The Bands 

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Tornados and Swinging Blue Jeans bio-pag

The Tornados® featuring 1960s Tornados organist Dave Watts were signed to the infamous independent record producer Joe Meek at his home
recording studio at 304 Holloway Road Islington. Dave joined the Tornados in 1964 recording and touring for Joe Meek, during 1965 Meek sacked all the
personnel with the exception of Dave Watts, thus creating a brand new lineup and briefly calling themselves the New Tornados.


Winter of 1966 Dave Watts and Joe Meek, under pressure from the infamous Kray twins decided to book a series of concerts abroad, February the 3rd Joe
Meek shot dead his landlady Violet Shenton and then himself.


Today Dave Watts employs some of the best UK musicians to carry the legend forward and creating a beat stomping show that does not disappoint.


Dave Watts:- organ, Dave also performed with Billy Fury, Marty Wilde, Cliff Richard, Geno Washington and Sandie Shaw. In 1969 Dave Watts joined the
Israeli band the Lions Of Judah, they traveled to England where they performed in London nightclubs. They signed with Polydor Records and
recorded a single, “Our Love’s a Growing Thing.”


Shuan Corrigan:- guitar, from the sixties hit makers the Symbols ( the best part of breaking up & Bye Bye Baby ) and the Rebounds, the Rebounds backed American singer Johnny Burnette on his one and only UK tour.

Tristan Long:- drums, Was a member of East Anglian stalwarts Sweet N Innocent, who had a few singles released and featured on MTV’s Headbangers ball, appeared on BBC TV and was taken under the wing of Iron Maiden brainchild Steve Harris. Tristan has performed with acts such as Midge Ure, Deacon Blue, Iron Maiden, Nicko McBrain, 999, Helloween, Gareth Gates, the Buzzcocks and the Foundations to name a few.

 

Andy Matthews:- singer/bassist.  Andy first hit the stage, aged 12, as a drummer before progressing to vocals in his early 20s as a BlueCoat Entertainer for Warner Holidays. Following this hi de hi gig, he took to the stage once more as an actor before moving into Film and TV in having roles in Eastenders, The Bill, Inspector Morse and the odd James Bond film.


Andy formed his first semi pro band in 1992 and played the circuit for 9 years until TV opened its doors again and he headed into the spooky world of TV

presenting in series such as Ghost Detectives UKTV, Haunted Homes ITV, culminating with his own 10 part TV series "Northern Irelands Greatest Haunts" which he created and presented for BBC1 NI.


Now a freelance script writer for an audio drama production company, Andy has returned to his first love..music, especially the 50s and 60s sounds, and
in his own words, now the kids have all grown up it's time to get back on thestage and rock and roll again. Currently Andy is working on a film project with a UK production company.

The worldwide number one record TELSTAR performed by the classic 1962 lineup is still a huge selling record in these modern times, the Tornados today
do not only play the famous instrumentals but also perform hits by the stars that the Tornados backed during the sixties, Billy Fury, John Leyton, Heinz as
well as 3 part close harmonies and old time rock n roll hits. Complete with authentic equipment and optional video reels bring the likes of Billy Fury back
into your venue.

Tornados and Swinging Blue Jeans bio-pag

Formed in Liverpool in 1961 as The Bluegenes, the band soon changed their name to The Swinging Blue Jeans. They 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, they travelled to Germany and appeared at the legendary Star Club, Hamburg. The band became resident at The Cavern Club and had their own ‘Tuesday Guest Night’. 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 good-time bands, The Swinging Blue Jeans had their last big hit in 1966 with ‘Don’t Make me Over’.Despite several line-up changes The Swinging Blue Jeans are still going strong today! The band still featured original member Ray Ennis until his retirement from the group in May 2010. Photo was taken back stage on the 2008 Solid Gold 60s Tour.

 

Alan Lovell:- Lead guitar & Lead vocals, Alan has been the right hand man to founder members of The Swinging Blue Jeans (Les Braid & Ray Ennis) for many years. Les Braid sadly passed away in 2005. Ray Ennis announced his retirement from the group in 2010. Alan started his career in the early Sixties. and has toured & recorded with many named acts such as: - Marty Wilde - PJ Proby - Denny Laine to name but a few. Alan has performed on many cds, videos, and TV recordings with The Swinging Blue Jeans, he has also toured extensively worldwide with The Swinging Blue Jeans over the years & continues to do so very successfully with the current line up. Alan is a part of the original chapter of The Swinging Blue Jeans history.

 

Peter Oakman.:- Bass Player / Vocals Peter began his music career in 1956 with The Spacemen Skiffle Group. In 1957, guitarist Joe Brown joined the group which by 1959 became Joe Brown & the Bruvvers. During the early sixties Joe Brown and The Bruvvers had a string of hits, including the No 1 hit ' A Picture of You', written by Peter Oakman which topped the charts in the summer of 1962. At the end of 1963, Peter received a phone call from skiffle legend Lonnie Donegan. Peter continued to play bass with Lonnie on & off for forty years. In 1972, through his friend & promoter Roger Greenaway, Peter had a top twenty hit with the Gary US Bonds song 'New Orleans'. In 2004, Peter received a call from Alan Lovell of The Swinging Blue Jeans explaining the illness, and eventually the passing, of their bass player & founder member Les Braid. Since then, Peter has continued to tour with The Swinging Blue Jeans.

 

Graham Hollingworth:- Drums At the age of 17 after playing in several northern groups, Graham soon got booked on major tours around the world playing for the likes of: - The Supremes, The Drifters, and Martha Reeves, Harold Melvin, Cliff Richard & Billy Paul, 'Me & Mrs Jones'. He has also toured extensively worldwide for 15 years, playing drums with Rock 'n' Roll Legend Chuck Berry.Graham has played with the Swinging Blue Jeans in the past as a dep. Alan Lovell & Graham have played together live & on sessions for many years. Graham has been a permanent member of The SBJs since Ray Ennis's retirement in 2010.

 

Jeff Bannister:- Keyboards / Guitar / Vocals Jeff Bannister began his professional career in the early sixties as lead vocalist/keyboard player with The John Barry Seven. Major tours followed in UK & Europe with Brenda Lee, Billy Fury and Marty Wilde. The nucleus of this band later became The Alan Bown Set and Jeff was a significant member throughout its duration. The line up also featured Robert Palmer. Over the years, Jeff has recorded and / or toured with numerous bands and artists including - Gerry Rafferty, Charlie Dore, Joan Jett and Rick Lee. More recently as a member of the band Rockin' Horse, Jeff completed four extensive UK tours with The Solid Gold Rock 'n' Roll Show, which starred Marty Wilde, Joe Brown, Eden Kane, John Leyton, Freddy Cannon, Craig Douglas and The Venons. Jeff joined The Swinging Blue Jeans early in 2010 following Ray Ennis' retirement.