Remembering the group which took its name from a biscuit tin
AFTER nearly 50 years in New Zealand we recently returned to Bristol for a holiday and have found many old friends from our teenage years.
Growing up in Bristol in the "Fabulous Sixties" we spent most of our courtship dancing to the many groups in the area.
A friend has shown me an Evening Post cutting about the very first "Groups Galore" get together, held at the Colston Hall on Sunday, December 8, 1960.
We didn't manage to get to the first one, but we did attend the second.
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We have friends in New Zealand who emigrated from Weston at the same time as us – and also went to the same shows.
Our favourite band was Paul Clayton and the Corvettes, who were Kingswood lads, the same as us.
What I didn't know – and which came out in conversation – was that the lead singer, Dave Fahy (Paul Clayton) was also lead singer with the Cadillacs, a band formed by him and Dave Purslow in the late 1950s.
The two Daves, it seems, had started off in an Air Training Corps band in Speedwell playing the trumpet and trumpet/side drum.
They were regularly seen playing in the now deceased Whit Monday parades in Kingswood.
At first the band were called the Glen Eagles, later taking the name The Cadillacs.
The name Johnny Carr was thought up by Dave Fahy who saw the name on a Carr's biscuit tin.
So, they thought, why not Johnny Carr and The Cadillacs.
Mike and Mary Toogood
Editor's note: If any other BT readers recall seeing Johnny Carr and the Cadillacs in the 1960s then we would love to hear from you.