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Above picture of
the band taken for publicity in 1964 during a tour of 'Grosvenor
Cinema's promoting an Elvis movie.
So they got to appear on the same bill as The King!!!
This one was the Byres Road Grosvenor. Back row left to right, Benny Irvine ( lead guitar ), Peter Watson (Manager), John Dixon (rhythm guitar), Fred Forfar (bass guitar) front l-r Cinema Manager, Joe Johnston ( vocals) and Brian Gow ( drums).
The pic above was taken in 1963 at a venue in Dundee during
the band's lurex period!!!
Personnel : left to right. Fred Forfar (Bass); Cathy Wright ( vocals); Brian Gow ( Drums);
Norrie McFarlane (one of the management team, tone deaf so must have been trying to impress some Lass);
Benny Irvine and extreme right John Dixon. The guitars are all Burns Vistasonics.
Junior Campbell also acted as impromptu guitar techie for
the band once. Supporting 'Tommy Scott and the Gaylords' once at the
Benny had a new Binson Ecorec echo unit he wanted to use but had no idea how to set it up.
On stage, the noise from the unit was terrible then suddenly the place was filled with this terrific sound and there's Junior Campbell, down on his knee's, adjusting the Ecorec.
The settings never got changed thereafter.
Benny Irvine 2004 with a Gordon Smith Strat.
As to the numbers the band played, like everyone else they played 'Shadows' covers and whatever was popular. From Jerry Lee - Chuck Berry - to - Everly Brothers , and with Cathy - Brenda Lee etc. Venues : The Flamingo, somewhere along Paisley Rd West maybe Cardonald, Barrowland, Dennison Palais, and the Marine Ballroom in Arbroath. Add to that many town halls as far apart as Strathpeffer and Kirkcudbright with frequent visits to Stranraer. Biggest exposure was a couple of support tours with Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames and Dave Berry around the north of England playing the North Pier at Blackpool, Morecambe, Leeds and Newcastle etc. For the most of the last five years of the bands life it played almost exclusively at the Polaris sub base at Dunoon.
Where they are now : Benny Irvine is retired and
lives in Lancashire though still does a bit of teaching guitar, more
to keep the interest alive than any other reason. Fred Forfar
lives and works in South Africa, Tony Scullion and Cathy Wright still live
in the Clydebank area. As for the rest.....?