The Bachelors History 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967
a Blur! 1984
1986 1993 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
PLEASE BE PATIENT - THERE ARE AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF VIDEOS TO LOAD UP,
SO MAY TAKE LONGER THAN NORMAL ... WORTH THE MINUTE'S WAIT?
Con meets Pete Bonner,
one of the 7 Dwarfs
at the Alhambra
Con with 'Big Mick' (Michael
one of the 7 Dwarfs and Comedian Billy Pearce
appearing in 'Snow White
and the 7 Dwarfs at The Alhambra
The show was a 'Sell Out'!
Con guests on the Carl Gresham
Rotarian Con helped his
Club of Elland
to plant 3000 Crocuses to remind
to eradicate Polio from the world.
children are vaccinated
their thumb is dipped
in a purple die,
thus the purple crocuses.
Comedian Tank Sherman joined Con,
and Victoria at The New hall
in Tiverton to raise funds
local Rotary Club
Con, Dec, and Victoria were
Rotarian Geoff Smythe,
President of The Rotary Club
for helping to raise
£8,000 for their Charity Fund.
Con & Dec met up with
old friend Derek
and his wife Helen.
Derek was Area Manager
at lunch with Dec, Sandy, Victoria and Dorothy -
shortly before he
"Sad news yesterday morning
that Philip Solomon died in
Bournemouth … very distressing as Sandy, Victoria and I had been
visiting him regularly to keep
his spirits up. Losing his battle
against ill health, he just couldn’t take it any more … ‘no
quality of life’, as he continually said
… so he just gave up
and faded away quickly … he would have been 88 in two weeks.
Dorothy [Solomon] is trying to be her usual strong self but
I never thought I would ever hear her cry.
They were so good together.
Philip and Dorothy were true legends in the management/agency
business. Max and Blossom Bygraves together
with Philip and
Dorothy made a formidable quartet
living side by side in London
and in Bournemouth.
From their origins with Mario Lanza and Nina and Frederik, on
to Bridie Gallagher, Ruby Murray
[5 records in the top ten at
the same time!], Jimmy Shand.
He discovered many, working closely with Hughie Green and his
‘Opportunity Knocks’. Freddie Davies,
Norman Collier, Lena
Zavaroni, Frank Carson, Pam Ayres.
On the ‘pop’ side he discovered ‘Them’ with their lead singer
Van Morrison …. The Dubliners
… Gilbert O’Sullivan, David
McWilliams, Malcolm Roberts … guided The Bachelors right
Smack bang in the middle of all the Tom Jones and Englebert
Humperdinck dramas! His record label ‘Major Minor’
His lifelong interest was horse breeding and racing … he had
much success. ‘My Charmaine’, named after the Bachelors’ hit,
was one of his great triumphs.
Through his years he became quite
a respected force in the Art World".
Philip Solomon as Executive director of ‘the
ship that rocked’ … Radio Caroline.
His acquiring of the pirate ship
Radio Caroline [The Bachelors owned 33%] was a stroke of genius giving his
artists unrestricted air time
for their record releases.
The crazy stories of Philip and Dorothy’s antics world-wide
are legend and they were never
far away from the front pages.
The Showbiz world is now a lesser place without Philip … may
he Rest in Peace.
Frank Carson paid his respects
to Philip Solomon and
Spoke very movingly.
Dorothy Solomon said a
last farewell to to Philip,
her Life Long Partner.
She asked Dec to Direct the service.
Twinkle, who Dec discovered,
'Stewpot' Stewart, Dec
and Dorothy Solomon
Dec Addressing The Toastmasters
Dec presents the awards at the Toastmasters
Speaking Championships..... Here with Evaluation
Winner Claire Carpenter and
Divisional Governor Gordon Piggott.
Rotarian Con Cluskey is presented with a Paul
Harris Fellowship Award for services to
The award was presented by Hazel Metcalfe, president of The
Rotary Club of Elland
for Con's outstanding work for Humanitarian Causes
over the years.
Dec and Con take time to sign an autograph
a grateful fan when they appeared
at Seacroft Hemsby
Con poses with some of the celebrities
Thomas's Priory Golf Club
at another charity event.
Steve Womak gets in the way as Con poses
with celebrities for a photo
included are Mrs.
Colin Gibson, Johnny
Briggs from Coronation Street, Shel
Ian 'Sludge' Lee and
Pete from 'The Horns Inn',
Con and his wife Kay celebrated
Wedding Anniversary on 5th Aug. 2011.
The Bachelors Appreciation Society
them with a beautiful Rose Bush
and a presentation box
Their Grandson Miles poured the champagne.
Con their daughter Carole and Kay
went to their
'The Great Wall' for a celebration meal.
Kay and Con went to their villa
in Seville in
Spain with their family
to continue the celebration
of their 50th
Con and two Footballing Legends Frank
Mckenzie at a Charity Bash
at Ramside Hotel.
Colin 'Fingers' Henry did a fantastic show with
Con & Dec. Colin is a long time friend
of The Bachelors and has appeared
on many occasions.
Con had dinner with Snooker Legend
World Snooker Championship in 1986.
Steve Pinnell, drummer with
the group Smokie,
has a word
with Con after a great night of cabaret.
They both thoroughly
enjoyed the evening.
Con joins a line of legendary Sporting
who insisted he get in the picture
with them at Ramside Hall Hotel!!
Two Great Singers get together!
Clive Abbott from
The Black Abbotts
and Con form a mutual admiration society.
and Barry Cryer OBE
spoke at a Tribute lunch
to Michael [Lord] Grade at The Royal Lancaster
London. Other tributes were made by
Joe Pasquale and Don Black.
They had a
over shared memories
and Sandy visited Dorothy Solomon
for her birthday with The Queen’s
Dec and Victoria had a chat with Harry Derbridge
from 'The only way is
at a charity Golf Dinner
in aid of The Variety Club.
Victoria stole the show at
Chart Hills Golf Club with
Bradley Walshe and Bobby
Con & Dec had a packed house
and yet another standing ovation
at The Royal British Legion Club.
Con and Dec presented Margaret Haddon
with flowers and
sang her favourite song
'Walk With Faith in your Heart'
to encourage her during her hospital treatment.
Dec greets Prince
as he arrives for a special dinner
at 'The Water Rats'
with her favourite parrot 'Magic'
Dec lines up with Prince Philip
and the Past King Rats
The Grand Order of Water Rats
Con with brothers John
and Bob Gittins
helped to raise funds for the
Marie Curie Cancer Care
and Grandson Miles
ready for 'Trick or Treat'
Con's Son Greg with his children Freddie
and Lydia ready to join in
A gathering of legends of Showbusiness!
Johnnie Hamp TV producer of 'The Comedians'
and his wife.
'Diddy' David Hamilton and Con.
Con reminisces with old friend
Bert Weedon OBE when they met up
Water Rats Ball.
Comedian Tony Barton, Con,
Fraser Hynes and
Ed 'Stewpot' Stewart
Jess Conrad CFL has a serious word
with Dec before the fun starts
Water Rats Ball
at the Lancaster Hotel.
Dec with old friend John McGuigan, who is manager of
Bargoed Golf Club,
along with Con & The Captain of the club.
Con & Dec got a rapturous reception when they appeared
at the Golf Club
for their Pre Christmas Bash.