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1960      
24th January   Sarah Vaughan, Johnny Dankworth and hie Orchestra Sarah Vaughan Programme    

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

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          
1st October   Miles Davis  
      Jimmy Jones Programme          
18th October Jimmy Jones, Mark Wynter, Michael Cox & The Hunters,        
 

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

       
         
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
 
 
30th October   Connie Francis, Cyril Stapleton Showband   Connie Francis flyer          
   
       
1961      
12th January   Dave Brubeck Quartet, The Joe Harriett Quintet inside Dave Brubeck programme Dave Brubeck Tour Programme          
           
19th February   June Christie  
       
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          
                     
                     
                     
                     
     
1962      
                 
       
17th March   Gerry Mulligan Quartet, The Four Freshmen, Kenny Baker,
Matt Munro, Jeri Southern and Danny Williams
 
1st April   Count Basie & His Orchestra, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross Count Basie Flyer Count Basie programme          
14th April  

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

Nina & Frederick Programme          
5th May   Louis Armstrong & His All Stars, Gerry Brown's Jazzmen   Louis Armstrong Programme          
    Louis Armstrong Poster
       
1st June   Frank Sinatra, Shirley Bassey, Nelson Riddle Orchestra  
9th June   Errol Garner         Erroll Gardner programme          
7th October   George Shearing, Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughan George Shearing Programme          
       
24th November   Johnny Mathis   Johnny Mathis flyer          
2nd December   Dave Brubeck Quartet Dave Brubeck Quartet programme          
                   
1963      
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 poster Cliff Richard Programme          
30th March Cliff Richard & The Shadows, Alan Randell, The Vernons Girls, Patsy Ann Noble, The Trebletones, Frank Berry        
           
             
         
         
       
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          
   
 
 
24th May   The Commonwealth Day Concert  
13th May   Nat King Cole, Ted Heath & His Music Nat"King"Cole Concert Flyer          
      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         Tickets from Beatles Chrismas Show 1963/4        
11th January   With Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas, Rolf Harris,        
The Fourmost, Barron Knights, Tommy Quickly, Cilla Black        
                 
John Lennon had his Gibson J160F guitar stolen during these shows 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          
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
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.
Beatles from stage left          
Lennons "stolen" Gibson guitar        
    Neil Aspinall's backstage pass Beatles backstage pass Beatles on stage          
         
       
1964      
18th January   The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra with Frank Sinatra Junor, Hellen Forest, The Pied Pipers 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"

       
  Joe Brown Poster Joe Brown Programme Back Joe Brown Programme    
    Your lucky stars flyer          
21st March   Ella Fitzgerald  
                 
30th March Cliff Richard & The Shadows, Dailey & Wayne, Bob Millar & The Millermen          
  Cliff Richard Programme inside programme Cliff Richard Poster        
12th April   Shirley Bassey  
2nd May   Dave Clark Five, Mark Wynter, The Hollies, The Kinks, The
Dave Clark Five tour programme Dave Clark Five Poster          
  Mojos, The Trebletones, Frank Berry              
9th/10th May   Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, King Size Taylor & The Dominos, The Animals,The Nashville Teens, The Swinging Blue Jeans,
Karl Denver, Larry Burns, Burn Elliott & The Fennmen, The Other Two

             
  Chuck Berry ProgrammeChuck Berry Poster

 

Berry show stalls ticket 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 June Cannonball Aderley
    First UK Tour  
     
18th July   Ray Charles & His Orchestra with The Raelets Ray Charles Programme Ray Charles ticket        
Ray Charles Flyer        
15th September   The Rolling Stones, Charlie & Inez Foxx,Mike Berry, The Mojos, Billie Davis, Simon Scott, The LeRoys, The Innocents

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

 

       
 
       
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 programme Manfred Mann/Bill Haley Poster          
  Manfred Mann - Bill Haley ticket
                   
17th October The Honeycombs, Millie, Lulu & The Luvers, The Puppetts,
The Applejacks, The Beat Merchants, Daryl Quist, The Shouts,Gene Vincent

           
  Billed as "The Big Beat Scene"   Honeycombs Poster 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        
    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        
     
1965      
19th 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)
  Chuck Berry Programme          
Chuck Berry poster
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 tour poster      
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
 
       
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 Show ticket        
Motown uk Tour Artists The Tamla Motown Show ProgrammeMotown Show Poster
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 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          
Gene Pitney tour flyerBack Page of ProgrammeGene Pitney Programme Gene Pitney Poster
   
11th December   The Beatles Christmas Show with Moody Blues, The Koobas,
Beryl Marsden & Steve Aldo, Jerry Stevens, The Paramounts and The Marionettes
  Beatles Ticket          
Also that year   Paul Gurvitz (Baker Gurvitz Army)played his first professional live gig as a member of The Knack, at the theatre              
       
1966      
      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
 
              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  
  Roy Orbison Tour Poster
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 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, Les Fleur de Lys, VIPs, Sharon Tandy          
                       
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 Dusty Springfield ticket      
Tour Advert Dusty Springfield Poster
                   
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
  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 Programme Beach Boys Tour Poster          
Beach Boys tour flyer
       
       
13th November   “ The Star Scene Tour” with The Walker Brothers, The Troggs, Dave Dee,Dozy,Beaky, Mick & Tich, The Creation              
       
1967  
   
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 & Barry Ryan, PP Arnold, Robb Storme Group Roy Orbison Poster Roy Orbison Programme          
                   
   

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 programme Hollies tour flyer      
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 Programme Beach Boys Ticket          
Tour Press Advert
   
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          
       
1968      
     
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          
       
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
             
         
1969      
21st February   Gene Pitney, The Iveys, Mike Quinn, Joe Cocker & The Grease Band, Marmalade, Lucus & The Mike Cotton Sound
  Programme & Ticket          
Gene Pitney Tour press advert       Gene Pitney Backstage
     
     
     
     
   
22nd June   The Beach Boys, Rainbow People, Marmalade   Beach Boys ticket          
11th May   Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin programme Aretha Franklin flyer          
       
12th September   The Beach Boys  
       
       
7th November   Cliff Richards, The Shadows  
9th December   The Beach Boys, Paul Ravere and The Raiders  
       
Also that year   Amen Corner  
         
         
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