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24th January   Sarah Vaughan, Johnny Dankworth and hie Orchestra Sarah Vaughan Programme    
20th March Ella Fitzgerald "Jazz at The Philharmonic"  

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9th April Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent & The Wild Cats, Vince Eager Gene Vincent/Eddie Cochran Tour poster        

Wildcats were Big Jim Sullivan (guitar), Tony Belcher (guitar),Brian Locking (bass),Brian Bennett (drums)


Less then two weeks later Eddie Cochran would die in a car crash outside Chippenham, Wiltshire following a concert in Bristol.Gene Vincent who was also in the car survived.        
    Eddie Cochran, Dennis Liquerice, Brian Bennett & 'Big' Jim Sullivan backstage Gene Vincent - Eddie Cochran Tour Poster Gene Vincent/Eddie Cochren Programme          
12th April   Shirley Bassey, Matt Monroe            
    John Barry & His Concert Orchestra          
20th March   Count Basie & His Orchestra            
16th May   Conway Twitty, Freddy Cannon, Johnny Preston   Conwat Twitty Tour programme          
1st October   Miles Davis Quintet, The Jazz Five Miles Davis advert Miles Davis tickwet          
18th October Jimmy Jones, Mark Wynter, Michael Cox & The Hunters,   Jimmy Jones Programme        

Brook Brothers, Dean Rogers & The Maruaders, Janet Richmond, Johnny Wiltshire & The Trebletones, Tony Marsh. Kenny Lynch,

            Jimmy Jones flyer        
30th October   Connie Francis, Cyril Stapleton Showband, George Meaton, Ray Merrell   Connie Francis flyer Connie Francis programme          
12th January   Dave Brubeck Quartet, The Joe Harriett Quintet inside Dave Brubeck programme Dave Brubeck Tour Programme          
19th February   June Christie, The Four Freshmen, Bob Miller & The Millermen June Christie programme          
7th- 12th April   The Percy Duff Show Percy Duff Show Programme          
    with Pan Yue Jen, Bill Pertwee, Teddy Johnson & Pearl Carr, Arthur Haynes, Marguerite Pattern, Ballet Montparnasse        
21st May   Gene Vincent, Adam Faith, The Echos, Peter Gordeno, Gene Vincent, Adam Faith Programme          
Dave Reid, Chance Gordon and The Roulettes        
5th October Adam Faith, John Barry Seven, Dave Allen, David Macbeth, Desmond Lane, Johnny LeRoy          
November Temperance Seven, The Mudlarks, Joan Small, Michael Cox, Bert Weedon, Tommy Sanderson & The Sandmen Temperance Seven Tour Poster          
17th March   The Four Freshmen, Kenny Baker, Matt Munro,
Jeri Southern and Danny Williams, Gerry Mulligan Quartet
Four Freshmen Tour advert Four Freshmen programme          
1st April   Count Basie & His Orchestra, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross Count Basie posterCount Basie programme          
14th April  

Nina & Frederick, The Twotones, Joe Church, The Harmonicords, Daisey May & Seveen, Malcolm Mitchell & His Trio

(The Harmonicords later changed their name to The Bachelors)

Nina & Frederick Programme          
5th May   Louis Armstrong & His All Stars, Gerry Brown's Jazzmen   Louis Armstrong Programme          
1st June   Shirley Bassey, Nelson Riddle Orchestra Shirley Bassey advert Shirley Bassey programme          
9th June   Errol Garner   Erroll Gardner programme          
7th October   George Shearing, Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughan George Shearing Programme          
24th November   Johnny Mathis, Ted Heath & His Music Johnny Mathis flyer Johnny Mathis programme Johnny Mathis ticket          
2nd December   Dave Brubeck Quartet Dave Brubeck Quartet programme          
12th January   The Duke Ellington Orchestra             Duke Ellington programme The Duke Ellington Orchestra programme          
This concert ran until almost Midnight!!
23rd February   “Jazz at The Philharmonic” with Ella Fitzgerald,
            Ella & Oscar flyer Ella Fitzgarald Programme 1963          
  Oscar Peterson Trio, Roy Eldridge Quartet            

            Cliff Richard Programme          
30th March Cliff Richard & The Shadows, Alan Randell, The Vernons Girls, Patsy Ann Noble, The Trebletones, Frank Berry        
12th April   Shirley Bassey, Matt Monro            
  John Barry & His Concert Orchestra
4th May   Gerry Mulligan, Dankworth Orchestra Gerry Mulligan programme          
12th May   Ray Charles & his Orchestra Ray Charles & his Orchestra ticket Ray Charles programme Ray Charles with Sax backstage          
  Ray Charles on stage
24th May   The Commonwealth Day Concert  
13th July   Nat King Cole, Ted Heath & His Music Nat"King"Cole Concert Flyer Nat King Cole programme          
      Sarah Vaughan & Count Basie Programme          
28th September Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie & his Orchestra
2nd October   Erroll Garner Errol Garner programme          
18th October Jimmy Jones
19th October Lesley Gore, Brook Benton, Dion & The Belmonts, Timi Yuro, Trini Lopez,Ken Thorne Orchestra, Jerry Stevens          
    Lesley Gore Ticket Flyer Lesley Gore Programme        
Billed as “The Greatest Record Show of 1963”
30th October   Connie Francis  
17th November   Stan Kenton & his Orchestra Stan Kenton programme          

24th Dec-

  The Beatles Christmas Show             Neil Aspinall's backstage pass Tickets from Beatles Chrismas Show 1963/4        
11th January   With Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas, Rolf Harris,        
The Fourmost, Barron Knights with Duke D'Mond, Tommy Quickly, Cilla Black        
John Lennon had his Gibson J160F guitar stolen during these shows Beatles backstage pass Programme Beatles Christmas Shoe 1963/4        
a 1962 GibsonJ-160E acoustic/electric, sunburst finish.        
Lennon and Harrison each bought one of these "jumbo" models        
(price: £161) in Rushworth's Music House in Liverpool on        
10th September 1962 (shown below with guitar/amp department manager Bob Hobbs). Mersey Beat, in the caption from its photo        
commemorating the event, noted the guitars were "the only ones of        
their type in the country -- which were specially flown to England byjet from America."        
This was probably untrue, as they'd taken two months to arrive after
being special-ordered. (Additionally, these photos may have been
taken a few days after the sale, for they already sport straps and
smudges.) These Gibsons may have been used on the 11th  
    September recordings of "Love Me Do" but those tracks sound
Beatles, Cilla Black, The Fourtunes  et all Link to film of The Beatles backstage at The Astoria with Christmas messages          
nearly identical to the earlier takes of those songs, on which they
weren't used. Lennon's J-160 E was used through the Please,Please
Me sessions, then stolen during the '63 Christmas show at the Shortcut to Beatles Christmas message, recorded at The Finsbury Park Astoria
Finsbury Park Astoria Theatre, London.
(Pity poor Malcolm Evans, who had to break the news to Lennon.) By this time, however, Lennon and Harrison had gotten their identical guitars mixed up, so it was the one registered to Harrison that disappeared.
Link to photos taken at the rehearsals
Lennons "stolen" Gibson guitar Beatles from stage left        
    View from auditorium right Beatles on stage          
18th January   The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra with Frank Sinatra Junor, Hellen Forest, The Pied Pipers Tommy Dorsey advert Tommy Dorsey programme          
      The Crystals, Joe Brown ticket          
17th February

Joe Brown & his Bruvers, Heinz & The Saints, The Crystals,
Johnny Kidd & The Pirates, Daryl Quest, Mike Preston, Al Paige, Kevin Kirk, Manfred Mann

Billed as "Your Lucky Stars Show"

  Your lucky stars flyer Joe Brown Programme    
Joe Brown Programme Back
21st March   Ella Fitzgerald  
30th March Cliff Richard & The Shadows, Dailey & Wayne, Bob Millar & The Millermen          
  Cliff Richard Programme inside programme        
12th April   Shirley Bassey, Matt Monro, The John Barry Concert Orchestra   Shirley Bassey programme          
2nd May   Dave Clark Five, Mark Wynter, The Hollies, The Kinks,
Dave Clark Five tour programme          
  The Mojos, The Trebletones, Frank Berry        
9th/10th   Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, King Size Taylor & The Dominos, The Animals,The
Chuck Berry Programme Berry show stalls ticket          

Nashville Teens, The Swinging Blue Jeans, Karl Denver, Larry Burns,Burn Elliott & The Fennmen, The Other Two

  Chuck Berry tour flyer


Chuck Berry show circle ticket          
  The Rolling Stones are at this concert to see their rock'n'roll hero Chuck Berry play .They manage to get backstage for a chat but              
  Chuck is not interested. As a result, the Stones arrive late making              
  their way down to their own gig in Catford and have trouble              
  getting into the venue as it's by now surrounded by hordes of fans.              
16th May Cannonball Adderley Sextet
    His f irst UK Tour, The band were: Cannonball Adderley Programme & ticket          

Cannonball Adderley/alto sax, Nat Adderley/trumpet and cornet, Charles Lloyd/ tenor sax and flute, Joe Zawinul/piano, Sam Jones/bass, Louis Hayes/drums

        Ray Charles Flyer        
18th July   Ray Charles & His Orchestra with The Raelets Ray Charles Programme Ray Charles ticket        
5th September   The Rolling Stones, Charlie & Inez Foxx,Mike Berry, The Mojos, Billie Davis, Simon Scott, The LeRoys, The Innocents

Rolling Stones ticket      
  Rolling Stones kick off their 4th British Tour
  Video link to a report about this concert Rolling Stones Programme


26th September  

Bill Haley & The Comets, Manfred Mann, The Rockin' Berries, The Untamed Four, Bobby Patrick Big Six, Bob Bain, The Nashville Teens

Manfred Mann - Bill Haley ticket          
  Manfred Mann/Bill Haley programme
      The Big Beat Scene running order          
17th October The Honeycombs, Millie, Lulu & The Luvers, The Puppetts,
The Applejacks, The Beat Merchants, Daryl Quist, The Shouts,Gene Vincent, Freddie Earle (compare)
  Billed as "The Big Beat Scene"   Programme Big Beat Scene ticket        
  Tour Press Advert
31st October   Errol Garner  
1st November   The Beatles, Mary Wells, The Rustiks, Michael Haslam, Sounds Incorporated, The Remo Four and Tommy Quickly. The compare for the tour was Bob Bain. Beatles Programme Beatles Ticket        
    The Beatles backstage at The Asoria Beatles Tour Flyer        
14th November Brenda Lee, John Barry Seven, Manfred Mann, Marty Wilde, Johnny Kidd & The Pirates, The Flee-Rekkers Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders, Heinz, Bern Elliot & The Fenmen, Brenda Lee Flyer Brenda Lee programme        
        Chuck Berry Programme          
9th January Chuck Berry, Kingsize Taylor & The Dominos, The Moody Blues, The Five Dimensions, Winston G, The Graham Bond Organization. Long John Baldry, Mike Patto (compere)
20th February   Roy Orbison, The Rockin’ Berries, Marianne Faithful,
The Three Quarters, Frank Berry, The Untamed,
Cliff Bennet & The Rebel Rousers
Roy Orbison flyer      
Roy Orbison Programme
21st February   The Duke Ellington Orchestra Duke Ellington programme          
1st March   “The PJ Proby Show” with Brian Poole & The Tremeloes,
The Fourmost, Cilla Black, Tom Jones, Sandra Barry
  P J Proby programme          
6th March   Art Blakey and Jimmy Guiffre
20th March   “The Tamla Mowtown Show” with The Supremes,
Martha and the Vandellas, The Earl Van Dyke Six,
George Fame & The Blue Flames, Stevie Wonder,
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Temptations
Motown uk Tour Artists        
The Tamla Mowtown Tour tour dates  
      The Tamla Motown Show Programme Motown Show ticket          
    Diana Ross and Martha Reeves in foyer Diana Ross and Martha Reeves in foyer          
16th April   Ella Fitzgerald, The Oscar Peterson Trio Ella Fitzgerail/Oscar Peterson Trio advert          
5th May   Beach Boys, Helen Shapiro, Terry Reid, Simon Dupree & The Big Sound Beach Boys ticket          
14th August  

The Byrds, Donovan, Elkie Brooks, Kenny Lynch, Them,Johnny B Great, Charles Dickens, Ray Cameron

The NME slam The Byrds' performance

  Donovam/Byrds Poster        
Donovan and The Byrds Programme The Byrds flyer    
24th September   The Rolling Stones, The Spencer Davis Group, Ray Cameron Unit Four + Two, Charles Dickens & The Habits, The End, The Checkmates, Rolling Stones flyer & ticket Rolling Stones ticket          
Rolling Stones tour book  
9th October  

Star Scene 65 with

The Everly Brothers, Cilla Black, Klaus & Gibson, Paddy, Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas, Lionel Blair & His Kick Dancers,
The Alan Elsdon Band, The Marionettes, Compere - Pete Brady

Everly Bros. Cilla Black Billy J Kramer flyer & Programme "Star Scene 65" ticket          
22nd October   Gene Pitney, Peter & Gordon, Lulu & The Luvers, The Rockin’ Berries, Mike Cotton Sound, The Quiet Five, The Quiet Five, Syd & Eddie (Little & Large)

  Gene Pitney ticket          
Back Page of Programme
Gene Pitney tour flyer Gene Pitney Programme
11th December   The Beatles Christmas Show with Moody Blues, The Koobas,
Beryl Marsden & Steve Aldo, Jerry Stevens, The Paramounts and The Marionettes
  Beatles Ticket          
The Paramounts opened the show as well as backing Beryl Marsden and Steve Aldo, would soon change their name to Procol Harum! John Kellogs, their "Roadie" remembers "Geoge Harrison - the sweetest man - came all the way up the stairs to our dressing room to see us. He brought us a gift of a little plastic portable Dansette record player with a blues record by Albert King and a large 'jazz cigarette' for us to share. I was only 19. Thrilling days!"
Also that year   Paul Gurvitz (Baker Gurvitz Army)played his first professional live gig as a member of The Knack, at the theatre              
      Who Programme The Who Ticket 1966          
4th February   The Who, The Merseybeats, Graham Bond Organisation Screaming Lord Sutch & The Savages, The Fortunes          
17th February   Gene Pitney, The Troggs, The Loot, Sounds Incorporated,
Davis Grant & The Vision, Norman Rowe & The Playboys
  Gene Pitney tour ticket          
                  Roy Orbison Walker Bros Tour Programme        
25th March Roy Orbison, The Walker Brothers, Lulu & the Luvers,
The Marionettes, Kim D, The Quotations
Ray Cameron (compere)
Roy Orbison/Walker Bros ticket  
13th August   Radio England’s "Swingin’ 66" Tour with
The Small Faces, Dave Berry & The Cruisers, The Koobas, Neil Christian,Crispian St.Peters, Wayne Fontana & The Oppression
Swinging 66 programme Swinging 55 ticket        
  Tour fly4er    
  The tour was heavily advertised on the air. The gigs proved reasonably successful in the south-east of the country, where Radio England could be heard. Unfortunately outside the station's transmission area, audiences were understandably sparse. The tour proved a financial disaster, losing over £17,000. The station attempted to get some money back by selling autographed copies of the left-over concert programmes Swinging 66 tour artists      
26th August Sonny & Cher, Jimmy James and The Vagabonds, Les Fleur de Lys, VIPs, Sharon Tandy, Bob Bain (compère) Sonny& Cher programme Sonny & Cher ticket      
  This was a charity concert for underprivileged children and the Greater London fund for the blind      
13th September The Small Faces, Millie, The Honeycombs,
Lulu & The Luvers
27th September Dusty Springfield with The Echoes, Dave Berry, Episode Six, The Settlers, Dave Berry, The Mindbenders, Boz & his Group, The Alan Price Set, Jeffery Lenner (compere)
Dusty Springfield Programme      
Lovin' Spoonful press cutting
Tour Advert Dusty Springfield ticket
September   The Yardbirds, Marmalade  
20th October   Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds, Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band, Eric Burden & The New Animals, The Georgie Fame Band, Eyes of Blue
Paul Butterfield tour running order Programme          
A Radio London promoted Concert
6th November The Beach Boys, Lulu & The Luvers, David & Jonathon, Sounds Incorporated, The Golden Brass, Jerry Stevens
Beach Boys tour flyerBeach Boys Programme
13th November   “ The Star Scene Tour” with The Walker Brothers, The Troggs, Dave Dee,Dozy,Beaky, Mick & Tich, The Creation Walker Bros. Tour flyer          
17th February   Gene Pitney, Badfinger, The Troggs, Sounds Incorporated, David Garrick,The Loot, Normie Rowe & The Playboys Gene Pitney Tour Poster Gene Pitney, Troggs ticket          
Gene Pitney tour Advert
3rd March   Roy Orbison, The Small Faces, The Jeff Beck Group, The Settlers, Paul & Roy Orbison Programme          
  Barry Ryan, PP Arnold, Robb Storme Group, Sonny Childe and The TNT

John Gray states on Smiler – Rod Stewart web site:
The opening night at the Finsbury Park Astoria was a disaster; mainly thanks to a power failure, which Rod swears to this day was instigated by Ian McLagan who was fearful the Beck group would steel the show! A furious Jeff Beck stormed off the stage, immediately sacked Rod Coons the drummer and announced that he was pulling the group out of the tour! Months of silence followed.

The tour also got off to a distressing start for The Settlers when a sneak thief got into their dressing room and stole their money. Cindy Kent said: "The thing is, we didn't have much money and the cash that was stolen was meant to pay for our digs and tour expenses. I can't remember how much it was, but it was a lot to us. Backstage at the Astoria was like a rabbit warren, with numerous stairways. As soon as Steve Marriott heard what had happened, he organised a collection from the other performers. It was very sweet of him and it saved the day for us."

Roy Orbison & The Small Faces backstage          
Roy Orbison ticket
17th March “The Stax Review” Otis Reading, Sam & Dave, Booker T & The MG’s, Eddie Floyd, Carla Thomas, Arthur Conley, The Mar-keys, Emperor Rosko Otis Reading Programme Stax Review Ticket          
Press cutting about arrival of members of the stax Review show
  Video link to Otis Reading performing "Try a Little tenderness" at this concertinside programme Otis Reading on stage Tour Flyer Tour Poster          
23rd March   The Hollies, The Spencer Davis Group, Paul Jones, The Tremeloes, Richard Kent Style, The Young Idea, Dave Butler (Compere) Hollies tour flyer Hollies ticket      
  Hollies programme
31st March   The Walker Brothers, Englebert Humperdink, Cat Stevens,
Jimi Hendrix Experience, Californians, Quotations, Nick Jones
Tour Poster Hendrix Ticket          
Cat Stevens remembers…
"Engelbert (Humperdinck), then someone, Sounds Incorporated I think, then Jimi Hendrix, then me - a prelude to The Walker Brothers, for the teenyboppers, sort of, winding them up. An amazing mixture of personalities.No one knew who Jimi Hendrix was at that time really. You’d hear, hey, there’s a fire onstage! And we came rushing down and there was this guy kneeling down burning his guitar. I was incredibly petrified, so petrified I couldn’t wear my new Arnello & David high-heeled shoes. I had to put on my plimsolls to actually move. All these people, the black arena… I remember an awesome concoction which Engelbert turned me onto, port and brandy. And that really did me more damage than anything else I was about to encounter six months down the line! On the other side you’d got Hendrix and his gang who were often puffing away, so it was quite a wild tour
Programme Walker Bros. Programme & Ticket
Jimi Hendrix, Cat Stevens, Gary Walker & Englebert Hunperdink backstage John Walker, Cat Stevens & Jimi Hendrix in the dressing room
Hendrix's burnt guitar   The Walker Brothers backstage at The Astoria Finsbury Park
This show is also famous for Hendrix burning his guitar for the first time, he later repeated this at The Monterey Festival in California. At the end of his (five song set!), as he performed the song 'Fire' Hendrix set fire to his Fender Stratocaster – as the astonished audience looked on and petrified venue staff ushered the performer off. Hendrix injured himself and had to be taken to hospital with minor burns on his hands. This guitar was later found in a garage and auctioned at The Idea Generation Gallery in London on 4th September 2009. It fetched a remarkable £280,000, bought by a collector, Daniel Boucher of Boston, Massachusetts, USA Flyer from the tour
5th May   The Beach Boys, Helen Shapiro, The Nite People, Simon Dupree & The Big Sound, Terry Reid with Peter Jay & The Jaywalkers, The Marionettes, Alan Field

Beach Boys Ticket          
  Tour Press Advert Beach Boys Programme
4th October   The Young Rascals, Traffic, Art, The Vanilla Fudge, Jeffery Lenner, Tomorrow Feat. Keith West Young Rascals/Traffic tour flyer          
14th October

“The Soul Explosion Tour”

Sam & Dave, Percy Sledge, Arthur Conley, Eddie Floyd, Booker T & The MG’s, Linda Carr, Little Charles, Sam Baker

Soul Explosion programme          
4th November Tom Jones, Kathy Kirby, Ted Heath Orchestra Tour Flyer Tom Jones, Kathy Kirby poster          
26th April   Gene Pitney, Status Quo, Simon Dupree and the Big Sound, Amen Corner, Don Partridge, Lucus and The Mike Cotton Sound
Gene Pitney Programme 1968          
27th April   Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames, Status Quo   Geogie Fame & The Blue Flames Ticket          
28th April   Count Basie & His Orchestra, Georgie Fame Count Basie advert          
4th October   Scott Walker, The Love Affair, Casuals, Tommy James & The Shondells The Paper Dolls, The Ronnie Scott Orchestra, The Gunn Scott Walker programme Scott Walker Poster Scott Walker Tour Ticket          
8th December   The Beach Boys, Vanity Fare, Eclection, Roger "Twiggy" Day, Barry Ryan, Bruce Channel Beach Boys programme Beach Boys flyer          
15th December   Chuck Berry
21st February   Gene Pitney, The Iveys, Mike Quinn, Joe Cocker & The Grease Band, Marmalade, Lucus & The Mike Cotton Sound
Gene Pitney Backstage Programme & Ticket          
Gene Pitney Tour press advert  
22nd March   Stevie Wonder, The Foundations, The Flirtations, The Big Movement, The Raisins Stevie Wonder poster Stevie Wonder ticket          
4th April   Martha & The Vandellas, Marv Johnson, Jimmy Johnson & The Bandwagon, Bobby Patrick Big Movement, Glen Smith (compère)              
22nd June   The Beach Boys, Rainbow People, Marmalade, The Raisins   Beach Boys ticket          
11th May   Aretha Franklin, Joe.E.Young & The Tonics, Lucus & Mike Cotton Sound, Robert Knight, Johnnie Walker Aretha Franklin flyer Aretha Franklin programme          
12th September   The Beach Boys  
7th November   Cliff Richards, The Shadows, Marcie & The Cookies, Alan Field  
9th December   The Beach Boys, Paul Ravere and The Raiders  
Also that year   Amen Corner record their 'live' album 'The National Welsh Coast Live Explosion Company' (Don't know date of recording - Anyone?)  
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