Tamworth Bands - History 1960-1990

The Gingermen

The Gingermen
The Gingermen
Photograph courtesy: Tamworth Herald
(The Gallery)

Band Members:
Denise Walker (Vocalist)
Colin Stokes (Rhythm Guitar)
Graham Titley (Drums)
Dave Bates (Lead Guitar)
Bob Heath (Bass Guitar)

Tamworth Herald Feature
Tamworth Herald - January 29th 1965

Four ginger-men and a ginger-woman will be ripping it up!
Tamworth Youth Centre's own beat group The Gingermen will be ripping it up at Stafford tomorrow night.

As representatives of the Lichfield, Tamworth and Uttoxeter Youth Area they are taking part in the Staffs Service of Youth County Beat Competition.

With their singer, Denise Walker, who will be rocking out Chuck Berry's "Monkey Business" and the Lennon-McCartney number "PS I Love You" on the night, drummer Graham Titley, bass guitarist Bob Heath, lead guitarist Dave Bates and Colin Stokes on rhythm will all be turned in to bring the top prize back to Tamworth.

But after the competition things will be different. Dave Pierepoint who bears a remarkable all-round resemblance to the "Stone" himself, Mick Jagger, will be taking over the singing spot but since he has only been with the group just over a week he was unable to rehearse sufficiently for the competition.

Tamworth Herald Feature
Tamworth Herald - November 11th 1965

The Inn-Sect
The Inn-Sect
Photograph courtesy: Tamworth Herald
(The Gallery)

The Gingermen are now The Inn-Sect beat group
Remember a local beat group called the Gingermen? Yes! Well forget it, there The Inn-Sect now.

But a change of name is only one part of the group's change of identity. On stage they have a new look. Their manager persuaded them to dress alike as he felt it creates a good impression. They did it and decided on maroon polo-neck sweaters and white jeans.

Their sound has also been given a boost, bass guitarist Bob Heath can plug into a new amplifier and Graham Titley thumps out the beat on a new set of Broggen drums. The group are however steadily changing its repertoire by cutting out some upbeat numbers and bring in a few ballads to cater for the tastes of different audiences. But the Inn-Sect can still hammer out the beat when it's wanted.

The present trend of folk music has had its effect on the group and several Bob Dylan numbers have been introduced to their long list. Although they came through an audition to play at the exclusive Belfry Hotel at Wishaw with flying colours they still play to the youngsters at Tamworth Youth Centre where the group was born.

Lead singer Dave "Pree" Pierpoint, who rumour has it looks more like Rolling Stone Mick Jagger every day, will be at the microphone on 17th December at Drayton Manor and the group will be featured at the Tamworth Heralds Annual Dinner and Dance. The rest of the group will also be their Dave Bates on lead guitar, Colin Stokes with his rhythm guitar, Bob Heath on bass, Graham Titley on drums.

06/02/65, Old Comrades Association Dance, 4XXXX, The Gingermen.06/02/65
Old Comrades Association Dance
4XXXX, The Gingermen
The Drill Hall, 8.00pm-11.30pm
Admission: 5/-

The Black Knights, The Gingermen
Fazeley Youth Club, Fazeley Church Hall, 8.00pm-11.30pm
Admission: 4/6

Old Comrades Association
The Gingermen, Carl and the Teddy Bears
Drill Hall, 8.00pm-11.20pm
Admission: 5/-

The Gingermen
Shuttington and Alvecote Social Club, 8.00pm-10.30pm

The Gallery

The Gingermen

The Gingermen, line-up: Colin Stokes (Rhythm Guitar), Graham Titley (Drums), Dave Bates (Lead Guitar), Denise Walker (Vocalist), Bob Heath (Bass Guitar).

The Inn-Sect

The Inn-Sect, line-up: Colin Stokes (Rhythm Guitar), Graham Titley (Drums), Dave Bates (Lead Guitar), Dave "Pree" Pierpoint (Vocalist), Bob Heath (Bass Guitar).

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