Barratts of Manchester
Oxford Street

Adrian Barratt's shop was always a haven for muso's, especially with its (then) close proximity to A1 Repairs, Mameloks and Reno's - not to mention the Wimpy Bar.

Barratts original shop was a small one on the corner of the block, near to where the Railway bridge crosses Oxford Road, the large Barratts Shop (double fronted) was originally their drum shop and was called 'The Percussion Centre'.

As a sax player the shop held little fascination for me but for guitarists it must have been heaven. I can remember Eric Haydock working there after leaving the Hollies and probably after Eric Haydock's Rockhouse.  At the time, it was always a good feeling to be served by him - he was a real "pop star".

I shall also remember Brian Higham, the manager extra-ordinary!

 


Brian Higham



Kevin Parry - learnt to play the trumpet at Barratts
and later worked there. He went on to open his own
shops and play with "The Syd Lawrence Orchestra.

 


Brian Higham and Ady Edelston

 

One thing you may not have realised is that Barratt's had a 'chain' of shops.

The original was 72/77 (?) Oxford Street, the one in the picture, now very ironically The Samaritans! They had the factory and wholesale division for brass instruments at White City Old Trafford, a shop in Preston, managed by the Famous Sid, and a branch in Newcastle managed by Ces, which was just out of the town centre, and another Manchester shop on Oxford Road at number 8a, which was the brass and woodwind (or 'instrument') shop.

Newcastle was the first to go, really they should have moved into the town centre and it would have done well, but they didn't want to relocate.

Preston stayed a Barratt's shop long after Manchester had shut down. In the 80's Adrian had the idea of a "superstore" along the lines of Sound Control/Academy, very visionary really at the time, but he chose to move everything to White City factory, which they owned, (the Manchester stores were rented) but it was too far out of Manchester centre and the stock was never at superstore levels, so the punters didn't go, other than a few die hard brass and woodwind regulars.

On the eve of the big move 8a was transferred out to White City, 72 was shut and we ran the "rock" shop from 8a, right opposite the new BBC, which provided us with some regular hire for drum kits and Rhodes piano's. Then 8a was shut.

72 was re-opened as (I think) Music Maker, with a token staff.The superstore thing only lasted a couple of years, Adrian was ousted by his own board and given the Preston shop, which he named Music Maker and ran until his death around eight or ten years ago I think. Barratt's finally returned to 72/77 Oxford Street under the management of Gerry Kennedy, former rep for Rose Morris, who married Mavis Barratt, Adrian's mum (around 1980 I think).

Sadly Gerry became ill and died twelve months later, so Adrian was brought back in to run Manchester and although it had done well under Gerry's management, things were changing in Manchester, and it went slowly down the tubes and shut after a few years.

Adrian carried on with the Preston shop, by which time A1 had a branch there as well, until he became ill. I heard about his death a few years later through a client here who had a business partner who had bought the assets of the old White City factory.

Did you know Dave Edmunds worked in the Cardiff shop and had Andy Fairweather-Low as a Saturday boy.

 

The above photo is the guitar repair workshop, on a quiet day by the look of it, this was on the middle floor of 72 Oxford Street, the little amplifier is an Arbiter Powerhouse, I still own one that I use at home from time to time.

We were due to move down the road to 8a Oxford Road, facing the ‘new’ BBC studios, this branch had been the strings, brass and woodwind shop, or “instrument Shop”, All the stock and staff had been moved out to Chester Road Old Trafford, opposite the White City stadium, where the factory was, this was a bold move at the time and pre dated some of the out of town super stores by several years, but to be successful a shop has to have stock and some reason for people to travel out of town, and to be honest this never happened.

The “instrument” thing really used to annoy us, people would come into the Oxford Street shop looking for brass and woodwind and say “where are all your instruments?” like guitars, keys and drums didn’t fit that category, it happened even more once we moved to 8a.

Strangely Music Ground have just opened a branch either in the same shop or the one next door to 8a on Oxford Road

Paul Braddock

 


Adrian Barratt
(no its not Blackpool, its Niagra falls)

 

Brian Higham and Hank Marvin in Barratts late 60s

Hank & John Farrar recieve some goodies couresty of
Barratts & Selmer at Barratts of Manchester

 
 
Memories

As a 'Manchester Beat' enthusiast, I have enjoyed reading your many comments on the general 'Group' (yes not band)
scene in Manchester during the 19'60s, in particular your experiences as Manager at Barratts Music.

Like yourself, I grew up through that period and played in many groups, and often would make pilgrimages to your shop to seek advice ,borrow and buy.  You and Adrian were terrific and really encouraged the young musicians of that time  - thank you !
 
I have just seen your website,where you were playing a red Hofner Verithin in those early days, and the reason for contacting you is that in December 1963 I purchased, from Barratts, a second hand one, same spec., for £40 (on HP) . I am just having a clear out and found the original bill, signed by Adrian.   I know you went on to play the 'Country Gent'   and I just wondered if the Hofner was the 'same' Guitar ? 
 
If it was, you can see it in one of my early school groups on Manchester Beat  -- 'The Secrets of Manchester' and also 'The Citrons'.

I went on, later, to sing in 'The Puzzle', so I must have traded in the Hofner for a Marshall PA, which you sold us along with the ' Marshall Amp Stacks' some years on. Just a thought ?
 
Thanks again for all your help!


Brian Cochrane 
29/1/09

My fondest memories of Barratts were me going down there every saturday afternoon for my drum lesson. If Iremember correctly the teacher was a guy called Dave Edwards. T thanks to him I was in regular work drumming for a good 30 years, playing in various groups and then in various clubs as resident drummer, OH HAPPY DAYS.

Keith Lock

I worked at the Brass and Percussion shop in the summer of 75. I was mad on guitars and would volunteer to run errands up the road to where I would be confronted by Cec and the gang. One day I met this guy called Dave Edwards who used to teach drums,eleven years later he taught me to fly and we both ended up Captains in the Airlines. Dave still gigs and is happy to talk about his muso days especially his starring role with Brian and Michael with whom he played Matchstick cats and dogs. Great Days!!

K. O'Donnell

I was playing in a Kent based band and was making a rare 'tour' into the NW. We were doing a bit of shopping in Manchester, so I took the band into Reno's and Barratts (as you would).

My last memory of Barratts was one of our silly roadies agreeing to have his hands gaffertaped round a lamp post outside the shop. Naturally once his hands were tied and resistance impossible, we continued until both rolls were empty and he became mummified a couple of feet up the lampost. Off to A1 for new rolls of tape and then the Wimpy for a coffee. He had to be rescued by a very understanding policewoman".

Paul Mlynarz, Manchesterbeat webmaster and ex-Phoenix City Smash (Mc/r) and Life 'n' Soul (Kent)

I used to work in Barratt's many years back and I was in the shop on the day of the roadie gaffered to lampost incident, the WPC came in and said, (pointing out of the door towards the street) to the assembled band members "does this belong to you".

We all wandered out for a look and in fact it wasn't just his hands but his head taped up as well! I've often told the story of the taped up roadie, but I knever knew the name of the band.

I recall it was a fairly quiet day when you guys came in, it cheered us up for the rest of the day!"

Paul Braddock, ex-Barratts
2008

"In the late 50s and early 60s it was the premier music shop in the north west.

I ordered my Fender jazz bass from there in early 1960, when I took delivery of it about 2 weeks later, Barrats got a letter from Jennings ( the importers and agents for Fender ) asking them to send it back, because it was the first one in the UK ( later found out it was the first to be exported from the USA ) and was intended to go to Jet Harris of the Shadows, but Adrian Barrat just told them it was already sold and paid for.

We used to have some great sessions there at lunch times, there was always a crowd in trying the guitars and drums, Adrian's dad who was a dance band musician used to play hell about the noise, he used to turn off the power so all the amps went off, its the only way he could get rid of us.

It was also like a job centre for musicians, if you ever wanted a drummer/bass player/guitarist Adrian usually knew someone looking for a group."

Butch Mepham

Remember the Percussion Centre,on Oxford Rd.opposite the Prudential? Owned by Barratts and seperated from Barratts  music shop by a tiny pub?I reopened it as manager in 1964,after it was rebuilt following a disatrous fire.One incident I remember.The late Johnny Roadhouse coming to collect an organ.We heaved it into the back of his old Rolls Royce.He slammed the door and it fell off onto the pavement.We picked it up slung it in the back and he drove off without a word.

Syd
27/4/10

     

Brian Higham (left) and Adrian Barratt (right) meeting the President of the King Brass & Woodwind company at their main factory in Wyckliffe Cleveland Ohio U.S.A in 1974. 

"We flew to New York and then on to Houston, Ttexas to the NAMM show. We stayed there for 4 days then drove from Houston thru Dallas on through Amarillo up to Chicago then on to Cleveland then up to Niagara  to Buffalo and Springfield ,into new york state and the into new york itself, stayed there for two days and the home to the uk. When Adrian dropped me off at home I was we knackered. as he got back in his car he said "See you in the morning at the shop 9-30 sharp". He was all heart you know.
Brian Higham

     

On the right, a picture of Barratt's window in early 70s.

The first guitar, the strat, I sold to Hank Marvin and a Les Paul custom which is now owned by Keith Hopwood (Herman's Hermits).

The second one is one of the very first tele thinline model.

I sold this to John Farrar, he's the guy who wrote " You're the one that I want" for the film Grease.

   

The picture on the left is the same one bit with different pick ups, different scratch plate  and three bigsby palm pedals on.

To play it you had to be a genius, but then he was...

Brian Higham

 

John Farrar trying out a guitar upstairs in the shop.


Brian Higham outside the shop 1960s
 


The legendary Maynard Ferguson at Barratts


I am pretty sure that this is the great Ernie Watson (NDO) - who also doubled Accordian. I went to Birley High School in Hulme and constantly wagged it to hear those guys rehearse and record - they were very kind to me and a mate and would get us a cup of tea and toast. It was amazing how quick they got an arrangment down and recorded.

I am now a saxophone player in Manchester - the stuff on this site made my life.

Paul Baylis
 


Cec Mosley (Boomerangs)
Eric Haydock and Terry Smith

 

   
 

My Grandma (sadly no longer with us) worked for 'Mr Barratt' for a number of years.  Her real name was Edna Lauder but she often went by the name of Penny. Does anyone remember her? I believe that she did the accounts and was also a typist in the office.  Any information would be gladly received.  She spoke of her time their very fondly.

Heather Hayes
9/10/10

I remember Pat Lauder as 'Auntie Pat'. As a little girl I used to go into the offices with my mum Mavis during the school holidays.  Pat used to sit in the next office and I could see her through the glass partition as she worked away at the accounts. Pat used to babysit me from time to time and I still have the lego garage she bought for me as a Christmas present. 

I also remember going in to see her in Lewis's where she worked after she left Barratts.  She was a good friend to my mum.

Alison Hagger (nee Barratt)
16/11/10

My dad worked here, at Oxford Road guitar shop I think, in the 70s/80s, does anyone remember Pat Huston?
I remember meeting Gerry as a small kid - he gave me a kazoo! and Aidy Edleston who used to do repairs.

I remember my dad telling me they superglued a 50p piece to the pavement just outside the shop and laughed all day as passers by tried to pick it up!

I also remember one saturday when I was little, hitting a huge gong that was in the window, the whole window shook, as well as the people at the bus stop outside!

Brendan Huston
18/3/11

I have been really enjoying your site, especially the info about the music shops of Manchester, it brought back memories of going into the Barrats brass shop with my Dad who was a cornet player, he was always trading instruments and knew Julian Barrat well.

The brass shop had a massive mural of brass players with Dizzy Gillespie blowing out his cheeks, my Dad said that was no way to play the trumpet.

Glynn Buckley
21/5/11

Before I became a 'pro' musician and played with more bands than I had had hot dinners, I worked at Barratts ... actually I was at 'The Percussion Center.'  

This would be around 1963 or so. I had been playing drums for 3 or 4 years and was 'drum mad'  The first time I saw the shop it blew my mind! all those drums...kits set up on revolving platforms bathed in spotlights...what a sight. I walked in and asked if they were hiring. The manager at that time was Graham King and he said"Come down to Rockerama at Belle Vue. We are doing a display there and we can talk about it" 

So I went down to Rockerama that night and Barratts Percussion Center had their own display just outside the dance hall and to my great excitement I got the gig as general gofer and coffee maker. I loved working there...I think I would have paid them just so I could be in this drum palace. At the time there was nothing like the Percussion Center outside of London...Arbiters had 'Drum City' in the west end but it was small and nowhere near as spectacular as The Percussion Center.

So the staff at that time was (a) Graham King, manager  ((b) Roy Mac
sales and myself. Graham King was the resident drummer at the Domino club and Roy Mac had his own trio and was resident at (I think) The Cabaret Club. This was quite a time in the history of the Manchester Music scene...the 60's were just beginning to explode into what became possibly the greatest decade in the British music scene, Everybody was buying stuff 'on the drip' (hire purchase) and because of the Beatles and Shadows every British male subject from the age 13 and up wanted to be in a group - myself included.

Drum kits were flying out the door as 'The Beat Boom' went from a fad to a solid, ongoing reality.

I remember a Premier Kit would be priced at '4 Drums. 83 pounds'...and what you got was just that,4 drums...if you wanted a bass drum pedal (which of course you did) that was extra.Same with a snare drum stand or a cymbal stand...but that price, 83 quid, dragged people in en masse and the place was doing a roaring trade. Then the American drums started arriving: The Ludwig Super Classic Kit!  Two Hundred and sixty three quid...you could buy a small house for that kind of money. But the sound of those Ludwig drums...Nothing like it on the planet.

It was like the difference between a Hofner Verithin and a Fender Stratocaster.Whenever I was in the shop by myself I would knock 7 colors of shit out of that kit!  I had a Premier kit at the time (like Ringo) but it became my goal in life to get a Ludwig. The shop also had as a display piece a massive gong about 8 feet high. It was made by Zildjian and was on loan from the Zildjian factory.The order of the day was:Nobody touches the gong! .....but of course as long as it was there somebody had to try it out. That would be me..again I waited until every body was at lunch and grabbed the large padded mallett that came with the monster and whacked it as hard as I could...nothing happened at first, but then the sound from this thing built up over a period of several seconds into an ear splitting roar...never heard anything like it, the windows were shaking and it would not stop...I felt for sure I would be fired but somehow nobody noticed and all was well.

I could go on all day about that shop..On Saturdays I would be working the floor and parked right outside the window would be the Ivans Meads van covered in lipstick waiting for me to finish at 6pm so I could jump in and  get off to that nights gig  at The Place in Hanley or Sale Locarno or The Twisted Wheel or The Oasis or etc., etc.,

Looking back I have to say that working there was the best learning experience I could have had..all day long surrounded by drums and drummers talking about drums and drummers, picking up tips from some of the best musicians out there, not just how to play but how to 'look and act the part.'

Alan Powell
1/6/11

Does anyone know where Clive Neal has got to ?, he worked at Barratts in the early 60s.

Clive used to play sax with Pete Bocking, Graham Attwood, Keith Shepherd, Ian Starr and myself in the Pete Bocking six, apart from playing sax, he was also a good keyboard player.

Butch Mepham
18/6/11

I have so many memories of Barratts of Manchester from buying drums to getting a personal credit note from Adrian Barrett himself to allow my dad to have HP anytime he wanted.

One of my fondest memories was having drum lessons with the great late Roy Mac upstairs in a little room above the shop you couldnt swing a cat round in I learnt so much from Roy and I never knew which eye he was looking at me with ! !

God Bless you Roy where ever you are. 

John Mills
10/7/11

A long shot, this one but way back in 1969/70, In Barratts window was a green Guild Thunderbird guitar, as played by Zal Yanovski of the Lovin' Spoonful. It was love at first sight and I've always fancied one of these but they are quite rare, although they come up on ebay now and then, but never in green. Does anyone out there have this beautiful guitar?

Geoff Phillips
3/12/11

Barratts was THE place to go to buy musical stuff in the early sixties as the place was staffed by knowledgable musos who didnt hassle you to buy anything. I always bought my drumsticks there as I could sit in a corner with a practice pad and go through a whole box of American hickory sticks to find a few that matched (Picky, yes, but I was taught very strict stickwork from 13 yrs old in an R.A.F. Air Cadets band so even as a 16 y.r. old I knew my stuff.)

One time I guess in 1963 a really polite guy with a scouse accent came over and paid me a compliment on my playing and showed me the secret of very fast triplets. It was Trevor Morais from The Peddlars!( He told me they were the first jazz/rock outfit to play a gig at Coventry Cathedral).

It has been my thrill and privelege to have worked with many top class musicians over the years, but I have never forgotten the kindness of this total stranger, one of the best jazzrock drummers England has ever produced, taking time out to encourage a young guy,with no hidden agendas, just a shared love of music.Barratts had the sort of atmosphere where things like this could happen.

John Alty
7/1/12

My father, Peter Russell, worked for Barratts up until we moved to Australia in 1967. He worked for Johnny Roadhouse before that, and played woodwind at the Palace Theatre at night. Dad is 89 in a few days, and is in Aged Care. I don't know if anyone would remember him.  

David Russell
14/11/12

Barratt's and other music stores offered a big Saturday morning out for me and my mates from Cheshire. 1964 and every kid on the block trying to form a group. I had a Hohner Blonde guitar but decided to take up drumming as it offered me a better chance of a place in our group. So I went to Barratts and asked them to take the Hohner in part x for a set of drums - I'm not sure but maybe Olympic or Olympia. They were very good to me but pointed out I would also have to dole out a fair bit of cash. More than I had. I took the guitar home, disappointed, and sold it to a pal. I never got a place in the group! I've got a nice acoustic nowadays but I wish I'd held onto the Hohner.

A few years later I started work in Manchester, getting off each day at Oxford Road station and often having a good look at all the guitars in Barratts. The staff must have got sick of me knowing I wasn't buying but they were always friendly. A great store.

Colin Evans
21/11/12

Yeah! I knew Adrian a lifetime ago... Trombone with the veritable James Shepherd Versaile Brass, and still in regular contact with Ray Woodfield, (still going VERY strong)!

Bob Atkinson
18/12/12

 

 

 


I came upon your site whilst trying to find some information on a Barratts Chromatone guitar amplifier, which I’m confident was sold by Barratts music shop as the logo on the front of the amplifier matched that of the logo on the Barratts music shop pages on your site. I recon this amplifier dates to the early/mid 60’s and is built lake a battle ship. I got this amplifier thanks to a friend who spotted this amplifier in a general auction in South Wales. It fund its way into my hands as my friend didn’t want it. The amplifier is now in Southend-on-Sea, Essex.

I must admit when I first saw Barraatts on the amplifier I vaguely remember seeing Barratts in a Beat Instrument magazine many, many years ago, but I felt it was a manufacturer and not a shop.

I would really love to find someone who worked for Barratts who can further identify this amplifier or even someone who was involved in its manufacture who could tell me more about its design etc.

I figure not many were made as I’ve been an electronics engineer the audio and music industry since 1975 and I’ve never seen one before.

I did work for small amplifier manufacturing  company called Roost who were based in Southend. Roost was sold to FAL, Leeds in mid-1979.

I’ve attached a few pictures of the amplifier.

Best Regards
Terry Bateman
Southend-on-sea.

It was really bugging me exactly where I saw the Barratts advert and I eventually found it in the August 1975 Beat Instrumental magazine.

It was for a POD-MOD, which I figure is some sort of active EQ for a Fender Telecaster.

I’m finding the ‘classic’ guitars like Tele’s and Strat’s, which were modified back in the day, are now being put back to original. I suppose this is because of the current high value of these instruments in ‘stock’ condition.

I also designed an active EQ for guitars, which, I still make a few of, but instead of fitting it in the guitar is goes in a separate ‘stomp’ box.

Best Regards
Terry Bateman
Southend-on-sea
14/2/14

 

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Topic: Barratts
Neil Smith says...
I used to wait impatiently for weekend to get to Barratts on Oxford Road and Stock & Chapman and Renos place. I often couldn't get Gibson strings but they always had them. One day, I spoke with Adrian about Chet Atkins and Gretsch ... Read More
4th May 2014 9:55am
Ron Choularton says...
To pay off the HP cost of an alto sax my mate's dad signed for, I worked Saturdays at Barretts in '66. As a relative novice I learned on the job. The manager Peter (?) was a gem of a bloke, but the Triumph Vitesse-driving Adrian Barrett ... Read More
11th July 2015 5:37am
Ron Choularton says...
Can anyone remember the shop manager's last name. His first was Peter, little older than the average staff? Also another wonderful lad, who I ran into again years later in 1978 and he was the landlord of a pub in Ardwick Green, adjacent to the ... Read More
19th January 2016 4:24am
Keith Osborne says...
I have a a barratts chromatone fully working for sale, what are they worth?
10th January 2017 5:48am
Alan Jackson says...
Hello Terry, I, too, have one of these amps. They were made in the '60s by TVM SOUND in Salford. TVM had been making small metal cased guitar and p.a. amps for Barratts to sell and the story goes that a number of prototypes, with different tone ... Read More
12th May 2014 2:44am
Terry Bateman says...
Hi Alan Many thanks for the reply to the post regarding the Barrett's amplifier – so there is another one out there! I've not started on the restoration & service yet, as I've a few projects on the to-do list, and this will have to ... Read More
22nd May 2014 8:28pm
Alan Jackson says...
Dear Terry,
My source assures me that the 'Mindbenders' connection is true for the earlier TVM amps.
25th May 2014 8:43pm
Rob Parkes says...
My abiding memory of Barratts is the purchase of my "Broadway" drum kit when I was 10 years old. My Dad took me there, and I really wanted a second hand white pearl Premier kit but that was £150. The new Broadway was £80 odd quid so I ... Read More
16th August 2014 11:36pm
Neil Webb says...
In searching for a good quality old standard army bugle I acquired an instrument stamped "Barretts Made in England" with a music note above it. Does anyone know what age this is likely to be? It has a beautiful tone and I use it regularly ... Read More
11th November 2014 6:57am
Jim Chadwick says...
That bugle might even have belonged to me once. Smile

My parents bought me one new from Barretts in 1960. I was in a Scout band (83rd Manchester). As you say the bugle was stamped with Barretts name.
21st March 2015 3:21am
Tony Higgins says...
Memories are always there and those times that Carol Kaye and the Dynachords experienced were some of the best times of my seventy one years. Tony Higgins.
15th April 2015 4:57am
Darren Sienkiewicz says...
Barrats Oxford Road shop was part of our Saturday routine in the late 70s/early 80s. A visit to Barrats and A1 to try out loads of guitars and dabble on the keyboards, then lunch at Amigo's at the end of the row. Later we had guitar lessons ... Read More
17th May 2015 4:58am
Pete Kay says...
I bought quite a few bass guitars from Barratts including a white Fender Precision in 1962. A couple of years later it was stolen from our van outside the Cavern in Liverpool. I remember going into see Adrian Barratt and telling him what had ... Read More
17th January 2016 7:46am
Tony Higgins says...
In answer to Pete Kay. I can well believe Adrian Barratt doing something like that. We had our Dynachorde echo unit pinched and he told us to come to the shop at closing time on Saturday, take the one in the window and bring it back on Monday ... Read More
18th January 2016 8:27pm
Suzanne says...
Pete Kay was it you that was with the Rainmakers ??
3rd March 2017 11:41pm
Peter Kay says...
Yes, I played with the Rainmakers. I am amazed you remember us.
4th March 2017 8:44am
Suzanne Hatton says...
Lol it is you that I remember Peter
12th April 2017 12:49am
Peter Kay says...
That's quite flattering. You have aroused curiosity. Where do you remember me from?
12th April 2017 7:17am
Suzanne says...
Does anyone know what happened to the drummer Trevor Moray ??
3rd March 2017 11:47pm
Ian Kinsey says...
Hello Suzanne, Trevor Morrais was a friend of mine in the mid to late sixties and early seventies. He went onto quite some considerable success. He became the drummer in the Peddlers they made quite a lot of fabulous albums, and had hits with ... Read More
11th April 2017 2:58am
Aidan Browne says...
My first electric guitar was purchased from Barratts for £10 in 1973. I still have it. It was a second hand Fenton Weill Triplemaster. My dear old mum provided the money. I was 14 at the time. Happy days.
22nd October 2016 12:27pm
Graham says...
I remember seeing the Undertakers with their Coffin on stage but my best memory is of seeing the Who when My Generation was getting quite popular and several people chatting with Keith Moon out in the street at half time. He was returning to the ... Read More
31st October 2016 8:29pm
Jeremy Peake says...
I bought a 1937 alto sax from a lovely old chap who worked in Barratt's in about 1986 and I'd dearly like to know who he was. I still have it 30 years later. He told me that he used to play it himself but it had ended up in a late musician ... Read More
9th December 2016 1:53pm
Philip Hodgson says...
Met my wife at Oasis in 1965 asked her to dance with the classic open line ' ARE YOU DANCING' which she was with 4 other girls all dancing around their handbags. Still together now and very happy. We saw some great acts we also went to ... Read More
20th January 2017 1:59am
Maggie King says...
The first time I went to the Oasis was also the first date with my first love, Brian Holland. The group playing that night was Frankenstein and his Monsters, Frankenstein chased me round the club and I was hysterical, crying with mascara running ... Read More
22nd February 2017 9:43am
robert parkes says...
Who remembers the TVM bass speaker cabs with 2X 18" speakers ? They were the size of a large radiogram ! and had 4 screw on legs...We used to use this with a TVM amp that gave out as much heat as a storage heater !!.... It seems crazy now that ... Read More
4th March 2017 9:21am
Pete Kay says...
When I played with Toms Right I had a TVM 30 Watt amp through two cabinets with Goodman's audiom 80s 18" speakers. The cabinets were home made based on VOX units and I had to have a third speaker in reserve as I managed to blow one every ... Read More
5th March 2017 3:53am
robert parkes says...
Just remembered buying a Fab Slingerland kit from Barratts shortly before they closed....It was natuaral wood shells and 10 drums inc snare....All toms were single heads and the fittings were really rock solid....It was an arm and a leg at the ... Read More
5th March 2017 4:46am
Neil Smith says...
Adrian Barratt got for me the first Gretsch Hollowbody on sale in the Oxford Rd shops. 1964 I think and it cost a massive £444. More than a cheap car. neilsmithguitar.com
9th August 2017 8:11pm



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