Gus Travis (b. Graham Bull, 13 December 1940, West Kirby, Wirral, England) formed, as a tribute band to Gene Vincent And The Bluecaps, Gus Travis And The Thundercaps [sic] and practised at a youth club in West Kirby, whilst their parents thought they were playing badminton. Graham Bull had had the nickname ‘Gus’ since his childhood and he added ‘Travis’ ‘probably after Merle Travis but it just sounded right.’ In 1962, the band, this time inspired by Hank Ballard And The Midnighters, became Gus Travis And The Midnighters. They performed hardcore rock ‘n’ roll from the likes of Johnny Burnette’s Rock ‘n’ roll Trio, but pianist Alan Watts performed the comedy hits of the day such as ‘Right Said Fred’. Freddie Starr was recruited for additional comedy relief and Watts, sensing his potential, wanted the Midnighters to go professional. Travis stayed behind because he worked with Cunard Shipping and he would have to forgo his dream of a month in Nashville on concessionary terms - £10 each way to New York. Travis formed a new band, the Dymonds, but he left the band after they performed only instrumentals on a concert at the prestigious Philharmonic Hall. After that came the Rainchecks and as Starr had moved on from the Midnighters, he revived the name. Gus ‘Crazy Legs’ Travis And The Midnighters are still a popular rock ‘n’ roll act around Merseyside and include two original Midnighters, Ian McQuair (rhythm guitar) and Brian Woods (bass). Gus Travis still hands out his publicity photographs from the 60s - he had had 10, 000 printed as he thought he was going to make it.
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