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Old 29th January 2018, 09:09 AM
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The 'N Betweens, pictured outside Wolverhampton Art Gallery, who would form the basis of one of England's most successful bands. From left to right: Don Powell, Dave Hill, John Howells, Mick Marson, Dave 'Cass' Jones.


Bass player Jones left the band at the end of 1965 to 'get a real job' in the wholesale fruit business! The Astra Agency, who looked after the band, placed an advert looking for a replacement


Among the unsuccessful applicants was 16 year old James Whild Lea...

Shortly after the auditions, Dave Hill and Don Powell met Noddy Holder by chance in Beatties cafe in Wolverhampton. They mentioned they were leaving the 'N Betweens to start their own group, and asked him to join them. Noddy agreed and the three enlisted Jim Lea to play bass guitar.


Musical history was made in March 1966 when Noddy, Dave, Don and Jim played together for the first time at the 'Three Men In A Boat' pub near Noddy's house in Walsall. Dave Hill said: "We just played together, the four of us, for the first time and it was really exciting. We played some soul numbers and it worked out great with Nod on vocals and two lead guitars"

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