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Mike Jeffery – part 1

If you’ve landed on this page via Google or the Ready Steady Gone menu, you probably already know something about Mike Jeffery. For the uninitiated, he was the man who…

Mike Jeffery – part 2

THE ANIMALS AND YAMETA After the Alan Price Rhythm & Blues Combo had signed with Mike Jeffery, he went to London to see about furthering their career. He came back…

Mike Jeffery – part 3

THE HENDRIX YEARS Mid way through 1966, Mike Jeffery and Eric Burdon had decided to wind down the original Animals. In the final months of the band, Chas Chandler discovered…

Mike Jeffery – part 4

On 10th September 1970 Jimi Hendrix was back in London following a run of concerts at the Isle of Wight, Sweden, Denmark and Germany. He was as dissatisfied as ever…

Nigel Olsson

Nigel Olsson, the drummer with Elton John’s band, is unlikely to be looking for work in the near future but if he was, he would have a very impressive CV.…

Ray Grehan

Ray Grehan played a very important part in the development of the north east music scene in the sixties and early seventies. His roles as a club owner, manager and…

60s Clubs

Newcastle in the mid to late sixties had a vibrant night life which, outside of London, was probably the best in the country for wining, dining, dancing, music and gambling.…

The Blaydon Races

This page is dedicated to the memory of a northeast live music venue that has largely been forgotten since its closure in 1969 – The Blaydon Races Hotel. It’s a…

Blue Note

The Blue Note Club at 174a Roker Avenue, Sunderland was a popular venue in the mid sixties but it was fairly short lived. Although some of the top touring bands…