During the regular gigs in shady clubs such as
"The Ritz" in Skewen, and "The Glen" in Llanelli, Mike
realized he was earning much more than even the best paid apprentices and school
leavers of his age, so he left school to concentrate on his beloved
Mike recalls the gigs being filled with Notorious "Teddy Boys" all
fighting amongst themselves, and worse still, being jealous of the attention the Ivey's
were getting from their own girlfriends. This resulted in many scuffles and
hurried exits. One such trick was to open the back doors and reverse the
van right up against the open doors providing a quick getaway from any trouble.
But even the volatile crowds appreciated the immense
youthful talent of the Iveys, resulting in them being firm favorites with the South
Wales music scene.
Here is Mikes own personal view of the Iveys
taken from his forthcoming book: