Brian Yeates one of the true 'golden oldies' of pop As he and son Ashley bring the biggest Sounds of the Sixties revival show in Europe to Tamworth on August 8, he joins top of the bill bands Gerry and The Pacemakers and The Searchers in celebrating 50 glorious years in the music business.
Today the Canwell based legend surveys a glorious career spanning half a century of supporting the finest names in our recent musical history first as an ordinary member of coachfactory online a group, then band leader and, finally, pop picker extraordinaire. He can lay claim to have had musical luminaries like Frankie Vaughan, Lulu, Des O' Connor and Barbara Dickson pass through coach outlet atlanta thrashers his hands and has played alongside or promoted everyone from The Kinks to the Kaiser Chiefs, with one common thread running through the six decades the "Swinging Sixties". "They don't make music like that any more. I've moved with the times but one thing's for sure, the coach outlet aurora farms hours old timers of the 60s scene are still very much in demand," says Brian, now a pop pensioner himself at 65. "It was the best musically and hundreds of thousands of people worldwide still want to see those bands and solo artistes perform today." Birmingham born Brian, who at 15 joined his brothers working in a butcher's shop in his native Small Heath, had the rhythm of life coursing through his veins. He was determined to live out his dream of playing in a band and in 1959, coach outlet coupons october 2016 aged 15, joined Birmingham's Mickey Harris and The Hawkes as a guitarist. Brian was hooked and in 1961 when Mickey left, he was able to form his own musical group, Mark Stuart and The Crestas. He and the six piece band had a good run. By day he worked in the office as agent Brian Yeates, sorting out all the UK venues for the group, and at night he metamorphosed into vocalist and band leader Mark Stuart. "I enjoyed playing in the band and finding myself allied to the whole entertainment scene, but I suppose I loved being a music agent more," he admits. It was a period of huge global awakening the time of the Cuban Crisis and, on November 22, 1963, the darkest news of all that US president John F Kennedy had been assassinated in Dallas. "I can remember where I was that night supporting Dave Berry and The Cruisers, who had a big hit with The Crying Game, at Kidderminster Town Hall," he recalls. In 1964, Brian's Cresta sound merged into the John Bull Breed, a seven piece band with two saxophonists. Brian was joined by bass player John Lodge, who had started with Brum's Moody Blues but didn't want to go to London when the capital city lured them. Brian's band released a single, Can't Chance a Break Up, penned by none other than Ike Turner. It didn't chart but got lots of plays and still proves popular at Mod Conventions around Europe. Today, rare vinyl copies of the John Bull Breed version, which was rereleased a few years ago, sell on the internet for The high point in the band's history was April 17, 1964, at Coventry Locarno, when they supported the Rolling Stones, whose new release Don't Fade Away was giving them their first UK hit at No.3 in the pop charts. In 1967, Brian left the world of playing in bands for good and took a job at Birmingham agency ADSEL, an off shoot of record company Polydor, as a promoter with the task of getting live appearances for acts in major ballrooms up and down the country. As a promoter, the first record he worked on was the Bee Gees' debut hit on both sides of the Atlantic, New York Mining Disaster 1941. It was issued to radio stations with a blank white label listing only the song title, adding to the rumour at the time they were actually a secret codename for the Beatles. Some DJs assumed this was the Fab Four's new single and started playing the song in heavy rotation. It all helped the song climb into the Top 20 in both the UK and the United States. "It all added to the mystery, as their manager, Robert Stigwood, had just joined the Beatles' Brian Epstein's management company," says Brian. He took a year out before forming Gazette Entertainment in Birmingham with former band manager John Parsons, who went on to run clubs, including Birmingham's famous Elbow Room, and now lives in Spain. John's move into club management saw Brian take another huge step forward in 1969, forming his own company, Brian Yeates Associates.
In the 70s he concentrated on booking acts like The Who, Fleetwood Mac, Roxy Music, Kenny Rogers and Dave Edmunds. The scene moved on from town halls and civic halls to social clubs and theatres. Regularly his acts filled the 500 seater Rover Club in Solihull, Austin Club at Longbridge and Dunlop in Wolverhampton.
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