The Presidents Photo Gallery

 

     
   

1959
One of the first shots of the band, shortly after Martin joined. Taken at a private barn party in Swanage, Dorset. L to R: Colin Golding, Robin Mayhew, Martin Johnson, Ken Headley. Phil Cunliffe is on drums.

 

1959
Phil keeps his head down at the Swanage barn party. He borrowed the money to buy a brand new set of black pearl Premier drums, here on one of their first outings with the band.

     
   

1959
Colin and Robin at a freebie gig at the Anchor public house in Swanage. Being left-handed, Colin had difficulty finding at left hand bass guitar. Here he plays a Burns but soon after he ordered a Fender, which took about six weeks to arrive.

 

1959
Phil and Colin pound it out in the Anchor's tiny public bar. The Anchor had been favourite drinking haunt for some members even before the band was formed. Martin Johnson arranged the pub and barn gigs as he had family connections in Swanage.

     
    1960
The original Presidents at Bermondsey in East London, sporting their new vinyl- fronted tops. L to R: Phil Cunliffe, Colin Golding, Ken Headley, Robin Mayhew, with Martin Johnson in front.
  1960
On stage at Bermondsey with Glyn Johns (in the foreground, back to the camera) studying the band with a view to recording them where he worked at the IBC Studios in Portland Place, London.
     
   

1964
The Presidents' line-up that almost made it big. L to R: Tony Busson - bass; Tony Finch - guitar; Ricky Tyrrell - vocals; John Styles - piano; Eddy Patterson - drums; Robin Mayhew - guitar. The band never turned professional and all had day jobs

 

1964
All but John Styles had their own transport. L to R: Robin Mayhew (15cwt Ford Thames); John Styles; Tony Busson (Ford Anglia 7 cwt); Tony Finch (Ford Anglia 7cwt); Ricky Tyrrell ( Ford Prefect 5 cwt); Eddy Patterson (15 cwt Ford Thames).

     
 
     
  1964
A series of promotional shots taken at the time of release of "Let the Sun Shine In" and "Candy Man"
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    1964
The band performs to capacity crowds at the Red Lion pub in Sutton, Surrey, shortly after release of "Let the Sun Shine In" and "Candy Man"..
  1964
Robin, Ricky and Tony Busson at the Red Lion. Despite its limited size the venue had become a Mecca for The Presidents' considerable fan base.
     
   

1964
Eddy drives the band at the Red Lion.

  1964
Robin finds the groove at the Red Lion.
    Fan photos   Promo shots
1964
Signed fan club photos at the time of the single release
    Electric Freakout image   Electric Freakout image
2010
A different take on The Presidents promo shots - courtesy of Electric Freakout of Glasgow .
    Jimmy Page
A star is born?
This undated photograph shows a young Jimmy Page (left) playing with The Presidents' Tony Busson,
behind in the light sweater .
Last gig lineup
Lineup for The Presidents' last gig - August 1965 at the Greenford Hotel.
(L toR): Eric Archer, Robin Mayhew, Eddy Patterson, Tony Busson, Martin Cowtan.
Partial reunion of band members - Apr 2010
A (partial) reunion of band members in April 2010. They generally agreed that, like good wine, they continue to improve with age! From left to right: Eric Archer, Robin Mayhew, Eddy Patterson, Tony Busson, Martin Cowtan.

Ed's 70th birthday bash - April 2012
Another happy reunion on Ed's 70th birthday bash in the Cricketers Public House in Rowtown, Addlestone, giving the other Presidents a chance to meet the family and reminisce .

 

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