Coventry Hitmakers

SAM SPADE

R ‘n’ B band that came out of the Phantom 5, Sam Spade’s real name was Ray Barrett. They were hard working, playing all over the area but split in 1966 and some members became the Tea Set. A typical set would include Smokestack Lightening, Hoochie Coochie man and Walking The Dog. We were dubbed R’n’B Kings of The Midlands by the local press and we were immortalised in Alan Clayson’s book about 60’s pop groups entitled Beat Merchants.

 

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“I remember playing with Coventry’s Sorrows and being shocked seeing guitarist Pip Witcher using his Stratocaster as a dartboard, and travelling down to Soho’s famous 2i’s club to audition for Promoter Larry Parnes and then back- ing recording star Danny Rivers. Sadly we never recorded ourselves and split after “Sam” finally decided to call it a day in 1966”.

Andy Hayward

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