My name is Pete Shelton. I've just had a new book released called - Rock-n-Roll Fever - Blackpool In The 60's..
The book is about rock 'n roll and the musicians who, for many years in the late 50’s and 60’s, entertained the Blackpool public. Very dedicated to their cause — some hopeful of, and achieving the ultimate goal, stardom - some just hopeful, but dedicated nonetheless..
Order now from Blackpool Waterstones.
ROCK-N-ROLL FEVER - BLACKPOOL IN THE 60'S
on these pages..
WEBSITE UNDER CONSTANT DEVELOPMENT.
08450 94 87 95
By Pete Shelton
THIS COMING SATURDAY
8 October 2011
WATERSTONES - BLACKPOOL
2.00pm - 4.00pm
Pete Shelton has kindly offered Lanky Beat readers
a sneek preview of extracts from his book..
It's out on Saturday 8 October 2011.
Be quick - get your personalised signed copy from Pete himself..
“I have known Pete Shelton since I was 15 or 16 years old.
At the time I was one of the youngest professional guitarists working in Blackpool, playing in one of the most popular local bands in the town during the sixties.
Pete was the unofficial manager of the only real music club in
the resort, The Picador Club where he worked keeping the place
clean, working behind the soft drinks bar, booking the bands, and
even sitting in with some of the acts. It was a place full of real talent,and as you will read in his book, some acts and musicians who started out at The Picador went on to much greater things. Pete moved on to play in America."
Tony Williams:Guitarist and vocalist with..
Stealers Wheel, Jethro Tull and The Tony Williams Band.
"I moved to Blackpool in 1959 and set out to become a rock singer. It was here that I had a stroke of luck in hearing about a job at a new club that was opening on Bloomfield Road, called The Picador Club. I achieved my goal in 1960 when I got the job singing and playing bass – sometimes rhythm guitar in the rock 'n roll band at The Picador Club. You have to remember that at this time it was known as rock'n roll. Only some years later would it become known as just rock..
From this auspicious beginning, I went on to join Marty Wilde - who was already a big Star - and becoming a member of his backing group, The Wildcats and touring the country with acts such as Billy Fury, Johnny Kidd and the Pirates, Joe Brown, Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders, Freddie & The Dreamers, etc.
This led me to America in 1965, where I enjoyed a brief spell of success in the music industry as a musician and became involved in band management and music production. In my time in America I worked in virtually every State whilst touring with the bands I represented. I tour-managed and played in a group from Cleveland, Ohio called The Outsiders. Our first single peaked at number four in the U.S. Charts in 1966 with a song called 'Time Won’t Let Me' - we didn’t last long as a group - they were badly organised and I didn’t care much for the music they played..
Pete Shelton's book is about rock 'n roll and the musicians who, for many years in the late 1950’s and 1960’s, entertained the Blackpool public. Dedicated to their cause - some hopeful of, and achieving the ultimate goal, stardom - some just hopeful, but dedicated nonetheless. It was a golden age in music, when Country, Blues, and Rhythm & Blues created a restless fusion that exploded into the sounds of early rock 'n roll..
”A Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On…”
Brian 'The Dude' Rayner & Arnold Frankitt owner of Picador Club.
Johnny Scarlett & The Gamblers.
Tony Ashton - Ashton - Gardner & Dyke.
BAND NEWS ALWAYS WANTED..
Then get in touch right away!
Do you know anymore about these bands or any others?"
Then get in touch right away!
BT Lo-call 08450 94 87 95