all started in late 1959 when two guys answered my advert in a local
newsagents window for a guitarist who wanted to join a rock n roll
band called the Sundowners . As I could play Apache and Guitar Boogie
in a fashion, and was brilliant at the start to Move it . I was successful
when they auditioned me in my bedroom , and took over from someone
named Terry Gallagher, who had a pink fender but only knew three chords.
I was asked if I could practice that week as we had a gig in seven
days time .The band consisted of me a bass player and rhythm guitar
drummer and two singers who did Everly Bros numbers. The following
Saturday we played at the local civil service club were Apache and
Guitar Boogie were requested at least six times .That was my start
to fame and fortune as a rock n roll pop star . The pa system consisted
of two 12" speakers screwed to two flat boards, and two Grampian
mikes. One Watkins amplifier for me and the rhythm guitar, and one
for the bass player. And we all traveled round in a Morris 1.000 van.
Suffice to say it was sometimes a little cramped specially when after
a few months as we got better we started to get groupies ,who also
wanted to travel with us. We quickly got better, playing at bigger
venues around Birmingham from youth clubs eventually to the local
dance halls. Here we started to meet other bands who would one day
be super stars. Denny Laine.MoodyBlues.Roy Wood. Mike Sheridan. Carl
Wayne and most of the musicians who where later to hit the big time. And
a few who hit the big time and then ended up working in chip shops
or selling double glazing.
About 1963 one off the singers decided to leave which left us with
a problem, this being it was difficult to do Everly bros numbers with
one singer. We all tried to sing but were crap .This led us to backing
a singer who told us he could get a recording contract HA HA. we fell
for it hook line and sinker. Robby Hood and the merry men we were called
all done up in green tights pointed hats and bows and arrows. This lasted for a few months
traveling round England in a old van playing
crap halls with Robby hood and his bird Maid Marion. finally playing
as top of the bill at a blues club in London where we well and truly
died a death. We came home that night all suicidal. We got rid of Robby
hood and advertised for a singer to start a blues band. That's
when John joined. We practiced and got hold of imported blues records
.Willie Dixon .
Moody Waters. Little Walter .Smokestack lighting, Sonny Boy Williamson
etc. a pair of maracas and a mouth organ and off we went again on
the Blues circuit .With a new name THE CHADS
SOME PHOTO'S STARTING ABOUT1959.
This the first photo I could find about1960.
On stage at the atlas ballroom Birmingham 1962
One off our business cards and handouts
All set for stardom: Some hopes
Below at a Charity gig in Brownhills Staffordshire about 1962.We
signed loads of autographs for the kids .They thought we were superstars. Even
the roadie signed them. Doug Twiss the man with the van. The bass player won a
pig in the skittles contest.
The infamous Robby Hood .Managed by someone called Reg Calvert Who also had
the Fortunes and a few others at that time. He had something to do with Radio
Caroline. He ended up committing suicide ,Shot himself. I would have also if
I had carried on with Robby Hood. Only good thing was Maid Marion his girlfriend...A