The Five Proud Walkers

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.

THE FIVE PROUD WALKERS

Terry Elliott – lead vocals

Colin Forster – lead guitar

Jimmy Horrocks – organ/flute

John Treasis – bass

Richard Hudson – drums (ex-The Gonks)

 1964

29 September 1964 – Cavern, Westcliff, Kent (East Kent Times & Mail)

1965

29 May 1965 – St Peter’s Youth Club, Staines, Middlesex (Staines and Egham News) Billed as The Proud Walkers

 

6 June 1965 – Top Rank Dance Club, Odeon Theatre, Wood Green, London (Tottenham and Edmonton Weekly Herald)

 

23 July 1965 – Pontiac, Zeeta House, Putney, London with The Sidewinders with Gary L Thompson (NME)

31 July 1965 – Cricket Club, Ashford, Middlesex (Staines and Egham News) Billed as The Proud Walkers

 

8 August 1965 – St Joseph’s Hall, Basingstoke, Hampshire with The Byrds, Blues Syndicate, and The Bunch (Hampshire & Berkshire Gazette) Billed as The Proud Walkers

 

18 September 1965 – Dreamland, Margate, Kent with The Sorrows (East Kent Times)

 

11 December 1965 – 100 Club, Oxford Street, London with The Artwoods (Melody Maker)

1966

16 January 1966 – Carousel Club, 1 Camp Road, Farnborough, Hampshire (Aldershot News)

22 January 1966 – Agincourt Ballroom, Camberley, Surrey with the Webb and The Y V L’s and The Partisans (Aldershot News) Billed as The Proud Walkers

 

19 March 1966 – The New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London (Melody Maker)

12 March 1966 – Carousel Club, 1 Camp Road, Farnborough, Hampshire with Jimmy Brown Sound (Aldershot News)

 

7 May 1966 – RAE Assembly Hall, Farnborough, Hampshire with Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds (Aldershot News)

 

5 June 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, London with Deakin Lewis Band (website: http://www.eelpiemuseum.co.uk/rollcall/rollcall/) Backed Champion Jack Dupree

 

17 July 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, London with The Vibro (website: http://www.eelpiemuseum.co.uk/rollcall/rollcall/) Backed Champion Jack Dupree

30 July 1966 – Winter Gardens, Banbury, Oxfordshire (Brackley Advertiser)

 

14 August 1966 – Bluesette Club, Leatherhead, Surrey (Crawley Advertiser)

17 August 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, London with VIPs (website: http://www.eelpiemuseum.co.uk/rollcall/rollcall/)

 

16 September 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Melody Maker)

 

15 October 1966 – Location, Woolwich Arsenal Station, Woolwich, London (Melody Maker)

23 October 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, London with Scots of St James (website: http://www.eelpiemuseum.co.uk/rollcall/rollcall/) Backed Champion Jack Dupree

28 October 1966 – Fiesta Hall, Andover, Hampshire (Andover Advertiser)

30 October 1966 – The Hive Club, Guildford, Surrey (Surrey Advertiser)

 

9 November 1966 – Le Metro, Birmingham (Birmingham Evening Mail) (Express & Star says 10 November)

20 November 1966 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, London with The Tea Set (website: http://www.eelpiemuseum.co.uk/rollcall/rollcall/)

 

3 December 1966 – Flamingo, Soho (Melody Maker)

10 December 1966 – New Spot, Gosport, Hampshire (Portsmouth News)

31 December 1966 – Wooden Bridge Hotel, Guildford, Surrey with Whisky Ring (Surrey Advertiser)

1967

 Around January 1967, Dave Terry, who’d previously played with The Impacts, took over from Terry Elliott

1 March 1967 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, London with The Pink Floyd (website: http://www.eelpiemuseum.co.uk/rollcall/rollcall/)

3 March 1967 – Bluesette Club, Bridge Street, Leatherhead, Surrey (Caterham Weekly Press)

5 March 1967 – The Bridge, Wooden Bridge Hotel, Guildford, Surrey (Surrey Advertiser)

11 March 1967 – Winter Gardens, Banbury, Warwickshire with The Front Page (Banbury Guardian)

12 March 1967 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, London with Doctor K’s Blues Band (website: http://www.eelpiemuseum.co.uk/rollcall/rollcall/) Backed Champion Jack Dupree

 

23 April 1967 – The Bridge, Wooden Bridge Hotel, Guildford, Surrey with Over 2,000 (Surrey Advertiser)

27 April 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London (Melody Maker)

Around this time John Treais left and John Ford took over on bass

8 May 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Neat Change (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

27 May 1967 – Civic Hall, Guildford, Surrey with Dave Martin Group (Surrey Advertiser)

24 June 1967 – South Bank Jazz Club, Grimsby, Humberside (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)

In early July, the group changed name to Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera. The following month, Jimmy Horrocks left and joined Bluesology

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