1960's music scene.

Canvey Carnival Talent Contest?

By Tony Maguire

One of the interesting aspects of the Canvey Island Archive is the gradual emergence of information and pictures of the 1960's music scene, especially as was centred on the Youth Club at Furtherwick Park School. Quite recently we re-established contact with Pete Simpson, one time bass player with The Siver Buttons, later known as "the fabulous It band" and subsequently The Central Heating Big Band.

I have posted other pictures supplied by Pete and he has now come up with what I believe must have been from a Canvey Carnival Talent Contest prior to 1966, quite probably organised by the Youth Club Warden Rodney H Vinall.

By 1966, the Siver Buttons had become it and Nick had left to be replaced by Micky Becker as Vocalist, ant they played at the concert.

On the far left, are most members of the Siver Buttons, far left, holding a document is lead guitar Mel Vickers; third from left, holding drumsticks is drummer Martin "Spud" Edwards; fourth left sitting, to whom the other to are pointing is bassist Pete Simpson; just left of centre, in the glasses, holding a tambourine, is vocalist Nick Arthurs,the only member of the band sadly no longer with us. His brother, Tony Arthurs, also as vocalist, is feature with The Diamonds, on the archive, on the very same stage, "Jiving and Twisting the Night Away", in "Memories of the Casino Ballroom". The rhythm guitarist Mick Goodall, who has also featured on this site is strangely absent from this group shot.

There has been some speculation regarding others in the picture, it has been speculated that the band at the back right of the stage might have been The Four Oaks.

However what excited me, with all due immodesty, is the first, albeit partial photo of the North Avenue Jug Band, aka The Hot Street Syncopators. The good looking one standing far right is me languishing over my tea-chest bass. I don't recognise the person sitting on me tea chest and nor do I know where the other two members of the band, Malcolm and John Wilkinson (the latter now, of course, better known as Wilko Johnson) were when the picture was taken. In 1996, we were not entrants, but played in the intervals and backed solo artists, as discussed in Sandra Davies' Carnival memories.

Just another small piece of the rich Canvey tapestry.

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This page was added by Tony Maguire on 03/09/2017.

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