Nashville Teens

Formed in 1962, The Nashville Teens was an evolution of a local Weybridge band called The Cruisers, which included Mick Dunford, John Hawken, Pete Shannon (Harris) and Dave Maine. They were seeking a new vocalist but they over-achieved and managed to attract two lead singers; Arthur Sharp and Ray (Ramon) Phillips. Arthur joined from a band called The Variation Six Skiffle Group and Ray from The Phoenix City Band. Thus was born what is arguably the UKs first “Boy Band” with two lead singers who were good looking as well as good sounding. The new name of the band was derived from the Everly Brothers song “Nashville Blues”.

The band served their “apprenticeship” in The Storyville Clubs of Cologne and Frankfurt in 1963 (where they worked with Terry Crowe on vocals) and in The Star Club in Hamburg. While in Hamburg they famously backed Jerry Lee Lewis on his seminal live recording “Jerry Lee Lewis Live In Hamburg”. They later backed Carl Perkins on his classic hit single “Big Bad Blues”. While in Germany they played alongside other up-and-coming acts like The Spencer Davis Group. The work was hard and the hours long. Performances effectively went on all night, and the boys then drove out to the coast to sleep on the beach all day – where they bonded with many of the other UK musicians who were playing the Hamburg club circuit. The Nashville Teens returned to appear at The Star Club fiftieth anniversary show in Hamburg in 2012.

Upcoming Events

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November 19, 2021

Swinging 60’s Autumn Weekend 2021

Holiday Resort Unity, Coast Road, Brean Sands, Somerset TA8 2RB. From £150 per person
Holiday Resort Unity, Coast Road, Brean Sands, Somerset TA8 2RB.From £150 per person

COVID-19 Update

In response to the Prime Minster’s statement advising the public to avoid unnecessary social contact and in consultation with our business partners, we regret to inform you we have decided to postpone the following events:

We understand this is a major disappointment but the health and safety of our communities and clients is the number one priority. 

We will be in touch with everyone in next 14 days with details of the rescheduled event.

Status update of other planned events will follow in coming days.

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Forthcoming International Trips

A decision on our Memphis trip will be made by Monday 4th May.

A decision on our Benidorm festivals will be made by Monday 13th April.

We appreciate your understanding at this difficult time.

Thank you,