Avalons

 

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THE

AVALONS

Burnley

 

1 TOP OF THE TOWN WINNERS 7/4/63 (Burnley Express)

 

Johnny Dee & The Avalons. The first incarnation with..

 

Carl Collins: Guitar & vocal. Harry Hindle: Drums.

Mike Guttridge: Lead Guitar. Dave Parkinson: Lead vocal.

Roy Barker: Bass Guitar.

 

Carl left to form The Linden Three. Harry Hindle broke his wrists and was replaced by Roy Shoesmith and later played with Helen Shapiro and Karl Denver whilst Roy Barker joined the Navy.

 

2 REEDYFORD HOSPITAL 31/10/1963

 

Dave & The Avalons, a 4-piece with Roy Shoesmith: Drums. Ray Felters: Bass with Dave and Mike at Halloween party.

 

3 POSING AT HEASANDFORD 1963

 

4 FLYER FOR DAVE & THE AVALONS

 

Now a 5-piece with Les Atkins joining from The Stormers on bass and Ray switching to rhythm guitar.

 

5 PHOTO AT NELSON OLD BAND CLUB 28/3/63

 

A regular gig.

 

6 WINNING TALENT COMPETITION AT KEIGHLEY 10/7/64

 

This is where we won the tour of Sweden but two of us were apprentices so we didn’t go.

 

7 HEYSHAM TALENT COMPETITION 11/7/64

 

We came 3rd out of 64 northern groups and were now wearing corduroy pants and velvet tunics

 

8/9 BURNLEY EXPRESS 16/9/64

 

Nice story in Burnley Express and now just The Avalons. This was the classic Avalons line-up.

 

10/11 BURNLEY LOCARNO TALENT COMPETITION November 1964

 

We were finalist with The Electrons, The Dynamic Flames, The Pagans, and The Raging Storms. From memory we came 2nd.

 

12/13 PRESTATYN LIDO 8/5/65

 

According to article in local press we were Decca recording artists and had just returned from a tour of Germany including the Star Club in Hamburg. The writer had a vivid imagination!

 

14 ASTORIA POSTER SHOWING US BACKING THE WHO 22/5/65

 

Michael Smith Gutteridge: May 2016

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