The Beat Boys
info courtesy Ronnie Carr

Line-up  
   
Allan Parkinson vocals/harmonica
Malc Grundy lead
Kenny Fillingham guitar
Ronnie Simms drums
Ronnie Carr bass
also  
Gerry Kenny guitar

Vist their MySpace page

We originally started out as the Dominoes skiffle group in 57/58.

By late 58 we were organised quite well and used to go down the Bodega in Cross St to watch Paul Beattie - he was really top man at the time, together with Karl Denver.

Paul got us our first gig at the Bodega and also the El-Rio in Macclesfield, which helped us a lot and things took off and we changed our style to a more rocky type music.

As the Beat Boys, we used to play in and arround Manchester, mostly at the Twisted Wheel, St Bernadettes, Ritz and Plaza. Jack Abadi from the Wheel took us under his wing and we travelled all over the place and enjoyed some wonderfull moments.

The highlights being many TV appearances, accompanying Gene Vincent, Memphis Slim, Screaming Jay Hawkins and a few more on their tours of England.

We recorded with Decca and enjoyed great times from 1960-1965, when we decided to do our own thing.

We all remain good friends and keep in touch by doing re-unions, and have raised large sums of money for charity.

See also - the Blues Set



The picture above shows the group when they recorded "Thats my plan" with Joe Meek, released on Decca. The lads that were actually on the record were: Allan Parkinson (vocals), Malc Grundy (lead guitar), Geoff Bibby (rythmn guitar) Ronnie Carr (bass) and we used a session drummer, who Meek insisted he played on it.

On Sat 6th March 1965, we were on "Thank Your Lucky Stars".

Also on the show were the Rats who were led by my ex singer and guitarist, also Georgie Fame who used to play with me.

We were backing Screamin Jay Hawkins as the Blues Set, so 3 acts came out of the same group, from the same place.

Saturday 6th March 1965
THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS
Host Pete Murray
The Rats (two different groups with the same name, one from Lancashire, one from Yorkshire),
The Dave Clark Five
Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames
Screamin' Jay Hawkins, & the Blues Set
Anita Harris
Jim Page
The Shelley
Janice Nicholls
Guest DJ: Robert Holness

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Part of the Wall of Fame at the Liverpool Cavern showing the Beat Boys

The Dominoes Skiffle Group, Leigh Casino in 1959.
Left to right the members are Kenny Fillingham (guitar),
Eric Eastham (drums), Johnny Hocky (vocals), Clive Powell (piano, later to become Georgie Fame) and Ronnie Carr (bass)

 

 

 
 

The band when they broke the attendance record at Bolton Palais in 1960.
 

Discography

thats my plan


Thats my Plan/Third time lucky
Decca (produced by Joe Meek) #F 11-730

Friday, September 6, 1963

 

   

Memories

My good friend and I, we would be in early twenties I suppose, used to go to watch The Beat Boys every week at  what was then The Transport Club in Wigan.It was always a full house and at that time very exciting.

I remember the line up very well, the lead guitar played a Burns Black Bison, his playing stood out very well. You were a very talented group.  What impressed me was the way you were able to  play the hit tunes of the time so quickly. I remember the Beatles had just released I Want to Hold Your Hand, and The Beat Boys had it just right. And many other songs as well.

My friend and I had some memorable nights at The Transport Club, as we got to our sixties we would reflect of those good times of our youth. My friend is no longer alive but we both always had an interest in music. He learned to play Banjo and Trombone and I Guitar and Organ.

My pride and joy is my Gibson Les Paul which I bought to celebrate my 70th Birthday. It was my friend's son who told me of the web site, he is a professional Guitarist. So happy you are still around, I would love to hear the music again.

Peter Fitzgerald
24/2/13

Remember going to see a fantastic line-up at what is now the Apollo in 1959 or 1960.
Top of the bill were Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent - backed by the Beat Boys. Also on the bill, Joe Brown, Billie Fury, and others.

My first ever concert with well known American recording artists. What a night! The Boys were fantastic. The sound was just as good as on the recordings I'd bought .

Peter Kenny
6/8/13

The Beat Boys were formed in 1959 in Leigh, Lancashire with a line-up of Allan Parkinson on lead vocals (b. 1942, Crow Lane, West Earlestown, Lancashire, UK), Malc Grundy rhythm guitar (b. Malcolm Grundy, 1946, Halford Street, Howe Bridge, Atherton, Lancashire, UK), Kenny Fillingham on lead guitar (Antoria LG50) (b. Kenneth Fillingham, 1941, Wigan, Lancashire, UK), Ronnie Simms drums (b. Ronald Simms, 1942, Fairhurst Street, Leigh, Lancashire, UK) and Ronnie Carr on bass (Hofner) (b. Ronald Carr, 1937, 150 Holden Road, Leigh, Lancashire, UK). 

Later Talbot left and was replaced by Malc Grundy (b. Malcolm Grundy). 

Some Big Beat concerts:

Sunday, June 23, 1963: The Twisted Wheel Club, 30 Brazennose Street, Manchester 2, Lancashire, UK

Sunday, July 21, 1963: The Twisted Wheel Club, 30 Brazennose Street, Manchester 2, Lancashire, UK

Sunday, August 18, 1963: The Twisted Wheel Club , 30 Brazennose Street, Manchester 2, Lancashire, UK

Saturday, October 5, 1963: The Twisted Wheel Club , 30 Brazennose Street, Manchester 2, Lancashire, UK

November 1, 1963: The Twisted Wheel Club , 30 Brazennose Street, Manchester 2, Lancashire, UK

Saturday, November 23, 1963: The Wigan Empire, Wigan, Lancashire, UK, supported The Hollies

Sunday, November 24, 1963: The Twisted Wheel Club , 30 Brazennose Street, Manchester 2, Lancashire, UK

Wednesday, November 27, 1963: The Empress Ballroom, Station Road, Wigan, Lancashire, UK, supported The Rolling Stones, as did The Cheetahs, advertised as The Fabulous Beat Boys, 7.30pm - 11pm 

Monday, December 9, 1963: The Twisted Wheel Club , 30 Brazennose Street, Manchester 2, Lancashire, UK

Boxing Day, Thursday, December 26, 1963: The Twisted Wheel Club , 30 Brazennose Street, Manchester 2, Lancashire, UK

Sat, January 11, 1964: The Twisted Wheel Club, with Long John Baldry

Sunday, February 16, 1964: The Twisted Wheel Club , 30 Brazennose Street, Manchester 2, Lancashire, UK

Sunday, March 15, 1964: The Twisted Wheel Club,  30 Brazennose Street, Manchester 2, Lancashire, UK, with Tony Dee and the Shakeouts 

Saturday, March 21, 1964: The Twisted Wheel Club,  30 Brazennose Street, Manchester 2, Lancashire, UK, with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, all-nighter  

Sunday, March 29, 1964: The Twisted Wheel Club,  30 Brazennose Street, Manchester 2, Lancashire, UK, with Jackie Lynton and the Cutters  

Sunday, April 19, 1964: The Twisted Wheel Club , 30 Brazennose Street, Manchester 2, Lancashire, UK

Friday, May, 8, 1964: The Twisted Wheel Club , 30 Brazennose Street, Manchester 2, Lancashire, UK

Friday, July 3, 1964: The Twisted Wheel Club , 30 Brazennose Street, Manchester 2, Lancashire, UK

Wednesday August 12, 1964: The Twisted Wheel Club , 30 Brazennose Street, Manchester 2, Lancashire, UK

Sunday, October 18, 1964: The Twisted Wheel Club , 30 Brazennose Street, Manchester 2, Lancashire, UK

Saturday, November 28 , 1964: The Twisted Wheel Club,  30 Brazennose Street, Manchester 2, Lancashire, UK, with The Spencer Davis Group 

Wednesday, January 1, 1965: The Twisted Wheel Club , 30 Brazennose Street, Manchester 2, Lancashire, UK 

John H. Warburg
9/6/14


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Alan Law
Great Band n Guys The Beat Boys ,lifelong friend of Ronnie Carr. Peter Fitzgerald mentioned Transport Club ' Wigan' my father Frank Law did the bookings n was compete,does he remember him,love the site,Alan
4th December 2015 11:04am
ed barker
great time when RONNIE joined me TOMMY and IAN at the SPORTSMANS CLUB.
30th October 2015 12:25pm
ed barker
what great days.RONNIE joined me,ed barker and TOMMY rourke and IAN CAMPBELL/THE ILLUSIONS. at the SPORTSMANS club.ROCKON RONNIE.
30th October 2015 12:17pm
ronnie carr
That was a great band Eddie and I enjoyed every minute of it.Nice change to front a band and play the hammond,wonderful harmonies from the lads my favourite was "Friday on my mind" by the Easybeats.Yes wonderfull days.
30th October 2015 9:15pm
Shirley Watts
Hi Ronnie

Remember me Sherry Lee your girl vocalist for a short time in the early 60s? loved the time when I was singing with the sexy Allan Parkinson as he was over 6ft and I was only 5ft 2ins.
Only just managed to trace you and what you have been up to over the years have you still got your blonde hair.
Read about the death of Kenny Fillingham in the Wigan local paper he was in my eyes the greatest guitarist in this country. Nice to hear from you in the not to distant future LUV Shirley nee Brown (Sherry Lee).
21st August 2015 1:02am
Ronnie carr
Hi Shirley,great to hear from you after so long.We are all still keeping ok.Alan is still singing doing cabaret and we put the band together for charities occasionally.
go on facebook and type in The BEAT BOYS,WHICH IS OUR SITE.of
29th August 2015 11:06pm
Clive Hodgeon
Went to see Dreamboats and Miniskirts in Leeds. Was amused to see the Beat Boys name up in "lights" in the background scenery. I said "Hey, they were from Leigh"!!
25th July 2015 12:14am
RONNIE CARR
Hi Clive ,the band Played quite a lot in Leeds in the 60's in paticular the Three Coins,which was right in the centre.Great city for music in those days.
25th July 2015 3:58am
Ben 'Mozze' Morris
I have a copy of the original demo for this song, recorded at RGM! One day, I'll put it on my show ROCKIN' BACK THE CLOCK, on spreaker. It will be followed by the finished Decca product.
19th April 2015 2:48am
Debi Clarke
very Merseybeat sounding, first heard of this group during a joe meek tribute show with my dear friend neil hiley on bbc radio manchesters rock back the clock,which I was part of and introduced to the world of joe meek, would love to know what the band are doin today
7th April 2015 3:07am
Ben 'Mozze' Morris
I've got a copy of a demo, done at Joe Meek's, on which 'That's My Plan' is sung. I might play it on my show, ROCKIN' BACK THE CLOCK on my Eccles Radio U.K. internet radio channel. Are you O.K. with this?
24th March 2015 10:44am
Peter Bowdler
Hi folks - does anyone remember the Co-op Hall, Leigh in the 60`s where groups entertained such as the BIG THREE, the HOLLIES and many more. These groups appeared lots of times and everyone really appreciated them. Its surprising how many groups appeared in Leigh at the Casino and the Garrick including The Beatles, Rolling Stones and many more. The Cass was owned by Winny Brierly and the Garrick was owned by Roy Jackson and his wife and promoted many groups - unfortunately these clubs are sadly forgotten for their support. I met my pop hero GENE VINCENT at the Garrick then had the pleasure of taking him to MA COTTOMS in Astley nr Leigh which was a bungalow which is still there on Manchester Road where he was staying. These clubs should not be lost in history for their contribution to the support to bringing the best of groups the the area. We had long chats whilst he was staying there, he was a great guy and very funny. Not long after the guy passed away. What a loss but we still ... Read More
29th December 2014 11:35am
Peter Bowdler
Many times do I remember going to the Formby Hall in the 60`s every Saturday night to listen to Ronny and the BeatBoys and this would make life worth living as Monday was back to the factory and the grind of the rest of the week but Thursday I started to cheer up because I would be going to hear the BEAT BOYS and have a real good bop.

They were the best, loved seeing Malc playing "hava nageela" with his guitar behind his head "brill". Many times have I seen Ronny doing fund raising for many charities. One night at the local British Legion, this was in the 2000`s, Ronny and the boys where charity raising and they had the place absolutely bouncing all night. Not many groups of the sixties can claim to be able to do that 40 yrs on how great is that!!!!!

Thanks Ronny for your talent and thanks for your friendship in the following years hope your AOK.
29th December 2014 10:20am
Ronnie Carr
Hi there Paul,hope you received the photo's of the Avalons which I sent to you.Spoke to Eddie Rogers last night and told him I had sent them to you and he was delighted.
15th December 2014 9:19pm
ronnie carr
Kenny passed away in 1964,great loss to all of us.He was a great guitar player and a wonderful person and my best friend.
15th December 2014 2:37am
Ray mclaren
Kenny used to give me guitar lessons at his house, and we watched him at the Manoco in Hindley, in the 60's Fantastic Lead guitarist, wonder were he is now?
8th November 2014 5:47pm
ronnie carr
Hi there Ray,sorry to tell you that Kenny passed away in 2004,sadly missed by everyone.he was the best.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
15th December 2014 2:33am
Paul webmaster
Thanks once again John - impressive gig list.
9th June 2014 9:11pm




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