Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s “Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” has a Welwyn Garden City connection.
I was a regular visitor to the Hop dances at the Woodhall Community Centre. (Visit this website for more information about “The Hop”.) The dances were organised by Digswell resident Seth Reese. On this particular Friday evening in 1969, Potters Bar band “The Mixed Bag” were performing, This popular group performed “Lovin’ Spoonful” and other strong harmony songs.
The fashion at the time was for men to wear a light weight, single colour, crew neck jumper with an Elvis Presley type scarf around the neck. On this particular evening, a lad whom I had not seen at “The Hop” before came and stood near me. He was wearing a heavy weight green, brown and orange jumper and red and grey stripped University scarf. I asked him if it was his first time at “The Hop” and he explained that he had come to hear “The Mixed Bag.” He was looking for a band to record a “Contata” that he had written, and “The Mixed Bag” had been recommended. He listened to the band’s first set, then went back stage to talk to them, before leaving.
During the band’s second set, guitarist Terry Saunders announced that they had been invited by “Andrew” to to record an album. The album was “Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”
For more information visit this website. Interestingly, Tim Rice used to work at Welwyn Department Store. (Look here for more information)