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The Sombreros

Base Brian has written in:

Hi,  don’t if you have heard of this Brum Band;  The Sombreros.  If memory serves me right I think they played a lot around the Kings heath, Selly Oak and  Northfield pubs back in the best times (The Sixties’)  Here is a mention of them I found while browsing the web.

A very popular group in the local area throughout much of the 60s. They originated from Birmingham in 1963 as the Sombreros but changed the name in 1964 to Sight & Sound. They recorded on Fontana (Alley Alley/Little Jack Monday) and included some outstanding players in their ranks at various times including Geoff Turton and Mike Sheridan. In 1969 the group had Joe Valentine, Dave Pritchard, Pete Smith and Bob Doyle (later members included Nev Chamberlain (ex-Peasants) and John Davies). They started playing on the P&O cruise liners and were managed by Mike Carroll.

Rock Family Trees – The Birmingham Beat

Following on from the Something Else find, here is another slice of great Birmingham music related material with the BBC Rock Family Tree, Birmingham Beat episode which aired in 1995. I’ve rescued it from the nether regions of You Tube for your viewing delight.

I remember watching this and being distinctly unimpressed at the time. Watching back again now there is/was some absolutely fabulous music being created from the 60s-80s by Birmingham musicians. Roy Wood will always be a genius for me, but the brilliance of ELO and the Moody Blues can’t be overlooked and people like Trevor Burton and Steve Gibbons never get the recognition they deserve. Thinking of the recent Punk Britannia, pub rock only happened in London, by London bands and this was a precursor to Punk, well here is Steve Gibbons to blow that assertion out of the water!

This is great slice of Birmingham music history. Enjoy!

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