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John Young's Photos
All images (c) John Young
Young is a professional photographer of many years standing.
In the '60s and early '70s he photographed many groups and solo artists performing around the West of Scotland.
Here are some of his favourites from that period.
FIRST: SOME PICS of PAISLEY GIGS.
Dance at Paisley's Templar Halls on the early evening of Friday 22nd November 1963.
JFK had been shot in Dallas some 20 mins previously.
The news had not yet got through to those in attendance.
Everyone is supposed to remember where they were that evening so we hope someone who was there can let us know their memory of the night
and perhaps the name of the band
Some great styles on view - beehives were still popular with the girls.
But note the young, fair haired lass doing the twist out front with her Mary Quant like cut and Mod style dress.
She was a trendsetter.
Italian styled suits for the boys with a winklepicker and cuban heel or two on show. Men's hair was still short though Teddy Boy quiffs had gone.
The early evening audience are concious of the photographer and no one is looking at the band.
Mary Wells of 'My Guy' etc fame backed by Sounds Incorporated at Paisley Town Hall - 1964/5
Fabulous pic of Mick Green and Johnny Kidd from Johnny Kidd and the Pirates
backstage at Paisley Town Hall in 1964
Note Kidd's regular foorwear in the corner - ankle length, cuban heeled, elastic sided, pointy toed boots.
Some of us still like 'em and wear 'em!
Kidd - real name Freddie Heath - wrote maybe the greatest British Rock and Roll song - 'Shakin' All Over'.
The bloke who played the classic riff and solo on the recording was Glasgwegian guitar maestro Joe Moretti.
'We Are Not Worthy!' as they say.
John took this terrific photo c.1963/64 outside the Dungeon Club in Barrhead where they were due to play.
Joe Urquhart (vocals on ballads), Davy Geilan (vocals on pop numbers ), Davie Storrie (Bass), Chic McColl (Rythm guitar);
Dennis Bell (Drums) & Danny McInally (lead guitar).
Many thanks to Neil Dunn, Elizabeth Anne, Betty Allen, John Forrest & Kizz Ferguson of the excellent 'Paisley' FB site for filling in who's above.
Neil even used to dep for Chic on a Tues night at the Templars when he was at night school.
Note the health and safety conscious Danny's non-slip soles and two handed
grip on his colleague.
Apparently, the band struggled to insist that they be billed as "Maverix" and not "The Maverix" or "The Mavericks"
Joe Egan and Gerry Rafferty became members later on.
The Hollies - Paisley Town Hall 1964
John assures us that that Alan Clarke's head is normal - his jacket has just been pushed up to hang from a peg.
Graham Nash, Alan Clarke, Bobby Ellliot,
Eric Haydock & Tony Hicks.
The Merseybeats in very fancy shirts - backstage at Paisley Ice Rink - 18 June, 1964.
Aaron Williams (rhythm guitar); Johnny Gustafson (bass); John Banks (drums); Tony Crane (lead guitar and lead vocals).
Mr Gustafson - what a stare! - also played in The Big Three, Quatermass, Roxy Music, etc, etc, etc..
He was only with the band for a few months in 1964 so photos of this line-up are probably quite rare.
Tony & Aaron tune up
Tony's 335 style guitar seems to have had the Bigsby bridge and tremelo added.
The retaining screws for an original tailpiece are visible before the bridge.
Aaron's guitar looks like a Firebird - note the machine heads are behind the middle of the headstock rather than above or below.
The Poets' Hugh Nicholson above and Dougie Henderson below.
Taken at the Electric Garden, Sauchiehall St, Glasgow in 1969 at what John recalls was a Radio event - Probably 'Radio One Club'.
Eddie Campbell & Wullie Munro getting dressed.
Wullie's shirt is definately not just out of the packet. Zal Cleminson in the background
Davie Batchelor and Eddie Campbell check they're looking sharp.
Tear Gas - dressed up and ready to hit the stage
Davie Batchelor - vocals; Chris Glenn - Bass; Wullie Munro - drums;
Eddie Campbell - Keyboards; Alistair 'Zal' Cleminson - guitar.
Wullie Munro getting stuck in.
Eddie Campbell on the Keys - Wullie Munro in the background.
The Rockin' Berries - Darlington Hotel, Ayr - Nov. 1974.
Bass player Bobby Thomson backing up singer Terry Webster as he does his Rolf Harris routine.
A few shots on a favourite theme - bands bowling at Hampden Bowl - Mount Florida, Glasgow.
The Rockin' Berries - March 1965.
l-r: Terry Bond (drums); Chuck Botfield (lead guitar); Clive Lea (vocals/impressionist); Bobby Thomson (vocals/bass guitar); Geoff Turton (vocals).
The Kinks Ray Davies
Brian Poole of the Tremeloes fame and Peter Noone from Herman's Hermits.
Kinks - Mick Avory & Dave Davies
Gypsy Dave and Donovan
John offers Donovan some photographic advice for the back cover of his next LP!
Donovan outside Esquire Mens' Fashions in Maryhill, Glasgow. pic (c) John Young.
The Kimbos - What a great, typically fun pic of a smartly dressed early '60s group.
Fast forward to circa '65/'66 and here's a fantastic pic of those times and fashions.
The Sabres - long hair, Cuban heels and moody looks.
The others seem to be wondering why the guy on the far right has brought them out to see a milk bottle with twigs sticking out of it.
Taken at the back of a community hall somewhere in the Glasgow area is all the photographer John Young can recall.
Can anyone add any more info? Yes they can!
In 2016, Gordon McFall points out that the bloke on the left is singer Ian Clews prior to his move to the Pathfinders.