We appeared at Samford Hall with Long John Baldry and a very young Rod Stewart, The Hollies, The Rolling Stones, Gerry and The Pacemakers, Big Three etc.
"I was born in 1951, and went as a teenager to see groups at the Stamford Hall from 1964 to 67.
Frank Bell was the Manager/bouncer, a giant of a man who evidently, once had a shot at the British heavyweight title, I always respected Frank as did most of the members of Y.O.R. club as it was called and there was rarely any trouble.
Anyway back to the beat: I got Long John Baldry and Julie Driscoll,s Autographs as they went into "The Barrington" pub just down from the Stamford. (i just missed Rod). They were of course with Brian Auger and Steampacket.
The Wildest night I can recall was the Walker Brothers when it cost Eleven bob to get in,(usually 6/-) for Scott and Co. to almost perform only three songs due to girls invading the stage, the show being stopped - no refund!
I had many other memorable nights, with the Hollies, The Fantastic BIRDS with Ron Wood!
The Small Faces just 12 weeks into their success, The Kirkbys, the Yaks, Mark Leeman 5, Mojos, Deltones (wasn't Ian Anderson later of YES the singer).
I was there mainly to see how the guitarists played and although my school beat group "THE GOLDEN RULES" with my Mazeltoff and Rosetti 3, never got past the youth club stage, those formative years are still the dearest memories I have.
The other Golden Rules were: John Walters (Broadway Drums), David Owen (Vox Bass through an old radiogram). Tony Stewart (hofner Club 50 acoustic) and dear Terry Hutchinson who died in 1971 (reslo vocals plugged into the other socket of my Mazeltoff).
Our repetoire was Kinks, Stones, Jimmy Reed, Drifters etc. My personal favourite was the Mighty FORTUNE TELLER played like the Merseybeats who also graced the Stamford Hall.
I'm currently forming a BEAT GROUP in Gloucestershire where I've now lived for over 20 years.
We've had 2 practices with my 17-year-old son CAZ on bass, me on a recently aquired Rosetti 3 by Egmond and Mazeltoff Amp. and another Martin on drums ... WATCH THIS SPACE... "
Well done Frank Bell, he was the games teaeher at my old school who gave us our first taste of live music and what a taste, and then they pulled it down and gave us a taste of things to come blandness. Rock on Martin see you at the reunion.
Happy Days back in the 60's Tuesdays and Saturdays, a few other acts I recall thanks to Frank Bell: The Kinks, Van Morrison (Them), The Big Three, some mob from London who had a big hit with "7 Golden Daffodils"
There were a lot of faces who turned up there, just about everyone at the time except The Beatles.
I met my first wife there, asked her to dance to On Broadway sung by a local band Ivan's Meads. She said yes, it must have been dark!
Magic days indeed!
Yes, I remember the Stamford Hall in the early sixties... the Stones, the Hollies, Long John Baldry (with a very young Rod Stewart - even before he was Rod the Mod!) and a German group the Rattles. Used to go Tuesday and Saturday nights. As the song said..."those were the days" - used to go with my friends Pam and Sue (we were Alty Grammar Girls.
Had some wonderful times at "The Stamford Hall" the saturday night dances with Frank Bell (a teacher at Welly Road) on the door, saw so many groups, inc, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Long John Baldry, Rod Stewart, The Who, Freddie and the Dreamers, Karl Denver etc, etc,.
Met my wife there at an Altrincham Hospital dance, she was a Staff Nurse and I was an Ambulance driver. Does anyone remember the ACES who ran the Wresting on a tuesday night?? Wonderful times