FP100 Fife bands 66. Paris

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Another band who were well known from appearances at the Kinema ballroom in Dunfermline – coincidentally their home town – and also won a national contest.

Bill Hendry, on vocals, teamed up with guitarist Watty Robertson, keyboard player Ian Steele, bassist Ivor Gaffin and drummer Dougie Tavendale, when the band was formed in Dunfermline in 1973.

Later, Martin Stern joined the group on keyboards.

Paris actually started out as ‘Back to Back’, playing the Forum in Glenrothes.

They then moved to the Apollo lounge, also in Glenrothes playing Thursday to Sunday evenings.

They also managed to travel further afield and memorably won ‘The Best Band in Scotland’ title in a Daily Record competition in 1975.

The members’ expertise was also put to good use in a number of other combos.

Watty Robertson also had spells with Bobby Dene & The Dynamos, The Red Hawks, The Change, The Jim Brown Showband and The KB Bands.

Martin Stern and Ivor Gaffin also played together in ‘Sweet Blindness’, while Bill Hendry previously worked with ‘The Verge’.