|Trower, Wilson, Derrick and Brooker: the
semi-acoustic Gibson guitars might just have been audible
(Diz seems to be holding a pick, as well as a cigarette):
drummer and pianist contribute hand-claps and mouth-harp
to whatever is being played.
Is this the Southend seaside, or some stretch of the Thames closer to London? In any event it's a strange place to venture in your best pointy shoes. (RC)
Kenny White tells us that he and Barrie coveted the jacket worn here by Rob; in fact Kenny considered Rob a really cool guy, owning a jacket like that, and having his hair dyed blonde, which was very unusual in those days (thanks, Kenny and Diane).
See Barrie wearing the borrowed jacket here.
The Paramounts as a skiffle group on the beach of Southend ...
it definitely looks like it (Gary on harmonica and Barrie on
handclaps). The photo dates from January 1964 as Robin wears the
same jacket on the publicity shot that was published in Pop
Weekly (1 February 1964) and Beat
Monthly (March 1964). This publicity shot was also used for the CD inlay of Whiter Shades Of R'N'B (Edsel ED CD 112) (thanks, Frans Steensma: more from Frans here)