My dad is Bob Elton who was the drummer in Harlem Jonns Reshuffle. I came across Lanky Beat website - so it was really great seeing picture's of my dad when he was young! Unfortunately dad died when he was only 40 and as he had split with my mum years before - we dont have many pictures of him - only one or two I'm afraid. It's remarkable, as my eldest son is sixteen and looks so like him! Mum was a bit younger than him but she did come to some of the gig's with the band.
Dad always recalled his day's in the band with a smile on his face - I think he always missed it. What I have is very vivid memorie's of is my dad drumming away on a full set of drum's which was behind the sofa in our house in Oldham. My mum played piano and dad was a massive Who and Pink Floyd fan together with other stuff, so we always had a lot of music going on in our house which I've always appreciated. I've never listened to any of the bands music until now; I'd always thought it was just a hobby band really, so I'm quite impressed.
Kind Regards Andrea Fallon - was Elton: November 2012
Heaton Park - Manchester
Albert Square - Manchester
Stuart Widdall: May 2012
*New pics below by Doug Larbey.. PAUL STEWART- Scroll down..
L-R: Name Unknown: Barry Elton: Guitar. Jimmy Travis: Stuart Widdall: Lead Vocal.
Bob Elton: RIP. Jack Taylor: Drums.
Barry was last known working in a trio in Yorkshire clubs at weekends.
Alan Bowes: November 2010
Note: The above posters spelling of the name 'Jonns' is correct. However, mistakes were constantly made including the 'brick' below.
Bill Hart: November 2010
A Harlem Jonns Reshuffle Brick in the Cavern Wall of Fame - Liverpool
The HJS invented 60's live white northern soul-music, much as UB 40 re-invented their version many years later.
Pop music was finding new markets in the late 60's some went blues, other went heavy, these guys went soul-music 24 carat gold. Stuart would sing and walk - walk and sing. Along the full width of any stage he sashayed all night long. And rarely did he ever eyeball his adoring audiences either. Just side to side as the brass section complimented the bass/drum/guitar engine room big-sound style. "Tight"- he would bellow between his pin-point accurate vocal deliveries -"TIGHT".
I played resident drums at Orrell British Legion near Wigan when Stuart and his small band arrived one Saturday night in the mid 70's. Under a new and unfamiliar name, the music (and the walk) were unmistakeably the same. For sure, I'll never forget how 'tight' I played with these guys that night.
The cover and reverse of the 1969 HJR LP.
Courtesy of Dave Keegan: November 2010
HJR morphed into Stax of Soul and then The Soul Brothers Band which still performs today.."
Bill Hart: June 2010
Stuart Widdall was the charismatic front man of Harlem Jonns Reshuffle and went on to make quite a name for himself as a solo performer with the stage name of Paul Stewart..
SOULAMIGOS.. Stax of Soul/Soul Brothers decided to split at the end of 2011, so Stuart Widdall, Don - keyboards and Darren - guitar, decided that they wanted to keep on playing - and why wouldn't they? So along with myself being recruited, SoulAmigos was formed. It's now a small four-piece outfit, but it certainly doesn't stop our love for the music, and of course, Stuart's energetic performance and fantastic vocals. www.soulamigos.co.uk