Mike Cadillac and the Playboys

I was with a band called Kathy and the Boleros and we once did an audition for Ian Hamilton at the Princess Theatre Club in Chorlton.

We did our set and were reasonably happy with our efforts.

Then this lineup of Mike Cadillac and the Playboys came on and did a stunning set. As I remember the guitarist had long straight hair (Phil May style) and it was dyed black rose (it looked black in some light and dark cherry in another).

The singer did impressions of Satchmo, Shirley Bassey, Billy Fury and I think Johnny Ray.

They were superb and I couldn't wait till they came off to tell them so. However the drummer said that they had put on a less than perfect performance and weren't completely pleased with their efforts.

If that was the case I certainly didn't notice. I can even remember the equipment they used. The guitarist had a Vox AC30 and cherry Gibson 335 and I think the bass player a Gibson EB3 bass.

We only got the odd booking from the audition. I hope they fared better as they certainly deserved it and made a great lasting impression on me.

Geoff Parkinson

I can only add that Mike Cadillac made a 45 record, Girl on Death Row, around this time. Can't find any sign of it anywhere. The band went down a storm at the Kingfisher especially with a specialist piece, Jack the Ripper. Similar to the Lord Such versions.

Alan Thom - 3/1/11

Mike Cadillac and The Playboys were a regular Saturday booking at Delph Youth Club, who met for gigs upstairs at the old Reform Club in Delph. The boys whipped up a fair old storm there!

Gordon Ripley - 13/2/11

The Public address amp and mixer they used was designed and manufactured by Rush Equipment of Soho London built and designed by Pepe Rush of Rush Pepbox fame, I am not sure if they also had one of my bass amps. Around 1967 they dropped the amplifier and I drove up from South Wales with my Mother singer Pat Hyde who had been a singing and recording star before and during world war 2. I had been exhibiting at a trade show in Port Talbot and we met in St Helens Zoo Car park and I repaired the amplifier. It was winter and the car park was empty and we could hear the animals making a lot of noise very strange.

We later went into central Manchester and had dinner in an Indian Restaurant and I found some glass in my desert I complained and we got the meal for free. If any of the band are still around I would like to hear from them my Phone numbers are 01268 590410 or 07720773097 email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pepe Rush - 12/1/15

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