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THE OVERLANDERS & JULIE GRANT: STAR BILLING AT THE DANILO.

CHIEF support at the gig was The Overlanders, who gained a No 1 hit in 1966 with their cover of The Beatles' Michelle.

Apart from Peter and Gordon and The Barron Knights, who became a popular comedy act on the cabaret circuit, the other acts failed to make a lasting mark on the industry.

The Cyclones were a Liverpool band and Julie Grant - dubbed a "TV and recording star" - flirted with chart success in the mid-60s.

In 1963, she was one of two UK singers to find success with covers of Drifters' classic Up On The Roof. She reached No 33. Kenny Lynch made No 5. She fared better with follow-up Count On Me, which peaked at No 24, and orchestral ballad Come To Me climbed to No 31 in 1964.

In fact, local papers devoted more column inches to Blackpool's Julie than The Stones.

Prior to the gig, one evening paper reported: "Julie Grant openly admits The Rolling Stones are among her favourite singers, so it is perhaps fitting she should be the only girl singer appearing in their forthcoming show."

The article adds: "On the bill with Julie will be three boys who are also striving to make a big name for themselves. The Overlanders are at home anywhere, be it a major teenage package show or a cabaret club.

"In their first appearance on Thank Your Lucky Stars, disc jockey Peter Murray described them as the best-ever new artists on the programme.

"No small compliment from a show which features the best in British pop music talent."

For an intimate venue, The Danilo certainly attracted the stars. The Hollies, The Searchers and Adam Faith also played there.

But none made their mark like The Stones, certainly not on the town's iconic statue.

We approached Cannock Library with the Stones allegations.

A member of the facility's archive department said: "It's a nice story, but I'm not sure if it's more fiction than fact."

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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Oct 22, 2017
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