Rock ’n’ roll legend Joe Brown takes to the stage at The Grand Theatre, Blackpool, on Friday.
One of the country’s best loved and talented musicans, Joe Brown returns to The Grand by popular demand joined by his son and record producer, Pete Brown.
Joe last played the theatre in 2008 to celebrate his 50th year in the music business.
Joe’s early professional musical career included playing guitar with Johnny Cash, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran and appearing with Bill Haley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and Chuck Berry.
He also gave the opening slot a few times to a young band called The Beatles!
In 1956 Joe formed The Spacemen skiffle group, which became the backing group on Jack Good’s top-rated television series “Boy Meets Girls” in 1959.
By this time Joe was generally regarded as one of the finest guitarists in the UK.
Renamed Joe Brown and The Bruvvers, the group joined Larry Parnes’ successful stable of artists and signed to Decca Records.
He first charted with a unique treatment of “The Darktown Strutters Ball” in 1960 and had a trio of UK Top 10 hits on the Piccadilly label in 1962-63 with “A Picture Of You”, “It Only Took a Minute” and “That’s What Love Will Do”.
Joe Brown was voted the top UK vocal performer in 1962 and 1963 by NME magazine.
He went on to appear in films, pantomime and stage musicals, including “Charlie Girl” in the West End.
He also presented his own children’s television series, “Joe & Co” on BBC TV, and a daytime quiz show on ITV called “Square One”.
In 1972 he formed another band, Brown’s Home Brew, which played mainly country music and featured his wife, Vicki Brown.
Joe was best man at George Harrison’s second marriage in 1978. Following Harrison’s death in 2001, Joe appeared at the Concert for George, performing a moving finale of “I’ll See You in My Dreams”.
Joe continues to go from strength to strength. His “Very Best Of...” album went gold with over 100,000 sales and stayed in the UK top 20 for four weeks.
In the same year (2008) he performed a sold out concert at the Royal Albert Hall to mark his 50th anniversary. Packed with timeless classics, rockabilly, gospel, country folk and rock ’n’ roll, all interwoven with Joe’s humorous reminiscences, this is a musical journey not to be missed!
For tickets, call 01253 743339, log on to www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk or visit the Grand Theatre information sales point in the Houndshill Shopping Centre.
l See next week’s Courier / News for review of the Joe Brown gig.
The Grand, Blackpool