The Moonrakers - 1960s
Reproduced with acknowledgement to photographer, Tony Jedrez, Cambridge,
LEFT TO RIGHT:
- Graeme (Grum) Taylor (lead guitar)
- John Wykes (vocalist)
- John Robertson standing in for Derek Mcdonald (bass guitar)
- Gordon Taylor (drums)
Graeme Taylor, one of
the 'Moonrakers' wrote:
"This photo was taken in
McGoos 'Managers Office', where all the 'stars' used to go and have
a chat with Mr Demarco (the Manager). He was an ex-Priest,
brother of Richard Demarco, the well known Edinburgh artist."
Graeme Taylor, Edinburgh, August 2, 2008
Radio Scotland Magazine
A cropped copy of this photograph and an
accompanying article comes from '242', the magazine of the 1960s pirate
radio station, 'Radio Scotland' that broadcast pop music on Medium
Wave 242 from a ship moored offshore, off East Lothian in the Firth
Here I have
displayed the whole photo, including a poster of the Moonrakers on
the wall in the background. The only item that I have edited
out of the photo (with the help of Photoshop) is a 'Ladies Only'
sign written on the door in the background.
This photo was taken in the office at Magoos Club.
"A gleaming black van noses its way
through the crowd and grinds to a halt. Within minutes, its shiny
surface has been transformed into a mass of Dusky Peach, Bois de
Rose and Honey Pink lipstick scrawls.
The Moonrakers have arrived.
The 'Moonies', as they are better known
have established themselves among Edinburgh's top groups."
article mentioned that the group's fan club was run by the group's
managers and currently had a membership of 500, and that to join the
"a 2/6d postal order must be enclosed.
What do you get for your half-crown? A fabulous picture of the boys
plus concessions on all out-of-town performances."
"The group are soon to do a tour of the
north of Scotland."
On the same page as
the above article the magazine carried a small advert for the
treatment of "Acne, Boils and Pimples! Do they cause you
and an advert for
"this wonderful full-size classical guitar, only 7 gns, cash".