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1960s, blog, Dave Berry, Eddie Cochran, Gaumont, Gene Vincent, Vince Eager -

Eddie Cochran (front right) meets fans from The Star’s Teenage Club with Gene Vincent (front middle) and Vince Eager (front left) Many people say it took the rise of the Beatles to put the ‘swinging’ into the sixties. But Adrian McKenna, with the help of John Firminger, would argue the genie was out of the bottle years before the Fab Four took the decade by storm. They’d suggest things were already well and truly swinging by the spring of 1960 when what’s widely acknowledged as the first ‘rock’n’roll package tour’ rolled into Sheffield. If you’d have taken any notice of...

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The advert for the gig voted The Limit's most memorable Sheffield’s legendary Limit staged hundreds of gigs in its 13 year reign but what was the all time favourite? Well it ended up being one of the most unlikely pairings in the city’s musical history… Scores of people voted for their favourite show from the city’s legendary Limit show in a in a recent Facebook poll. It was actually a performance by two fledgling local outfits that grabbed the top spot and was arguably one of the oddest line-ups in the city’s music history. But at that point they were...

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1970s, All-night Wimpy, Black & White Minstrel Show, blog, David Bowie, Jaws, Love Thy Neighbour, Margaret Thatcher, Sony Walkman, Star Wars, The Beatles, The Exorcist, Ziggy Stardust -

It’s an era that has long been dismissed as a car crash of bad fashion and industrial strife. But do the 1970s get a raw deal? Do we conveniently forget there were seismic differences in social norms five decades ago as the era dawned? Are we maybe a bit hasty consigning great swathes of the era’s light entertainment industry to the bin marked ‘un-PC’ – shows and comedies that transfixed much of the nation back then and pulled in audiences of fifteen million-plus each time? Is it more a case we’ve chosen to remove the rose-tinted spectacles that turn the...

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1960s, blog, Club 60, Dave Berry, Frank White, Jimmy Crawford, King Mojo, Screaming Lord Sutch, Terry Thornton, The Esquire, Vance Arnold -

It was sixty years ago this year that a venue opened that truly caused a seismic shift in terms of what was on offer for the Sheffield’s youth.

But Club 60 – which opened on Shalesmoor in 1960 and provided a launchpad for future stars like Dave Berry, Jimmy Crawford and Frank White – was a mere test run for what was to follow in the shape of the Esquire and its resident band, Vance Arnold and the Avengers (Vance Arnold will go on to find worldwide fame as Joe Cocker)

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  Kissing under the mistletoe is set to go the same way as every other festive interaction this Christmas - unless the apple of your eye is in your bubble of course. So we thought we'd add some cheer to the loveless 2020 festive season with a reminder of the story behind the Dirty Stop Outs. It's an amazing tale of the re-discovery of a long-forgotten photo that sparked love second time around and far more besides. In fact the chance publication of the 1970s wedding picture set off the most amazing chain of events. When Ann and Chris Jackson posed for...

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