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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Thank you Ray. Very sad news , Ed and i were very close friends from the late eighties until his unfortunate return to the UK. I myself returned to the UK from SA for different reasons a couple of years ago and have been attempting to trace Ed's ... Read More
Thank you Ray. Very sad news , Ed and i were very close friends from the late eighties until his unfortunate return to the UK. I myself returned to the UK from SA for different reasons a couple of years ago and have been attempting to trace Ed's whereabouts , so sad i never tried harder when i first arrived. Thanks Again John
Hi Ron, I did have a Dalmation dog, how did you know that? My wife and I got divorced 40 years ago and she passed away about 10 years ago. I have lived in London for about 35 years and I am still an agent. Regards, Ray