Saturday, April 07, 2018

The Talisman - The Talismen's Style (1965 - 66)

Trevor Cook drums
Clive Devine bass guitar, vocals
Steve Outhwaite guitar, vocals
George Rainsford guitar, vocals
Alan "Digger" Dike guitar, vocals (joined in 1965)
Laurie Jeffs guitar, vocals (joined in 1966)

The Talismen won top spot in the first Midland Beat magazine popularity poll that was held in 1964. The poll was meant to highlight the most popular performing groups in the West Midlands so a high placing would benefit a band considerably in terms of publicity and the extra bookings that would result from it. Funnily enough though, The Talismen were not from Birmingham but were based in Cheltenham - quite some distance south of the Midlands area!

How then did the group win the Midland Beat poll and qualify to be listed on the BrumBeat web site? Chris Stanbury has written the story of The Talismen and the Midland Beat poll mystery that can now be read as follows:

The Talisman - The Talismen's Style (1965 - 66)

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