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

In my opinion, this would be the finest combination of acts to play 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 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 rhythms, 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.

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, for obvious reasons, 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.

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


[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