Evans of 'The Unsuited Medium'
all, I hope some of you 60s buffs out there find this of interest
. . . . .
name is Larry Evans and I started my band when I was at
school in Hackney, East London circa 1963, with a group
of school friends. The bass and rhythm guitarists didn't
quite cut it so I put an advert in the New Musical Express
for local replacements.
This was soon answered by a couple of Grammar School kids,
Tony Sales and Steve Haswell, who we met in the local
hostelry (The Marquis of Salisbury in the Balls Pond Road)
even though we were only fifteen at the time (nothing
changes!). Anyway, they were good blokes, so we arranged
an audition and they were in.
In 1964, just before I left school, I remember all of us piling
into a cab with our guitars, amps (small ones at the time) and
the drum kit, to go to CBS recording studios in New Bond Street**
to make a demo disc to promote us around the scene. We were
very nervous and, to make matters worse, Craig Douglas was also
there to make a record. This didn't do our nerves much good
at all, but we made the disc in about three hours. The tunes
were an instrumental called 'Big Noise from Winnetka', which
featured a long drum solo and the 'B' side was 'I'm a Hog for
you Baby' originally recorded by Screaming Lord Sutch.
turned out pretty good so we started to promote ourselves.
We answered an advert in the NME for bands wanted for an agency.
The agent came to see us playing and we were signed up by
The Associate Entertainment Agency, a couple of nice jewish
blokes who had fingers in all the right pies. Then followed
gig after gig on the college circuit.
In late 1965 we took over a gig for another band we knew called
'Harry Bates and The Strangers' (they were a bloody great
band!) at a members only club called The Sphinx in Beak Street,
just off Carnaby Street. We were unsure of how we would go
down as we played rather different music to the Strangers'
four part harmonies, Beach Boys numbers etc. Anyway, people
could hear us from outside and banged on the door wanting
to get in. The owner loved it, opened the doors and charged
a fee to get in. We were there for five months! In 1966 our
local rag, The Hackney Gazette, ran a top ten East London
group chart and, for sixteen weeks, we were No.1
in front of The Equals and The Riot
Squad, who both had records in the top ten.
In 1966 we had to change the band's name as there was an American
girl recording group with the same name. The 'Unsuited Medium' was
born, and it was under this name that we became most popular. Another
happening in 1966, Radio London hosted a night at The Lyceum in
The Strand to raise money for the Thalidomide appeal. We were the
top band, supported by the resident big band and The Mike Morton
Congregation (they had a record in the charts at the time called
Burning Bridges). This was held in late May. Also at the gig were
Dave Cash, Susannah Leigh (the only british leading lady to have
starred with Elvis) and Joyce and Lionel Blair. They were good fun
and it was a brilliant night.
weeks prior to that gig we had taken part in an advertising
stunt in Oxford Street. We set our gear up outside Pontins
Continental Holiday Shop, which was roughly in the middle
of Oxford Street. Then along came about twenty models wearing
clothes designed by the London College of Fashion, parading
about in front of us while we sang 'Dancing in the Street'.
This caused a massive traffic jam and the police were called
to sort it out, but they enjoyed it as well. I mentioned earlier
the Sphinx Club in Beak Street, well there was an absolutely
gorgeous croupier there who took a bit of a shine to us and
she kitted us out with the latest mod clobber and got us an
audition for a residency at, of all places, the Marquis of
Salisbury pub which had, by then, become a popular music venue
with brilliant bands such as The Peddlers playing there.
At the audition were five bands including us. We had to play
three numbers each as I remember. We were offered the job
providing we got rid of our singer, Tommy, who the manager
didn't much like, but we told him that we couldn't do that
as we were friends. Shame, the gig was for Friday, Saturday
and Sunday nights for the foreseeable future. We would have
made a lot of money from that back then. Bloody hell, two
weeks later he left anyway!
soon got another singer, Chic Fraser, who couldn't sing very
well but the girls loved him. When I left school I got a job
in the photographic department of the London Press Exchange
in St. Martins Lane in the West End of London. Everything
was happening in that area at that time and I loved it. I
saw an advert in the PJF for a photographic assistant to a
photographer named Lewis Morley. If you haven't heard of him,
he is the one who took those iconic pictures of Christine
Keeler sitting astride the chair! I got the job. His studio
was at 18 Greek Street above The Establishment Club (then
owned by Peter Cooke) and, joy of joys, the offices of Private
Eye Magazine were just across the landing inhabited by Peter
Cooke, Dudley Moore, Lance Percival, John Bird and others
that I can't remember. I met loads of actors and models including
Goldie Hawn, Michael Caine, Charlotte Rampling, Patti Boyd,
Jean Shrimpton, Chrissy Shrimpton, Imogen Hassel and Marsha
Hunt (left) , who offered me £25 to marry her as her work
permit had run out and she wanted to stay here.
pictures are by courtesy of, and are copyright of, Larry Evans
The New Bond Street studios were originally owned by Oriole
Records and was where Embassy Records recorded their cover
(tribute) versions of current hits, produced and manufactured
by Oriole Records for F.W. Woolworth & Co.Ltd. from late 1954
until 1965, when the Oriole company was sold to C.B.S.
You can see images of these studios and get more information
The Ready Steady 60s Show
The band consists of five members, two of whom were in popular
60s bands that played at The Marquee, The Sphinx, Le Carnaby,
The Lyceum in the Strand, and clubs and colleges all over
England. Now augmented by a new female vocalist, bassist &
drummer, each with lots of band experience, they have come
together to bring the great 60s sounds to lovers of that era
and also to new audiences. They are dedicated to giving their
clients the best 60s night experience, with great tunes, smart
suits, mini dresses( for the girls that is) and a 60s light
show. The show consists of two one-hour sets, or however the
client wants the 120minute show split.
For more information or bookings
contact Larry Evans by clicking on the image.
You Walk In The Room
Baby Come Back
Do You Love Me
Peter Gunn theme
Da Doo Ron Ron
Glad All Over
Gimme Some Lovin'
Where Did Our Love Go
I'm Into Something Good
Hi Ho Silver Lining
Twisting The Night Away
I'll Never Get Over You
I Saw Her Standing There
Saturday Night At The Movies
Me Up Buttercup
Do You Love Me
Walking Back To Happiness
Nights In White Satin
Shoop Shoop song
Sweets For My Sweet
My Boy Lollipop
Of A Preacher Man
Have I The Right
Rock & Roll medley
Do Wah Diddy
I Only Want To Be With You
Dancing In The Street
Please Please Me
Knock On Wood
...... and many more!