The sea change came, about mid sixties I guess and the musical landscape began to alter radically. Bob O'Niel was drafted
in and from the offset we shared a great affinity and so Nazareth came about as a result of the emergence of archivists like john Peel who was playing stuff by The Band and I guess the name Nazareth was a hats off to the lyric in `The Weight` - "I pulled into Nazareth” but the main thrust of our show was more Stevie Winwood `Traffic`, Spooky Tooth etc.
We played every year for Manchester Rag Ball first on the back of a float in the parade and later at the Gig supporting Pink Floyd, Fairport Convention, the Nice, Chicken Shack, Terry Reid and many other emerging acts of that era.
In the next exciting episode if you like I can bring this forward to the most inspiring time I had living with the great Roger Eagle, playing many shows at The Magic Village and joining the fantastic cult band Greasy Bear!
Paul!...your Mojo is truly strong!...I have spoken.
Stevie Whalley here, found some great pics of the original Heartbeats from Stalybridge!
The picture above was taken on Stalybridge Tran Station Circa 1963-64. The line up Left to right: John Flitcroft bass, Brian Tither ryhthm guitar, star struck British rail guard!, Bob Butterworth drums, John Oulton percussion, Rob Woodward Vocal, Stevie Whalley Lead Guitar/Vocal.
The gear you see is: Burns bass, Fenton Wiel Bass amp, Sonar drums, Priceless Tan Vox AC 30! and beautiful, matching eko smi accoustic guitars! This Band kicked ass! Hope you`ll include this and there are more to come.
The Heartbeats Mojo...Truly Strong! I have spoken.
I saw the Puritans and their later incarnation Nazareth many times at The Talbot in Stalybridge. A bit of a bear pit was The Talbot but it never bothered these guys who always turned it into a rockin' thumpin' bear pit!