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Clubs and Discos

Recollections 201+

 

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Recollections

201

Kazik Walusiak
Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland

The Beachcombers

The Boots

The Hunters

The Scratch

202

Kazik Walusiak
Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland

The Beachcombers

  -  Sandy

203

Iain McLeod
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Edinburgh in the early-1960s

Glasgow in the early-1960s

Edinburgh in the mid-1960s

The Moonrakers

The Beachcombers

Writing on the Wall  Lennie

Lennie again  1980s

204

Karen Simon
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Top Storey

McGoos

'Groupies'

205

Ray Graham

The Yellow Carvel

Nicky Tam's

205

Reply 1.

David Bain

Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England

Nicky Tam's

206

Stuart Tait
Singapore (since 1976)

Maxi's Taxi

206

Reply 1.

Freddie White

Maxi's Taxi

206

Reply 1.

Freddie White

Maxi's Taxi

207

Malcolm Parkin
Kinnesswood, Kinross,
Perth & Kinross, Scotland

Shane and the Sabres

-  Our Group

-  Venues

208

Ron Forbes
Pollensa, Mallorca

Nostalgia

School then Work

Music

Retiral

Missing Edinburgh

209

Val McCabe

The Place and McGoo's

210

Jim Dunlop
Cowley, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

The Place and The Gamp

       

Recollections

201.

Kazik Walusiak

Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland

Thank you to Kazik Walusiak who wrote:

The Beachcombers

"The Beachcombers left for London, under the name The Boots, but things fell apart for them, so Sandy came back to Scotland and joined the band I played with.  It was an Edinburgh band called The Hunters."

Sandy

Sandy is on the left in this Beachcombers photo, taken from Recollections 62 above.

    'The Beachcombers' - an Edinburgh group from the 1960s ©

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  August 7, 2014

The Scratch

"After getting a recording contract, managed by the owner of 'The Place' we were renamed The ScratchBut we didn’t want to play the music the record company wanted, so we and went to play in Germany for about a year.

When Sandy and I got back to Scotland, we couldn’t manage to get a band of the same quality together, so we packed it in. That was in 1971."

40+ Years Later

"So,for 40-odd years, work got in the way, but last year I started up again and so did Sandy for a bit.  Sandy now drives taxis so that has now taken priority.

I now play in 2 bands, one from Falkirk who occasionally play at The Auld Toll, and the other one from Stirling.

Both Lex Cruden and Mike are now no longer with us, and as you know Kenny is a successful publican, his dad, the manager has also passed on."

Sandy

Kenny and Mike are 2nd and 3rd from the left in this  photo, taken from Recollections 62 above.

    'The Beachcombers' - an Edinburgh group from the 1960s ©

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  August 7, 2014

Kazik Walusiak, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland:  August 7, 2014

 

Recollections

202.

Kazik Walusiak

Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland

After I added this small photo and caption to Recollections 201 above, yesterday:

Sandy

Sandy is on the left in this Beachcombers photo, taken from Recollections 62 above.

    'The Beachcombers' - an Edinburgh group from the 1960s ©

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  August 7, 2014

I sent an email to Kazik, asking him if he knew the surname of Sandy in the Beachcombers' photo above.  He certainly did!

Sandy replied:

The Beachcombers

Sandy

"Sandy is my twin brother and our surname is Walusiak. When playing for the Beachcombers he was given the surname Aleksander!

During the 60's we both lived in Stirlingshire (Polmont), and we now live 5 minutes apart Sandy in Stenhousemuir, and me Falkirk."

Kazik Walusiak, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland:  August 8, 2014

Recollections

203

Iain McLeod

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Iain McLeod who played with Gully Foyle, on drums,  and with other Edinburgh bands in in the 1960s.

Iain  has already written Recollections 68 about The Hunters, but here he takes a broader look at the Edinburgh band scene in the 1960s. Thank you, Iain, for taking the time to  send me your comments below.

Iain wrote:

Edinburgh
in early 1960s

"We all used to think of ourselves as 'the best bands ever'.  We were all so rapt up in ourselves that we would never entertain that there could be any other bands as good as 'us'.

There were really only about a dozen bands in Edinburgh in the early-1960s who might be considered as 'First Division'.  Those at the top of the tree then were:

The Embers

The Commodores

The Athenians

The Avengers

The Crusaders.

The Abstracts
The Abstracts' singer wore a toilet chain from his waist.  He should have been a major star!

Boston Dexters
They were a bit like Jim Diamond in the 1980s.
You had to hear them to realise how fabulous they  were.  It wasn't just Tam White but the whole band from Toto to Gus Rennie and the leader.  I can't  remember his name but he was brilliant.

Here's a short clip of a Boston Dexters record, recorded at Craighall Studios, Edinburgh, that I found on YouTube.
-
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  29 Dec 2014

Glasgow
in early 1960s

"In the early-1960s, Glasgow bands were so far ahead of us Edinburgh bands.  Glasgow had:

Dean Ford and The Gaylords.

Chris McLure Section (formerly 'Studio Six')

Lulu and the Luvvers"

Edinburgh
from the mid-1960s

"In Edinburgh there had been not too many places for the bands to play, up to the mid-1960s.  There was Top Story, Holy Corner, but most of the clubs were in church halls or scout halls.

Then it all started to become major in Edinburgh, with:

-  The International (Nash)

TheGamp

The Place

Bungies

and one or two others including

The Ceafast (I think) at the West End, Edinburgh.

I have strong memories The Bootleggers (roadies and me) being beaten up by the rockers there. I remember that the rockers chased us to the International in Princes Street and the lovely big bouncer (who I knew quite well) charged down the stairs and scared them away."

Edinburgh
in the late-1960s

"Top Bands in Edinburgh in the late-1960s included:

Ech and the Echoes

Memphis Soul Band

The Bootleggers

Three's a Crowd

Writing on the Wall

More brilliant musicians and bands than England ever had, bar none!  But Edinburgh also had so many rubbish bands that people remember just because they were the bands the 'wee hairies' went for."

The Moonrakers

"The Moonrakers (latterly The Moonies - to get away from the dreaded tax man) were actually a pretty good band with decent musicians from Heriots.   (Their drummer was involved in a car accident and was left as a paraplegic.)

I actually did a public audition with a couple of thousand other drummers at McGoos. I didn't get the job, of course - but the bass player of the Moonies decided to quit and start a band with me and some of the other failures from The Bootleggers.

We did eventually play as one of the backup bands for The Who at McGoos incidentally."

The Beachcombers

"I never actually heard The Beachcombers' play, but Eccles' father did get me some gigs."

Writing on the Wall

Linnie

"I'll never forget Linnie of 'Writing on the Wall'.   I think the band I was playing with at the time was Memphis Soul Band (I sacked most of them and brought in the incredible Johnny Sutherland).

There were three stages at McGoos, but when they weren't busy they would close off the main stage.  McGoos' best stage was the one we were given. 'Writing on The Wall' were given the opposite stage. I laughed (not nastily) at Linnie because we had the better stage. Linnie got me in the changing rooms upstairs.  Anyone who knew Linnie would know what he said!"

Linnie again
1980s

"I emigrated to Australia in 1982.  Two years later, I went back to Edinburgh and was drinking in the Steak House, at the West End.

Linnie of 'Boston Dexters' came in with his lead player.  I wish I could remember his name.  He was our backup guitarist with 'Three's a Crowd'. They were playing in some pub (in Morrison Street?)

I hadn't seen either of them for about ten years.  Linnie came straight over and put his arms around me.  I can't remember if he then punched me in the kidneys but .... that was Linnie.

A few years later I discovered that Linnie had died. Another couple of years later and I was devastated that the wonderful Tam White had also died.  I know that Toto also died a few years ago. I was always in awe of Toto and first met him when he was playing at the Hearts Club."

Iain McLeod, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia: December 28, 2014

 

Recollections

204.

Karen Simon (née Booth)

Leith

Thank you to Karen Simon who wrote:

The Top Storey

"My brother and I both saw Van Morrison at the Top Storey (where I practically lived) in my early teens."

McGoos

"We also saw James Brown at McGoos."

'Groupies'

"I was one of a group of girls (I guess we were 'groupies') used to go in a van to most of the Beachcomber venues. 

At one such venue (somewhere in the 1960s) we saw Nazareth. I thought they were fantastic and it came as no surprise when they rose to fame.

 I have a picture of Mike who all the girls were smitten by. I 'bagged off' with wee Davy one night, just kissing.  (I was an innocent then  -  well almost *;) winking)

Karen Simon (née Booth), Toronto, Ontario, Canad:  May 4, 2015

 

Recollections

205.

Ray Graham

(Raymo)

 Billingham, Durham, England

Thank you to Ray Graham who wrote:

The Yellow Carvel

"Does anyone remember folk nights in the Yellow Carvel?  Tremendous!"

Nicky Tam's

"...  and Nicky Tam's.  It was always packed."

Ray Graham (Raymo), Billingham, Durham, England:  May 5, 2015

Update 1
20 May 2015

I originally wrote Micky Tam's above.

Thank you to David Bain for giving me the correct name:  Nicky Tam's.

David explained:

 

Recollections

205.

Reply

1.

David Bain

Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England

Thank you to David Bain who wrote:

Nicky Tam's

"Nicky Tams. It's a reference to farm workers tying their trousers below the knee with twine.

Don't ask me how it also came to be used as the name for an Edinburgh  pub!"

David Bain, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England:  May 20, 2015

 

Recollections

206.

Stuart Tait

Singapore

Thank you to Stuart Tait:

Maxi's Taxi

"I see no recollections yet of Maxi's Taxi in the 'Clubs & Discos' Recollections, although they were very popular".

I used to roadie for them.  They had a few line ups.  I remember:

-  Gilly and Dino - singers

-  Donald ? - lead

-  Brian Mcintosh

-  Freddie White - on drums bass

-  Martin Speck - on organ

-  Tony Cassar - on sax, some nights!"

Stuart Tait, Singapore (left Edinburgh in 1976)  July 1 + 3, 2015

 

Recollections

206

Reply

1.

Freddie White

Edinburgh

Thank you to Freddie White for replying to Stuart Tait's comments above about the group, 'Maxi's Taxi'

Freddie wrote:

Maxi's Taxi

Rodies

"I was Freddie White, the drummer  for Maxi's Taxi, and would love to get in contact with Stuart Tait who was one of our roadies.  I see that he is in Singapore so it could be very hard for me to find him myself."

The Band Members

"I'm sure he would love to know that five of the 'Maxi's Taxi' band are now all back in touch with each other again.  Stuart was very important to us ."

Freddie White:  27 October 2016

Reply to Freddie White

I've passed on the latest email address that I have for Stuart Tait to Freddie White.  I hope that Stuart will still be using the same email address now and that Freddie will be able to get in touch with him.

(I believe that Freddie may now be known as Fred White, but I've used the name 'Freddie White' above as that seems likely to be the name that people will remember him as, from his days in  the Maxi's Taxi band.)

Freddie Whit, Edinburgh::  27 October 2016

 

Recollections

206

Reply

2.

Freddie White

Edinburgh

Thank you to Freddie White for writing again with a little more info about the former band members of Maxi's Taxi.

Freddie wrote:

Maxi's Taxi

The Band Members

"Three of the former members of 'Max's Taxi continue to play in different bands.  The lead guitarist and I have both retired for now.

Maybe we should do what's normal nowadays and reform the band (chuckle)."

Freddie White:  31 October 2016

  

Recollections

207.

Malcolm Parkin

Kinnesswood, Kinross, Perth & Kinross

Thank you to Malcolm Parkin for sending me the photo below of the group that he played with in the 1960s.

Malcolm wrote:

Shane and The Sabres

1961

Edinburgh Clubs and Discos  -  'Shane and The Sabres', 1961

©  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Malcolm Parkin                                                  Photographer not known

Our Group

"Here is a photo from my archive.  It's 'Shane and The Sabres' taken in 1961 at the Fettesian Boys Club in Ferry Road.

We are, from left to right:

-  Bill Buckner (Rhythm Guitar)

-  Malcolm Parkin (Lead Guitar) *

-  Bob (Min) Munro (Vocals)

-  Lyn Milne (Bass) **

-  Bob Smith (Drums).

As you can see, there are  'Stagecraft Zero' cables everywhere!

Venues

We played at the Gamp Club, and Bungy’s and the Locarno Ballroom in Edinburgh, and at other small venues, but also at The Reid Hall in Forfar, and at numerous Border Dance venues.

Our highlight was Newcastle City Hall, and a final (for me) great gig supporting Danny Rivers at the Miners' Welfare Hall at Newtongrange.

By far our best gig in Edinburgh was a residency at the Greenhill Dance Club, up a lane off Morningside Road.  By then I had a Stratocaster and could play a lot better.  Needless to say, the Club is now a block of flats.

After being promoted at work, I decided to give up playing."

I was replaced on Lead Guitar in 1962/3 by Brian Mulligan, who was a much better player, and the band went on to bigger things, and I believe lasted until 1968.

**  Lyn was soon to be replaced by Colin Archbold

Malcolm Parkin, Kinnesswood, Kinross, Perth & Kinross, Scotland:  12 September 2015 (2 emails)

  

Recollections

208.

Ron Forbes

Pollensa, Majorca

Thank you to Ron Forbes who wrote:

Nostalgia

"Maybe it's time for me to send a few comments to the EdinPhoto web site, as I'm now in my nostalgia years, aged 73, but still enjoying a few breaks to Edinburgh.

School then Work

I mis-spent my youth at Canonmills School 1947-1953, then Broughton until 1957.

I started work as apprentice letterpress printer at Howie & Seath in Swinton Row, then later at Duncan Street, South Side, then Alna Press in Cumberland Street.

Music

I became a pro musician after working with various rock groups, playing guitar with Ron Forbes Quartet.

-  I had thousands of gigs all over the area, then left to join ships. Canberra, Chusan, Spiro, Sky, Ocean Monarch etc.

-  I moved to London and got Alex Harvey back to work with me at 800 Club, then Mecca bands all over.

-  I moved to Durban, South Africa, with night club band. then back to London with Quaglinos' band, Johnny Howard and London Rooms.

Retiral

I eventually retired from the music scene, took up teaching Spanish and bought a house here in Pollensa, Mallorca. I'm still here now,27 years later, with my family.

Missing Edinburgh

I'm still missing Edinburgh.  I spent last New Year there with my family, after having made previous visits there, I'll be visiting Edinburgh again next year.

Ron Forbes, Pollensa, Majorca

  

Recollections

209.

Val McCabe

Edinburgh

Thank you to Val McCabe who wrote:

Question

The Place and McGoo's

Which came First?

"Can you settle an argument please?  What opened first, the Place or McGoo's?    Any idea?

I went to both, and think it was the Place, but my friends think it was McGoo's.

Both were great!  I saw Spencer Davis in McGoo's. 

All great memories!"

Val McCabe, Edinburgh:  4 April 2016 (2 emails)

Reply to Val?

If you can help to answer Val's question, please email me to let me know, then I'll pass n your email to Val.

Thank you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  17 April 2016

  

Recollections

210.

Jim Dunlop

Cowley, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

Thank you to Jim Dunlop who wrote:

The Place and The Gamp

Visitors from Glasgow

"Just a little mention of my good friend Davi Peters.  We used to go from Glasgow to Edinburgh every weekend to visit the Gamp club and the Place, in the 1960s.

We had to put on good old Gorgi accents, as the clubs were not too keen on Glasgow boys.

We used to stop at the Morningside area with twin girls called Jan and Christine.  I'm not too sure of second name.  We had a great time.  I remember being chucked out of the Place for heavy petting, by a little strong bouncer, but I got back  in later.

We also used to follow a group called the Blues Council.  What a great band!  Their singer was killed in road accident, coming back from Edinburgh."

Jim Dunlop, Cowley, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England:  11 October 2016

 

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A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere     Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

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