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Click on the name below or scroll down the page at your leisure. Originally The Cresters were formed in Bramley near Leeds in Yorkshire to back-up singer Mike Sagar. They were known as ‘Mike Sagar and the Cresters’, ‘The Cresters’, ‘Malcom Clarke and the Cresters’ and simply ‘ The Crestas’. Do It With Me’ as ‘The Cresters’.
18 months wages for most at the time! When I Fall In Love’ as ‘The Crestas’ was released in 1965 before they evolved into cabaret work in the eighties with Malcolm Clarke on vocals until he died and John took over on vocals. They eventually called it a day in 1984. John Harding had a 3-year solo career following their demise and drummer, Johnnie Casson is now a successful club comedian with TV appearances under his belt, while Richard Harding is currently a member of country band, Dillinger. They won the MOBO Award for Best Gospel Artist in 1997 but split a couple of years later. Ernie Slater on drums around 1964, playing local gigs in Glasgow and engendering sufficient support to form a fan club.
9 Kevin rejoined Jim with drummer George Wade and guitarist Brian Denniston to form ‘Friendly Persuasion’ before a local agency took notice and shortly after the line-up was changed as was the name, to Salvation’ in June 1970. By the end of the year Brian Dennison returned to replace Ian Kenny. Around May 1971, Nod left to join ‘The Poets’ and was replaced by Matt Cairns while Mario was also replaced by Robin Birrel. In November 1973 they supported ‘The Sweet’ at The Apollo, then later on 27th April 1974 Kevin left to pursue a solo career and vocals fell to Midge. Midge Ure with Willie Gardner to become ‘The Zones’. Midge then moved on to The Rich Kids with Glen Matlock.
Rock band ‘Sammy’ released an eponymous album in 1972 along with two singles. He would go on to play with Ian Gillan. Tommy Sampson was born in Newhaven, Edinburgh in 1918 and began to play cornet with The Leith Salvation Army band at the tender age of five. By the age of fourteen he was a competent soloist and made his first broadcast in 1933 with George Watson’s College Dance Band on Children’s Hour. In 1939, he joined the Ordnance Corps, was commissioned into The Royal Artillery in 1940 and saw action in North Africa, before being captured by Italian forces at the fall of Tobruk in June 1942. He led POW camp orchestras both in Italy and Germany before being re-patriated to Scotland in 1945 where he led the Scottish Command Dance Orchestra until his demobilisation June 1946. Sampson formed a seventeen-piece band in January 1947 to play at Leith’s Eldorado Ballroom.
This band which was reputed to have been the best in Britain at the time, toured Germany, Italy and Britain extensively and made three BBC broadcasts before it was disbanded around Christmas 1949. Shortly thereafter thirteen of his band were to be found in Ted Heath’s Band. In the fifties Tommy worked as a ‘song plugger’ for Chapell’s Music Publishers and in 1951 ‘stood-in’ for a live BBC TV broadcast with ‘The Song Peddlers’, a performance which included a young dancer by the name of Audrey Hepburn. He was then asked by George Mitchell to arrange a choir for a new musical BBC TV show series. Upon his return to Scotland, he reformed a band that was busy in the Glasgow area until the early 1990s and he often appeared at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival and gave much of his time to charity fund raising activities and The Salvation Army. Tommy’s bands numbered up to twenty musicians and were sometimes billed as: ‘Twenty Mighty Men’. Tommy who was unwell at the time, refused to give in to illness and managed to perform his annual Christmas carol concert in 2007 and gave his last performance in August 2008 at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival.
Tommy lived in the Touch area of Dunfermline and sadly died aged 90, on Monday 20th October 2008 in Queen Margaret Hospital Dunfermline. Wes Sands was the pseudonym of Clive Robin Sarstedt. 1 hit ‘Where Do You Go To My Lovely? Robin also performed as Clive Sands and joined The Deejays in the mid sixties in Sweden. 3 hit in 1976 with ‘My Resistance is Low’ as Robin Sarstedt. He lives in Spain and continues to perform.
Mike had been founder members of Monolug. The Sapolas played the ballroom on Sunday 5th October 1986. Tony Duffy had previously been in Biocar. Peter Sarstedt returned from India with his parents in 1954. Following a musical career closer to folk than most traditional ‘pop’, Peter didn’t consider it necessary to undergo a name change like his brothers.
10 and had some success with an album before the decade was out. He was never able to repeat these chart successes and for a time in the 1970s he worked with his siblings as one third of ‘The Sarstedt Brothers’. Although he lived quietly in Denmark for many years he returned to England during the 1990s and regularly performs on the 1960s nostalgia circuit. Sascha is the face of Sash! The third release was ‘Ecuador’ which proved to be just as successful as its predecessor with a No. I’m very much indebted to Dave Smith for these images. Click on them for a larger size.
Watty Robertson for much of the detail above. 4 hit ‘Dancing in the Street’ later covered by David Bowie and Mick Jagger. Born Gerard Hugh Sayer at Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, England, singer and songwriter Leo Sayer is celebrating 31 years at the top of his profession. Leo famously appearing on stage dressed as a white faced and white costumed Pierrot. Three Dog Night in the U. Europe, the Far East and Australia.
In 2005 Leo released Voice In My Head throughout Europe. In June he received permanent resident status in Australia and moved from London to Sydney. He is currently awaiting Citizenship status in Australia. At the release of the album in July Leo toured Australia playing large theatres in the capital cities. He has also been in great demand on the corporate circuit in Australia with some clients saying he created the best event they have ever had. In 2006 Leo has toured Australia, England, Asia, Belgium, Germany. England and top ten around Europe and Australia.