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Pinkerton's Flying Colours in their 1960s heyday
Pinkerton's Flying Colours in their 1960s heyday

One of the most fascinating bands to come out of Rugby in the past 50 years are making a rare appearance in aid of charity on Friday.

Psychedelic pop act Pinkertons will play at the Railway Club in Hillmorton Road on Friday, October 7.

The band emerged in the mid-60s under the name The Liberators, and by 1965 they had renamed themselves Pinkertons Assorted Colours.

They comprised Tony Newman, Tom Long, Barrie Bernhard and Johnny Wallbank, while frontman Sam Kempe was given an amplified auto harp which became the trademark sound of their music.

By January 15 1966, debut single Mirror Mirror was number 9 in the charts and established Pinkertons as a notable band of the era. Manager Reg Calvert arranged a publicity stunt in Trafalgar Square where water in the fountains was dyed different colours. The band went on to release a number of singles, including Don’t Stop Loving Me Baby and Magic Rocking Horse.

Pinkertons will be joined on the night by Midnite and Red Thunder.

Pete Storer, who is helping organise the event, said: “Be prepared to witness a piece of local history, plus fun, singing and dancing.

“It’s not often that you can see three live bands in one night concentrating mainly on ‘60s and ‘70s music all in aid of charity.”

All proceeds from the show will go to Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

This is the 13th year of the live music event, which has raised more than £25,000 for charity to far.

Tickets are available in advance for £10 each by calling 07727 839419 or from Maddens in Hillmorton.