Coventry Hitmakers


The New City Sounds, who came to fame as two times winners of the hit TV show Opportunity Knocks! Coming together in 1969 at the old West End Club (now the HQ of Mercia FM), led by Frank Dempsey the band became a permanent fixture at the Free and Easy weekends. Band leader Frank Dempsey is the father of local folk legend Kevin Dempsey. The song they won Opportunity Knocks with was “Stop the World and Let me Off” it was recorded at Midland Sound Recorders in Balsall Common.




I” Came in at the deep end, I was petrified, one minute I was in this small time band The Monroes the next I was playing in front of packed audiences with Opportunity Knocks Winners, it was unreal”.

Tony Pyatt

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