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Rock Legend Trevor Burton to be next star on Walk of Fame
Rock legend Trevor Burton who has lived in King's Heath for over 20 years is to be celebrated with a star on the Walk of Fame on Monday 3rd June 2013. The award was announced when Adrian Goldberg interviewed Trevor on his programme on BBCWM95.6 on Thursday 21st March.TrevorMadeInBrum


Trevor was a founder member of The Move alongside Roy Wood, Bev Bevan, Carl Wayne and Chris Kefford.

They were formed after a young David Bowie suggested to Trevor that he gather together all the best musicians in Birmingham into a supergroup and come down to London to play.

The Move went on to score nine Top 20 hits in the 1960's including "Flowers in the  Rain" which was the first ever single played on Radio One on 30  September 1967. The song, which reached No.2 in the charts, generated  controversy after the band were sued by Harold Wilson - the Prime  Minister - for libel. Their manager, Tony Secunda, had produced a  postcard to promote the single that portrayed Wilson in bed with his  secretary Marcia Williams with whom he was rumoured to be having an  affair. The group lost the court case and all royalties from the record  had to be donated to a charity of Wilson's choice.

After firing Tony Secunda as manager, The Move went onto have further hits including  "Fire Brigade" and "Blackberry Way".

When Trevor left in 1969 he went on to play with many of this  country's iconic rock musicians and bands including Jimi Hendrix, Robert Plant and Steve Gibbons.

His induction will come shortly after he finishes starring in a sell-out tour of leading Midlands venues compered by Jasper Carrott. Both The Move featuring Trevor Burton and Bev Bevan and The Trevor Burton Band will play a special concert at the Hare & Hounds in King's Heath on the evening of Monday 3rd June as part of his induction into the Walk of Fame.

Ticket prices have been kept deliberately low so that as many fans as possible can attend this intimate and historic gig.

Tickets are priced at only £7 and are available from the Hare & Hounds pub directly here

Trevor Burton said, "To have been chosen to be given a star on the King's Heath Walk of Fame is fantastic and I would like to thank all those involved for making it happen. It's over 40 years from when I first played at the Ritz Ballroom in King's Heath with The Move and I remember it as being one of the top gigs on the Birmingham circuit. It's great that it's being remembered as it will bring back a lot of memories for people who rocked there back in the sixties".

Bev Bevan, drummer with The Move and ELO said, " Trevor is a fantastic blues guitar player. He left The Move to persue his love of blues music and went on to play with Jimi Hendrix and many other great musicians. His star is a great reward for all his amazing guitar playing".

Bob Prew and Ken Whittaker who created the Walk of Fame said, "We are delighted to be able to honour Trevor on the Walk of Fame. He formed the first major group to come out of Birmingham in the 1960's and has now lived in King's Heath for over 20 years. He is still a really influential figure on the rock and blues scene inspiring a whole new generation with his guitar playing".

 
The Beatles in King's Heath 50th Anniversary Celebration ADVANCE TICKETS SOLD OUT!

Top local musicians and DJ's will be playing their favourite Beatles songs in a sell-out event to celebrate the 50th. anniversary of a Beatles concert at the Ritz Ballroom (now Cash Converters) on King's Heath's York Road.

Fletchers bar on York Road directly opposite the former ballroom will host the event from 12.30 to 4.30 p.m. on Friday 15 February 2013 exactly 50 years after the appearance of The Beatles at the ballroom.

Due to exceptional demand, all advance tickets for the event sold out within less than a fortnight. Only a very limited number of tickets will be available on the day so arrive early to avoid disappointment!

The Beatles appeared at the Ritz Ballroom - one of 4 venues run in the 1950's and 60'sby legendary Irish Couple Ma and Pa Regan - on 15 February 1963 shortly after releasing their second single "Please Please Me". Originally scheduled to appear on 11 January, they were prevented by blizzard like conditions from making the 11 mile journey to King's Heath from one of the Regans other venues - the Plaza in Old Hill.

Beatlemania was now really taking off and the Beatles were only able to enter and leave the Ritz by climbing over the rear fence in Milford Place.

"Tell them to turn that racket down" is what Pa Regan is rumoured to have shouted while they were practising! But he was a very happy man really. He had persuaded Brian Epstein to agree to them performing for their previously agreed fee even though they were now No. 1 in the charts!

After their performance, Paul McCartney and George Harrison wrote a personal message to one of their fans in her autograph book, "To Janet, love from the Beatles", signed their names and followed this with three kisses. 43 years later these autographs were auctioned at Christie's in London.

A great day's entertainment will help celebrate this truely historic event in King's Heath's musical legacy.

Any local musicians or DJ's who would like to appear at the anniversary event should contact:

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Read the Birmingham Mail's article on this event by clicking on this link:

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/music/gig-remembers-night-50-years-1289969

 

 
Toyah Interviewed in the Mail

20120717_BirminghamMailSmall01Leading Birmingham Mail journalist Jasbir Authi recently covered King's Heath's Walk of Fame inaugural concert at the Hare and Hounds pub in the famous Birmingham suburb writing, "PUNK legend Toyah Willcox delighted fans as she became the first star to grace a walk of fame celebrating a Birmingham suburb’s rich musical heritage."

The article summarises Toyah's singing career before discussing specific details of her roots and origins as she grew up in King's Heath and how her family developed from her grandfather's business. The reasons behind the 'intimate show' at the Hare and Hounds pub on the corner of York Road are then developed as the article moves on to highlight the idea behind the King's Heath Walk of Fame, and the movers and shakers that made this happen.

To read more of Jasbir's article simply go to:

 

http://www.birminghammail.net/news/top-stories/2012/07/17/toyah-willcox-inducted-on-kings-heath-walk-of-fame-97319-31407785/#ixzz213XrOGPm

 
Toyah Live in King's Heath

Toyah's intimate gig at the Hare and Hounds pub on Monday 16th July 2012, to celebrate her induction as the first of many celebrities onto the King's Heath Walk of Fame was videoed.

Toyah told the audience that this was the first time she had ever performed in King's Heath and her parents had banned her from going near the Hare & Hounds when she was growing up on Grove Road.

Here is a taster of what everyone who was lucky enough to actually be there experienced on the night as Toyah sings 'Blue Meanings' from the album 'The Blue Meaning':

 

If you can't see the video, simply watch it directly on youtube here (thanks to 'jarlayari' for the upload): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mO6Jjr-rNSw

 
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