Christie have finished recording their
LP. Vic wrote one song and Jeff did all the rest. I'll let
you know as soon as it is released.
Road manager Jeff Knott is leaving for
various reasons and his place will be filled by Mike Stuart,
a 21yo guy from Yorkshire. Jeff's brother Pete will still
be helping out from time to time.
Mike's nickname should be doormouse, according
to Jeff, as he sleeps all the time in the van, whether he's
tired or not.
Jeff wants a lighter guitar .. Vic has
had to cancel his driving test due to pressure of work ..
at a gig in Derby, an old guy pulled the plugs out of the
equipment twice .. at Great Yarmouth, the boys were surrounded
by fans at the stage door .. Jeff's got a habit of biting
his bottom lip, watch out for it .. Vic has a habit of twisting
everything you say .. Mike has a habit of never smiling
on stage ..
When Jeff's older brother Lester married
June Gilbert last month, Jeff was best man. He hired a top
hat and dinner suit, and spent the whole reception signing
He didn't even have time for one dance.
Even the band played Yellow River
as a gesture.
Just before 12 o'clock, there was a request
on the radio for Lester and June, and the record was ..
At Newcastle, the boys were mobbed by
hysteric fans as they came off stage. They had to pass through
the audience to get to the exit, and the first time they
tried to get through the crowds, they were practically pulled
apart, so they all ran back to the stage again.
A dozen bouncers formed a circle round
the boys, and they attempted to get off the stage again.
Mike and Vic got out of the theatre first, followed by jeff
minus one shoe and torn shirt.
Even Jeff Knott got pulled off stage and mobbed while handing
Jeff's 24th birthday in 1970
THANKS to everyone who sent in presents and cards for
Jeff's birthday. Originally, my friend Sally and I intended
to catch a train to Bridlington, where Christie were appearing
on the Saturday, and decorate the dressing room with all
the gifts and cards before Jeff arrived, and then disappear.
The manager of the theatre said he would let us in at 3
o'clock, and we would have three hours to get it ready.
everything went wrong! Saturday morning, at 1am, we couldn't
sleep, so Sal and I got up and counted our money, only to
find we'd overspent and hadn't even got the train fare to
Bridlington. So, hitch-hiking was the only solution. We
got Jeff's presents and cards together, and set off at 2am.
First, it poured with rain, and one of the carrier bags
we were holding some of Jeff's presents in decided to collapse.
Luckily, we got a lift at about the same time, so we were
able to get it together again.
The second lift we got was from a speed
maniac, so the inevitable happened: we skidded trying to
overtake, spun round six times, and crashed into a ditch.
Needless to say, we got out of the car faster than we'd
got in. The next lift we got was going nearly to
Leeds, so we thought we would go onto Leeds. and drop in
on Jeff's mum. The final lift we got into Leeds was from
one of the guys who helped with the filming of the documentary
Death of a Pop Group, the film that Jeff appeared in when
he was in The Outer Limits.
At 10.30am, we arrived at Mrs Christie's,
and she gave us a fantastic breakfast and cups and cups
of tea. Had to laugh when she accidentally called Jeff's
brother Mack "Jeff", so he burst into a chorus
of Yellow River! After being
supplied with fruit for the rest of the journey, we said
our goodbyes and set off for Bridlington.
At 3 o'clock we arrived at the theatre,
only to find the theatre manager wouldn't be there until
6.30! And there was no-one else in the building with the
key for the dressing room. By 6.45, the manager still hadn't
arrived, and the boys' van drew up. Our first thought on
seeing it: "Great, the roadies could let us in before
the boys arrived." Then, horrors, out of the back of
the van jumped Jeff, Vic and Mike.
Seconds later, the theatre manager arrived.
So, after giving Jeff orders to stay outside for 10 minutes,
the rest of us dashed into the dressing room, laid out all
the presents and cards on the table, put Happy Birthday
posters and balloons all over the walls, put a massive candle
in the cake, lit it, put the lights out and called Jeff
in. The minute he walked in, Mike, Vic and the roadies went
into their version of "Happy Birthday".
It took until nearly the end of the evening
before all the presents were opened, as everyone was mucking
about so much. Mike and Vic were in real loonmoods, and
had everyone in stitches. Jeff picked up the first present
to open, and it was a booby one .. two cigarettes wrapped
in about 20 newspapers. Still, after about a quarter of
a century to open it up, he had to laugh.
At 9, everyone was hungry, so we went
for a meal. Mike and Vic kept hinting that since it was
Jeff's birthday, that he should buy us all champagne, but
guess he didn't hear them!
By the time we returned to the theatre,
the boys were due on stage. As usual, they were great, and
everyone went mad. Halfway through their act, the PA system
short-circuited and caught fire, so the right hand side
of the stage was filled with smoke. But the boys just carried
on playing as if nothing had happened.
They ended up with Yellow
River, and had to make a hasty retreat from over-enthusiastic
fans. They had to wait for another hour before they could
leave the theatre, so someone came up with the idea of throwing
the cake into Jeff's face. Mike stood behind the door and
waited for Jeff to walk in, but Jeff sussed it out and got
in cake-free. Somehow, in the end, Mike ended up with it
in his hair.
boys went down a bomb at Batley Variety Club. On the Friday
of the evening, the compere of the show presented them with
their silver disc for sales of Yellow
River and the boys were really and truly knocked
out, as they weren't expecting it.
Mike and Vic were suffering from the flu,
and bad attacks too, but they managed to play as well as
ever, and the whole audience were captivated by them.
They have now included the Righteous Brothers'
You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling in their act, and they do
it to perfection.
LOTS of you have been asking what the boys were like when
they were young, so
JEFF: When he was little he was full of mischief, and
got into everything, but was full of personality and charm.
From the age of two he loved listening to bands that played
in the park, and whenever he was missing, he was always
found at the bandstand. When he was eight, he conducted
an orchestra at Blackpool Pier. When he was seven, he took
up playing classical piano, and kept this up for five or
six years. Then he joined the Tremmers, who later changed
their named to the Outer Limits. Then came Christie.
VIC: From the age of four, he was always singing, and
his specialty was Goodnight Irene.
He was always very musical, and at the age of 14, made his
first public appearance at the Merry Fiddlers in Dagenham,
with a group called Sonny Peters and the Young Ones. He
then joined the Zodiacs, then had a six-week spell with
Joe and the Teens, then back to the Zodiacs, and then the
Epics, Acid Gallery and now Christie.
Bits'n'bobs: Boys recently appeared on the Mama
Cass show in the states, and Jeff's grandmother (in the
US) cabled Mrs Christie immediately to say they were great.
Her phone was red hot after, as all her friends and relations
phoned her to compliment her on the boys.
guess you all know that Mike has left Christie. He has left
to join the Tremeloes' music company, planning a non-playing
career in the jusic business.
So, good luck Mike, and hope that all
goes well for you. His place has been filled by Paul Fenton,
whose lifelines are included below.
Lots of you wrote in and asked why the
single San Bernadino was delayed
in being released. Well, the boys decided
that the sound was not quite right, so Jeff himself went
into the studios and put the drums on.
Not on himself, on the record, if you
know what I mean.
Glad to say that Jeff is now recovering
from collapsing the other day.
And Paul's hands are better now, as they
were covered with blisters.
At the moment, they are in Exeter rehearsing.
Member Joyce Davies from Middlesbrough
wrote about 200,000 pleases and presented them to Excel
Nightclub's manager Laurie Pigg, asking him to rebook the
He stated: "We get hundreds of letters
asking us to bring back singers or groups, but we've never
had anything like this before."
Jeff writes his songs at the front room
piano with the tape recorder running. If he does not like
a song, then he scraps it, takes it off the tape and forgets
"I will not finish a song unless
it's a good one," he said.
Date of birth: 4/7/46
Weight: 11 stone
Height: 5' 10"
Colour of yes: Blue
Colour of hair: Brown
Parents' names: Bernard and Doreen
Brothers: Christopher Glyn, aged 23, Jeremy Russle,
Instruments played: Drums
School attended: Batley Art School
First public appearance: Dewsbury Town Hall at age
TV debut: 5 o'clock Club, in 1966
Hobbies: Making refectory tables
Likes: Jazz records
Favourite food: Pizza
Favourite drink: Coke
Favourite colour: Brown
Previous groups: Contrasts, Nation, Witch Doctors
Favourite singer: Jack Bruce
Favourite group: Cream, Deep Purple
Favourite clothes: Suede
Davies takes over as secretary.
THE boys thank you for all your good wishes for San
Bernadino, which reached No 7 in the charts; bad
luck as most of you thought it better than Yellow
River and we will hope that the next is another No
The Christie tour of Ireland was a terrific
success, and the boys said how much they enjoy playing there.
To clarify the situation regarding Paul's
accident, what really happened is as follows:
While at Belfast University, Paul put
so much effort into his playing that one of his cymbals
fell onto his arm, causing a nasty cut which he had to have
several stitches in. However, despite this and the discomfort
it caused, he played on and finished the performance.
Well done, Paul. I am happy to report
that all is now well and he was almost fully recovered when
they departed for Italy on Friday, November 27.
At the time of writing, they are still
in Italy and do not come home till December 13. The tour
is going extremely well and perhaps we can look forward
to welcoming some Italian fans to our numbers.
From the 15th to 17th of December Christie
will be recording for a special Christmas Top of the Pops
- so watch out for them in colour on Christmas Day.
Jeff returns to his old school, Leeds
Grammar, on the 18th to give a special charity performance
just to show that he still thinks of home and his days at
school even though he is now world-famous.
Christie will have a 10-day holiday at
home for Christmas. A well-earned rest and a chance for
them to prepare for their Stockholm concert on the 31st.
Then back to London just before they go on to Germany for
a short tour from January 8th to 11th, 1971.
Negotiations are in progress for a far
east tour taking in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Malaysia
and Singapore. There will be a six-week tour of United States
colleges in March/April and two weeks in Sweden in June.
Good news for British fans. Because they
have been out of the country so much in the latter half
of 1970, a special spring concert is being planned to make
up for this. The venue is undecided but will be somewhere
pretty big and will be worth waiting for.
Have a great Christmas and the happiest
New Year ever and we'll see you again next year.
Real name: Howard Lubin
Date of birth: 20/1/44
Weight: 10 stone
Height: 5' 10"
Colour of eyes: Brown
Colour of hair: Dark brown
Parent's names: Paul and Jenny
Present home: Hoddendon
Former occupation: Chemist
Educated: SW Esex College
Instrument: Bass guitar
Favourite bands: Beatles, Argent
Hobbies: Reading Tolkien
Likes: Big dogs, the sun
Ambition: To make others happy
an item reproduced in the newsletter (see below ) confirms
some of the tracks that had been slated for Christie's