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Let's rock those Treetops!

PUBLISHED: 16:25 09 March 2010 | UPDATED: 08:42 02 July 2010

The Treetops in the early years at a bingo club in Norwich.

The Treetops in the early years at a bingo club in Norwich.

Derek James

Back to where it all begin... The original city and county beat-masters are returning to their roots with Radio Norfolk to discover what has happened to the places where their musical careers were born.

Derek James

Back to where it all begin... The original city and county beat-masters are returning to their roots with Radio Norfolk to discover what has happened to the places where their musical careers were born.

The stars of the Evening News/Radio Norfolk Golden Years gigs cut their teeth in the pubs and clubs of Norfolk during the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

Sadly, so many of these places have now disappeared. But here's the good news.

“We thought it would be good to chat to some of the musicians in the places where their musical life started - if we could find them” said show host David Webster.

And, last week, afternoon presenter Stephen Bumfrey chatted to soul king Lucas along with one of his ex-Emperors, Stewy McIntosh, and Offbeat Mike Lorenz, the Norwich businessman who played with several outfits, including the stylish CBO and Ricky Southern's Big Beat Four, down in the long-gone, but never forgotten, Orford Cellar.

It was quite a moving experience for the talented trio as they recalled those crazy days when hundreds of people packed into the cellar to hear both locals and the likes of Jimi Hendrix.

Tomorrow, it is the turn of guitarist Mick Miller, of the legendary Treetops, and Viv Ritchie, of Mister Buss, who is featured on the 2010 Golden Years poster.

“We will be taking them back to what is now Hemsby Beach Holiday Village, which was a popular venue for both locals and visitors,” said producer Mike Boswell.

Originally Berry and The Treetops, they were country boys who worked in the timber business.

They were great 60s rockers with a powerful package of classic rock 'n' roll led by powerful singer Dave Weller.

They re-formed for the Golden Years - sounding better than ever.

Viv Ritchie is the frontman with busy show band Mister Buss, who got the name after they were late for a gig and announced they had “missed the bus”.

Formed in the 1970s as the Fifth Gear Travelling Band because they all worked at Lotus, they eventually became known and loved as Mister Buss and travelled all over England.

They played all kinds of music at all kinds of venues - from rock gigs to garden parties on the Sandringham Estate.

They re-formed for the Golden Years after 14 years apart and have never looked back.

“We are enjoying it more than ever,” said Vic.

He and Mick will be talking about those crazy early days on the Stephen Bumfrey Show on Radio Norfolk just after the 3pm news tomorrow.

Next week, it is hoped to talk to members of The Peppermint Men and Throb about King's Lynn Corn Exchange. Then the following week it is over to Cromer, home to the famous old Rollerdrome, with members of The Hucklebucks, Mervyn & The Starbeats and the one and only Garry Freeman.

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