RAY ENNIS:
The Voice of THE SWINGING BLUE JEANS

Ray Ennis is the legendary lead vocalist/guitarist and founder member of the Swinging Blue Jeans; which he formed back in 1958!

Responsible for all their hits including “Hippy Hippy Shake”, “Good Golly Miss Molly”, “Don’t Make Me Over”,” You’re No Good” and many more.

Formed in Liverpool in 1961 as The Bluegenes, The Swinging Blue Jeans followed virtually the same path to success as many of their Merseybeat contemporaries during the early 1960s. After playing a succession of local dance halls and club engagements, including the Cavern Club, they travelled to Germany and appeared at the Star Club, Hamburg. The Jeans had their own ‘Tuesday Guest Night’ while they were resident band at the Cavern. One of the first bands they invited, as their guests were The Beatles!

The Swinging Blue Jeans were originally founded by Ray Ennis and Les Braid. In 1962, they were signed to a recording contract by HMV Records and their debut single It’s Too Late Now in 1963 just crept into the British charts at Number 30. Their next single Hippy Hippy Shake crashed into the Hit Parade and just fell short of the Number 1 slot. Their follow-up release, Good Golly Miss Molly followed suit and their next single You’re No Good reached Number 3 in Britain. They famously engaged in a punch up with the Rolling Stones at the BBC studios during recording of the first show of Top of the Pops as a result of an argument over a ball point pen for signing autographs.

One of Britain’s goodtime bands, they were essentially a visual group, and they could never hope to capture the excitement of their live performances on record.


CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVED

Woodstock legends Creedence Clearwater Revival were among the world’s most successful bands in the 60s and 70s, with a catalogue of hits spanning Suzie Q., Proud Mary, Bad Moon Rising, Who’ll Stop the Rain, Hey Tonight, Have You Ever Seen the Rain and many more. A regular highlight of touring schedules for almost twenty years, CCR – Creedence Clearwater Revived is committed to keeping the legend of the original band alive.

The band currently consists of Peter Barton, 20 years singer of The Animals, Geoff Hammond, ex Danny Laine Band (Paul McCartney’s Wings & Moody Blues), Graham Pollock, ex The Hollies (Eric Haydock’s) and Alan Sagar, ex Slack Alice.

Creedence Clearwater Revived has toured throughout Europe in recent years, in 2012, this line-up played before audiences of 100,000 in Samara (Russia), 80.000 in Warsaw, 50,000 in Turin and 35,000 in Rome. They appeared on Polish national TV on New Year’s Eve to an audience of millions. September 2014/2015 saw an extended tour of Australia.

Creedence Clearwater Revived seamlessly channel the traditional groove of the original band they so flawlessly emulate – a welcome constant on the music scene, capturing the driving rhythms of one of the most successful bands in music history.

The music of CCR lives on – in Creedence Clearwater Revived.

The show includes all Creedence Clearwater Revivals classics as ‘Bad Moon Rising’, ‘Have you ever Seen the Rain’, ‘Lordi’, Proud Mary, Fortunate Son, Who’ll Stop the Rain, Run Thru the Jungle, Suzi Q and many more in a fabulous one hour performance.


CHRIS FARLOWE

Chris Farlowe was born John Henry Deighton, 13 October 1940, Islington in London. Farlowe’s long career began during the 50s skiffle boom when the John Henry Skiffle Group won the all-England championship. He then formed the original Thunderbirds, which remained semi-professional until 1962 when they embarked on a month’s engagement in Frankfurt, Germany.

In 1962 the first single “Air Travel” was released without much success. Around 1963 or 1964 The Thunderbirds were formed and the band included the great guitarist Albert Lee and keyboardist Dave Greenslade. The band recorded five singles on the UK EMI subsidiary Columbia, but none made any impact on the charts. “Buzz With The Fuzz” was popular among mods but was withdrawn when the significance of the title was found out. Farlowe released a single “Stormy Monday” released under the name Little Joe Cook. “Stormy Monday” has made frequent appearances during Farlowe’s career later.

The summer of 66 saw England winning the Football World Cup, the USA fighting in Vietnam and the release of ‘Out of Time’, the third single on the Immediate label. To say it was a huge hit would be an understatement. It was a phenomenon and struck a cord with young and old alike. It was one of those rare records that just hit the right spot in a nation’s consciousness, at the right time. With production by Mick Jagger (his first attempt as a solo producer) and with an unmistakable and distinctive opening string arrangement by Arthur Greenslade – it was a sure fire hit. Regularly appearing in greatest record polls, it has been covered by numerous artists including; the Rolling Stones, Ramones, 101’ers , The Stranglers, and more recently, The Manic Street Preachers.

Several hits, including ‘Ride On Baby’ (1966) and ‘Handbags And Gladrags’ (1967), followed, as well as a brace of pop/soul albums.

On 30 July 2016, Farlowe appeared at Wembley Arena, performing his 1966 hit “Out of Time” as part of a show marking the 50th anniversary of the England football team’s victory in the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final.


THE NEW MINDBENDERS

The Mindbenders were an English beat group from Manchester, England. Originally the backing group for Wayne Fontana, they were one of several acts that were successful in the mid-1960s British Invasion of the US charts, achieving major chart hits with “Game of Love” (a number-one single with Fontana) in 1965 and “A Groovy Kind of Love” in 1966.

The New Mindbenders feature Michael Carroll on lead vocals, guitar and harmonica, Pete Hughes on lead guitar and vocals, Clarke Taylor on bass guitar and vocals and Chris Jopson on drums.

Pete and Michael began performing with The New Mindbenders in the eighties along with former Hollies bass guitarist Eric Haydock.

The band toured for about three years before changing the name of the band to The Eric Haydock Band which then became known as Eric Haydock Ex Hollies.

Pete and Mick spent the next fifteen years touring throughout the world. Mick and Pete had a No1 Hit in Australia in the seventies with the song “Too Much Fandango” on the Warner Brothers label under the name of Ritzi.

Now joined by Clarke Taylor and Chris Jopson, The New Mindbenders perform the classic Mindbenders hits, “A Groovy Kind Of Love”, “The Game Of Love”, “The Letter”, “Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um” and more, along with classic sixties hits and rarities from the likes of Goffin & King and Arthur Alexander.


THE FOURMOST

Since originally forming as the Four Jays in 1959, The Fourmost have remained continuously active on the UK and European 60’s music scene. Whilst the band’s formation has changed over the years the look and sound of the band has remained authentic and true to its heritage, contributing to its success and longevity.

The Fourmost had its roots steeped in the eclectic 1960’s Mersey beat boom and was part of the Brian Epstein stable along with The Beatles, Billy J Kramer, Gerry and The Pacemakers and others. The band has evolved from enjoying 1960’s chart hits such as Hello Little Girl (no.9) and A Little Loving (no.6) and less popular songs as Baby I Need Your Lovin, Here There and Everywhere and a cover of George Formby’s Auntie Maggie’s Remedy.

During the 1970’S and the early 1980’s like many of its peers, The Fourmost played mainly on the cabaret circuit as it struggled to compete for appeal with disco, funk, glam rock and punk.

Since the mid 1980’s The Fourmost has enjoyed a golden era as part of the wider 1960’s revival scene and now appear throughout the UK and Europe playing at theatre’s, holiday parks and 60s festivals to a diverse fan base.

The Fourmost are one of the most authentic 1960’s bands currently on the circuit today, from their Vox amps, Rickenbacker guitars and Ludwig drums down to their Italian made slim fitted suits and Cuban heel boots.


THE TEMPTATIONS MASTERPIECE SHOW

Masterpiece are a dynamic 4 man vocal group that perform a tribute to the Tamla Motown record label supergroup The Temptations. They pay homage to the Grammy award winning group by singing the majority of their chart hits including a few classic songs from other Motown acts.

The group consists of 4 powerful individual artists who originate from the USA and UK and come together to provide an electric atmosphere whenever they perform, each with a very strong pedigree of experience within the music industry. They recreate the magic of yesteryear by serenading audiences worldwide with effortless reproduction of the unforgettable melodies, lyrics and harmonies along with breathtaking choreography that The Temptations made famous.

Clyde Spencer originally from Brooklyn New York, Clyde started his musical foundation in Gospel music. He and his brother George began singing and playing guitar at the age of 5 in the ‘Gospel Wings’ a group founded by his father. Later on Clyde joined ‘The Joneses’ a soul group which enjoyed ten number1 hits in America.

Bill Pinkney’s ‘Drifters’ soon asked Clyde to join them to which he stayed
with for a number of years. While singing with The Joneses and Bill’s ‘Drifters’ Clyde shared the stage with legendary artists like The Coasters, The Platters, The Flamingos,  Aretha Franklin, Jerry Butler, Carl Carlton, Billy Paul, George McCray,  Shep & The Limelights,The Stylistics, New Birth, Martha Reeves, JJ Johnson,  Three Dog Nights, The Dramatics, The Spinners, The Manhattans and so many more.

Rohan De’Lano is a professional singer/songwriter and a dynamic lead
vocalist from London, England. Rohan has worked with a number of artists that include: – Black Eyed Peas – Chris Brown – Chaka Khan – Eric Clapton – Paul Carrick – Lee Ryan – Leon Ware – Lionel Richie – James Brown – Will Smith – Alexander O’Neil – The Jones Girls – Cliff Richard – Lemar – The Drifters. Over the last 20 years Rohan has had the honour of touring the world as a member of the ‘The Drifters’ singing alongside the legendary, late great ‘Johnny Moore’. They spent many years together in the group and became very good friends.
Due to Johnny Moore’s deteriorating health issues in his later years he
asked Rohan to carry on leading the group. A promise that he honoured for as long as he could. One of Rohan’s proudest moments came during his tenure with The Drifters when they were invited to perform at The White House by request of the President of the United States ‘Bill Clinton’.

Victor Bynoe; in his career Vic has toured worldwide and has performed with numerous artists including, Sir Bob Geldof, Eric Clapton, Jocelyn Brown, Rick Asley, Alexander O’Neal, Primal Scream, Jimmy Cliff and the late great James Brown. Vic also joined The Drifters in 2001 as a vocal member and performed worldwide for 7 years. As well as live and recording sessions, Vic had a lead role in the stage
production ‘Big Time’ at the Talk Of London, Drury Lane in 1999.
He sang for the UK with Niki French in the Eurovision song contest in
Sweden 2000.

Leo Benjamin was brought up in South West London surrounded by an eclectic mix of music including Classical, Gospel, Funk, Pop & more. From a young age Leo has been playing keyboards and piano in church. During his mid teens to late 20’s Leo became Musical Director in two churches and played in several concerts featuring Gospel artists such as The Wades, amongst others. After being introduced to the recording studio environment, Leo’s love and appreciation of musical textures begun to present itself more creatively with the use of his own voice.

Since then he has been singing and dancing professionally for over 8 years and having recorded with Osibisa on a single with Sting, shared the R&B and Pop stages with the likes of Beverly Knight, Don- E. Omar, Junior Giscombe and more than FIVE former members of The Drifters, including Ray Lewis and Roy G Hemmings as a dancer, choreographer, backing and lead singer, Leo is now launching his solo career in the circuit of touring Motown and R&B entertainers with his 1-man show, Leo-B, The Soul of Motown & R&B.


ZOOT MONEY

Quite simply the biggest character on the British rhythm and blues scene since the early 1960s, Zoot Money was born George Bruno Money on 17 July 1942 in Bournemouth, Dorset, England.

The most fondly remembered London club act of the 1960s was, perhaps, Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band. In 1966, Zoot Money had a Top 40 chart success with ‘Big Time Operator’ in the UK; along with a Top 40 Album with his Big Roll Band entitled ‘Zoot’.

An excellent showman, his outrage often extended after hours. Dave Dee once witnessed him ritually hurling a faulty amplifier into the sea after one gremlin-plagued performance.

Money has been associated with The Animals, Eric Burdon, The Yardbirds, Kevin Coyne, Kevin Ayers, Humble Pie, Alexis Korner, Andy Sumner, Steve Marriott, Spencer Davis, Vivian Stanshall, Geno Washington, Peter Green, the Hard Travelers, Jim Morrison and Alan Price.

He began attracting acting roles in the 1970s and started a parallel acting career with character appearances in film and TV dramas. He appeared in English TV show London’s Burning in 1989 together with other TV appearances in Eastenders, The Bill, Bergerac and The Professionals; Film roles have included Porridge, Breaking Glass and Absolute Beginners.

Zoot Money’s 60’s hits with his Big Roll Band includes ‘Big Time Operator’, ‘Bring It On Home To Me’ and many more.


HOSTED BY:

WYNNE EVANS

Our host for “Inspired by the Sixties” is BBC Radio Wales presenter Wynne Evans

Wynne is regularly singing to millions for the TV advertising campaign that has made him a household name as the spoof opera star Gio Compario. His debut album A Song in My Heart went to the Number 1 in the classical charts. He is a regular presenter on BBC Radio Wales and Classic FM and presented a BBC2 TV programme on the National Eisteddfod. This year he has been honoured by the Eisteddfod with the title of Gorsedd of the Bards. Most recently he sang the role of PIANGI in the 25 year anniversary performance of The Phantom of the Opera, which was broadcast live from the Royal Albert Hall to cinemas worldwide and has been released on DVD.

Wynne Evans’ operatic appearances have taken him to major opera houses in the UK and abroad. He regularly performs at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden where most recent and future engagements include VAKULA The Tsarina’s Slippers, MAYOR Anna Nicole and SCARAMUCCIO Ariadne auf Naxos. As a principal tenor with Welsh National Opera his many roles included DUCA Rigoletto, RODOLFO La Bohème, ALFREDO La Traviata, and TAMINO The Magic Flute. He has appeared throughout the UK, with companies such as Opera North, English National Opera, Scottish Opera, Classical Opera Company, Chelsea Opera Group, Opera Northern Ireland, Glyndebourne Festival, and Almeida Opera. Future operatic appearances will take him back to Welsh National Opera, as well as to Opéra de Lyon, and Grange Park Opera.

Born in South Wales, Wynne studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio in London.