Popular UK music paper Melody Maker 29th January 1966 has an interesting item on page three ….
…and inside –
In the following week’s issue details of the competition are laid out.
5th February 1966
“On Sunday, March 20th 1966 at the Wimbledon Palais, the prize was presented to the winner of the 'Million Pound Drum Contest'. From an entry of 2,700, Carol Offord was selected to win Dave Clark's multi-hit-making Rogers drum kit. Carol nominated her friend John Tillett (rear right) to receive the prize. “
The observant might see that the bass drum hoops have a fresh coat of black paint. In the early 60s English drum makers painted their bass drum hoops silver. Bass drum hoops can take quite a battering and by 1966 the fashion was to paint these black, so the hoops had been thoughtfully repainted before being presented to Carol. Dave’s Swiv-o-matic stands and pedals have been replaced with the English Rogers catalogue cheaper option of Ajax stands and pedals.
This is the link from Radio London’s site that first put me onto this (courtesy of John Briggs).
Forty-four years later and John Tillett and Carol are a couple, and John still had the drums.
I could not share this part of the story on my initial thread ……….
……… because Radio London’s link generously tells the world that the drums are kept in John’s garage, and as I didn’t find it too hard to locate John, someone with less innocent intentions may not have much trouble either. This is no longer an issue as the drums are now safe in a warehouse belonging to an auction house, and will be up for sale later this year – more of that later.
After one of my posts, a member on here emailed DC to tell him his drums had turned up, and his reaction was that these were “not his drums!” This spooked me a little. Not because I have any doubt that these drums are original but because this statement could affect John’s sale.
DC would not have been any more aware of the forgoing than anyone else, and could in his busy career have forgotten what he did with this set. The competition was clearly run with a prize which was stated as, “Dave Clark's multi-hit-making Rogers drum kit”, and perhaps not in the best English, “the one of which he recorded “Glad All Over” and “Bits and Pieces”. Provenance surely doesn’t come any clearer than this, but just for the record I have gone over some of details of this kit again, this time with more detail and photos. I wanted to document that this is not just any drum kit that DC gave away, but the kit that he had been appearing with in Europe for the previous two to three years.
I have written an extended piece which is on Not So Modern Drummer’s website …………………………
And the sale ………………….
Edited by Nutbox, 01 December 2011 - 03:14 PM.