The Pack are: left to right - Lachie, Stewart, Drew & Billy Drew, Billy, Stewart & Lachie
'Based in Falkirk, this 4-piece group were one of the best around in the mid-sixties. We rehearsed a lot to get to that standard. We played a mixture of blues & rock. The band consisted of Drew Templeton on Bass, Lacchie Innes on Rhythm, Billy Hastings on Lead Guitar and Stuart Buchanan on drums. We managed to lay our hands on a lot of American Blues imports featuring acts like Sugar Pie De-Santo, Leadbelly, Hooker Etc. Although Falkirk-based, we played all over Scotland, and were to be seen at Edinburgh clubs such as the Place & The Gamp. We also did a lot of work at the Edinburgh Art Collefe, where we played as support to a lot of top outfits such as Alan Price Set, The Johnny Dankworth Big Band, The Foundations, Alex Harvey and many more. I especially remember the Dankworth gig at Edinburgh Art College. There were some students in the balcony trying to land glasses into the top of the euphonium, one or two got in. This was when they had their big hit with "African Waltz" - what great musicians.
Around this time three local business men decided to open a club in Falkirk called "La Bamba". Ian Rule, Ian Stirling & David Dillon should receive all of the plaudits they so richly desrve, for having the foresight to open a club like this, which went on to become as famous in Scotland as The Cavern was down south. The club had a few incarnations, but the best was in East Bridge Street. The Pack played there many times, with other local bands such as the Abstracts and the Cherokees as well as well known bands such as Marmalade, Alex Harvey, Hi Fi Combo, Dave Edmunds, Mud & the Peddlers. Apart from the gigs we did all over the place we could be found in the Argyle Bar in Falkirk or Clarks Bar opposite Edinburgh Art College in Edinburgh when in town.
'The Pack were invited to go to Liverpool to play at 3 clubs, all in one night; the Cavern, the Peppermint Lounge & the Blue Angel. We did the 3 gigs by taxi. The Cavern was everthing we expected. To stand where great players had, was tingly, especially as I was on Lennon's spot. We were to do 2 x 45 minute spots, and were introduced by the compere, Bob Wooler'. We had to get to the stage through basically a hole in the wall from the dressing room. He told uss if they liked you, they would paint the band name along the stage front, there must have been a job lot of brushes that night. We used the house PA. Drew had a nosebleed the night, nerve!!! The entrance was down a very steep stairway. Guess who dropped his Vox AC30 amp at the top? Correct, me. It went down very fast, followed by me at the gallop. I picked it up, plugged it, and it worked, great wee amp that.
The Pack were asked to do a showcase in Glasgow for a German Tour. We blew the rest away and won the thing. We were on our way then the promoter told us we had to take a female singer with us. "Nae chance" was the reply, "That's not what we do". In retrospect, we were pretty daft, but we were young then. Sadly, we lost Lachie in a car accident and it was not the same without him so the group wound up. I have no hesitation in saying that had this great band survived, we would have made it to the top, whatever that means, it just seemed it was not meant to be when we lost Lachie. I still see Drew. Stewart & I went together to France to work for a bit but have not seen him for some time, I think he lives in Edinburgh somewhere near Portobello. The Pack did shape me for future ventures in music though and the nest one up was the GUITAR STRINGS.