David Bowie played at Crawley Boys Club!

Newspaper advert for David Bowie gig at Crawley Boys Club

We love this advert!
We found it in a press cutting from February 1966. As it was just a cutting we unfortunately don’t know which newspaper it was from.

The text reads “Saturday Feb 19th, 2-6pm. The Young Socialists southern regional conference. West Green Centre, Crawley. All young workers, students and trade unionists welcome. From London’s Marquee Club we present the fabulous David Bowie and the Buzz plus full supporting programme. Crawley Boys Club Sat Feb 19th, 7.30-11pm. Admission 5 shillings (4 shillings by conference ticket).”

According to some of our followers on social media, the Young Socialists used to run a disco at West Green Community Centre on Wednesday evenings.

The members of The Buzz were: David Bowie (vocals, guitar, saxophone), John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson (guitar), Derek ‘Dek’ Fearnley (bass), John ‘Ego’ Eager (drums) and Derrik ‘Chow’ Boyes (drums). There’s a link to a song by them here

We don’t know anything else about the conference or the gig. Do you?

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Sandra Lowton

11 months ago

Interested to see that David Bowie played in Crawley. My friends and I often went to Boys Club dances . generally held for everyone but I can’t remember any good bands playing there. However Lulu came to an Ifield Grammar School dance when I was there (I left aged 16 in 1965). Also The Who played at the Civic Hall and I managed to get Roger Daltrey’s autograph – pity I haven’t kept it!

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