Den Pugsley, Mick Smitham & Eddie Amoo


Interviews from 9th September include Den Pugsley of The Overtures and Mick Smitham of The Fortunes, along with Eddie Amoo of The Real Thing.

Den Pugsley is from The Overtures and Bootleg Sixties Show, the former known for their incredible high energy performances. With over 400 songs in their repertoire they have built up a reputation as the finest 60’s covers band in the country – during a set you’ll hear every aspect of sixties music from the early ‘Merseybeat’ of The Beatles and The Searchers, through to the ‘surf’ sound of The Beach Boys. You’ll groove to the Rhythm and Blues of The Rolling Stones & chill out to the folk music of The Mamas and The Papas. The band recreate accurately and respectfully all the great 60’s artists from the close harmonies of Simon and Garfunkel to the psychedelic power of Jimi Hendrix. Whether you’re a Hippie, Mod, or a Rocker… a splendid time is guaranteed for all!

Mick Smitham moved with his family from The Midlands to Whitehaven in Cumberland in 1955. Influenced by his brother Barry, with whom he later played in his first band, he soon developed an interest in music, taught himself guitar and was soon playing in local bands. One of these ‘Heaven’ went on to tour with Black Sabbath. Michael eventually moved south again in 1969 to pursue his musical career and played in lots of bands, a few of which included Paul Hooper & Bob Jackson.  He then turned professional in the early seventies with ‘Eyes Of Blue’ and served his musical apprenticeship for many years backing the likes of Del Shannon, Bobby Vee, PJ Proby, Percy Sledge, Johnny Tillotson, The Marvelettes, Anne Peebles, The Floaters, The Drifters amongst others, all over the world.  Michael was asked to join The Fortunes in the early 80’s and since then has become the longest serving member of the band since it’s formation in 1963.

The Real Thing is a British soul group formed in the 1970s. In addition to a string of British hits, the band charted internationally with their song “You to Me Are Everything”, which reached number on the UK Singles Chart. By number of sales, they were the most successful black rock/soul act in England during the 1970s. The journalist, author and founder of Mojo, Paul Du Noyer credits them alongside Deaf School with restoring “Liverpool’s musical reputation in the 1970s” with their success.

Den Pugsley of The Overtures

Mick Smitham of The Fortunes

Eddie Amoo of The Real Thing