Tour Manager

 

Laurie has experienced a long life in the Music business since the late 50s

He managed firstly a group named Mickey Finn and the Bluemen who had a hit with a Bluebeat rocking melody from Jamaica 'Tom Hark Bluebeat' / 'Pills'.

He went on in 1963 to manage a part of the Kray twins Knightsbridge Club 'Esmeralda's Barn where he booked as an agent groups as:

Bo' Street Runners. ( Mick Fleetwood)

A Band Of Angels    (Mike D'Abo)

Casey Jones & Engineers (Eric Clapton)

 

Then in June 1966  Laurie was requested to manage a club in Mayfair 'Sibylla's' with George Harrison ,Alan Freeman, among the directors. The clientele being at their height of fame, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, a most exclusive London club, Frank Sinatra, Richard Harris, and a host of famous faces. with the highest quality of entertainment, Tim Hardin, Chuck Berry, Family, Gonzales, Joe Cocker, Jos Feliciano among others would appear on the small stage of the club.

 

Again in 1968 Laurie had a change of direction to manage the famous 'Speakeasy Club' as a promoter and publicity manager, the club was to become the leading club for the music business with everybody attending nightly, Members of The Beatles, Stones, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton regularly appeared and jammed  on the stage frequently. Elton John. Bob Marley, & other bands as Cockney Rebel were launched at the 'Speak' where Laurie remained for Ten years.

 

A time was also spent by Laurie as tour manager to another bunch of Superstars this time from the world of Soul, Marvin Gaye, Martha and the Vandella's, Edwin Starr, Otis Reading, Chuck Berry, The Chilites, The Drifters, were just a few of the stars.

 

In the world of Country Music  were, Glen Campbell, Charlie Rich, Charley Pride, & Hank Locklin.

 

Attending the Royal Command Performance in 1980 at the London Palladium as tour manager to the lovely Miss Peggy Lee. On the bill Laurie had the opportunity to meet James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, and Sammy Davis. Being introduced to The Queen Mother and Prince Charles backstage was another highlight of his successful career

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