Photograph of world-famous girl band taken in Mansfield to go on tour in the United States

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A PHOTOGRAPH capturing the moment some of the 60s biggest music stars played in Mansfield is to feature in a tour through the United States.

Top of the bill at the Granada Cinema on 14th January 1964 were a fresh-faced Rolling Stones, supported by New York girl band The Ronettes and Sheffield-born singer Dave Berry.

The black and white picture taken on the day shows Dave and the three members of the Ronettes, lead singer Veronica Bennett (later known as Ronnie Spector), Estelle Bennett and Nedra Talley, and was published in Dave’s autobiography.

When Ronnie was reunited with Dave at the recent Meltdown Festival in London she spotted the photo and asked permission to use it in a new show about her life story which will tour America this year.

Dave, who lives in Dronfield, says the photo should bring back happy memories to some and remind others that the town once played host to the Rolling Stones.

“I’m sure there are many people from Mansfield who are not aware that the Stones once played here,” he said.

“It was an exciting time to be starting out as musicians and we were all in the same position. None of us were really, really big at that stage.

“I remember the show being very loud and being mobbed. Things don’t change in rock and roll.”

The Mansfield show was one of around 30 on a month-long tour and Dave says several lasting friendships were formed.

“I’m still in touch with Bill Wyman 45 years later and when I met Ronnie she invited me over to see one of her shows,” he said.

“Although I had not seen her in all those years, when she saw the book she thought the picture was an important enough part of her history to feature in the new show.”

The Ronettes, whose hits included ‘Be My Baby’ and ‘Baby I Love You’, also toured with the Beatles.

Their only studio album, Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica, was ranked as one of the 500 greatest albums of all time by Rolling Stone magazine and their fashions and style have been emulated by the likes of Amy Winehouse.

In her one-woman show, ‘Beyond the Beehive’, Ronnie details her unique story from the early years in Manhattan to being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Dave hopes to be able to attend one of Ronnie’s shows in the US and is currently preparing for a return visit to Mansfield when he plays at the Palace Theatre tomorrow.

“Mansfield was an important part of my career and we built up a terrific following in the town,” he said.

“I still enjoy touring and last year was one of the most successful in my long career.”

Dave’s first record was a re-working of ‘Memphis, Tennessee’ and his recording of the ‘Crying Game’ is regarded by many as a classic.

Back in January 1964, the Rolling Stones had only been formed for two years and were about to release one of their classic early hits ‘Not Fade Away’.

Chad reader Murle Jones remembers attending the concert in 1964 to see the Stones.

“This is the group I was interested in seeing as they were raw and up and coming,” Murle said. “In between the acts the stars used to nip across the road to a pub called The Eclipse for a quick drink.”

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