Laurie Dee —
..... came from Christchurch, and his real name was Laurie Herdman. Due to a lack of space in a 1970s newspaper advert, he was promoted as "Laurie D", and as a compromise he agreed to then become "Laurie Dee". Originally Laurie was the vocalist with The Five Degrees (later to become just The Degrees) - the group which opened The Monaco Nitespot (formerly The Pride Of Place) in 1968, and latterly he sang with Beam as Laurie Dee & Beam). Beam was a touring band, well known on the pub circuit playing top 40 hits. Laurie moved into a solo career and released one single in 1975, followed up with two more singles and two albums in the 80s. He is perhaps best remembered for his 1981 rendition of Wink Martindale's "Deck Of Cards" albeit with a rugby flavour! After some TV exposure on Free Ride, he was invited to become part of Kevan Moore's "Sing" TV show, moving on to comedy support roles and an extended involvement with the Billy T James Show as an actor and a writer. He has been a prodigious inventor.
Laurie's recordings were ..... 1972 Bus Rider // We Can Work It Out; (Beam Unity), 1973 Teach Me How To Fly // The Road (Beam), 1974 Freedom // Harmony (Laurie Dee & Beam), 1975 My Love And I // I Wanna Do It All (Laurie Dee). In the 1980s he recorded two more singles and two LPs.