Mike Berry & The Outlaws

Mike Berry was born Michael Bourne in Northampton on September 24th 1942.
He left school at the age of fifteen and became a compositor’s apprentice.
By this time, he formed his own skiffle group ‘The Rebels’ with friends Peter Chilks and Ray on guitars, plus Terry Lyddington on tea chest Bass. He later fronted Rock'n'Roll band "Kenny Lord & The Statesmen" and made a demo with them in a recording studio in Wandsworth, South West London. He then met Peter Raymond, who sent copies of their demo to Jack Good (the producer of TV rock ‘n’ roll show “Oh Boy”) and Joe Meek (the first independent record producer in the UK), both of whom were interested in signing him up. Though Good had already arranged a recording session for the following week, telling him he would be the next Adam Faith, Mike Bourne preferred to sign a three year recording contract with Meek who immediately saw potential in him and wanted to make him the British Buddy Holly. This was much more to Bourne's liking. Meek thought of the name "Mike Berry" because it had closer "Buddy Holly" connotations than the name previously adopted by Bourne. He had ideas for an album featuring a picture of Bourne superimposed on a ‘ghostly’ picture of Holly. He however didn't like his backing band.

By late 1960, Peter Raymond had teamed Bourne up with The Stormers which consisted of Billy Kuy on lead guitar, Reg Hawkins (born Reginald Hawkins, in 1942) on rhythm guitar, Chas Hodges (born Charles Nicholas Hodges, 28 December 1943, at the North Middlesex Hospital, Edmonton, England) (ex The Horseshoe Skiffle Group, The Horseshoes) on bass, and drummer Bobby Graham (born Robert Francis Neate, 11 March 1940, at the North Middlesex Hospital, Edmonton, England, died 14 September 2009, in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England) (1).
The Stormers had originally backed Billy Gray (William Halsey) who left when he got married in September 1960, after a summer season at Butlins Holiday camp in Filey, Yorkshire (2). They were renamed The Outlaws by Joe Meek who thought it was a good idea to promote them with a 'Wild West' image, the group dressed accordingly (3).
The Outlaws first recorded with Meek as instrumentalists, doing a couple of test recordings and backing Danny Rivers (David Lee Baker) on a couple of demos. Rivers went on to have a small hit in early 1961 with ''Can't You Hear My Heart.''
The first release of Mike Berry & The Outlaws, produced by Joe Meek, was a cover version of the Shirelles’ "Will You Love Me Tomorrow", on Decca. The follow up, "A Tribute to Buddy Holly", this time on HMV, came out nine months after and reached the top 30. A month earlier The Outlaws had achieved a better score, backing another Meek's protégé, singer John Leyton on his number one hit ''Johnny Remember Me''.
By this time, The Outlaws had indeed became Meek’s in-house backing band at Holloway Road studio, recording with his stable of artists: Carter-Lewis, Gunilla Thorne, Michael Cox, Jess Conrad, Freddie Starr, Dave Kaye, Dave Adams (Burr Bailey,Silas Dooley Jr) and Houston Wells (Andy Smith) among others.

They were also recording on their own and released 3 singles on HMV during 1961: "Swingin' Low" b/w "Spring Is Near" in March; "Ambush" b/w "Indian Brave" in May 1961; and "Valley Of The Sioux" in September.
Meek wrote the majority of their singles (all cowboy oriented) under the name of Robert Duke. His unusual approach to songwriting (4) and recording (5) made an impression. He even had them riding around London in a stagecoach to publicise their records.

Mike Berry & The Outlaws were also touring the length and breadth of the UK performing in clubs and dance halls which were mostly ‘Corn Exchanges’ and town or village halls. The Outlaws only real competition in Britain at the time was Cliff Richards' The Shadows.

In August 1961, following the departure of Billy Kuy, Heinz Burt (Henry George Schwartz from Southampton) was lined up to join The Outlaws on bass and Chas Hodges was going to take over on lead guitar. As Hodges wanted to know what the new bass player was like as a musician Meek replied, "Well, he's tall, quite good looking and very smart!" A week later, Hodges finally decided to come back to the bass and Heinz was slotted into a new Meek project, as bassist with The Tornados, his new house band which eventually would record "Telstar" the following year.
Rodger Mingaye, from Screaming Lord Sutch & The Savages, joined up as new lead guitarist while Big Jim Sullivan still played with them on records.

The B-side of the Outlaws third single, "Crazy Drums", was credited solely to Meek, although Bobby Graham had devised it as a drum showcase. A way out of the Outlaws came from Meek's arranger, Charles Blackwell, who told Graham that Joe Brown needed a drummer for his band, the Bruvvers. After passing the audition, Graham left for Brown in September 1961. Clem Cattini, who was the drummer in Johnny Kidd & the Pirates, auditioned for the Outlaws but Joe Meek chose him to be one of the Tornados instead (6). Graham's replacement was Don Groom from The Tuxedos. By 1962, Groom brought his brother-in-law in, Ken Lundgren who had been playing on the radio as Ken 'Steel Guitar' Lundgren (8) and fronting a rock band 'The Pacers' in British Colombia, Canada (7).

By October 1962, Don Groom left to tour with the Crickets in Britain, and Lorne Greene went on to join Carter-Lewis & The Southerners along with Big Jim Sullivan and Bobby Graham. So The Outlaws were seeking a replacement drummer and guitarist, and held auditions at the "Two I's" coffee Bar in Soho. At the time, they thought about changing the line-up to make it a piano-guitar thing… They thus auditioned Nicky Hopkins and Bernie Watson, who had just been elbowed from Cliff Bennett's Rebel Rousers. But the 2 former Savages didn't get the job because Chas fancied moving from bass to piano himself. Jimmy Page was also eliminated because he was so shy he didn't want to even be seen on stage but play his parts in the background.
Mick Underwood had just taken over Groom’s stool instead of Carlo Little (a choice of Rodger Mingaye to become an Outlaw) (9) and told Joe Meek about his mate from the Dominators, Richie Blackmore, who was 17 year-old too (11).
Blackmore showed just as much speed and vertuosity but (as another ex-Savage) was well used to dancin' and prancin' on stage (10).

Strangely, when Heinz embarked on a solo career in early 1963, The Outlaws became his first backing band with Blackmore on stage as well as on records ("Just like Eddie").

In the event, they subsequently worked with the Don Arden organization and were propelled onto a number of package tours including backing American rockers Jerry Lee Lewis and Gene Vincent (15) from May to September 1963 (13).

Ritchie Blackmore was a very strange character. Not only he was into spirituals, believing in the ghosts (12) but also, when not performing, he relieved his boredom by indulging in a variety of pranks (14-A). He started throwing things at people (14-B) and later, the flour bags thrown at everyone especially Heinz with whom they were touring, or from the back of their van ect. (14-C)
As a result, Chas Hodges did cover for him when the band was taken to court in Shrewsbury and Ken Lundgren lost his driving licence. Blackmore even got them fired from some tours...
This was one of the reasons Mike Berry decided to part company with them and preferred to work with Billy Kuy's new band... The [more] Innocents [than The Outlaws].

In April 1964, Ritchie Blackmore moved to Heinz' new backing band, The Wild Ones, and was replaced by ex-Crescents Harvey Hinsley (16).
In the Summer of 1964, Ken Lungren returned to his native Canada where he got into radio broadcasting and record producing.
The Outlaws then went on as a 3 piece for a while until Rodger Mingaye returned to the fold before emigrating to Australia. They then had a keyboardist for a short time. Another former Crescent, Ed Hamilton came in at the last short time in before they finally called it a day in mid-1965.
Hinsley can be heard on "Don't Cry", the A-side of The Outlaws final release on Smash records, for the US market and produced by Derek Lawrence (Ritchie Blackmore is on the B-side). Hinsley and Hamilton played on the unreleased cover version of Neil Sedaka's song "I go Ape".

Chas Hodges joined Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers in July 1965.
Ed Hamilton returned to The Macabre, an obscure outfit led by ex-Detours Peter Vernon-Kell. Mick Underwood went on to join the Herd and later found The Clockwork Oranges with Harvey Hinsley.
Joe Meek committed a suicide with Heinz' gun on 3 February 1967, at 304 Holloway Road.

Ken Lundgren went back to England in 1974 to help put the first commercial radio stations on the air and in the process, helped reform the Original Outlaws and began touring again with them to support Mike Berry's reissue of "Tribute to Buddy Holly' and 'Your're So Square', which were charted in Europe (20).

The original 'Outlaws' - Billy Kuy, Reg Hawkins, Chas Hodges and Bobby Graham - reunited once again in 1999 for the 40th anniversary.
Sadly Bobby Graham died on 14 September 2009.

(1) The Stormers had meet Berry through his manager Peter 'Yak' Yaquinandi, who also managed Rivers. Yak went round to Hodges' parents house to ask if The Stomers would like to back Berry. Yak played Hodges a demo tape of Berry and Hodges said that Berry really sounded like one of his heros Buddy Holly. He was all for it and so were the rest of the band.

(2) Bobby Graham
"Billy knocked on my door and said 'do you fancy going off to Butlins Holiday camp in Filey in Yorkshire for a summer season gig' remembers Graham. He declined -no, I'm a jazz musician". so the offer was made more attractive. there will be plenty of booze, plenty of girls' -'no, no' - 'it's 20 pounds a week'. Suddenly I became a rock 'n' roll musician".

(3) Bobby Graham(
"In September I960, after the Butlin's season, the Stormers split when Halsey got married. Joe Meek was interested in Mike Berry, but didn't like his backing band, so the Stormers were talked into reforming. Meek renamed them The Outlaws in late I960, "I thought (The Outlaws) was a bit camp. At the time we did what we were told"

(4) Chas Hodges
"He used to come to us with demos of him singing what he thought he heard in his head, but he would use strange backing tracks that were nothing to do with the song."

(5) Chas Hodges
“I could hear a girl singing but I didn’t know where she was. I remember thinking she must have been in the bathroom. I heard Joe saying, ‘Oh, the violins have arrived’, but I never saw them- they were on another floor in the flat”. Geoff Goddard laughs as he remembers, ‘the boy on the rhythm guitar’. “It took so many takes to get it right that he played until his fingers bled. There were cables all over the place and people squashed in corners. I remember some old boy trying to find enough space to drag the bow across his violin in the corner”.

(6) Ken Lundgren
"Clem Cattini was the drummer in Johnny Kidd and the Pirates. He auditioned for the Outlaws but Joe Meek chose him to be one of the Tornadoes (Telstar) instead."

(7) Ken Lundgren
"I met the Outlaws when I came to England with a high school friend, Ian Hancock, now a unniversity professor in Austin Texas. He introduced me to Roger Mingaye, a school chum of his, who was playing in the Outlaws who wre touring in support of a couple of hit records in Engand by John Leyton and Mike Berry (Tribute to Buddy Holly and Don't Your Think It's Time) I hit it off with Chas Hodges and he asked me if I would like to join the Outlaws as their rthymn guitarist. I had been playing on the radio as Ken 'Steel Guitar' Lundgren and fronting a rock band 'The pacers' in British Colombia, Canada and welcomed the chance. Joe Meek was glad to see the Outlaws with a member who knew a little about studio work (from radio) and played steel guitar and it went on from there."

(8) Ken Lundgren
"The steel guitar I used at Joe Meek's studio and, of course, on stage was a twin neck Fender "Stringmaster" ( a precursor to pedal instruments), the same instrument employed by Hank Williams band, the Drifting Cowboys in the 1950's. It was the same Fender guitar that all the Western Swing bands used in the same era."

(9) Ken Lundgren
"Crasher Carlo Little was almost joined the Outlaws when Don Groom left to tour with the Crickets (Buddy Holly's group) in Britain. He played with Sutch and was a choice of Roger Mingaye to become an Outlaw but this was not to be. We instead got Mick Underwood who was a friend of Ritchie's... When Roger imigrated to Australia, we ended up with Ritchie Blackmore and Mick Underwood - which, as it turned out, was the lineup that finally worked best for us."

(10) Ken Lundgren
"When guitarist Rodger Mingaye (formerly Screaming Lord Sutch's Savages) and Don Groom, drummer (my brother in law now) left for various reasons, Chas and I held auditions at the now legeandary "Two I's" coffee house in Soho. Page as well as Nicky Hopkins and Bernie Watkins showed up - the Outlaws were a name group at the time. Nicky and Bernie didn't get it because Chas fancied moving from bass to piano himself, a fact that is mentioned in his book, "My Rock n Roll Years of Chas before Dave". Page was eliminated because he was so so shy he didn't want to even be seen on stage but play his parts in the background. Ritchie, on the other hand, showed just as much speed and vertuosity but (as another ex Savage) was well used to dancin' and prancin' on stage. So Ritchie got the job. As a backing group for acts like Jerry Lee, John Leyton, Gene Vincent and Mike Berry, the Outlaws had to put on a show of their own and that was an important consideration in selecting our new guitarist. Also, he and Mick Underwood had played together in a semi pro band in Ealing (where they were both from) and that helped us to give them the nod."

(11) Ritchie Blackmore
"Joe Meek heard about this and said, ‘how about joining the Outlaws? So I said OK, it sounds good to me. The Outlaws were more well-known than the Savages. So I was quite pleased..."

(12) Ken Lundgren
"Borely Rectory was featured in a book in the '60's about the most haunted places in England and was rated the 'most' haunted out of the lot. It just so happened it was on our route home after a gig in Yarmouth or somewhere, so we stopped to have a look. Ritchie wouldn't get out of the van but Chas, Mick Underwood and I walked all around the place at midnight and felt nothing more than an extreme since of peace and wellbeing. I found out later that shortly before our visit, Borely rectory had been exorcised."

(13) Ken Lundgren
"As the backing group on John Leyton's two top ten hits, "Johnny, Remember Me" and "Wild Wind" and Mike Berry's "Tribute to Buddy Holly" , in the space of a few months, The Outlaws only real competition at the time was Cliff Richards' The Shadows, so we were propelled onto a number of package tours including backing American rockers Jerry Lee Lewis and Gene Vincent... The Outlaws were law abiding citizens who took our job as a backing group for the Stars from the Joe Meek stable and the subsequent work with the Don Arden organization (Jerry Lee Lewis and Gene Vincent) very seriously."

(14-A) Ken Lundgren
"The Outlaws lived up to their name. Although many of the pranks associated with the group were in fact record company or Joe Meek publicity stunts to gain attention from the media...
One of the best pranks was in Great Yarmouth when we convinced a stage hand at the Regal Theatre that Gene Vincent got his start by running on stage during an Elvis Presley show and singing an impromptu number. So the kid did Chuck Berry's "Johnny B Good" and we gave him all the musical support we were famous for and it got him fired, got us fired from the tour and made the New Musical Express and other publications...."

(14-B) Ken Lundgren
"As for the pranks, Ritchie started throwing things at people - a policeman in Guernsey doing point duty, a pedestrian on Oxford Street and later, the flour bags thrown at everyone especially Heinz with whom we were touring. Chas did cover for him when the band was taken to court in Shrewsbury and I lost my driving licence. Ritchie did have a mischievious bent and the rest of us, especially Chas, were called to account for it."

(14-C) Ken Lundgren
“he had a penchant for shit” and laid a series of turds around Brenda Lee's dressing room toilet.

(15) Ken Lundgren
"Gene wanted Ritchie to play more like the original record but Ritchie would tend to overdo it."

(16) Harvey Hinsley
I replaced Ritchie in Outlaws,-spring '64.
Mick Underwood got me into The Outlaws,& I had a great time,& first met Chas Hodges.
Prob; was -not enough money or gigs & I was the only driver after Ken Lundgren left.Also The Stones Beatles etc were popular, & we were more country.This lasted a year & finished when Chas joined The R Rousers in summer '65.... By the way Dave Wendels replaced Micky King,who got him the job.

(17) Harvey Hinsley
I remember recording A rock classic with the Outlaws.But I dont know if it was released or not,& cant remember song... The song we did in Outlaws was "I go Ape"--Maybe only a demo?
Chas joined Rebel Rousers in summer '65....

(18) Harvey Hinsley
we went on as a 3 piece for a while then had Rog Mingaye, then a keyboard guy for a short time. Ed came in at the last short time in '65, before it packed in!

(19) Ken Lundgren
"Chas later worked with Jerry Lee on the London Sessions album and I met Gene in Vancouver some years later when he wanted me to join him on dates in North America. Unfortunately, Gene died shortly thereafter."

(20) Ken Lundgren
"When Mike Berry and Original Outlaws began touring again in the 70's after a reissue of some Mike Berry 's material had become a hit in Europe and I had returned to persue my career in radio broadcasting and helped reform the band"



Mike Berry with the Outlaws (1961 - 1963)
1. Will You Love Me Tomorrow / My Baby Doll (Decca F11314) - January 1961
2. Tribute To Buddy Holly / What's The Matter (HMV POP 912) - September 1961 [#24]
3. It's Just A Matter Of Time / Little Boy Blue (HMV POP 979) - January 1962
4. Every Little Kiss / How May Times (HMV POP 1042) - June 1962
5. Don't You Think It's Time / Loneliness (HMV POP 1105) - December 1962 [#6]
6. My Little Baby / You'll Do It. You'll Fall In Love (HMV POP 1142) - March 1963 [#34]

Mike Berry with the Orchestra (1963)
7. It Really Doesn't Matter / Try A Little Bit Harder (HMV POP 1194) - August 1963

Mike Berry with the Innocents (1964)
8. This Little Girl / On My Mind (HMV POP 1257) - January 1964
9. Lovesick / Letter Of Love (HMV POP 1284) - April 1964
10. Who Will It Be / Talk (HMV POP 1314) - June 1964

The Outlaws (Instrumental releases)
1. Swingin' Low / Spring Is Near (HMV POP 844) - March 1961 [#46]
2. Ambush / Indian Brave (HMV POP 877) - May 1961 [#43]
3. Valley Of The Sioux / Crazy Drums (HMV POP 927) - September 1961
4. Ku-Pow! / Last Stage West (HMV POP 990) - February 1962
5. Sioux Serenade / Fort Knox (HMV POP 1074) - September 1962
6. The Return Of The Outlaws / Texan Spiritual (HMV POP 1124) - February 1963
7. That Set The Wild West Free / Hobo (HMV POP 1195) - August 1963
8. Law And Order / Do-Da-Day (HMV POP 1241) - January 1964
9. Keep-A-Knockin' / Shake With Me (HMV POP 1277) - April 1964

The Chaps
Poppin' Medley Part 1 / Poppin' Medley Part 2 (Parlophone R4979) - December 1962

The Rally Rounders
The Bike Beat 1 / The Bike Beat 2 (UK, Lyntone Flexi-single, LYN 574) - 1964

The Outlaws (For Us Market)
Don't Cry / Only For You (US, Smash S 2025) - February 1965

The Ritchie Blackmore Orchestra
Getaway / Little Brown Jug (Oriole CB 314) - April 1965

Album & Compilation:
The Outlaws, Dream of The West (HMV) - December 1961
Dream of the West/The Outlaws/Husky team/Rodeo/Smoke Signals/Ambush/Barbecue/Sping is Near/ Indian Brave/Homeward bound/Western Sunset/Tune for Short Cow Boys
[Now available on CD: BGO CD 118 with 2 bonus tracks: Don't Cry/Only for You]

The Outlaws the A and B's See For Miles (CD SEE 303)
Swingin' Low/Spring is near/Ambush/Indian Brave/Valley of the Sioux/Crazy Drums/Last Stage West/Ku Pow/Sioux Serenade/Fort Knox/The Return of the Outlaws/Texan Spiritual/That Set the Wild West Free/ Hobo/Law and Order/Do Da Day/Keep A Knockin'/Shake with Me/Don't Cry/Only for You.

Various Line-ups of The Outlaws

The Rebels (1958 - 1959)
  • Mick Bourne (Washboard/Vocals) "Kenny Lord"
  • Peter Chilks (Rhythm Guitar)
  • Ray ?? (Rhythm Guitar)
  • Terry Lyddington (Tea Chest Bass)

Kenny Lord & The Statesmen (1959 - 1960)
  • Mick Bourne (Lead Vocals) "Kenny Lord"
  • Tony Franchi (Lead Guitar)
  • Siro Andreoli (Rhythm Guitar)
  • Pete Richardson (Bass)
  • Terry Prudente (Drums)

Billy Grey & The Stormers (Edmonton, May - October 1960), reunited in 1999
  • Billy Halsey (Lead Vocals) "Billy Gray"
  • Billy Kuy (Lead Guitar)
  • Reg Hawkins (Rhythm Guitar)
  • Chas Hodges (Bass)
  • Robert Neate (Drums) "Bobby Graham"

Mike Berry & The Outlaws #1 (December 1960 - August 1961)
  • Mick Bourne (Lead Vocals) "Mike Berry"
  • Billy Kuy (Lead Guitar)
  • Reg Hawkins (Rhythm Guitar)
  • Chas Hodges (Bass)
  • Robert Neate (Drums) "Bobby Graham"

Mike Berry & The Outlaws #2 (August 1961)
  • Mick Bourne (Lead Vocals) "Mike Berry"
  • Chas Hodges (Lead Guitar)
  • Reg Hawkins (Rhythm Guitar)
  • Heinz Burt (Bass)
  • Robert Neate (Drums) "Bobby Graham"

Mike Berry & The Outlaws #3 (September 1961 - March 1962)
  • Mick Bourne (Lead Vocals) "Mike Berry"
  • Roger Mingay (Lead Guitar) "Scrape & Scratch Bailey"
  • Ray Byhart (Rhythm Guitar) "Biffo"
  • Chas Hodges (Bass)
  • Don Groom (Drums)

Mike Berry & The Outlaws #4 (March - October 1962)
  • Mick Bourne (Lead Vocals) "Mike Berry"
  • Lorne Greene (Lead Guitar)
  • Ken Lundgren (Rhythm Guitar/Steel Guitar/Keyboards)
  • Chas Hodges (Bass)
  • Don Groom (Drums)

Mike Berry & The Innocents (February 1963 - August 1965)
  • Mick Bourne (Lead Vocals) "Mike Berry"
  • Billy Kuy (Lead Guitar)
  • Colin Giffin (Rhythm Guitar)
  • Dave Brown (Bass)
  • Don Groom (Drums)

The Outlaws #5 (Mid October 1962 - April 1964)
  • Ritchie Blackmore (Lead Guitar)
  • Ken Lundgren (Rhythm Guitar/Steel Guitar/Keyboards)
  • Chas Hodges (Bass)
  • Mick Underwood (Drums)
  • Nicky Hopkins (Keyboards)

The Outlaws #6 (April 1964 - February 1965)
  • Harvey Hinsley (Lead Guitar)
  • Ken Lundgren (Rhythm Guitar/Steel Guitar/Keyboards)
  • Chas Hodges (Bass)
  • Mick Underwood (Drums)

The Outlaws #7 (March - June 1965)
  • Harvey Hinsley (Lead Guitar)
  • Roger Mingay (Rhythm Guitar) "Scrape & Scratch Bailey"
  • Ed Hamilton (Rhythm Guitar/Vocals)
  • Paul Goddard (Keyboards/Clavioline) "Geoff Goddard"
  • Nicky Hopkins (Keyboards)
  • Chas Hodges (Bass)
  • Mick Underwood (Drums)

The Sessions (Recording Sessions, Mid-1965)
  • Mikki Dallon (Lead Vocals)
  • Ritchie Blackmore (Lead Guitar)
  • Harvey Hinsley (Rhythm Guitar)
  • Nicky Hopkins (Keyboards)
  • Chas Hodges (Bass)
  • Jim Evans (Drums) "Tornado"

Mike Berry & The Original Outlaws #5 (1974)
  • Mick Bourne (Lead Vocals) "Mike Berry"
  • Billy Kuy (Lead Guitar)
  • Reg Hawkins (Rhythm Guitar)
  • Chas Hodges (Bass)
  • Robert Neate (Drums) "Bobby Graham"

Mike Berry & The Outlaws #6 (October 1989)
  • Mick Bourne (Lead Vocals/Lead Guitar) "Mike Berry"
  • Russ Ballard (Lead Guitar)
  • Reg Hawkins (Rhythm Guitar)
  • Chas Hodges (Bass)
  • Clem Cattini (Drums)
  • Nik Hodges (Drums)

Mike Berry & The Outlaws #7 (August 1993)
  • Mick Bourne (Lead Vocals) "Mike Berry"
  • Billy Kuy (Lead Guitar)
  • Gary Leport (Rhythm Guitar/Lead Guitar)
  • John Barber (Bass)
  • Bobby Graham (Drums)
  • Mick Underwood (Drums)

Mike Berry & The Outlaws #8 (February 1997)
  • Mick Bourne (Lead Vocals) "Mike Berry"
  • Billy Kuy (Lead Guitar)
  • Alan Lovell (Lead Guitar/Vocals)
  • Reg Hawkins (Rhythm Guitar)
  • John Barber (Bass)
  • Bobby Graham (Drums)

Mike Berry & The Outlaws #9 (1997 - 2006)
  • Mick Bourne (Lead Vocals) "Mike Berry"
  • Mark Lewis (Lead Guitar)
  • Jim Rodford (Bass)
  • Alan Jones (Bass)
  • Alan Jackman (Drums)

Mike Berry & The Outlaws #10 (2006 - 2010)
  • Mick Bourne (Lead Vocals) "Mike Berry"
  • Ron Beynon (Lead Guitar)
  • Brian Hodgson (Bass)
  • Pete Wigfield (Keyboards)
  • Gary Baldwin (Keyboards)

Special thanks to Rodger Mingaye, Ken Lundgren, Harvey Hinsley, Ed Hamilton, John A.Warburg and many others

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  1. Though some of my memory is a little fuzzy,there are some factual errors amongst this lot.However full marks for the sheer amount of work that's gone into it all.Billy Kuy.

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  4. I was researching Ealing bands in the Middlesex County Times & West Middlesex Gazette (the coming events section at the back is great for gigs in the area) and found some shows for Ed Hamilton's band, the Macabre at the Ealing Club:

    Sunday, 13 September 1964
    Sunday, 20 September 1964
    Monday, 5 October 1964

  5. My name is Nick Warburton and I am a freelance music journalist. I've been researching in the British Library over the years and found these gigs which might be of interest to readers:


    22 November 1963 – Winchester Lido, Winchester, Hampshire with The Strangers (Hants & Berkshire Gazette)
    14 December 1963 – Gaiety Ballroom, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire with Steve Crane & The Champions (Website: http://peterboroughimages.co.uk/music/?p=8130)

    18 January 1964 – Colchester Odeon, Colchester, Essex with The Rolling Stones, John Leyton, Mike Sarne, The Swinging Blue Jeans, Don Spencer, Billy Boyle, Billie Davis & The Leroys and Jet Harris (Essex Chronicle)

    14 March 1964 – Palace Dance Hall, Pier Hill, Southend, Essex with The Confederates (Southend Standard & Essex Weekly Advertiser)

    23 May 1964 – Walthamstow Assembly Hall, Walthamstow, London with two supporting groups (Leyton and Leytonstone Guardian)

    8 September 1964 – Colchester Odeon, Colchester, Essex with The Rolling Stones, The Mojos, Simon Scott & The Le Roys and Inez and Charlie Foxx (Essex Chronicle)

    3 October 1964 – Royal Edmonton, Edmonton, Middlesex with The Rolling Stones, The Mojos, Simon Scott & The Leroys and Inez and Charlie Foxx (Leyton and Leytonstone Guardian)
    10 October 1964 – Southend Odeon, Southend, Essex with The Rolling Stones, The Mojos, Charlie & Inez Foxx and Simon Scott & The Leroys (Southend Standard and Essex Weekly Advertiser)
    24 October 1964 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with The Blobs (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

    5 March 1966 – Town Hall, Louth, Lincolnshire with The Moonspinners (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)

  6. I remember Billy and the Stormers well ,i had just started a second job for Butlins on a summer season at Filey in 1960 ,i was a Redcoat entertainer ,guitarist and singer ,one of my jobs was to rehearse the talent in the Rock and Roll Ballroom ,Billy and the Stormers took over that job when they arrived a few weeks later ,as i remember they arrive in an Austin pick up ,and entered the ballroom in their grey pin stripe suits and unloaded the gear ,as recall Chas had a bass stack they bought from the Shadows ,got to know the boys well they backed me on the Redcoat show every Sunday ,I remember Dusty Springfield ,Bob Monkhouse and Dave Allen on these shows ,great times (Ray Brett)

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  9. Sadly, I report that my talented friend and former Outlaws rhythm guitar player Ken Lundgren died in Vancouver on Oct. 9, 2019.