1957/58 Jack o’ Diamonds Skiffle Group
1959/61 Patti Brook and the The Diamonds
1962/63 Jet Harris and the Jetblacks
1964 Emile Fords Checkmates
1964 Wes Minster 5
1965 Tony Brook and the Breakers (alias Terry Webster)
1965/66 The Zac Lawrence Quartet (Resident band at The Kings Arms Old Kent Road)
1966/1970 The 4 Statesmen (comedy show band)
1970/76 The Rockin Berries
1976/1980 Terry Webster and Dictionary
1980/86 solo artiste.
1986/96 The Rockin Berries
1997/2001 Terry Websters Mighty Juke Box Band
2001 Chartbusters Show
2001/ present day Solo artiste.
1965/1999 Frank Hepworth and The Dreaded Kalahari Bushmen Skiffle group guest appearances over many years.
Now with Americana Country Rock band ATLANTA as Bass guitar/backing vocals while still performing solo gigs.
Terry Appearances history: 1960’s UK Rock n Roll package shows. UK Theatres. London Palladium, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Hotels, Night Clubs, pubs, Tours British and US Military Bases. Summer resorts. Cruises.
Countries; Germany, Holland, Spain, Italy, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Ireland, Bermuda, Australia, Jersey, Guernsey. Sweden. Malta.
In 1957 Age 14, I formed a skiffle group called the JACK O’ DIAMONDS after the Lonnie Donegan Hit of that name. My sister Patti joined the group.
Soon we became all electric and swapped the washboard for a Hoover twin tub automatic.Hence the clean shirts. We appeared on The Caroll Levis Discoveries TV show in 1959. We dropped the Jack O’ and became PATTI BROOK AND THE DIAMONDS. A year later we won the 1960 SOHO FAIR VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR receiving the award from 1959 winner EMILE FORD. Emile became our guide and produced our first record at PYE Studios. He made sure we were with his agents and on his forthcoming tours and one nighters.
1959 Disc/Soho Fair vocal Group winner Emile Ford and beauty Queen presents the cup to 1960 Vocal group winners Patti and Terry.
|January/February 1961Dates and venues unknown||Emile Ford Jimmy Loyd Patti Brook & The Diamonds Bobby Deacon The Fordettes The Checkmates Alan Field (compere)
Patti Brook and The Diamonds
Full copy of programme (Flickr)
Emile Ford (Front cover)
Exciting tour with THE SHADOWS 1961
|The Shadows The Dallas Boys Patti Brook & The Diamonds Frank Ifield The Brooks Brothers The Trebletones Tony Marsh (compere)
Patty Brook & The Diamonds The Trebletones The Dallas Boys
The Shadows The Shadows
Full copy of programme (Flickr)
Back at the hotel on the Chesterfield gig. We had a private singalong with Hank. Bruce. Jet and Tony. Hank showed us his new gold plated Fender guitar and he and Bruce played us their due to be released FBI unplugged. An unforgettable memory.
1962-63 Following the success with Patti Brook and the Diamonds, I became bass player with hit maker of “Diamonds” and “Scarlet O’Hara” JET HARRIS after his exit from The SHADOWS in 1962. I sang with Jet on ” SOME PEOPLE” that was the B side hit of “MAN WITH A GOLDEN ARM” Produced by Jack Good (See my Jet Harris page)
The only picture of Jet and us together at The Talk Of The Town. Press cutting: The first line up with Mick Underwood drums Barry Lovegrove guitar TW bass. Dave (Quincey) Davies tenor sax, Glen Hughes baritone sax.
The cutting from Melody Maker 1962. Reads: “Jet Harris and the Jetblacks rehearse at The Talk of The Town for their forthcoming tour with Sam Cooke and Little Richard. Left to right: Barry Lovegrove Glenn Hughes Michael Underwood Quincy Davis and Terry Webster”. Mick Underwood was only 16 and admits to being inexperienced at the time as I was. Sax men Glenn and Dave instigated a change of line up that said goodbye to Mick and guitarist Barry. I felt embarrassed at the situation. Mick got his own back being involved with many famous bands ever since noteably. The Outlaws, The Herd and ex Deep Purple Rock star Iain Gillan. Often wonder what became of Barry.
THE MAN FROM NOWHERE
Jet Harris lead 6 string bass guitar and vocals, Terry (Brook) Webster bass guitar & vocals, Pete Carter Guitar, Dave Quincy tenor sax, Glenn Hughes baritone sax and Jim Ellis on drums. The line up can be seen in a You Tube clip with Jet Harris ‘Man From Nowhere’ from the 60s film ‘Just For Fun’.
I couldn’t help making comparisons after seeing the greatest Rock n Roll show ever from Jerry Lee on that night at St Georges Hall Bradford. Jerry or Little Richard? Jerry came out top………..But, Richard’s records still blow my mind to this day. Good Golly!
Ticket – Bradford
Full copy of programme (Flickr)
JET HARRIS AND THE JETBLACKS LITTLE RICHARD SAM COOK TOUR
|October 1962 – Doncaster (Gaumont) 09 – Mansfield (Granada) 10 – Birmingham (Town Hall) 11 – Grantham (Granada) 12 – Shrewsbury (Granada) 13 – Woolwich (Granada) 14 – Brighton (Hippodrome) 15 – Bristol (Colston Hall) 16 – Southampton (Gaumont) 17 – Bedford (Granada) 18 – Maidstone (Granada) 19 – Kingston (Granada) 20 – Slough (Adelphi) 21 – Walthamstow (Granada) 22 – Newcastle (City Hall) 23 – Sheffield (City Hall) 24 – Kettering (Granada) 25 – Harrow (Granada) 26 – Aylesbury (Granada) 27 – Tooting (Granada) 28 – Liverpool (Empire)|
Little Richard Sam Cooke Jet Harris & The Jetblacks Breakaways Sounds Incorporated Bob Bain (compere) Little Richard was not on the 12th and 26th shows Sam Cooke missed the first and last shows. Promoter : Don Arden
Jet Harris Ticket – Doncaster
Full copy of Granada programme (Flickr)
Full copy of programme (Flickr)
Live: Empire Theatre, Liverpool
When Ex Shadow Tony Meehan took over I offered my bassplaying role to John Baldwin (who some time later became John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin) as he would be more suited to the new line up and he accepted.
My story is this. My sister Patti Brook was Jet’s girlfriend for almost 2 years. While on a summer season in Blackpool with Cliff and the Shadows 1961 Jet confided with Patti the shock news that he was ‘leaving’ the Shadows. I was one of the first to know and had a chance of auditioning for Jet’s new band that were known at the as Nite Sounds. I passed the audition and later the band was re formed and named The Jetblacks. The first tour was with Little Richard and Sam Cooke and we were with Jet at Bath City Hall when Diamonds hit number 1. Tony Meehan up to that point wasn’t interested in touring with Jet. When Tony came in it was on his terms and felt he needed to change the line up. Firstly our brilliant drummer Jim Ellis had to be dispensed with. He replaced our guitarist for Joe Morretti and replaced our tenor sax player with Chris Hughes. This left baritone sax man Glenn Hughes and myself on bass. There was no hint of me being replaced. I knew I was going to miss my new pal drummer Jim and Tony’s sax man Chris Hughes dished out sheets of music that I bluffed as I couldn’t sight read. Duke Ellington’s “Take The A Train” was the first tune we rehearsed and I was familiar with it as I used to ‘jam’ with jazzers Dave Quincey and Glenn Hughes lots. But I wasn’t comfortable with having to read music and decided to leave. John Baldwin (John Paul Jones) I believe was a mate of Tony Meehan and had been involved with the hit recordings Diamonds and Scarlet O’ Hara so maybe they were hoping I would leave anyway. John was around at the first couple of rehearsals in the pub room. I found him a really friendly guy and we would talk bass, so I proposed that he might be better suited to my job as he could read music and he accepted. My sister Patti had a tour coming up with Frankie Vaughen and we could stay as ‘The Jetblacks’ backing her. Eventually we left Patti and played the dance hall circuit. Patti split with Jet after he cheated with singer Billie Davis.
JET HARRIS AND THE JETBLACKS supported DEL SHANNON and FREDDY CANNON on several dates and LITTLE RICHARD and SAM COOK on the Americans very first tour of the UK 1963. The Liverpool Empire date featured an unknown group THE BEATLES promoting their first release ‘Love Me Do‘. The Jetblacks celebrated Jet Harris and Tony Meehan’s No 1 Hit ‘DIAMONDS‘ at Bath City Hall. Tony Meehan later teamed up with Jet and required a change in line up. Terry decided to quit handing over his bass playing role to JOHN PAUL JONES later of LED ZEPPELIN. Terry teamed up with the other ex members keeping the JETBLACKS name and worked Theatres, Dance Halls, German night clubs, BBC radio’s Saturday Club, the famous CAVERN Club and a charity event at the ALBERT HALL alongside The Rolling Stones and Dusty Springfield. We also did a couple of sessions for the popular Saturday Club radio Show BBC LIght Programme with Brian Mathew.
JETBLACKS ON JET HARRIS TOUR OF IRELAND
Late 1963 we were the ex Jet Harris band The Jetblacks. We were with a small agency on Wardour Street with obligatory photo’s by Dezo Hoffman. We did a month in Germany. The agent over there may have been Geizler Gunther?. The first 2 weeks were at The Savoy Club Hanover and the second at a venue I cant remember the name of in Braunchveig or Brunswick as we call it. The money was poor and late coming and accommodation was pretty awful, the nearest I’ve ever been to real poverty. We lived on Bratvurst or Bockvurst sausages or potato mash and gravy being Oxonvansuppen (Oxtail soup). MMmmmmmm.!
We were required to take a girl singer with us. A sweet homely girl called Gloria. She stayed in seperate accomodation. We also were required to provide backing for a dynamic Black American vocal entertainer called Davy Jones. A great talent that taught us some great R n B classics of the time.
|February 1st 1964London (Royal Albert Hall)|
Alan Randall Brian Poole & The Tremeloes Dusty Springfield & The Echoes The Heartbeats The Original Checkmates Dusty Springfield The Rolling Stones The Seekers The Swinging Blue Jeans The JetBlacks
The Rolling Stones
The Jet Blacks
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1964/5 was my time with The WES MINSTER FIVE London based Rhythm and Blues band. Record Label: Carnival a ‘Blue Beat’ Label. Terry on Bass and Vocals ‘Mickeys Monkey’ B/W ‘Sticks n Stones’ also backing West Indian Blue Beat singers such as Sugar and Dandy and Young Satch.
The Wes Minster 5 played the R&B circuit such as Marquee, 100 Club Oxford Street and Pete Stringfellows Mojo Club in Sheffield. Terry (Bass) and Jim Ellis (drums) accompanied Blues legend MEMPHIS SLIM at Fairfield Hallls Croydon.
I was Columbia recording artiste Tony Brook. Producer Norman Newell, management Noel Gaye Artistes, manager Richard Armitage. I never worked live as Tony Brook just a couple of TV slots THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS and FOR TEENAGERS ONLY Bristol TV. (See Mods Tony Brook page.)
THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS Saturday 2nd May 1964
Host Brian Matthew
The Band of Angels,
Me and Them,
Guest DJ Alan Freeman
THE ZAC LAWRENCE BAND guitar/ vocals. 7 nights a week residency at the Kings Arms Old Kent Road now demolished. Pianist Zac Lawrence years later had a top ten hit with the instrumental ‘Groovin With Mister Blow‘.
I sent my story to this very nice chap to put him right and he wrote.
September 3, 2008
JIVE BUNNY: BEHIND THE SMILE
Some of us used to cut the rug to the rock ‘n’ roll megamixes by enigmatic but jolly dude called Jive Bunny. The man behind the monicker, Terry Webster, appears to be much more serious artist than it may seem. He came across this site where the band he was in, THE WES MINSTER FIVE, is mentioned in both Interview with JON HISEMAN and Tony Reeves‘ interviews. And that’s what Terry has to say to the visitors: “I used to be bass player and lead vocalist with WES MINSTER in 1964. I notice our line-up is never mentioned in the WES MINSTER’s history. I got the gig through drummer Jim Ellis; we were both in Jet Harris’s JETBLACKS before Tony Meehan. Clive Burrows was in the band on baritone [sax],, After he joined Zoot Money’s band we replaced him with Johny Hammond whho would later join Alan Price. On keys Paul Raymond who later joined Tony Jackson from SEARCHERS. We would do gigs across England for about 4 pounds each and recorded at Carnival records, and I sang and played on “Mickey’s Monkey” and “Sticks ‘n’ Stones” plus backing various Blue Beat artistes. We also became Tony Brook (me) and THE BREAKERS briefly on EMI Columbia with my own song “Meanie Genie” and B-side “Ooh Poo Pa Doo”. I used to live in a bedsit in the same block as Brian (Wes) in Fulham and he bought my Fender Jazz bass as I couldn’t afford HP and was leaving the band to play guitar and sing at the Kings Arms Old Kent Road with Zac Lawrence quartet. Terry Webster – www.terrywebster.co.uk
After a year at the Kings Arms and dissilusioned with the London scene I was on the verge of a breakdown I fled back up north. As I left in a hurry Zac Lawrence said I wouldn’t work in London again. Wrong! 7 years later I did the London Palladium. I saw a future in the new booming cabaret club scene which was centered around the North and Midlands. My flair for comedy impressions was emerging and I answered a newspaper ad to sing with a comedy group called the 4 Statesmen.
1966-70 THE FOUR STATESMEN Leeds based comedy showband. Became extremely popular during the new northern club boom circa: 1967-1970
Just before the Light Programme became Radio One, Guests I remember each week: The Move singing” Fire Brigade” Ken Dodd Chris Farlowe The Herd Flowerpot Men The Pedlars.
My first show was embarrassing as I spent all week rehearsing the words for The Turtles hit “She’d Rather Be With Me”. My mind went blank after the first couple of lines in front of a live Manchester Playhouse audience and I sang jibberish words. I apologised to producer Richard Wilcox who calmly said “Terry it’s radio, you can have the words in front of you if you want!…..” To my embarrassment he still aired my jibberish version.
ROCKIN BERRIES comedy show band. Record Label: Pye/Satril Epic Singles albums and Radio 2 sessions.
Line Up :Bobby Thompson Terry Bond Chuck Botfield Terry Webster
Highlights: 3 weeks at The London Palladium with Tom Jones and later Frankie Vaughen. The Sacha Distel Olivia Newton John Stephane Grapelli tour. TV: Golden Shot, They Sold A Million, Lift Off, Magpie, Basil Brush Show, Mike and Bernie Winters, Who Do You Do.
The Tom Jones and Frankie Vaughen Palladium shows
Fred Woolley drums Grant Kearney guitar Steve Powell Bass
TERRY WEBSTER songwriter: Singles and Albums. Labels: Pye/Satril London Weekend Standard Music
THE ROCKIN BERRIES (Rejoined) Tours of Middle East. Hotels, Corporate Events, Theatre etc. Line Up: Terry Webster Jeff (Jefferson) Turton Keith Smart and Chuck Botfield.
JIVE BUNNY Vocalist/Musician/Arranger/Writer/Producer forming DEAD RINGER studio productions singles and albums. Labels: Sony/Demon Music Factory
RAVE ON a disaster musical theatre production with bouncing cheques. I was featured vocalist and comedian and mug.
RED HOT CHARTBUSTERS theatre production as featured vocalist and comedian. The greatest backing band ever. BOOGIE MEN, Matt, Jim, Mark, Phil and all from Wakefield.
ROCK A DOODLE DOO Own Dead Ringer Studio Productions. Lead Vocals Backing Vocals Guitars Bass Keys Computer Instrument Programming. Albums on release ‘That’ll Be The Day’ ‘Poetry In Motion’ and ’70s Disco Dance Party’. Latest. Webstars Allstars Soda Pop Juke Box It’s My Party 60;s Girls
ATLANTA AMERICANA BAND
While easing off on solo gigs but still performing I am now also in a bass playing and backing vocalist role with Country rock band ATLANTA
|March 1963 – Southport (Odeon) 29 – Nottingham (Albert Hall) 30 – Sunderland (Odeon) 31 – Blackburn (King George’s Hall)||Gene Vincent Jet Harris & Tony Meehan John Leyton Patti Brook Johnny Temple Voltairs Ray Peters (compere)Promoter : Arthur Howes||