A PHOTOGRAPH capturing the moment some of the 60s biggest music stars
played in Mansfield is to feature in a tour through the United States.
Top of the bill at the Granada Cinema on 14th January 1964 were a
fresh-faced Rolling Stones, supported by New York girl band The Ronettes
and Sheffield-born singer Dave Berry.
The black and white picture taken on the day shows Dave and the three
members of the Ronettes, lead singer Veronica Bennett (later known as
Ronnie Spector), Estelle Bennett and Nedra Talley, and was published in
Dave's autobiography.
When Ronnie was reunited with Dave at the recent Meltdown Festival in
London she spotted the photo and asked permission to use it in a new
show about her life story which will tour America this year.
Dave, who lives in Dronfield, says the photo should bring back happy
memories to some and remind others that the town once played host to the
Rolling Stones.
"I'm sure there are many people from Mansfield who are not aware that
the Stones once played here," he said.
"It was an exciting time to be starting out as musicians and we were all
in the same position. None of us were really, really big at that stage.
"I remember the show being very loud and being mobbed. Things don't
change in rock and roll."
The Mansfield show was one of around 30 on a month-long tour and Dave
says several lasting friendships were formed.
"I'm still in touch with Bill Wyman 45 years later and when I met Ronnie
she invited me over to see one of her shows," he said.
"Although I had not seen her in all those years, when she saw the book
she thought the picture was an important enough part of her history to
feature in the new show."
The Ronettes, whose hits included 'Be My Baby' and 'Baby I Love You',
also toured with the Beatles.
Their only studio album, Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring
Veronica, was ranked as one of the 500 greatest albums of all time by
Rolling Stone magazine and their fashions and style have been emulated
by the likes of Amy Winehouse.
In her one-woman show, 'Beyond the Beehive', Ronnie details her unique
story from the early years in Manhattan to being inducted into the Rock
& Roll Hall of Fame.
Dave hopes to be able to attend one of Ronnie's shows in the US and is
currently preparing for a return visit to Mansfield when he plays at the
Palace Theatre tomorrow.
"Mansfield was an important part of my career and we built up a terrific
following in the town," he said.
"I still enjoy touring and last year was one of the most successful in
my long career."
Dave's first record was a re-working of 'Memphis, Tennessee' and his
recording of the 'Crying Game' is regarded by many as a classic.
Back in January 1964, the Rolling Stones had only been formed for two
years and were about to release one of their classic early hits 'Not
Fade Away'.