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Oldies but goodies come to Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 17:21 13 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:50 03 March 2010

A PACKAGE of stars have come together for a one-off tour that arrives in Ipswich tomorrow.

The Searchers, PJ Proby, Billie Davis and Billy J Kramer will all take to the stage at the Regent when … and The Beat Goes On stops off in town.

A PACKAGE of stars have come together for a one-off tour that arrives in Ipswich tomorrow.

The Searchers, PJ Proby, Billie Davis and Billy J Kramer will all take to the stage at the Regent when … and The Beat Goes On stops off in town.

PJ Proby has enjoyed a number of hits which include Hold Me, Somewhere, I Apologise and his version of Maria but it was as a result of a performance in London in 1965 for which he hit the headlines.

His velvet trousers split leading the star to reveal more than his musical talent to the watching audience. He explained it as an accident but when it happened again at a performance only days later he found he was less than welcome in theatres and on television thereafter.

Though his reputation faltered his commitment to music did not and he continues to perform to this day.

Joining him are The Searchers who have recently finished a sell out nationwide tour.

Part of the Merseybeat revolution, they created a distinctive sound which led to hits such as Sweets For My Sweet, When You Walk in the Room and Needles and Pins.

Billie Davis, who hit the charts in 1963 with her version of Tell Him, will also be performing, adding to the evening's entertainment.

Completing the line up is Billy J Kramer whose career was aided by John Lennon and Paul McCartney who wrote a number of his early hits, including Do You Want To Know A Secret and Bad To Me.

CTI Productions is presenting …and The Beat Goes On and the company's Chas Elliott said it is not a show to be missed.

He said: "This concert will give the audiences a night to remember with singing and dancing in the aisles."

N …and The Beat Goes On is at Ipswich Regent tomorrow night at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £14.50 to £16.50 and are available at Central Box Office, Princes Street, Ipswich, or by calling 01473 433100.

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