Good to hear from Gordon Burnell after all these years.We had some good bookings in the last 2 years or so before we split.
We were fairly prominent on the Manchester scene as I remember , supporting such big names as Dave Dee etc., Alexis Korner and his band ; the Irish group 'Them' including a very young Van Morrison; The Johnny Gustafson Set ( an offshoot of the Merseybeats); Hermans Hermits; Walker Brothers ( or was it the Righteous Brothers - I can never remember ?!)at the Domino Club, Gorton; and many others who I can't immediately remember.
In about 1964/5 we went to Columbia records in London where our then managers had contacts ( apparently they had previously managed Brian Poole and the Tremeloes). Columbia , probably wisely, decided that the market wasn't yet ready for us , but we had a great few days in the big city.
The contract that you mentioned, Gordon, was that the one where we went to see this big entrepreneur in his garden shed near Wigan ?! Nobody in his right mind would have signed that, though it was very tempting!
Anyway, because my old lady was the only bread winner due to the early demise of my father (not suddenly, as you recollect, but some 14 yrs previously), the ider family were putting pressure on me to give up the 'feckless, rock 'n'roll life style' which I very much enjoyed, and get a proper job with some kind of a career pattern so that I could be of more financial help. So, regrettably, I had to pack it in.
We had some great laughs while it lasted , though we never made much money. Usually just enough to cover the half time beer ration, petrol for the van , month's H.P. for the van, pie and chips on the way home , and that was us skint again for another week.
Incedentally, I remember the occasion that Jim Hollingsworth played with us. It was the first booking after Dave Bowker had left us to join Ivan's Meads and before we appointed Gordon. It was a wedding at Hollin Hall , Bollington , Macc, and as Jim says we managed to get through it alright. I think our then manager Fred Pullen of Cheadle Hulme fixed it.
Stewart (Stu) Wilde