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Hi Paul,think Graham Wray was right first time as The Statesmen were resident at Flamingo Club in early 60s with the excellent Bernie Bates from Ashton on lead vocals.Worked there with my group Paul Stevens and the Javelins and Eddie Earl was indeed the compere then when the biggest brawl broke out(wild west style)and Eddie(ever the pro)got up on the mike to beg for order until somebody broke a chair over his head!!Great memories though!
Hi Paul, I was the drummer in The Statesmen and we were resident at The Flamingo Club and The Princess Club in Chorlton we doubled both clubs 4 nights per week for about a year,Bernie Bates was indeed the singer with The Statesmen,the best singer never to have become a big Star,they were happy days and were the start of our professional career in music.
Hi1 Paul. yes I remember The Flamingo Club, it was the old Hippodrome Cinema on Egerton Street. I used to go there with a gang of mates, I was only 17 at the time and some of the lads were even younger. The compere was "Eddie Earl", a true professional, very slick and a great voice. There was I think, a resident band possibly called The Statesmen. I think they later became Mike Rose and The Colours.