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Girls To Be On Top In King's Heath on Sunday 4 August
Sandie Shaw

A citywide search has been launched to find new musical talent to perform at our event to showcase and celebrate the work of the female legends of music.

Starting at 4 p.m. the 3 hour event on Sunday 4 August, at Fletchers in King's Heath, is the latest in our series of sessions to commemorate the heritage of the Ritz Ballroom where many of the 1960's pop legends performed before they were famous.Dusty Springfield, Sandie Shaw, Helen Shapiro and Cilla Black all appeared at the former Ritz Ballroom in King's Heath at the start of their careers.

Dusty Springfield (below) was an icon of the swinging 60's who had 16 Top 10 singles including “I Only Want To Be With You”, “You Don't Have To Say You Love Me” and “Son of A Preacher Man that was to be hit for a second time after featuring in the cult film “Pulp Fiction”. Her soul album “Dusty in Memphis” has frequently been voted one of the greatest albums of all time. She sadly died in 1999 but her musical legacy continues to live on.Dusty Springfield

Sandie Shaw (topmost image, right) was renowned for performing barefoot and had a string of hits including “(Always) Something There To Remind Me”, “Girl Don't Come”, “Long Live Love” and “Puppet On A String” with which she won the European Song Contest despite allegedly not liking the song!

Helen Shapiro (bottom image) was only 14 when she had her first hit single, “Don't Treat Me Like A Child” which was followed by the No. 1 hits “Walking Back To Happiness” and “You Don't Know”.

She topped the bill when The Beatles made their first nationwide tour. Lennon and McCartney then wrote the song “Misery” for her but her record company refused to allow her to record it.

Cilla Black was the biggest selling act from Liverpool in the1960's after The Beatles. She had eleven Top Ten hits including “Anyone Who Had A Heart” and “You're My World”.

Top and emerging local musicians are being sought to give their own unique interpretation of their favourite girl artists' songs as well as performing some new songs of their own. Advance tickets for the event called “Girls On Top” are now on sale and cost just £2.50 from the Kitchen Garden Cafe on York Road or £2.75 from www.wegottickets.com/event/224507

Any remaining tickets will cost £3 on the door.

Organisers Bob Prew and Ken Whittaker said, “We already have some great musicians lined up to play but would like to hear from a few more. We were delighted that over 100 fans turned up at our first Lazy Sunday Afternoon music session celebrating 1960's pop icons The Kinks and hope for an even better turn out on 4 Aug to celebrate the major contribution girl singers made to the music of the era. We are determined to keep the spirit of the Ritz Ballroom alive".

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Helen Shapiro

Get Kinda Kinky in King's Heath!

The Kinks

Come and get Kinky in King's Heath on Sunday 7 July and celebrate a legendary performance by The Kinks at the former Ritz Ballroom in York Road that was gutted by fire earlier this year.

Brothers Ray and Dave Davies brought The Kinks to the Ritz in June 1966 and making his debut was 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.

The Kinks' appearance at The Ritz came just after they had released "Sunny Afternoon" as a single which became their third No. 1 hit in the UK 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” .

Fletchers Bar on York Road directly opposite the former ballroom on York Road, King's Heath will host the “All Things Kinky” event from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Top and emerging local musicians including Ben Calvert, Mr Apollo, Robert Lane, James Connolly and Harriet Harkcom will perform their favourite Kinks' songs. Advance tickets are now on sale and cost just £2.50 from the Kitchen Garden Cafe on York Road, or £2.50 plus 50p booking fee from www.wegottickets.com Tickets will cost £3 on the door.

Kinda Kinky

Local residents Bob Prew and Ken Whittaker who are organising the event said, “We are hoping for a really Sunny Afternoon. We want as many Kinks fans as possible to come to King's Heath on 7 July to celebrate our amazing musical heritage. The Kinks are widely recognised as one of the most important British groups of all time and they continue to have a major influence on today's music scene. This session has been specially designed for everyone who likes to be Kinky "All Day And All Of The Night" and there will be a special prize for the Best dressed 1960's “Dedicated Follower Of Fashion” who turns up!”

King's Heath honours The Move founder Trevor Burton as second star on Walk of Fame

Trevor Burton receives the King's Heath Walk of FameA true Birmingham Rock legend Trevor Burton who has lived in King's Heath for over 20 years became the second star to be inducted on to the Walk of Fame at an Award Ceremony at the Hare & Hounds on Monday 3rd. June. He then went on to play two sensational sets over three and a half hours to a jam packed room of over 250 fans in the evening.

Trevor was a founder member of the The Move – the first Birmingham super group of the 1960's - who were formed after a young David Bowie advised Trevor to gather together all the best Birminghanm musicians together into a supergroup and come down to London to play. Trevor taught himself to play guitar by ear when he was 7, formed his first group at 13 and turned professional when only 15 when he joined Danny King and the Mayfair Set before moving down to London with Roy Wood, Bev Bevan, Carl Wayne and Ace Kefford.

The Move then went on to score nine Top Ten hits including “Flowers in the Rain” - the first single ever played on Radio One. When Trevor left in 1969 with “Blackberry Way” at No.1 in the charts he formed another short lived super group called “Balls” with Noel Redding from the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Denny Laine from The Moody Blues, Alan White from the Plastic Ono Band and Steve Gibbons. He then went on to tour extensively as a member of the Raymond Froggatt Band , international stars on the country and western scene, and then with The Steve Gibbons Band when they scored their Top Ten hit “Tulane” and toured the U.S.A. supporting The Who.

He was presented with his star by fellow KIngs Heath based musician Steve Ajao before a large crowd of fans, family, friends and fellow musicians at an Award Ceremony held at 4 p.m. He then went onto play a concert to over 250 fans in the evening as part of The Trevor Burton Band and then as part of his current version of The Move featuring fellow founder member Bev Bevan.

Trevor Burton singing at the Hare & Hounds, 03062013

Trevor Burton said, “ I have enjoyed all of my career and to be given a star on the King's Heath Walk Of  Fame is fantastic . I would like to thank all those involved for making it happen. It's over 40 years from when I first played next door 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.”

Bev Bevan, drummer with The Move and ELO, said “ Trevor is a fantastic blues guitar player. He left The Move to pursue his love of blues music and went on to play with Jimi Hendrix and many other great stars. He is a very committed musician and always gives a hundred percent on stage. His star is a great reward for all his really inspirational playing”.

Local residents Bob Prew and Ken Whittaker who came up with the idea of the Walk of Fame said, "We are delighted to be able to honour Trevor with a star. 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 today inspiring a whole new generation with his guitar playing".

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