Monday, August 27, 2012

The Shamrocks - The 60's Beat (1966 uk, smashing blues mod beat)

Great tough 60s R and B, the lone LP by this formation was recorded and released in Germany only.  The band was founded  1962 on the Isle Of Wight first with Ricky Shane or Roger Card on vocals, both had left till 1963. In 1964 the band went professional, even opened for the Rolling Stones. By end of 1964 they left their small Island to find luck in Germany. They played at well known 60s Clubs in Berlin and recorded the 1st LP in early 1965.  Together with a first 45 Shame Shame Shame the LP was released in march 1965. Now with a keyboarder in their lineup, they toured through Germanys  bigger halls, together with some other bands like The Mozarts (NL) and Die Hexer (Germany) promoted under The Beat Monster Show. It lasted the whole year and even got continued in 1966 in Hof /Saale The Freiheitshalle furniture got  nearly destroyed. 

In 1966 they opened for the Hollies at Cirkus Krone in Munich, afterwards they jammed together at the PN-Club. A new hard driven R&B  single : Midnight Train - Crossbow, produced by Drafi Deutscher reached  the shops in 1966, this time on the Hansa label (19186AT). In 1967 the band split. Their leader Gary Cowtan (now playing guitar) stayed in Berlin, did sessions for Marianne Rosenberg or Peter Maffay among many others. As a member of the group Wednesday 2LPs got released in late 70s. He opened his own studio in Berlin and produced and did lyrics for Marc Seaberg,  "Looking for Freedom" reached the top of the charts with an interpretation by baywatcher.

1. Shame, Shame, Shame (W. J. Reed) - 2:12
2. Down Home Special (Mc Daniel) - 3:25
3. What's All This (Cowtan) - 1:53
4. Dusty Road (John Lee Hooker) - 2:11
5. Rocks In My Bed (Johnson, Vogian) - 5:22
6. Sticks And Stones (Turner, Bevry) - 2:10
7. Road Runner (McDaniel) - 2:36
8. Howling For My Baby (Burnett) -  1:46
9. Big Boss Man (W. J. Reed) - 2:28
10. Nursery Rhyme (Hurner) - 2:58
11.I' m Mad (Jacobs, Agoin) - 2:15
12. Walking The Boogie (John Lee Hooker) - 2:37
13. Smoke Stack Lightning (Burnett) - 4:25
14. Got My Mojo Working (Preston Foster) - 2:29
15. Shame Shame (Mono Single) (W. J. Reed) - 2:12
16. Down Home Special (Mono Single) (Mc Daniel) - 2:26
17. Crossbow (Mono Single) (Cowtan) - 2:28
18. Midnight Train (Mono Single) (Cowtan) - 2:48

The Shamrocks
*Gary „Gordon“ Cowtan - Bass, Vocals
*Dave Eaglen - Guitar, Vocals
*Bern Roberts - Lead Guitar, Vocals
*Pete Channing - Drums
*Barry Millership - Bass (1964-3/1965)
*Dave Allen - Keyboards (1965-1967)

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  1. Many thanks, I was missing this one. :)

  2. Σε ευχαριστώ πολύ Μάριε.

  3. Here you can hear Gary Gordon with his Berlin based band Past Perfect in 2009:

  4. Hi,
    Can you re-up the shamrocks,the links are gone somewhere in outta space.Thanks again Marios.

  5. .....The Shamrocks - The 60's Beat...Updated.....

  6. Pete Channing, Drummer of the Shamrocks was my Dad. He died in January 2015 in Tel Aviv

  7. The second picture you have is not the Shamrocks from the Isle of Wight, they are a different band with the same name

    1. Unknown, what second photo? i am not following you ..

    2. He probably means the photo in the video.

  8. For history of The Shamrocks Google
    The Shamrocks Stringbeats