Category Archives: Hounslow

Miston-Tuac

Welcome to another posting of a series of gig listings for 1960s bands. None of these lists is exhaustive and my idea is to add to them in the comments section below over time. They are here for future researchers to draw on.  I have also added a few interesting bits of information and will add images in time.

I’d like to encourage band members to get in touch to share memories, or for anyone to send corrections/clarifications to my email: Warchive@aol.com 

Equally important, if you attended any of the gigs below or played in the support band, please do leave your memories below in the comments section for future historians to use. If you know of any missing gigs, please add them too, if possible, with the sources.

John Salisbury, Andy Allsup, Stuart Mead, Bobby Gee and Peter Buckner

MISTON-TUAC:

I have the following list of musicians who were members but have no further information about the band’s history and would welcome readers’ insights.

Barry Allmark – lead vocals

Andy Allsup – lead/rhythm guitar

Joe ? – rhythm

Phil ? – bass

John Roberts – drums (real name: John Salisbury)

 

Peter Buckner – bass

Stuart Mead – lead/rhythm guitar

Bobby Gee – lead vocals

 

Andrew Perry – drums

The band’s manager Roy Harris, who had left a message on the Ealing Club entry, and has since been in touch, said that they were a Hounslow band, which was confirmed by Peter Buckner, who added that they may have rehearsed in the Lord Palmerston.

According to the message that drummer John Salisbury left on the Ealing Club entry, the band’s original lead singer Bobby Gee died in France in a road accident. Former Downliner’s Sect member Barry Allmark came in as his replacement. However, Roy Harris says that it was the other way round; Bobby Gee replaced Barry Allmark.

Peter Buckner confirms that the line-up he worked with was Bobby Gee, Andy Allsup, Stuart Mead and John Salisbury.

At some point, John Salisbury (who worked under the name John Roberts) left and Andrew Perry joined on drums.

According to Roy Harris, another group billed as Mistral-Tuac appeared on the scene but bore no relation to this band. However, I’ve listed any gigs I have found by this band below.

Selected gigs:

13 June 1964 – Attic Club, Hounslow, Middlesex with Alex Harvey Soul Band (Kingston & Malden Borough News)

23 June 1964 – Attic Club, Hounslow, Middlesex with The Faires (Kingston & Malden Borough News)

 

4 July 1964 – Attic Club, Hounslow, Middlesex with Blues By Six (Kingston & Malden Borough News)

14 July 1964 – Attic Club, Hounslow, Middlesex with Alex Harvey Soul Band (Kingston & Malden Borough News)

 

25 August 1964 – Nurses Club, Jolly Gardeners, Isleworth, Middlesex (Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette)

 

30 October 1964 – Borough Assembly Hall, Aylesbury, Bucks with The Berries (http://aylesburymusictown.co.uk/) By other group, billed as Mistral Tuac

30 October 1964 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex (Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette) May have played other Fridays around this time

 

5 December 1964 – Borough Assembly Hall, Aylesbury, Bucks with The Penny Blacks (http://aylesburymusictown.co.uk/) By other group, billed as Mistral Tuac

 

2 January 1965 – Egham Hythe Social Centre, Egham, Surrey (Staines and Egham News) By other group, billed as Mistral Tuac

16 January 1965 – Royal Links Pavilion, Cromer, Norfolk with The Brokers (Julie Fielder book: What Flo Said Next) By other group, billed as Mistral Tuac

 

12 February 1965 – Ealing Club, Ealing, Middlesex (Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette)

 

6 March 1965 – Graven Hill Theatre, Bicester, Oxfordshire with The Primitives (Oxford Mail) By other group, billed as Mistral Tuac

20 March 1965 – Carfax Ballroom, Oxford with The Trolls (Oxford Mail) By other group, billed as Mistral Tuac

 

29 October 1965 – Borough Assembly Hall, Aylesbury, Bucks with The Quantum (http://aylesburymusictown.co.uk/) By other group, billed as Mistral Tuac

 

10 July 1966 – Byron, Greenford, Middlesex with Group One (Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette)

Thanks to Peter Buckner for the photo

 

 

 

Kalvin Starr Movement

This Hounslow, Middlesex-based group was featured in the Hounslow, Brentford & Chiswick Post in the early months of 1968.

The line up was:

Kalvin Starr (real name: Ken Nichols) – vocals, guitar
Eddy Davis – organ
Ray Wilson – tenor sax
Derek Johnson – trumpet
Alan Blackman – bass
Mick Nichols – drums

I would be interested to hear from anyone that can add any more to the band’s history.

The Attic Club, Hounslow, Middlesex

The Pitmen
The Pitmen

Opened on 2 June 1964, the Attic Club in Hounslow, Middlesex was an important music venue in West London.Attic Club Listings 1963

I have started to compile a list of artists that played at the venue and would welcome any additions as well as any memories of the club in the comments below.

5 June 1964 – Rey Anton & The Peppermint Men
13 June 1964 – Alex Harvey Soul Band and Miston-Tuac
20 June 1964 – The Cheynes, The Kingbees and The Roosters
23 June 1964 – The Fairies and Miston-Tuac
25 June 1964 – The Yardbirds and The Snowballs
4 July 1964 – Blues by Six and Miston-Tuac
7 July 1964 – Charlie & Inez Foxx and Spencer Davis Group
10 July 1964 – Erky Grant & The Tonettes, The Tempests and The Second Thoughts
14 July 1964 – Alex Harvey Soul Band and Miston-Tuac
24 July 1964 – The Animals and Steve Marriott’s Moments
19 August 1964 – The Pitmen
21 August 1964 – Manfred Mann and Gene & The Cossacks
1 September 1964 – The Soul Agents
12 September 1964 – Spencer Davis Group and The Pitmen
19 September 1964 – The Soul Agents
10 October 1964 – The Soul Agents
7 November 1964 – The Soul Agents

The above gigs were sourced from the Kingston & Malden Borough News. Clipping and photos courtesy of Gray Newell.

The Pitmen

The Dae-b-Four


The Dae-b-Four, early 1965, from left to right: Iain Pitwell, Rex Brayley, Bobby Dean, Brian Brayley and Roger Sidey
Iain Pitwell – lead vocals
Rex Brayley – lead guitar
Brian Brayley – rhythm guitar
Roger Sidey – bass
Bob Carpenter – drums
Bob Dean – drums
Malcolm Randall – drums
John Kerrison – drums
Kenny Slade – drums/vocals
 

Brothers Rex and Brian Brayley had first come to prominence with Tony Liddle & the Lads, a Hounslow band formed in 1962. The band also comprised singer Tony Liddle, bass player Roger Sidey and drummer Yan Kuttlevasher.

In mid-1964, Bob Carpenter replaced Kuttlevasher on drums but was succeeded by Bobby Dean from rival Hounslow band, The Stringbeats soon after. Dean introduced his friend, singer Iain Pitwell and the band became The Dae-b-Four.

However, Dean left in August 1965 to work with another local group, The Valkeries. Malcolm Randall from Rey Anton & The Peppermint Men took his place briefly. The line-up remained steady until November 1965 when John Kerrison came in on drums after playing in Germany with The Horizons. Kerrison had previously been a member of Frankie Reid & The Casuals and The Rocking Eccentrics.

Malcolm Randall later reunited with Pitwell in The All Night Workers in October 1967 after working as a freelance drummer and The Missing Links in the interim.

The new line up lasted until about August 1966 when Kerrison departed and subsequently joined Mick Liddell & Gli Atomi in Rome, Italy. The band recorded the track “La Mia Inghilterra”, after which Kerrison returned to the UK. By February 1967, Kerrison had linked up with Johnny Kidd’s former band, The Pirates. He then played with Episode Six and The Beachcombers.

The Dae-b-Four carried on with Sheffield drummer/singer Kenny Slade, who had previously worked with Dave Berry and his band, The Cruisers. Not long after, Iain Pitwell left and briefly left the music scene before reuniting with Malcolm Randall in The All Night Workers in October 1967.

When the band split in November 1966, Slade would briefly work with Bobby Hebb (alongside Nick Simper and Mick Stewart from The Pirates) before years later joining Joe Cocker’s Grease Band. In March 1967, Rex Brayley struck gold with The Love Affair.

Notable gigs:

30 March 1965 – Elms Club, South Harrow, Middlesex with Distortion
20 April 1965 – Elms Club, South Harrow, Middlesex with Bluesology (featuring future Elton John on piano)
24 August 1965 – Jolly Gardeners, Isleworth, Middlesex

Many thanks to Rex Brayley for the photos and input. Thanks also to Iain Pitwell, John Kerrison and Malcolm Randall.

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The Dae-b-Four, live, early 1966.
From left to right: Rex Brayley, Iain Pitwell and Brian Brayley

Kenny Slade lineup, 196?. From left to right: Rex Brayley, Roger Sidey, Kenny Slade and Brian Brayley
Newspaper clipping, 1 October 1965

 

Gig, 25 September 1965