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The Bachelors undertook a UK 10 week Tour in April 1965.

Tour Program

Summer Season at the ABC Theatre in Gt. Yarmouth 'The Bachelors' learned to play Golf with other beginners like Joe Brown, Matt Monro, Jimmy Tarbuck and Lonnie Donegan.

Con and Matt Monro became good friends whilst they

were both working in Great Yarmouth for the summer.

Con and his wife Kay spent many evenings with Matt and his wife Mickie


Matt and Con

After a strenuous summer Season at the ABC Theatre in Great Yarmouth The Bachelors headed for Broadway in New York to appear in their third Ed Sullivan Television show which was watched by an estimated 60 Million people




     Another record breaker of a pantomime for 'The Bachelors' in Bristol Hippodrome.



Whilst appearing in Pantomime in Bristol, Dec had a near fatal car crash. Travelling to London one night to pick up a new car, the sports car he was driving blew a tyre and somersaulted over a fence. Dec was found wandering in the middle of the road in a state of concussion, and needed 14 stitches in his head.

Despite this he managed to perform that night, with a doctor standing in 'The wings', although he did have to sit down half way through the act due to dizziness! John Stokes was 'Off' the show at the time recovering from an operation, so it was almost a solo appearance for Con.




Dec with hands on hips, surveys the wreck of his car and wonders how he came out of it alive. Also in the picture are Billy Livingston, the boys' touring manager, Joe Baker, comedian, and Con.

    Con & Dec visit John in hospital

Photographed On Tour in Australia

27th September 1965


Twinkle and Singer Mike Preston with The Bachelors on tour in Australia

The Bachelors walk to their plane to take them on to New Zealand


The Bachelors being interviewed at Sydney Airport



The Bachelors 1965 Australian tour


The Bachelors(Con Cluskey, Dec Cluskey and John Stokes) with Gene Pitney,  Twinkle, and Mike Preston were promoted by The Big Show Band Promoters-Aztec Services-Stadiums Pty Ltd Sydney

October 2nd Sydney Stadium Brisbane

October 4th Festival Hall Melbourne

October 6th and 7th Festival Hall Adelaide Centennial Hall

October 8th Perth Capitol Theatre

October 9th

This tour was the 2nd tour for Gene Pitney . His first was a year before in April 1964 with Dusty Springfield, Gerry and the Pacemakers and Brian Poole and the Tremeloes and it was the first for the Bachelors who had successful hits with Charmaine, Diane, I Believe, I would'nt Trade You For the World, No Arms Could Ever Hold You etc.

Twinkle who had the hit single Terry in 1964 and in 1965 with Golden Lights. Mike Preston had 3 Top 40 hits in England including Mr Blue (no 12 UK 1959)and had appeared on the English pop music show Oh Boy and had come to Australia to work as a nightclub singer as well as it was where also he would achieve great success on TV hosting 'In Melbourne Tonight' as a guest in 1968 as well as acting in the legendary Australian police drama 'HOMICIDE' as Senior Dec Bob Delaney from 1972-73 as well as 'Bellbird', 'Punishment' and movies like 'Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn', 'Steel' etc




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