The Strand Showband
aka The Strand, The Strands, The Strandsmen
Images courtesy Geoff Parkinson
aka Yorke Hammill
vocals,valve trombone, percussion
Valve trombone, vocals, percussion.
Steve Green ??
vocals, trombone, flute, percussion
Maxton G Beesley
drums, replaced RB
One of the most popular and successful showbands to come out of Ireland were the Strand Showband. In the mid-60s/70s, they were the first showband to work in nightclubs in England, as opposed to ballrooms. Managed originally by George Downing (Liverpool) who introduced them to Maurice King (London) who also managed the Walker Brothers, Dusty Springfield, Rocking Berries etc. They were based in and around Manchester, but worked all over the UK and Europe, and recorded with Philips Records. They topped the bill in all the top venues in Manchester, and were amazing crowd-pullers.
Line-up was Billy Hamilton, lead singer, sax, valve trombone, percussion. Burt Robinson, vocals, trombone, flute, percussion. Jim Bingham, trumpet, percussion. George Hamilton, Valve trombone, vocals, percussion. Ray Miller, bass guitar, vocals. Edmund Hutton, lead guitar, vocals. Maxton G Beesley: Drummer, impressionist (Manchester born!) Does anyone remember seeing them?
Saw them many times, mainly Offerton Palace, great entertainers!!
I remember seeing The Strand Showband a few times at THe Club Royale in Preston. Great sounding band and fabulous live show.
Used to see The Strand Showband at "The Wishing Well" in Swinton lots of really good memories they were a good crowd puller. Had many a Good Friday night in "The Well"
George Hamilton is my Dad and Billy Hamilton is my uncle! It is lovely to hear that people still remember them it makes me proud!
My uncle is Edmund Hutton. The band lived with my family back in the 60's and the address on the picture, Derbyshire Road in Sale is where they lived whilst in the Uk. My mum, Elizabeth Cragg (nee Hutton) looked after them and my dad, Tony Cragg managed them for a while. Great memories!
The name Steve Green keeps appearing on this info, as a guitarist for The Strand Showband. He was never a member of the band while it was popular.
I don't think that I ever met him.
Sadly Edmund Hutton who was our guitarist has recently passed away.
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Hi Allan, Yes I did indeed attempt to decribe the doings of The Apex Jazz Band after my brother informed me that somebody had included a mention in Manchesterbeat. Certainly the Apex was worth writing about because it was at times outstanding given the relatively tender ages of its members. I have lived in Amsterdam since 1972 so I don't get to visit Rochdale all that much but still it was good to hear that The Apex Jazz Band still plays from time to time. David Clough
Hi Dave- nice to hear from you. Greg, (our drummer),is in the middle of trying to agree a date for a re-union of the Apex Jazz band some time this summer. It'd be good to meet up with you - why not give me ring (01535 644704)? Allan
8/12/14 I attended Rochdale Grammar School and remember Belshazzar's Jazzers very well. They got together whilst I was a pupil there and they were very, very good (a fact that is recognised, although I was never a jazz fan). I was playing lead guitar in a group called the Fly-B-Nites at the time, who later changed their name to Waterboard. Thx for the (instantly recalled) memories. Happy days. Brian Fletcher
Hi Allan Thx for your reply. I was in the year below you at school. As I remember, you were the one with the cheeky face and rosy red cheeks. I can't remember the name of our form master. As you rightly say, memories fade; but hopefully don't die. Re the Flybies, we have a page on here. If you go to it, I'm the one on the left, leaning on the car. The other members at that time were Robin Inston, guitar (with his back to me on the pic) his brother John, bass, at the front, wearing sunglasses because he thought he was so cool that no matter where he was, the sun was always shining on him. Bringing up the rear, leaning on the other side of the car, is Martin Fidler, drums, who went on to join the police. I don't know if you an get in touch via email - maybe you can request the powers that be? - and we could "catch up" a bit. Thanks again. See ya. Take care, Bri
Thanks for you reply, Brian - yes..I do remember the flybies...so you went on to make a record with Decca?? - (envy, envy)...some of those cuttings on the website page bring back memories of the Rochdale Observer and its typeface, etc. So ...you also played the club in the basement of Rochdale town hall? The rosy cheeks and chubby face were not mine (I was svelte, smooth and cool) - that was our trombone player - Dave Chaffer (Hope he doesn't read this!) - wasn't it a privilege to live through that golden period of music - especially in the North of England - I'd also like to contact you directly, but don't how - I wonder if Paul at Manchester Beat can advise me? Allan
I am just listening to Brian Matthews "Sound of the sixties" and he has played the Walker Brothers "The sun ain't goin to shine any more" brought back floods of memories. I was a regular at the "Wishing Well" every Friday and Sunday. Such wonderful memories. Would love to know what happened to all the band.
Hi Brenda - nice to hear that remember the band (Apex jazz band) - can you fill in any memories? Where did you hear us play. Some of us are still in touch and still playing (nearly 50 years on!!) Who do you remember? Cheers Allan