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AUTUMN GOLD CONCERT

The Foundations featuring original vocalist/lead guitarist Alan Warner, Edison Lighthouse and the John Burrows Band featuring Adam Whitmee

Saturday, October 20 2018
8pm (doors open approx 45 mins before the show)


Tickets 18 and are available from The Record Shop 01494-433311 by credit card/debit card

Get ready to welcome on stage one of the biggest bands of the 60s - THE FOUNDATIONS featuring original vocalist/lead guitarist ALAN WARNER.

THE FOUNDATIONS had two international chart-toppers with "Baby Now That I've Found You" and "Build Me Up Buttercup" and a string of other memorable hits like "Back On My Feet Again", "Any Old Time (You're Lonely And Sad)", "In The Bad Bad Old Days (Before You Loved Me)", "Take A Girl Like You", "That Same Old Feeling" and "Born To Live, Born To Die".

On top of that tonight's show also stars EDISON LIGHTHOUSE of "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" fame and one of the finest rock 'n' roll bands on the UK circuit, the JOHN BURROWS BAND, with the amazing voice of ADAM WHITMEE.


The Foundations first came to attention in 1967 when "Baby Now That I've Found You" soared to No.1 around the world after the group signed for the Pye label and came under the wing of producer/songwriter Tony Macaulay, who had penned the number with John MacLeod.

The Foundations -- Alan Warner (lead guitar/vocals), Clem Curtis (lead vocals), Pat Burke (flute, tenor saxophone), Mike Elliott (tenor saxophone), Eric Allendale (trombone), Peter Macbeth (bass/vocals) and Tim Harris (drums) -- were the first British multiracial group to have a No.1 hit in Britain in the 1960s. The Equals topped the charts a year later with "Baby Come Back".

They followed up 'Baby Now That I've Found You' with further chart-entries, "Back On My Feet Again" and "Any Old Time (You're Lonely And Sad)", before Clem Curtis left the group and was replaced by Colin Young, who was on lead vocals for their next international chart-topper "Build Me Up Buttercup".


The Foundations in the 1960s with Alan Warner 3rd from the left

Macaulay wrote "Build Me Up Buttercup" with Manfred Mann lead singer Mike d'Abo. "Mike actually played the piano on 'Build Me Up Buttercup' as well. That opening intro that everybody associates the song is Mike d'Abo," says Alan.

The Colin Young era also produced hits with "In The Bad Bad Old Days (Before You Loved Me)", "Take A Girl Like You" and "Born To Live, Born To Die".


Alan, widely regarded among his peers in the music business as one of the finest and most versatile guitarists on the circuit, was the onal member of The Foundations to stay with the group from 1967 to their break-up in 1970.

He is keeping the sound of The Foundations alive today with this line-up: Hue Montgomery (lead vocals), Alan Warner (lead guitar/vocals), Dave Lennox (keyboards), John Dee (bass/backing vocals), Pete Stroud (drums) and Nick Payne (saxophone).


Alan Warner (left) with The Foundations on television in the 60s

EDISON LIGHTHOUSE rocketed to No.1 around the globe in 1970 with "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)". which just like THE FOUNDATIONS' two big chart-toppers was penned by Macaulay - this time with another well-known songwriter Barry Mason.


Legendary session singer Tony Burrows, who also enjoyed huge success with The Ivy League, The Flowerpot Men, White Plains, Brotherhood Of Man, First Class and The Pipkins, was the voice on the record and promoted it on TV chart shows.

But Tony had other commitments which prevented him from touring and that was the start of a number of personnel changes in the group's early years.


EDISON LIGHTHOUSE scored another hit with "It's Up To You Petula" in 1971 and put together a live act that has entertained audiences around the world to this day.


Since the early 1970s EDISON LIGHTHOUSE has featured Brian Huggins as the band's lead singer and frontman and Peter Butt on bass and vocals.

Completing the current line-up are Stephane Booroff on drums and veteran multi-instrumentalist Simon Aldridge on lead guitar and vocals.

The JOHN BURROWS BAND blow audiences away with a dynamic live music experience driven by hugely talented lead singer Adam Whitmee and the fine musicianship and backing vocals from the rest of the group.


They are guaranteed to get a crowd up dancing with the best of rock 'n' roll songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

Adam always has audiences eating out of his hand with his unique ability to replicate the style of musical legends such as Little Richard, Jackie Wilson, Roy Orbison and his own favourite Elvis.


It's going to be a rocking good night in Amersham - get your tickets now!


CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Starring MUNGO JERRY, LEAPY LEE, BEAKY from Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, and GIDEA PARK

8 p.m. on Saturday, November 24 2018

Tickets 18 and are available from The Record Shop 01494-433311 by credit card/debit card

It's Mungomania time!!!


The legendary, high-octane Mungo Jerry frontman Ray Dorset returns to Amersham by popular demand to chase away those early winter blues and put you back "In The Summertime"!

Ray, famed for his gap-toothed grin and outrageous sideburns, is a charismatic, colourful and energetic performer who knows how to wow audiences. "In The Summertime", "Baby Jump", "Lady Rose", "Alright Alright Alright" and "Long Legged Woman Dressed In Black" are just a few of Mungo Jerry's rich catalogue of hits.

The years always roll back when this iconic frontman, singer, guitarist and songwriter hits the stage with his band.

This is also a rare chance to see Ray in action in the UK because he is so much in demand in Europe and elsewhere in the world that he doesn't get to perform in Britain all that often.

"In The Summertime" topped charts all around the world in 1970 and is now widely hailed as a pop music classic and the summer record of all summer records. It soared to No.1 in Britain within two weeks of its release and stayed there for a staggering seven weeks.


Ray -- "The King Of The Groove" -- was both the songwriter and the vocalist behind those unforgettable lyrics:

"In the summertime when the weather is high
"You can stretch right up and touch the sky
"When the weather's fine
"You got women, you got women on your mind
"Have a drink, have a drive
"Go out and see what you can find"

Mungo Jerry, named after a character in T.S Elliot's "Book Of Practical Cats", scored a second successive chart-topper with the hard-rocking "Baby Jump".

"Lady Rose" nearly made it three in a row, but the BBC banned the number because of the inclusion of what it saw as a drug song in 'Have A Whiff On Me" on the 4-track maxi-single.


The hits kept on coming for Ray and the group with "Alright Alright Alright", "Long Legged Woman Dressed In Black", "You Don't Have To Be In The Army To Fight In The War", "Open Up", "Hello Nadine", "Can't Get Over Loving You", "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" and "On a Night Like This" all riding high internationally.

The legend himself is here tonight to celebrate nearly 50 years of "In The Summertime" and other classic hits with you. Get ready for the hottest show of this autumn!


Also returning to Amersham by popular demand is John Dymond, the original vocalist/rhythm guitarist Beaky from top 60s hit-making band Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich.

Last year Beaky recreated those highly memorable big hits of DDDBM&T to stunning perfection with Gidea Park, our band for tonight and stars in their own right in the 1980s with revivals of Beach Boys and Four Seasons classics.


DDDBM&T enjoyed a string of hits from 1965 to 1970 with the likes of "Hold Tight" (no.4 in the UK), "Hideaway (No.10) ", "Bend It" (No.2), "Save Me" (No.3), "Touch Me, Touch Me" (No.13), "Okay" (No.4), "Zabadak" (No.3), "The Legend |Of Xanadu" (No.1), "Last Night In Soho" (No.8) and "The Wreck Of The Antoinette" (No.14).


British songwriters Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley discovered the group in 194 and wrote the catchy hits for them.


"We changed their name to Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich because they were their actual nicknames and because we wanted to stress their very distinct personalities in a climate which regarded bands as collectives," said Ken Howard.

Beaky is the only original member of DDDBM&T still performing today.

Making his first appearance at Amersham will be Leapy Lee, the man behind that huge international hit "Little Arrows" in 1968. It is also a rare UK appearance for Leapy because he has lived in Spain for many years.


"Little Arrows" soared to No.2 in the UK charts, only kept from going to the top first by The Beatles and "Hey Jude" and then Mary Hopkins and "Those Were The Days". The song topped the charts in other countries.

A colourful character, Leapy had a second sizeable UK hit with "Good Morning" and hits elsewhere with "Every Road Leads Back To You" and "Little Yellow Aeroplane".


"Little Arrows" was written by singer/songwriter Albert Hammond in collaboration with fellow UK singer/songwriter Mike Hazlewood. Other notable songs from the Albert's pen include "The Air That I Breathe" by The Hollies, Joe South's "Make Me An Island" and "One Moment In Time" by Whitney Houston.

The hit came about through a chance meeting. "I met Leapy Lee in a bingo hall in Shepherds Bush and gave him the song because he said he was a singer and I couldn't get anyone else to record it," said Albert, who was washing dishes at the time to make ends meet.


Gidea Park have established themselves at Amersham as one the finest backing bands on the circuit but also remain the stars behind the hits "Beach Boy Gold", "Seasons In The Sun" and "California Gold" in the 1980s that brought the wonderful sounds of the Beach Boys and Four Seasons to new audiences.

The group are renowned for their harmonies and this has been recognised by Mike Love and David Marks of The Beach Boys performing with them.

Gidea Park have been in demand for concerts and television and radio appearance around the world.

Their music has featured in the James Bond movie "A View To A Kill" and "Karate Kid 3".

This is a truly star-studded concert featuring dozens of hits. Don't miss out on a ticket!


NEW YEAR'S EVE CONCERT

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

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