Manchester Playboys info courtesy Peter Simensky and James Warhurst
Line-up #1 as pictured left to right
Alan Watkinson (bass)
Malcolm Tag-Randell (sax) Peter Simensky (drums)
Stuart Fahey (trumpet/guitar)
Graham "Sandy" Sclater (Hammond Organ).
Kerry Burke (vocals)
At the rear of The Star Club Hamburg in 1967
"This one was in Hannover. Note the Baldwin Burns guitars and amps . They gave us those to endorse, I've no idea what where they went . It was a great club . We spent a month there. The ceiling used to open up half way through the night to let all the smoke out! We lived back stage and the other half of the building was a cinema. The rooms were behind the screen , I often wondered if they could see us moving about!."
CLICK HERE to view a copy of the Manchester Playboy's contract with the Star Club, Hamburg, in 1967.
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Agent’s Artist Photo and contact.
L to R: Stuart Fahy (trumpet/guitar), Mel Preston (drums), Jim Warhurst (lead guitar), Kerry Burke (singer), Malcolm Tagg-Randall (saxaphone), Alan Watkinson (seated) (Bass).
The Handout photo-shoot .
L to R: Stuart, Jim, Mel, Kerry, Malcolm, Alan.
In the studio
– a ‘one take’ recording of ‘Knock On Wood’ as part of a six-track chart cover in April 1967.
The Playboys had a No 1 hit in France with a four-track EP on Barclay records where the ‘A’ track was ‘Woolly Bully’ coupled with two James Brown songs – ‘And I do Just What I Want’ & ‘Tell Me What You’re Gonna Do’, and ‘Lipstick Traces’.
There was also a ‘Manchester Playboys Show’ broadcast on Belgian radio in 15 minute weekly slots from a two-hour live performance in Ghent.
Anybody got a copy of the tape?
Thanks also to Michael Hurst of MGH Business Services Ltd for his assistance with scanning and editing of images.
This excellent promotional
card is kindly provided by Tracks Ltd - the world’s market leader in Beatles autographs and rock ‘n roll memorabilia.
30 April 1966 – Locarno Ballroom, Swindon, Wiltshire with Yes and No (Swindon Music Scene website)
22 May 1966 – Tower Ballroom, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk with Barry Lee & The Planets (Eastern Evening News/Yarmouth Mercury)
4 June 1966 – Starlight Ballroom, Boston Gliderdrome, Boston, Lincolnshire with Keith Powell and Billie Davis, The End, The Humperdinks and The Ferryboys (Lincolnshire Standard)
6 June 1966 – 76 Club, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire (http://www.76club.org.uk/gigs.html)
16 July 1966 – Locarno Ballroom, Swindon, Wiltshire with Dynamos (Swindon Music Scene website)
3 September 1966 – Oasis, Manchester with The Wheels and Frankenstein
17 September 1966 – Union Rowing Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)
7 October 1966 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with The James Royal Set
4 November 1966 – Oasis, Manchester (Manchester Evening News and Chronicle)
5 November 1966 – The Thing, Oldham, Greater Manchester (Oldham Evening Chronicle)
11 November 1966 – Crystal Club, Glossop, Greater Manchester (Manchester Evening New and Chronicle)
11 November 1966 – Student Union, Manchester with Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Big City Sound Manchester (Manchester Evening New and Chronicle)
13 November 1966 – Swinging Sinking Ship, Stockport, Greater Manchester (Manchester Evening New and Chronicle)
17 November 1966 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with Wishful Thinking (Melody Maker)
26-27 November 1966 – Flamingo, Redruth, Cornwall (West Briton & The Royal Cornwall Gazette)
3 December 1966 – Locarno Ballroom, Swindon, Wiltshire with Unchained (Swindon Music Scene website)
7 December 1966 – Elbow Room, Aston, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)
10 December 1966 – Oasis, Manchester (Manchester Evening New and Chronicle)
14 December 1966 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London (Melody Maker)
23 December 1966 – St Bernadettes, Withington, Greater Manchester with The Children (Manchester Evening New and Chronicle)
25 December 1966 – Top Ten Club, Manchester (Manchester Evening New and Chronicle)
26 December 1966 – Oasis, Manchester with The Chuckles and Some Other Guys (Manchester Evening New and Chronicle)
26 December 1966 – Stockport Town Hall Ballroom, Stockport, Greater Manchester with St Louis Union and Cock-a-Hoops (Manchester Evening New and Chronicle)
31 December 1966 – Union Rowing Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)
1 January 1967 – Jung Frau, Manchester (Manchester Evening New and Chronicle)
4 January 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London (Melody Maker)
7 April 1967 – Tabernacle, Stockport, Greater Manchester with The Iveys (Manchester Evening News and Chronicle)
13 April 1967 – Locarno Ballroom, Coventry, West Midlands with PP Arnold and backing band (Coventry Evening Telegraph)
15 April 1967 – Union Rowing Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post) BACK FROM EUROPEAN TOUR
22 April 1967 – Blue Lagoon, Newquay, Cornwall with The Jaguars (West Briton & Royal Cornish Gazette)
12 May 1967 – Carlton Club, Warrington, Cheshire (Warrington Guardian)
19 May 1967 – Boulevard, Tadcaster, West Yorkshire with The Screen (Yorkshire Evening Post)
3 June 1967 – Top Ten, Manchester? (Manchester Evening News and Chronicle)
13 July 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London (Melody Maker)
September 1967 – Swedish tour
22 September 1967 – Carlton Club, Warrington, Cheshire with The Do-Does (Warrington Guardian)
23 September 1967 – Locarno Ballroom, Swindon, Wiltshire (Swindon Music Scene website)
27 April 1968 – Rainbow Suite Co-op, Birmingham with Ultra Sound (Birmingham Evening Mail)
Info courtesy Nick Warburton
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