With reference to Chris Nicol’s letter in Wednesdays edition regarding Nat King Cole appearing at the Leeds Odeon, he expressed doubt that the great man had ever sung there.
According to an excellent book on Leeds Cinemas by Robert E. Preedy, Cole was in concert at this venue, along with Ted Heath and His Music, on the 18th of July 1963.
It seems to have been forgotten that The Odeon was the main platform at one time for major acts appearing in the city. The acts, according to Mr. Preedy’s book, who made the most appearances there were, Ella Fitzgerald and Roy Orbison five shows each, Herman’s Hermits four shows, The Beatles, Cliff Richard, The Everly Brothers and The Hollies three shows. Amongst many other big names to have appeared there were, Johnny Ray, Paul Robeson, Louis Armstrong, Woody Herman, Bobby Darin, Judy Garland, Count Basie, Shirley Bassey, Johnny Mathis, Duke Ellington, Dionne Warwick The Rolling Stones The Beach Boys Bill Haley and the Comets, The Platters and many many more. These shows all took place between February 1957 and June 1968.
I wonder how many people shopping in Primark realise they are walking where legends once trod.
Ron Davies, Westfield Mount, Yeadon,