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Genghis Smith
Ireland
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1 of 86  Fri 15th Oct 2010 10:40pm  
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Have just come across a copy of ALTERNATIVE SOUNDS from late 79, when the city was full of good pubs and all types of music. If you didn't like the band you were watching, anywhere between Gosford St & Spon End, there would be plenty of places you could stick your head round the door. Here are two pages.
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Rob Orland
Historic Coventry
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2 of 86  Fri 15th Oct 2010 11:27pm  
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Nice one for finding that mag Genghis! There's some great stuff in there... how about Specials, Selector & Dexy's Midnight Runners all in one gig at Tiffany's on Thur 29th Nov! And I love Rich's rather frank comment about A.S. issue 7 in the 'Letters' column!!! That record stall in Intershop was always an aladin's cave for odd records too. I'd also forgotten that at one time we only used to have 5-digit 'phone numbers to remember in Coventry!
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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3 of 86  Tue 16th Nov 2010 2:27pm  
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5-digit numbers were great Rob ;o) I've still got one of my mum's old phones with the 5-digit number print-out on. She still has the same number with the additional digits added! (never changed). I remember being concerned for Browns Comedy Club having to change from the 0203 Club.
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BrotherJoybert
Coventry
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4 of 86  Sat 4th Feb 2012 1:58pm  
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A couple of previously unreleased tracks from the Lieutenant Pigeon stable ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbe_XztiNsY "Calor Gas W.M.C." recorded in 1979 by 'The Binj'd Rinkas' Am sure anyone who performed in bands during this period can relate to the lyrics. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1hS-BlhD20 "Warwick by Morning Light" recorded in 1979 by Rob Woodward. Rob was once known as Shel Naylor and as a 17 year old recorded a track called "One Fine Day" - written by Dave Davies (The Kinks) and featuring a young Jimmy Page as a session guitarist on it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhCD8a3bjlQ Rob of course went on to find fame with Lieutenant Pigeon.
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nirvana
coventry
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5 of 86  Sat 4th Feb 2012 4:30pm  
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He was actually known as Shel Naylor and the Chimes, the chimes being his backing band.
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BrotherJoybert
Coventry
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6 of 86  Sat 4th Feb 2012 6:14pm  
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On 4th Feb 2012 4:30pm, nirvana said: He was actually known as Shel Naylor and the Chimes, the chimes being his backing band.
Very debatable and certainly not marketed as "Shel Naylor and the Chimes" ... the few recordings he made as Shel Naylor such as "One Fine Day" do not feature The Chimes on them.
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nirvana
coventry
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7 of 86  Sun 5th Feb 2012 6:47am  
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I saw him in 1964 in Great Yarmouth on the same bill as Billy Fury and he was billed as Shel Naylor and the Chimes, also on the bill was a singer called Daryl Quist.
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BrotherJoybert
Coventry
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8 of 86  Sun 5th Feb 2012 1:37pm  
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On 5th Feb 2012 6:47am, nirvana said: I saw him in 1964 in Great Yarmouth on the same bill as Billy Fury and he was billed as Shel Naylor and the Chimes, also on the bill was a singer called Daryl Quist.
He recorded two records as Shel Naylor - both prior to Great Yarmouth. These came after The Orchids and he won a talent show at The Orchid Ballroom. Rob performed 'Great Balls of Fire' - taking his inspiration from Jerry Lee Lewis who appeared at The Matrix Ballroom some years earlier. The competition was organised by Larry Page who had managed to persuade two of Decca Records American producers Shel Talmy and Mike Stone, to attend the talent show and offer the winners a prize of a recording deal. Larry Page managed a lot of Coventry bands at the time. Rob went down to London and the first record that was recorded, in 1963, featured an unusual arrangement of Irving Berlin's "How Deep is the Ocean" plus "La Bamba". He had no backing band at the time but musicians such as Nigel Fletcher and Don Ker were waiting in the wings to play with him on 'live' shows should the record be a hit. For the purpose of this recording however, Decca's experienced session musicians were used including Big Jim Sullivan on guitar, Arthur Greenslade on piano and the woodwind and brass sections included Benny Green, Kenny Baker and Red Price. Bobby Graham played the drums. Shel Talmy produced the record so Larry Page renamed Rob "Shel Naylor" in tribute to him. This record was released the same day that President Kennedy was assassinated. The record was voted a "Miss" on Juke Box Jury and things deteriorated from then on! 1964 began with news of a another recording session and this time Rob opted to record a song written by Dave Davies of The Kinks - another band being managed by Larry Page. The 'B' side was called "It's Gonna Happen Soon" - though Rob wanted to record a number he'd written himself called "Stompin' Joe". The session guitarist on these tracks was Jimmy Page. This would be the last Shel Naylor record. It was released in March and went the same way as the first. The Kinks hit the big time shortly after and Larry Page soon lost interest in his Coventry acts. In Summer 1964 'Shel Naylor' was booked on his first summer season show - at Great Yarmouth. Thumbs up Larry Page & Larry Parnes arranged for Johnny B Great and Rob to join a star studded cast to play at the Aquarium Theatre every Sunday throughout the summer months. Brian Poole and the Tremeloes shared top billing with The Searchers on alternate weeks. The shows were the icing on the cake to what was to turn out to be a memorable summer of parties, get togethers with other stars, and his first charity football match. From week one it was all systems go! A young Mike Yarwood hosted the show. After the first show they had a big party and Rob recalls that there seemed to be more stars in Gt Yarmouth than in London that night. Billy Fury and Gene Vincent were appearing at other venues in Gt Yarmouth and Rob managed to have a chat with Gene Vincent. Rob recalls playing in the charity football match - playing against the likes of Morecambe & Wise, Des O'Connor, Carl Denver, Bert Weedon and many others. Des O'Connor is remembered as being a very talented player and the match was shown on Anglia Television. Rob earned 17 a week that summer.
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PhilipInCoventry
Holbrooks
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9 of 86  Sun 5th Feb 2012 8:17pm  
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Hi Wave I enjoyed listening to the linked tracks. Thank you. There was a time when I used to queue to get in some of the dance halls, including the Locarno in Coventry. Even when I visit the building as the library now I have flash backs to those days. Wave
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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10 of 86  Fri 14th Sep 2012 3:41am  
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I have just listened to the Van der Valk theme music and I had to mention it as it was one of my favourite detective series - Barry Foster. Come on Dutchman you must remember that one. First started in 1972. Hearing the music again had me thinking about all the good singers and BIG BANDS of 50's 60's 70's although I do sit up an listen to AC DC as my son was into their music and KISS plastered over his T shirt and school books. Also there was the radio show Desert Island discs, where there was a celebrity choosing their favourite music on a desert island. Then going back further there was Family favourites for the forces, now that was a good show especially if you knew someone who actually had their music played on air. Anyone interested in this one ? Wave
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Radford kid
Coventry
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11 of 86  Fri 14th Sep 2012 8:54am  
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Hello Dreamtime I remember Van De Valk, if my memory serves me correct I think the Theme tune was called High Level. At the time everyone was humming the tune. Colin. Wave
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MisterD-Di
Sutton Coldfield
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12 of 86  Fri 14th Sep 2012 10:16am  
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The theme to Van der Valk was actually called 'Eye Level'. It was a UK No.1 in September 1973 for the Simon Park Orchestra.
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dutchman
Spon End
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13 of 86  Fri 14th Sep 2012 1:48pm  
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On 14th Sep 2012 3:41am, Dreamtime said: I have just listened to the Van der Valk theme music and I had to mention it as it was one of my favourite detective series - Barry Foster. Come on Dutchman you must remember that one.
Yes, I hated it! Lol
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Radford kid
Coventry
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14 of 86  Fri 14th Sep 2012 2:52pm  
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On 14th Sep 2012 10:16am, MisterD-Di said: The theme to Van der Valk was actually called 'Eye Level'. It was a UK No.1 in September 1973 for the Simon Park Orchestra.
I nearly got it right, at first I liked it but it did wear a bit thin after hearing all the flippin' time. A bit like Telstar by the Tornados. Colin. Thanks for the correction by the way. Roll eyes
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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15 of 86  Fri 14th Sep 2012 4:13pm  
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On 14th Sep 2012 1:48pm, dutchman said:
On 14th Sep 2012 3:41am, Dreamtime said: I have just listened to the Van der Valk theme music and I had to mention it as it was one of my favourite detective series - Barry Foster. Come on Dutchman you must remember that one.
Yes, I hated it! Lol
Well. I liked it - don't care what you think!!!! Big grin Big grin Big grin Big grin
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