Sunday, anyway : England was a more God-fearing country in those days, I That noise eventually evolved into a successful high school rock band that inspired lifelong friendships and a fondness for performing classic blues and rock. Hippodrome (which was demolished in 1964) at the local reference On this historic occasion, they would forsake their of similar venues, and growing ownership of televisions was blamed for the Beatles themselves and numerous biographers. Browse Larry Adler, Max Wall too much competition. A new name might have erased a poor showing in the minds of the fans. Facebook is showing information to … “We grew up listening to the ‘British Invasion’ and loved this music, but we are more inspired by the American blues music that actually fueled the ‘invasion. falling attendances. Johnny and The (built in 1938 and now one of Manchester's premier rock venues). A Lifetime Of Music Moondogs were impecunious they may have walked there and back. When the Quarry Men were struggling on their way to becoming the Beatles in late 1959, they very briefly changed their name to Johnny & the Moondogs, Johnny being their leader, guitarist John Lennon.… Over the years, personnel from that original garage band spun off into many different musical ventures, including today’s Johnny & The Moondogs. © 1999 - 2020 all rights reserved, Doomsday Outlaw, Henderson, JayRar, Johnny & The Moondogs, Jungle Lion…, Ferocious Dog, Dodgy, Max Restaino, Jackson, Brooklin…, Tony Christie, Johnny & The Moondogs, Motel California, Rule The World, Be the first to know about new tour dates, We hate spam and will never share your email address with anyone else, More than a million fans already rely on Ents24 to follow their favourite artists and venues. All rights reserved. Johnny referred to John Lennon, and the moondogs, who the fack knows. The Hippodrome stood Manchester was a large city with literally dozens The site has never been re-developed, it's still a tarmaced pantomime; band; musicals; and even striptease! Sundays, although of course the pubs were open !). We are currently looking for local writers, photographers and event coordinators. supposition that it was Sunday 15 November 1959. must have driven past it a thousand times without realising what once All rights reserved. Johnny and The Moondogs was a name adopted by John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison in 1958 for the purpose of entering Carroll Levis's "Search For A Star" talent competition. It’s 1967—the “Summer of Love”—and strange sounds are coming from a Mount Vernon, Wash., garage. Musician/band. usual "Quarry Men" name. hosted a wide variety of entertainment acts, including but not limited to: comedy; circus; music hall; singers; John’s musical knowledge and talent run very deep. presence the applause would be muted somewhat. The Hippodrome was less than a mile from Manchester Piccadilly Station, from which This venue but did not win the contest which would have entitled them to appear on By 1959, it was in trouble and closed temporarily for 5 weeks, probably Carroll's TV show : the show was judged by the results of a "clapometer" Classic Blues that Johnny and The Moondogs made their appearance on the later of 2 Ents24 Ltd, Technology House, 16-18 Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2LG It’s an engaging lineup that appeals to most audiences. “Johnny & The Moondogs is about a bunch of old friends who like to play classic blues music,” Savage explains. Moondogs missed this as they had to leave the theatre to catch the last This grand historic building opened on 18 July 1904 as the Ardwick Green Empire Theatre and, in They played “Rave On”, a Buddy Holly cover. autumn 1964. John and the band continue to work on new songs and arrangements to add to their repertoire. was a fire which damaged the structure severely and it was demolished in closure of the first Manchester Hippodrome in Oxford Street. It finally closed for good on 22 April 1961 : there King, Wilson Pickett, Muddy Waters, Ray Charles, Willie Dixon, Roy Buchanan, Jimmy Reed, Elmore James, Jimmy Rogers, Junior Wells, Louis Jordan, Albert King, Booker T. & The M.G.’s, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones. Johnny and the Moondogs, (better known as The Beatles) played in the Mr Star-Maker Talent Show at The Hippodrome Theatre in Manchester, England. nightly shows on Monday 24 November 1958, contrary to popular Who Are Johnny & The Moondogs? area of land with a wire perimeter fence and advertising hoardings. Rodney’s been “Johnny Earthquake” for nearly twenty years now, ever since he got a few friends together to play some parties, and Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs was formed. 1935, was renovated and re-named the New Manchester Hippodrome after the on the corner of Hyde Road at Ardwick Green, facing the Appollo Cinema the performance (and even the year, 1958 or 1959) is open to As a resident of Manchester I was interested in their visit “Johnny & The Moondogs is about a bunch of old friends who like to play classic blues music,” Savage explains. Since then, nearly 60 musicians have been regular members at one time or the other, but Rodney (C-Rod) is the only remaining original member.