THE BUZZ BAND
The Pride & Joy
"My brother was one of the originators of Bernie & The Buzz Band and they even used to practise in our front room at home. His name was Geoff Howarth and he is standing above Jimmy Turner and on the second pic below he is far right looking to his right.
He sadly passed away 20 years ago but we did see Bernie again before he died. He sang at my brother’s son 30 birthday celebration and his voice was as charismatic as ever.
Gill Dutton: August 2014
Originally named The Pride and Joy, this Liverpool soul band was fronted by Bernie Wenton who was to gain fame in later life by winning the 'Stars In Their Eyes' All-Winners Show as Nat King Cole.
In 1967 they changed their name to The Pride & Joy Buzz Band and later on to Bernie & The Buzz Band. They went on to release a single 'The House That Jack Built' and in 1980 released the brilliant 'Dont Knock It' They were a great foot-stompin' soul band in the style of Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band and easily on a par with Oldham's Harlem Jonns (spelt reet) Reshuffle in my book. Sadly Bernie passed away a few years ago, but I have fond memories of them.. and they had one thing in common with Wigan groups - a preferrence to Wallgate chippy.
Michael 'Mitch' Mitchinson: April 2012
"I remember the band when they released The House that Jack Built. Bernie was the main singer, Jan Schelhaas played bass and he later went on to play with lots of big bands and still plays with Caravan but now plays keyboards. Neil Ford was lead/rhythm guitar. Dave and Andy O'Hagan played alto sax - I think - and Albert Donnelly played tenor sax and flute. Jimmy? was the drummer.
Later on, after Bernie went solo, the band reformed as Business. Only Neil and Jan remained of original line-up. Dave Paull became bassist, John Sorsky drums, Jan played piano and Neil remained as lead guitar. They were reident at The Blue Angel for some time. They backed The Scaffold in 1969 and backed Mike Hart on his John Peel album: Mike Hart Bleeds. They were joined By Lee Kerslake - later of Uriah Heep and became National Head Band. John Sorsky was pushed out by management. They released one album called Albert One which was re-released as CD by Cherry Red Records a couple of years ago.
Norman Davies: July 2013
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