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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

The Misfits

Malcolm Grey has written in:

I was in a band called “The Rivals” in the early to mid 60s. Included in the band were Tom Loach on bass guitar (composer of “The Ice Cream Tree”), Eric Drinkwater on lead guitar, a drummer called Melvyn, and I was lead singer and we were managed by Mrs Drinkwater, Eric’s mother.

We subsequently changed our name to “The Misfits”, from then members changed to David Bailey, lead guitar, the others’ names escape me. We played regularly as support band to the big boys, at the Ritz, King’s Heath, the Plaza at Old Hill and the Handsworth Plaza and at many other venues.

Mick Deeley was also our Manager for a while, sadly Mick passed away last year.

It would be great to find some of the colourful characters with whom we shared the music, but having moved around the world, I found it very difficult to keep in touch.

The Rivals

Malcolm Grey has written in:

I was in a band called “The Rivals” in the early to mid 60s. Included in the band were Tom Loach on bass guitar (composer of “The Ice Cream Tree”), Eric Drinkwater on lead guitar, a drummer called Melvyn, and I was lead singer and we were managed by Mrs Drinkwater, Eric’s mother.

We subsequently changed our name to “The Misfits”, from then members changed to David Bailey, lead guitar, the others’ names escape me. We played regularly as support band to the big boys, at the Ritz, King’s Heath, the Plaza at Old Hill and the Handsworth Plaza and at many other venues.

Mick Deeley was also our Manager for a while, sadly Mick passed away last year.

It would be great to find some of the colourful characters with whom we shared the music, but having moved around the world, I found it very difficult to keep in touch.

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