Image courtesy Roy Mozley
Another great pic from Roy Mozley!
He adds " I found this in my files one of the great summer seasons at Blackpool in 1964. Tthe amount of star artists on this picture is un believable! Here we go - Cliff Richard, The Shadows, Marty Wilde, Matt Munro, David Whitfield, Morcambe and Wise, Jimmy Clitheroe, Des O'connor, Karl Denver, Barbara Law, Eden Kane, The Dallas Boys, Sooty and Harry Corbett., Pinky and Perky, Peter Butterworth (Carry On films), Lonnie Donegan, Danny Williams, Edna Savage, Daley and Wayne, Jimmy Edwards, The Vernon Girls, Billy Fury (at the back of Cliff Richard, you can see the hair).
What a great photo!"
Robbie Wiliams and Gary Barlow
of Take That rehearsing at
The Talk of the North when I used to do some dates for them in 1992 - Roy Mozley
I worked at the Talk a couple of times with a duo called The Alexis Brothers before Roy took over. Joe Pullen was a stickler for tradition - ladies could not wear trousers and men had to wear shirt tie and jacket. We were told that we were welcome to have a drink in the club after our set but we had to put on shirt and tie etc!
We wore either white suits or hippie style kaftans and coloured jeans. One time we were told not to wear the suits because Frank Ifield was top of the bill and he wore a white suit. You may remember that the dressing rooms were under the stage and the stage rose on a hydraulic lift up to the club itself. On one of the nights the lift stuck halfway up and poor Frank had to climb up the last few feet to the actual stage, getting oil all over his suit!
He had a lovely young lady with him whom I eventually recognised as Ayshea Brough. I was told she was the daughter of Peter Brough, of Archie Andrews fame, and although Frank was pleasant with us in the dressing rooms she totally ignored us. I think she was a tv presenter on a children's programme but I can't be sure. (She was, her program "Lift Off with Ayshea was produced by Granada and featured many local groups - Paul.)
The Talk was certainly "the" place to work.
Can anybody tell me when did Matt Monroe actually appear at the club. Myself and some friends went to see him but I can't remember when it was exactly.
Somebody told me that on one occasion a live animal circus act appeared at the club, can anybody verify that as a fact.
My father Jim Harvey used, as a free lance photographer, to do lots of work at Talk of the North and Joe Pullen gave the eulogy at my Dad's funeral in 2007.
Maybe his work would reveal some stars -not Robbie I'm sure; twas well before his time.
I will never forget my mate's engagement at the Talk. His name was the late Peter Walton - he turned up in a leather coat which in those days cost a few bob ,the bouncers Roy would not let him in, he ended running back to winton to change coats - ruined the whole night.
I remember Roy Mosley when he lived on Grasmere Cresent over the road from my cusons Kevin & Steven Dunne starting up his own group, and later at the Brown Cow Pub Winton.
Talking to my Mother today she was a cleaner at the talk for quite a while on about £3 week ha ha. in the 60s. We talked about the old picture house and how it changed into a place for young generation to go to, queuing outside with Beatle boots, Dave Clark Five shirts, girls with bells sewn round hems of dresses. It was the place to go massive queues down Liverpool Road. My Boy Lolly Pop number one ha ha how times change never to be seen again.
Browsing this site brought back many fond memories of the Talk. During the 70,s I palled around with Rory Hadfield the Bass guitarist with the Images, they used to play at the end of the evening for folks to dance.
During this time I had the pleasure of meeting many of the acts of that time, and even to enjoy a curry with some at the Medina restaurant on the bridge.
At this time Roy Mozley was a guitar/vocalist,who used to do a very good rendition of Dont let the sun catch you crying, its good to see how well he's done.
Joe pullen left me a lasting memory, for which I still have a photo when he invited me to dress in Edwardian clothing and to accompany him on a Xmas tour of Manchester on a stage coach. The best of times
Many happy memories at the Talk of the North. Lived in Patricroft and Peel Green. I married Roy Talbot - his father Fred Talbot was a partner of Joe Pullens and they ran the the club together. Fred is still going strong at 93.
We saw all the good acts, Tom Jones was brilliant, most of the good comedians were on stage including Ted Lune, George Roper and one of my favourites Tommy Cooper who could drink anyone under the table when we stayed behind after a show.
The Strand Show Band and Maori Volcanics were fantastic. I remember the steaks being cooked to perfection. And yes there were live animals on - y father in law tells us funny stories about acts with animals, those were the days.
Hi Deb Newall
Sorry Deb - wrong person, right club, wrong time.
Sorry to say this but I feel quite sure you are mistaken about the rules reference leather jackets. When Joe had it these was his rules and then as times changed it was Roy's rules and leather coats were allowed in with the doormen - we still have quite a few photos of people in the club with leather coats.
Yes Matt Monroe was at the Talk of the North - I saw him about 1983 (not sure) I well remember a young girl asking me who was he! I knew a compere and got a free pass. I used to lean on the bar eating the glazed cherries until they took them away. What a great club!
I remember working with Bob Monkhouse at the Talk when I was in a harmony trio called "Piece of Harmony ". On the first night Bob came into our changing room, and asked if anyone of us had a white handerchief, to put in his top pocket, we had one and let him use it. On our final show of the week, we came off stage to our changing room,to find 3 white silk handkies on our dressing room table. Still remember him being one of the nicest, immaculately dressed comedians I had ever met. A true gentleman.
Hi. Good to see a memory about the Maori Volcanics from New Zealand who performed at the 'Talk' in the mid 70's. I was the drummer in the band at that time and have many terrific memories about our times in Manchester and playing at such a great club as the Talk of the North. Of interest, the band is based these days in Sydney Australia and still performs in this part of the the world. I live in Auckland, New Zealand.
I've loved reading all the comments about the Talk. My nana worked at the Talk for years as head cleaner - she's called Alice Foy for anyone that would remember her. I'm going to visit her next week and I'll ask her about the club and post some of her memories on here for you to read .
I do remember going with her to clean on a Saturday morning after the night before to get the place spruced up for the saturday night and the smell of tobacco and stale drink. I must of been about 7-8 ish so were talking late 70s and I remember sitting in one of the "booths" on the left as you walked in to the main room and playing with my barbie dolls whilst Nana cleaned.
I also remember the pictures of famous people on the walls on the corridor. What a fantastic place to go to as a kid.. And even now if I smell stale drink and tobacco it takes me right back to the Talk .
We were regulars every Sunday night and always sat with Father Dalston on his table (prime position on the balcony).
Johnny Mansell was the compere there for years, whatever happened to him ?
Does anyone remember Ronnie 'Cease' Smith - comedian at the Talk late 50's, early 60's?
Hi Janet Gregory and Wendy Mattioli, I worked with Ronnie Cease Smith many times in the early 60s Manchester club scene, particularly when I was resident compere at The College Club in 1965 and resident compere at The Talk of the North in 1966/67.
He went to Australia with Eddie Grant (comedian) when I was already there after 1974. You should try and contact Al Showman (comedian) who is still working in Australia, likewise Noel Talbot. You will get them both on Facebook.
Will be working in Oz myself in May,so will make some enquiries.
Ronnie "Cease" Smith and I shared a bedroom Pro digs in the Argoed Arms South Wales and we worked together on a few occasions, a great guy and a great Comic, I was led to believe that the Cease was to do with Radio appearances, with only three minutes he didn't want the audiences laughter cutting short is time for patter.
We were also pals with another good "scouse" comic Al T Kossy.