Birmingham Band 1958-2008


Band Line up 1961

Colin Fortnam (Drums) Bob Bradley ( Lead Guitar)Malcolm Gamble (Rhythm Guitar)

Malcolm Hamilton (Bass Guitar) Ray Humphries (Guitar/vocals)  Mick Biddle (sax)

Mark Raymond ( Vocals) 





In 1958 Vocalist Ray Humphries put together a skiffle band the original band members were Ray Humphries, Graham Buckingham, Bob Bradley and Malcolm Jones .

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By the 1960s the band had evolved into Danny Ray and the Rave ons, (Danny Ray being Ray Humphries) pictured above front of stage, just off stage in the wings is Mark Raymond who Joined the band in September 1961,the gig was at the Dell in Muntz park Stirchly Birmingham


Written on a page seven of the Merseybeat 23rd August 1962 you will see Bob Wooler's address and phone number at the cavern. He had gone to see The Rayvons play at the Majestic Ballroom Birkenhead and wanted to book them for the Cavern. No one had anything to write on except Mark who had purchased a copy of (Mersey Beat ) to read about the new Beatles line up after Pete Best was fired! Bob Wooler wrote down his phone number and told the band to ring him which they did and played at the Cavern many times.The band were managed at the time by Terry Blood (Terry Blood Records) and Chris Burton from Stoke

Top Ranks advert for the Majestic Ballroom on the left is for the week August 23rd-September 6th 1962 it lists lots of artists for the following week –The Bluegenes Farewell Night prior to their German tour, ‘By public demand: the Beatles', plus Freddie & the Dreamers, Majestic regulars Lee Curtis with the All Stars, the Big Three,

On Saturday the 1st of September Billy Kramer with the Coasters, the Flintstones, Mark Raymond and the Rayvons, the Mersey Beats, the Phantoms, Mike Berry and Group One.

Mark Raymond from The Rayvons

together with another band collecting there prize's for competing in Battle of the bands

This Year The Rayvons Celebrate 50 Years in the music industry

Click on the picture to watch a video clip of the Band

SALLY HOBAN meets the Rayvons, one of the longest surviving bands with all original members in the country. 


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