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Tamworth Bands History : 1962

 UK Number Ones - 1962
Week Ending Act Title
11/01/62 Cliff Richard The Young Ones
22/02/62 Elvis Presley Can't Help Falling In Love / Rock-A-Hula Baby
22/03/62 Shadows Wonderful Land
17/05/62 B.Bumble & The Stingers Nut Rocker
24/05/62 Elvis Presley Good Luck Charm
28/06/62 Mike Sarne with Wendy Richard Come Outside
12/07/62 Ray Charles I Can't Stop Loving You
26/07/62 Frank Ifield I Remember You
13/09/62 Elvis Presley She's Not You
04/10/62 Tornados Telstar
08/11/62 Frank Ifield Lovesick Blues
13/12/62
Xmas No 1
Elvis Presley Return To Sender

 

 In the News - 1962
January - The Beatles were rejected by their record company. Decca experts believed they would never make it to the music charts.
February 20th - Astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth
April 11th - Adolph Eichmann, the ex Nazi leader, was put on trial in Jerusalem. He had been caught by Israeli agents in Argentina during 1960. He was hanged.
July - Live trans-Atlantic television became a reality with the help of the Telstar communications satellite.
August 5th - US film star Marilyn Monroe, 36, died of a drug overdose of sleeping pills. Speculation as to what really happened that night still continues.
October 28th - Nuclear war was averted as the Cuban missile crisis ended. President John F Kennedy and Nikita Krushchev agreed to reduce nuclear arsenals
November 7th - South African black leader Nelson Mandela was sent to jail on Robin Island, for inciting a National strike and his initial sentence was for 5 years
The satirical magazine Private Eye and the BBC tv show That Was the Week that Was (TW3) was launched. Scandals about public figures were unearthed and mocked in an increasingly satirical society
Algeria becomes independent
Uganda becomes independent

 

It's 1962. Marilyn Monroe died and The Beatles were rejected by Decca. The World was on the brink of nuclear war and in Tamworth the Co-Op Supermarket was opened by Len Fairclough from Coronation Street. Elvis had four No. 1s and in Tamworth in 1962 Teenbeat nights and Twistacular dances were the thing. You could see many famous acts at the Assembly Rooms including Shane Fenton and The Fentones for 5/6 (27.5p). Local band The Rebels were still performing along with other local acts Mark Chanelle, Jimmy Low and The Downbeats.


05/01/62
Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance – Phil King and The Couriers
Dordon Village Hall
Admission: 2/6

26/01/62
Everybody Twist
Johnny Carr and The Cadillacs
(Top beat men of the rocking age)
Assembly Rooms
Admission: 4/6

Skiffle Group every Sunday – Phil Kings and his Skiffle Group
Royal Oak Inn, Kingsbury

16/02/62
Everybody Twist
The Fabulous Twisters starring Little ‘Mr. Twist’ Tony and Earl Watson
(Tenor Sax and vocal star of Ember Records)
Assembly Rooms
Admission: 4/6

A Grand Rock Session – Phil King and The Couriers
Dordon Village Hall

23/03/62
The Magnificent Seven – Palace Cinema

02/04/62
Rock & Twist Show
Danny Ray and The Rayvons and The Jaymen

Assembly Rooms
Admission: 3/6

06/04/62
Mike Dene and The Alpines
Drill Hall
Admission: 3/-

16/04/62
Mel Star and The Bandits (Dynamic Parlophone recording artist)
With Col Danger, Tony Angels and The Swinging Chimes (Birmingham top rock group)
Assembly Rooms
Admission: 3/6

27/04/62
‘The Plan for 1972’
Featured in the Tamworth Herald, the Tamworth of the future including 7,000 people moving to Tamworth from Birmingham. There would be a ring road across the Castle Pleasure Grounds. George Street would be made traffic free and there would be a new bus station.

27/04/62
Midland Entertainment and Rock Star Enterprises presents:
Great Rock ‘n’ Twist Show
Carl Fenn and The Mysterians with The Nightriders Link to an external website.
Assembly Rooms
Admission: 3/6

El Riot and The Rebels Link to an external website. - Birmingham’s latest and greatest
Mile Oak Hotel

05/05/62 - Everybody Twist - The Blue Flames, Assembly Rooms05/05/62
Everybody Twist - The Blue Flames
Assembly Rooms

11/05/62
Carry on Cruising – Palace Cinema

11/05/62
The Apaches
Drill Hall

28/05/62
Johnny Peters and The Crestas
Assembly Rooms

01/06/62
The Montrose Twisters
Assembly Rooms

02/06/62
Bry Martin and The Marauders Link to an external website. and The Midnighters
Assembly Rooms

04/06/62
Carl Fenn and The Mysterians
Assembly Rooms

Crowhurst's for records08/06/62
King Creole, with Elvis Presley – Palace Cinema

22/06/62
Rock! Twist! Jive!
Teddy and The Cannons

Assembly Rooms

15/06/62
Danny Davis, Bry Martin and The Marauders Link to an external website.
Assembly Rooms

15/06/62
Mike Everest and The Alpines
Drill Hall

18/06/62
Mike Sheridan and The Nightriders Link to an external website.
Assembly Rooms

22/06/62
Teddy and The Cannons
Assembly Rooms

22/06/62
A Kind of Loving – Palace Cinema

22/06/62
The Rebels (Rhythm Group)
Saturdays and Sundays

The Old Swan, Bolebridge Street

23/06/62
Bobby Christian and The Avalons
Assembly Rooms

25/06/62
Rockin’ Berries Link to an external website. (from Germany) [The Rockin' Berries were actually from Birmingham but in November 1961, they had been offered some bookings in Germany. Ed.]
Assembly Rooms

02/07/62 - Shane Fenton and the Fentones With Carl Fenn and The Mysterians, Assembly Rooms Admission: 5/602/07/62
Shane Fenton and the Fentones Link to an external website.
With Carl Fenn and The Mysterians

Assembly Rooms
Admission: 5/6

09/07/62
Mike Sheridan and The Nightriders Link to an external website.
Assembly Rooms

15/07/62
The Hiawathas
Hurley Working Mens Club

22nd and 28th July and 3rd and 4th August
Open Air Big Beat Rock Dance
Castle Roller Rink
Danny Coral and The Surfriders
Admission: 3/6

27/07/62
Jimmy Carr and The Corvettes (from Glasgow)
Assembly Rooms

03/08/62
Tamworth’s new train station opens
At a cost of £250,000 including a £5,600 ticket machine.

03/08/62
August Bank Holiday Monday – Rock ‘n’ Twist
The Surfriders and Lloyd Jackson’s Jazzmen
Assembly Rooms
Admission: 5/-

13/08/62
Eddie Stevens and The Moonrakers (from Stoke on Trent)
Assembly Rooms

20/08/62
Mike Sheridan and The Nightriders Link to an external website.
Assembly Rooms

Weavers for records15/09/62
Saturday September 15th – 10.30am
Co-op Supermarket Opened by Len Fairclough (Coronation Street)
Spend over 30/- and receive a free grocery parcel

14/09/62
Twist to the King Offa’s Knights of Jazz and The Lawmen Link to an external website.
Assembly Rooms

Barry James and The Strangers Link to an external website.
With Gray Wade & The Allegroes
New Memorial Hall, Atherstone

15/09/62
Jimmy Low and The Downbeats Link to an external website.
Assembly Rooms

17/09/62
Carl Wayne and The Vikings Link to an external website.
Assembly Rooms

22/09/62
The Strollers Rock Unit and The Mustangs
Assembly Rooms

24/09/62
Barrie James and The Strangers Link to an external website. (Parlophone recording artist)
With The Mustangs
Assembly Rooms

28/09/62
Twistacular Dance
Gerry Levene and The Avengers Link to an external website.
Assembly Rooms

29/09/62
Dance - The Lawmen Link to an external website.
With Mark Chanelle, Jimmy Low and The Downbeats
Assembly Rooms

01/10/62
Rock ‘n’ Twist Special
Mike Sheridan and The Nightriders Link to an external website.
With The Sundowners Link to an external website.
Assembly Rooms

03/10/62
The Kingpins Link to an external website. (As broadcast on Radio Luxembourg)
With The Allegroes
Assembly Rooms

05/10/64
The Beatles appeared at the Co-operative Dance Hall in Queens Road, Nuneaton. Tickets 5 shillings. They were second on the bill to Buddy Brittain.

06/10/62
Lee Christian and The Swingers
With King Offa’s Knights of Jazz
Assembly Rooms

12/10/62
Ricky Valance - (Colombia Records – 'Tell Laura I Love Her')
With The Chessmen and The Downbeats Link to an external website., Jimmy Low and Mark Chanelle
Assembly Rooms
Admission: 7/6

13/10/62
Danny Coral and The Surfriders
Railway Inn Rhythm Club, Whitacre

15/10/62
The Dakotas (Winners of 1962 Birmingham area Rock Group Finals)

19/10/62
Twist Around The Clock – Chubby Checker – Palace Cinema

22/10/62
Denny Laine and The Diplomats Link to an external website. (Birmingham’s most popular band)
Assembly Rooms

26/10/62
Blue Hawaii, with Elvis Presley – Palace Cinema

27/10/62
Rock and Twistacular Dance
Johnny Dean and The Dominators

With Mark Chanelle (Tamworth’s own singing personality)
Assembly Rooms

29/10/62
Double Bill
Shane Fenton and The Fentones and Brian Poole and The Tremeloes (Decca)
Assembly Rooms

02/11/62
Rock ‘n’ Twist - The Stilletoes with The Sapphires
Assembly Rooms

03/11/62
Jimmy Low and The Downbeats Link to an external website.
Assembly Rooms

09/11/62
First Round Grand Talent Competition Dance
The Heartbreakers (six piece from the North) with The Lawmen Link to an external website.
Assembly Rooms

10/11/62
Rock ‘n’ Twistacular Dance
Local boy John Wooly
Backed by local group Danny Coral and The Surfriders
With local Mark Chanelle
Assembly Rooms

12/11/62
Kenny Lynch (Pye)
With Lance Harvey and The Statesmen

23/11/62
Rock ‘n’ Twistacular
Gerry Levene and The Avengers Link to an external website.
With The Lawmen Link to an external website.
Assembly Rooms

23/11/62
The Young Ones, with Cliff Richard – Palace Cinema

24/11/62
Johnny Shane and The Solitaires Link to an external website.
With Danny Coral and The Surfriders

30/11/62
Mammoth Rock Spectacular
Come along and do the Locomotion Rock, Madison Twist, Mashed Potato Jive
The Memphis Three Link to an external website. (Liverpool)
The Allegroes (London)
Danny Coral and The Surfriders (Tamworth)
And guest singers Mark Chanelle (Tamworth) and John Wooley (Tamworth)
Assembly Rooms

01/12/62
Danny Coral and The Surfriders
With Mark Chanelle and John Wooley
Assembly Rooms

03/12/62
Teenbeat
TV Recording Artist Danny Storm and The Strollers
Atherstone Memorial Hall

Lance Harvey and The Statesmen
Assembly Rooms

07/12/62
Jive, Twist, Rock
Johnny Laine and The Blue Flames
With The Lawmen Link to an external website.
Assembly Rooms

The Jetstreams (South of England)
Atherstone Memorial Hall

08/12/62
Rock and Twistacular - Danny Coral and The Surfriders
With Mark Chanelle
Assembly Rooms

10/12/62
Teenbeat
Robbie Hood and The Merrymen
With The Swinging Deltas
Atherstone New Memorial Hall

Johnny King and The Crestas
Assembly Rooms

15/12/62
Novy and The Heartbreakers
With Danny Coral and The Surfriders
Assembly Rooms

17/12/62
Twistmas Party
Jackie Lynton and The Jury
Danny Storm
Atherstone New Memorial Hall

21/12/62
Holiday Spectacular Dance
Phil King and The Couriers
With The Lawmen Link to an external website.
Assembly Rooms

23/12/62
The Rebels
Tamworth Working Men’s Club

24/12/62
Grand Christmas Eve Dance
Gerry Levene and The Avengers Link to an external website.
With Danny Coral and The Surfriders
Assembly Rooms

28/12/62
The Barron Knights with Duke D’Mond (Fontana)
Atherstone Memorial Hall

31/12/62
New Years Eve Rock and Twistacular Ball
El Riot and The Rebels Link to an external website.
Gerry Levene and The Avengers Link to an external website.
Danny Coral and The Surfriders


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