Monday, 29 October 2012
"It’s good to see people of all ages here tonight," said The Ivy League’s Joe Brennan as he compered The Sensational Sixties Experience on Thursday evening. "Yes, Ice Age… Stone age…" the audience laughed, and rightly so, as the best 60s music show in town hit Cardiff.
First up were The Ivy League, famous in their heyday for tracks such as Funny How Love Can Be and Tossin’ and Turnin’, who joked with the audience between numbers, while reminding everyone of some great sounds from the swinging decade.
The first half ended with The Union Gap UK recalling the sounds of Gary Puckett’s original Union Gap including Young Girl and Lady Willpower.
The second half kicked off with Herman’s Hermits featuring original drummer Barry Whitwam recalling some of their greatest hits. Whitwam told of the Hermits meeting with Elvis Presley when touring the States back in the 60s and revealed the banjo sound created on their hit Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter was created by a guitar muffled with a handkerchief.
Then, The Tremeloes featuring original drummer Dave Munden and guitarist Rick Westwood topped the bill with a sensational set including Do You Love Me, Twist and Shout, Here Comes My Baby and Silence is Golden.
The evening rounded off with all four bands returning to the stage to perform a rock n roll medley that had everyone in the house joining in. As famous 60s DJ Alan Fluff Freeman might have said "Sensational? Not Arf!"
Monday, 1 October 2012
1960s pop legends The Tremeloes, famous for their hits Do You Love Me? and Silence is Golden will play St David’s Hall, Cardiff later this month. Andy Howells chats with founder member drummer Dave Munden about the band’s heyday.
“I’m the only one who has been in the band all the time, so I’m in every photo there is of The Tremeloes,” says drummer Dave Munden, who along with school friends Brian Poole and Alan Blakley formed The Tremeloes in Dagenham, Essex , around late 1958.
“Brian and Alan had a couple of Hofner acoustic guitars on which they used to sing Everly Brothers stuff,” remembers Dave. “I used to sing along with them and one day Alan said ‘Do you want to join the band? We’re having a practice tonight around the greengrocer’s shop!”
“So I went over, he sat me down at the drum kit and got me to keep time with the music. I sang and drummed at the same time and that’s how I joined the band.”
Like most bands of the era, The Tremeloes, fronted by Brian Poole, did their apprenticeship on the live circuit. With several personnel changes and the arrival of Rick Westwood on guitar in 1961, the band auditioned for Decca Records on New Year’s Day 1962 and ultimately won a recording contract over four lads from Liverpool known as The Beatles.
Brian Poole and The Tremeloes released several singles before scoring chart success in 1963 with their upbeat version of Twist and Shout.
The next single, Do You Love Me? toppled The Beatles’ She Loves You from Number One. “It was unbelievable,” says Dave. “To get a number one record in the charts was fantastic.”
|The Tremeloes pictured with Brian Poole in 1963|
“We were in great spirits,” remembers Dave, “when we got in the studio we had a good time and it came across on all the records. Really that’s what the band is now on stage. We like to have a laugh and get the audience involved.” Dave says The Tremeloes were “always a good live band” and this has helped their popularity endure over the last five decades.
The Tremeloes’ current tour will be the last to feature Rick Westwood, who is due to retire from the band. Dave describes Rick, who sang the original lead vocal on Silence is Golden, as “a great guitarist – a one off. He plays like nobody else.”
Fans can catch Dave and Rick along with Jeff Brown and Joe Gillingham as The Tremeloes in The Sensational 60s Experience at St David’s Hall, Cardiff on October 25, 2012. Joining them will be Herman’s Hermits, The Ivy League and Union Gap uk.
- Versions of Andy Howells interview with Dave Munden appeared in The South Wales Argus entertainment supplement The Guide and The South Wales Guardian during October 2012.
- Read Andy Howells interview with Chip Hawkes of The Tremeloes
- Read Andy Howells interview with Brian Poole of The Tremeloes