the Cover of 242 part two
Studio Six Info
Studio Six line-up was Colin McClure (vocals) his brother Clive (rhythm
guitar), Neil Grimshaw (lead), Gerry Tedeschi (bass), Ricky Kerr (organ)
and Ron Milne (drums). The McClures' father, Carl, managed the band.
band's striking shirts (see photos) were designed by Neil (lead), who
studied at Glasgow College of Art. The style was 'Op Art' - very popular
in the '60s, particularly in London and heavily influenced by Andy Warhol.
It was a style that was used a lot in the fashion industry (Mary Quant
Six recorded four singles for Polydor Records, three of which made the
Big L Fab 40. The forth was released after the Radio London close-down
1966 When I See My Baby - Polydor 56131 (reached #30, 11th
1967 Bless my Soul (I've Been and Gone and Done It) Polydor 56162
(in the Fab 40 from April
16th to 30th
1967 reached #30)
1967 Times Were When Polydor 56189 (released July '67, peaked
at #32, 23rd
July 1967, two weeks before the final Fab 40)
1967 Strawberry Window Polydor 56219 (released later in 1967,
after Big L's closedown. Clive says it was on 'Juke Box Jury' but was
voted a 'BEEP!', or MISS)
According to the Record
Collector Rare Record Price Guide, Polydor reissued 'Bless My Soul'
in 1969 (Polydor 56361). All are now highly-collectible singles.
the other top Glasgow bands
name appearing on the 242 Christmas cover with Studio Six, is
that of Chris McClure. Chris Clive and Colin's cousin
had his own band, the Chris McClure Section and released several
singles. A solo effort, 'The Dying Swan' (Decca F12346)
music by Tchaikowsky, arranged by Jonathan King was a 1966
Dave Dennis fave, which never made the Fab 40. From personal recollection,
we know it was aired often on Radio London, and it may well have
been a climber, but no evidence has been found to support this.
'Glasgow correspondent' from Radio
Six International, Tony Currie, writes:
is now a cowboy somewhere in the States, with a real cowboy hat
and all. (Info courtesy of Maggie from Cado Belle) Chris McClure
changed his name to Christian and was one of the vocalists for
the Tony Hatch Show that I produced in 2004."
knew Chris was still singing and called Christian, because his
brother Norman and I talk from time to time. I thought the poster
(left) might give you a chuckle. It's from a Scottish paper,
advertising a show from 2002, at the Glasgow Pavilion, starring
of the top Glasgow bands listed by Clive, the Beatstalkers, appeared
twice in the Fab 40. But there's no sign of either Clewsy and
the Pathfinders or Chris McClure.
Virtually no information is available about Radio Scotland's Super
Fifty, and it would be very interesting to hear from anyone who
kept notes and can tell us how Chris and the 'Big Three' bands
fared in that chart.
Currie tells us, "John Cavanagh did a live special on Radio
Six International recently with another mega Glasgow group, The
Beatstalkers, whose collected recordings have been issued on a
limited-edition CD." (July 2005)
Beatstalkers (Dave Lennox, Alan Mair, Ronnie Smith, Eddie Campbell
and Jeff Allan) appeared twice in the Fab 40 7/11/65
('Eve'ybody's Talking 'Bout My Baby') and 7/05/67
as a climber ('My One Chance to Make It'). These and all their
other singles (A and B-sides) are on this compilation. Of the
sixteen tracks, three were written by David Bowie, who is also
on backing vocals. Included is "a staggering 24 page booklet full
of their sensational newspaper headlines and a wealth of great
photographs." Says the blurb, "If it's groovy sounds
you're after from the original era that gave us beat, mod, soul
and psychedelic styles, then this CD is a must."
member Alan Mair is still in the music business and has his own
where you can purchase the CD. A band reunion was planned for December
23rd 2005, at the Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow.
Pathfinders are also on CD. Nigel Lees, who wrote the acclaimed
Record Collector A-Z of Psychedelia writes:
have now my own record label, Top Sounds, and have just released
Alphabeat, a various artists 60s compilation on vinyl and CD,
including 2 unreleased Pathfinders tracks,with the blessing
of Fraser Watson.
tracks in question are 'Pumpkin Lantern' and 'To Love Somebody'.
Interesting that Studio Six turned down a Gibb Brothers song,
but the Pathfinders did not, but Nigel's excellent liner notes
reveal that the band was not keen. It was Tommy Scott of Major
Minor records who persuaded the Pathfinders to record the song.
left for info on the Alphabeat CD from the Marmalade
of the confirmed dates for Studio Six appearing at the Marquee with
Marmalade, is July 6th, 1967. Marmalade found their major success after
Radio London closed down, but two of their early singles were Fab 40
climbers, on 4/09/66
(It's All Leading Up To a Saturday Night) and 9/04/67.
(Can't Stop Now). Both
are on the 3-CD box set, Marmalade:
The Ultimate Collection.
is a wonderful
tale on a website called 'Our Glasgow Story' written by 'Wee Bertie
Toms', in which he recalls both Radio Scotland and the musical scene
inhabited by the bands in Clive's feature. The author was in an outfit
called The Nobles and he cites their musical objectives as "to
have lots of fun and get some crackin' birds." That pretty much
sums up the main aim of every guy who ever joined a band!