Sally and the Alley Cats
(Recalled by "Sapphire" and Sally Sykes)


Around 1964 "Beat" groups were becoming very popular with the teenagers - so much so that Ivy's 1964 Summer Season contract to play at the Villa Marina Gardens required her to provide a Beat Group for the morning teenager sessions. So she set up her group naming it "Sally and the Alley Cats" - a sort of group within the band.

They recorded with EMI's "Parlaphone" label, making a record called "Is it something that I said?" with "You forgot to remember" on the other side. Many didn't give it a chance, but it got to number 12 (1?) on Radio Caroline, a pirate radio station, which was anchored off the east coast of the UK in international waters for several years in the 1960's, proving the pundits wrong. However, it was a warning on the horizon that a major change in popular music was on it's way, which was to affect all large bands such as Ivy's.

The group comprised Sally Sykes (Vocals), Ann Chalice, (who played Saxophone with the main band) played Lead Guitar in the group; Sally Cursons played Guitar; Pam Brett (Trombone in the main band) played Keyboards; Robey Buckley (Trumpet in the main band) played Bass Guitar and Andrea Beal played Drums in both.

Click here to see photographs; or hear a clip from "Is it something that I said?"

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