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BLAZES, THE

Last updated: 14-01-2014

Lead Vocals: Paul Riddlestone (2)Bernie Harvey (3)Brian Dunn

Guitar: Johnny Pipe (2)Dave Cutting

Guitar: Peter Gowers

Bass: Glen Riddle (2)Bill Russell

Sax: Brian Richardson

Sax: Dick Maun

Keys: Trevor Nailor

Drums: Paul Bim Richardson

 

The original line-up got together in late 1959 and were all school friends at Hadleigh Secondary Modern. Paul Richardsons first kit consisted of biscuit tins played with a couple of pices of firewood. Bernie Harvey was the groups longest serving vocalist and after finishing his national Service replaced Paul Riddlestone in 1960 [confirmation required]

 

The groups manager was local Chemist John Forrester who also helped in buying equipment. The later line-up of the band entered the Mercury Beat competition. They played in the penultimate round at the Diss Corn Hall on the 1st June 1965. 

 

The original line-up of the band with the exception of a new bass player Steven Fryer reformed in September 1970 to play at Paul Richardson's wedding reception and then continued for another three year stint.

 

           

Supports: Jimmy James & The Vagabonds / The Animals / Little Richard / The Migil Five / Neil Christian & The Crusaders / Georgie Fame / Unit 4 + 2 / Little Millie

 

Mediography:

Mike Sarne for beat finals NMJ02/04/1965[ ]

 

(Cutting - Nix Nomads) <> The Champagne Set