Brian Poole

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Brian Poole (born 2 November 1941)[1] is a singer and performer. Poole was the lead singer of 1960s beat band the Tremeloes (1957–1962) then Brian Poole and the Tremeloes (1962–1967).[1] He was brought up in the East End of London and grew up in Barking, East London. He attended Park Modern Secondary School, Barking and Barking Abbey Grammar School.

Early career[edit]

The Tremeloes[edit]

Brian Poole met Alan Blakley and Alan Howard, at Park Modern Secondary School. In 1956, heavily influenced by their interest of rock and roll music, they decided to form a band. The original line-up consisted of Brian Poole (vocals, guitar), Alan Blakley (guitar), Alan Howard (bass) and Graham Scott (guitar). While still in their teens the band members met and befriended Dave Munden, who shared a love and passion for rock 'n’ roll. A strong bond was formed which saw Munden join the band on the drums in 1957. A swift change of tactics saw Blakley switch to guitar, which Brian Poole relinquished to take the title of lead vocalist and front the band.

In the early years the Tremeloes were inspired by Buddy Holly & the Crickets and mainly covered their songs. They quickly gained local fame by playing at small venues in the area; during that time their singing style developed and flourished. With Brian Poole's Buddy-style glasses and the band's unique style of harmony, the Tremeloes soon developed a wide fan base and following. This continued to grow until they became one of the top dance hall attractions across Great Britain. On New Year's Day in 1962, the Tremeloes auditioned for a record contract with Decca Records along with another up-and-coming band called the Beatles. Their regular slot on BBC Radio and large following meant that the Tremeloes were an obvious choice and they were signed by the record label. Upon signing with Decca, the company bosses insisted that the band be billed as Brian Poole and the Tremeloes since this was the trend at the time.[1]

The band quickly embraced their new name. Their diverse musical talents meant that as well as producing their own singles they also performed as backing for other recording artists. Their first chart entry was "Twist and Shout" in June 1963 (a cover version of an Isley Brothers song that was also covered by the Beatles). "Twist and Shout" reached number four in the UK singles chart selling over 1 million copies and other charts hits were soon to follow. In September 1963 they released "Do You Love Me". It reached number one in the UK charts, famously knocking the Beatles second number one hit "She Loves You" from the top slot. "Do You Love Me" remained at the top of the charts for three weeks. Brian Poole and the Tremeloes continued to produce hits and thrive in the UK charts with tracks such as "Candy Man", which reached number six and the popular ballad "Someone, Someone" which reached number two.

In 1968 the band officially split. Brian Poole left to begin a solo career and pursue other opportunities,[1] one of which included starting his own record label called Outlook Records. Other members of the band continued under their previous name, the Tremeloes.

Later career[edit]

In the 70s, in between performing, Brian Poole worked in his brother's butchers shop in Romford Road, Manor Park (East London).

In 1986 by Royal Command Poole performed at the televised Royal Gala Performance. He was privileged to personally meet Princess Anne after the show.

In 1988 Brian Poole hooked up with four other stars from the 1960s; Reg Presley from the Troggs, Mike Pender of the Searchers fame, Tony Crane from the Merseybeats and Clem Curtis from the Foundations. Together they formed the Corporation, also more affectionately known as the Travelling Wrinklies. They had a hit single with the classic Showstoppers hit, "It Ain't Nothin' but a Houseparty".

In 1996 Poole also wrote his first book entitled Talkback, which is a guide to cockney rhyming slang and is brimming with his native cockney wit.

Poole released further singles and a solo album called Antique Gold in 2008.


Between 2002 and 2007, Poole toured and performed in the global 'Reelinandarockin' '60s tour, where he performed to sell out audiences in the UK, and as far afield as Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand and China. 'Re-elinandarockin' was the first '60s show ever to perform in China. Stars such as Dave Berry, Gerry Marsden, Mike d'Abo, Dave Dee, Mike Pender and the Nolans were among the line-up.

In 2006, Brian Poole and the Tremeloes did a reunion tour, to mark their 40th anniversary. The line-up consisted of Chip Hawkes, Ricky Westwood, Dave Munden, Joe Gillingham, Jeff Brown and Brian Poole.

In 2008 and 2009, Poole toured with P.J. Proby in the show 'Oh Boy', which was a mix of non-stop '60s hits.

In 2012 (from May to March) he performed in the Solid Silver '60s show to sell-out audiences at venues across the UK. He appeared alongside Peter Noone, Chris Montez, Brian Hyland and Vanity Fare.

In 2013, Poole appeared in the Sixties Gold Tour, starting in September in Cardiff and ending in November in Manchester. He appeared with Chip Hawkes alongside Gerry and the Pacemakers, P.J. Proby, the Searchers and the Fortunes.

In 2014 he is booked to appear in the Solid Silver Sixties Show alongside the Tremeloes, Chris Montez, Chris Farlow, Wayne Fontana and Vanity Fare.


In 1968 he married Pamela Poole (née Rice). They have two daughters, Shelly McErlaine (née Poole) and Karen Etherington (née Poole), who were both in Alisha's Attic and granddaughters named Evie Etherington and Rose Dolly.


The Singles[edit]

A-Side B-Side Label Release Year
Twist Little Sister Lost Love DECCA 1962
Blue That Ain't Right DECCA 1962
Meet Me Where We Used to Meet A Very Good Year for Girls DECCA 1963
Twist and Shout We Know DECCA 1963
Do You Love Me Why Can't You Love Me DECCA 1963
I Can Dance Are You Loving Me at All DECCA 1963
Keep on Dancing Run Back Home DECCA 1963
Candy Man I Wish I Could Dance DECCA 1964
Someone, Someone 'Til The End of Time DECCA 1964
Twelve Steps to Love Don't Cry DECCA 1964
The Three Bells Tell Me How to Care DECCA 1964
After a While You Know DECCA 1965
I Want Candy Love Me Baby DECCA 1965
Good Lovin' Could It Be You DECCA 1965
Someone, Someone Michael Row the Boat Ashore DECCA 1972
Do You Love Me Someone, Someone DECCA 1978
Do You Love Me DERAM 1990


Album Title Label Release Year
Just for Fun DECCA 1963
Big Hits Of '62 ACE OF CLUBS 1963
Have a Party with Brian Poole and the Tremeloes DECCA 1963
Twist and Shout DECCA 1964
It's About Time DECCA 1965
Remembering Brian Poole and the Tremeloes DECCA 1977
Twist and Shout DECCA 1982
Greatest Hits Autograph 1985
The Album BPCV 1985
The Souvenir Album SRT 1987


Title DECCA Release Year
Twenty Miles DECCA 1964
Brian Poole and the Tremeloes DECCA 1964
Time Is on My Side DECCA 1965
Brian Poole and the Tremeloes Vol 5 DECCA 1965
Brian Poole and the Tremeloes Hits DECCA 1990


A-Side B-Side Label Release Year
Everything I Touch Turns to Tears I Need Her Tonight CBS 1966
Hey Girl Please Be Mine DECCA 1966
Just How Loud The Other Side of the Sky CBS 1967
That Reminds Me Baby Tomorrow Never Comes CBS 1967
Send Her To Me – Brian Poole & the Seychelles Pretty in the City President 1969
What Do Women Most Desire Treat Her Like a Woman President 1969
Satisfied – Brian Poole & Carousel Red Leather Pinnacle 1975
Ain't Nothing But a House Party – The Corporation 1988


  1. ^ a b c d Eder, Bruce "Brian Poole Biography", Allmusic. Retrieved 17 August 2014

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