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Exciting West Midlands Covers Band The Guest List play Fletchers on Sunday 7 July

Starting at 3 pm on Sunday 7 July King's Heath Walk of Fame are delighted to present The Guest List for the first time at  Fletchers Bar.

They are an exciting high energy covers band from Birmingham performing a blend of classic Rock Sing Alongs, Soul and Motown Groovers and Indie/Brit Pop Anthems guaranteed to keep those feet tapping and hips shaking from straight from the 50s throght to the 00s.

They are the full band version of The Wild Honey Pies duo who so impressed when they opened for Get Stoned in March.

Expect exciting and high energy covers of songs by the great 60's and 70's bands onwards from The Beatles, The Kinks and The Rolling Stones through to R.E.M that will make you want to get up, dance and sing along.

Another fantastic Sunday afternoon's entertainment is guaranteed. Advance Tickets cost £5 from Kitchen Garden Cafe or £5.50 from www.wegottickets.com/event/471315.

£6 on the door if any are left.

75 Years after D Day - remembering Normandy hero Bill Pinkney who played the Ritz Ballroom with The Original Drifters

Graham Reay writes:

75 years ago this month 18 year old Bill Pinkney from South Carolina was a GI in General Patton's army. He earned a Presidential Citation with 4 Bronze Service stars for heroism including Normandy, Saint-Lo, Bastogne and the Rhine. Later in the 1960's he played at the Ritz Ballroom and other clubs on the Regan circuit as part of The Original Drifters.

Although he was a War Hero he said in a 2004 interview "Never could I say I liked the military. I was in service in a segregated army. Overseas fighiting for your country and some of the white soldiers were telling people that we were animals".

Returning from the war Bill began to sing in gospel choirs where he met Clyde McPhatter and brothers Andrew and Gerhart Thrasher who became the original members of The Drifters. Their first and second records "Money Money" and "Such A Night" were big hits on the American rhythm and blues charts in 1953. Then Clyde got drafted and Bill and the brothers were sacked from the group. He needed work so he quickly registered the name "Bill Pinkney's Original Drifters" as a trademark.

British promoter Ray Tempest signed up The Original Drifters bringing them to the UK in January 1966. The line up was Bill Pinkney, Gerhart Thrasher, Bobby Hollis and  Bobbby Hendricks lead singer on The Drifters second UK single release "Drip Drop".

Joe and Mary Regan booked them to play at the Brum Kavern in Small Heath on 16 January. They must have gone down so well that they re-booked them for their summer tour playing at the two Plazas in Handsworth and Old Hill on 8 May and back in Handsworth coupled with King's Heath's Ritz Ballroom on 8 June. That makes them it is believed the only American act to play all four Regan venues.

The Regans booked two more shows from Roy Tempest in 1967. On 15 October Clyde McPhatter, The Drifters' original lead singer, appeared at the Handsworth Plaza and Kings Heath's Ritz Ballroom and on 22 November Bill Pinkney's Original Drifters played the same venues.

He would stay in the music business for the next 50 years, dying in a Florida hotel hours before he was due to go on Indepenence Day in 2007. In 2004 he said "I like the music music world so much. music has done more for for the country than any civil rights law ever could".

(Sources: Tour Dates from Ian Wallis's book "American rock'n'roll - the UK Tours 1957-72 Music Mentor Books York.2003.

Quotes from Bill Pinkney interview in Now Dig This magaazine number 255 June 2004.

Life story from Wikipedia)

Acclaimed Black Country Rock'n'Roll Band The Shambolics perform at Fletchers on Sunday 2nd June

ABOVE: The acclaimed Black Country band The Shambolics in Peaky Blinders outfits

Acclaimed Black country 7 piece band The Shambolics bring their own unique brand of rock'n'roll to Fletchers Bar for the first time on Sunday 2nd June from 3 pm to 6 pm.
Expect high energy covers of hits by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran and Wilson Pickett who all played at the old Ritz Ballroom opposite Fletchers plus lots more.

A phenomenal afternoon's entertainment is guaranteed as these audience reviews of recent performances demonstrate:-
"They are great guys, fantastic music and brilliant entertainment. They deserve to be a big success!"
"Cracking band ten outa ten!"
"High energy, fun loving, great tunes, they love it, you'll love it"
"These guys lift off the roof wherever they play. Absolutely fantastic bunch of guys. Would recommend a million percent"
"Absolutely fantastic! Great atmosphere every time I see them. They sure know how to get the crowd going. Professional, talented, fun, get everyone up dancing!"
Advance Tickets cost £5 from Kitchen Garden Cafe or £5.50 from
£6 on the door if any are left!

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