Small Town Saturday Night

Trevor Simpson gave an entertaining talk to the January meeting of the Society entitled Small Town Saturday Night..
His theme was the growth of the music scene in Halifax between the 1950s and the 1970s. He described the arrival of dance bands after the war and how they were followed by rock & roll bands and pop groups and later by jazz bands.
Colourful and enterprising local characters were responsible for bringing top artists and groups to the town such as Lulu, The Tornadoes, Cliff Richard & The Shadows, Gene Vincent and Billy Fury, The Kinks, P J Proby, Dusty Springfield and Rod Stewart. More than 50 artists with No1 hits performed in Halifax during this time. Eventually relatively small local venues were unable to compete with the arrival of Batley Varieties and large halls and stadia

Geoff Barnes, Publicity Officer