The Farewell Gig

In November 2011 Herbie’s People performed a farewell gig, going out as Danny Cannon and the Ramrods, hosted at the brilliant Robin2 in Bilston, one of the country’s most prestigious and multi- award-winning rock venues. Even today, the Ramrods are remembered for their vibrant performances, and the Farewell Gig amply showed that the lads have not lost any of their verve or enthusiasm over the years. To a packed house they wowed the fans with some stirring rock’n’roll classics from Buddy Holly and the Crickets, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Eddie Cochran, Marvin Rainwater and others. Danny said, “I suppose there'll be a feeling of sadness when it’s all over, but at some time you’ve got to call a halt. It’s best to go while we’re still capable of turning out a decent performance. Something to remind the fans how we were all those years ago. We achieved a lot, got a large fan base, made records, wrote songs, and played great venues.” The Farewell Gig was organised by Danny Robinson in response to popular demand. It raised almost £2000 for the charity Cancer Research. PostScript:  After Herbie’s People disbanded in the late 60s the five went on to make their mark in other careers. Danny became a lecturer, Len ran a successful gaming business then became a top juke box engineer, and Mike has written nine novels for a major publishing house and founded Excalibur Hygiene Ltd. Pete became a journalist (working at the Wolverhampton Express & Star for a while), and Alan, now retired, played drums in a variety of bands.  
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Also appearing at the Robin2 were Ricky Burns and The Vibras. Although Ricky, better known as ELO bassist and vocalist Kelly Groucutt is sadly no longer with us, his son Chris played in his place, alongside his late dad’s fellow rockers Terry Garvey, lead guitar and vocals, Les Willis, rhythm guitar and vocals, bassist Jimmy Groucutt - no relation - and drummer Barry Fletcher. Completing the bill were The Heavily Brothers, alias Ian and Lee Beddow, Len’s sons.
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The Ramrods shot from backstage