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Tom Cosgrove - The Misfits, etc
Tom Cosgrove in the Cellar at the Bobby Jones
Every Sunday night we played the record hop at Drongan, one Saturday a month at West Freugh, the RAF base at Stranraer, and
one Saturday a month at the 'Country Club' at Douglas Lanarkshire. At West Freugh we were the support for The Bill Mossie Combo - our Billy's uncle.
They played dance & jazz and we were the pop group doing covers of the Beatles and Stones etc. At the record hop one Sunday in 1967, the guitarist and bass player from the Misfits, joined us on stage for a few numbers. This went well and at the end of the night I was offered the job as drummer for
The Misfits. They were paying £5.00/£8.00 against the 10 bob a gig I was getting - so I said, 'YES!'
Heading back to Louis Ballentyne' s I traded in my 'Gigster' kit plus £60.00 for an Olympic kit in mother of pearl.
The Misfits (67-69) were: George Bowler - vocals; Eric McLaughlan - guitar; Billy Woods - bass; Ian Gibson - sax and myself on drums. Big Alex Rennie acted as transport and booking manager. The Misfits had a residency in the Bobby Jones in Ayr - playing in the 'Cellar' or on the wee stage in the main ballroom supporting the likes of Dean Ford & the Gaylords, Chris McClure, the Poets and Beggars Opera. We also covered Scotland and the north of England - Dumfries, Hawick, Carlisle & Galashields supporting the Who, Screaming Lord Sutch; the Koobas, Crispian St Peters, etc.
The Sundowners - 1970-1972
Jim Patterson (guitar & gent); Tom Cosgrove (drums); Eric McLauchlan (guitar); Tommy Trousdale (vocals); John Waugh (bass)
After the Misfits I was with the Sovereign Showband for about a year. The members were mainly from around the Dalmellington area.
The line-up was Wullie (Toady) Sloan - vocals; Davie ? - vocals; John (Midge) Boyle - guitar; Jock Caldwell- guitar;
Bobby Roney - bass and myself on drums. A special mention for Mr Tom McDonald from Bellsbank who organised dates and transport - a great man!
Then before joining Tommy Trousdale and the Sundowners I did some resident work at Drongan miners club with vocalist Ian Telfer;
organist Tarn Watson and guitarist Ronnie White. I also played the Coylton Masonic club with vocalist Danny Fitzimmons and
organist David McClarty. Then The Bakerloo Line was formed. The first line up (1973/74) was ex-Merry Mac Murray Wilson (vocals);
Eric McLaughlan (guitar); Billy Woods (bass) and Tom Cosgrove (drums). The band had a residency at the Gateside Inn in Drongan.