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.

Photo of Anthony BlondAuthor and publisher Anthony Blond attended Moor Allerton in the 1930s before continuing his education at Eton then Oxford University.

His father was Major Neville Blond CMG OBE, one of the founders of the Royal Court theatre in London. He set up his first publishing company in 1952 and was publisher and director of Private Eye magazine. Blond wrote two books about the publishing trade, The Publishing Game (1971) and The Book Book (1983) and a humorous novel, Family Business (1978).

Find out more about him on his Wikipedia entry or obituaries published upon his death in 2008 in The Guardian, The Independent, and The Telegraph.

Some Anthony Blond press clippings from the Moor Allerton archive:

1947 England Rugby Union Team with Captain Joe Mycock.

1947 England Rugby Union Team with Captain Joe Mycock, middle row, second from right.

Joe Mycock  is one of Moor Allerton’s famous Old Boys getting to the top of his game – captaining the England rugby union team in the late 1940s.

Joe Mycock newspaper article c.1970s

Joe Mycock newspaper article c.1970s

Joe was born in 1916, so would have been a pupil at Moor Allerton in the mid-1920s. He became captain of Sale Rugby Club in 1936 and also had spells with Harlequins and  Lancashire achieving five England caps between 1947 and 1948.