The Beat were on the bill back in the summer of ‘81

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Irecently had an email from Australia asking if I could find out who appeared at the Guildhall on May 26, 1981.

The asker of the question reads The News online. Isn’t the internet amazing? As can be seen in the Guildhall’s forthcoming bill it was The Beat.

At the top of the bill, not pictured, we can see that Girlschool were appearing on May 17.

Girlschool were, or are, an all girl band who are still going strong after all these years with the same line-up but one, lead guitarist Kelly Johnson who sadly died some years ago.

They were formed in 1978 as contemporaries of Motorhead.

The Beat were an English band who never had a number one hit but two which charted. One was a cover of Smokey Robinson’s Tears Of A Clown, which reached number six in 1979 and one a regga cover of Andy Williams’ Can’t Get Used To Losing You, which made number three in 1983.

One of their own compositions, Mirror In The Bathroom also made number four in 1979.

They had many line-up changes over the years but original member Dave Wakeling still plays with a mixed bag of musicians playing The Beat’s best tracks.

Squeeze were a band that evolved more than 40 years ago in 1974. Their most famous member was perhaps the brilliant pianist Jools Holland.

The band, like The Beat, had many personnel changes over the years and the band as they are today are the third reincarnation.

Were you in the audience for any of these bands? Any programmes would be of interest.