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Tamworth Bands History : 1961

 UK Number Ones - 1961
Week Ending Act Title
12/01/61 Johnny Tillotson Poetry In Motion
26/01/61 Elvis Presley Are You Lonesome Tonight
23/02/61 Petula Clark Sailor
02/03/61 Everly Brothers Walk Right Back
23/03/61 Elvis Presley Wooden Heart
04/05/61 The Marcels Blue Moon
18/05/61 Floyd Cramer On The Rebound
25/05/61 The Temperance Seven You're Driving Me Crazy
01/06/61 Elvis Presley Surrender
29/06/61 Del Shannon Runaway
20/07/61 Everly Brothers Temptation
03/08/61 Eden Kane Well I Ask You
10/08/61 Helen Shapiro You Don't Know
31/08/61 John Leyton Johnny Remember Me
21/09/61 Shirley Bassey Reach For The Stars / Climb Ev'ry Mountain
05/10/61 Shadows Kon Tiki
12/10/61 The Highwaymen Michael
19/10/61 Helen Shapiro Walkin' Back To Happiness
09/11/61 Elvis Presley His Latest Flame
07/12/61 Frankie Vaughan Tower Of Strength
28/12/61
Xmas No 1
Danny Williams Moon River

 

 In the News - 1961
January 20th - John Fitzgerald Kennedy, aged 43, took the oath as the 35th US President - the youngest ever.
March 6th - George Formby, born George Hoy Booth dies.
April 12th - The Russians announced that Major Yuri Gagarin had made the first manned space flight. He completed an orbit of the earth in 89.1 minutes at a height of upto 190 miles
April 17th - US aided, anti Castro exiles invaded Cuba at the Bay of Pigs
June 27th - Dr Arthur Michael Ramsey was installed as the 100th Archbishop of Cantebury
July 1st - Lady Diana Spencer, the future Princess of Wales was born
August 20th - Construction of the Berlin Wall began, to halt the flow of refugees to the West
December 19th - Indian troops retook Goa, ending 400 years of Portuguese rule
The 'Pill' became available under the NHS
Canon John Collins became chairman of CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmement)
The 'Establishment came under the satirical eyes of Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Johnathan Miller and Alan Bennett in the review 'Beyond the Fringe' and set off a whole satire boom
South Africa withdraws from the Commonwealth
US breaks off diplomatic relations with Cuba
Alan Shepard makes the first US manned space flight
Tanganyika becomes independent as Tanzania
Multi racial "Freedom Riders" attacked in US south

QUOTE OF THE YEAR
"I want to manage those four boys. It wouldn't take me more than two half-days a week."
Brian Epstein, record shop owner, of a popular Liverpool pop group, "The Beatles".

 

It's 1961. Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space, George Formby died and two famous people, Princess Di and Edward ian Armchair were born. Del Shannon and The Temperance Seven had No.1's and in Tamworth you could go and see Bob Carter and His Broadcasting Band at Doulton Football Club or attend one of the regular Teen Beat nights - Rock Every Tuesday - at the Assembly Rooms for 3/6 (17.5p)


14/01/61
Bob Mason’s Band
Polesworth Memorial Hall

Jim Reynold’s Band
Assembly Rooms

25/01/61
Pegasus Ball - Guy Ricardo’s Band
Polesworth Memorial Hall

27/01/61
Mike Oak Rovers and Youth F.C - Orchettes Dance Band
Mile Oak Hotel Ballroom

28/01/61
Netherseal & District Young Farmers Club - Maurice Harper and His Band
Village Hall, Netherseal

03/02/61
Edward ian Armchair born.

04/02/61
Bob Mason’s Band
Polesworth Memorial Hall

Ivor Pope and His Band
Warton Parish Hall

17/02/61
Doulton Football Club Grand Dance - Bob Carter and His Broadcasting Band
Doulton Football Club

18/02/61
Maurice Harper and His Band
Assembly Rooms

24/02/61
Tamworth Rocks Every Tuesday
“Three hours of crazy rocking and jiving at the fabulous show you can dance or watch”.
With Glen Dale, Ricky Fever, Buddy Britton, Rod Ace and The Rapiers
Assembly Rooms

25/02/61
Hurley Youth Club Football Club - Jive Dance with The Thunderbirds jive group
Hurley Village Hall

17/03/61
No Beat Music in Court – Boy Told

31/03/61
Ivor Pope and His Band
Warton Parish Hall

01/04/61
Easter Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance – The Rebels
Fazeley Parish Hall

02/04/61
Teen Beat
National Beauty Competition Winner and Singing Sensation Shirley Gaye.

17/03/61 - No Beat Music in Court – Boy Told08/04/61
Church Lads Brigade Fazeley, Rock 'n' Roll Dance - The Rebels
Fazeley Parish Hall

14/04/61
Teen Beat - Johnny Kidd and The Pirates
Assembly Rooms

14/04/61
Rock men claim "Our beat show was sabotaged"
The London promotions claim cancelled stickers had been put across posters for the Teen Beat event.

05/05/61
Teen Beat – Every Tuesday
Danny Storm, Baby Bubbly David Da Costa, Mike West and The Silhouettes
Assembly Rooms

13/05/61
The Rebels
Fazeley Parish Hall

15/05/61
Teen Beat - Cuddly Duddly with Red E. Lewis and The Redcaps
Assembly Rooms
Admission: 4/-

09/06/61
The Outlaws Rock Group
Polesworth Memorial Hall

16/06/61
The Outlaws
Polesworth Memorial Hall

20/06/61
Teen Beat – Rock Every Tuesday - The Danny Storm Show
Assembly Rooms

30/06/61
The Outlaws
Dordon Village Hall

21/07/61
Pete and The Travellers
Polesworth Memorial Hall

26/07/61
The Outlaws
Dordon Village Hall

26/07/61
Every Tuesday – Rock and Roll Dance
Open Air Skating Rink, Tamworth Castle Pleasure Grounds (weather permitting)
Admission: 2/-

14/08/61
Teen Beat
Popular TV and Recording Stars Danny Storm, David de Costa, Tony and The Silhouettes
Assembly Rooms

25/08/61
Pete and The Travellers
Polesworth Memorial Hall

25/08/61 - World Drum Beat Champion Rory Blackwell and his fabulous Blackjacks, Britains toppermost big-beat combo.World Drum Beat Champion Rory Blackwell and his fabulous Blackjacks Link to an external website., Britains toppermost big-beat combo.
With Johnny B. Good and US Rock Personality Rocky Douglas
Jive Competition
Assembly Rooms
8.00pm-11.00pm

02/09/61
Don Hill and His Band
Assembly Rooms

Hurley Youth Club - The Electronics
Hurley Village Hall

08/09/61
Rock 'n' Roll Dance – The Rebels
St. George’s Hall, Glascote
8.00pm-11.30pm

Ivor Pope and His Band
Fradley village Hall

The Outlaws
Dordon Village Hall
Admission: 2/6

11/09/61
Teen Beat
Starring TV Star Danny Storm with Johnny Neal and The Starliners Link to an external website.
Assembly Rooms

15/09/61
Neighbour’s Objections to Juke Box
An application by Peter Bridgen for a music and singing licence to play a ‘juke box’ at his new café in Glascote Road was adjourned for an inspection to be made by the justices and a report received from the Fire Officer.

Mr. Bridgen was already operating a fish and chip saloon and was proposing to open a café next door. The café would accommodate 30 people and he proposed to put in a juke box for the playing of records between 8.30pm – 10.30pm on weekdays.

Mr. Osborne who was opposing the application said his objection was the noise and trouble likely to be caused by the running of a juke box.

18/09/61
Teen Beat - Glen Dale, Roy Young, Robby Hood and His Merry Men
Admission: 3/6

22/09/61
Tommy Steele and Billy Wright are both members of the All Stars football team due to appear at The Lamb on 22nd October in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind.

22/09/61
Dordon Parents Association - The Outlaws
Dordon Village Hall

22/09/61
Rock 'n' Roll Request Dance – The Rebels
Fazeley Parish Hall
Admission: 2/6

23/09/61
Tony Billingham and His Band
Assembly Rooms
Admission: 3/6

25/09/61
Teen Beat - Tommy Bruce
Assembly Rooms

29/09/61
The Outlaws
Dordon Village Hall

William Tolson Ltd. Social Club Dance - Jim Baxter and His Band with Electronic Organ
Assembly Rooms
Admission: 4/-

06/10/61
North Warwickshire Colliery F.C.Dance - Rock ‘n’ Roll to Pete and His Travellers
Polesworth Memorial Hall
Admission: 3/6

07/10/61
Ivor Pope and His Band
Warton Parish Hall
Admission: 3/-

13/10/61
Doultons Football Club Grand Dance - Return of Allan Melvlle and His Band
Admission: 5/-

The Outlaws
Dordon Village Hall
Admission: 2/6

14/10/61
Grand Dance - Maurice Harper and His Band
Assembly Rooms
Admission: 3/6

Rock 'n' Roll Request Dance - The Rebels
Fazeley Parish Hall
Admission: 2/6

Ivor Pope’s Band
Twycross Village Hall

27/10/61
“Pretty Ankle Competition” won by Leena Jones at Hurley Women’s Institute Village Hall.

03/11/61
Rock 'n' Roll fans dance to The Trailblazers rhythm group with male and female vocalists
Polesworth Memorial Hall

04/11/61
Dancing to Tony Reynold’s Dance Orchestra
Assembly Rooms
Admission: 4/-

Tamworth Young Farmer’s Club Dance - Bob Mason’s Band
Polesworth Memorial Hall

06/11/61 - Teen Beat - Buddy Britten, Glen Dale, Robbie Hood and The Merrymen06/11/61
Teen Beat - Buddy Britten, Glen Dale, Robbie Hood and The Merrymen
Assembly Rooms
7.30pm-10.30pm
Admission: 3/6

11/11/61
The Outlaws
Hurley Village Hall

The Rebels
Fazeley Parish Hall
Admission: 2/6

British Legion Dance – Geo. Edden’s Band
Assembly Rooms

17/11/61 - Greens Records opens in Church Street17/11/61
Greens Records opens in Church Street

17/11/61
The Outlaws
Polesworth Memorial Hall

Tamworth Arts Club Drama Group
10 Little Niggers by Agatha Christie
Tamworth College

22/11/61
Atherstone Hunt Farmers Ball - Ronnie Hancox and His Band
Co-operative Hall, Nuneaton

Elmhurst & District Young Farmers Club - Ted Taylor and His Band
Fradley Village Hall

24/11/61
F.W. Woolworth’s Annual Dance
Novelty Dancers
Dancing to The Maurice Owen Band
Assembly Rooms

The Outlaws
Dordon Village Hall

25/11/61
Mile Oak Rovers and Youth F.C. Grand Dance - Dancing to The Orchettes
Mile Oak Hotel

01/12/61
A Taste of Honey – Palace Cinema
With Dora Bryan and Rita Tushingham

08/12/61
Dance at Drayton Manor Park Ballroom - The Maurice Owen Band
Admission: 5/-

Hurley Youth Club Village Hall Dance - George Edden and His Band
Admission: 3/-

Rock 'n' Roll Dance – The Outlaws
Polesworth Memorial Hall
Admission: 3/6

Rock 'n' Roll Dance - The Casuals
Norton-Juxta Twycross Village Hall
Admission: 3/6

12/12/61
Tamworth Young Farmer’s Club Dance - Ronnie Hancox and His Band
Assembly Rooms
9.00pm-1.00am
Admission: 7/6

15/12/61
The Return of The Trailblazers Rock Group
Polesworth Memorial Hall
Admission: 3/6

22/12/61
The Outlaws
Dordon Village Hall
Admission: 2/6

The Moores Arms Appleby Parva
Programme of entertainment for Christmas and the New Year including:
Regular band The Casuals. Return of The Red Rockers. The Outlaws and The Alpines.

23/12/61
British Legion Dance – The Jim Reynolds Band
Assembly Rooms
Admission: 3/8

26/12/61
Tamworth Cricket Club Dance - Allan Melville and His Orchestra
Assembly Rooms
8.00pm-1.00am
Admission: 5/-



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