Loving these stories:tup:
Loving these stories:tup:
Hi Zack, Neil's thread here is a great documentary of a lot of what was going on back in the day in regards to the scene. I remember many of the venues and characters he talks about. https://www.rodsnsods.co.uk/forum/ch...ly-clubs-50473
I was just going put your name forward
I was in Hemel Hempstead in the early seventies, there was a big(ish) biker/greaser scene with the 16-21 club but the Ted Scene kicked off with the film "That'l be the Day" and next thing loads of sixteen year olds were listening to Buddy Holley and Eddie Cochrane
We had Rock and Roll bands in the Great Harry on Sunday nights (remember one band Crazy Cavern) sometimes we would go over to St Albans where there was pub called the "Swinging Tit" (actually called the Ancient Britain but it had a picture of a bare breasted Boudicia on the sign)
Cars were MK2 Consuls and MK3 Zs and Crestas (as said above very few yanks) there were a few ex forces LHD mk3 Zephyrs kicking about and these were prized by the teds and looking more Amercan.
Soon American Graffiti came out and that's what (in my mind) really got the Hot Rod and Custom thing going (although I must have seen American Graffiti hundreds of times and never noticed any jacked up MK2 Cortinas!)
One thing though, I never heared the term "Rockabilly" untill the early eighties,
I'm 63 and three quarters. I've been into Rock and Roll since I was a young lad (First heard Elvis singing 'Hound Dog' on, would you believe, Blue Peter! Yep, Blue Peter!) They had an item about dogs, no suprise there, but the background music was Hound Dog and that got me started. That was in the 60's. Fast ish forward to the 70's. I was a Teddy Boy then, not too long after became a Rockabilly and thats what I'll continue to be. Was in a few bands but the one that got me to play to a wider audience was a band (from about '79 onwards for 3 or 4 years) was called The Rhythm Hawks. Amongst the venues we played were The Squire, Catford, The Adam and Eve, Hackney, The Old Maypole, Barkinside, The Black Bull, Lewisham, St Helier Arms, Carlshorlton, The White Hart, Tottenham, The Royalty, Southgate to name but seven. We backed Ray Campi and did a 'tour' with him. My mate (over here in South Cheshire) was a massive fan of RC so I asked Mr Campi if he'd speak to him. He said he would so, one night (in The Royalty) I rang Pete, my mate, and said I had someone who'd like to speak to him and put Ray on. The conversation went; RC. Hi Peter, Ray Campi here, whatcha up to tonight? P; (er, um er, splutter stutter) Hello Ray, I'm just going to the local Pub...sorry, Bar. RC; Cool, who's on there tonight? P; Oh, er Eddie Cochran, The Everly Brothers, Elvis Presley. RC; ELVIS PRESLEY!!!!!Oh, right...and, with a weird look on his face he handed me the phone and walked off. I asked Pete what he'd said and Pete told him who was on the Juke Box.
We had a couple of singles released one of which was 'Zodiac' and to promote it we stopped the traffic in London one Bank Holiday Monday to have a cavacade of Zodiacs drive us around stopping off at a radio station Mike Read worked at to give him a single. He did us a lot of favours as he played it on Radio 1 for 2 weeks on his Breakfast Show. I shouldn't wonder that a few of thoses Zodiacs were owned by some folk on here! I was the Drummist in TRH but left after a few years because I really wanted to not sit down anymore and be a front man, so I did that. .......just as our manager anounced we were (but, in the end, didn't) about to play Top Of The Pops...and also feature in a TV advert for beer, the strap line which was 'Harp, stays sharp to the bottom of the glass'. Ironic really as just after that I became a singer and 'sharp' and flat is what I was good at, singing wise.
We must have had a parallel life. I'm surprised we never crossed paths.
not a memory of mine but these photos were in amongst my dads negatives, he worked for the BBC in manchester during the 70's so not sure whats going on :bigsmile: