October 14, 2012 at 11:10 am
Blackpool’s Winter Gardens complex hosts the inaugural Sixties Gold Tour 2012. Guaranteed to get you dancing in the beautiful Opera House, this show features all the golden oldies from the swinging sixties. For one show only on Sunday October 7, 2012, the line up includes The Fortunes, Gerry and The Pacemakers, The Searchers, and Chip Hawkes of the Tremeloes. This trip back in time is sure to have you on your feet singing along and remembering the music of a generation. Sixties Sounds and Show Highlights If you had to pinion a swan song of the 60s it would probably be “You’ll Never Walk Alone” by Gerry and The Pacemakers. This was the generation of discovery, with television, fashion, travel and women’s liberation making a huge impact on the culture of the time. People felt as if they were leaping off a cliff into a new way of living, and if we look back they actually were. This anthem like song must have made them feel as if they could conquer the world. Their other smash hit; “Ferry cross the Mersey” put Liverpool on the map alongside a certain fab four who were contemporaries of Gerry and The Pacemakers under the management of Brian Epstein. The music scene emerging out of working class Merseyside and the docklands area brought a new sound to the international stage. Brit pop had begun! The Searchers bring a romantic element to the air with “Don’t Throw Your Love Away – no no no no!” Renowned for their unique tracks, lyrics and way of playing as if each song has its own sound, this comes across when we hear their famous cover of “Love Potion Number 9”, which for 1965 sounds as if it belongs in the 70s. Another huge hit is the mispronounced “Needles and Pins”; all about a poor lad at the mercy of a love crush. Let’s not forget “When you walk in the room” – the song that every girl wishes was about her! The Fortunes were always a danceable band with tunes like “Here comes that rainy day feeling again”, “You’ve got your troubles”, “This Golden Ring” and “Caroline”. The night culminates in Chip Hawkes from the Tremeloes fame playing their top hits from the sixties like “Silence Is Golden”, “Here Comes My Baby”, “Call Me Number One” and “Even The Bad Times Are Good”. After all that dancing its back to your Blackpool Hotel room for a well deserved night of rest!