The ‘New’ Honeycombs have no right, says Ilford guitarist

12:12 09 March 2011

Martin Murray, second from right, with the Honeycombs in their 1960s heyday.

Martin Murray, second from right, with the Honeycombs in their 1960s heyday.


»The former guitarist from a chart-topping 1960s band has criticised a group for using its name.

Martin Murray now

Martin Murray, 71, is angry that a concert being given tomorrow (Fri) night at the Kenneth More Theatre, in Oakfield Road, Ilford, by the New Honeycombs, is just too close to his band’s original name, which he says he owns.

The Honeycombs shot to fame in 1964 with the No. 1 single Have I The Right? But now Mr Murray claims the New Honeycombs don’t have the right to use that name.

He told the Recorder: “Ilford is being ripped off by this group which is posing as me and my band.

“We are registered with Companies House as a musical band, so no one can use our name or anything similar.”

Martin Murray, far left, with the Honeycombs in their 1960s heyday.

Mr Murray, who used to live in Lakeside Avenue, Clayhall, says he has complained to the Advertising Standards Authority but cannot afford the £35,000 cost of bringing legal action against the group.

On Tuesday the Kenneth More Theatre website showed a flyer for the Rock Around the Sixties night with the text: “Featuring The New Honeycombs who burst on to the scene in 1964 as part of the Joe Meek revolution ... They are now bigger and better than ever, and even more dynamic onstage.”

General manager of the theatre, Robert Jackson, denied that the wording was misleading but insisted it was a mistake. He said: “I have asked for the website to be changed and I will get this taken off the website now.

“We have been assured by the tour promoter that everything is fine and it will be a good evening.”

Paul Bonner, from the New Honeycombs, who are producing the show themselves, said: “We are not purporting to be the original line up and our flyer clearly says that we are a tribute act.

“We have the name registered and we have every right to use it. The show is going to be great.”


Latest News Stories

52 minutes ago
Demonstrators march down Whitehall during the 'Let's Save the NHS' rally and protest march by junior doctors in London last month

Junior doctors will not strike today after the British Medical Association (BMA) reached an agreement with the Government to resume negotiations.

View of London City Airport from the sky Picture: Andrew Holt

A campaign group has expressed its opposition to the decision to allow an increase of planes to fly over parts of Redbridge.

Yesterday, 18:50
Doris Greenstein in the Recorder in 2008. She was one of the original founders of the Redbridge Pensioners Forum and sadly passed away on Saturday. Photo: Jules Dann

One of the founding and most influential members of the Redbridge Pensioners Forum has died aged 93.

Yesterday, 14:36
Specialist care provider Health 1000 holding a networking lunch at the Redbridge Institute of Adult Education.
Dr Jagan John speaking

A specialist healthcare provider held a networking lunch for its service users on Thursday.

Most read news


Nike Trainers

Nike’s motto is ‘to bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world.’ With this in mind it’s no surprise why Nike is the preferred training gear for most A-list athletes. Get an extra boost in your run or height in your jump with £500 to spend on Nike trainers.

MAC Makeup

MAC are renowned for their flawless, fabulous make up that is used worldwide by the stars. You too can have the chance to have the perfect makeup to suit your needs with £1,000 to spend on all the glam goodies you like!

Digital Edition

Read the Ilford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder