My next door neighbour in the early sixties was Dave Blakeley who was the singer /compere of the old Warren night club. This was before it was converted into Quaffers Night Club.
The strange thing about Quaffers was that there were no seats in the club. Everyone just stood around in a mass crowd watching, listening and dancing to the records and the Timoney 3. The group was fantastic and provided wonderful evenings for thousands of people.
The other outstanding feature was the Viking ship in the centre of the Club from which all drinks were served.
Dave Blakeley was one of the best singer/compere in the business. Great days and nights
I remember Dave Blackely ... I worked with him in & around Manchester in the late 70's.
Great guy, Good- looking, & sang very reminiscent of Jack Jones. Anyone know what became of him.??
I met Dave in Dubai when I was gigging there in the late 70's. He ran a couple of club/ restaurants in Dubai up until about three years ago.
I remember Dave Blakely who was backed by the Mike Timoney Three. Mike played the Cordovox (an electronic accordion), and not only did they make a great sound together, Mike was a unique accomplished keyboard player in his own right. The atmosphere when they performed was something that could only be experienced and not described. I will never forget the fabulous evenings at the Warren.
David W Hughes
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Hi Dave Blakeley,just heard that you are back in UK and we will be back from Oz on May 24th for a couple of months and would like to meet up for a get together?Cheers Paul http://www.craftweb.org/web/paulstevens
Agree with all the above comments re Dave Blakeley,an excellent singer who i met up with in Dubai at his super Tex/Mex restaurant and again in Spain.Always had great respect for Dave as a fellow singer!http://www.craftweb.org/web/paulstevens Wish he could be there for my farewell to Manchester show(with the best backing in clubland,Fred Shawcross duo)on Nov 29th at Borough S.C.,Station Rd.,Swinton.Regards www.paulstevensentertains.co.uk
Hey Dave, just doin late night browsing and up you pop! Hope all is well with you and yours, still in Spain I assume. Hope you were able to replace that 335 that got nicked. Still playing here, but not live. Thanks for sharing those gigs with me at the EGC. Best to you, Barry
Hi Guys, this is Dave Blakeley! It was so nice to read all your lovely comments regarding myself and the Mike Timoney Trio.Thank you all. As Shiela Said, I have been working and living in Spain and performing...still...with The RAT PACK LIVE Show for the past 8 years.We are based in Marbella area and if any of you folks want to come to Spain it would be a pleasure to meet you once again and we can chat about the great days of the Manchester scene and of course "THE WARREN" best wishes..Dave
Hi Dave, I remember you very well...my next door neighbour in Kestrel Close. How are you pal...still in the Police or are you now retired? Ihave many great memories of Hawk green and I think of it with great fondness. Drop me a line when you can mate.
Dear Dave, Fancy after all these years hearing from you. I sincerely hope that you are keeping well and have had a good life. I retired from the Police after 32 years some 23years ago. Life has been interesting but am in good place now. Would be nice to hear from you againDeepest regardsDavid Gilmartin BEM
Hi Dave,Roy and I have always wondered what had happened to you we now know you are in Marbella,we always went to the Warren on Saturday nights and enjoyed every minute,do you remember the night we all went to Hanley to see Tommy Cooper such a good night!! We also went to a club in Liverpool with you such lovely times. X
Hi Dave, I have a bit of home movie footage of our trip to Oslo when we did the BBC Nordring Festival, '78? Mick & I still gigging..... hope you're well. I think also have a cassette of the show. Regards, Kevin
Hey Kevin, sorry it took so long for me to get round to replying to your contact....been movin house!! back in UK now and starting to look for some gigs. I remember that show at the Nordring festival very well. in fact I was only mentioning it a few months ago as I did a Party in Marbella for some Norwegian guys. Oslo was a lovely city.....and its even more expensive now than then!! KEEP IN TOUCH MATE,Dave
Hello Dave!How are you?Off to live in Oz again on Dec 4th and doing my farewell show at Borough Social Club;Swinton on Nov 29th(with best backing in clubland,Fred Shawcross duo).Keep in touch,Paul aka http://www.craftweb.org/web/paulstevens