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I saw Nat King Cole at Civic Hall

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: December 16, 2013

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I REALLY enjoyed Reg Summerfield's article on the acts at the Throstles clubs. Though I never visited these venues, the artists he mentions brought back some lovely memories.

The marvellous ventriloquist Johnny Roberts was among many outstanding performers at the Woden Road wonderful Wednesday night shows.

Johnny Carroll and Lee Wilson made appearances at my once nightly watering hole, the West End club in Wolverhampton.

Of course, as a real 'oldie,' I remember seeing Guy Mitchell and Nat King Cole at the Civic Hall, and Dudley Hippodrome and the Grand Theatre where my long-time favourite, the late, great David Whitfield showed how a song should be sung! More happy memories were our nights at the local pubs for a 'sing-song', a pleasure that is now virtually extinct, as sadly I feel the pubs will be too.

As Reg hinted, the sad demise of the club circuit deprived us of some wonderful entertainment, but it left a memorable legacy that the one-day, one-song "celebrities" of today will find impossible to match.

Eddy Fellows,

Castlecroft Road, Bilston.

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