The Heebie Jeebies

Ken Allen sax
Dave Allen guitar
Dave Burgum (Blosh) vocals
Alan Pearce drums
Dave Nightingale bass

We had a singer (Blosh) with a shaven head - a novelty in those days.

Played all over Lancashire - we knocked around and became friendly with the Wheels (Belfast) and the Rockin Vicars in Blackpool - did soul, rock, instrumentals.

Later went on to the Working Mens Club scene.

Happy days.

Dave Allen

Blosh was the nickname of Dave Burgum  - a name he did not like at all.  It came when was a toddler - his mum or gran used to call him Blossom and he could not pronounce it and he used to say Bloss wich sounded like Blosh and stayed with him for the rest of his life.

Sadly both him and Dave Nightingale passed away a few years ago.

Alan Pearce

We appeared with some well known acts including Screaming Lord Sutch, The Big Three from Liverpool and Dusty Springfield at Bolton Casino.

It was a great thill when we saw Dusty and Madeliene Bell dancing in the wings as we did our set. and as for Dusty she was a real lady.  No giant ego like lots of todays stars and she posed with us backstage for photos.

Alan Pearce


I've seen these posts after searching for The Heebie Jeebies after their name cropped up in conversation the other day in Australia of all places!!! My dad is Ken the sax player, by the way and we still have a copy of the photograph taken with Dusty Springfield!! My sister is currently in Perth, Australia and the other day she met somebody the same age as my parents from Bury and when she mentioned my dad played in The Heebie Jeebies he remembered them.

The Story Alan tells is exactly the same word for word how my Uncle Dave used to tell it to me (sadly Dave passed away last year). Regarding Blosh he is still regularly mentioned in the pubs of Bolton.....quite a character I believe  

Mark Allan

Blosh is the chap with the bleached hair, checked pants and dodgy cardie. What always hits me about this photo is that Dusty and Blosh both seem like the 'Stars' laidback like the are used to the spotlight.....I guess these days peope would call it the X-Factor!!! PS I dont advocate using that phrase!!! ha ha!!

Just to put some names to faces my dad Ken is directly behind Blosh (half his face missing), next to him with the long hair is Dave Knightingale. My Uncle Dave (Allen) is peering over the back as well and Alan Pearce is the small guy next to Dusty. The other bloke is just some random butting in!!! ha ha!!!

Mark Allan

Remember the Beehive in Lostock ? I joined The Huntsmen after Michael left, used to sing with Heebie Jeebies occasionaly as guest, now living in Kerry Ireland, still in touch with Neil Smith who comes over here and plays classical, had a get together with all the group in 2008 Neil, John Moulton,(drums)Keith Walmsley (rythm) Terry Burns (bass)  We also played in Ramsbotttom ! at The Station for a time. 

John Willcock

Before the Heebie Jeebies, they were Franklin D and the Senators, managed by a Geoff Turner, I think it was, a bookie from Farnworth. I played rhythm guitar, Dave Allen lead, Dave Nightingale bass, Alan Pierce drums, can't remember the singer's name, played a lot at the Blue Lagoon in bolton. My parents had a Bedford van and used to drive us around in the early days.

John Buck

We were friends with Blosh (Dave Burgum) since he was a young lad in the boys brigade. He worked for my hubby who was a roofer. He was a big lad and once put his feet through the ceiling of a posh house they were working on!

He had an amazing voice . Does anyone have anything recorded or a video  from the Heebie Jeebies Days. I have looked on You tube but nothing. It would be lovely to hear Daves voice again.xx

Cora Fielding

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Topic: The HeeBie Jeebies
Alan Pearce says...
Cora Fielding, I have a copy of a record we made in the sixties with Dave Burgum on lead vocal. We did a song we wrote ourselves on the a side and a cover of the hit song Heatwave on the b side. Like you say Dave was a real character one instance is ... Read More
23rd March 2014 7:47pm
Cora Fielding (Whitefield) says...
Wish you could put the record on YouTube. Would love to hear his voice again.
18th September 2017 2:28am
alan pearce (bolton) says...
Hi Cora I am so sorry but the old recording I have has deteriorated quite a lot but if I could get it transferred to cd and it could be improved sound wise I would. Anyone any suggestions? as to how I could.
28th October 2017 5:18am
steve burton says...
i used to go to the , black dog , in horwich with friends an family .dave the rave an the heaby jeebies were a regular band we used to love their music . and if im correct ,they always finished off with , Danny Boy. happy days
21st August 2014 3:02am
Kevin Bennett says...
I remember watching Michael and The Huntsmen at St. Mary's dance hall in 1964 before Mike Hurst left to join The Trekkers. John Willcock replaced Mike as lead singer and if I am correct he worked at Buchanans in Horwich at that time which has ... Read More
8th September 2014 6:43am
Steve burton says...
Couldn't believe it when I saw your name on here I came across it by chance , following Karl green of hermans hermits fame , I just remember Dave the rave and the heebie jeebies being on in the black dog . Hope your keeping well
13th September 2014 3:48am
Kevin Bennett says...
Hi Steve, good to hear from you, hope you are well and still practising the guitar. Dave the Rave and The Heebie Jeebies were quite lively at The Black Dog. We had a great time listening to all the groups at St. Mary's before it was closed - ... Read More
15th September 2014 5:30am
Steve burton says...
Hi kev, yes I'm good thanks mate. I retired at 60, kept having back problems so decided it was time. Give my regards to all the family. still playing the guitar. I decided to learn it properly instead of wishing I had ha ha. Enjoy playing a lot ... Read More
17th September 2014 11:43pm
Paul G Shaw says...
I recall Blosh from the late 70's when we put together a scratch R n Roll band for the odd Tuesday night gig at the original Tonge award Labour Club....Dave & Ken Allen with Fred Holt on Drums and Alan Crossfield on Bass...oddly I played ... Read More
10th September 2014 1:04am
alan pearce says...
with regard to rehearsing in the middle of Chorley old Road I don't think so!! I was a founder member of the group and I can't remember such an event-sorry!!!looking back though it would have been great.
16th November 2014 7:53pm
Paul Shaw says...
Hi Alan....I remember this from being told by Alan Crossfield and Norman Kay who were In The Detours.....I'll research it a bit more as it a most unusual story.....Paul
17th November 2014 11:04pm
gary regan says...
My parents used to run the Prince Rupert pub in Great Lever--mid 1960s--and Blosh (I'm hoping this is the same Blosh) used to come in and sing Danny Boy when we had live music (piano and drums)on Wed, Fri, and Sat nights. He had the most ... Read More
18th March 2015 3:11am
Bozenka burgum. says...
Hi Cora, sure you won't remember me, I used to be married to Dave, back in the day. Sorry you haven't managed to get hold of any old tapes, he did send me one many years ago but I sent it back (sorry) . Anyway hope you're well etc, ... Read More
25th July 2015 3:12am
Cora Fielding (Whitefield) says...
Of course I remember you. We,all went fishing you remember. We are fine....just getting older. Loved Dave ...he was such a character.xx
18th September 2017 2:25am

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