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Brian Poole (born 2 November 1941) 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). 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.
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.
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, one of which included starting his own record label called Outlook Records. Other members of the band continued under their previous name, the Tremeloes.
In the 70s, in between performing, Brian Poole worked in his brother's butchers shop in Romford Road, Manor Park (East London).
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 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.
|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|
|The Souvenir Album||SRT||1987|
|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|
|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|