AUTUMN GOLD CONCERT
The Foundations featuring original vocalist/lead guitarist Alan Warner, Edison Lighthouse and the John Burrows Band featuring Adam Whitmee
Saturday, October 20 2018
8pm (doors open approx 45 mins before the show)
Tickets £18 and are available from The Record Shop 01494-433311 by credit card/debit card
Get ready to welcome on stage one of the biggest bands of the 60s - THE FOUNDATIONS featuring original vocalist/lead guitarist ALAN WARNER.
THE FOUNDATIONS had two international chart-toppers with "Baby Now That I've Found You" and "Build Me Up Buttercup" and a string of other memorable hits like "Back On My Feet Again", "Any Old Time (You're Lonely And Sad)", "In The Bad Bad Old Days (Before You Loved Me)", "Take A Girl Like You", "That Same Old Feeling" and "Born To Live, Born To Die".
On top of that tonight's show also stars EDISON LIGHTHOUSE of "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" fame and one of the finest rock 'n' roll bands on the UK circuit, the JOHN BURROWS BAND, with the amazing voice of ADAM WHITMEE.
The Foundations first came to attention in 1967 when "Baby Now That I've Found You" soared to No.1 around the world after the group signed for the Pye label and came under the wing of producer/songwriter Tony Macaulay, who had penned the number with John MacLeod.
The Foundations -- Alan Warner (lead guitar/vocals), Clem Curtis (lead vocals), Pat Burke (flute, tenor saxophone), Mike Elliott (tenor saxophone), Eric Allendale (trombone), Peter Macbeth (bass/vocals) and Tim Harris (drums) -- were the first British multiracial group to have a No.1 hit in Britain in the 1960s. The Equals topped the charts a year later with "Baby Come Back".
They followed up 'Baby Now That I've Found You' with further chart-entries, "Back On My Feet Again" and "Any Old Time (You're Lonely And Sad)", before Clem Curtis left the group and was replaced by Colin Young, who was on lead vocals for their next international chart-topper "Build Me Up Buttercup".
The Foundations in the 1960s with Alan Warner 3rd from the left
Macaulay wrote "Build Me Up Buttercup" with Manfred Mann lead singer Mike d'Abo. "Mike actually played the piano on 'Build Me Up Buttercup' as well. That opening intro that everybody associates the song is Mike d'Abo," says Alan.
The Colin Young era also produced hits with "In The Bad Bad Old Days (Before You Loved Me)", "Take A Girl Like You" and "Born To Live, Born To Die".
Alan, widely regarded among his peers in the music business as one of the finest and most versatile guitarists on the circuit, was the onal member of The Foundations to stay with the group from 1967 to their break-up in 1970.
He is keeping the sound of The Foundations alive today with this line-up: Hue Montgomery (lead vocals), Alan Warner (lead guitar/vocals), Dave Lennox (keyboards), John Dee (bass/backing vocals), Pete Stroud (drums) and Nick Payne (saxophone).
Alan Warner (left) with The Foundations on television in the 60s
EDISON LIGHTHOUSE rocketed to No.1 around the globe in 1970 with "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)". which just like THE FOUNDATIONS' two big chart-toppers was penned by Macaulay - this time with another well-known songwriter Barry Mason.
Legendary session singer Tony Burrows, who also enjoyed huge success with The Ivy League, The Flowerpot Men, White Plains, Brotherhood Of Man, First Class and The Pipkins, was the voice on the record and promoted it on TV chart shows.
But Tony had other commitments which prevented him from touring and that was the start of a number of personnel changes in the group's early years.
EDISON LIGHTHOUSE scored another hit with "It's Up To You Petula" in 1971 and put together a live act that has entertained audiences around the world to this day.
Since the early 1970s EDISON LIGHTHOUSE has featured Brian Huggins as the band's lead singer and frontman and Peter Butt on bass and vocals.
Completing the current line-up are Stephane Booroff on drums and veteran multi-instrumentalist Simon Aldridge on lead guitar and vocals.
The JOHN BURROWS BAND blow audiences away with a dynamic live music experience driven by hugely talented lead singer Adam Whitmee and the fine musicianship and backing vocals from the rest of the group.
They are guaranteed to get a crowd up dancing with the best of rock 'n' roll songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s.
Adam always has audiences eating out of his hand with his unique ability to replicate the style of musical legends such as Little Richard, Jackie Wilson, Roy Orbison and his own favourite Elvis.
It's going to be a rocking good night in Amersham - get your tickets now!
Starring MUNGO JERRY, LEAPY LEE, BEAKY from Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, and GIDEA PARK
8 p.m. on Saturday, November 24 2018
Tickets £18 and are available from The Record Shop 01494-433311 by credit card/debit card
It's Mungomania time!!!
The legendary, high-octane Mungo Jerry frontman Ray Dorset returns to
Amersham by popular demand to chase away those early winter blues and
put you back "In The Summertime"!
Ray, famed for his gap-toothed grin and outrageous sideburns, is a
charismatic, colourful and energetic performer who knows how to wow
audiences. "In The Summertime", "Baby Jump", "Lady Rose", "Alright
Alright Alright" and "Long Legged Woman Dressed In Black" are just a few
of Mungo Jerry's rich catalogue of hits.
The years always roll back when this iconic frontman, singer, guitarist
and songwriter hits the stage with his band.
This is also a rare chance to see Ray in action in the UK because he is
so much in demand in Europe and elsewhere in the world that he doesn't
get to perform in Britain all that often.
"In The Summertime" topped charts all around the world in 1970 and is
now widely hailed as a pop music classic and the summer record of all
summer records. It soared to No.1 in Britain within two weeks of its
release and stayed there for a staggering seven weeks.
Ray -- "The King Of The Groove" -- was both the songwriter and the
vocalist behind those unforgettable lyrics:
"In the summertime when the weather is high
"You can stretch right up and touch the sky
"When the weather's fine
"You got women, you got women on your mind
"Have a drink, have a drive
"Go out and see what you can find"
Mungo Jerry, named after a character in T.S Elliot's "Book Of Practical
Cats", scored a second successive chart-topper with the hard-rocking
"Lady Rose" nearly made it three in a row, but the BBC banned the number
because of the inclusion of what it saw as a drug song in 'Have A Whiff
On Me" on the 4-track maxi-single.
The hits kept on coming for Ray and the group with "Alright Alright
Alright", "Long Legged Woman Dressed In Black", "You Don't Have To Be In
The Army To Fight In The War", "Open Up", "Hello Nadine", "Can't Get
Over Loving You", "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" and "On a Night Like This"
all riding high internationally.
The legend himself is here tonight to celebrate nearly 50 years of "In
The Summertime" and other classic hits with you. Get ready for the
hottest show of this autumn!
Also returning to Amersham by popular demand is John Dymond, the
original vocalist/rhythm guitarist Beaky from top 60s hit-making band
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich.
Last year Beaky recreated those highly memorable big hits of DDDBM&T to
stunning perfection with Gidea Park, our band for tonight and stars in
their own right in the 1980s with revivals of Beach Boys and Four
DDDBM&T enjoyed a string of hits from 1965 to 1970 with the likes of
"Hold Tight" (no.4 in the UK), "Hideaway (No.10) ", "Bend It" (No.2),
"Save Me" (No.3), "Touch Me, Touch Me" (No.13), "Okay" (No.4), "Zabadak"
(No.3), "The Legend |Of Xanadu" (No.1), "Last Night In Soho" (No.8) and
"The Wreck Of The Antoinette" (No.14).
British songwriters Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley discovered the group in
194 and wrote the catchy hits for them.
"We changed their name to Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich because
they were their actual nicknames and because we wanted to stress their
very distinct personalities in a climate which regarded bands as
collectives," said Ken Howard.
Beaky is the only original member of DDDBM&T still performing
Making his first appearance at Amersham will be Leapy Lee, the man
behind that huge international hit "Little Arrows" in 1968. It is also a
rare UK appearance for Leapy because he has lived in Spain for many
"Little Arrows" soared to No.2 in the UK charts, only kept from going to
the top first by The Beatles and "Hey Jude" and then Mary Hopkins and
"Those Were The Days". The song topped the charts in other countries.
A colourful character, Leapy had a second sizeable UK hit with "Good
Morning" and hits elsewhere with "Every Road Leads Back To You" and
"Little Yellow Aeroplane".
"Little Arrows" was written by singer/songwriter Albert Hammond in
collaboration with fellow UK singer/songwriter Mike Hazlewood. Other
notable songs from the Albert's pen include "The Air That I Breathe" by
The Hollies, Joe South's "Make Me An Island" and "One Moment In Time" by
The hit came about through a chance meeting. "I met Leapy Lee in a bingo
hall in Shepherds Bush and gave him the song because he said he was a
singer and I couldn't get anyone else to record it," said Albert, who
was washing dishes at the time to make ends meet.
Gidea Park have established themselves at Amersham as one the finest
backing bands on the circuit but also remain the stars behind the hits
"Beach Boy Gold", "Seasons In The Sun" and "California Gold" in the
1980s that brought the wonderful sounds of the Beach Boys and Four
Seasons to new audiences.
The group are renowned for their harmonies and this has been recognised
by Mike Love and David Marks of The Beach Boys performing with
Gidea Park have been in demand for concerts and television and radio
appearance around the world.
Their music has featured in the James Bond movie "A View To A Kill" and
"Karate Kid 3".
This is a truly star-studded concert featuring dozens of hits. Don't
miss out on a ticket!
NEW YEAR'S EVE CONCERT
Brian Poole, Wayne Fontana and Vanity Fare
Monday, December 31 2018
9pm (doors open approx 45 mins before the show)
Tickets £30 and are available from The Record Shop 01494-433311 by credit card/debit card
This is the NEW TEAR'S EVE CONCERT to beat all!!!
* BRIAN POOLE of the legendary Brian Poole and The Tremeloes ("Twist And Shout", "Do You Love Me", "Someone Someone", "Candy Man", "Good Lovin' ", "Silence Is Golden", "Here Comes My Baby")
* WAYNE FONTANA of Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders fame ("Game Of Love", "Um Um Um Um Um", "Pamela Pamela", "Come On Home", "Groovy Kind Of Love")
* VANITY FARE ("Hitchin' A Ride", "Early In The Morning", "I Live For The Sun", "Better By Far")
Brian Poole and The Tremeloes were one of the biggest acts of the Swinging Sixties, briefly rivalling The Beatles - particularly when their release of "Do You Love Me" famously knocked The Beatles' second No.1 "She Loves You" from the top spot in the UK charts.
Brian (centre) with The Tremeloes
Brian and his group had announced their arrival a few months earlier in 1963 when their cover version of the Isley Brothers song "Twist And Shout" reached No.4, with Brian's powerful vocal leading the way.
The hits kept on coming with "I Can Dance", "Candy Man", which reached No.6, and then the hauntingly beautiful "Someone, Someone" which went to No.2 in 1964.
The chart successes continued, albeit with lower placings, as "Twelve Steps To Love", "The Three Bells", "I Want Candy" and "Good Lovin' " scored with the record-buying public.
After five years together, Brian and The Tremeloes went their separate ways in 1967.
The Tremeloes quickly became chart stars in their own right that year, starting with "Here Comes My Baby" going to No.4 and then "Silence Is Golden" hitting the top spot. "Even The Bad Times Are Good", "Suddenly You Love Me", "Call Me Number One" and many other hits followed.
In recent years Brian and Chip Hawkes and Dave Munden of The Tremeloes teamed up again to tour as Brian Poole and The Tremeloes with Vanity Fare as their backing band.
So tonight you can expect Brian, with the help of Vanity Fare, to treat you to both the Brian Poole and The Tremeloes hits plus the big ones by The Tremeloes.
Wayne Fontana is one of the best singers and most entertaining artists on the circuit, and he will forever be associated with that huge worldwide chart-topper "The Game Of Love" in 1965.
Wayne (centre front) with The Mindbenders
Wayne, who took his stage name from Elvis Presley's drummer D.J. Fontana, formed his backing group, The Mindbenders, in 1963 and they had a top 50 hit that year with "Hello Josephine". In 1964.
Wayne and The Mindbenders started 1964 with "Stop Look And Listen" reaching No.37 before "Um Um Um Um Um Um" put them in the top five and sent them soaring into the big time.
Then came "The Game Of Love" and other hits like "It's Just A Little Bit Too Late" and "She Needs Love" before Wayne and The Mindbenders went their separate ways.
Wayne scored a big international hit with "Pamela, Pamela" and The Mindbenders had a worldwide No.1 with "Groovy Kind Of Love", which Wayne always covers in his shows as a nod of respect to his old group.
After an absence of four years at Amersham, we are delighted to welcome back Vanity Fare.
As well as being stars in their own right with hits like "Hitchin' A Ride" and "Early In The Morning", Vanity Fare virtually became our "house band", backing a whole of top names from the 60s and 70s. Their high standards of musicianship were acclaimed by the audiences and the artists alike.
They have also been the "house band" on big national tours like the "Solid Silver Sixties", so there is no doubting that Vanity Fare are one of the top bands on the circuit.
Today's Vanity Fare are Eddie Wheeler (lead guitar), Bernie Hagley (bass), Steve Oakman (keyboards and guitar) and "new boy" drummer Graham Walker, who drummed for Gay Moore.
"Hitchin' A Ride" was a huge international hit in 1970 and was especially popular in the United States where it reached No.5.
Besides "Hitchin' A Ride" and "Early In The Morning", Vanity Fare enjoyed other hits with the likes of "I Live For Th Sun" and "Better By Far".
With Brian Poole, Wayne Fontana and Vanity Fare, you're in for a New Year's Eve to remember! Amersham is the place to be to usher in 2019!
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