Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Police Ballroom gigs - Coventry

Pete Clemons unlocks the hidden history of  Coventry's Police Ballroom gigs and some of the big names that played there, in his latest Coventry Telegraph article - reproduced here on his behalf...



This is an advert from the Broadgate Gnome 1970 for a gig at the Police Ballroom.

HERE IS A VIRTUAL POLICE BALLROOM CONCERT REFLECTING THE CHANGING STYLES OF MUSIC FROM ROCK N ROLL TO PROGRESSIVE ROCK TO EARLY SOUL AND SKA TO COMUS...

Obviously Elvis never played the Police Ballroom in Coventry but give this track lent its title to Pete's article - here's a glimpse of  how such a concert might have gone there!





Here are some of the artists that played there -

I think Danny Rivers -  Joe Meek penned the B Side of this single (listen to it on youtube here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRIdEusC9EQ) - meanwhile the A side - some more rock n roll -

From 1963.....


Michael Cox  - In April



Nelson Keene - Image of a Girl



Coventry hit group The Sorrows who were hot on the continent and chart toppers in Italy in the mid 60's - Don Fardon etal in concert in Offenbach https://sites.google.com/site/bandsfromcoventry/coventry-bands-a-to-z/coventry-bands-s/the-sorrows


Another mid 60's Coventry band - The Mighty Avengers - So much in Love -
https://sites.google.com/site/bandsfromcoventry/coventry-bands-a-to-z/coventry-bands-m/mighty-avengers


Legendary Coventry soul man Ray King played there with his King Size Kings - however this is the Ray King Soul Band live at the Playboy  Club in London https://sites.google.com/site/bandsfromcoventry/coventry-bands-a-to-z/coventry-bands-r/ray-king-soul-band-pact




And yet another big Coventry band from the mid 60's - The Matadors who signed with Joe Meek.






The Peeps (Martin Cure)
https://sites.google.com/site/bandsfromcoventry/coventry-bands-a-to-z/coventry-bands-p/the-peeps
















Broadgate Gnome advertised Wandering John 2 along with Comus and Demon Fuzz in 1970. Coventry band Wandering John had split up and Wandering John 2 was to be led again by John Gravenor only with new musicians including Neol Davies, later of the Selecter. However this is the original wandering John at their 40th reunion in 2010 - filmed by at the Sphinx club Coventry 2010 by Nomad of Lyme Regis TV.

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