Irish Showbands and Beat-Groups Bandwagons (3)
If you were a punter in the '60s, you will remember the bandwagon rolling into town in the afternoon of the dance in the local ballroom or marquee; if you were a band-member you will remember the bumpy, pot-holed roads, the snatched 15 minutes of sleep, the heater breaking down in the middle of Winter, the sheet of plywood separating the gear from the seats and the hierarchy of who-sat-where! Not many bands included their trusty old Morris, Bedford, Commer or Transit in their photos but here are some that I have collected over the years.
Volkswagen used this photo of The Millionaires in an advertising campaign. The Polka Dots from Omagh with their Commer bus.
The Miami's luxury wagon was the envy of most other bands! Teddie & The Tigers used two buses, one for gear, the other for the band-members (thanks to Teddie Palmer)
Some bands such as The Regal Showband, had an illuminated sign on the roof of their bus. Another Morris, this one belonging to Ballintubber's Rhythm Stars.
The Red Barons from Armoy, Co. Antrim pictured with their Commer bandwagon in 1968
The Royal Showband's bandwagon was maliciously fire-bombed in London in the early 1960s. The Young Earls from Portadown pictured with their bandwagon.
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