Contrary to that old hippie chestnut “If you can remember the 1960s, you weren’t really there,” a lot of us actually were and remember that dreamlike decade with great affection. So here’s your chance to re-live the magical, musical 1960s with six of the very best and most durable chart acts, with 50 UK Top 30 hits between them.
With world record sales exceeding 50 million, The Searchers distinctive sound and exquisite harmonies ensured songs like Sweets for My Sweet, Sugar & Spice and Needles & Pins would all hit the number one slot on the charts. They’ve maintained their huge popularity down the decades with a fan base of all ages throughout the world.
Managed originally by Beatles supremo Brian Epstein, The Merseybeats were another of those huge international successes which assured Liverpool’s pole position on the global music map. Their triumphant chart hits, including Don’t Turn Round, Wishin’ & Hopin’, Sorrow and I Think Of You immediately take you to an exciting era when every new release was eagerly anticipated.
P. J. Proby’s powerful, rich voice was unique in the 60s music scene. On November 6th 2018, this charismatic and versatile balladeer, remembered for splitting his trousers on stage, celebrates his 80th birthday. He’s calling this his ‘farewell’ tour, but his terrific mega-hits ‘Hold Me’, ‘Together’, ‘Somewhere’ and ‘Maria’ will live on for many decades to come.
When it comes to vocal harmony, The Fortunes, much admired by their 60s peers, still lead the field. Their chart successes still feature regularly on most radio stations around the world. The moment you hear songs such as ‘You’ve Got Your Troubles’, ‘Here It Comes Again’ and ‘Freedom Come Freedom Go’, you’re experiencing quality music. Ever wondered who sang ‘The Real Thing’ for the Coca Cola advert? Yes, it was The Fortunes.
February 1968 saw the release of one of the UK’s most engaging number ones when Love Affair’s Everlasting Love surged to the top of the charts. Their vocalist, Steve Ellis, is universally accepted as having one of rock and soul’s finest voices. That distinctive style powered more hits, such as ‘Rainbow Valley’, ‘A Day Without Love’ and ‘One Road’. Today, as powerful as ever, he’s released a new album showcasing his musical range, ‘Boom Bang Twang’, produced by the Modfather himself, Paul Weller.
Another gem in this jewel-box of a show is Vanity Fare, who sprang to UK, US and European fame in 1968 with a trio of superb releases, ‘I Live for the Sun’, ‘Early in the morning’ and ‘Hitchin’ a Ride.’ The latter two hits stayed in the charts for 23 weeks and projected them to Gold Disc status and massive popularity on both sides of the pond, and as with all of tonight’s acts, they remain radio airplay favourites.
These vibrant artists and their music enjoyed the same level of adulation afforded to the likes of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. So, even if you missed the 1960s, this unmissable show will easily demonstrate why Britain’s pop acts became a solid gold global phenomenon.
SIXTIES GOLD: THE ULTIMATE LINEUP – THE MOST HITS
October 02 – Oxford New Theatre
October 03 – Southport Southport Theatre
October 04 – Llandudno Venue Cymru
October 05 – Cardiff St. David’s Hall
October 06 – St. Albans Alban Arena
- October 07 – Ipswich Regent
October 12 – Leicester De Montfort Hall
October 13 – Stevenage Concert Hall
- October 14 – Southend Cliffs Pavilion
October 19 – Weymouth Pavilion
October 20 – Margate Winter Gardens
October 21 – Wimbledon New Wimbledon Theatre
October 25 – Dartford Orchard
October 28 – Leeds Grand Theatre
November 01 – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
November 02 – Dundee Caird Hall
November 03 – Inverness Eden Court
November 04 – Aberdeen Beach Ballroom
November 06 – Gateshead The Sage
November 07 – Blackpool Opera House
November 10 – Northampton Derngate Theatre
- November 11 – Norwich Theatre Royal
November 17 – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
- November 18 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
November 23 – Doncaster Dome
November 25 – Southampton Mayflower Theatre
November 28 – Birmingham Symphony Hall
November 30 – Manchester Bridgewater Hall
December 02 – Carlisle Sands Centre
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