The Borough Assembly Hall was the main venue in town in 1965. Eddie Friday continued to promote on Saturday nights, but during the year there were some new promoters bringing different artists to Aylesbury – including a short-lived folk club.
One of the highlights of the year was the appearance of The Who on 10th September. A review by Tony White in the Bucks Advertiser covered The Who who played on a Friday evening and Screaming Lord Sutch who appeared the following evening – click on image below to enlarge:
Aylesbury saw the two extremes in pop entertainment last weekend – Friday being the noisiest thing it’s ever been my misfortune to encounter in the shape of The Who and Saturday being far more enjoyable, even though mostly old hat, in the form of Screaming Lord Sutch.
Friday’s performance by the young men being lauded as the bringers of “pop art” to pop was the first, and I sincerely hope the last, time that any form of music, even in its most primitive guise, has made me physically sick. The noise – I think that would be a better title – was so abominably loud that after 20 minutes I had to leave for a stiff whisky with aspirins to settle a throbbing head and an upset stomach.
S & M Promotions presented 16 year old Lulu on 20th August. In 1964 as a 15 year old, Lulu and the Luvvers had a hit with “Shout”. Tony White writing in the Bucks Advertiser was impressed:
This vivacious 16-year-old, who hails from Glasgow, brought the lads to the front of the stage to cheer her wildly – a change from the hordes of screaming girls. And her brief (about 35 minutes) appearance on stage sent them back asking for more …
Overall, it was a first-rate performance from a young girl I think is destined to be in show business for a long time.
The Ready Steady Go Club was another newcomer to the Borough Assembly Hall, with Zoot Money and his Big Roll Band, The Hollies and The Nashville Teens playing.
This was the third visit to Aylesbury by The Hollies, having previously played at the Granada in November 1964 and at the Borough Assembly Hall in April 1965. 1965 had bought two hits – “I’m Alive” (number one in June/July 1965) and “Look Through Any Window” (October 1965).
In July a Folk Blues Club presented by Bruce Dunnet spang up for a few weeks, presenting Nadia Cattousse, Shirley Collins and Arlo Guthrie.
Tony White did not enjoy Arlo Guthrie’s performance – and questioned whether the Borough Assembly Hall was the right venue for folk:
To me, and I know to many others, the answer lies in the Borough Assembly Hall bogie – that is its barn-like structure designed to immediately kill off any initimate atmosphere that a promoter aims for.
I know Bruce wants to get some of our younger folk artists used to working on a large stage, but I think he must realise that a much better rapport could be attained between the performers and listeners if they were altogether on the same level.
Eddie Friday’s promotions included Them and The Ivy League.
Them had had chart success with “Baby Please Don’t Go” (with B-side “Gloria”) and “Here Comes The Night”. The photo below is thought to have been taken at this gig in 1965. Thanks to Simon Gee who wrote to identify (left to right) Pete Bardens (keyboards), Terry Noon (drums), Van Morrison, Joe Baldi (guitar), Alan Henderson (bass).
See more photos at the Aylesbury Remembered website: https://www.aylesburyremembered.com/LiveMusic/Misc-Live-Music/1960s/Them-1965/.
The Ivy League had “Tossing And Turning” in the charts, peaking at number 3.
On 10th November, the Small Faces played.
The band included Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane, Kenney Jones and Ian McLagan, who had replaced Jimmy Winston. In his review, John Finn wrote:
Those chirpy East Enders, the Small Faces, who rocketed to fame with their first record, “Whatcha Gonna Do About It”, recently paid their first visit to the Borough Assembly Hall last week.
Perhaps the most significant thing about them is their meteoric rise to fame. Inside six months they have risen from nothing to become potentially one of the biggest groups to hit the pop scene this year.
List of gigs at Borough Assembly Hall in 1965 – not including Bluesville:
|Date||Club||Promoter Name||Artist 1||Artist 2|
|2/1/1965||Eddie Friday||The Half Dozen||The Mantas|
|9/1/1965||Eddie Friday||The Eric Delaney Band|
|23/1/1965||Eddie Friday||The Knives and Forks||The Vibrations|
|24/1/1965||Eddie Friday||The Echoes||The Whispering Four|
|30/1/1965||Eddie Friday||The Classmates||The Cavaliers|
|6/2/1965||Eddie Friday||Shane and the Shane Gang||The Sonics|
|13/2/1965||Eddie Friday||Terry Judge and the Barristers||The Apollos|
|20/2/1965||Eddie Friday||Tom Thumb and the Four Fingers||Georgie, The Rave Ons|
|27/2/1965||Eddie Friday||The Wackers with Terry Anton||The Mantas with Carol Hanson|
|6/3/1965||Eddie Friday||Johnny Carr and the Cadillacs||The Narcotics|
|10/3/1965||The Primitives||The Shames|
|13/3/1965||Eddie Friday||Tony Knight and the Livewires||Rodgers Codgers|
|20/3/1965||Eddie Friday||Bern Elliott and His Klan||The Downsiders|
|10/4/1965||Eddie Friday||The Hollies||The Cavaliers, The Homelanders|
|17/4/1965||Eddie Friday||Shirley and Johnny||The Berries, The Monktones|
|1/5/1965||Eddie Friday||Beat Six||The Yes 'n' No|
|8/5/1965||Eddie Friday||Terry Judge and the Barristers||The Cameos|
|15/5/1965||Eddie Friday||Johnny Carr and the Cadillacs||The Mantas|
|22/5/1965||Eddie Friday||Bryan and the Brunelles||The Triads|
|29/5/1965||Eddie Friday||Washington D.C.s||The Macambos, The Victors|
|5/6/1965||Eddie Friday||Shelley||The Reasons|
|12/6/1965||Eddie Friday||Yenson's Trolls||The Silhouettes|
|19/6/1965||Eddie Friday||Shirley and Johnny||The Homelanders, The Konways|
|26/6/1965||Eddie Friday||The Persuasions with Terry Anton||The Vibratones|
|3/7/1965||Eddie Friday||Beat Six featuring Jeannie St. Claire||The Sneakers|
|10/7/1965||Eddie Friday||Johnny Kidd and the Pirates||The Sneakers|
|17/7/1965||Eddie Friday||The Tramps||Geoff Moule and the Diggers|
|20/7/1965||Folk Blues Club||Bruce Dunnet||Nadia Cattousse|
|24/7/1965||Eddie Friday||Gobbledegooks||The Dark Ages|
|27/7/1965||Folk Blues Club||Bruce Dunnet||Shirley Collins||Barry Thomas, The Tinkers|
|31/7/1965||Eddie Friday||The Cameos||The Nightbeats|
|3/8/1965||Folk Blues Club||Bruce Dunnet||Arlo Guthrie|
|7/8/1965||Eddie Friday||Them||Sound F-X|
|14/8/1965||Eddie Friday||The Ivy League||Terry Judge and the Barristers|
|20/8/1965||S & M Promotions||Lulu and the Lovers|
|21/8/1965||Eddie Friday||The Fairlanes featuring Lindi Loo||The Mantas|
|28/8/1965||Eddie Friday||Jimmy Royal and the Hawks||The Reasons|
|4/9/1965||Eddie Friday||The Shindigs||The Associates|
|11/9/1965||Eddie Friday||Screamin' Lord Sutch and the Savages||The En Devers Ltd|
|18/9/1965||Eddie Friday||Johnny Cannon and the Shades||The Tribe|
|25/9/1965||Eddie Friday||The Wayfarers||The Vivas|
|2/10/1965||Eddie Friday||Rip Van Winkle and the Monsters||Lynn Cordette and the Countdowns|
|9/10/1965||Eddie Friday||The Cameos||The Skyliners|
|12/10/1965||Ready Steady Go Club||Kenny and Kash|
|16/10/1965||Eddie Friday||The Blue Ravens||The Sonics|
|19/10/1965||Ready Steady Go Club||Zoot Money and his Big Roll Band|
|23/10/1965||Eddie Friday||Dean Lord and the Gaylords||The Nightbeats|
|29/10/1965||Eddie Friday||Mistral Tuac||The Quantum|
|6/11/1965||Eddie Friday||The Barron Knights||James King and the Farinas|
|9/11/1965||John Mayall and his Bluesbreakers|
|10/11/1965||The Small Faces|
|13/11/1965||Eddie Friday||The Symbols||Alan Wade and the Hawkers|
|16/11/1965||Chris Farlowe and the Thunderbirds|
|19/11/1965||Bucks Ass of Youth Clubs / Eddie Friday||The Cameos||The Ravons, The Justice League|
|20/11/1965||Bucks Ass of Youth Clubs / Eddie Friday||The Shindigs||The Mantas|
|23/11/1965||Ready Steady Go Club||The Hollies|
|27/11/1965||Eddie Friday||Washington D.C.s||The Associates|
|4/12/1965||Eddie Friday||Billy Storm and the Falcons||The Vivas, The Unchained|
|11/12/1965||Eddie Friday||Johnny Anger and the Wild Ones||The Neutrons|
|14/12/1965||Eddie Friday||Dutch College Swing Band|
|18/12/1965||Eddie Friday||The Cameos||The Vibrations|
|21/12/1965||Ready Steady Go Club||The Nashville Teens|
|24/12/1965||Eddie Friday||Shirley and Johnny (hosts)||Lynn Cordette and the Countdowns, The Dark Ages|