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ALLEY KATZ SKIFFLE GROUP, THE

Last updated: 12-01-2014

Lead Vocals: Pete ‘Jock’ Bullen left not replaced

Lead Vocals,Washboard: Brian Lambert

Vocals: Malcolm Hooper am

Vocals, Guitar: Micky Large am

Guitar: Bob Bowles

Guitar: Alan Callf am

Tea Chest Bass: Sid ‘Ginger’ Waller

Banjo: Frank Wienle

Drums: Stewy McIntosh (2)Derek Moore am

                              

The roots of this scratch skiffle band lay in the hands of Norwich art student Pete ‘Jock’ Bullen, Pete had already fronted other skiffle groups but teamed up this time with ex RAF man Brian Lambert. "We christened ourselves the Alleykatz after the howling racket  tomcats make" laughs Brian. "Our first gig was at The Royal Oak on North Walsham road" he continues "City footballer Bobby Brennan was there, he bought us all a drink and wished us good luck." Another main stay of the early band was banjo player Frank Wienle who was instrumental in initiating the first sessions of the band.

 

The band became resident at the Red Lion Pubic House in St George’s, Norwich. Landlord Jimmy Beales would often in invite local musicians to deputise with the band, although the original nucleus of the band remained Bullen, Lambert, Waller, Bowles & Winley. Jock then quit art school and got married and moved on whilst Brian took charge of the group. As the sound of the day moved towards the Rock’n’Pop era the younger members drifted away. Stewy left to form part of Rock’n’roll outfit The Zodiacs. During The Katz half-time break Malcolm Hooper would often run from the Red Lion to the Horse Barracks pub in Barrack street to perform guest appearances with the newly formed Toffs a band he was later to become a permanent member of. Brian left the music business and settled down to a life of married bliss.         

 

                                         

(Bullen - The JT Skiffle Group) <> (McIntosh -The Zodiacs) (Moore -The Footprints) (Hooper -The Toffs) (Large -The RH Skiffle Group)