PREVIEW: Sensational 60s Experience legends return to rock Sheffield City Hall

Sixties legends including Mike Pender – original voice of The Searchers – plus The Tremeloes, The Fortunes, The Swinging Blue Jeans and The Dakotas will roll back the years at Sheffield City Hall.

By Graham Walker
Wednesday, 27th November 2019, 12:11 pm
Updated Wednesday, 27th November 2019, 12:11 pm
The Sensational Sixties Experience
The Sensational Sixties Experience

The Sensational 60's Experience 2019 plays the venue’s Oval Hall this Friday, November 29, at 7.30pm.

It will feature some of the greatest hits of the decade that changed the world of music forever including Needles and Pins, Silence Is Golden, Storm In A Teacup, Hippy Hippy Shake, Little Children and many more.

BUY TICKETS: Tickets are £24 to £31, may be subject to booking fees. Buy in person, call the box office on 0114 2 789 789 or visit www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk.

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    Mike Pender, the original voice of The Searchers, is one of the greats to have come out of the Liverpool “Beat Boom”. His is the rich vocal talent so evident on so many of the Hit recordings that have become 60’s classics.

    Everybody, even if they only have a passing interest in 60’s music, remembers Needles and Pins, one of the greatest ever records to come out of the greatest ever period in pop music history.

    There were, of course, many other hit recordings that feature not only Mike’s vocals, but also his equally distinctive 12-string ‘jangly’ guitar sound that became such a feature of The Searchers’ recordings.

    The Sensational Sixties Experience 2019

    With over 50 years of success in the business Mike is still touring worldwide performing The Searchers million selling hits such as Sugar and Spice, Sweets For My Sweet, Don’t Throw Your Love Away, When You Walk In The Room and of course Needles and Pins.

    Hailing from Birmingham, England, The Fortunes first came to prominence and international acclaim during the ‘swinging’ sixties!

    The result was a succession of distinctive and distinguished hit records including You’ve Got Your Troubles, Here It Comes Again and, continuing into the seventies with more successful releases such as Storm in a Teacup and Freedom Come, Freedom Go.

    These songs have stood the test of time, becoming household favourites permanently on playlists everywhere. The Fortunes remain as one of the UK’s premier harmony groups, and are constantly in demand worldwide.

    The Trems

    The Swinging Blue Jeans were originally founded by Ray Ennis and Les Braid.

    In 1962, they were signed to a recording contract by HMV Records and their debut single It’s Too Late Now in 1963 just crept into the British charts at number 30.

    Their next single Hippy Hippy Shake crashed into the Hit Parade in 1964 and just fell short of the number one slot.

    Their follow-up release, Good Golly Miss Molly, followed suit and their next single You’re No Good reached number three in Britain. They famously engaged in a punch up with the Rolling Stones at the BBC studios during recording of the first show of Top of the Pops as a result of an argument over a ball point pen for signing autographs.

    Today the band is fronted by Alan Lovell and along with Peter Oakman, Jeff Bannister and Graham Hollingworth, continue touring the UK theatres with The Sensational 60’s Experience.

    The Dakotas were formed in Manchester in 1960, where they had the reputation of being one of the most professional groups in the area.

    They were also one of the first Manchester bands to appear at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. In 1962, at the suggestion of Paul McCartney and John Lennon, Brian Epstein teamed the band up with Billy J Kramer and they were signed up to EMI’s Parlophone label.

    Their first hit was a Lennon/McCartney song, Do You Want to Know a Secret, which reached number two in 1963. Bad to Me made the number one spot, then I’ll Keep You Satisfied and From a Window both went into the Top 10. Little Children gave the band a second number one in the spring of 1964. Later that year, both Bad To me and Little Children reached the American Top 10, prompting the group to appear in the USA.

    The TREMS, one of the finest vocal harmony bands seen in live performance today, consists of long-standing members of The Tremeloes including Joe Gillingham, Jeff Brown, Phil Wright and Syd Twynham.

    Their pedigree speaks for itself – the authentic sound of “The Tremeloes”

    “The Sensational 60's Experience is returning to Sheffield City Hall for one night only with a brand new production for 2019 celebrating our tenth anniversary,” said a spokesman for promoter, Stageright Promotions.

    “This is a three hour 60’s spectacular of pure nostalgia. The show with the definite feel good factor will transport you back to that magical decade that was the 1960’s – when pop music was at its very best.

    “Five legendary names take to the stage and deliver to you a night never to be forgotten where you’ll find it impossible to remain in your seat. This is must see 60’s show for 2019.

    “Whether you come to relive your childhood memories or you just simply want to see what your parents have been raving about for all these years.

    “Come and experience the musical phenomena of the 1960’s for yourself. Full of timeless classics.”