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Top Rank

Our aim to build a complete list of gigs at the Top Rank. Here’s a start but we need your help!

Sited in Dale End the Top Rank was later to become The Hummingbird and then The Academy

The Nice 11/08/68
Slade, Status Quo 15/05/72
Mungo Jerry 28/07/72
Jigsaw, Montanas 21/08/72
Wizzard, Sweet 25/08/72
Roxy Music, Supertramp 05/11/72
Edgar Broughton Band, Spontaneous Combustion, Babe Ruth 17/11/72


Ron Brinsdon sent in this ticket stub of The Stranglers gig at the Top Rank and Brian sent in this ticket stub from The Jam gig.

Memories of Brum Gigs 77-79. Where you there?

So here it is, 657 gigs that took place in Brum from 77-79. Compiled by Neil from gigs he attended, gigs he saw advertised in the Sunday Mercury, evening Mail and Melody Maker. It is an incredible picture of the bands who played and played together and the venues they played. I’m really interested in the history of Barbarellas and the bands who played there over that period is a who’s who of punk.

I want to thank Neil for providing such an amazing list of gigs and throw it open to BPMA community to add other gigs, amend line ups, and share memories of the gigs. What were the bands like, who did you go with, what was the best gig?

As always, over to you!

Peter York

hi. i was the first dj at the top rank suite in 1967, i moved to bham after a stint on pirate radio, radio city, i was at the rank till 1968, when i joined radio one untill i moved to radio birmingham 1974 to 1982, then to radio oxford till 1990, i still dj doiung a retro disco with all the music of the 60 70 80etc, i have loads of old photos of mw during my brum days and lots of memories of ther groups i worked with and other clubs i was at such as the opposite lockj and elbow room. great days great music, birmingham back in the day lead the world,

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