I played in the Phil Foster Orchestra for a couple of years in 67/68, we had loads of bands on stage on Sat nights including headliners from that time.
Names that I remember were: The Warriors (Jon Anderson of 'Yes' singing with his brother), The Wheels, The Factotums, The Cymerones, Love Affair, Dave Dee Dozy etc etc, The Tremoloes, The Equals, Amen Corner, Newton's Theory, and a lot more.
Johnny Kidd & The Pirates should have appeared but unfortunately he died in a car accident on the journey from Bury to the ballroom.
I think Pete Bocking was playing guitar over at Bolton Palais at the time for the Les Moss Orchestra as well - very good player I remember - Fender Jag through a piggy back cream Fender Showman.
I'll probably add a lot more in a while as I've got a fair selection of memories......Jimmy Savile at the Three Coins, later Beat City, was good...old Jag car with a RR radiator screwed on the front for show !!!!
This takes me back to the mid sixties when I was in a band called A New Generation. We played there on Saturday nights and were always fascinated to watch the dancers make their way around the floor, anti-clockwise, like they were still in their day time roller skates. Fell in love with a lass called Norma. I wonder what happened to her?
My brother and I later moved to London and got a deal with Island Records as The Sutherland Brothers. Great days and warm memories of the place.
Oh The Nevada, what a fantastic place to play, I remember playing there several times in the sixties and early seventies.
I first played there with a band from Little Hulton called The Answers and then later with the Wigan band Rainbow Cottage.
I remember Gavin Sutherland's band A New Generation (Smokey Blues Away) and played with them several times when I was with The Answers at places like The Pink Elephant, Aspul and Hindley Manaco. They were a great band and I just loved Iain's red Vox 12 string pear drop guitar.
Other bands I remember playing with at the Nevada are The Detours and Mike Hurst and The Trekkers.
Just read the comment that Gavin Sutherland posted together with the one Brian Gibbs wrote. I was the drummer and formed "The Answers" who also had Dennis Shuttlworth (Bass Guitar) and John Davies (Rythm Guitar & Keyboards).
John died following a car accident on the way home from Rivington Barn. Does Gavin and his brother Ian remember us taking them to the Kohinor Indian Restaurant at Farnworth following their performance at the Pink Elephant Club at Aspull - Wigan.
The Answers were one of L.E. Agency's top groups at the time and then along came The New Generation.
I thought Ian was brilliant on his 12 string Vox Pear Shaped guitar and was not surprised to find out much later of the success he and brother Gavin had (Sutherland Brothers & Quiver)and the single "I am Sailing" (Rod Stewart) which Ian wrote good luck to you all!!!! and spend it wisely.
Went to the Nevada regularly in the late 60's and early 70'a. Great atmosphere. Saw Hot Chocolate there in 1971 just after they recorded 'Love is life'. The Fantastics were brilliant especially their version of 'Exodus'. Remember also seeing Gene Pitney and Pickettywich.
Crowd scene looks like the late 50's or very early 60's
Band is the Phil Foster Orchestra which was quite a bit bigger in the late 60's
I was the lead singer with the Phil Foster Band and the resident group the Falcons during the sixties.
The Falcons played cover versions of all the hits of the period plus many other songs.
The line up of the Falcons was ; Mike Taylor (lead Vocals), Clive Mitchell (lead guitar), Paul Shaw (rhythm guitar/vocals) Ian Mc Ewan (Base Guitar/Vocals), John Howarth (keyboard) and Neil Mitchell (Drums/Vocals).
Some great top groups visited the Navada, some mentioned by Paul. There were also many lesser known, but very popular groups, such as The Summers who would now be refered to as a Beach Boys tribute act. There were also some very entertaining cabaret bands like the Black Abbotts with their front man Russ Abbott.
Those were very exciting and happy times.
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Funny thing was my mate phil was playing with Nidge years later as drummer-for some reasons Nidge needed a 2nd guitae so Phil said etc He met usin a small cottage just outside quick audition didnt get the job funny old life s-t-p
Hey all you Factotum fans who could forget em one of the reasons at the time i wanted to get better on guitar and i did ended up here in germany as a musician and stil am spankthatplank and thanks love Dave
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I played keyboard at the Navada every Saturday night from the age of 15 in 1965 till 1968 in the Phil Foster Orchestra and The Falcons.We all got the sack in 1968.Jack Howarth my father got me the gig originally and ironically did a dep on Baritone ... Read More
I played keyboard at the Navada every Saturday night from the age of 15 in 1965 till 1968 in the Phil Foster Orchestra and The Falcons.We all got the sack in 1968.Jack Howarth my father got me the gig originally and ironically did a dep on Baritone sax the night we got sacked in 1968.We laughed about this for a long time after! I have many happy memories including one New Years Eve maybe 1967 when Johnny Johnson and The Band Wagon appeared,I was told that there was about 3'500 people in the Navada that night. Happy Days.