1962 saw rock shows at three different venues. Eddie Friday continued with his Saturday evenings at the Grosvenor, Wallis & Wyatt (Alan Wallis and Stan Wyatt) at Aylesbury Town Hall until it burnt down in March, and at the Walton Hall.
At the Grosvenor, there was a wider range of artists presented.
In March Tony Orlando appeared as part of a tour with Jimmy Crawford and the Ravens.
Tony Orlando had hits in 1961 with Bless You and Halfway to Paradise. Orlando was later involved with Tony Orlando & Dawn, as well as being a producer.
Others appearing included Craig Douglas, Emile Ford (with both the New Checkmates and the Original Checkmates), Mike Sarne, Wee Willie Harris, Screaming Lord Sutch, Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers, Johnny Kidd and the Pirates and the Barron Knights.
Emile Ford died on 11 April 2016 – see his obituary from The Guardian.
Russ Sainty and the Nu-Notes were more-or-less the resident group at the recently opened California Ballroom in Dunstable. The Nu-Notes at one stage become the Rhet Stoller Group (Rhett, or Barry, Stoller being the guitarist) and had a minor hit in 1961 with “Chariot”. On one occasion they were billed at the Grosvenor as Russ Sainty and the Rhet Stoller Group.
In May, Eddie Friday also tried a new midweek venture with DJ Eddie Moreno called “The Teen & Twenty Nite-Club” – a similar club was already successfully operating in Wembley with over 4,000 members, but in Aylesbury this was short-lived, closing after just a few weeks.
Meanwhile at the Town Hall, acts appearing included Eden Kane, Joe Brown and his Bruvvers, Shane Fenton, as well as Screaming Lord Sutch and the Barron Knights.
The Johnny Dankworth Orchestra was greatly enjoyed by Tony White, the jazz columnist in the Bucks Advertiser. Johnny Dankworth had enjoyed chart success with “African Waltz” in 1961 and had won the big band section of the Melody Maker jazz poll with almost 80% of the votes. Click image to enlarge.
Town Hall Fire
A disastrous fire at the Town Hall occured in March 1962. The Bucks Advertiser reported that it was the second fire within four days and thought to be the work of an arsonist. Painted solgans were found reading “If not this time there’ll be another” and “More to come”. Click image to enlarge.
A small ad appeared the following week:
Following the fire, some shows were put on at Walton Hall – which had hosted the odd gig up until then, and would again provide a useful alternative whilst the Grosvenor was re-furbished to become the Borough Assembly Hall in 1963.
Appearing were Rolly Daniels, Ricky Valance, Paul Hanford and Joe Brown and his Bruvvers.
The ad below includes Gene Vincent among future bookings on 28th April. However, John Braley, a local authority on Gene Vincent, has been unable to find any evidence that this happened. The gig continues to be listed on various websites as part of Gene’s appearances in April and May 1962, part of his seventh UK tour on which he was backed by Sounds Incorporated, with the Aylesbury date sandwiched between Broadstairs on 27th and East Ham Granada on the 29th. If anyone has more details about this, please let us know!
Below are lists of gigs at the Grosvenor Ballroom, the Town Hall and Walton Hall. Scroll down to view.
|Date||Club||Artist 1||Artist 2|
|6/1/1962||Terry Young and the Bluenotes|
|7/1/1962||Sunday Club||Rocky Lane and the Victors|
|27/1/1962||Russ Sainty and the Rhet Stroller Group||Royston Jones and the Raiders|
|3/2/1962||Dru Harvey and the Jokers||Mike Dee and the Jaywalkers|
|10/2/1962||Dave Sampson||Johnny Carr and the Cadillacs, Rikki Forde and the Cyclones|
|17/2/1962||Craig Douglas||Jimmy Virgo and the Bluejacks|
|24/2/1962||Peter Elliott||Johnny La Starr and the Marzipan Twisters|
|3/3/1962||Tony Orlando||Jimmy Crawford and The Ravens, Verne Rogers and the Hi-Fis|
|10/3/1962||The Checkmates||Eddie and The Chequers|
|17/3/1962||Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers||Johnny Vallons & The Deejays|
|24/3/1962||The Allisons||Leon Chad Quartet, Verne Rogers and the Hi-Fis|
|31/3/1962||Emile Ford and the New Checkmates||Johnny Carr and the Cadillacs|
|7/4/1962||Terry Anton and the Rhythm Rockers||The Le-Roys|
|8/4/1962||Sunday Club||Johnny Vallons and the Deejays|
|14/4/1962||Johnny Gentle and the Jaybirds||Johnny Dark and the Silhouettes, Johnny Carr and the Cadillacs|
|15/4/1962||Sunday Club||Eddie Prince and the Creoles|
|21/4/1962||Jimmy Crawford and the Ravens||Lee Atkins and the M.I.5|
|22/4/1962||Sunday Club||Dru Harvey and the Jokers|
|23/4/1962||Tony Allen and the Kansas City Four||Paul Dean and the Dreamers|
|28/4/1962||Emile Ford and the New Checkmates versus The Original Checkmates|
|29/4/1962||Sunday Club||The Dominators|
|5/5/1962||Russ Sainty and the Nu-Notes||Eddie Prince and the Creoles|
|6/5/1962||Sunday Club||Clyde Burns and the Beachcombers|
|12/5/1962||Terry Anton and the Rhythm Rockers||The Magnificent Six|
|13/5/1962||Sunday Club||Grant Tracey and the Sunsets|
|19/5/1962||Colin Hicks||Cliff Adams and the Twilights, Teddy and the Cannons|
|20/5/1962||Sunday Club||Johnny Carr and the Cadillacs|
|22/5/1962||Teen and Twenty Nite-Club||Eddie Moreno (DJ)||Terry Anton and the Rhythm Rockers, Nick Raynor and the Falcons|
|26/5/1962||Big Rock 'n' Twist Show||Shirley Ann Field, Andrew Ray (judges)||Robb Storme and the Whispers, The Magnificent Six|
|27/5/1962||Sunday Club||The Federals|
|2/6/1962||Garry Mills and the Deccades||Eddie Prince and the Creoles|
|3/6/1962||Sunday Club||The Spiderman|
|9/6/1962||Grant Tracey and the Sunsets||Dru Harvey and the Jokers|
|11/6/1962||Paul Dean and the Dreamers||Ricky Wade and his Crossfires|
|16/6/1962||Garry Edwards Combo||Shane Spencer and the Casuals|
|17/6/1962||Sunday Club||Mike Sagar and the Crestas|
|23/6/1962||The Original Checkmates||The Le-Roys|
|24/6/1962||Sunday Club||Pete Chester Combo|
|30/6/1962||Mike Sagar and the Crestas||Johnny Carr and the Cadillacs|
|7/7/1962||Chico Arnez and his Orchestra||The Stormbreakers with Ricky Marino and Clive Turner|
|8/7/1962||Sunday Club||Tony Bolton and the Federals|
|14/7/1962||The Flintstones||Ricky Allen Combo|
|21/7/1962||Paul Raven||Cliff Adams and the Twilights, Shane Spencer and the Casuals|
|28/7/1962||Michael London||Johny Carr and the Cadillacs, The Stormbreakers with Ricky Marino and Clive Turner|
|4/8/1962||Dru Harvey and the Jokers||The Swinging Skyways|
|11/8/1962||Gerry Temple||Peter Nelson and the Travellers, Carl Vincent and the Maniacs|
|18/8/1962||Danny Davis and the Marauders||Eddie Prince and the Creoles|
|25/8/1962||Lance Fortune||Rocking Henry and the Phantoms, Roy Wayne and the Wanderers|
|1/9/1962||Johnny Milton and the Condors||Johnny Carr and the Cadillacs|
|8/9/1962||Jackie Lynton||Bob Xavier and the Jury, The Cervezas|
|15/9/1962||Peppi and the New York Twisters||Johnny and the Jaytones featuring the Lynton Twins|
|22/9/1962||Mike Sarne||Billie Davis, Keith Turner and the Swallows|
|29/9/1962||The Original Checkmates||Clyde Burns and the Beachcombers|
|6/10/1962||Mike Sagar and the Crestas||Shane Spencer and the Casuals|
|13/10/1962||Wee Willie Harris||Tony Crombie and the Rockets|
|20/10/1962||The Original Checkmates||Peter Nelson and the Travellers|
|27/10/1962||Emile Ford and the Checkmates||Garry Edwards Combo|
|3/11/1962||Mel Turner and the Mohicans||Eddie Prince and the Creoles|
|10/11/1962||Johnny Kidd and the Pirates||Dave Martin and the Martells|
|17/11/1962||Johnny Carr and the Cadillacs||Paul Dean and the Dreamers|
|24/11/1962||Screaming Lord Sutch and the Savages||Johnny Starlite and the Gamblers|
|1/12/1962||Ray Pilgrim||Rikky Temple and the Lonely Ones, Peter Nelson and the Travellers|
|8/12/1962||Mike Sagar and the Crestas||Verne Rogers and the Hi-Fis|
|15/12/1962||Craig Douglas||Rikki Allen Trio, Bern Elliott and the Fenmen|
|22/12/1962||The Barron Knights and Duke D'Mond||Johnny Anger and the Wild Ones|
|24/12/1962||Russ Sainty and the Nu-Notes||Bern Elliott and the Fenmen|
|29/12/1962||Johnny Carr and the Cadillacs||The Chris Farlowe Combo|
|31/12/1962||Johnny Vallons and the Deejays||Billy Reid and the Bluecoats, The Sonics|
|Date||Artist 1||Artist 2|
|5/1/1962||Danny Davis||Gary and Lee, The Paramounts|
|6/1/1962||Eden Kane||Peter Jay & The Jaywalkers, The Barron Knights|
|13/1/1962||Tommy Bruce and his Bruisers||Barry James, The Strangers|
|17/1/1962||Vince Eager||Barry Edward and the Semi-Tones|
|20/1/1962||Rolly Daniels||Chris Wayne, Gerry Temple, The Barons|
|24/1/1962||Seven Fabulous Flintstones|
|27/1/1962||Fleerekkers||Johnny Dave Five|
|3/2/1962||Joe Brown and his Bruvvers||Duke D'Mond and the Barron Knights|
|7/2/1962||Screaming Lord Sutch|
|10/2/1962||Danny Rivers||Nelson Keene, Ricky Wayne and the Offbeats, The Jesters with Maureen Cochran|
|17/2/1962||Johnny Dankworth and his Orchestra with Bobby Breen||Frankie Short's Apex Rock Group|
|21/2/1962||The Barron Knights|
|24/2/1962||The Viscounts||Dan Haggerty Trio, Mick Barber's Travellers|
|3/3/1962||Mudlarks||The Barron Knights with Duke D'Mond|
|7/3/1962||The Apex Group|
|10/3/1962||Michael Cox||Keith Kelly, Peter Wynne, Bob Xavier and the Jury, Jimmie Richie Group|
|Date||Artist 1||Artist 2|
|24/3/1962||Rolly Daniels||Chris Wayne, The Condors, Gerry Temple|
|7/4/1962||Ricky Valance and the Cruisers||The Jesters|
|14/4/1962||Paul Hanford||The Federals, Gary Lane and the Garrisons|
|23/4/1962||Joe Brown and his Bruvvers||Apex Group|