The new line up of The Mike Curtis Set packed up their jobs and turned pro as the saying used to go and immediately got packed off to Scotland for 3 weeks in the depth of winter staying at Mrs McBeans in Elgin.
While playing the dance music at the Southern & Northern Sporting Clubs, the band became more cabaret towards the end, and were topping the bill at the theatre clubs Princess, Domino, Mr Smiths, etc, plus the Yorkshire & North East circuits.
Mike later went solo making one record on Parlophone and I believe he is now living somewhere in Spain perfoming as a comedian.
The rest of the band joined up with Dougie James (a budding soul singer) & MartinTetlow on keyboards and became The Reception
The band got the name from the sign on the door at Alan Arnisons (very original) and went off to Germany playing the US bases, but the group was short lived.
After the band split Dougie got the Soul Train going (got on the right tracks) & Martin & Alan teamed up with Mike Lynch, Dave Gleave & Paul Murray and the band MONEY was born.
2006 - Mike Curtis is still working in Benidorm at various bars - Zodiac and Sandras amomgst others. He sings now and then but he mostly does comedy
Mike Curtis is a comedian in Benidorm, Spain - heaven help him if they introduce the smoking ban over there because its a big part of his act which he does brilliantly.
I joined the Mike Curtis set in 1968 playing bass. During this time we played for a month in Malta, I also accompanied Mike to London whilst he recorded Turn her away on EMI with Geoff Love. My association with Mike lasted for several years and included us both joining the Ivy League for a short spell in 1974.
l was the drummer with Mike Curtis & later the drummer with Dougie James (or should we call him by his real name Dougie Thomas). "The man with a golden gun in his trousers" as it was in those days.
l have not seen any of the guys since the sixties. So if you know any of their e-mail address`s or tel:numbers so that l could contact them.
lt`s been too long.
Dave Buck ... Buckle.
I played drums with the curtis 1970..1972 band.
Nidge Thomas (Factotums), Graham Orr ... great players.
I was part of ever changing Soul Train.
Fantastic times ... thanks.
Mike Curtis is now a comedian in Benidorm been performing there for years, Saw Mike singing in the Beehive in Salford in the 60s great group & singer.
Mike, Toni Baker and Dave Lee - Sunderland 1969
Graham, Toni, Mike and Dave (with hat) in Malta
Was in Benidorm with my brother, Pete, two weeks ago on Friday 26/10/12.
Wanted to go to Zodiacs Bar to see Mike Curtis do his stand up comedy routine and reminisce with him about The Mike Curtis Set during Manchester's amazing beat scene of the 60's.
Mike and The Set were very good indeed and were just another Manchester group who had the ability to make it "big" given that little bit of luck.
Was saddened to be informed that Mike had passed away a few days earlier.
Condolences to all his family.
(Drummer with The BeatLeague and The Principals)