A great afternoon of rock 'n' roll inspired music organised by King's Heath Walk of Fame will take place at Fletchers Bar on Sunday 10 July. As well as commemorating the many famous musicians like Bill Haley, Gene Vincent and Jerry Lee Lewis who performed at the now burnt down Ritz Ballroom opposite Fletchers the session will also showcase Harry Jordan - an exciting new local talent.
When Jerry Lee Lewis first performed at the Ritz Ballroom his chauffeur had to be shown the way to King's Heath from another Regan owned venue - The Plaza in Handsworth - by a fan travelling on his mate's motor bike. When Gene Vincent played the Ritz Ballroom on 21 June 1963 he was supported by a band called The Outlaws featuring Ritchie Blackmore later of Deep Purple and Rainbow fame. Internationally famous Bill Haley is also known to have played at the Ritz Ballroom as well as up and coming British rock 'n' roll acts including the very young Joe Brown and Cliff Richard!
Keeping with this tradition but also recognising the role women like Sister Rosetta Thorpe played in the development of rock 'n' roll, rising female star Harry Jordan who recently released her debut EP Blowin' Up Your Jukebox to great critical acclaim and has just released a brilliant new single Bad Woman from her second EP Devil In A Push Up Bra will bring along her band to play mainly self penned tracks influenced by rockabilly, skiffle and blues with witty lyrics about life and Birmingham.