It was great to bump into some old faces, particularly Animal drummer John Steel, after he kindly left me tickets on the door of the Tivoli Theatre, Wimbourne. Fifty years ago on that night (31 October), we would’ve been playing The Bradford Gaumont, on the RnB ’64 tour.
See the above map of most tour venues. The tour bus carried everyone; as well as the Animals, the Quotations, Nashville Teens, Tommy Tucker, Elkie Brooks, Barry St John, The Plebs, Carl Perkins and the compare, Ray Cameron. The longest journey was probably the Lyceum in Dumfries to the Essoldo in Stockport – some 16-odd miles; and that was with the M6!
While The Animals were building on the success of House Of The Rising Sun, Elkie was doing the same with the soul classic Nothing Left To Do But Cry, released a month before the tour started. She had a fair bit of brandy before she went on stage, although it didn’t do her voice much harm!