THE lead singer of a band which emerged in South Shields during the swinging 60s is making a sentimental return to the town – in his sixties.
A teenage Rob Quinn was lead vocalist with The Crusaders houseband at the prestigious La Strada nightspot in Commercial Road, South Shields, 50 years ago.
The band worked alongside all the top stars of the day, including Engelbert Humperdinck, Joe Brown, Val Doonican and Jimmy Tarbuck.
Often compared to The Beatles, the group disbanded at about the same time as the ‘Fab Four’, calling it a day at the end of the 60s.
Today, Rob, 66, is lead singer with The Hollywood Bees, who pay homage to another legendary act of the 60s – The Hollies, famous for such hits as The Air That I Breathe, He Ain’t Heavy (He’s My Brother) and Bus Stop.
And the group is now preparing to play a ‘homecoming’ gig at The Customs House in Mill Dam, South Shields, on Saturday, September 20.
Rob, a retired director in the motor industry, who now lives in Whickham, said: “What could have happened in the 60s is happening in the sixties again – ours!
“The band has gone from strength to strength.
“We’ve just been offered a four-gig auditorium concert tour in Cyprus, and on August 23, we will perform in front of 10,000 at the Liverpool International Music Festival.
“When we put the band together, we realised after some time that three of the members had actually played at La Strada.
“Time is getting on, and we would love to see any La Strada members from the 60s there at the gig in Shields so we can have a catch-up, maybe for the last time.
“I’d also like to see any pupils of St Joseph’s Grammar School in Hebburn from 1960 – I’m starting to feel really old!”
Tickets for the Customs House concert are £12 and £13. Call the box office on 454 1234.
n The Gazette has a pair of tickets to give away. To win them, answer the following question: In the 1960s The Hollies recorded an entire album of songs written by an American folk-rock singer. Who was he?
Send your answers on a postcard to Crusaders competition, Shields Gazette, Chapter Row, South Shields, NE33 1BL.
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