Michael Haslam
Bolton


Singer Michael Haslam (b. Michael James Haslam, Monday, December 20, 1939, Bolton, Lancashire, UK d. Thursday, May 29, 2003, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, UK) was the older brother of singer Annie Haslam (b. Anne Haslam, Sunday, June 8, 1947, Bolton, Lancashire, UK) and famous for touring with The Beatles in 1964. 

Semi-pro entertainer Haslam, performed only locally in dance halls, specializing in big voiced ballads. He had left school in 1955 at 15 to work at a leather tannery in Bolton. He made his first public performance in 1955 at The Bolton Palais in Bolton, singing Elvis Prealey's ''Heatbreak Hotel.'' Between 1956 and 1964 he sang solo and with half a dozen groups. In early 1964 he took up a solo residency at The White Heart Pub in Bolton. 

This promising singer was discovered by journalist and television personality Godfrey Winn (b. Godfrey Herbert Winn, Monday, October 15, 1906, Birmingham, Warwickshire, UK d. Saturday, June 19, 1971), who when dining one evening in London with The Beatles manager Brian Epstein (b. Brian Samuel Taylor, September 19, 1934, Nursing Home, 4 Rodney Street, Liverpool, Lancashire, UK d. August 27, 1967, 24 Chapel Street, Belgravia, West London, UK) and one of the famous singers he managed, Cilla Black OBE (b. Priscilla Maria Veronica White, Thursday, May 27, 1943, Stanley Hospital, Kirkdale, Liverpool 4, Lancashire, UK), mentioned and recommended the promising singer he had discovered, Haslam.   

So with Epstein accompanied by Winn and Epstein's personal assistant Derek Taylor (b. Monday, May 7, 1934, Liverpool, Lancashire, UK d. Monday, September 8, 1997, Sudbury, Suffolk, UK), they went to see the 24 year-old Haslam perform on Whit Sunday, May 1964 at The White Heart Pub in Bolton, where Haslam was doing a two hour show. Epstein was en route to see the Liverpool singer Billy J. Kramer (b. William Howard Ashton, Thursday, August 19, 1943, Bootle, Liverpool, Lancashire, UK) and stopped of in Bolton to see Haslam.

Epstein was impressed with the performance, which he taped. He also told Haslam he would be back at 9pm. When Epstein returned he had decided to manage Haslam and already had a plan of action. He drove Haslam home that evening and told him in an excited state he wanted to manage him and would immediately put him on a tour with The Beatles. He also said he had to stop playing guitar, as he wanted him to be more of a showman. The following day, Haslam received a telegram saying the tapes were great and to consider himself under Epstein's personal management. 

Epstein also told Haslam he could either keep the money he earned and pay him 25 per cent or have £60 with all the expenses paid. Haslam chose the £60 as he always wanted money in his hand.  

On Monday, July 20, 1964 Haslam played at The Capital in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, with Gerry and the Pacemakers, Tommy Quickly and the Remo Four, Sounds Incorporated, Suzy Cope, The Hi-Fi Combo, one week show. The promoter was Brian Epstein and the compère was Bob Bain.   

Haslam released two singles on the Parlophone Label, ''Gotta Get A Hold Of Myself'' / ''This Dream'' in Late September 1964 and ''There Goes (The Forgotten Man)'' and ''My Heart Won't Say Goodbye'' in Early April 1965. His first single was arranged by Johnnie Spence. 

Between Friday, October 9 and Tuesday, November 10, 1964, Haslam joined and played on The Beatles UK Tour, with special guest star direct from America Mary Wells. The first date of the tour was on Friday, October 9, 1964 at The Gaumont Cinema in Bradford, West Yorkshire and the last date of the tour was on Tuesday, November 10, 1964 at The Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol, Somerset. Also on the tour were Tommy Quickly (b. Thomas Quigley, Wednesday, July 7, 1943, Norris Green, Liverpool 11, Lancashire, UK), The Remo Four, Sounds Incorporated, The Rustiks. The promoters were Arthur Howes and Brian Epstein. The compère was Bob Bain 

On Monday, November 2, 1964 The Beatles tour played at The King's Hall, Showgrounds, Balmoral, Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. This was supposed to be a rest day, but the promoter Arthur Howes squeezed in this late book. The entire entourage flew that afternoon into Aldergrove Airport from London's Heathrow Airport in Middlesex. They arrived an hour late because of fog at Heathrow. 

In Late July 1964 Haslam played at The Capital, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, with Gerry and the Pacemakers, Tommy Quickly and the Remo Four, Sounds Incorporated, Suzy Cope (b. Sunday, April 29, 1945, Brighton, East Sussex, UK), The Hi-Fi Combo. This was a one week show, the promoter being Brian Epstein and the compère was Bob Bain.   

Between Thursday, December 24 1964 and Saturday, January 16, 1965, Haslam joined The Beatles Christmas Show at The Odeon Cinema, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, West London. The first date of the show was on December 24, 1964 and the last date of the show was on Saturday, January 16, 1965.  Also in the show was The Mike Cotton Sound, The Yardbirds, DJ Jimmy Savile, Freddie and the Dreamers, Elkie Brooks, Sounds Incorporated and Ray Fell (b. Liverpool, Lancashire, UK).    

Discography

UK 45's 

Friday, September 25, 1964 Gotta Get A Hold Of Myself (Clint Ballard Jnr, Riela)/This Dream (Bricusse, Newley) Parlophone R 5179  

Friday, April 9, 1965 There Goes (The Forgotten Man) (Bert Bacharach, Hal David)/My Heart Won't Say Goodbye (Migliacci, Zambrini, Raleigh) Parlophone R 5267 

Some Michael Haslam concerts: 

Whit Sunday, May 1964: The White Heart Pub, Bolton, Lancashire, UK, The Beatles manager Brian Epstein came to see him 

Monday, July 20, 1964: The Capital, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, UK, with Gerry and the Pacemakers, Tommy Quickly and the Remo Four, Sounds Incorporated, Suzy Cope, The Hi-Fi Combo, one week show. The promoter was Brian Epstein and the compère was Bob Bain  

Friday, October 9 - Tuesday, November 10, 1964: The Beatles UK Tour, with Mary Wells, Tommy Quickly, The Remo Four, Sounds Incorporated, The Rustiks. The promoters were Arthur Howes and Brian Epstein. The compère was Bob Bain 

Friday, October 9, 1964: The Gaumont Cinema, Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK, first date of the tour  

Saturday, October 10, 1964: The De Montfort Hall, Granville Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, UK  

Sunday, October 11, 1964: The Odeon Cinema, 139 New Street, Birmingham 2, Warwickshire, UK 

Tuesday, October 13, 1964: The ABC Cinema, Station Road, Wigan, Lancashire, UK 

Wednesday, October 14, 1964: The ABC Cinema, Stockport Road, Ardwick Green, Ardwick, Manchester 12, Lancashire, UK 

Thursday, October 15, 1964: The Globe Cinema, High Street, Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, UK 

Friday, October 16, 1964: The ABC Cinema, Kingston-upon-Hull, East Yorkshire, UK   

Monday, October 19, 1964: The ABC Cinema, Lothian Road, Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland, UK 

Tuesday, October 20, 1964: The Caird Hall, City Square, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, UK 

Wednesday, October 21, 1964: The Odeon Cinema, Renfield Street, Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland, UK

Thursday, October 22, 1964: The Odeon Theatre (Cinema), The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK

Friday, October 23, 1964: The Gaumont State Cinema, 195 - 199 Kilburn High Road, Kilburn, North West London, UK 

Saturday, October 24, 1964: The Granada Cinema, 186 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, East London, UK

Sunday, October 25, 1964: The Hippodrome Theatre, Middle Street, Brighton, East Sussex, UK

Wednesday, October 28, 1964: The ABC Cinema, London Inn Square, Exeter, Devon, UK 

Thursday, October 29, 1964: The ABC Cinema, George Street, Plymouth, Devon, UK  

Friday, October 30, 1964: The Gaumont Cinema, Westover Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, UK 

Saturday, October 31, 1964: The Gaumont Cinema, St. Helen's Street, Ipswich, Norfolk, UK

Sunday, November 1, 1964: The Astoria Theatre, Junction of Isledon Road & Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park, North West London, UK 

Monday, November 2, 1964: The King's Hall, Showgrounds, Balmoral, Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK  

Wednesday, November 4, 1964: The Ritz Cinema, Gordon Street, Luton, Bedfordshire, UK 

Thursday, November 5, 1964: The Odeon Cinema, Angel Row, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, UK 

Friday, November 6, 1964: The Gaumont Theatre (Cinema), 22 - 26 Commercial Road, Southampton, Hampshire, UK 

Saturday, November 7, 1964: The Capital Cinema, Dock Street, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, South Wales, UK

Sunday, November 8, 1964: The Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Liverpool 1, Lancashire, UK

Monday, November 9, 1964: The City Hall, Barker's Pool, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK 

Tuesday, November 10, 1964: The Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol, Somerset, UK, last date of the tour  

Thursday, December 24 - Saturday, January 16, 1965: Another Beatles Christmas Show, The Odeon Cinema, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, West London, UK, Freddie and the Dreamers opened the show, with The Mike Cotton Sound, Elkie Brooks, Sounds Incorporated, Jimmy Savile, Ray Fell. This Christmas Show, with breaks, carried on until Saturday, January 16, 1965. 

Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24, 1964: The Beatles Christmas Show, The Odeon Cinema, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, West London, UK, first date of the show    

Boxing Day, Saturday, December 26, 1964: The Beatles Christmas Show, The Odeon Cinema, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, West London, UK  

Monday, December 28, 1964: The Beatles Christmas Show, The Odeon Cinema, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, West London, UK 

Tuesday, December 29, 1964: The Beatles Christmas Show, The Odeon Cinema, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, West London, UK 

Wednesday, December 30, 1964: The Beatles Christmas Show, The Odeon Cinema, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, West London, UK 

New Years Eve, Thursday, December 31, 1964: The Beatles Christmas Show, The Odeon Cinema, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, West London, UK

Friday, January 1, 1965: The Beatles Christmas Show, The Odeon Cinema, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, West London, UK 

Saturday, January 2, 1965: The Beatles Christmas Show, The Odeon Cinema, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, West London, UK 

Sunday, January 3, 1965: The Beatles Christmas Show, The Odeon Cinema, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, West London, UK

Monday, January 4, 1965: The Beatles Christmas Show, The Odeon Cinema, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, West London, UK

Tuesday, January 5, 1965: The Beatles Christmas Show, The Odeon Cinema, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, West London, UK 

Wednesday, January 6, 1965: The Beatles Christmas Show, The Odeon Cinema, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, West London, UK 

Thursday, January 7, 1965: The Beatles Christmas Show, The Odeon Cinema, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, West London, UK 

Friday, January 8, 1965: The Beatles Christmas Show, The Odeon Cinema, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, West London, UK 

Saturday, January 9, 1965: The Beatles Christmas Show, The Odeon Cinema, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, West London, UK 

Sunday, January 10, 1965: The Beatles Christmas Show, The Odeon Cinema, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, West London, UK 

Monday, January 11, 1965: The Beatles Christmas Show, The Odeon Cinema, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, West London, UK 

Tuesday, January 12, 1965: The Beatles Christmas Show, The Odeon Cinema, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, West London, UK 

Wednesday, January 13, 1965: The Beatles Christmas Show, The Odeon Cinema, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, West London, UK 

Thursday, January 14, 1965: The Beatles Christmas Show, The Odeon Cinema, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, West London, UK 

Friday, January 15, 1965: The Beatles Christmas Show, The Odeon Cinema, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, West London, UK

Saturday, January 16, 1965: The Beatles Christmas Show, The Odeon Cinema, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, West London, UK, last date of show 

John H. Warburg
11/1/15


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Ann Loughran
Firstly,Mike was discovered in the Church pub,Epstein came to see him there. it wasnt til after his career slumped that Mike played in the White Hart pub, he had returned to Bolton and was married with a son also called Michael.
28th February 2015 3:53am
Sharon Butterworth
He also had a daughter. Me!
7th September 2015 9:28am
John H. Warburg
Just added info for a new page for Michael Haslam
11th January 2015 10:58pm




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