Celebrating 100 years of Moor Allerton School. 1914–2014

Famous ‘Old Boy’ No.3 – Danny Betesh

June 16th, 2013 | Posted by ma100admin in Past pupils, staff and personal stories | Pupils

Photo of pop promoter Danny BeteshWhat Brian Epstein was to the Beatles and the Merseybeat scene of the 60s, former Moor Allerton pupil Danny Betesh was to the Manchester Beat scene at the same time. In fact, in 1963, he helped promote the first major tour for the Beatles!

Starting his career as an accountant, Danny Betesh set up Kennedy Street Enterprises, one of  one of the most respected and successful promotion agencies in British entertainment. He had originally entered showbusiness as a ballroom owner but switched to agency work, booking such local acts as Freddie And The Dreamers and Dave Berry. In 1964, he launched a Manchester invasion of America, which culminated with Freddie And The Dreamers, Herman’s Hermits and Wayne Fontana And The Mindbenders holding the Top 3 positions in the US singles chart.

Since that golden era, Kennedy Street has continued to flourish as an agency and management organization. Among the acts they have represented are 10cc, Sad Café, Barclay James Harvest, Tony Christie and Godley And Creme. The number of tours they have promoted has been countless and include celebrated appearances by such stars as Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen and Morrissey.

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