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LizzieM    4,816

There was a cripple who used to hang out in the Square, usually sitting at the end near the toilets. His name was Archie, he wasn't a Rocker though, he was into folk music. Just thought I'd throw this snippet into the mix!

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jackson    292

:biggrin: I was lucky enough to see Gene Vincent at one of those star studded shows put on at the Odeon during the 60's.

He was brilliant, absolutely no different from when he appeared on 'Thank Your Lucky Stars'. He was all over dressed in black: black leather suit, black slicked back hair and black shoes; and he clung to the stem of the microphone as though it was his woman - a truly, memorable sight. :cool: "real cool man".

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jackson    292

:) Took a trip out to the 'Lakeside' yesterday to view the 'Saturday Night, Sunday Morning' exhibition: must say it was well worth a visit - on until 10th February.

Just one complaint: there were quite a few black and white photographs of the 50's where young men were described as 'Teddy Boys'; since when did 'Teddy Boys' wear short back and sides and white open necked shirts?

'Teddy Boys' were innovative in their dress: greased back hair with sideburns - a la Tony Curtis style - Edwardian style coats with silk / velvet collars, drainpipe trousers and black, thick soled, crepe shoes; a colourful sight to see on the urban landscape. :cool:"cool man, cool"

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marob    0

My brother was a teddy boy and hung out in the moo cow. He took me once or twice and relieved me of all my threepenny bits for the juke box. A friend of my dad's saw us coming out one Saturday afternoon and told my dad. Phew he went ballistic at my brother well I was under 10 and he didn't consider it a suitable place for his little girl to be taken. This was pre '54

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Lotuskid    9

Mid evening returning home from swimming at Victoria Baths, waiting at the bus stop by the covered market for the 47 trollybus, watching the Teddyboys across the road outside the Palais with its globe that changed colour. They were reputed to carry cut throat razors under their velvet collars. Well i was only 10!

I dont know if i dreamt this but i recall the Palais starting Saturday morning sessions for the kids and having Bill Hayley and his Comets play. There were so many tried to attend they stopped the traffic on Parliment St. Please someone tell me i didn't make it up.

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On 02/02/2013 at 0:52 PM, davidf said:

No I never went to those Rock n' Roll nights, I sort of moved on to the coffee bar scene and I wonder if anyone remembers a local Gene Vincent lookalike and wannabee who "clunked" around town in leathers and a leg iron ( even tho' he didn't neeed it). He was a dead ringer for Gene. I saw Gene live twice, first at the Palace Mansfield then a few years later at the Sherwood Rooms he was SO GREAT and this lookalike showed up to the Sherwood Rooms event so we sort of had STEREO GENE's !!!! I never had a full TED Suit either, but did have a copy of ELVIS's stripey jacket with velvet collar ( drains and crepes too of course) .

This would be a man who called himself Carl Danger. I and few friends backed him in a gig in a pub on Birkin avenue (Albany?) Hyson Green in 1960. He was a very good Gene Vincent lookalike and was quite handy playing piano. He liked singing Pistol Packing Momma.

I think he was a Scotsman and he lived in the Bobbersmill rd. area. In his back yard was an old Rudge motorbike with girder forks. I'd never driven a m/bike but I had a go at this one up and down Bobbers Mill road until I got the hang of it.

Carl once did a 24 hour piano playing marathon in the Commodore rooms.

I saw the real Gene Vincent at the Empire Theatre. 

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