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Tamworth Bands History : 1974

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Tamworth Herald – 04/10/74

MUSICBOX – Billy Bates

Billy Bates Dosthill-born musician with plenty of talent and a new single in the shops.
Billy Bates Dosthill-born musician with plenty of talent and a new single in the shops.

Dosthill musician Billy Bates has a great new single out in the shops, called “Mr. Hand Me Down”.

Twenty-one-year-old Billy Bates – real name – Phil Bates – is well known in the Tamworth area, playing the local music scene with several talented bands.

Billy whose parents Mr. And Mrs. Allan Bates live at 94 Orchard Close, Dosthill, has many talents, can play the guitar, bass guitar, piano, organ and banjo, and writes his own material.

His new single, released on Spark Records, is a self-penned number, often reminiscent of Gilbert O’Sullivan, but catchy, well produced with fine instrumentation.

Managed by Reg Tracey, who also looks after Terry Lightfoot and His Jazzmen, Billy prefers music with a strong melodic content and the single is no exception.

In the days of mass-produced “Teeny-bopper” music, Billy’s single is backed up by a good flip side entitled “Money Makes the World Go Round” again written by Billy.

Billy’s association with manager Reg Tracey began when he was with Kwil.

The band played with Kenny Ball at Drayton Manor 18 months ago and Kenny recommended Kwil to Tracey.

Reg liked Billy’s songs and when the Dosthill born musician left Kwil he helped him obtain a song-writing contract with Southern Music.

Billy was also introduced to Alan Freeman, manager of Spark Records…hence the single.

“Mr. Hand Me Down” is a melodic song with a strong story line. It is the first of a minimum of four singles that Billy Bates will be releasing over the next 12 months. It is already selling well locally and is available from all local record shops.

The record received several plays on Radio One during the first week of release and Radio Luxembourg played it three times in the same week.

The record is due for release in Holland and without a doubt the talented Billy Bates not only deserves success but looks well on the way to getting it.

Billy made his first public appearance with a group called the Wild Four at the age of 12.

The group later became known as the Teenbeats, who played the local scene for four years with Billy on lead guitar.

Billy has played with several other groups who have performed locally and these include Kwil, Enigma and Source of Power.

Joe Loss and His Orchestra
Drayton Manor, Tower Ballroom

Malc and Pete
Unicorn Folk Club

Tamworth Folk Club
Prince of Wales

Our Way of Life
The Chequers

The Chequers

The Chequers

The Chequers

Pepper Village
The Chequers

Polesworth Working Mens Club

Tamworth Herald – 01/11/74
Top Entertainers at Folk Club
Top Entertainers at Folk ClubTwo top entertainers were the guests at the Wigginton Folk Club last week. Harvey Andrews and Graham Cooper captivated a capacity audience for 105 minutes with their own particular style of magic.

It was an ambitious venture for a new club and their spirit of enterprise was rewarded with a good night’s entertainment and a full house.

The Wigginton Folk Club was started in August and has future plans that include top artists such as Jake Thackeray. A top attraction will be there on Thursday next week when the “Pig Sty Hill Light Orchestra” are the guests.

The ChequersTamworth Herald – 15/11/74
£340 a week to run Arts Centre

Running costs at Tamworth’s Church Street arts centre could reach £17,000 a year. But annual income is likely to be more than £3,000, councillors have learned.

Figures were disclosed at a meeting of the Borough Council’s Leisure Activities Committee within which contractors starting work on the conversion of the former Baptist church into an arts centre at a cost of £17,000.

Councillors agreed to a request by Tamworth Arts Advisory Group that the Borough Council manage the centre, and a plan is being drawn up on the priority of appointing a full-time manager.

County Borough Treasurer Mr. Talbot said more than £12,000 would have been spent on converting the building when the scheme was completed.

With a manager’s salary, the estimated annual running costs could come close tp £17,000.

Mr. Brian Moore, Tamworth’s Recreation and Amenities Officer, said he had feared that if the Arts Advisory Council ran the centre, the strongest Arts groups would “take things over” with the possibility of the building being managed in a way the Borough Council would not want.

“The Arts Council thought this was almost bound to happen if we did not ru the centre”, he said.

But with a full-time official in the centre, such as senior citizens’ and ladies’ clubs would be able to meet there in the daytime making the best use of the money being spent.

The committee was told that the Advisory Council would still advise the Borough Council on the arts centre and would use the building as its base.

Councillor Alan McDonald said “Although these arts groups do a geat deal in their own fields, we must allow this scheme to have the advantage of professionalism.”

Mr. Talbot claimed it had originally been agreed that the Arts Advisory Council should itself run the centre.

But Councillor Jim Poulton commented: “Whoever manages it, the Borough Council will have to foot the bill”.

The Arts Council of Great Britain is to grant £5,000 towards the conversion costs and may make another grant later. The Tamworth Advisory Council is contributing £2,500.

Brian Clift and Andy Dwyer
Unicorn Folk Club

Joe Stead
Wigginton Folk Club

David Groom
Unicorn Folk Club

Polesworth Working Mens Club

Blackwood Lodge
Wigginton Folk Club

Vo Fletcher
Unicorn Folk Club

Tamworth Herald – 29/11/74
MUSICBOX – Theseus
Theseus are a group that are going places.
Theseus are a group that are going places.

The band which consists of Rod Barber, 4, Beech Road, Gillway, on vocals, Harry Appleby, 25 Calton Crescent, Tamworth, on drums, and two other member from Cannock set off for Germany on Wednesday.

“We will be playing U.S. Airforce bases and clubs in our three month visit to Germany”, said Rod.

The group was formed three months ago, with Rod Barber and Harry Appleby joining from the local band Ramrod.

Theseus play pop and their own material and have played in and around the Tamworth area since forming.

They are aiming to get a recording contract and are busy rehearsing and touring.

Atherstone F.C. Supporters Club

Terra Firma plus Disco
Drayton Manor Cricket and Social Club

30/11/74 - Susanna’s, Northern Soul30/11/74
Northern Soul

Jake Thackeray
Wigginton Folk Club

Musicbox – feature on Ralph McTell

Heather McCauley
Unicorn Folk Club

The Chequers

The Chequers

The Chequers

Rum & Butter
The Chequers

The Chequers

The Chequers

Blackwood Lodge
Unicorn Folk Club

The Hy-Kells
Two Gates Working Mens Club

Warton Working Mens Club

Armpit Jug Band
Plus Richard Digance

Wigginton Hotel Folk Club

20/12/74 - Unicorn Folk Club Xmas Party, Andrew Dwyer20/12/74
Unicorn Folk Club Xmas Party
Andrew Dwyer

Sundance plus DJ
Jolly Sailor

Money Spider
Fazeley Victory Working Mens Club

The Hy-Kells
Amington Liberal Club

New Years Eve Disco
Rock Rebellion plus DJ

Jolly Sailor

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