Saw numerous groups here, such as The Big Three, Freddie Starr and the Delmonts. My biggest thrill was seeing Trevor Morais who if I'm not mistaken had been voted the worlds top dummer, at the time, do a half hour drum Solo.
I was DJ there on Thursday & Sunday nights (Thursday was non-alcohol) in 1966 & 1967 after Gary Laine left for the Talk Of The Town
This makes me lucky enough to have seen and met some big names there such as:
Dave Dee & Co. - Small Faces - Robb Storme Group - Manfred Mann (with Paul Jones) - Paul & Barry Ryan - The Creation - Paddy Klaus & Gibson - The Equals - Foundations - Procol Harum - Spencer Davis Group - The Kinks - Sandie Shaw - Walker Bros. - Alan Price Set - Crispian St. Peters - Zoot Money - The Fortunes - The Yardbirds - Wayne Fontana - St. Louis Union - Gene PItney - Cryin' Shames - Chris Andrews - The Searchers - Billy J Kramer - Lou Christie - David Garrick - Georgie Fame - Edwin Starr
18 December 1964
Tony Prince was at the Astoria in Oldham on Tuesday 12th Feb he told the story of how he was there on the same night 50 years ago when The Beatles played. It was a good night with a local group called The THREETLES who did a good Beatles set.
Hope to have another look at your site, not been on for a while. My computer is a bit up the wall sometimes, like now, it will be up the wall one of these days!
Its just over fifty years ago The Beatles appeared at the Astoria. Tony Prince, a contributor to Manchesterbeat introduced them.
The Astoria went through a few changes - also known as Baileys, Romeo and Juliets, Frogies and the last I heard it was a pool hall.
UNKNOWN GROUP PLAYS OLDHAM ASTORIA CIRCA 1963
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I played at the Oldham Astoria with the Missing Links. It was a Saturday afternoon matinee session. The girls were wild. I remember we wore ties for the gig. The girls took scissors to them and all we had left was the knots!
Hi Carol, nice one,yeah I remember Brian Auger Trinity with Julie Driscoll at the Astoria,was there that night also.Remember the Bank Top landlord at 'Chucking out time' ,coming round with the vac saying "come on you film stars, let's be having you home now"! What's your surname then? I remember a couple of Carols from then.Regards Buck.
Hi Carol, Thanks for that, I know who you are now.Sounds like you made a good move down to Cornwall, love it down there, so laid back.We lived in Shaw for 34 yrs, now retired to North Yorkshire 10 miles from Scarborough near to daughter and family.Not seen Arnold for about 15yrs. Always reminiscing on Manchester Beat Site, loads of great memories on there.Good to hear from people of the same era, just a bunch of golden oldies from the 60's. Cheers for now. Buck
Glad you're well. Yes Cornwall is laid back but getting busier. I'll tell Eileen I've spoken to you. Was also looking at the Twisted Wheel site in Manchester. Wow that brought back some good memories, I cannot believe what we got up to then. How our parents didn't find out I'll never know.
Remember it well,was a regular with the Oldham mod scene, Thursdays and Sunday evenings.Saw the Beatles,Kinks,Small Faces,Spencer Davies,Rod Stewart with Long John Baldry & The Steam Packet,Bo Diddley,loads more.Also saw Jimmy Hendrix and was stood at the front of stage.We had a great crowd of Mods,and use to meet up in The Roebuck Inn across the road, then round to the Bank Top later.Fantastic times, Oldham was a great place on the Mod Scene ahead of its time.1962-1967.Human Jungle was another great club then.
The first group I was in (The Pages), played there the week after the Beatles did Apparently Brian Epstein tried everything to get them out of the booking as he'd agreed the price a long time before and they had become really famous by the time they were due to appear He (according to the manager of the Astoria), offered Cilla Black, the Fourmost and Billy J Kramer in their place, all for the same price
Wow Yeah... played the Astoria in 1965. One of the most memorable gigs in the North. Played with a 60's Polydor R&B band 'The Betterdays'. We stayed at a pub on the cross roads of the main Manchester Road in Oldham. Great Gig. Screaming girls etc. Only downside was ... when we left our van had been totally stripped of door handles, mirrors, aerial, and covered in various types of messages in lipstick, etc. Felt like we'd arrived. Bob Pitcher (retired Vicar!)