In 1964 many provincial towns in the UK longed to replicate the success of The Cavern in Liverpool. One such was Stafford, where, in November, a new nightclub named 'The Garrett' was launched. Perhaps the name was intended as a kind of punning corollary to 'The Cavern' ... the attic, as opposed to the cellar, of a typical dwelling-house. The Paramounts, invited to launch the club, were billed as a thrilling London-based group, and these rarely-seen pictures are apparently all that survive from that evening in November. 'Another group appearing on the same bill was called The Presidents, with a vocalist named Larry Avon,' writes Stafford-based journalist Terry Guilder, who sent them to BtP, where they appear by kind permission of The Staffordshire Newsletter.
Gary Brooker singing. Since this picture is
taken pretty-well front on, it's a fair bet that he's playing a small, low
instrument, probably the Hohner Pianet
Behind him, drummer Phil Wainman, BJ Wilson's short-term stand-in while he played with Jimmy Powell
Drummer Wainman, a youthful eighteen year-old,
signs an autograph for an attentive dolly-bird, apparently with his eyes closed.
Please write in and say hello if you are, or perhaps were, the dolly-person in question
Diz Derrick, bass guitar, in a curious pose. Quite a high action on that bass
More about the Paramounts