Rugby music heroes return for charity

Pinkertons Assorted Colours in their heyday
Pinkertons Assorted Colours in their 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 next month.

Psychedelic pop act Pinkertons emerged in the mid-’60s under the name The Liberators. By 1965 they had renamed themselves Pinkertons Assorted Colours, featuring 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. Notorious manager Reg Calvert arranged a publicity stunt in Trafalgar Square where water in the fountains was dyed different colours. They went on to release a number of singles, including Don’t Stop Loving Me Baby and Magic Rocking Horse.

Event organiser Pete Storer said: “Pinkertons rarely get together these days so this really is an occasion not to miss.”

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

Pete added: “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.

The event takes place on Friday, October 9 at the Railway Club, Hillmorton Road, Rugby. Tickets are available in advance for £10 each from the door or from Pauline’s Flowers in Regent Street.

This is the 12th year a charity concert has been held in aid of the air ambulance, with £25,000 raised so far.