The Astoria (Union Street, Oldham)

Saw numerous groups here, such as The Big Three, Freddie Starr and the Delmonts. My biggest thrill was seeing Trevor Morais who if I'm not mistaken had been voted the worlds top dummer, at the time, do a half hour drum Solo.

Dave Hancock

I was DJ there on Thursday & Sunday nights (Thursday was non-alcohol) in 1966 & 1967 after Gary Laine left for the Talk Of The Town.  This makes me lucky enough to have seen and met some big names there such as:

Dave Dee & Co. - Small Faces - Robb Storme Group - Manfred Mann (with Paul Jones) - Paul & Barry Ryan - The Creation - Paddy Klaus & Gibson - The Equals - Foundations - Procol Harum - Spencer Davis Group - The Kinks - Sandie Shaw - Walker Bros. - Alan Price Set - Crispian St. Peters - Zoot Money - The Fortunes - The Yardbirds - Wayne Fontana - St. Louis Union - Gene PItney - Cryin' Shames - Chris Andrews - The Searchers - Billy J Kramer - Lou Christie - David Garrick - Georgie Fame - Edwin Starr

Philip Hart - 7/7/12 

Tony Prince was at the Astoria in Oldham on Tuesday 12th Feb he told the story of how he was there on the same night 50 years ago when The Beatles played. It was a good night with a local group called The THREETLES who did a good Beatles set.

Hope to have another look at your site, not been on for a while. My computer is a bit up the wall sometimes, like now, it will be up the wall one of these days!

Phil Hindley - 21/2/13

Its just over fifty years ago The Beatles appeared at the Astoria. Tony Prince, a contributor to Manchesterbeat introduced them. The Astoria went through a few changes - also known as Baileys, Romeo and Juliets, Frogies and the last I heard it was a pool hall.

Jim Whatmough - 17/3/13

The Astoria Ballroom was in King Street, Oldham, Lancashire.

In 1962 Tony Prince (b. Thomas Whitehead, Tuesday, May 9, 1944, Oldham, Lancashire, England) became a club DJ here. Prince was the only son of a scrap metal worker and attended Oldham Art School, Rochdale Road, Oldham. He had made his first public appearance at 14 in a Butlins Talent Contest where he won second prize for his singing. He worked as a jockey, TV salesmen and toolmaker before becoming in 1959 lead singer in local group The Jasons. He later became the lead vocalist in his own group The Tony Prince Combo who was formed in 1964.

John T. Warburg. 16 August 2022


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