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Force Five

Force Five, (not to be confused with the group of the same name from Southend on Sea, who cut some records and appeared on Ready Steady Go), were one of the many groups formed in Birmingham in the early sixties. They didn’t record anything or appear at any top venues but had fun playing the music of the day. They were active between 1962 and 1966

There were many members:-

Richard (Rick) Gale. Rythmn Guitar

Paul Davies. Bass/Vocals

Barry Gummery. Lead Guitar

Dave Curtis. Lead Guitar

John Rawson. Drums

John Proctor. Bass/vocals

John Goodchild. Drums

Dave Hall. Drums

Gordon Lee. Lead Guitar/vocals

Bill Taylor. Vocals

Ron Comley. (non playing, but wrote songs)

The most settled and active line up was Gale/Curtis/Goodchild/ Proctor and Taylor.

The band was managed by Rick Gale’s father, Dick, who also came up with the name.

The band started with friends Rick and Barry, who went to Kings Norton Grammar School getting together with Paul who went to Moseley Art School and was in the same class as Roy Wood. John Rawson, also of KNGS, was recruited and the band (then called The Deltones) used to go to the dances held each week at Bournville Church Hall and borrow the booked band’s amps and drums and do a few numbers in the interval. One of these bands was Carl Wayne and The Vikings who were really nice to us. Curtis and Proctor also of KNGS joined along with Taylor who went to Bournville Technical School. Bill’s friend Ron was a good songwriter and wrote several songs for us. Force Five then started playing at youth club dances, clubs, weddings and other social events around Birmingham. In the summer of 1966 Gale got a place at one of the London Universities, Proctor went off to train as a PE teacher in Loughborough, Curtis started a course at Aston University, Goodchild went to study Architecture and Taylor moved away with his job, so the band broke up. Fast forward to 2010…. Ron Comley, who in the Force Five days had also fronted The Impacts (mentioned on this site), had reformed The Impacts, which featured Bill Taylor on vocals. Bill had been a long time member of The Taylor Made Band. Ron was also in a second band called V60, playing bass and singing. V60 needed a guitarist and although they hadn’t been in contacy for nearly 50 years, he managed to trace Rick Gale through facebook. Rick then joined V60 who were playing much the same set list as Force Five did in the 60’s. In 2015 Ron, who by now, was over 70, decided to retire. V60 then recruited Bill Taylor from the now defunct Impacts. Tom Houghton took over on bass and vocals, to join Pam Holiday (drums/vocals) and Chris Watts (vocals/guitar). V60 changed their name to The Vintage Sixties Company. They rehearse regularly and play the occasional gig.

Lemon Tree

LEMON TREE gigs sent in by Nick Warburton

18 September 1967 – Regent Club, Langley Green, West Midlands with The Method (Express & Star)

2 December 1967 – Purple Pussycat, Hull, Humbershire with Purple Mist (Hull Daily Mail)

19 January 1968 – 76 Club, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire (http://www.76club.org.uk/gigs.html)

10 March 1968 – Queen’s Beat Club, Erdington, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)
30 March 1968 – Plaza Ballroom, Handsworth, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)

7 April 1968 – Cat Balou Club, Grantham, Lincolnshire (Melody Maker/Grantham Journal)
13 April 1968 – Walsall Town Hall, Walsall, West Midlands with The Harlems (Express & Star)

18 May 1968 – Belfry, Wishaw, West Midlands with Stafords (Birmingham Evening Mail)
22-23 May 1968 – Hatchetts, Piccadilly London (Melody Maker/Mick Capewell’s Marmalade Skies)

13 June 1968 – Hatchetts, Piccadilly, London (Poster at Jonathan Marks’ website: https://imgur.com/a/sWtBd#0)

Record Mirror – second single released 14 June 1968

29 June 1968 – Hatchetts, Piccadilly, London (Poster at Jonathan Marks’ website: https://imgur.com/a/sWtBd#0)

20 July 1968 – Queen’s Beat Club, Birmingham (Birmingham Evening Mail)

10 August 1968 – Rainbow Room Club, Ship Hotel, Weybridge, Surrey (Woking Herald)

Record Mirror – 10 August, page 4 – story on the band. Mentions Australian tour

1 September 1968 – Brussels Pop Festival, Brussels, Belgium (Record Mirror)
22 September 1968 – Cat-Balou, Grantham, Lincolnshire (Grantham Journal)

11 October 1968 – Mansfield Palais, Nottinghamshire (Nottingham Evening Post)
12 October 1968 – Guildford Civic Hall, Guildford, Surrey with The Switch (Guildford Advertiser)

1 November 1968 – King’s College, Strand, London with The Move and Hearts ‘N’ Soul (Melody Maker)
16 November 1968 – Leyton Town Baths, Leyton with Granny’s Intentions (Leyton Express)
23 November 1968 – Golden Torch, Tunstall, Staffordshire (Evening Sentinel)

5 December 1968 – Station Inn, Selly Oak, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)
9 December 1968 – Bull’s Head, Yardley, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)

9 May 1969 – Bull, Birmingham (Birmingham Evening Mail)

John Bull Breed

JOHN BULL BREED gigs sent in by Nick Warburton

4 February 1966 – Carlton Club, Erdington, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)
21 February 1966 – Fisher and Ludlow, Belfry, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)
22 February 1966 – Carlton Club, Erdington, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)

3 March 1966 – Station Inn, Selly Oak, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Post)
7 March 1966 – The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands with The Move featuring Carl Wayne and The Sombreros (Birmingham Evening Mail)
19 March 1966 – Hereford Lounge, Yardley, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)
30 March 1966 – Rum Runner, Birmingham (Birmingham Evening Mail)
31 March 1966 – Carlton Club, Erdington, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)

5 April 1966 – Carlton Club, Erdington, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)
6 April 1966 – Hereford Lounge, Yardley, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)
7 April 1966 – Black Horse, Northfield, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)
11 April 1966 – Mayfair Club, Belfry, Wishaw with Tomm Quickly and William’s Conquers (Birmingham Evening Mail)
13 April 1966 – Hereford Lounge, Yardley, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)
19 April 1966 – Carlton Club, Erdington, West Midlands with Lee Stevens (Birmingham Evening Mail)
20 April 1966 – Hereford Lounge, Yardley, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)
23 April 1966 – Sutton Town Hall, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands with Tony Jackson & The Vibrations and Danny King (Birmingham Evening Mail)
27 April 1966 – Hereford Lounge, Yardley, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)

28 July 1966 – Carlton Club, Erdington, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)
30 July 1966 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London (Melody Maker)

4 August 1966 – Carlton Club, Erdington, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)
10 August 1966 – The Lyndon, Sheldon, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)
15 August 1966 – Holly Bush, Quinton, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)
26 August 1966 – Regency Ballroom, Bath with 5 AM Event (Evening Post)

15 October 1966 – Union Rowing Club, Trent Bridge, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

Heronimus Fin

A Brief History

Formed in Birmingham in 1994 from the remnants of two Birmingham Punk Bands (Jon Buxton -Misspent Youth` & Paul Panic – The Accused) `Heronimus Fin` play 1960`s English style Psych/Underground Rock. Their 1st Album was released in 1995 on Garden Records called `The World According To…` followed by the E.P Release `Purple Pictures` in 1997 this was also the year that the band first entered the `Top 500 Collectible Artists` Poll in `Record Collector Magazine` where they stayed for 6 years peaking at #196 above the likes of The Stereophonics, Cream, The Eagles, The White Stripes, Foo Fighters, Robert Plant, Joe Satriani, Can and even Roger Waters.

In 1998 the band released their 2nd album `Riding the Great Fantastic` which was closely followed in 1999 with their next E.P `Animal Tragic` released in conjunction with and to raise money for Monkey World in Dorset. The band appeared on Channel 4`s Big Breakfast & were featured on the then embryonic `Ideal World` shopping channel performing 3 songs.

They are proud of the Birmingham heritage as shown by their Promo Videos for `Shadows (filmed on the Gas Street canal)
The Ladder (possibly the only video filmed on top of the now incinerated Broad Street statue called `The Future`)
England (filmed at the Top of New Street)

Due to their record label Garden records signing a distribution deal with BMG in 2001 `The World According To…` album was reissued simultaneously with a new release recorded live entitled `Bloodguilt`. At this point the band were invited by aficionado and booking agent Chris Alexander to play support to Roger Chapman (Family) at the Astoria 2 plus a half hour special on Paperlates 250th Anniversary Show in Holland with Uriah Heep, Richard Sinclair (Caravan) & Eddie Hardin (Spencer Davis Group).

The band took a sabbatical working on other artists releases until 2016 when they released their own 4th album `Blown Into Another Man`s Sky` mastered by Pete Maher (U2, Rolling Stones etc)

The Telstars

Hi Although we were a group from the Cannock Area we were around Brum doing the Regan Circuit like many of the groups on your list.
I felt it important enough to be in touch as we were part of that 60s music scene and as I was born and bred in Brum (Winson Green ) I always think of us as a midland group.
We were featured and mentioned in Midland Beat on many occasions.
I have many pictures – dates & cuttings I can supply you with – so here is a run down of the group:

Lead guitar – Terry Heath
Bass guitar – Dave Jones
Organist – George Davis
Drums – Myself – Colin Corbett
Singer – Ian Lees

As you can see Ian ‘ Sludge ‘ Lees went on to sing with the Montanas and Light Fantastic and is still performing as a comedian.
We had a business man Gerry Southgate as our Manager who put lots of money into the band – we had a new Commer van – A professional musical director – recorded at Hollick & Taylor and a Photo session by Dezo Hoffeman, The Beatles Photographer.

I have 12 copies of Midland Beat from those couple of years and I have had then Copied & Enlarged to A3 size and have laminated the copies which I intend to leave to the Birmingham library.
Will send a couple of pictures but can send more if they’re wanted.

Great days & memories.
I’m now semi retired and since 1976 have been a Professional Dance Teacher with my Wife .

Hope you find this useful

Colin Corbett

Lobster

Lobster are a six piece band from Birmingham, playing reggae and hip-hop influenced punk music.

Spit Lyric – Vocals & Rhythm Guitar, Doctor Trumpet – Trumpet, Reverend Long – Keys, Big Al – Lead Guitar, General Ginge – Bass, Lord Rimshot – Drums

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Gramophone Depot

Our current research takes us back to 1932, where we find The Gramophone Depot, although we do expect to find it floating around much earlier too. As with all Gramophone dealers of the time, you would have expected to find vinyl on sale. What is different about this shop is we note their inclusion to the Birmingham Trades listings as ‘Gramophone Depot (The) (records), 29 City Arcade – suggesting it may have been just records on sale and not the means to play them.

It is then in 1941 that they move location to 59-61 Corporation Street B2 c/o Scotchers Ltd. We understand that to be a record shop within a Gramophone shop under different names. That won’t be the last time we see that happen, but was it the first? Remember WWII is in full swing at this time.

1943 sees yet another change to their listing. ‘Gramophone Depot (The), gramophones, records & radio specialists c/o Scotchers Ltd.

1944 the Gramophone Depot name disappears altogether with Scotchers remaining. So was the record shop dissolved into Scotchers? It does seem highly likely.

The-Gramophone-Depot

Gramophone-Depot

The House That Jack Built

Well here is a strange one. We can’t find any evidence of this outside of the album sleeves. Chances are it was a store of sorts that also sold records. Does anyone remember?

the-house-that-jack-built

the-house-that-jack-built2

Dale Forty

We first discover Dale Forty & Co. Ltd. in 1947, with evidence of three businesses open until 1952 but nothing showing in 1967 (we currently have a gap in our research).

80-84 New Street B2
Pinfold Street B2
Offices & Works 48 Broad Street B1

Dale-Forty

The Gig Shop

Well this is a bit of a mystery. Smack bang in the city centre on Union Street. Any ideas?

The-Gig-Shop

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