Beatmakers

Line-up may have included  
Terry Betts  Bass
Lol Creme? Lead
Peter Havery Rhythm
Dave Ward (later Picadilly Radio dj) Drums
Mike Harding? Guitar
Trevor Jones Guitar

"A Beatmakers memory . They backed Bo Diddley at the Oasis in '64 - two guitars, bass, drums .

It was a great show. I was up front  checkin out the Duchess! Jerome was playin  Maraccas but The Duchess - Wow! Her name was Norma Jean Wofford . "

Sad news of the passing of the aforementioned 'Duchess' Bo Diddley's Girl Guitar playing sensation from 1962-1966.

Those who saw her will always remember her stunning gold lame' Cat suits and her fringed 'Twist dresses !! She toured U.K in 63' and 64 with Bo and was backed by the Beatmakers at the Oasis, as I recall.

She passed way April 30th 2005 in California - originally from Pittsburgh and her name was Norma Jean Wofford. She left Bo's act in 1966 to get married and her married name was Richardson. She played on 3 LP's by Bo - 'Beach Party', ' Bo Diddley And Company' and 'Bo Diddley Is A Lover' . She is immortalised in the Animals' 'The Story of Bo Diddley ' tune.

Also, I am sure it was Lol Creme on lead guitar.

David Bowker

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Topic: The Beatmakers
little rikki says...
1963 at the oasis it was the original RENEGADES that played with BO DIDDLEY .I HAVE AN AUTOGRAGH ALBUM SIGNED BY BO AT THE OASIS ..THE DRUMMER THAT NIGHT WAS A HAIRDRESSER HIS NAME WAS STAR, BUT NOT RINGO
17th November 2014 3:52am
Terry Betts says...
Yes, the drummer was Dave Ward (Curly Shirley)who was a hairdresser at the time, but went on to become a well known DJ on Piccadilly Radio. I was bassist with the Renegades, and played with Bo at that gig.
7th May 2015 7:29am
Alan D. Jackson says...
The 'Bo Weevils' were the resident band at the Oasis at that time. They were Terry Betts and Trevor Jones (ex-'Beatmakers) and Jim Hollingworth and Alan Forbes (ex-'Confederates). Alan was ill and Dave Ward from the ... Read More
28th October 2016 6:09pm
Terry Betts says...
Yes mate, correct. Thanks for your interest. Do you have any information on where I could get in touch with ave Ward - as I have some photos he might like of the Bo Diddley gig. Cheers, Terry.
29th October 2016 10:18am
Alan D. Jackson says...
Nice to hear from you, Terry. After you left the group to form "The Three Days" I, as an ex-"Conferarate" came in to fulfil the remaining bookings and had a good holiday with Alan and Trevor. Alan had to leave us for one night to ... Read More
31st October 2016 11:10pm
Terry Betts says...
Hi Alan, Thanks for your message. Unfortunately, we never met - but Jim always said how good a musician you were. Hopefully you are still in good health and keeping well. Do you have any contact details for Jim and Trevor as I have some great photos ... Read More
17th November 2016 12:22pm
James Hollingworth says...
Hi Terry,
Long time no see.
Glad to know you are still around and I hope keeping well.
Sorry I can't help about Trevor but I would very much like to get copies of the Little Richard pics.
My email is :-
jamesholl2000@yahoo.co.uk

Cheers Jim.
17th November 2016 5:56pm
Alan D. Jackson says...
Dear Terry, I have contacted James and believe that he will send you a message on Manchesterbeat. I have also sent an e-mail to Trevor as well as leaving a message on his mobile 'phone. If possible, can I have a set of pictures too? I hope to ... Read More
17th November 2016 11:57pm
Terry Betts says...
Hi Alan, Yes mate, Jim contacted me and has now got the photos. To get yours, go onto my FB page -TERENCE BETTS, click on photos,and you should be able to pick them up and print them off. By the way, who is the photographer? Any questions ring me on ... Read More
18th November 2016 11:12am
Alan D. Jackson says...
Terry,
I don't have Facebook: did once but proved a disaster. So, it looks like I shall miss out on the photos unless Paul Wilde can make contact with Brian Smith who took them. I've not heard from Trevor.
Alan D. Jackson.
22nd November 2016 1:05pm
Jim Hollingworth says...
Alan,
Can you flirt mean email. I have no email address for you.
Cheers Jim.
30th October 2016 5:30pm




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