Memories of Jimmy Hamer
I was born in St Helen’s Hospital, Barnsley in April 1950, later to be joined by my sister Hilda and brother Stuart. With my mother Nancy and father Harry our first home was on Boundary Terrace, later moving to 21 Grange Lane. My Grandad Harry and Grandma Hilda owned the shop on Grange Lane, later we moved into the shop, and they moved into 21 Grange Lane also owned by them. My dad worked in the shop, which sold groceries, fruit and vegetables mainly.
Manager, Jim Kershaw, who was a good manager, Jim was a double bass player, playing with the Johnny Johnson Quintet, the resident musicians at The Three Cranes Hotel in Barnsley. Jim sadly experienced health problems. In mid 1964, The Spartans finished, Tony Benson left and Jim Kershaw’s health problems increased.
I was coaxed back to the Young Ones, the line up being as follows,
Myself, lead vocalist
Paul Etherington, lead guitar
Kevin Aston, rhythm guitar
Kevin Bennett, bass guitar
Graham Gaunt, drums
When Graham was working, Ian Cooling and Stuart Thorpe (ex Spidermen) stood in, with finally Stuart Thorpe becoming the permanent drummer. Harry Etherington being our manager.
My pop heroes at the time were, Tommy Steele, Cliff Richard, The Shadows, and The Beatles.
Paul had written a song called “After Tonight “ which Harry sent out demo discs to various music publishers. An entrapeneur from Scarborough called Don Robinson who owned Flamingo Park (later Land), and Hull FC, among other businesses including small recording studios eg Advision who produced jingles for TV adverts, arranged for the song to be recorded , at the Lansdowne studio in London with the Les Reed Orchestra. Les Reed was involved in the writing of the song “ Delilah” recorded by Tom Jones. The studio was also used by Anne Shelton, Ackerman Bilk, The Sex Pistols, and The Police.
Vic Flick used the studio to record the James Bond Theme among many others, including guitar on the “After Tonight “ record. Les Reed actually rearranged “After Tonight “ which greatly added to the song. Les Reed only wanted myself to record the record not the group, as he was paying session musicians to do the backing. This caused problems which eventually led to the group splitting. I was awarded a five year, five record contract which I completed, but not achieving the desired aims.
I was fifteen years old, I left the Oaks school and undertook an apprenticeship as a plumber. During this period I was approached by Kevin Aston, Kevin Bennett, Stuart Thorpe, and John Mills (rhythm guitar) to form a group called “ The Moonshots “, I agreed, we practiced in John ( (Jueer) Mills’s Dad’s garage at the top of Harborough Hills and we pretty successful playing in the club’s in the Yorkshire area I left the group, and shortly after joined another group based in Cudworth called the “Valkerry Five”, which didn’t last long, finally I went as a solo artist.
Going back to my school days at the Oaks, it was a well run school, I particularly enjoyed woodwork, metalwork, and music. Our art teacher Mr Wilkinson gave us each a long piece of wire to create something, I shaped it into the form of a drummer, which was later displayed in the school cabinet in the main entrance. I met my future wife June at the Oaks school, we later married, having three children, Darren, Lee, and Lisa and have resided in Ardsley to date.
Jimmy Hamer December 2022.
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