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The Wanderers

Formed: 1963 Split: 1968

Line –up:
'Foot tapping Vicar and the Wanderers'Roy Taylor (lead guitar)
Geoff Hudson (piano)
Colin Perry (rhythm guitar)
Michael Thorpe (bass)
Terry Edwards (second lead guitar)
Gerry Prince (drums)

Tamworth Herald – 10/05/63
'Foot tapping Vicar and the Wanderers'
The vicar who's in step with the times…Rev. J.W. Bennett of Kingsbury, a rock and roll and twist fan will soon see the band he has helped to fame make their TV appearance. He allowed The Wanderers to practice in the church hall. They will be appearing on ITVs "Up and Doing" on May 20th 1963 and will be performing three songs.

The band started when they were all pupils at Kingsbury High School.

Memories
The Wanderers played the Wilnecote Congregational Church Garden Party in June 1963 or 1964. In the evening the group played in Wilnecote Parish Hall for the young people. If my memory serves me correctly Roy Taylor (the lead guitarist - Ed.) lived in Jonkel Avenue, Wilnecote and his Father helped to manage the group.

The Garden Party was held in Matthews the Butchers grounds and the group performed on the small balcony in front of the bungalow. This area is now all built on with houses.

Thanks to: Bryan Shakeshaft

Gigs

1963
22/03/63

Patti Brook backed by Jet Harris's group The Jet Blacks with The Wanderers
Assembly Rooms

24/25 May 1963
Tamworth Music Festival
The Wanderers with The Matadors
Polesworth Miners' Welfare Club

20/06/63
The Wanderers
Polesworth Miners Welfare Club

30/07/63 : The Wanderers (Tamworth's Own) at the Tyburn House30/07/63
The Wanderers (Tamworth's Own)
Tyburn House
Tyburn Road, Castle Bromwich
No. 116 bus route

31/08/63
The Wanderers
Kingsbury Church Hall
8.00pm-11.30pm
Admission: 3/6

12/10/63
The Wanderers
Kingsbury Church Hall

1964
11/01/64

Army Cadet Force Grand Dance
Peter Justice and His Band and The Wanderers
Drayton Manor
Admission: 5/-

01/02/64
Rock and Twist Jive
The Wanderers
Kingsbury Church Hall (Army Cadet Force)

11/04/64
Reliant Social Club – Twist and Shake Night
The Chequers and The Wanderers
Admission: 4/- 8.00pm-11.30pm

22/05/64
Doulton Football Club – Grand Dance
Ken Tongue and His Band
The Wanderers

Assembly Rooms
Admission: 6/6

30/05/64
Tamworth Young Farmers
Rocking Rendezvous, The Three Spirits, The Wanderers
Polesworth Memorial Hall
Admission: 6/-

18/09/64
The Wanderers
Wilnecote St. John Ambulance Brigade Dance
Wilnecote Parish Hall
Admission: 4/- 8.00pm-12 midnight

18/09/64
The Wanderers
Wilnecote Parish Hall
Admission: 4/-

30/10/64
Doulton Football Club – Beat Dance
The Wanderers and The Chequers
Assembly Rooms
Admission: 6/-

06/11/64
The Wanderers and the Peter Anthony Band
Fazeley Swifts FC Grand Dance
Drayton Manor Ballroom
Admission: 6/-

12/11/64
Midland Red Sports and Social Club – Grand Dance
Bob Mason and His Band
The Wanderers

Drayton Manor Ballroom
Admission: 6/- 8.00pm-12.30am

28/11/64
The Wanderers
Dosthill Boys Club Grand Dance
Wilnecote Parish Hall
Admission: 4/- 8.00pm-11.30pm

11/12/64
The Wanderers
Hurley United FC – Rock, Twist and Jive
Wilnecote Parish Hall
Admission: 5/- 7.00pm-12 midnight

1965
22/01/65

Fazeley Swifts FC
The Wanderers, Richard Thorpe
Drayton Manor Ballroom, 8.00pm-12.30am
Admission: 6/6

30/01/65
Army Cadet Force Dance
Richard Thorpe and His Band, The Wanderers
Drayton Manor Ballroom, 8.00pm-12.00
Admission: 6/-

19/03/65
The Wanderers
Wilnecote Parish Hall, 8.00pm-1.00am
Admission: 5/-

25/05/65
The Wanderers
Polesworth Miners Welfare Club

23/06/65
The Wanderers, The Other Side (Wolverhampton)
Birch Coppice Gala

02/10/65
The Wanderers
Glascote WM Club

22/10/65
Doulton FC Beat Dance
The Wanderers, The Spirits
Assembly Rooms, 8.00pm-1.00am
Admission: 6/-

13/11/65
The Wanderers
Kingsbury WM Club

04/12/65
The Wanderers
Dosthill Cosmopolitan Club

1966
29/01/66
Richard Thorpe and His Orchestra
The Wanderers

Glascote ACF Dance
Tower Suite, Drayton Manor, 8.00pm-12 midnight
Admission: 7/-

05/02/66
The Wanderers
Kettlebrook Working Men's Club

19/02/66
The Wanderers
Belgrave Working Mens Club

11/03/66
Doulton FC Grand Dance
Lloyd Jackson and His Band
The Wanderers

Drayton Manor, 8.00pm-1.00am
Admission: 7/-

12/03/66
Atherstone Cricket Club Beat Dance
The Wanderers, The Jones's
Atherstone Memorial Hall
Admission: 6/-

23/03/66
The Wanderers
Fazeley Victory Club

08/04/66
The Wanderers
Polesworth Working Men's Club

15/04/66
Electrical Trades Union Grand Dance
Bob Hayward and His Orchestra
The Wanderers

Drayton Manor, Tower Suite, 8.00pm-1.00am
Admission: 7/6

29/04/66
The Wanderers
Fazeley Youth Centre, 8.00pm-11.30pm
Admission: 5/-

30/04/66
Tamworth G.S.O.P.F.C End-of-season Dance
Lloyd and Jackson and his band, The Wanderers
Drayton Manor, Tower Ballroom
Admission: 6/6

13/05/66
Midland Red Sports Social Club Grand Dance
The Wanderers, The Len Walker Quintet
Drayton Manor Ballroom, 8.00pm-1.00am
Admission: 6/-

01/07/66
Polesworth Carnival Crowning of Queens
The Wanderers, Tom Bettany and the organ
Polesworth Memorial Hall

11/09/66
The Wanderers
Polesworth Working Men's Club, 8.00pm-10.45pm
Admission: 2/-

05/11/66
Staffordshire Regiment Tamworth Branch Grand Dance
Lloyd Jackson and The Wanderers
Drayton Manor Tower Ballroom
Admission: 6/6

15/12/66
Glascote Detachment Army Cadet Force Dance
Bob Hayward and His Orchestra and The Wanderers
Drayton Manor Tower Suite
Admission: 6/-

1967
06/01/67
The Wanderers
Polesworth Working Men's Club, 8.00pm-10.45pm
Admission: 2/-

03/03/67
Bob Mason and his Orchestra and The Wanderers
Reliant Sports and Social Club Grand Dance
Drayton Manor, Tower Ballroom

Tamworth Herald - 17/03/67
Wanderers Will Make the Press Ball Swing

Wanderers Will Make the Press Ball Swing
Wanderers Will Make the Press Ball Swing

Four Wanderers are wondering. The six year-old group are in the process of changing their image from the mother-and-father-appealing rhythm music to the teenage soul sound. And are wondering if the change will be successful.

The group play mainly at dances and clubs and have also appeared on television. On April 3, they have an important engagement at Drayton Manor when they play the West Midland Press Ball.

When the group started most of the members played instruments made at Kingsbury High School during woodwork lessons. From the original six four are still playing.

They are Mick Thorpe, bass guitar, Geg Prince, drums and lead singer, Terry Edwards, lead guitar, and Geoff Hudson, organ.

The Wanderers are booked to do a couple of half-hour "spots" at the Press Ball.

Traditional musical will be played by the Ken Rattenbury Band, making their third successive Press Ball appearance.

Tickets for the dinner-dance at 25/- each are going well. Only a few remain of Tamworth's allocation and application should be made to editorial members of the "Herald" at 10 Aldergate, Tamworth.

01/04/67
The Wanderers
Royal Oak
Kingsbury

07/04/67
The Wanderers
Polesworth Working Men's Club, 8.00pm-10.45pm
Admission: 2/-

06/05/67
George Cohen Football Club – Grand Dance
Drayton Manor, Tower Ballroom
The Wanderers and David Clive and His Band

14/05/67
The Wanderers
Warton Working Mens Club

02/06/67
Tamworth & District Five-a-side FC Presentation Dance
The Wanderers
Mile Oak Hotel

30/06/67
Crowning of Queens – Polesworth Carnival and Gala
The Wanderers supported by the Pat Allen Duo

10/09/67
The Wanderers
Royal Oak, Kingsbury

17/12/67
The Wanderers
Royal Oak, Kingsbury

23/12/67
The Hiltones with Johnny Revill and The Wanderers
Drayton Manor Park Christmas Dance, 8.00pm-12 midnight
Admission: 8/-

29/12/67
The Wanderers
Polesworth Working Men's Club, 8.00pm-10.45pm
Admission: 2/-

1968
06/01/68
Doulton Entertainment Committee
New Years Dance
Alan Melville Orchestra and The Wanderers
Drayton Manor, Tower Suite

04/02/68
The Wanderers
Belgrave Working Mens Club

16/02/68
The Wanderers
Polesworth Working Men's Club

20/02/68
The Wanderers
Amington Liberal Club

23/02/68
William Tolson Dance
Ted Gibbs and His Orchestra and The Wanderers
Drayton Manor, Missanda Suite

17/03/68
The Wanderers
Royal Oak
Kingsbury

26/03/68
The Wanderers

Amington Liberal Club

06/04/68
The Wanderers
Wood End Working Mens Club

10/05/68
The Wanderers
Kingsbury Working Mens Club

18/05/68
The Wanderers
Wood End Working Mens Club

31/05/68
The Wanderers
Polesworth Working Men's Club

07/06/68
The Wanderers
Kingsbury Working Mens Club

14/06/68
The Wanderers
Dosthill Club Dance

15/06/68
The Wanderers
Royal Oak
Kingsbury

29/06/68
The Wanderers
Royal Oak
Kingsbury

05/07/68
Dosthill Rovers Supporters Club Barbecue
The Wanderers

27/11/68
Perfection Engineering Dance
Lloyd Jackson Dance Band and The Wanderers
Drayton Manor, Tower Suite

29/11/68
The Wanderers
Belgrave Working Mens Club

30/11/68
The Wanderers
Wood End

15/12/68
The Wanderers
Royal Oak
Kingsbury

24/12/68
Christmas Eve Dance
Victor Sylvester and His Ballroom Orchestra
The Hiltones and Johnny Revill and The Wanderers
Drayton Manor Ballroom

28/12/68
Grand Dance
The Wanderers
Drayton Manor, Tower Suite


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