Portsmouth Music Scene

The Portsmouth Music Scene

Roger Mahoney


This band didn't have a name, but was a mixture of piano, bass and drums from Benny Freedman's Band
and others brought in, left to right: Roy Beverly (electric bass), Kevin Doohan (piano),
Roger Mahoney (drums), Billy Butler (guitar/vocals), Bob Lambie (tenor).
Guitarist Billy Butler, brought in by Savoy manager, George Turner, fronted the band to give it a pop group sound.
This group lasted under a year at the Savoy Ballroom when real pop groups finally took over.


"The Music Makers" 1953-4 run by Portsmouth promoter Bill Stilwell.
Played regularly at the RAFA Club Cosham and at The Heroes, Waterlooville.
Left to right: Stan Bennett piano, Roger Mahoney drums, George Daws alto,
Laurie Bycroft alto, Joe? tenor, Ted Grainger trumpet.


"The Music Makers" taken at The Heroes, Waterlooville about 1954.
left to right, Ted Grainger trumpet, Bill Stilwell promoter, sax?, Roger Mahoney drums,
Laurie Bycroft alto. George Dawes alto/tenor. Stan Bennett piano.


Tony Emmerson Band late 50's. Tony fronting the band. Left to right: Roger Mahoney drums, Ted Grainger trumpet,
Danny 'Blondie' Brushwood bass, Bunny ? tenor sax, Fred Care, piano. Harry Thompson alto, George Dawes, alto.

Southern College of Art, 1949 dance band

Southern College of Art, 1949 Dance Band. Left to right: Eggy Eggleton, clarinet. Roger Mahoney, drums.
Tony Pullen, Leader/tenor sax. Johnny Charter & Roy? trumpets. Johnny Vitler, piano.

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(1st pic) Left to right: Johnny Hawkins alto sax/accordian. Roger Mahoney drums. Sylvia ?, accordian/dancer.
Roy Nightingale bass. Mike Cappocci piano. Margaret Webber vocals.

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(2nd pic) Johnny Hawkins accordian/sax. Sylvia ?accordian/dancer. Roger Mahoney drums.
Both photos taken prior to their continental tour in 1955.


Left to right;- Roger Mahoney drums, unknown bass, Brian Barnes piano, back row, Stan Emptage and Jimmy Newton trumpets,
front row Jack Salt baritone sax, Ernie Davis tenor sax, Archie Horn alto sax, George Hunnisett tenorsax.


Ricky Price Band 1960 at Pontins, Selsey. Left to right: ?? electric bass. Ricky Wichello, alto sax.
Roger Mahoney, drums. Tony??, keyboard/flute? Ricky Price, leader/trumpet. Tony Bailey, guitar.

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"MOOD INDIGO" with Tony Stevens on bass in background and Roger Mahoney on drum. It was a 4 piece group which had a residency at the Tricorn Club around '68 - '69. After I left the band it added girl backing singers and Dick Ray drummer/vocals. They went on to do broadcasts for the ( BBC Night Ride?) and a residency at the Locarno Balroom in Arundle street Portsmouth. The first Tricorn Club line-up was Tony Stevens bass/vocals. Tony Day Leader/arranger/vocals/keyboard, ' Dondie' Evans lead guitar/vocals and Roger Mahoney on drums.

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"CAPRICORN" were hardly ever out of work. It was a dinner/dance trio resident three nights a week during the winter months at the Solent Hotel Hayling Island and did a five year 1974 to'79 residency at the Sunshine Holiday Centre every summer. They also worked as relief band each week at the Sinah Warren holiday camp at South Hayling. Any spare nights were taken up with the usual odd gigs.
Left to right is: Roger Mahoney, drums. Katie Stevens, singer. John Dalley, MD/arranger/Lowrey organ/electronic keyboards. The second pic is a poster I drew which we used to send out prior to playing the gig.

Portsmouth born Roger is an accomplished artist.
From 1947 to 1951 he studied art at the Southern College of Art, Portsmouth and began freelancing as a cartoonist while working as a professional musician.
He created his first strip ("Mopsy") for the weekly Fleetway Publications magazine Princess, and afterwards contributed strips and jokes to a number of publications including
the Scottish Daily Record ("Agony Is" and "Sammy the Caterpillar"), Woman's Realm ("Mum"), Daily Mirror ("Millie", "The Greens", and "Mandy Capp"),
Sunday Express ("L") and Daily Star ("What's in a Name?" and "Last of the Summer Wine").
In 1996 Mahoney took over the writing and drawing of "The Gambols" for Express Newspapers, continuing until the strip moved to the Mail on Sunday in 1999.
He has also drawn the world famous 'ANDY CAPP' for the Daily Mirror for the past twelve years.

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