Jim Payne: Drums, Ian Smith Rhythm Guitar. Dave Robinson: Bass Guitar.
Trevor Gardener: Lead Guitar. Derek Rimington: Lead Vocal.
The cuttings are from The Accrington Observer. The Walker Bros gig was a bit crazy, the girls really went nuts. They wore crash helmets - honest - to get on and off the stage, although not when they were singing. They also had a terrific backing band called Johnny B Great & The Quotations.
I wish I still had my Ludwig kit, I also got one in 1967 silver glitter from Mary's Music shop in Accrington. It lasted for 11-12 years of constant hard slog, from Gideons Ways and all the northern bands, to playing at Tiffanys in Oxford Street, Manchester - three hours a night in four 45 minute sets, six nights a week and two four-hour rehearsals every week for nine months. Then Accrington Stanley in London.
with Gideons Ways
When that finished I embarked on a long drumming career in London, very diverse. The Ink Spots, The National Head Band, then a prog- rock band called Jonesy who did three albums. Then back again six nights a week, this time at a night club in Mayfair called Gullivers, great house band. We backed a lot of people, Dudley Moore was perhaps the strangest and Graham Bond of The Organisation was the saddest - he died about six months later. Back on the road with The Foundations around 1975-76, and then, when I joined Big Jim Sullivan in 1977-8 in another prog-rock band called Tiger, my bass drum cracked badly, around the
rack tom mount and the whole kit was beginning to fall apart.
That's a lot of punishment for a drum kit, and and also a lot of travel. Germany many times, Austria, Switzerland, France, Channel Islands. Not to mention being dragged all over the UK. I really did get my moneys worth!"
After I left Gideons Ways I joined a band from Burnley called Kudos. I think they used to be called
The Reflections but the members changed and the band morphed into Kudos."
James Payne: December 2010
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