C’mon everybody – to seen an exhibition celebrating rock and roll in Britain which has opened at Scarborough Art Gallery.
The Beatles, Cliff Richard, the Beverley Sisters, Billy Fury Shirley Bassey, Adam Faith, Joe Brown – and visiting American stars like Eddie Cochran, Little Richard, Brenda Lee and Frank Sinatra are all there in black and white.
Called Halfway to Paradise: the Birth of British Rock, this is a touring exhibition from the Victoria and Albert, Museum, London.
It comprises more than 100 photographs by Harry Hammond, a Second World War photographer who became the premier lensman for the NME.
For Rose Brophy, of Scarborough, the exhibition brought memories flooding back.
In the mid 1960 she was a DJ at the then night club Scene One and Two in Aberdeen Walk when Billy Fury performed there.
“He was a really lovely gentleman,” she said.
“I’m 70 now and grew up with the music of all the people in these photographs.
“When I was DJing we played music continuously and people were up and dancing straight away. We opened at 9pm and people queued round the block to get in.”
Scarborough chiropodist, broadcaster and biographer Charles ‘Dr Rock’ White has an anecdote about almost all the rockers in the photoghraphs.
He is the author of The Life and Times of Little Richard and Killer – a memoir of Jerry Lee Lewis which Dr Rock co-wrote with the rock ‘n’ roller.
Dr Rock will be in conversation with fellow rock expert Roger Osbourne at the gallery on Friday May 3 at 12.30pm.
Halfway to Paradise runs at Scarborough Art Gallery, The Cresent, until June 16.
131110a Temporary visitor services assistant Chris Bland poses as the ‘fifth Beatle’
131110b Rose Brophy enjoys the exhibition
131110c: Kate Black admires the photographs
131110d: Charles White in front of the promotional poster for his book on Little Richard