Sunday night in Hunstantons KIT KAT

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Re: Sunday night in Hunstantons KIT KAT

Postby 8 boston square » 05 Mar 2021, 13:37

I was trying to think about the places I used to go dancing when I lived in Hunstanton and there were not really that many, enough to keep me busy but in the early 60's did I know them all? In Hunstanton there was the Kit Kat and Casino/Sunset Rooms, I also went to Docking Village Hall and Heacham Village Hall. In Kings Lynn there was the Corn Exchange and the Maids Head but surely there must have other venues anyone?
Downham Market Town Hall was another and Lynford Hall but what about Swaffham and Wisbech or Outwell anyone got any memories of other places to dance the night away?
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Re: Sunday night in Hunstantons KIT KAT

Postby 8 boston square » 13 Mar 2021, 07:09

I was talking to a chum of mine who has a 14 year old daughter the other week and asked him what sort of music does she listen to? He told me that it appeared to be some sort of rapping with occasional bass and drum and not much of tune, pretty much the same small variation of notes behind the words, this what I had been thinking that that been pretty much the case for a while now, not many melodies these days and its hardly surprising. music and its combination of notes has been around a few centuries and you only find that one combination once, like the design of a car. So its not a surprise when todays composers have a bit of difficulty to come up with something new.
I thought it would be interesting to remind you of the times in the early 60's, say 1960 to 1964/5 of the wealth of musical talent we had to pick from and listen to, now this is a definite list I am sure you can think of others, nor am I saying that I liked all of these artists but it will remind of some of the songs and instrumentals of the time and to show you just how big the base was I have split this into two, The US and the UK and also remember that some of these names would have also been big in the late 50's as well, so, lets get started with the US list.

We have to start with Elvis Presley and we follow Elvis with Chuck Berry, The Coasters, The Marcels, Sam Cooke, Chubby Checker, Roy Orbison, The Everly Brothers, Andy Wiliams, The Drifters, The Ventures, The Chantays, Jan an Dean, The Beach Boys, Del Shannon, Gene Pitney, Jimmy Jones, Fats Domino, Ray Charles, Bobby Darin, The Shirelles, The Supremes, Pat Boone, Danny Williams, Ricky Nelson, Brenda Lee, Bobby Vee, Freddie Cannon, The Surfaris, Chet Atkins, Santo and Johnnie, Terry Stafford, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Brian Hyland, take a breather, want some more?
Tommy Roe, Neil Sedaka, Carol King, The Four Seasons, Connie Francis, Bruce Channel, Emile Ford and the Checkmates, Eddie Cochrane, The Kalin Twins, The Crickets, Dion and the Belmonts, The Continentals, The Impalas, The Chi-lites, The Contours, The Four Tops, The Isley Brothers, The Righteous Brothers, B Bumble and the Stingers, Floyd Cramer, Booker T and the MGs. The Chiffons, The Four Preps, The Fleetwoods, Johnnie Burnette, Johnnie and the Hurricanes, Little Eva, Peggy Lee, Peggy March, Lesley Gore an I finish of with who else but the one and only.................Frank Sinatra.
Did I leave of the Americans out? Oh Jay and the Americans!
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Re: Sunday night in Hunstantons KIT KAT

Postby 8 boston square » 17 Mar 2021, 17:47

Off for break down by the sea tomorrow so hold on to your hats for th British starts of the 1960's that we had the pleasure of seeing and hearing and I am sure it will ring a few bells.
As far as the virus is concerned is occurs to me that first we told of how many case there were and how many deaths and then how many test, how many cases and how many deaths and now we seem to be more interested in how many people have been vaccinated and no one mentions the tests and cases! Funny old world eh?
Meanwhile out here in the far east things are running along similar lines although the jabs are running at a much slower rate but the country is talking about an end to quarantine and an opening up of the country in late October, things might change before that of course but we seem to be moving in the right direction at last, I suspect the rich people have come to the end of their tether and cornered those in power and explained things in a different way maybe.
Well I dont think I will see much difference to what I saw 3 months ago but maybe the atmosphere will be different, maybe more optimism but when it comes to foreign tourists it might be different, the rates I see for hotels on-line seem to jumped dramatically as if to say if anyone comes the price is up and you will be paying for the previous year as well as this one, they have a strange sense of logic in this part of the world which a westerner would not recognize. The hotel I am staying at on line is quoting 2000/2300 bts a night, on the booking sites its 800 plus taxes which means its just less than half price, interesting times ahead!
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Re: Sunday night in Hunstantons KIT KAT

Postby 8 boston square » 24 Mar 2021, 02:01

Some of the singers and groups you might have been listening to in the early 1960's from this side of the Atlantic, some we will have heard at the Kit Kat and some might have been one of your favourites that you were waiting to hear their latest release. The American list was not definitive and neither will the UK one be but it gives you an idea just how good things were back in the days, so. here it comes then and I hope it brings back some memories, good memories.
We have to start with Cliff Richard and the Shadows, Adam Faith, Shane Fenton and the Fentones, Billy Fury, Joe Brown and the Bruvvers, Cathy Kirby, Dusty Springfield, Billie Davis, Cilla Black, John Barry, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, The Searchers, The Hollies, Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas, The Tornadoes, The Shadows, Freddie and the Dreamers, Brian Polle and the Tremeloes, Jet Harris and Tony Meehan, Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Fourmost, The Big Three, Eden Kane, The Animals, Manfred Mann, The Vernons Girls, Tom Jones, Chris Montenz, Jackie Trent, Sandie Shaw, The Honeycombs, Heinz Burt, The Dave Clarke Five, The Moody Blues, Petula Clark, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, Herman's Hermits, The Merseybeats, John Leyton, Johnnie Kidd and the Pirates, The Allisons, The Swinging Blue Jeans, Nero and the Gladiators and I will end with Shirley Bassey.
What a collection of talent, they sure were good times to hang around the juke box.
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Re: Sunday night in Hunstantons KIT KAT

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Re: Sunday night in Hunstantons KIT KAT

Postby 8 boston square » 07 Apr 2021, 13:41

I found this little gem recently which I hope you might like it reminded me of the times I went to shows like this and like on here got down the front to enjoy it and they do seem to be enjoying it don't they especially as it comes towards the end.
You will have heard some of the tracks before as you would expect from the Ventures but the interest for me was the UK tracks they played which I had not heard them do before I particularly like "Goldfinger".
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Re: Sunday night in Hunstantons KIT KAT

Postby 8 boston square » 09 May 2021, 20:05

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Re: Sunday night in Hunstantons KIT KAT

Postby 8 boston square » 13 May 2021, 14:15

That above I thought a nice reminder of times gone by with the Fender guitars and the Vox AC30 amps which were so prevalent at the time, a super sound of the 60's and I did like the "Made in England" on the top of the Vox another reminder when it meant something.
The last track like the first were regulars at the Kit Kat but the last track "Wonderful Land" I would have been 16 and thinking where is the "Wonderful Land" eventually I thought it must be England.
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Re: Sunday night in Hunstantons KIT KAT

Postby Hornchurch » 16 May 2021, 22:24

8 boston square wrote:
I was trying to think about the places I used to go dancing when I lived in Hunstanton and there were not really that many, enough to keep me busy but in the early 60's did I know them all? In Hunstanton there was the Kit Kat and Casino/Sunset Rooms, I also went to Docking Village Hall and Heacham Village Hall. In Kings Lynn there was the Corn Exchange and the Maids Head but surely there must have other venues anyone?
Downham Market Town Hall was another and Lynford Hall but what about Swaffham and Wisbech or Outwell anyone got any memories of other places to dance the night away?

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I was down the field the other day & talking to a male neightbour who's even older than me (!)


To my astonishment, he told me that the legendary & famous 'prog-rock' band, "YES" , had appeared at The Maid's Head


Figuring he meant 'the corn exchange', he said, "No, most definitely The Maid's Head"


Turns out it WAS circa 1969 , roughly around the time of their first album & several years before Rick Wakeman joined.


Not the kind of band that I'd expect to see or have performed at 'The Kit Kat' :lol: This, from 1969 & their 1st-album

(Note Bill Bruford on Drums, Peter Banks on Guitar & the mighty Chris Squire on Rickenbacker Bass, who'd go on to dominate Bass Polls in the 70's)


https://youtu.be/nCJYWXBN35o?t=15


https://youtu.be/Ljw0kL-mI0Q
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Re: Sunday night in Hunstantons KIT KAT

Postby 8 boston square » 17 May 2021, 18:04

Last August 29th I think I posted a youtube thingy with Cliff Richard and the Shadows which I hope you enjoyed I did! Well look out for the prelude to that coming up with Shadows before Cliff turned up. This is how I remember things the group showed us if they could pay before the singer came on, whether is was the Offbeats, The Sabres, The Escorts or whoever and I thought this was a good chance to see if the band could play their instruments. Once again we see the VOX AC 30 amps but this time not the Fenders guitars we have the London Burns guitars, not doubt there was something going on here but they were good guitars of the time and nice to have some competition for the American Fenders.
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Re: Sunday night in Hunstantons KIT KAT

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Re: Sunday night in Hunstantons KIT KAT

Postby 8 boston square » 05 Jun 2021, 03:46

A little something for the weekend coming up so stand by! In 2009 my daughter, Lynn asked me if I would like to go and see Cliff Richard and the Shadows at the 02, I declined the offer as imagined we would be right at the back and I would not be able to see and I had always preferred to near the front or not at all. It was the final reunion of the band but even though I did not want to go and be disappointed with where the seats were. What we have coming up is the prelude to the show with comments from the band, its not long so about 13 minutes, grab a coffee/tea and enjoy it, I could just listen to their memories all night such interesting people, ordinary people who came together to form an extraordinary band and the songs and sound still sound good today and remind of those wonderful 1960's times, see if it does it for you, we were lucky if you are about my age to have heard and seen this as it appeared from nowhere and brand new in front of us, I don't know what they have today but standards change and I suspect that they have to be easily pleased with what's on offer. ON stage on the left hand keyboard is Warren Bennett, yes Brian's son and its the classic sound of Fender guitars and VOX AC 30 amps, made in England ( Dartford to be exact ) . I went to Dartford once, that was enough and I can imagine that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were of the same opinion, music for the Stones was a chance to escape the place!
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Re: Sunday night in Hunstantons KIT KAT

Postby 8 boston square » 09 Jun 2021, 13:49

I still wonder if I was right not to have gone to this show but on balance I probably was, sitting up the back is not for me, I know they have those big screens but they are two dimensions if you want that then you might as well stay home and watch the telly.
Initially I was surprised that they did not play Cliff's biggest hit but then I realized why they didn't, this was Cliff Richard and the Shadows ( 1958-1968 ) and his biggest hit came 11 years later without the Shadows.
Its a great reminder of the times for me and songs that remind me of places as well, that lovely easy going "A Girl Like You." is a good example, a car ride across Norfolk from Hunstanton to Great Yarmouth, glorious summer's day and a ride on a scenic railway, why did they not tell me it was a big dipper!! I was 13 then.
In Many ways the Shadows story mirrors my musical one as well, I think 1958 was when I started getting interested in popular music and finding out what I liked and by 1959 and "Living Doll" I was really into this so the Kit Kat was really waiting to happen and it did in 1962 that was a good year for pop music as was 1960 and 1961 so a good playlist to choose from, of course you cannot talk about the Kit Kat without Danny Ford and the Offbeats, like it was in Mansfield with the Palais de Danse and Shane Fenton and the Fentones, I suspect this was true all round the country and in most cases like the Kit Kat most have vanished into history, bowled over to a rebuild of something more of the time. The Palais de Danse in Mansfield escaped thanks to Tim Martin and it now is part of "The Widow Frost" pub in Leeming Street. Kings Lynn should also be grateful that Tim got the "Globe" as well and although its a bit different on the inside its still the "Globe" on the outside and where I went for my 21st. I always pop in when I am able to return to Lynn.
So then the show was in lots of small segments so I hope you caught some more, they still capture that period of time very well indeed and of course that great sound that they made their own.
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