THE QUIET ONES
Barry Madden: Drums. Ray O’Connell: Guitar. Chris Rimmer: Lead Vocal.
George Eccles: Lead Guitar. John White: Bass Guitar
'Us' and The Beatles..
The support act on one of the Kingsway Club, Southport bookings was Chris Rimmer & The Quiet Ones. A local outfit who had been part of Southport’s burgeoning Merseybeat scene since 1960. On the same bill as head-line bands were The Black Cats, The Undertakers, The Sandgrounders, The Teenbeats, Rory Storm & The Hurricanes and the Beatles.
The Kingsway Club concerts were held in the venue’s upper floor Marine Club. It was a pop 'n crisps bar on the top floor when the bands played there. The kids were under the drinking age of eighteen so they would open the real bar after the bands finished playing.
The CR & TQO's also played at local venues such as the YMCA - an underground café on Lord Street and very often too at the since-demolished Palace Hotel, Birkdale. Chris Rimmer left the band in 1962. The Quiet Ones formed Rhythm & Blues Incorporated and later became The Gems with Fender Ray.
Bill Hart: July 2010
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