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PAGANS, THE

Last updated: 24-02-2014

Lead Vocals: Dave Reed (2)Mike Prior

Vocals, Guitar: John Nockolds

Vocals, Guitar: John Self

Bass: Mick Nicholson (2)Rex Richardson

Drums: Alan Buck (2)Robin Goodman     

 

During the groups six month formation period which included performing as The Zodiacs a name influenced by the groups back-line of Zodiac amplifiers and an exclusive one-off appearance at the Swaffham Assembly Rooms as The Elites. The group finally settled for The Pagans. John Nockolds had previously been with Kings Lynn band, The Escorts 

 

The band made national newspaper headlines in [date required] and you could say became By Royal Appointment when they played at a party that included guests such as the Prince of Wales and Princess Anne

 

The band made major line-up changes in 1964

 

In April 1965 they enjoyed the success of coming second to The Brokers in the Dereham heat of the Norwich Mercury Beat Competition at the Sunshine Rooms as well as many other high profile gigs. In August 1965 they headed into the studio to record some songs as demo's

 

In November 1965  Alan Buck was replaced by Ex Verdict Robin Goodman [unconfirmed]

 

The group split in [date required] just before they were due to back Dusty Springfield at the Boston Gliderdrome. John Nockolds went on to join the long standing Snettisham band The Hillbillies

 

In 1993 John Nockolds, Dave Reed and John Self got back together with John Self's sons to form the band Blue Stone

              

Supports: Johnny Kidd & The Pirates / Jimmy James & The Vagabonds / The Hornets / The Farinas / The Drifters featuring Pete Stroller

 

Discography:

RtR  Problems / You Really Got Me / Girls Were Made To Love / Wish Someone Would Care / Keep Your Hands Off My Baby 05/08/65[ ]

 

Mediography:

Pick Your Top Beat Group LN??/??/1964[ ]

Great With Capital G The Journal 28/04/1965[ ]

                   

(Nockolds - The Escorts) (Richardson - The Drumbeats) (Goodman - The Verdicts) (Prior - Tea Time Four)  <>