US soul music continued to thrive in the UK charts in 1966 leading local bands to add songs by James Brown, Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett to their set lists. Bands with a saxophone or a brass section, such as…

1967 became known as the ‘Summer of Love’. Not so much because that year saw a revolutionary new movement, but because that was when the media came to identify and focus on the hippy phenomenon, the underground alternative youth culture…

After a year of flower power, love-ins and psychedelic happenings, 1968 had a bit more of a down-to-earth feel about it with a slight revival of rock ‘n roll and blues music. Locally, bands playing the standard Wilson Pickett/Otis Redding…

By 1969, Newcastle’s legendary Club A’Gogo had come to an end. A new club called ‘Change Is’ opened that year on Bath Lane, Newcastle and featured a mixture of cabaret type acts, bands and dancing. The Mayfair Ballroom continued to…

September 1970 saw the deaths of both Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. It was also the year that an announcement was made that the Beatles had officially broken up. North east promoter Geoff Docherty continues to book top bands at…

The band of the year is the Faces featuring Rod Stewart who also has a mega hit that year with ‘Maggie May’. Rod and the Faces inject a lot of fun into their stage act, generally clowning about and often…

BBC TV’s ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’ is a popular programme. The show’s focus on “serious” rock music, rather than chart hits covered on BBC1 by Top of the Pops, is emphasised by a lack of showbiz glitter: bands would…

One of my most enjoyable periods in North East bands was the stint with Jazzboard between 1965 and 1967. Jazzboard was fronted by the talented Bruce MacDonald Lowes, a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who continues to perform in several North East…

The first twenty three years of Bryan Ferry’s life were spent in the north east of England. For three of those years he was busy gigging in local north east bands and would have played at most, if not all…

In the second half of 1968, four elements came together and changed the face of live music in the northeast for at least the next four years. This amalgamation would bring enjoyment to thousands upon thousands of music fans and…