SEVEN DAYS TO ROCK
Rockin' '50s Fest II
Oneida Casino
Green Bay, Wisconsin
10th April to 16th April 2005

Again, I Had To Bribe My Way Out There. When announced back in late 2004 that there is to be a Rockin' Fifties Fest II, I set about being extremely nice to Mrs. Wilkinson. Boy, she sure did have a good Christmas. Thankfully, this scheming was successful and on 8th April, I with companion John Howard were off in the big silver bird to Chicago. Here Hayden Thompson and his lovely wife Georgia met us again. They showered unstinted hospitality upon ourselves, for which we were both extremely grateful...

Hayden played us an edit of his forthcoming CD 'Rockabilly Rhythms' (St. George #STG 7714) which consists of fourteen new recordings. It is good. Look out for the tracks 'Chicago Whiskey River' and a unique treatment of 'Reelin' And Rockin' included amongst the songs. He also took us around to meet John Gleib and his wife, a lovely couple who are major Elvis collectors. However it was soon time to collect the Cadillac (how we ended up with that is another story) and head the 200 miles north up to Green Bay, Wisconsin for the Rockin' Fifties Fest II.


Oneida Casino
The festival was held in four rooms, which at times were simultaneously operating, and so it I quickly figured it out (bright bugger that I am) that there was no way that I would get to see all of the 123 acts scheduled to appear. Accordingly, I prepared a hit list of artists that I wanted to see and based myself in the main Three Clans Stage, which was a large hall complete with excellent sight lines, a big stage and a sound system to dream of here in Europe. The following review is not therefore intended to be complete but hopefully will provide a flavour of what has to be part two of the greatest rock 'n' roll festival yet. Congratulations to Marc Mencher and Phil Doran for organising this, and pulling off, the event. From the public's point of view, it was virtually seamless. I understand that in excess of 6,000 people attended either for the whole week or on a daily basis.



Sunday, 10th April 2005 (warm up)

Vicki Tafoya. Although the festival proper did not commence until the next day, this lady took the stage in the casino lounge and provided a great warm up. She possesses a great voice well suited to most forms of rock 'n' roll, especially jump jive and doo-wop material and is an excellent performer. Jimmy Cavello joined in for three songs.



Monday, 11th April 2005 (the rockin' starts in earnest)

Little Rachel. Well apportioned attractive young lady from Holland with a powerful voice who rocked along nicely, especially on Ruth Brown style material such as 'Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean'.

High Noon. This is a fine Texas trio whose members include Shaun Young on vocals and the extremely talented Sean Mencher on lead guitar. Very enjoyable rockabilly and country set including such titles as 'Fishing Hole Boogie', 'Slow Down Baby' and 'Rockin' Wildcat'. Shaun and the guys gave it their all.

Little Boy Arnold and His Western Oakies. Okay rockabilly quartet from Spain, competent performance.

Art Adams. He gave 110% and was pure rockabilly. However, a small gripe was that the backing was provided by an off-form Wild Fire Willie & the Ramblers (who later provided superb backing to other artists). Art stepped in for Jerry Lee Lewis who eventually arrived one day, as a consequence of his plane having been struck by lightning. All the favourites such as 'Dancing Doll', 'Indian Joe' and 'Rock Crazy Baby' were included along with a selection from his new CD. Tunes that came over well from the latter included 'Canadian Lady', 'Down In Tennessee' and an inspired version of the old Webb Pierce song 'Walking the Dog'. Art bops and weaves about the stage, reinforcing the view that he is a top visual entertainer.

Jimmy Cavello - a class act who once again thrilled. This guy makes it all seem so easy and gave out with a great selection of big beat music such as 'Rock This Joint, 'Fannie Brown', 'Rock Rock Rock' and 'Honky Tonk (parts 1 and 2)'. Not only does he possess a great singing voice, he is one of the best honkin' sax players going. This was 45 minutes of musical excellence, list under the 'must see' variety.

Ruby Ann & The Boppin' Boozers. A young Portuguese lady with a tasty raspin' voice and good backing band. Standout numbers included 'He Knows How To Rock Me' and 'I'm Gone. This artist has the potential to go high up the rock 'n' roll ladder.



Tuesday, 12th April 2005 (just look at this line-up)

Rayburn Anthony. A most enjoyable ex-Sun artist who performed essentially a rockabilly set with some country thrown in for good measure. Rayburn knew how to work the stage and performed a selection from his new CD 'My Baby's Car Crazy' (Rhythm Bomb RBR 5626), his previous release and threw in a couple of songs that he had recorded in Memphis. I was nearly beside myself when he launched into 'St. Louis Blues' and 'There's No Tomorrow. This is an artist recommended by Jim Newcombe and, based on this show, an endorsable recommendation. that is endorsed. Let us hope he will be Europe bound before not too long.

Terry Noland. Supported by Darrell Higham on lead guitar, Terry possesses a good powerful voice plus bags of stage presence. He knew what was wanted and delivered. Basically, his set was a mix of his own originals such as 'Patty Baby', 'Don't Do Me This Way', 'Fungus Amongst Us' and 'Hypnotized' along with a selection of West Texas rockin' music, including a selection from the Buddy Holly songbook. He also fed in a couple of Sonny Curtis songs with 'Everyone But One' and 'Guess I'm Gonna Fall'. I hope that he will be back again real soon.

Cleftones. Absolutely perfect vocal group harmonies with an act second to none. Fronted by original member Herb Cox, it was straight into 'Heart And Soul'. We then treated to a couple of Jackie Wilson tunes from the golden tonsils of Jimmy Whiteside and this formed the pattern of the remainder of the set, i.e. a mixture of originals such as 'This Little Girl Of Mine' and 'Can't We Be Sweethearts' along with covers like 'Don't Let Go' and 'Blue Velvet'. The stage was an enhancing blur of exciting visuals and spell binding vocals. Could this day get any better?

Jerry Lee Lewis. Arriving one day late, he and The Memphis Beats rocked along nicely for a full fifty minutes. Yet again, Jerry demonstrated that he is the master of his art. Unfortunately there were no surprises in the choice of songs as we wee treated to 'You Win Again', 'C C Rider', 'Over The Rainbow', 'Chantilly Lace', 'Rockin' My Life Away' and the inevitable 'Shakin' plus 'Great Balls Of Fire'. it would have been the icing on the cake to see him drop into his vast musical catalogue for alternate choices. That said, does it really matter, it was great to see him again.

Narvel Felts. Demonstrated again his undoubted crowd-pleasing professional stage act but did include a few too many of his country hits such as 'When Your Good Love was Mine' for what was a rock 'n' roll festival. He did rock out to great effect and that means high caliber vocals and visuals - on 'Did You Tell Me', 'My Babe' and 'Pink And Black Days'.

Wanda Jackson, the rockin' lady. She was in top form and spell binding, including all her top rockin' recordings like 'Mean Mean Man', 'Rock Your Baby' and 'Let's Have A party' along with a selection of material from her last CD 'Heart Trouble. Complete with a good sympathetic backing band, those back of the neck hair raising raspin' vocal chords have never sounded better. She is a true professional and justifiably received tumultuous applause.

Glenn Honeycutt. Sitting on a stool, he rocked out nicely revealing a great voice and plugging much new material contained on his new Rhythm Bomb label CD 'Mr. All Night Rock' (# RBR 5615). Whilst unfortunately we did not get a rendition of 'Tombigbee Queen', we were treated to worthy new offerings such as 'Saturday Night', 'New Orleans Is The Place To Be' and 'Tennessee Rockin' Girl'. Special mention must be made of the excellent bluesy feel to the ballad 'Backdoor Billy' and the emotive quality of 'A Love Song'.

Joe Houston. It is a pleasure to be able to report that this was a performance marking the return of Joe back to his finest rockin' R&B mode, a first class performance with sublime sax honking. It was all there in bucket loads, from 'Roberta' through 'Honey Hush', 'Night Train', and 'Rock Me Baby' to the classic 'All Night Long'. Overall, this was devastating stuff.



Wednesday, 13th April 2005 (the rockin' continues)

Bobby Crown. Seemingly a trifle apprehensive at first, he pleased with a tasty rockin' performance. Good selection of numbers with the likes of 'Gotta Hurry', the excellent rockabilly of 'Something In Her Genes', the mournful 'If You Really Want Me To, I'll Go' to the pumpin' piano lead rocker 'One Way Ticket'. He has a first class voice that is consummately able to handle rockers, ballads and bluesy tinged R&B. I understand that we may well see him in Europe before not too long ... (fingers crossed).

Hardrock Gunter. Good to be able to report that this good ol' boy was back to his previous sparking and humorous self. Great bunch of crowd-pleasing numbers such as 'Grandfather's Clock', 'Boogie Woogie On A Saturday Night', 'My Bucket's Been Fixed' and 'Bloodshot Eyes'. His enjoyable set concluded with a duet with the Original Ranch Girls.

Sonny Burgess. He again demonstrated that he is a true rock 'n' roll master. The backing band was Mars attack from Switzerland augmented with Kearn Kennedy on piano, together with Pacers drummer/vocalist Bobby Crafford on some numbers. Baby that was rock 'n' roll as Sonny tore into 'The Prisoner's Song', Sadie's Back In Town, 'Ain't Got A Thing and a real raunchy 'One Night'. This guy just gets better, he is an amazing showman and those vocals are pure excellence. Bobby Crafford took over the vocal chores for 'Wooly Bully' and '40 Days' but basically, it was a Burgess extravaganza of rockin' excitement.

Krazy Kats. A trio from Missouri who have been around for 49 years. An okay flashy show band - whose set consisted of a selection of covers such as 'High School Confidential' and originals in the form of 'Kattin' Around'.

Al Urban - the mean 'n' moody image was all there but he performed in a sixties/seventies style country styling. That said, he did include 'Looking For Money' and 'That's All Right Mama'. Entertaining but did not exactly set the stage alight.

Ike Turner. I was hoping for and expecting so much. However for myself, he was the biggest disappointment of the festival. His act, apart from good versions of 'Pintetop's Boogie', 'Caledonia' and 'Rocket 88', generally consisted of inappropriate material performed in an off-putting 'modern' jazzy funk styling. Taking into consideration the vast wealth of his back catalogue, did we really need covers of 'Tequila', 'Mercy, Mercy, Mercy' and 'Johnny B Good (the last played with a frenzied Johnny Winter style of picking)? Regrettably, this all left me somewhat cold - as did the vocal warbling of his new female singer.

The Crickets. Back again to the basic trio of Messrs. Curtis, Allison and Maudlin, the guys were their normal faultless sublime self. The guys were in good form and the numbers rolled off oh so easily with the possible exception of 'I Fought The Law', which was a trifle ragged. They showed once again that they were masters of their art with a good rockin' Texas sound exuding from the stage. The response of the audience was enthusiastic to say the least and the group had to come back on at the end of their allocated forty-five minutes for a clearly unscheduled second encore with 'Rock Around With Ollie Vee'. There were a couple of variations to a normal Crickets performance in that Tommy Allsup took the lead guitar part on 'It's So Easy' and it came out note perfect. In addition, John Shodley took the lead vocals on 'Not Fade Away', this was a good hard rockin' vocal. Finally, on a fashion note, it was interesting to see Jerry Allison without a beard. It made him look years younger.

Barbara Lynn. First time I have seen this lady and she simply blew the audience away. Barbara showed Ike Turner how it should and could be done, a marvelous performance that included spiffing versions of 'Don't Be Cruel', 'Please Please Please', 'I'm So In Love With You' and, of course, 'You'll Loose A Good Thing'. Her vocals were spot on, her professionalism exemplary and her chunky rhythm style guitar playing oh so enjoyable. A must see again act.



Thursday, 14th April 2005 (there ain't no stoppin' this rockin')

Teddy (Redell) Riedell. Simply an outstanding rock 'n' roll piano based show, pure delight from beginning to end. This was an unexpected festival highlight. The set comprised a mixture or originals such as 'Judy', 'Gold' and 'Knockin' On The Backside Of Your Heart' along with Teddy's interpretations of ditties like 'Got you on My Mind' and 'My Girl Josephine'. In addition, there were sparkling instrumentals and a selection of his newer recordings, all in a perfectly balanced set. Both the singing and the piano playing were spot on, faultless, with a fine sympathetic backing provided by Wildfire Willie and the Ramblers. Believe when I say, this guy is the real thing - I want more.

Pat Cupp. Great to have Pat back with us rockin' out like there is no tomorrow after his (thankfully temporary) retirement. He featured a clever blend of the five originals issued on the Modern label such as 'Do Me No Wrong', 'I Guess It's Meant That Way and 'Long Gone Daddy' along with a selection from his new CD on Wild Hare records (#HSO5001). In the latter category, especially pleasing were 'Contract With My Baby', 'Everything's All Right' and the splendid ballad 'How can I Tell You'.' A minor gripe is that the backing group, fronted by Eddie Clendenning on lead guitar, was way too loud. Enjoyable all the same.

Bob Wills Texas Playboys. An eight-piece outfit lead by Tommy Allsup on guitar. This was quality musicianship on a set of ol' time country music associated with Bob Wills and others. If I say 'Trouble In Mind', San Antone Rose', 'Cherokee Maid' and 'Mood For Dixie', I am sure that you can flesh out the picture. Heck, they even included 'In The Mood' western swing style.

Teenagers. The quartette lead by Bobby Jay (and still without Lewis Lymon) gave out with a highly visual and entertaining show. Timothy Wilson, on many lead vocals, has one of those voices to die for. He was the lead singer on 'Wedding Bells, by Tiny Tim and The Hits, and indeed the song was stylishly performed during this set. They included many of the Teenagers originals, including the lovely 'Paper Castles', plus many other songs from the golden age of vocal group harmony (possibly too many as we could have done with more Teenagers original ditties. That said, all songs were performed well). It seemed all too soon when we heard the strains of 'Why Do Fools Fall In Love'. On an irrelevant note, I must say that original member Herman Santiago bears a passing resemblance to the UK comedian Ronnie Corbett.

Fendermen. This performance started out with Fenderman Jim Sunquist backed up by the Wisconsin band The Vibro Champs. Special mention must be made of these guys as they were excellent and whilst I did not catch their own show later that night, the buzz the next day was something else. Indeed, they have a champion in none other than Janis Martin. After opening up with the classic 'Torture', we were served up with a selection of vocal numbers such as 'Gotta Do My Time and 'There Is A Time' alongside instrumentals in the form of 'Sleep Walk' and 'Caravan'. Sunquist was then joined on stage by the other original Fenderman Phil Humphries. Seemingly, this the first time in over forty years that these two chaps had stood alongside each other on the stage. Out came 'Jack Of Diamonds', 'High Noon' and of course 'Mule Skinner Blues'. Musically a trifle ragged but exciting never the less. It was pleasing to have witnessed this reunion.

Freddy Bell. Deputising for an unwell Ruth Brown (for whom we of course wish a full recovery), he demonstrated that he remains a true showman at his rockin' best. Verily, this was a visual and aural big beat treat from beginning to end. All his cult classics such as 'We're Gonna Teach You To Rock', 'Giddy Up A Ding Dong', 'Big bad Wolf' and 'Stay Loose Mother Goose' were trotted out along side his rocked version of 'Hound Dog' that subsequently found its way to a certain Elvis Presley. This was a professional musician at work and indeed a master of his art. Have I gone over the top in describing this act? No, I feel that I cannot do it enough justice. By the close, we were all 'Rompin' And Stompin' as Freddy sang 'Jump Jive And Wail'.

Bobbettes. This is an act that just gets better. Fine harmonies abounded with lashings of humour and great stage presence. A faultless powerhouse performance - that cleverly mixed originals with covers. This was a great blend of up-tempo numbers such as 'Ain't That Good News' and powerhouse ballads of the ilk of 'Look at The Stars' An interesting point was that the girls closed out most numbers by stepping back from the microphones whist still singing thus achieving the fade out of the recordings. After 'Mr. Lee' segued into 'I Shot Mr. Lee, the ladies came back for Night Time (Is The Right Time) which in turn developed into 'Try Me'. Such was their reception that they had to encore 'Mr. Lee' again.



Friday, 15th April 2005 (almost rocked out)

Eddie Clearwater with Los Straightjackets. An almost perfect coupling, a great rockin' R&B blues singer with super backing musicians. Los Straightjackets performed three numbers on their own, demonstrating that Eddie Angel is the guitarist's guitarist before Clearwater joined them on stage. The Rocket Morgan/Lefty Frizell rockin' masterpiece 'You're Humbuggin' Me' was followed by 'Sweet Little Rock 'n' Roller (if only Chuck Berry would play like this) and the great '2X9'. Eddy's blues roots were demonstrated by the extended guitar solos on the likes of 'I'm An Old Time Rocker', 'Hillbilly Blues' and 'Stuck In Lonesome Town'.

Roc LaRue. He demonstrated that he has bags of confidence whilst moving around nicely on stage and has a good rock 'n' roll voice. His fifties recordings like 'One More Time', 'Baby Take me Back' and I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine' were all included alongside Terry Fell's 'Truck Drivin' Man' and other tunes like 'Hey Little Baby' and 'She's My Woman'. He also included, and nearly got away with, a version of his 1966 record 'Cute Little Yodeler'.

Clarence Frogman Henry. In fine form and on his own material such as 'Trouble Troubles Troubles', 'Your Picture' and 'Cajun Honey' was hard to beat. However, he seems to want to adopt the title of King Of Medleys as he featured far too many and other non-original songs. For example, 'Ain't GOT No Home' was mixed in with 'The Twist/Shake rattle And Roll/Johnny B Good'. On his own original material, he is unbeatable. His voice remains one of the all time greats to come out of New Orleans and it must be said that he gained a great reception from the audience.

Lew Williams. Probably the best show that I have seen him give, he was full of movement and was a crowd-pleaser with his unique blend of rock 'n' roll and jive talk. He gave it his all and the audience responded in no uncertain terms. Opening up with 'Bop Bop Ba Doo Bop', this was followed by 'Don't Mention My Name', I'll Play Your Game', the great Abracadabra' and 'Teenagers Talkin' On The Telephone. Lew was provided with a great backing by The Barnshakers and this pushed him to excel on the likes of 'My New Pink Suedes', 'Gone Ape Man, 'Centipede and 'Something I Said' before closing out with 'the classic 'Cat Talk'. Such was his reception that he had to come back for two encores with reprises of 'Cat Talk' and 'Bop Bop Ba Doo Bop'.

Ray Sharpe. He stepped on stage snappily dressed in a berry and a red Indian style poncho and it was so good to see after the space of many years. Soon that magical blues drenched rockin' guitar work was echoing out as Ray's golden tonsils wrapped themselves around rock 'n' roll tunes like 'That's The Way I Feel', 'Justine', 'T.A. Blues' and 'Oh My Baby's Gone'. This man is another of those top professionals who can tailor his act to the type of event. This was reinforced by the workouts on 'Red Sails In The Sunset' and, of course, 'Linda Lu'.

Hank Thompson. Fine voice on a set of his golden country music favourites but once again he was let down by an inadequate backing band. This guy is justifiably one of the all time great country music legends and deserves better.

Janis Martin. Blindingly good set as she bumped, grinded and raunched her way through a collection of cult rock 'n' roll favourites ably backed up by the Flyright Boys. This lady vocally and performance-wise goes from strength to strength and, clearly, was one of the festival's highlights. Indeed, she attracted a crowd of around the same size that turned up for Jerry Lee Lewis. Included were many of those great recordings made for RCA such as 'Bang Bang', 'Drugstore Rock 'n' Roll', Crackerjack', Barefoot Baby' and 'All Right Baby'. She wished Ruth Brown well and sang 'As Long As I'm Movin' as a tribute, great performance. As her own composition advises, she is a 'Hard Rockin' Mama'.

Dale Hawkins. Backed up by the King Memphis band, he again turned in classic rock 'n' roll. Opening with 'Wildcat Tamer' followed by 'Little Pig' and 'This Train' evolving into 'My Babe', this was rockin 'music. Okay, maybe a little ragged at times, but it sure was exciting. He varied the acrobatic performance with 'This Love Of Mine' and 'Bang Bang' (which he announced as a tribute to his two cats!) before proceeding with 'N. 9 Train' and 'Teenage Daughter'. A highlight of the set was 'Juanita' and he closed out with 'Fool's Paradise' and the magical 'Susie Q'. It is to be hoped that Dale will be Europe bound before not too long.



Saturday, 16th April 2005 (the end is nigh).

Glen Glenn. This was an enjoyable act with Glen giving it his all, despite suffering from laryngitis (and his trouser flies undone for the first number). Alan Clarke performed the first three songs as a warm up before Glen literally opened up with 'One Cup Of Coffee' before zipping into 'I'm Glad My Baby's Gone' and 'Kitty Kat'. He remained an hyperactive bundle of energy and his bubbly personality was evident throughout as he performed 'If I Had Me A Woman', 'Blue Jeans and A Boy's Shirt' and 'Laurie Ann'. This guy is for real and this was recognized when he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by Bob Timmers of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Glen closed out with 'Everybody's Movin'.

Calvanes. This was great vocal group harmonies and stage presence in a well balanced set, albeit more covers that originals. It is one of life's mysteries as to why these guys did not have a massive hit record for they are oh so professional as they clearly demonstrated on 'Buzz Buzz Buzz', 'Money Honey', 'When We Get Married, 'Good Love' and 'Up On The Mountain'. The harmonies were superb on 'Dreamy Eyes', 'Don't Take Your Love From Me' and 'It Won't Take Long'. Pretty much faultless and the guys showed that they were not afraid to experiment as they chose the gospel 'Traveling Stranger' as their concluding song.

Charlie Louvin. Ol' fashioned country music but unfortunately told too many corny jokes at the expense of the music. Hence the lack of 'Cash On The Barrelhead' but we did get 'I Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow, 'Cry Myself To Sleep' and 'This Pen' ...

Link Wray. Unfortunately the Linkster blew it (including one or two amplifiers) with his total assault on the eardrums. There were too many numbers over-loud and discordant. Some numbers, such as 'Ace Of Spades', were spot-on though. There was excitement but it could have been oh so much better. Also included in this performance, some unfortunately barely recognizable, were 'Rawhide', 'Jack The Ripper', 'King Creole' (complete with vocals), 'Batman' and 'Fire'.

Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones. Consisting of the four original members from back in the fifties, namely Joe Bennett on vocals and lead guitar, Howard 'Sparky' Childress on alternate lead guitar and back up vocals, Wayne Arthur on upright bass and vocals plus Jimmy 'Sticks' Denton on drums, these guys have got it altogether. Tight sound, cohesive playing, fine stage visuals and excitement as they sang their 'Cotton Pickin' Rocker' ' socks off with the likes of 'Let's Go Rock And Roll' their own 'Maybe Baby', the teen bopper 'Boys Do Cry', 'and 'Boppin' Rock Boogie'. This was good time rock 'n' roll and they mined the same vein with 'Late Again', 'Rocket' and 'Do The Stop' before varying the tempo with the ballad 'Softly' where their voices blended seamlessly. The set closed out with 'sparkling' interpretations of 'Penny Loafers And Bobby Socks' plus their real biggie 'Black Slacks'.

The Comets. The undoubted hit of the festival as far as the audience was concerned. The guys could do no wrong. They rocked, they rolled and showed how it should be done. One has to simply marvel that their professionalism - and energy. Literally, they could do wrong as they even 'got away' with Louis Armstrong's 'What A Wonderful World'. All the favourites such as 'Rudy's Rock', 'Rock This Joint' and (of course) 'Rock Around The Clock'. This was the real thing.

Ace Cannon. What a great sax player backed up by first-rate musicians including his own drummer and keyboards man. A rockin' set in the main obviously tailored for the event, he was consummate in his playing. He made that saxophone talk on such numbers as 'You Can't Sit Down', 'Cottonfields', 'Raunchy' and 'Green Onions'. He included a few slow numbers such as 'Sweet Dreams' and 'Since I Fell For You' to make a balance. Hopefully, we shall be able to see him over here in Europe. Very enjoyable.

Big Sandy with Los Straightjackets. They filled the Iroquois Ballroom with a stellar powerhouse performance. These two acts are a marriage made in rock 'n' roll Heaven. I have never seen 'Have Love, Will Travel' performed better.

Young Jessie. The final act of this festival for yours truly, I was now rocked out. But what a closer, a typical and good rockin' balanced R&B set that included 'Hit Git And Split', 'I Smell A Rat', 'Lonesome Desert' and 'Mary Lou' (sadly no 'Shuffle In The Gravel' though). I have said this about so many of the preceding acts but I have to repeat that Young Jessie is a true professional.


As a conclusion,
mention must be made of the various backing bands, a significant portion of whom were from Europe. Apart from the odd exception, all provided sympathetic, authentic and in-keeping support to the various acts. Special mention must be made of Jimmy Sutton's Four Charms who backed the vocal groups to perfection.

Phew, over and out. Many many treasured memories and one has to hope that there will be a Rockin' Fifties Fest III - over to you Marc and Phil. You arrange it and I shall be there.

Tony Wilkinson
May 2005.


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