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The Teen Beats

The Teen BeatsA band from the mid-1960s, from Dosthill:

Band Members:
Steve Carfoot (drums)
Ron Allcott (bass/vocals) [later of Brewster]
Phil Bates from Grendon (lead guitar/vocals) [later of Source of Power, Enigma, Kwil/Quill, Billy Bates, Trickster, ELO]

Originally called The Wild Four, The Teen Beats broke up about 1968/69.

Memories
The line-up of The Teenbeats was not always a 3-piece. There was a rhythm guitarist called Steve Wagstaffe (Waggy) for a while, but I can't remember the dates. He was sacked because of his unreliability, so we were actually used to playing as a 3-piece much of the time because of that. Additionally, we had a singer called Steve Jebb for a while. He was 6-7 years older than the rest of us and hailed from Sutton Coldfield. Not sure of his dates either.

The best incarnation of the band was the 3-piece featuring Stef Carfoot, Ron Allcott and myself, especially when we transmuted from a 'pop' band into a 'progressive' rock band towards the end of our time together.

We used to set fire to Stef's cymbals and have dummy speaker cabinets so we could pretend to smash them up like Hendrix and The Who. All a bit silly in Kingsbury, Fazeley and Kettlebrook Working Mens Clubs etc. I also knackered my front teeth permanently during this period by playing my guitar with my teeth à la Hendrix.

The band's career was blighted by the fact that we were obviously a much worse band than we thought we were because the various band competitions we entered in Tamworth always saw us finish last. Still we did plenty of local gigs in our time and I was bitten by the bug and went on to do music happily(?) ever after.

Cheers
Phil Bates

Gigs

1966
10/04/66

The Teen Beats
Warton Working Mens Club

01/05/66
The Teen Beats
Glascote Working Mens Club

13/05/66
Dosthill Carnival Queen Selection Dance
The Teen Beats
Dosthill Cosmopolitan Club, 8:00pm
Admission: 6/6

20/05/66
Dosthill Carnival Final Selection Dance
The Teen Beats
Dosthill Cosmopolitan Club
Admission: 2/6

30/08/66
The Teen Beats
Kingsbury Working Men's Club

04/09/66
The Teen Beats
Warton Working Men's Club

16/09/66
The Teen Beats
Kingsbury Working Men's Club

28/10/66
The Teen Beats
Kingsbury Working Men's Club

1967
13/01/67
Beat Ball
Wilnecote Community Centre
The Modernaires and The Teen Beats

23/02/67
The Teen Beats
Kettlebrook Working Men's Club

04/03/67
The Teen Beats
Belgrave Working Men's Club

26/05/67
The Teen Beats
Polesworth Carnival First Selection Dance
Dosthill Cosmopolitan Club

16/06/67
The Teenbeats
Polesworth Working Men's Club, 8.00pm-10.45pm
Admission: 2/-

27/06/67
The Teenbeats
Kettlebrook Working Men's Club

28/08/67
The Teen Beats
Polesworth Working Men's Club, 8.00pm-10.45pm
Admission: 2/-

15/09/67
Beat Dance
The D’Fenders and The Teen Beats
Wilnecote Sports and Social Club

22/09/67
The Teen Beats
Polesworth Working Men's Club, 8.00pm-10.45pm
Admission: 2/-

13/10/67
Take Five Dance Combo and The Teen Beats
Drayton Manor, Missanda Suite

15/11/67
The Teen Beats
Polesworth Working Men's Club, 8.00pm-10.45pm
Admission: 2/-

18/011/67
Big Beat
The Trendmen and The Teen Beats
Atherstone Memorial Hall, 8.00pm-11.30pm
Admission: 6/-

1968
28/01/68
The Power and The Glory and The Teen Beats
Atherstone Memorial Hall, 8.00pm-11.30pm
Admission: 5/

02/02/68
The Teen Beats
Polesworth Working Men's Club

01/03/68
The Teen Beats
Kingsbury Working Mens Club

02/03/68
Polesworth Football Club Grand Dance
The Sky Blue Pinks and The Teen Beats
Polesworth Memorial Hall, 7.30pm-11.45pm
Admission: 8/-

08/03/68
The Teen Beats
Polesworth Working Men's Club

29/03/68
The Teen Beats
Kingsbury Working Mens Club

29/03/68
The Teen Beats
Kingsbury Working Mens Club

30/03/68
Royal Air Force Association (Tamworth Branch)
Annual Spring Ball
Bob Mason Orchestra and The Teen Beats
Drayton Manor, Tower Suite

05/04/68
Gibbs & Canning Sports and Social Club
The Lloyd Jackson Band and The Teenbeats
Polesworth Memorial Hall

20/04/68
Gordon Kitch and His Band and The Teen Beats
Wilnecote Community Centre

03/05/68
The Teen Beats
Polesworth Working Men's Club

24/05/68
Polesworth Working Men's Club F.C. Grand Beat Dance
The Harwell Reaction plus The Teen Beats
Polesworth Memorial Hall
Admission: 6/6

31/05/68
The Teen Beats
Kingsbury Working Mens Club

26/06/68
The Teen Beats
Kingsbury Working Mens Club

28/06/68
The Teen Beats
Kingsbury Working Mens Club

05/07/68
The Teen Beats
Polesworth Working Men's Club

13/07/68
Tamworth Round Table Annual Indoor Chicken Barbecue
The Munstermen, The D’Fenders, The Teen Beats
Monk Hill Farm Thorpe

06/09/68
The Teen Beats
Polesworth Working Men's Club

09/11/68
The Teen Beats
Dosthill Cosmopolitan Club

1969
24/01/69
The Teenbeats
Kingsbury Working Mens Club

14/02/69
The Teenbeats
Kingsbury Working Mens Club

23/02/69
The Teenbeats
Kettlebrook Working Mens Club

17/03/69
The Teenbeats
Kettlebrook Working Mens Club

29/03/69
The Teenbeats
Dosthill Cosmopolitan Club

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