THE FLINTLOCKS

THE FLINTLOCKS

1966

 

GROUP MEMBERS

 

JON DEREK (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar)

JAMIE GUNN (Bass Guitar/Vocals)

GERRY HOGAN (Pedal Steel Guitar)

MIKE FERRARIE (Drums)

JACKIE COLLINS (Vocals)

 

Other known members:

WAYNE KILPATRICK (Banjo)

JESSE BARRY (Drums)

JEEP PERRY (Drums)

 

 

FACTS / HIGHLIGHTS

 

Johnny and The Hayriders are spotted by well-known disc jockey Jack Jackson in 1966 and record a demo at his Rickmansworth studios. He likes the group but doesn't like their name, so he changes it to 'The Flintlocks'. They return to his studio and, under the guidance of Jack's producer sons Malcolm and John Jackson, they record a single 'What Goes On' originally written and recorded by The Beatles but rearranged for The Flintlocks in a Buck Owens country style. Jon is quoted to have told a newspaper journalist, “I bet the critics knock hell out of it. They won’t like it at all. They are bound to say it’s just another Beatles copy but it isn’t, it’s done the way we want it.” The single is released in June 1966 on the Decca Records label and sells 900 copies in the first four days.

 

The same month, The Flintlocks appear with US country star Eddy Arnold at the 'Radio Caroline Night Out' show staged at the Wimbledon Palais in London. Also appearing on the bill is Tom Jones. 

 

With proceeds from sales of their first record, the group buy a brand new Ford Transit Minibus costing £900.

 

Due to the popularity of The Flintlocks, the first edition of the 'What Goes On' the fan club magazine is published in September 1966. 

 

By late 1966, the group's contract is bought out by a top impresario - infamous music mogul, Don Arden.

 

 

TOURS / SHOWS

 

DEL REEVES

US Air Force Bases (January 1966)

 

EDDY ARNOLD

'Radio Caroline Night Out' (June 1966)

Wimbledon Palais, London

 

SCOTLAND TOUR

10-day tour (September/October 1966)

Performances at: Keith, Forres, Aberdeen, Montrose, Elgin, Nairn, Tain and Lossiemouth

 

 

DISCOGRAPHY

 

WHAT GOES ON?

(45rpm single)

Decca Records F12412 (June 1966)