“We meet people from all over the world, and I thought it would be fun to map them out to create a picture of where our London Walkers (and Daily Constitutionalists) come from.
It's an unusual Friday when we DON'T make new friends from Sweden on the Rock'n'Roll London Walk. Most memorable of all was the visit of Anders Ericson and his pals, who first visited London back in '66 with his band The Stringtones. Anders sent us an email after the walk. Here's the full story…
“We, The Stringtones, had a wonderful weekend in London remembering most of the moments we had in 1966. We even had a wonderful start Thursday before our Rock'n'Roll Walk, listening to Alan Price and Zoot Money at the Bulls Head in Barnes.
“Please find enclosed,” he writes, “a photo of The Stringtones at Piccadilly Circus in 1966.”
Here it is…
Anders also included…
“Photos from Marquee and the concert with The Yardbirds with Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, 44 years ago.”
The first remarkable thing about the picture is that fabled guitarist Jimmy Page is playing bass guitar, the role in which he originally became a Yardbird – he would later move on to dual-lead guitar alongside Beck.
The second point of note is that the photo captures Page in his live debut with The Yardbirds at the Marquee. The date is 21st June 1966. At the mic is Keith Relf, the Yardbirds frontman who passed away in 1976.
“I also have a photo of the band who played before Yardbirds. I do not know the name.”
Having done a little digging, we can tell Anders and the rest of The Stringtones that the support band is Clayton Squares, a Liverpool group noted for their twin saxes. Signed to Decca (forever the label who turned down The Beatles) Clayton Squares broke up a few months after this picture was taken.
As a P.S Anders adds this pic of London Walks guide Adam leading the Rock'n'Roll London Walk along Denmark Street.
Thanks to Anders and the guys in The Stringtones for sending these great photos.
The Rock'n'Roll London Walk goes every Friday at 2.00pm.
A London Walk costs £9 – £7 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.