Saturday, February 07, 2015

Stars pose during rehearsals for 1964's Ready Steady Go Rave Mad Mod Ball...

The golden generation: The creme de la creme of Sixties British pop come together before Ready Steady Go's Rave Mad Mod Ball in April 1964. Above photograph from 'British Pop Invasion: How British music conquered the sixties, edited by Alan J Whiticker (New Holland Publishers)

‘The weekend starts here,’ the show boasted, but for millions it was the Sixties that started there on ITV, every Friday night with its organised chaos of live music, ordinary kids dancing and the sheer essence of being young.

It was April 1964, and this photo captured rehearsals for the Ready Steady Go Rave Mad Mod Ball at the Empire Pool Wembley.

1 Mike Millward, guitar and vocals for the Fourmost. He died from leukaemia in 1966.
2 Mike Maxfield, lead guitar for Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas. Later suffered a stroke but still involved with the band behind the scenes.
3 Robin MacDonald, bass guitar for the Dakotas. No longer involved with music.
4 Billy Hatton, bass guitar for the Fourmost. Now seen on YouTube giving guitar lessons and talking about the Merseybeat boom.
5 Charlie Watts, still drumming for the Rolling Stones after all these years.
6 Chris Curtis, drummer for the Searchers. Left the band in 1966. Died in 2005.
7 Dave Lovelady, drummer for the Fourmost. Their first hit was the John Lennon song Hello Little Girl, which Lennon didn’t think good enough for The Beatles.
8 Griff West, tenor saxophone and flute for Sounds Incorporated —one of the great backing groups of the Sixties.
9 Tony Newman, drums for Sounds Incorporated. Became a top session player, working with David Bowie, Crystal Gayle, the Everly Brothers, and on the rock musical Tommy.
10 Brian O’Hara, lead guitar with the Fourmost. Died in 1999.
11 Aaron Williams, guitarist with the Merseybeats. Now retired from music and still living in Liverpool.
12 John Banks, drummer for the Merseybeats. Died 1988.
13 Mike Hugg, drummer with Manfred Mann. Now plays keyboards with reformed Manfreds.
14 Patrick Kerr, dancer and co-presenter on Ready, Steady, Go! Famous for demonstrating the latest dance 'moves' for eager viewers.
15 Paul Jones, vocals/harmonica, Manfred Mann. Went solo in 1966.Starred alongside Jean Shrimpton in the movie Privilege. Now back with the reformed Manfreds.
16 Keith Richards, lead guitarist for the Rolling Stones. Seemingly indestructible.
17 Mick Jagger. What more can we say?
18 Manfred Mann, jazz musician and founding member of the Manfreds. Now lives partly in Sweden and has his own band.
19 Kenny Lynch, East Ender who was one of the first black UK singers to achieve success. Also a songwriter, he is still a lively raconteur, TV personality and occasional actor.
20 Peter Birrell, bass guitar for Freddie and the Dreamers. Later became a taxi driver.
21 Tony Jackson, bass player with the Searchers. Later played with the Vibrations and died in 2003.
22 Roy Crewdson, guitarist with Freddie and the Dreamers. Owns a Tenerife bar called Dreamers. Still lives in Manchester.
23 Freddie Garrity, leader of Freddie And The Dreamers. After string of hits, he became a children’s TV star. Died 2006.
24 Kathy Kirby, singer whose big hit was Secret Love. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, she died in 2011.
25 Keith Fordyce, disc jockey and TV presenter. Died in 2011.
26 Cilla Black, singer. From Liverpool’s Cavern to TV presenting and national treasure status — had a TV biopic earlier this year. Says she’s going deaf and lives in Barbados.
27 Alan Holmes, saxophones and flute with Sounds Incorporated. Later played on The Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band album.
28 Tony Crane, guitar and vocals as founding member of the Merseybeats. Went into property and now owns a hotel. Still with the Merseybeats, who continue to perform.
29 Cathy McGowan, breathless young presenter on Ready Steady Go. Divorced actor Hywel Bennett and now the long-term partner of singer Michael Ball.
30 Michael Aldred, co-presenter on Ready Steady Go. Now deceased.
31 John Gustafson, bassist with the Merseybeats previously in highly-respected Big Three. Played in hard rock bands and later worked with Roxy Music. Died earlier this year.
32 Billy J. Kramer, singer. Now lives in America and still tours with the reformed Dakotas.
33 Brian Jones, guitarist and founder of Rolling Stones. Found dead in his swimming pool days after being sacked in 1969.
34 Bill Wyman, original Stones bass player. Now tours with his band, Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings.
35 Barrie Cameron, keyboards and baritone sax with Sounds Incorporated. Played on a Beatles session.
36 Tony Mansfield, Dakotas drummer. Real name Tony Bookbinder, brother of singer Elkie Brooks. Left for a career in finance.
37 Mike Pender, guitarist with the Searchers. Left the band in 1985 and now leads his own line-up, Mike Pender’s Searchers.
38 Derek Quinn, guitarist with Freddie and the Dreamers. Now retired and living in Hyde, Greater Manchester.
39 John McNally, Searchers guitarist. Still touring with the band.
40 Bernie Dwyer, drummer with Freddie and the Dreamers. Died in 2002.

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