FP100 Fife bands 18. Vince Newman & The Veltones

The Veltones
The Veltones

Those in the know would put Vince Newman & The Veltones up with Fife’s top bands...ever.

From modest beginnings in the late 1950s on the bandstand in Leven’s Letham Glen, the Veltones broadened their circuit across Fife, then Scotland, then south of the Border and then Hamburg.

Ali McDonald (guitar), Tam Baxter (drums), Ian Miller (keyboards), Jim Steele (bass), Harry Miller (guitar) with Ronnie Christie (vocal) were seasoned musicians when the ‘60s music boom came.

A couple of hours rehearsal after hearing the latest ‘tip for the top’ and they were ready to invclude it in their set.

The Veltones for a spell were the resident Sunday afternoon band at The Burma in Kirkcaldy; in Blackpool they shared the bill with the Karl Denver Trio and the newly-formed Nazareth even cut their teeth by filling the interval slot during gigs in Rosyth.

Complete with a manager, a pretty good demo and the chance of a German residency. the sharp-dressed band members had to decide if they were prepared to take the leap and become full-time professionals. When that didn’t happen they remained on the circuit until 1965.

Bassist Steele went on to work for a spell as a session musician in London with EMI but The Veltones remain the band that could have been so much more.