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Ex-Kinks Members return to King's Heath to repeat 1966 Triumph

Above: The Kinks in 1966 with left John Dalton, centre Dave and Ray Davies and right Mick Avory

Kings Heath will be getting really kinky on Sunday 8 June as ex-members of the legendary pop group The Kinks return for a unique anniversary concert in the intimate atmosphere of the Hare & Hounds pub. And history might repeat itself with an England World Cup victory coming just a month later as it did in 1966.

The specially arranged concert will,in fact, celebrate three anniversaries: the 50th Anniversary of The Kinks being formed in Muswell Hill in London, the 48th Anniversary of the group appearing at the former Ritz Ballroom in Kings Heath and the 20th Anniversary of the original drummer Mick Avory forming The Kast Off Kinks to keep the music of the group alive.

When The Kinks appeared at the Ritz Ballroom in June 1966 their line-up included for the first time John Dalton after regular bass guitarist Pete Quaife broke his leg in a car accident. Appearing only two days after being recruited, John had virtually no time to practice. Three years later he would re-join as a permanent member.

Now he will be returning to Kings Heath for the first time as part of The Kast Off Kinks along with fellow ex-Kinks members drummer Mick Avory who also appeared at The Ritz in 1966, keyboard player Ian Gibbons along with lead guitarist and vocalist Dave Clarke who previously worked with The Beach Boys.

John Dalton says “ It is great to be going back to Kings Heath 48 years after doing my first gig with The Kinks there. We played at the Ritz on 11 June 1966. I can remember being very nervous because I had only known The Kinks for two days and in those two days I had done Top Of The Pops, two recording sessions and had to learn all the songs for the show. It was very hectic. It will also bring back very fond memories to me because all my relations come from just up the road in Balsall Heath and I used to spend all my childhood holidays there”

The Kinks' appearance at The Ritz came just after they released "Sunny Afternoon" which became their third No. 1 hit in the UK singles charts. The group went on to have a total of seventeen Top Twenty singles including “Dedicated Follower of Fashion”, “Waterloo Sunset” and “Lola” and five Top Ten albums starting with “Kinda Kinks”.

All their greatest hits will be included in the almost two hour set that The Kast Off Kinks will perform at the Hare & Hounds on Sunday 8 June with doors opening at 7 p.m.


Local residents Bob Prew and Ken Whittaker who have organised the concert said, “We believe that being able to watch and listen to ex- Kinks members perform in the intimate atmosphere of the Hare & Hounds is a once in a lifetime opportunity. The Kinks are one of the most important British groups of all time and they continue to have a major influence on today's music scene. We are expecting a capacity audience as we continue to celebrate the rich musical legacy of the Ritz Ballroom. It would also be fantastic if the gig was followed by an England World Cup Victory as in 1966!".

Click on the link below to read the Birmingham Mail article on the gig:

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/music-nightlife-news/kinks-return-birmingham-48-years-7183600

 
Olympic Cycling Hero Tommy Godwin to be honoured on the Walk of Fame on Sunday 18 May

Double Olympic cycling medallist Tommy Godwin who lived and owned a cycling shop on King's Heath's Silver Street is to be honoured with a pavement star on the Walk of Fame on Sunday 18 May.

Tommy was a double Bronze medallist at the 1948 London Olympics before becoming Britain's first paid national cycling coach in 1964. He carried the 2012 Olympic torch through Solihull and attended the London games before sadly dying in November that year.

A great family fun day out has been organised centred on Fletchers in York Road between 12 noon and 5 p.m. Local residents and cycling enthusiasts will be able to view an exhibition of his life and a collection of vintage cycles. They will be able to take part in a Watt Bike Challenge and try and break Tommy's 1 km Olympic speed record. They will be also be able to be photographed with the 2012 Olympic Torch Tommy so proudly carried through Solihull.

As part of the afternoon's activities Tommy's daughter Kay Jones will be presented with a replica of the pavement star at an Award Ceremony at 4 p.m. by Carl Chinn and Olympic Siver Medallist Harry Reynolds

Tommy's daughter Kay Jones said, “We are delighted that Tommy is being honoured by the King's Heath Walk of Fame. He spent over 30 years running his cycle shop in Siver Street and was proud to provide a service for everyone from the elite peformance cyclist to children wanting their first bikes. He loved being part of the vibrant King's Heath community and it would be marvellous to see as many old friends as possible marking this auspicious occasion. How he would have enjoyed the recognition”.

Ken Whittaker, one of the co-organisers of the King's Heath Walk of Fame, remembers the help Tommy gave him and his brother-in-law when they were involved in a Land's End to John O'Groats charity bike ride in the 1970's. He says “ I went to see Tommy at his cycle shop in Silver Street for advice, having not ridden much since my teens and he took us under his wing. He advised us on the training we should do and was kind enough to loan us bicycles. We decided to ride north to south, that's Jon O'Groats to Lands End because in our heads that made it all 'down hill'. Tommy found this amusing but encouraged us to do it 'our way', if that helped to keep us focused. He went to the trouble of keeping a check on our progress by phoning the agreed over-night stops, and he advised people in each area what we were doing and they were consequently very welcoming, many of them allowing us free accommodation and doing raffles to raise even more money for the charity. Tommy's kindness and professionalism got us through, we are sure we could not have done it without his help. He was one of the nicest gentlemen I have ever met”.

Bob Prew who co-organises the Walk of Fame said, “We want as many people as possible to come and join a host of local and national cyclists in honouring a true sporting legend who made such a contribution to the King's Heath community. We want the afternoon to be a wonderful celebration of Tommy's life and achievements. There will be lots of fun activities for all the family to take part in”.

Below: 1959 Advert for Tommy Godwin's Cycle Shop in Silver Street

 
Special Concert will commemorate First Anniversary of Ritz Ballroom Fire

ABOVE: West Midlands Fire Service photo of the fire on 27 March 2013

A special concert is to be held on Sunday 6 April 2014 to commemorate the first anniversary of the fire that destroyed the former Ritz Ballroom on King's Heath's York Road.

The Ballroom hosted legendary performances by top rock 'n' roll artists like Bill Haley, Gene Vincent and Jerry Lee Lewis, reggae star Jimmy Cliff and all the major groups of the 1960's including The Beatles, The Move, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and Pink Floyd.

After the death of owners Ma and Pa Regan, the Ballroom was converted into a Cash Converters store before it was gutted by fire early on the morning of 27 March 2013.

Starting at 3 p.m. a special 3 hour commemorative concert will now be held on Sunday 6th April at Fletchers Bar directly opposite the burnt out ballroom featuring the award winning West Midlands group Out of The Shadows who will perform some of the greatest pop songs and instrumentals from the late 1950's onwards.

Expect to hear a great collection of covers of classic pop songs including Eddie Cochran's “Summertime Blues”, Cliff Richard's “I Could Easily Fall In Love With You” and Dire Straits' ”Walk Of Life” along with a string of top instrumental hits including “Cavatina – Theme From The Deer Hunter" and The Shadows' “Apache” and “Wonderful Land”

Hailing from Stourbridge, Out of The Shadows have regularly been voted Top Club Act by local club entertainment officers and audience members.

Out Of The Shadows will be supported by the young and very talented school student and singer/songwriter Harriet Harkcom.

Advance tickets cost £3 from Kitchen Garden Cafe or £3 + booking fee from www.wegotickets.com/event/264172

Any remaining tickets will cost £4 on the door.

 
Them and Now: Van Morrison Celebration to take place on Sunday 4 May

Them featuring Van Morrison were one of the many top 1960's groups who appeared at the Ritz Ballroom on King's Heath's York Road now sadly burnt down. Come and listen to a great line-up of top local musicians play their favourite Van Morrison songs at a special Lazy Sunday Afternoon session to celebrate this event.

Formed in Belfast in April 1964, Them scored Top Ten Hits with the double A side “Gloria”/ ”Baby Please Don't Go” and then “Here Comes The Night”. Morrison quit the band in 1966 to persue what was to turn out to be a phenomenally sucessful solo career starting with the hit single “Brown Eyed Girl” and a string of critically acclaimed albums beginning with “Astral Weeks” and “Moondance”.

Still regularly touring worldwide, “Van The Man” has become a true music legend collaborating on albums with The Chieftains, John Lee Hooker and Tom Jones. His recording with The Chieftains of “Have I Told You Lately” won him one of many Grammy Awards.

Don't miss King's Heath's tribute show to the “Belfast Cowboy”.

Compered by Irish singer songwriter Rich McMahon, the show will be headlined by Paul Murphy who played with Van in Belfast in the 1960's and nowadays fronts the 14 piece band The Destroyers, Micky Greaney, Tom Martin, Rob Peters and Blue Shire.

Advance Tickets cost £3 from Kitchen Garden Cafe or £3 plus booking fee from www.wegottickets.com/event/264174

Any remaining tickets will cost £4 on the door.

Below: Advert from Midland Beat for Regan's Dances including Them appearing at the Ritz Ballroom on Feb. 28th 1965



 
Kast Off Kinks to perform at Hare & Hounds on Sunday 8 June 2014

Come for a once in a lifetime experience and hear ex Kinks members perform all their greatest hits in the intimate atmosphere of the Hare & Hounds on Sunday 8 June

The Kinks were one of the greatest and most influential groups of all time scoring hit after hit from the 1960's onwards until they split up in 1996.

This special concert has been organised by us to jointly celebrate the 48th Anniversary of The Kinks performing next door to the Hare & Hounds at the now sadly burnt down Ritz Ballroom and the debut there on bass guitar of John “Nobby” Dalton who will be returning for the first time to King's Heath as a member of The Kast Off Kinks.

The Kast Off Kinks are not a tribute band but a great line-up of ex-Kinks members:-

Mick Avory on drums and vocals

John Dalton on bass guitar and vocals

Ian Gibbons on keyboards and vocals plus

Dave Clarke on lead guitar and vocals who peviously worked with The Beach Boys.

Formed by Mick Avory in 1994 to keep the music of The Kinks alive,  the Kast Off Kinks regularly perform at Kinks Fan Club events and at major venues throughout Europe.

Expect to hear all The Kinks' hits including “You Really Got Me”, “Dedicated Follower of Fashion”, “Sunny Afternoon”, “Lola”, “Waterloo Sunset”, “Victoria”, “Apeman”, “Days” and “Come Dancing”.


“A full house, and a standing ovation. To anyone wondering about going, do not hesitate”

(The Stables, Milton Keynes)

“Nothing short of superb. From start to finish it was a set filled with hit after hit”

(Mad Ferret, Preston)

“ A great night's entrtainment … made up of both classic hits and album tracks”

(Sussex Express)

This should prove to be one of the great nights to remember in King's Heath!

Tickets cost just £12.50 plus booking fee from

www.hareandhoundskingsheath.co.uk

Tickets are also available for £12.50 from the Kitchen Garden Cafe on York Road.

Cash Only - no credit cards.

Doors open at 7 p.m. On stage at 7.45 p.m.

 
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