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The Poco-Poco

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Does anyone know what year Roy Orbison played at the Poco a Poco
20th May 2017 7:25am
Sue Owen
Smile I remember it well, I had my hen night there and danced with Frankie Vaughan on the stage whilst he sang "Give me the moonlight, give me the girl" and another night when Diane Warwick was on. This was 1977.
19th May 2017 5:52pm
Dave Moore
I also saw Dionne Warwick there, she was my favourite singer and I got tickets for free. Many yrs later, I was in Las Vegas and Dionne was appearing at one of the top hotels but it was about 3 or 400 Dollars to see her. I didn't go.
29th May 2017 8:16pm
john hibbert
Well Robert.
i now live in Australia.
Arthur one of the three of us joiners that built the club as since past away some 10 years ago he was my brother in law and a great guy.
Yes i was 21 at the time.mike Stillwell was manager at that time.keath had the barn casino in Birmingham at that time when we was building the club thats what paid our wages among other things while the club was being built.Mike was a very good card player Keith was loosing money at the barn casino at the poker table Keith sent mike down to Birmingham to try and win the money back which he did with interest.
Just before the fire of the Empress city club .we was making black jack and Roulette tables in the what was to be the main club room the rainbow room that was the work shop.
the black jack and roulette tables that we made was called Stillmar name came from mike Stillwell and Keith Marsden.
The table was a very futuristic design and way infront of there time .all of a laminex design.
4th April 2017 11:21am
robert parkes
Smile Just remembered...When Keith lost the Poco, Alan Kay bought it...I clearly remember he paid £54k for it FREEHOLD !!...Can you imagine how sick Keith was ?...Alan Kay went on to hold a big charity night for a murdered policeman, then applied for a casino licence (which he got !!)...He went on to take fortunes out of the place....Keith tried to put expensive shows on but the thing just didn't pay in the end....Alan Kay lowered the door charge and put cheaper acts on and it worked out well (along with the extra casino income).Keith and the club were just a bit ahead of their time....It was different for places like the Golden Garter and Manchester clubs that had a much bigger population near, but Stockport is so much smaller.....Anyway, it was sure fun while it lasted !!!
3rd April 2017 10:08pm
robert parkes
SmileBlimey John, I remember you very well now ! I also remember Tony..When Tony left, I replaced him as lighting/sound guy for about a year and a half..I was only 15 yrs old ..Fantastic days they were as well !! I went on to join "Sweet Dreams" as drummer/vocals, and once again toured all the Cabaret clubs but this time as top of the bill !!..I remember Chunky as well, great guy,...Fred Shawcross is now 85 and still playing drums !!...I worked with him recently...still playing great !!...I also recently worked with Vince Miller and it was fab to see him after all these years.we spoke for hours !!..I remember when keith was struggling and the brewery wouldn't deliver, going around the shops in taxi's buying mixers and spirits !!.Happy crazy days !!..Hope you are keeping well John !!
3rd April 2017 9:47pm
Yes i new keith.
I was one of the joiners that built the club along with Arthur and Geoffrey
From building the bars to timber paneles to the wall .building the stage and and back stage .dressing rooms .lighting control box.
Bench seating in the foyer along with the fountain.
Then i was kept on for the maintenance in the day then i helped out in the control lighting box .
I was the guy on the follow spot .kathy kerby .mat munro.cliff richard .keny ball and his jazmen.johny dank worth and cleo lane.and franky howard i was the guy on the follow spot out on the balcony near the top bar.that was a tv show .i had great times .with the guys .keith.mike.chunky.joe.tony plus others .
it was a fantastic place to work .
29th March 2017 12:12am
robert parkes
As far as I can remember, the first act (or certainly one of the first) acts to appear at the Poco was the Morton Fraser harmonica gang"...I also remember Guy Mitchell, Tommy Trinder (died on his a***), Mike and Bernie Winters,Kathy Kirby, Bill Haley, Matt Monro, Cliff Richard, Frankie Howerd, (This was televised and titled "Frankie at the Poco a Poco, and Richard Widmark was on the show)....Ronnie Dukes and Ricky Lee..(fab)..., Malcolm Roberts, The Grumbleweeds, Little and Large...(then still called Syd and Eddie), ....and many others....After Keith lost the Poco, he went partners with my Dad as racecourse bookmakers, and also had an office in Disley where Keith lived....Later Keith and Barbara moved to South Africa and came back for a visit in 1985 where we met up for a drink at Jack Polkinghorn's pub..(Keith's ex bank manager and Poco regular).. Keith managed a couple of casino's in South Africa, then bought a second hand furniture/pawnbroking business and did ... Read More
28th March 2017 10:12pm
John Hough
Spent most of our Friday nights mid seventies in the Poco we used to hang around the disco part at the front of the club .Also remember the beer they sold Mansfield bitter always gave you a bad head the morning after .Good memories of the Poco
28th March 2017 8:48am
Ian Kinsey
Surely someone remembers the poco a poco in stockport, circa 1969 / 1970 / 1971. I played there so many many times as strange brew with a lot of big stars such as The Shadows, The Peddlars. The Searchers, Gerry Marsden, Engelbert Humperdink and many more. Even David Bowie was there in his early days. Fred Shaw was the compere, followed by Vince Millar, both great guys.

If you do get in touch, this was one of the very finest cabaret clubs in the UK, and I have played them all.
2nd January 2017 4:19pm
Yes i remember the club .
I was one of the joiners that started and finished the fit out of the club names of joiners was Geff .arthur and my self john .
We built all the fittings bars wall panels .stage backstage .walls offices changing rooms lighting box control .lounge foyer seating infact the opening night we made and fitted it out.
After the club opened i stayed on for maintenance .then i would be on the lighting along with Tony.worked with frankie howard .cliff richard .ect
keath marsden own the club .mike stillwell running it stage manager was donald ie chunky.joe lamb .
9th February 2017 10:08pm
Rose Morris
remember the Poco-a-Poco very well, I worked there for ten years with Vince Miller, and when Alas Kay sold it to Whitbreads, lots of things changed. The new manager was Rodney Warr,he and Vince together with myself and Kath Pell worked our socks off, but it was well worth it. Happy days indeed !!!!!
21st February 2017 7:27am
Hi Rose.
was joe lamb manager when you worked at the club.
21st February 2017 2:06pm

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