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THE BANDS / DISCOGRAPHY

 

T H E   B A N D S
Beat Preachers
The Fortunes
Jigsaw
Shakin' Stevens & the Sunsets
Long Tall Ernie & The Shakers

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BEAT PREACHERS 1963-1966
Beat Preachers - R&B/mod/freakbeatband
Joined The Band in 1966.
Two month's later the band did splitup

R&B/mod/freakbeat 

Line up: Geoff Parson (guitar), Stuart Coleman (bass), Graham Rolaston (drums), Forbes Merrigan (lead guitar), Jackie McCormick (vocals). 

Formed around 1964 in Rugby. R&B/Mod outfit who supported The Who at the Matrix Hall in 1965. When they played the Parkstone Club the ad proclaimed "see all you mods there ...". Were known as the Midlands Rolling Stones. 

Released their lone single under the name The Carribeans (sic) in September 1965. The songwriter credits were 'Benn/Sherriff', after two famous local dignitaries. Reviews at the time noted "..a distinct West Indian sound..."

Added Saxophone (Tony Britnell - later of Jigsaw) in April 1966, but split up two months later. Some members joined Pinkerton’s Assorted Colours. 
Under Friars agency. Played The Walsgrave, The Coventry Flying Club, Orchid Ballroom, Reynold Chains factory, The Heath. 

Single (as 'The Carribeans'): 
A: Inside Out/B: ?? (Pye 7N 15961 - 1965) 

http://www.broadgategnome.co.uk/bands-b.htm



 
THE FORTUNES 1963 / 1965


In 1965 as session musician

http://www.songwriters.4t.com/photo.html


 
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JIGSAW 1966

 
The Early Days
The group formed in 1966 in Coventry, England and quickly became one of the top local club bands. The original line up consisted of Des Dyer (Lead Vocals and Drums), Clive Scott (Keyboards and Vocals), Barrie Bernard (Bass guitar), Tony Campbell (Guitar), Tony Britnell (Saxophone) and Kevin "Beppy" Mahon (Saxophone). Scott was previously in “Scott and The Antarctics”, Dyer had played in both “The Surfsiders” and “Clockwork Shoppe”, Campbell and Mahon had worked together previously in “The Mighty Avengers”, Bernard had been a member of “Pinkertons Assort. Colours”, while Britnel had worked with “The Fortunes”.

Jigsaw were, in fact, a British group who came from Coventry (near Birmingham for overseas readers). Virtually all of their material was written by drummer Des Dyer and keyboard player Clive Scott. Tony Campbell, ex of fellow Coventry group The Mighty Avengers was lead guitarist. Tony Britnell played sax and Barry Bernard played bass - he'd been in Pinkerton's Assorted Colours. The first recorded for MGM (UK) and Philips in the late sixties, then had some releases on the short-lived BASF label before scoring with "Sky High" on their manager (and publisher) Chas peate's Splash label here in the UK. All of the group's recordings are now owned by Splash. In America they had releases on Chelsea, 20th century and Elektra. They were hugely popular on the club and college circuit here, but with the exception of "Sky High" never made the charts. Dyer and Scott moved into production which is where Candlewick Green/The heywoods come in. Tarragon Records has issued a US Best Of, but I've tried on several occasions to get a UK company to do the same without success. Much underrated group.

Freakbeat / Pop

Line up: Clive Scott (organ, vocal), Kevin Mahon (tenor), Tony Britnel (tenor, vocal), Tony Campbell (guitar), Barry Bernard (bass), Des Dyer (drums).

Formed in April 1966 by ex members of The Mighty Avengers (Campbell / Mahon), Pinkertons Assorted Colours (Bernard), The Fortunes (Britnel) and The Transatlantics (Scott).

Main strengths were Scott/Dyer's songwriting talents (they'd previously placed songs with Engelbert Humperdink, as well as The Mighty Avengers).

Although formed in 1966, their debut disc wasn't until 1968.Their second single release was written by Alan Bown, who's own band Alan Bown Set, were label mates on MGM's Music Factory subsidiary. They recorded a number of good Pop/Psych/Progressive singles and albums before a 1975 UK Top Ten, with the unashamedly pop 'Sky High'

See below for more from Des Dyer.

Singles:

A:One Way Street/ B:Then I Found You (MGM 1410 1968)
A:Mr. Job/ B:Great Idea (Music Factory CUB4 1968)
A:Let Me Go Home/ B:Tumblin' (Music Factory CUB6 1968)
A:One Way Street/ B:Coffucious Confusion (Philips 6006112 1970)
A:Lolipop & Goody Man/ B:Seven Fishes (Fontana 600 7071 1970)

1971----
Keeping My Head Above Water .......... (A) Philips 600 6131 1971
Hanging Around ....................... (B) Philips 600 6131 1971
(Sleeve has been damaged - Donation by Ton Odijk)

A:Jesu Joy Of Man's Desiring/ B:? (Philips 600 6182 1971)

Albums:
Leatherslade Farm (Philips 630 9033 1970)
Aurora Borealis (Philips 630 8072 1971)
Broken Hearted (BASF BAG22291075 1973)
I've Seen The Film (BASF BAP5051 1974)

We asked Des "What bands were you in prior to Jigsaw ?" 
A. "I was in one band previous to Jigsaw with two names. In 1962/3 I started a band with my cousin Dave Hagan, we are the same age and we grew up living next door to each other. We always sang together, and would raid my older brother's record collection to listen to and learn new stuff . We could naturally harmonise together without even thinking about it. Dave played the euphonium at school and we would go out at Christmas time carol singing, me singing and Dave playing his euphonium. It was a nice sound but we never made a fortune! My brother bought loads of American records and we learned songs by the Platters, the Diamonds, mostly vocal harmony groups, but there was a favourite of ours entitled "Black Leather Trosers and Motorcycle Boots" by a band called "The Cheers", we loved it! We particularly liked the Everley Brothers, Jan & Dean, and the Beach Boys so we thought we'd think of a name relating to the surfing scene, so we called ourselves the "Surf Cyders", pretty ironic as we were slap bang in the middle of the UK about as far from the sea as you can get! We decided to mis-spell the "Siders" part of the name as "Cyders" because at the time we were getting the taste for cyder by telling the landlord at the off licence part of the local pub we were buying it for our parents. We were of course under age at the time. We thought spelling cyder this way was a really cheeky idea, as there was a reference to alcohol in the band's name, and nobody twigged it! The third member of the band was a guitarist called Paul Gunton who Dave knew from his school. He was a year older than us and more streetwise than we were, plus he had tattoos up and down his arms. He liked to play folk music, but we soon persuaded him otherwise and we were soon all singing to his guitar playing. At this stage we hadn't really worked out who was going to play what in the band, but we were so into music we knew we were going to do something. My brother owned an acoustic guitar which he'd tried unsuccessfully to play, so I did a deal with him and swapped my transistor radio for his guitar. I was soon strumming away as I practised incessantly, driving my parents potty. Dave also started to learn guitar so that meant we had three guitarists in the band. This was not very practical so we made a decision that Dave should play bass, Paul would play guitar, as he was the best guitar player, and I would play drums. My dad had played drums in the local skiffle band at the Long Lawford legion and I think it was in my genes because I picked it up quite quickly. I had to save money from my paper round to buy some drums. The trouble was I had to buy them piece by piece as I couldn't afford a whole kit. Another friend of Dave's called Russel became our "manager" and he entered us in the "Beat Contest" at the Granada cinema in Rugby. We were horrified as we had only been playing together a few weeks and had only done one gig at the local legion club, and another at the bus man's club at Coventry, plus I'd only managed to buy half a drum kit, so I hadn't even got a bass drum. But Russel was adamant that we should enter, so we did. We decided to play "Walking the Dog" and as a gimmick Paul managed to pursuade his girlfriend to walk across the stage wearing a flimsy top and a short skirt, walking her pet alsatian dog. On the night I was very nervous, as we were competing with the local established bands that were a lot older than us, and as a result one of my sticks flew out of my sweaty palms straight up into the air, and as luck would have it , it came straight back down again and I caught it. Everybody must have thought that this was all part of the act, as the place went ballistic. The judges on the night included members of "The Mighty Avengers", this was later to prove very significant in my future career, "The Mighty Avengers" were Rugby's top group who had released singles, some written by the Rolling Stones Jagger and Richards, and were considered to be gods. Well would you believe it ? WE WON. From that moment everything changed. We were suddenly local celebrities. I remember getting off the bus near my school on the Monday morning after the contest on the Sunday, and walking past the girl's school, I was on my own 'cos I was late for school again, and I heard these girls screaming. I looked across and saw all these girls hanging out of the windows and shouting and screaming at me. Then a whole line of them burst out of a door and ran towards me. I panicked and ran like hell to the safety of the boy's school. I sat down, out of breathe and thought how fantastic this was, I had gone from a kid who nobody noticed to an icon that girls were screaming at. From then on I was definitely hooked on the music business! I received a message, well it was more of a summons really, that Adrienne Cox, known as Ada, from the girl's school next door wanted to see me. She was the most beautiful girl at the school and we started going out together, this was just getting better and better. Russel was really working overtime now, and he manged to get us a regular gig at the Maple Ballroom in Northampton, where we were the support act to some of the top line groups of the time. We played with the Hollies, the Searchers, the Kinks, and Freddy and the Dreamers. 

The band gradually went off the surfing sound and played more R&B stuff, and as mine and Dave's tastes changed towards that direction, Paul decided that he wanted to get back to playing folk music, so he split from the band. As luck would have it Adrienne's cousin, Phil Clough was a guitarist, and we asked him to join us. We were getting quite a good reputation and were starting doing more prestigious gigs. 

In 1966 the singer from the Mighty Avengers decided to pack it all in and the remaining members of the band carried on under the name "Jigsaw" and conscripted various musicians from other bands in the area to complete the line up. Tony Campbell, who was basically the leader of the band, asked Clive Scott, of "Scott and the Antarctics" (What a name!), to join, and then he persuaded Tony Britnel, ex "Fortunes" sax player to join. They soon gained a terrific reputation and were regarded as the best band in the area. I saw them and thought they were fantastic. Then one night Tony Campbell knocked at my door, and said that Biffo Beach, the drummer was leaving and would I like to join. Well I was flabbergasted, the best band in the area was asking me to join? It was a difficult decision to make, but after many heart searching walks on my own and soul searching conversations with Adrienne I decided to leave my own band and join "Jigsaw." That was my pre - Jigsaw story. 

Wikipedia- Jigsaw_(band)

Spectropop.com


 
Des Dyer Vocals + Drums 1966 19??
Clive Scott Vocals + Keyboards 1966 19??
Barrie Bernhard Bass 1966 19??
Tony Campbell Guitar 1966 19??
Tony Britnell Saxophone 1966 19??
Kevin "Beppy" Mahon Saxophone 1966 19??



 
SHAKIN' STEVENS & THE SUNSETS 1973 / 1974


Dutch Tour 1973 (Probably Limburg, Holland)
 

Shakin' Stevens left the school as fast as possible, but now he is playing for the people who stayed. "Shakin' Stevens, British rock-idol rolling on 17. years on his 'rubberlegs'. On the Danish tour, he had a visit from 200 rockers from Copenhagen, they drove to the concert on their bikes to see the rock'n roller. They where so pleased, that they have planned to do there own concert on the 6. of November." Rock'n roll musicians have the same opportunity to music as jazz musicians: their music has always, and will always exist. And Shakin' Stevens And the sunsets is no exception. At the moment they are touring - and for the first time in Denmark. Tonight they be a part of a rock festival in Gladsaxe. Shakin Stevens and the Sunsets are six musicians, who are playing good together. Shakin Stevens himself playing, singing and rocking so well, that the British people have giving him the name "Rubberlegs". The other members are: Michael Skudder, Robert Llewellyn, Ian Lawrence, Paul Barret and Tony Britnell, the last being saxophonist who for many years played in The Fortunes.

For nearly ten years the group toured all over the UK and released a couple of albums and singles (Phil will deal with Shaky & Sunsets elsewhere.). Their gigs were wild affairs played to anyone from rockers to hippies to college students. One night at the Greenford Hotel in London, sax madman Tony "Twizzle" Britnall started blowing flames out of his mouth using lighter fluid which was soon all over the floor. Pretty soon the piano burst into flames and Shaky ran and jumped onto it and leapt forward onto a light fitting and swung backwards and forwards over the hysterical crowd. Next thing, the light fused and sparks started flying off it, landing in a teddy boys quiff which erupted into flames. What a sight, the floor burning, the piano covered in fire, Shaky dangling above the crowd on a sizzling light and people slapping a rockers head, trying to kill the flames! Needless to say, he didn't repeat this type of thing when he started appearing on Top Of The Pops.


Denmark Gigs 1973
http://web.ukonline.co.uk/forevershakin/concerts/1973denmark



 

Sjef van Oekel VPRO TV Show, Holland, 22.08.74


Probably Singles
1972 - Sweet Little Rock & Roller (Polydor) 
1973 - Honey Honey (Emerald)
1974 - It Came Out Of The Sky 

19?? - Keeping my head above water



 
LONG TALL ERNIE & THE SHAKERS / 1974-1981


POPTELESCOOP 02.11.74


PRESS PHOTO


PRESS PHOTO
BY COURTESY OF TON ODIJK

1974.10.12 Probably the first appearance in the Mies Bouwman Show:  "Een mens wil ..." with Long Tall Ernie & The Shakers / Zangeres Zonder Naam in "Rockville"

D I S C O G R A P H Y

 
LP VINYL
 1973 - SHAKIN'STEVENS & THE SUNSETS
 1975 - MANHATTAN MELODRAMA
 1982 - SHAKIN'STEVENS & THE SUNSETS

VIDEO
 1974 - LONESOME TOWN



RELATED

SINGLE VINYL
 1965 - HERE IT COMES AGAIN (FORTUNES)
 1986 - KEEPIN'ME ALIVE (VITESSE)

LP VINYL
 1975 - JIGSAW (JIGSAW)
 1979 - SLITHERING (THE BLUE BAND)
 1980 - PRISONER OF THE NIGHT (GOLDEN EARRING)
 1981 - POLLY (POLLY)
 1985 - LIGHTS IN THE AIR (VITESSE)
 1986 - KEEPIN'ME ALIVE (VITESSE)

CD
 1985 - KEEPIN'ME ALIVE (VITESSE)
 1999 - THE ELVIS SOUND OF TERRY LEE (TERRY LEE)


De Korenmarkt, Arnhem Holland
(Photo thanks to Ton Odijk)

LP VINYL

1973---- Click on backcover to enlarge
Shakin'Stevens & The Sunsets
Shakin'Stevens & The Sunsets - MINT JULEP LIMITED: 20
 1. The Spirit of Woodstock
 2. It Came Out Of The Sky
 3. Blue Moon Of Kentucky
 4. Big River Boogie
 5. Me And Bobby McGee
 6. Talahassee Lassie
 7. Honey Honey
 8. That's Rock 'n Roll
 9. Buzz Buzz Buzz
10. Don't Jive Me No More
11. Train Kept Rollin'
12. Return Of The Superstar
13. Holy Mooley 2001
14. Riot In Cell Block Number Nine


1975----
Shakin'Stevens & The Sunsets
MANHATTAN MELODRAMA - AN ORIGINAL TULIP PRODUCTION: CJS RECORDS
 1. Manhattan Melodrama
 2. Alan Freed
 3. California Cowboy
 4. Lady Lizard
 5. Punk
 6. Outlaw Man
 7. I Told You So
 8. Longer Stronger Love
 9. Like A Teenager
10. Holy Roller
11. No Other Baby
12. Get Back John

1975---- Click on backcover to enlarge
Shakin'Stevens & The Sunsets
MANHATTAN MELODRAMA - STRAND RECORDS: 6.24 926-01
 1. Manhattan Melodrama
 2. Alan Freed
 3. California Cowboy
 4. Lady Lizard
 5. Punk
 6. Outlaw Man
 7. I Told You So
 8. Longer Stronger Love
 9. Like A Teenager
10. Holy Roller
11. No Other Baby
12. Get Back John
(With Tony Britnell - Keyboards)



1982----
Shakin'Stevens & The Sunsets
Shakin'Stevens & The Sunsets - Mariann Int. Records  MILP 1318
SIDE A:
1. Tiger (UNKNOWN)
2. Get Back John (TOM FOGERTY)
3. Manhattan Melodrama (PAUL BARRETT)
4. Red Fleg Rock (instr) (PAUL BARRETT)
5. Girl In Red (PAUL BARRETT)
6. Jungle Rock (HANK MIZELL/BOBO)
SIDE B:
1. Give Me A Break (PAUL BARRETT0
2. Outlaw Man (PAUL BARRETT)
3. Donna (RITCHIE VALENS)
4. Don't Rip Me Off (PAUL BARRETT)
5. Sugaree (MARTY ROBBINS)

Produced by: P.Barrett and R.Lopeman 
Shakin Stevens .............. Vocals 
Ian Lawrence/Lloyd Jones .... Guitars 
Tony Britnell ............... Saxes 
"Rockin'" Louie ............. Drums 
Ace Skudder ................. Piano 
George Chick/Mal Priest ..... Bassists 

(SWEDISH RELEASE)
LP NIET IN BEZIT / LP NOT IN COLLECTION
NO FURTHER DATA


VIDEO

19740822
Shakin'Stevens & The Sunset (with Tony on Sax)
LONESOME TOWN - Sjef van Oekel VPRO TV Show, Holland, 22.08.74


RELATED
 
SINGLE VINYL

1965----
Fortunes
Here it comes again .............. (A) f.12243   decca mono
Things I should have known ....... (B) f.12243   decca mono
NL Top40: oct65, #2, 18w
(Tony Britnell Involved as session musician)


1985----
Vitesse
Lights In The Air ................. (A) 1a 006-12 7254 7 a emi/bovema
High On Music ..................... (B) 1a 006-12 7254 7 b emi/bovema
(Tony Britnell - Keyboard and Sax)


1986----
Vitesse
Keepin'Me Alive ................... (A) 1a 006-12 7347 7 emi/bovema
Lonely Strangers .................. (B) 1a 006-12 7347 7 emi/bovema
(Tony Britnell - Synthesizer)

LP VINYL

1980----
Golden Earring
PRISONER OF THE NIGHT - 2344 161 POLYDOR
1. Long Blond Animal
2. No For An Answer
3. My Town
4. Prisoner Of The Night
5. I Don't Wanna Be Nobody Else
6. Cut 'Em Down To Size
7. Will & Mercy
8. Come On In Outerspace
9. Going Crazy Again
(With Tony Britnell - Tenor Sax)



1975----
JIGSAW
JIGSAW - CHL-509 CHELSEA
With:Clive Scott, Des Dyer & Tony Britnell
01. Sky high
02. Thats the way it goes
03. Listen to the joker
04. Love fire
05. Mystic harmony
06. Have you heard the news
07. Mention my name
08. Baby dont do it
09. Tell me why
10. I`ve seen the film , i`ve read the book
11. Call collect


1981----
Polly
POLLY
SIDE 1:
 1. No Strings
 2. Helpless As A Mac Truck (*)
 3. The Ho Chi Minh Trail
 4. What Doesn't Destroy Me Makes Stronger
 5. Sanitized Your Protection
SIDE 2:
 6. Gin-and-Argument
 7. You Might As Well Live
 8. Love Is An Illness
 9. Clit Licks
10. Feed Me A Quarter

(*) Single Released / Composer: Arnie Treffers

Guitar: Jan De Hont / Hans Vermeulen / Hans Hollestelle
Bass  : Ivor Mitchell
Drums : Klaas Tuip
Piano : Hans Jansen
Sax   : Tony Britnell
All songs written by Jipp Golsteijn
Recorded at Studio Arnold Muhren
Cover design and Illustration: Arno Arts
Produced by Jip Golsteijn and Specs Hildebrand for Living Room Muisc Ltd.
Country music from Volendam, Holland.
(Producer: Arnie Treffers & Tony Britnell)

COMMENT:
DUTCH
Onder leiding van het schrijversduo Jip Golsteijn en Specs Hildebrand verschijnen onder de naam Polly de albums Polly en Slapstick Rock bij CBS. Op het album Polly doen een keur aan artiesten mee, te weten Hans Vermeulen, Hans Hollestelle, Jan de Hont, Ivor Mitchell, Klaas Tuip, Hans Jansen en Tony Britnell. De vocalen worden verzorgt door Specs Hildebrand, Jay Coster, Tanya, Yvonne Keely, Martha Hollestelle en Meike Touw.
UK
With the songwriters Jip Goldsteyn and Specs Hildebrand the LP's POLLY and SLAPSTICK have been released by CBS. There are a lot of artists playing on this
album: Hans Vermeulen, Hans Hollestelle, Jan de Hont, Ivor Mitchell, Klaas Tuip
Hans Jansen and Tony Britnell. Vocalists are: Specs Hildebrand, Jay Coster,
Tanya, Yvonne Keely, Martha Hollestelle and <eike Touw.

BRON / SOURCE: NATIONAAL POPINSTITUUT




1979----
The Blue Band
SLITHERING - 200.646 ARIOLA
 1. The Flash
 2. Not That Kind of Man
 3. Shall I
 4. Note On The Door
 5. My Brandnew Colour Set
 6. Dynamite Woman
 7. Lizards & Snakes
 8. I Love You All The Street
 9. Dead End Street
10. Letter In The Sand
11. Out In The Night
12. Orgy In The Commodore

Songs: 3 Tony Britnell (Sax)
Songs: 6 - - 7 - 11 Alfons Haket (BassGuitar)

COMMENT:
Mickey Duck en Donald Mouse zijn gemaakt door Henk Vos, zanger van The Blue Band
Mickey Duck and Donald Mouse are made by Henk Vos, vocalist of The Blue Band
 


 

CD

1985----
Vitesse
KEEPIN'ME ALIVE - EMI: 1A068 1272921
1. Spanish Heat (*)
2. Keepin'Me Alive (*)
3. All My Friends Are Homecomputerized
4. Lights In The Air (*)
5. You Turn Me On (*)
6. I Don't Like Sleepin' Solo
7. Lonely Strangers
8. I Want You So Much
9. Woman In Love
(Tony Britnell - Synthesizer)
Song 6 and 8 composer: Herman van Boeyen / Tony Britnell
LP TO CD COPY MADE
(*) Single Released!


 



1999----
Terry Lee
THE ELVIS SOUND OF TERRY LEE - Rarity Records: C192581
 1. Do you like it
 2. Dance, dance, dance #1
 3. If you live
 4. Don't want your love
 5. You're mine
 6. Hold me tight
 7. What can I do
 8. Sugar moon
 9. Anytime
10. Dance, dance, dance #2
11. If you want me
12. I follow you
13. Trouble
14. It's only that you are lonely
15. Can't you see
16. You will dance, believe me
17. Come on and get it
18. Take the Highway
Featuring:
LONG TALL ERNIE - Background Vocals and Guitar
Tony Britnell - Background Vocals and Sax
Herman Brood - Piano
Herman van Boeijen - Drums
 

TONY BRITNELL'S MERIDIAN ART


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