Sixties Gold Swings into Glasgow
By Sean Graham
Monday 27 Feb 2012 05:16:00
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Being born in the sixties (1968) meant I missed most of the decade they say was the best of all as the swinging sixties through up many bands who produced fantastic music.

So when it was announced that a Sixties Gold concert was coming to Glasgow, I knew that I had to be there.

I have listened to all kinds of music growing up and have a wide range and taste of personal favourite songs and groups ( you have to living in a house with two girls! - one listening to One Direction and the other to Bryan Adams, neither I might say, do I mind!)

Although my preferred decade of music is the eighties, there was something magical about the sixties and the songs and groups who have stood the test of time.

I have always been a fan of The Searchers ( just ask anyone who comes to Karaoke with me) and when they had been announced on a bill which also included Gerry and the Pacemakers ,
The Fortunes and also Chip Hawkes former original lead singer with The Tremeloes, all this for a grand sum of £24.50, this was just too good an offer to miss.

I went along with my Mum and my two mates (Andy and Adam) for a night that we will never forget.

The Fortunes opened the show and set the tone for the rest of the night, they simply were in the mood for a party and burst into hits such as You’ve Got Your Troubles and Here It Comes Again.

Up next came the band that we had really come to see, The Searchers (but each band was simply fantastic and I just wish every gig that I go to in the future will be the same, so enjoyable!)

The Searchers with their unique and individual sound have maintained their reputation as one of Liverpool’s finest 60s groups and they had the Concert Hall on its feet with hits such as Sweets For My Sweet, Don’t Throw Your Love Away, When You Walk In the Room and their massive No1 hit Needles and Pins, these guys are 50 years in the business this year and are touring just as much now, all over the world, as they did back in the good old days and they are still as big and still as good, I could have listened to them all night, they were fantastic and full of fun.

The night was made extra special during the break as both the Fortunes and The Searchers went out to the foyer to meet the fans and sign Cd's, DVDs, programmes etc before getting pictures taken, real troopers and all nice guys also.

Starting off the second half of the show was Chip Hawkes former original lead singer with The Tremeloes, with such hits as Here Comes My Baby and Silence is Golden who again had a fantastic voice and had the crowd in the palm of his hand with a string of hits before the Walker Brothers hit Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore before sampling a new song She’s Not My Child, using The Pacemakers as his band for the set. And it was a step back to his Tremeloes days with Call me Number One and the crowds were swaying along to Yellow River before he had the crowd singing along with the already mentioned, Silence is Golden, still a classic even now.

Rounding off this magical night of sixties nostalgia was Gerry and the Pacemakers .
They were the first band to have 3 consecutive No1’s in the UK charts, How Do You Do It, I Like It and You’ll Never Walk Alone

They went on to have many more hits through the 60’s, including Ferry Cross the Mersey and a song which Gerry wrote for the future Mrs Marsden, “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying” after a little tiff back in the day and thankfully it worked as they are still happily married to this day.

Gerry was enjoying the night and he wanted to make sure the audience were too, so the lights went up but he need not have bothered as this crowd came for a sixties party and every band on show did not disappoint.

He showed that he too, has lost none of that typical Scouse sense of humour as he chatted and told tales of times gone by with the audience, who lapped it all up.

Before he left, he sang a song that had everyone standing on their feet was You’ll Never Walk Alone – a song which holds so much meaning to so many people.

So many tears, so many memories, such a magicial night for fantastic music from a swinging decade for fans of all ages, thanks to these bands who proved one thing - that sixties music lives on and  with gigs like Sixties Gold, they will do forever more!

When will we see their likes again?

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