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Brian Poole, Wayne Fontana and Vanity Fare

Monday, December 31 2018

9pm (doors open approx 45 mins before the show)

Tickets 30 and are available from The Record Shop 01494-433311 by credit card/debit card

This is the NEW TEAR'S EVE CONCERT to beat all!!!

* BRIAN POOLE of the legendary Brian Poole and The Tremeloes ("Twist And Shout", "Do You Love Me", "Someone Someone", "Candy Man", "Good Lovin' ", "Silence Is Golden", "Here Comes My Baby")

* WAYNE FONTANA of Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders fame ("Game Of Love", "Um Um Um Um Um", "Pamela Pamela", "Come On Home", "Groovy Kind Of Love")

* VANITY FARE ("Hitchin' A Ride", "Early In The Morning", "I Live For The Sun", "Better By Far")

Brian Poole and The Tremeloes were one of the biggest acts of the Swinging Sixties, briefly rivalling The Beatles - particularly when their release of "Do You Love Me" famously knocked The Beatles' second No.1 "She Loves You" from the top spot in the UK charts.

Brian (centre) with The Tremeloes

Brian and his group had announced their arrival a few months earlier in 1963 when their cover version of the Isley Brothers song "Twist And Shout" reached No.4, with Brian's powerful vocal leading the way.

The hits kept on coming with "I Can Dance", "Candy Man", which reached No.6, and then the hauntingly beautiful "Someone, Someone" which went to No.2 in 1964.

The chart successes continued, albeit with lower placings, as "Twelve Steps To Love", "The Three Bells", "I Want Candy" and "Good Lovin' " scored with the record-buying public.

After five years together, Brian and The Tremeloes went their separate ways in 1967.

The Tremeloes quickly became chart stars in their own right that year, starting with "Here Comes My Baby" going to No.4 and then "Silence Is Golden" hitting the top spot. "Even The Bad Times Are Good", "Suddenly You Love Me", "Call Me Number One" and many other hits followed.

In recent years Brian and Chip Hawkes and Dave Munden of The Tremeloes teamed up again to tour as Brian Poole and The Tremeloes with Vanity Fare as their backing band.

So tonight you can expect Brian, with the help of Vanity Fare, to treat you to both the Brian Poole and The Tremeloes hits plus the big ones by The Tremeloes.

Wayne Fontana is one of the best singers and most entertaining artists on the circuit, and he will forever be associated with that huge worldwide chart-topper "The Game Of Love" in 1965.

Wayne (centre front) with The Mindbenders

Wayne, who took his stage name from Elvis Presley's drummer D.J. Fontana, formed his backing group, The Mindbenders, in 1963 and they had a top 50 hit that year with "Hello Josephine". In 1964.

Wayne and The Mindbenders started 1964 with "Stop Look And Listen" reaching No.37 before "Um Um Um Um Um Um" put them in the top five and sent them soaring into the big time.

Then came "The Game Of Love" and other hits like "It's Just A Little Bit Too Late" and "She Needs Love" before Wayne and The Mindbenders went their separate ways.

Wayne scored a big international hit with "Pamela, Pamela" and The Mindbenders had a worldwide No.1 with "Groovy Kind Of Love", which Wayne always covers in his shows as a nod of respect to his old group.

After an absence of four years at Amersham, we are delighted to welcome back Vanity Fare.

As well as being stars in their own right with hits like "Hitchin' A Ride" and "Early In The Morning", Vanity Fare virtually became our "house band", backing a whole of top names from the 60s and 70s. Their high standards of musicianship were acclaimed by the audiences and the artists alike.

They have also been the "house band" on big national tours like the "Solid Silver Sixties", so there is no doubting that Vanity Fare are one of the top bands on the circuit.

Today's Vanity Fare are Eddie Wheeler (lead guitar), Bernie Hagley (bass), Steve Oakman (keyboards and guitar) and "new boy" drummer Graham Walker, who drummed for Gay Moore.

"Hitchin' A Ride" was a huge international hit in 1970 and was especially popular in the United States where it reached No.5.

Besides "Hitchin' A Ride" and "Early In The Morning", Vanity Fare enjoyed other hits with the likes of "I Live For Th Sun" and "Better By Far".

With Brian Poole, Wayne Fontana and Vanity Fare, you're in for a New Year's Eve to remember! Amersham is the place to be to usher in 2019!

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