Pete Mystery & the Strangers
who's in the picture
Left to right: Pete, Pete, John, Richard, Malcolm. Later came Dave and John (2).
where was the band based
Andover, Hants, UK. We played at many venues in Hampshire and beyond to Louth, Swindon, Margate, Axminster etc. Locally it was Park Ballroom, Royal Pier, Winchester Lido, New Milton and the like.
musical influencesChuck Berry, Shadows
The Strangers, first with Dave Just and then Pete Mystery, were the foremost band playing out of the Andover area prior to the emergence of the Ten Feet Five and then later The Troggs. We gigged throughout the South. We Used Burns Splitsonics for Rhythm and Lead combined with Vox AC30 amps. The band had a long and and successful run often playing 4-5 nights a week.
brushes with fame
We supported Shane Fenton (later Alvin Stardust) & the Fentones at the Royal Pier, the Hollies at Winchester Lido, The Hunters, Gene Vincent at Fareham. Once at Salisbury Palais OUR support was some band called Dave Dee & the Bostons! (later Dave Dee Dozy, Beaky Mick & Tich). We had a TV appearance in the talent show 'Home Grown' - beaten by some classical singer as I recall.
where are they now