Singer/Guitarist from Auchinleck - solo artist and member of several bands from 1973 to 2007.All info from Jim
My first band was Krystal in 1973. Line up:
Bill Johnstone - Lead Guitar; John 'Tidger' Mitchell - Bass. Joan McDade - Vocals;
Jim 'Wheels' Robertson - Drums; Jim Allan - Rhythm Guitar.
Pic of Jim from his 1982 cassette album - more info on that below.
that year we formed Dial Four. George Ballantyne - Vocals; John McClue
Jim Robertson - Drums; Jim Allan - Lead Guitar. That lasted
and a half years.
We played the local club circuit and workworking through the Alf Freeman agency in Ayr we got to play in some of the better clubs like the SAL in Monkton & the RAFA club in Prestwick.
Bobby Alexander came in on keyboards later on. I left the band in 1976 and have happy memories of those days.
After Dial Four I started playing in a trio with Peter 'Peachy' Lyle - drums and Billy 'Neddy' Williamson- Keyboards.
Peachy & Neddy had been with the long running Sunset Combo and they shared the lead vocals and we had a decent 3 part harmony going.
However, as happens for one reason or another, after about six months we joined/re-joined other bands.
In 1976/77, I played with Mike Brodie at
the Sorn inn, Mike on Bass/vocals & me on Guitar/vocals.
On a Saturday we did our own set. On Sundays we backed the Cabaret turn.
It was a popular gig with full capacity most nights. I remember the lock ins; we didn’t always get home the same day.
After 9 months I joined Austen Harrison - Bass; Peter 'Peachy' Lyle (again) - Tommy McGinn - vocal, and myself, Jim Allan - lead Guitar in a band we called Diary.
We did all the local clubs plus gigs in Dumfries, Eastriggs andCentre One in East Kilbride. We played all the pop & rock numbers.
Peachy was shit hot at the Free classic, Alright Now,
After 9 months the line-up and name changed. Mike Brodie joined on Bass & Tommy 'Tober' Cree
on lead vocals, we renamed the band High & Dry.
That lasted about six months then Mike & myself left the band which carried on with new members.
I then joined the MelJay 1977 – 1979.
Jack Melos had a great style, similar to Hank Marvin, he decided to
go on to bass and bring me in as I had a more modern style.
We worked through a couple of agencies at that time and had some great gigs up north. We played all the RAF bases - Benbeccula, Kinloss, Lossiemouth etc.
Also the Flotta Oil terminal in the Orkneys and regularly at Kippie Lodge in Aberdeen that was run by American oil companies.
They had some big names there from the 60’s & 70’s, Lulu, The Searchers, Freddie & the Dreamers etc. plus a varied selection of top class current acts.
I recorded my first Album/Cassette), 'Nice and Easy' in 1982
- see pic at the top - which I sold at gigs. It got some air play on West Sound
where Tommy Truesdale & Joe Gordon played some of the tracks.
The album was recorded at Ayrespin studios, Crosshouse by Derek Hamilton.
In 1997, I cut my Back to the Sixties Album (CD) when I was doing a Sixties set in my live act.
These were also sold at gigs and again it had some airplay on West Sound, BBC Cumbria and BBC Scotland.
In 2005 I took on a residency at the Glynhill Hotel in Renfrew where I joined the resident Singer Bette Green from Clydebank.