1960 The Maori Sixteen's
Actually it was the Graham Brothers with Paul Lucas and Noel Lane directed by Brother Killian and devised as an act for school speech night in 1960. We did one or two replays around the traps by request. Played ‘Apache’, ’Only the lonely’ with a comic twist by Lucas and Noel Lane.
We were painted up like Maoris. The Maori Troubadours were around back then (Hippy Hippy Shake) at the Townsville Show (remember?). Jack Graham Photograph Paul Amarti
1961 The Grahams
Neil Graham lead guitar, Keith Graham rhythm guitar, John Graham Saxophone, David Camp Drummer and Paul Lucas.
1961 - 1964 The Grahams
Townsville North Queensland
Neil Graham Lead Guitar (Maton Fyrbyrd), Keith Graham Bass Guitar (Maton MS500), John 'Jack' Graham Rhythm Guitar and Saxophone (Maton Fyrbyrd Selmer Sax, Max Gillan Drummer (Trixton). Photograph: John Graham
Photograph taken by Arch Fraley, Townsville on the occasion of Lance Broughton’s 21st birthday party, YCW hall, Mundingburra, Townsville.
Max Gillan died c.1963 – David Camp replaced Max on Drums 1963/1964.
Jack Graham commented: I used to sing (for heaven’s sake). Knock On Your Door/ Whole Lotta Shaking / I Want You to Tell Me Why You Walked Out On Me / Stuck On You / Good Luck Charm / lots more I can’t remember. I didn't play much sax, usually chords for the Shadows numbers - we did them all at the Shack and everywhere in 1961 to 64. The Brothers put us on every show. I learned later that the Catholic Bishop Huey Ryan was behind this. He knew us growing up at Mt Spec where my Dad had a weekender and where Huey used to spend his spare time. Killian was dead against electric guitars and used to censor the lyrics as well, but he had to appease Huey. Disbanded in late 1964 - off to uni in Brisbane. I had a gutful of the music scene by then.
MT. Look at the back of the photo...My Dads handwriting. I wouldn't be surprised if Arch Fraley was there. The occasion was Lance Broughton's 21 Birthday according to Jack (snr). Remember Lance, the 8 stone radio announcer. A nice guy with a great gift of the gab and he sort of adopted us. When I did play the sax (occasionally) it was a Borghani (dreadful instrument). I later bought a Selmer which was better, but the Cohn was the best of the lot. It belonged to a guy named Murray I think. Regards, Jack Graham.
1962-1963 Ricky Western & The Rhythmaires
Townsville North Queensland
Ricky Western (Noel Turner) vocals/rhythm guitar, Ricky 'Red' Huxley (lead guitar)Gibson ES335), Ian Lamont Drummer (?????)?, ........................... (bass). Resident band at Hermit Park Hotel and Hotel Allen.
Eric Richards Wrote: Hi, reading your Web Site I gather your subscribers were all very young, as they only seem to mention 'The Shack' and the 'Sound Lounge'. I lived in Townsville from 1958 to late 1965 and there was virtually no entertainment in the hotels until late 1961 when a bloke from the Burdekin started at the Metropole Hotel on a Saturday night. He called himself Ricky Western (I, am pretty sure that wasn't his real name). No one could believe the crowds that started turning up, Red Huxley, Ian Lamont soon joined him as did Joan Harvey (a vocalist) and comedian 'Tug Boat Smith'. In no time the show was on Wednesday, Friday & Saturday nights with enormous crowds every night. I remember they would have theme nights – ‘Back to the Roaring Forties’, ‘Hawaiian’, ‘Cowboy’, ‘Fairytale’ etc. Just about everyone would come in dress up. As far as I can recall they were there for about 12 months when a fall out between the publican and band seen it all come to an end.
The Townsville Daily Bulletin has periodically hard published articles about this famous time at the Metropole & in Townsville history. ‘Ricky Western and the Rhythmaires’ played at several hotels for many months and they then moved into the Hotel Allen 3 nights a week. The Allen was the in place to be seen. This band was by far the dominate group till the middle of 1965. Solo acts from Sydney often were featured at the Allen with the band. The only other groups I heard of during this time were 'The Legends', 'The Graham Brothers' both bands were highly regarded by people who followed them. I left Townsville about this time so I don't know what direction thinks took I do understand Ian Lamont started up ‘The Squares’ which was a very successful group. I worked on the wharves and drank at most south side hotels. Hope this goes some way in helping you understand the background of rock & roll in the 60's in Townsville. Regards Eric Richards.
Michael Tracey recalls: I had been influenced by a group of people in the Senior school at Mount Carmel College, Charters Towers that formed a group and played at several ‘sanctioned’ events. However, they also played on Sunday afternoon when some free time was made available in the rigid routine of the boarding school. I played trumpet, among other things, in the College Cadet band and used my free time on Sunday to listen to them play. I was in the Junior School and not allowed in the senior school area so listening was from a close as possible basis. Some of the members of the informal group where Alan Ferrari from Ingham (guitar), ? , played (Tenor Sax), The rest currently escape me. However, they played among other things ‘Joey’s Song’, ‘Wheels’, ‘The Prisoner’s Song’ and ‘Apache’. My intent was then set to follow suit and played as they did.
Upon leaving school I acquired with Mum’s help a ’Tex Morton’ acoustic guitar from an order form on the back of Phantom Comic. It was a rare instrument in the true sense of the word. However, I did learn to play E, A and B7, Apache, Dear One, Forty Mile of Bad Road and most Arthur Smith’s Guitar Boogie Shuffle. This music was not greatly appreciated in our household and to ask for tuition was certainly out of the question as I had stopped piano and trumpet lessons. So I blundered on adding a chord here and there.
I had Started work at Evans Deakin’s Shipyard and again with Mum’s assistance I got into hock on HP to Peter Miller from Millsounds music store in Townsville for £24/10 /00 . My first electric guitar was Teisco. It was great to have en electric guitar but life feel far short in the amplifier area. My brother in law, Merv Harris, was an electrician at the Townsville Harbour Board and found me am old PA amp that was hand built in 1939. He modified the wring to take the guitar. The amp had no tone controls but it worked, my guitar made a ‘noise’.
The poor old PA gave in the ghost and once again I visited Peter Miller ‘Debt’ shop. I now was paying off a new Goldentone amplifier. The sure was some tone, but it sure was not golden. It had and output of about 10 watts, with its 2 x 12AU7s and 2 x 6GW8s valves. It had a tremolo effect and 6 X 6 inch Rola speakers. The speakers were used in car radios. It cost me another £28/5/00 on HP but it had a tone control.
1962 The Rebels Townsville North Queensland
Lawford Edwards Lead Guitar (Maton Fyrbyrd), Michael Tracey Rhythm Guitar (Tesico J-5), Richard Manson Bass Guitar (Self made), Graham Dale Drummer (Pearl).
Michael Tracey recalls: The Rebels were far from a good band but we had fun. The band formed and played around Townsville mainly at hotels ‘pubs’ and football functions. Lawford played a Maton Fyrbyrd through a Maton amp. I played the worst guitar I have ever known, a Tesico J45 through a Goldentone amp and backed Lawford with rhythm guitar. Both the guitar and amplifier were purchased from Peter Miller at Millsounds. Richard ‘Dick’ Manson was a carpenter by trade and played an excellent bass based upon the Fender Precision, Richard made the instrument himself and used it through a Moody bass amp. Graham Dale played a set of Pearl drums and later went on to play bass and lead guitar in other bands.
Dad, a staunch catholic, frond upon me playing the guitar. Mum used pirate me some funds and I sort out Charlie Lees as teacher. He wrote out 'Dear One'. A song written by Larry and Vincent Finneran and performed by Larry in 1962.
Graham Dale was good friend and he later married Carol Heaton. They parted company and I lost all track of Graham. If anyone knows of his whereabouts I would love to know.
1962 - 1963 The Starlighters
Townsville North Queensland
Michael Tracey Rhythm Guitar (Tesico J5), Graham Dale Drummer (Pearl), Richard Manson Bass (Self made), Bob Morton Lead Guitar (Maton MS500). Photograph: Michael Tracey
Michael Tracey Rhythm Guitar (Tesico J5), Jenny Lambert Vocalist, Graham Dale Drummer (Pearl), Richard Manson Bass (Self made), Bob Morton Lead Guitar (Maton MS500). Photograph: Michael Tracey
Michael Tracey: ‘The Starlighters’ were formed to try to improve the sound of the previous band – ‘The Rebels’. When Robert ‘Bob’ Morton took over playing lead he used a Maton MS500. The amplifiers were a Goldentone and Richard used a Moody bass amp. The band usually played in Ingham and at several functions in Townsville including at the roller skating in the Regent Theatre at Hermit Park. I continued to play rhythm and was able to get rid of the Tesico and purchase a Maton Flamingo. Richard had a solid commitment to his cycle racing and decided to commit his time to this sport. He later joined the RAAF.
Unusual for those times, the next bass player was a young woman who lived at Rose Bay. Faye Pask had a Maton Ibis and used a Vase bass amp and was a good player. Bob was promoted in his job at the bank and this left little time for the band. ‘The Starlighters’ were disbanded. Graham Dale decided to play guitar and gave away the drums and Faye was none too keen on playing out so it was decided to start afresh and I formed ‘The Arctics’.
1962 The Jaguars Innisfail North Queensland
John McLachlin Bass Guiatr (Coronet), Bruce Carr Drummer (Ludwig), Bob Anderson Guitar (Coronet), Ron Dewis, Guitar (Coronet) and Ron Delacruz (Vocalist).
Bob Anderson said: Probably the first professional gig “Jaguars” did. Photo taken Babinda Hotel. Norm Delacruz was such a good singer / performer.
1962 -1966 The Jaguars Innisfail North Queensland
Ron Dewis, Guitar (Fender Jaguar), Bruce Carr Drummer (Ludwig), John McLachlin Bass Guiatr (Maton Ibis) and Bob Anderson Guitar and Vocalist (Fender Jaguar). Photograph Bob Anderson.
By now ‘Jaguars’ were on fire! Complete with our new guitars we were ready for the big time!! ….smile guys!!!
1963 The Hunters (& Jerry)
Townsville North Queensland
Les Thomas Rythm Guitar (Maton), Mike Fulton Lead Guitar (Fender Stratocaster), Doug Lai Drummer (Premier) John Copp Bass Guitar (Fender Precision), Vocalists Left: Denise 'Dinee' Bowe and Eileen Holyoak. Brian Wilson originally played Rhythm guitar in the Group. Photograph: Mike Fulton
Les Thomas Rhythm Guitar (Maton), Paul 'PJ' Jacobson 4TO, Mike Fulton Lead Guitar (Fender Stratocaster), Doug Lai Drummer (Premier), Jerry ........ (Vocalist) Help! John Copp Bass Guitar (Fender Precision). Photograph: Mike Fulton.
1963 The Voodoos Townsville North Queensland
Bob Johnston Lead Guitar (Maton Fyrbyrd), Lenny Coyt Saxophone, Terry Williams Drummer and Henry Johnson Rhythm Guitar (Kent Guitar).
1963 The Panthers Townsville North Queensland
Jeff Carter Lead Guitar (Fender Stratocaster), .............................Help! Rhythm Guitar, ...............................Help! Bass, ...................................Help! Drummer.
‘On that occasion, then 17-yer-old Jeff and his four piece band ‘The Panthers’ played at a dinner for the female members of the Australian Olympic.. ... .Jeff who will perform solo on Friday, said he is the only ‘Panther’ who still lives in Townsville.’ Townsville Daily Bulletin, Monday 19 June 2006. (*See Jeff Carter).
1963 The Dolphins Townsville North Queensland
Barry Voss Lead Guitar, ? ......Help! Drummer, John Kitch? Rhythm Guitar, Terry Howell Bass. Information Barry Voss
1963 The Boys Townsville North Queensland
Graham Dale Lead Guitar, ? .......Help! Rhythm Guitar, ? ......Help! Bass, Michael Delacey Drummer, ? .........Help! Bass. Photograph Michael Tracey
Graham Dale was my first true friend. I have not seen or heard of him for years. If you see this website Graham please contact me somehow. If anyone knows of Graham please contact me. Peace, Michael Tracey.
1963 The Squares Ayr North Queensland
Ray LeFeuvre Guitar (Fender Jaguar), Gary Miers Rhythm (Burns Bison), John Sinclair / Geoff Carters Bass, Nelson Henchcliffe Sax & Trumpet, Ian Lamont Drummer. Photograph Gary Miers
Gary Miers and Ray LeFeuvre: This group was formed and played in Ayr and Townsville. I started in the early 60's in a group called The Zodiacs’ then The Fugitives and the original ‘Squares’. Ian Lamont's mother saw the T-shirt I was wearing had big coloured squares on it and she said ‘Why don't you call yourselves, The Squares?’ - True story.
An original Squares Guitarist, Ray LeFeuvre, followed on from Gary’s comment and said: ‘We were going to call the Band ‘Lord Nelson and the Trafalgar Squares’ after their saxophonist 'Nelson' Henchcliffe. But the name was too long and we shortened it to The Squares.’ He continued; ‘When Nelson shifted to Townsville he continued to use the name.’
Gary continued: I finished up playing in The Diplomats at Lowth's Hotel down stairs lounge. I left Townsville in 1969 for the Gold Coast. I have many happy memories of the Y.C.W. Shack. Sunday Nights was the big night that was a privilege to be asked to play there. In the beginning there was no stage, just a rope in front of the band and when bands played the crowd would rush forward and stand about a foot in front of you. ... great times.
1963 The Silhouettes Townsville North Queensland
Graeme Tew Lead Guitar (Maton Ibis, Echolette & Vox AC30), Paul Tew Rhythm Guitar (Gibson??), Sandy.....Help! Vocalist, Phil Hird Bass (Maton MS500), Ken Burnes Drummer (Trixton).
Changes in the lineup mid 60s saw:
Graeme Tew Lead Guitar (Maton Ibis), Paul Tew Rhythm Guitar (Maton Flamingo), Phil Hird Bass & Vocals (Maton MS500), Ken Burnes Drummer (Trixton) and Marie Gough Keyboard. (Ron Saywell (Vocals and 4TO Announcer) and Wayne Dixon (keyboards).
Marie Orchard previous Burnes, nee Gough: I was a member of 'The Silhouettes' in the 1960s. Some up to date details on the band members, Initially, Ken Burnes (drums) Graeme Tew (Lead Guitar), Paul Tew (Rhythm) Ron Saywell (Vocals and 4TO Announcer) Phil Hird (Bass) and Wayne......(keyboards). Ken, Phil and Marie are still staunch Townsvilleans, and Graeme and Paul are still in Queensland somewhere. I think Graham is in F.N.Q. and Paul in the Brisbane area. Ken and Phil are still very much involved in the music industry. I recently met Graham Smith (ex 4TO) at the launch dinner for SEA-FM & Mix 102.3. He is an Executive Manager for the Grundy Group, and told me Ron Saywell is still well and enjoying life to the fullest. Congratulations on taking the time to research and begin a very enjoyable and memorable website!
1968 The Silhouettes Townsville North Queensland
Bob Knight Lead / Rhythm Guitar, Graeme Tew lead Guitar (Maton Ibis), Phil Hird Bass (Maton MS500), Ken Burnes Drummer Wayne Dixon Keyboard.
Information from Phil Hird's coming publication reported in the Townsville Bulletin Weekend Extra Saturday February 23 2008 p.47. Thanks also to Michael Christensen, Townsville.
On 12 01 2017 Graeme Tew wrote: G'day Mike, A bit of an update on The Silhouettes. Specifically, Graeme Tew was in FNQ for a while but has been back in Townsville for more than 20 years. Paul Tew now lives in Yeppoon and still plays in a group down there. Regards Graeme Tew.
1963 The Zodiacs Townsville North Queensland
Jackson Lee Saxophone, Gary Miers Rhythm Guitar (Maton MS500), Dave Camp Drummer, Dave Chandlers Lead Guitar, Terry Howell Bass / Vocalists, Noel Tones Vocalist.
1963 The Legends ~ Voss Brothers
Townsville North Queensland
Peter Voss Rhythm guitar Fender Jazzmaster, Barry Voss Lead guitar (Fender Jaguar) Warren Voss Bass Maton MS500, , .............Help! Drummer. Sandra Voss, Barry's sister often sang with the group. Photograph Barry Voss
Barry Voss Lead Guitar,Vocals, Trumpet, Hawaiian Guitar, (Fender Stratocaster & Fender Dual Showman) Peter Voss Lead Vocal, Drummer and Banjo, Warren Voss Bass Guitar (Maton MS500), Keyboard and Vocal Alan Voss Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Clarinet and Sax (Fender Jazzmaster).
1963 The Emeralds Townsville North Queensland
Bob Frew Drummer (Ludwig), Graham Noack Bass Guitar (Maton Ibis), Bob Knight Lead Guitar (Maton Model ?), Henry Johnson Rhythm Guitar (Maton Ibis). Photograph Bob and Fran Frew
1964 Bob Frew Drummer (Ludwig), Bob Knight Lead Guitar (Maton Custom built), Les Thomas Rhythm Guitar (Maton model?) Graham Noack Bass Guitar (Maton MS500). Photograph Bob and Fran Frew
PLEASE NOTE: Would the person who e-mailed me and asked about Bob Knight's Custom Maton guitar please contact me again. Your e-mail was lost in a software upgrade. Peace, Michael
1963 - 1964 The Kerrals Townsville North Queensland
Brian ........?Help! Rhythm Guitar (Gibson J-45), Ken .........? Help! Drummer (Pearl) Tony .........? Help! Lead Guitar (Hofner), Mike London Bass (Maton MS500) The Kerrals were from New Zealand and lived in Paxton Street in Townsville for several years. Brian, Tony and Mike were from England originally. They played instrumentals only e.g. Shadows, Ventures, Alantics and Duanne Eddy. Photograph Michael Tracey
1963 - 1964 The Arctics Townsville North Queensland
Frank Gough Drummer (Drouyn), Michael Tracey Rhythm Guitar (Simpson Bari), Tony Firth Bb Sax (Selmer), Bert Clements Lead Guitar (Gretsch 6120DC), Kenny Allom Bass (Maton Ibis) and Lenny Coyt (second Baritone sax absent in photo). Photograph Michael Tracey
Michel Tracey: With the demise of ‘The Starlighters’ I decided to start anew. Michael Brown from the Young Christian Workers (YCW) told of a ‘chap from Brisbane’ he had met and that he played drums. After a brief meeting at Millsounds Frank Gough agreed to play and Peter Miller told us about a ‘chap who was buying a Gretsch and liked The Ventures’. Frank and I then tracked down Bert Clements who also decided to join. Bert was sure into Duane Eddy and The Ventures and pointed out that these performers often used a sax. Bert knew of a player in the Citizens Military Forces and Tony Firth also joined. This left us without a bass player so it was back to a sign on the notice board in Millsounds.
We had a few people call but one chap seemed polite and extremely enthusiastic. Frank, Bert and I met Ken Allom in Millsounds and agreed he should come to practice the following Saturday as we were playing at the YCW on Sunday night. Ken arrived on Saturday with no gear and no idea of bass playing. We were requested to accompany Ken to Millsounds where he very promptly purchased a Maton Ibis bass and a Moody amp – The Moody was soon replaced by a Fender Bassman. Ken did play on Sunday night with the notes written on the neck of his bass and the chords being called out as the tune progressed ...’E.....A.....E....B......E’ and so forth.
Kenny Allom said: I really could not play a note so you must have been desperate for a bassist !!! We must have had a premature gig, because you dear Michael kindly showed me three notes to play repetitiously throughout an instrumental called "Bombora " and must have said something like " just play these 3 notes and try to look half intelligent and we will get away with it."...... and we did !!!! Great memories and it is so clear to me , it almost feels like yesterday. !!!
Michael Tracey: I was to play in many bands after ‘The Arctics’ and though the music was not top notch, I never experienced the friendship, fun and pleasure in the short time we played together.
The Arctics +50 Brisbane Queensland
Veronica Firth, Frank Gough, Michael Tracey, Jenny Tracey, Tony Firth, Bert Clements (Sadly Bert passed away in 2016), Fiona Clements in Brisbane. Kenny Allom and Lyn Gough are absent. Photograph Michael Tracey
Frank Gough commented: Yes it was a great afternoon. I still can't work out how such a relatively short time as a band had this long time impact on each and everyone of us. I played in a very good band before Townsville and with some great musicians for many years later and I can't think of any one person out of the lot who I would really want to track down. I think one of the reasons why 'The Arctics' were so popular was the way we all interacted on the stage. This was very evident yesterday in the way almost 50 years disappeared within minutes of meeting again.
Fiona Clements: Thanks so much for your email & images of legends. The get together also warmed our hearts....
Ken and Pam Allom - Bass player from The Arctics. Photograph Ken Allom
1964 The Jackson Sisters
Townsville North Queensland
Lynette Jackson, Junita Jackson and Cheryl Jackson (behind Bert Clements and Michael Tracey). Photograph Michael Tracey
The Jackson Sisters often sang with The Arctics. The photograph was taken at the first 'Teenage Cabaret' at the YCW Hall. The group ably performed songs as: ‘My Guy’, ‘I will Follow Him’ and ‘Tar and Cement’.
Tony Firth commented: I contacted my sister, who contacted my other sisters, and they confirmed that the names of the girls are Lynette, Junita and Cheryl. I didn’t send them the photo, so I cannot confirm which one’s which. I can do a bit more research if you want to know who’s who. Regards, Tony Firth.
1964 The Trendmen Townsville North Queensland
Jeff Carter Lead Guitar (Fender Stratocaster), John Chammings Rhythm Guitar (Maton Premier), Ken Allom Bass Guitar (Maton Ibis), Tony Firth Saxophone (Selmer), Frank Gough Drummer (Drouyn). Photograph TDB
Heading for newspaper article in which this photographs appeared reads:
N.F.C INSTRUMENTAL COMPETITION
Caption reads: Alderman G. Bourke opening the N.F.C. Instrumental competition on Tuesday night. With him are the first group to appear in the competition. Known as “The Trendmen,” the member are, from left: George [sic] Carter, John Chammings, Ken Allom, Tony Firth and Frank Gough. The group were placed second.
1964 Sandy & The Sandflies
Townsville North Queensland
Ron McIntosh Rhythm Guitar (Maton ?), Sandy Poljakow (vocals), Bert Clement Lead Guitar (Gretsch 6120DC) (Sadly Bert passed away in 2016), Geoff Long Drummer (?), Paul Park Bass (out of frame). Photograph Bert Clements
1965 The Gentry Townsville North Queensland
Peter Thompson Bass (Maton Ibis & Retep Amp), Michael Tracey Lead Guitar (Fender Stratocaster, Echolette & Vox AC30), Colin Chammings Rhythm Guitar (Maton & Moody Amp), Mike Delacey Drummer. Photograph Michael Tracey
Colin Chammings Rhythm Guitar (Maton & Moody Amp), Peter Thompson Bass (Maton Ibis & Retep Amp), Mike Delacey Drummer, Michael Tracey Lead Guitar (Fender Stratocaster, Echolette & Vox AC30). Photograph Michael Tracey
Ken Allom, Tony Firth and Frank Gough teamed up with Jeff Carter and formed The Trendmen. By this time I had had a rare financial windfall and bought myself a new Fender Stratocaster, a AC30 Vox (off Brian Wilson ex The Hunters), a Klempt Echo Unit and a second hand Holden utility. Later I spoke with Bert, he said he did not want to continue playing and so I got together with Peter Thomas (bass), Mike Delacey (drums) and John Chammings (rhythm guitar) and I played lead. We called ourselves ‘The Gentry’. We played once at the Queens Hotel and the very next day I was called up for national service. I hated the Military and anything to do with it. My playing in Townsville came to an end. I became very interested in Country Music and Bluegrass and followed that interest for many years.
1966 Vintage Townsville North Queensland
John Kayes rhythm guitar, keyboard & vocals, Greg Williams drums & vocals, Graham Dale bass guitar & vocals and Claude Burnup lead guitar & vocals).
1965 The Fugatives Townsville North Queensland
Mark Allen Bass Guitar (Maton Ibis / Fender Bassman, Henry Johnson Rhythm Guitar Maton Ibis , Harold Sale. Lead Guitar Fender Stratocaster, Denise 'Dinee' Bowe Vocalist, Hayden King Drummer (?) and Paul Jacobsen Vocalist at the Townsville Yacht Club
Denise Secomb wrote ‘The Secret life of Harold Sale ...’ in the Magnetic Island Community News, 20 April 2013
Few people on Magnetic Island realise that Harold Sale, 65, a retired Magnetic Island bus driver, has a huge career behind him as a professional musician playing in Townsville, in south-east Queensland and on Lindeman Island.
He has played with a variety of bands, including being part of a duo that played at the Gold Coast's then top resort. While it's no secret among his oldest and dearest friends, to those he's driven backwards and forwards across the island in the buses for many years, this might perhaps appear as the secret life of Harold Sale, for it's just not something that he generally talks about.
A Townsville lad, Harold grew up roaming Castle Hill, with the family's West End home up from the Mansfield Hotel backing on to the hill where he and his brothers and their mates built cubby houses while young tackers. Harold's dad, also named Harold Sale, had two passions, motorbikes and music. Harold's brother, Graham, followed in his father's footsteps, winning the NQ Motorcycle Championships one year.
Harold sen. had a collection of Indian motorbikes, the Cub, the Chief and the Scout and had a love of music playing double bass for the Salvation Army Band. The music rubbed off on Harold, who from a young age played guitar.
Harold's been lead guitar/vocalist in a number of bands, starting in the 1960s in a band called The Fugitives. His next band, The Unleashed, also featured Magnetic Island artist Peter Lawson, who was a neighbour of Harold's. The pair have known each other since they were two, though are aged a year apart and mixed generally in different circles. The Unleashed went from Townsville to Brisbane, seeking fame and fortune, but as bands do it disbanded after a time.
Cliff Sunn wrote: I found this article whilst searching thru old Townsville pics. I have written to the writer of this article to hopefully get a response. Very interesting and so helpful for the band's website.
1966 The Fugitives Townsville North Queensland
Andy Arena keyboard, Brian Cremin lead Guitar (Fender Stratocaster), Terry Howell Bass Guitar (Fender Jazz Bass), Malcolm Bell on Drums and Nelson Hencliffe, Trumpet and Saxophone.
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