 record was a couple of months away. It was called ‘Not Fade Away’.

‘Not Fade Away’ was written by Buddy Holly, but it was clearly influenced by one of the other artists at the Gaumont in 1963. Wikipedia says:

The song's rhythm pattern is a variant of the Bo Diddley beat (with the second stress occurring on the second, rather than third beat of the first measure) which itself was an update of the so-called "hambone" rhythm, or "patted juba" from Western Africa;[1]

Julie Grant - I must admit that I wasn’t aware of Julie Grant before ‘researching’ this. She was a pop singer in the somewhat in the mould of Sandie Shaw or Cilla Black, but to my ears slightly ahead of her tie. The songs I’ve heard might have fitted in better in the later 1960s

The Flintstones - I’ve not managed to find out anything about the Flintstones. They aren’t a band that I had previously heard of, and, fo obvious, reason there not easy to find out about online.

There were at least two bands called the Flintstones in the’60s. One from Liverpool who were sometimes billed as ‘Ogi and the Flintstones’ [2] and a Scottish group, typically billed as ‘Phil and the Flintstones[3]. The Flintstones who played at the Gaumont could have been either, or neither, of these.

Mickie Most - bottom of the bill on the night, Mickie Most came out of the 2 ‘i’s coffee bar, which launched the careers of several pre-Beatles British singers. Cliff Richard, Billy Fury and Alvin Stardust all sang at the 2 ‘i’s.

Mickie Most didn’t really make it as a singer. His ‘Mister Porter’ reached number 45 in the summer of 1963, but that’s as far as he got in the UK.

Most instead made his mark as a producer, a manager and as the boss of a record label. His first hit band was the Animals who he discovered and then produced. After that he produced a string of ‘60s hits for Herman’s Hermits, Lulu, Donovan and the Yardbirds.

Most was perhaps slightly out of step with the emerging ‘rock’ culture at the end of the 60s - he argued with the Yardbirds over the length of their songs - and in 1970 he set up RAK records.

RAK was focused on ‘pop’ and on singles - releasing records by Hot Chocolate, Suzi Quatro, Darts, and perhaps his last great act Kim Wilde.

Most was best known in the 1970s as the ‘harsh-but-fair’ judge on ‘New Faces’[4] - much like Simon Cowell.

Mickie Most was reputed to live in the most expensive privately-owned housed in England

Bob Bain - sadly, as with the Flintstones, I’ve not been able to discover much about Bob Bain either. There was a rock guitarist called Bob Bain, who doesn’t seem to be the same person

Footnotes

[1] Not Fade Away (song) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

[2] The Flintstones - Rare Performance of The Flintstones Uncovered and Ogi and the Flintstones

[3] Phil & The Flintstones, 1960s, St Mary’s Street Church Hall

[4] ‘New Faces’ was an ITV talent show. It was perhaps more successful than ‘Britains Got Talent’ in that it launched some enduring careers - Joe Pasquale, Lenny Henry, Victoria Wood, Michael Barrymore and the Chuckle Brothers

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