016 The Empire Showband
This picture of the Empire Showband was taken c. 1961 left ro right, Paddy O’Brien, Mick Hinchy, Ger Cusack, the lead singer; Harry Hockedy, Christy (Fats) Falahee, Johnny Hockedy and Joe Lewis.
The band’s first gig was in St. Mary’s Bandroom, known to all as ‘Todseys’. Admission was two shillings, approx 12c in today’s money.
Over the years the band played on the same bill as Adam Faith, the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, Emile Ford, and later with Long John Baldry, for whom Reg Dwight was keyboard player. Dwight later took the stage name Elton John.
That gig was in the Stella Ballroom.
The band members went their separate ways in 1966, but all went on to forge great careers in the music industry