David Bowie’s fourth tour date with Gene Pitney took place on Friday 4 December 1964, with two shows at the ABC Cinema in Stockton-on-Tees.
Davie Jones and the Manish Boys were the unbilled ‘guest stars’ on the final six shows of US singer Pitney’s tour of the UK.
The band’s tour dates were on consecutive nights from 1-6 December, and took them to Wigan, Hull, Edinburgh, Stockton-on-Tees, Newcastle, and Scarborough.
The Manish Boys replaced Bobby Shafto and The Roofraisers as the tour’s opening act. Also on the bill were Marianne Faithfull, the Kinks, the Mike Cotton Sound, Kim Weston, the Earl Van Dyke Band, and headliner Gene Pitney. The tour was promoted by Brian Epstein and the Arthur Howes Agency.
Stockton-on-Tees’ ABC Cinema was situated on Middle Street. It was Teesside’s first purpose-built cinema, which also hosted live music performances, ballet productions, pantomimes, and theatre.
Also on this day...
- 1973: David Bowie sees A Patriot For Me by John Osborne
- 1973: Recording: The Astronettes
- 1972: Recording: Aladdin Sane
- 1972: Press conference: New York
- 1971: US album release: Hunky Dory
- 1969: Live: Three Tuns, Beckenham
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