All information kindly donated by Bob Mason
The Denvers 1960
Bob got to form this group with mates at Harrogate Grammar School pre Apaches days, aged 14 to 15 years.
L to R: John (Bert) Wade, John White, Ray?, Neil Walker, Stuart Coleman and Bob Mason.
RICKY FENTON and THE APACHES – ‘Cliff and Shadows version’ - managed by Bob's Dad. This band started life as a Wetherby band THE M G’s.
L to R: Roger Kilner (drums), Bob Mason (Guitar), George McCormick (aka Ricky Fenton vocals), Dennis Wardman (bass) and David Reed (keyboard).
APACHES – 'R&B Blues' version
L to R: Bob Mason (guitar), Bert Cox (drums), Doug Young (vocals) and Dennis Wardman (bass).
In early March 1963, one of our agents Derek Arnold booked us and another local band (who he managed - Barry Corbett and the Mustangs) at the Royal Hall Harrogate to support a Liverpool band “THE BEATLES” they had a minor hit with “LOVE ME DO” but on that night they were very close to a Number 1 with “PLEASE PLEASE ME”. They looked quite different to any band we had seen and carried their own gear in from a battered old van. I spent quite a bit of time in the dressing rooms chatting to John, Paul and George about their unusual guitars (Rickenbackers, a Hofner Violin Bass etc). If only I had a camera in those days! But How were we to know how big they would be? But I got their autographs!!!
After the 1960's Bob continued to be part of local bands which included: "Tinderbox" (who had a girl singer Denise whom he married), "Country Junction", and "The Jimmy 'O' Show", to name a few.
Bob still keeps his hand in today with a Jazz trio "Swingsimplicity" formally "Swingtime Jazz", along with Gerry Green (sax) from the Jimmy 'O' Show, Mike Barnham (guitar), and occasionally Bob Seaton (piano).
Bob had lots of fun and experiences playing with and meeting many musicians including:-
THE BEATLES, LITTLE RICHARD, GENE VINCENT, GERRY THE PACEMAKERS (changed a string for him when his roadie went missing), MERSEYBEATS, KENNY LYNCH, KEN DODD, BERT WEEDON, MANFRED MANN, CILLA BLACK, DUANE EDDY, ALBERT LEE, etc etc.