The Million Pound Drum Contest
On Sunday, March 20th 1966 at the Wimbledon Palais, the prize was presented to the winner of the 'Million Pound Drum Contest' which had been announced in 'Melody Maker' on January 29th as a collaboration between the music paper and Radio London. And what a prize! The million pounds tag referred to "top pop star Dave Clark who has drummed his way to a million pounds" and he was on hand the drum kit over to Carol.
Daily Big L promotions for the competition were broadcast until February 14th and the entry deadline was February 21st.
(Far left) The Melody Maker entry form. Probably, the line that reads "...the one of which he recorded 'Glad All Over' and 'Bits and Pieces'." is a typo and is intended to read "...the one ON which he recorded 'Glad All Over' and 'Bits and Pieces'."
From an entry of 2,700, Carol Offord's 'suitable station announcement' was selected to win Dave Clark's multi-hit-making Rogers drum kit. Carol nominated her friend John Tillett to receive the prize. Below, in their own words, is Carol and John's story, which has a very happy ending.
(Above) Melody Maker announces the winner
John and Carol today
John Tillett: "What a thrill to be reminded
of those memorable days in March '66 when I won the Dave Clark drum set
with lots of help from Carol Offord.
Update received in March 2012
Carol tells us that in 2011, Carol and John were approached by a drum enthusiast who had seen our feature and was fascinated by the story. Although they were reluctant to part with the drums, they decided that it was time they were put to good use. They sold the drum kit and regained their garage.
There is a whole photofeature on website thedc5.com about the Rogers 'red sparkle' kit, including shots of the original cases in which the drums were presented to Carol and John, labelled 'DC5'. There's also a picture of Keith Moon giving the kit a bashing.
Very many thanks to John, Carol and to John's son Gary, for taking the trouble to share their great story and photos. We'd love to hear from the 6 runners-up who won the Philips trannies.