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Last Updated 19th April 2011
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Or any Scunthorpe group i may have missed
Scunthorpe Groups of the 1950s,1960s,1970s and 1980s
The 1960s was ablaze with local groups, most of
them playing locally, most working men’s club had a live act on. The pubs were
packed on group nights, the main pubs for entertainment were The Sherpa, The
Open Hearth, The Queen Bess, The Comet, The Priory, The Friendship Inn
(Keadby), The Queens, The Brown Cow, The Berkeley Hotel, The Cocked Hat and The
Crosby. Besides the clubs and pubs we had the Youth Centre and the Baths, (now
sadly gone). In addition to these were St Pauls Church hall at Ashby, the Jazz
Workshop, the Drill Hall, (terrible acoustics, but no-one seemed to bother) and
on two occasions my old group, The 4 of Clubs even played at the Old Showground
at halftime, on match day. That was an experience, I can tell you. The music
was still reverberating off the corrugated sheeting, 5 minutes after we
finished playing. I met up with Dave Churchman later, who had been working in the Crosby area that day, and he said, he had heard us in Sheffield Street. He didn't comment on how it sounded though.
The picture below is Lenny Tombstone and the Skeletons, group members were, Colin Hatton (drums), John Hill (lead guitar), Rod Clark (Bass Guitar) Lenny Radley (vocals) and Hugh Gourley (Rhythm Guitar). The pic was taken at the Friendship Inn at Keadby early 1960s.
The Friendship Inn was very popular in those days, and the Skeletons played there on a regular basis. Unfortunately it was next to the canal, and not a good place to have too much to drink, unless you were a good swimmer, as a few of us found out, to much discomfort.
The Skeletons would later become The Classics, Ian King who was vocalist for the Jesters, joined the Classics and the group was renamed Ian King and the Classics. The Classics played for many years at the Priory Hotel Scunthorpe, where they had a massive following. Ian was a very popular vocalist, and being a good looking guy, attracted the ladies. Lead guitarists with the classics over the years included, John Castell (Robinson), John Hill, Les Goddard and Eddie Ashworth. Mal Turner later joined the group, on vocals. Ian King moved on to form another band with Mel Oliver & Paddy O’Connor.
The picture below is of the Classics with Arthur Goddard (lead guitar), Rod Clark (bass guitar), Hugh Gourley (rhythm Guitar), Ian King (vocalist) and Colin Hatton (drums). I remember sitting in the Britannia Corner Hotel, having a drink or two with Arthur (Les) Goddard, he sold me a Bond Mini 3 wheel car, and it had been stored in a lockup garage just off Henderson Ave for a year or so. I got it home and fixed it up, it had a motorbike engine in it, but no reverse gear. To start it up, you lifted the bonnet, climbed inside and kicked it off. We lived in a cul de sac, and the car could turn in its own length, if put in full lock. The kids used to come from miles around, just to see me spin it round and set off in the morning. My brother Hugh and I used it, to go on booking in it, when we were working as a Duo. We had a blow out on Crowle straight one night coming home. The front tyre blew, which meant the engine was actually on the road, we were doing about 50mph, with no steering and finished up, upside down in the ditch, amps, mics and guitars everywhere. Happy days.
Ian King & The Classics, Hugh Gourley, Les Goddard, Rod Clarke, Colin Hatton & Ian King
The Classics 1964 Rod Clarke, Hugh Gourley, Colin Hatton and John (Robinson) Costell
had a Jonathon Ross problem with his R's.One of the songs he sang was Rambling Rose,
which came over as Wambling Wose, and then there was Sweet little Wock & Woller. All
and all, he covered it up pretty well and not a lot noticed. On one occasion Les and
I were travelling to catch the ferry to Hull. We were on his Lambretta scooter, just past
Winterton we had a blow out on the front tyre,Les tried to keep control, but we finished up
flying through the air and landing on the freshly laid Tarmac.This was the days before
crash helmets,and being summer, we only had light clothing on. Les landed nose first on
the road and i finished up beside him. We had bits of gravel stuck in us all over. Les's
nose had taken the blunt of it, and was in a sorry state. When we called in Britiania snug
the following day, we looked like war casalities. When asked what happened, Les with his usual
dryness, replied, "I cut myself shaving". We were playing that same night, goodness knows
what the audience thought of us.
A massively popular group in the late 1950s and early 60s were, Tony and the Cadillacs. The picture below is of The Cadillacs with Keith Harrison (bass guitar), Tony Borrell (rhythm Guitar) John Hill ( lead guitar) and Dave Edwards (drums). The Cadillacs played for many years at the Sherpa Hotel, Bottesford, and always packed the place. Johnnie Dobbs would later become their lead vocalist.
On the right, an early shot of the Cadillacs, with Keith Harrison, Dave edwards,
Martin Danks, Alan Harsley and Tony Borrell
“Tony & The Cadillacs” Back Row l-r Mal Evans, John Robinson, Frank Coult.
Front Row l-r Tony Borrell, John Dobbs
The Cadillac's were promoting their record early 1970's( To sleep perchance to dream ) was the title, Sue (Tony's wife i think) trekked up and down Ashby high street with a Stork margarine box full of the records going in all the shops selling them.
The Cadillacs recorded a demo record in the mid 1960's
The record was produced in Sheffield at the UNIT NINETEEN Studios.
The performers were
Tony Borrell - Guitar and Vocals
Alan Harsley - Guitar
Martin Danks - Piano/Keyboards
Keith Harrison - Bass
Dave Edwards - Drums
To Sleep Perchance to Dream
Tony Borrell is still fronting the Cadillacs up to the present day.
Tony lives and plays with the group in Majorca. The present lineup is
Mark Harskins, Tony Borrell, Seb Nadal and Dave Valintine.
Chris Ellerton - drums, Craig Austin - lead guitar and vocals
Bill Gibson - rhythm guitar, Fred Havercroft - vocals
Bottom left John Ancliffe - bass guitar and vocals
The Imps kicked off in 1963, the original lineup was
Craig Austen, lead guitar
Bill Gibson, rhythm guitar
John Ancliffe, bass
Chris Ellerton, drums
Fred Havercroft, vocals
Fred Havercroft left and Ian Mathews took over vocals
John Ancliffe left to join the Dimples
Craig Austen took over on bass
Greg Tomilson, took over on lead guitar
In late 1965 Greg Tomilson and Craig Austen left to
also join the Dimples
The Imps played Chuck Berry,Hollies etc. music. They formed in 1964 and played together until
Johnny Robinson (left) used the stage name of Johnny Castell, he worked as head gardener at Normanby Hall for many years before leaving Scunthorpe for Peterborough in the early 1970's. He was an excellent guitarist and his rendering of Chuck Berry numbers, were probably the best in the area, at the time. He played in several Scunthorpe groups in the sixties, among them were Ian King and the Classics, Mel Oliver Band and many more.
A little titbit from John Hill.
Johnny Robinson had and possibly still has a Hofner Club 40 or 50 guitar.
He used to regularly change the appearance of his guitar by stripping down
and sticking Fablon over it. He would leave practice one night, go home and
re-cover the guitar, learn a new song and turn up the next night raring to go again.
He used to move the pickups regularly as well, to get a different sound and
apparently there were so many screw holes on the frontof it, that it was only
the Fablon that stopped a big chunk of the guitar falling out. Sound a bit like
Willie Nelson's guitar.
Above, Johnny Robinson with his famous Hofner Club guitar
Johnny Robinson playing with
Tony and the Cadillacs
A short memo by Mel Oliver ( pictured left) on Nicky James & The 4 Cents
led by the Guitarist, Paddy O’Connor and we suddenly found ourselves with a
number of arranged gigs but without a Vocalist.
Our headquarters was the local Scunthorpe Youth Centre and we used to use one
of the rooms to generally meet and rehearse in (as did other local Bands at
that time.) Paddy happened to walk into the Youth Centre Dance Hall where he
saw Nick (who had apparently just moved from Birmingham to Scunthorpe) dancing.
Thinking that he looked to be a ‘cool mover’ he tapped him on the shoulder and
asked him whether he could sing as well as he could dance and within a short
space of time we were all rehearsing in the Youth Centre and then very quickly
‘on the road’.
The Band consisted of:-
Nick James - Vocals
Paddy O’Connor - Guitar
Self - Piano
Toyne Tomlinson - Drums
Tony Davies - Bass (Died some years ago)
The Band name came from Paddy who took the surname (Nicholls) and converted it
into Nicky. Toyne recalls that in the Youth Centre practice Room there were a
couple of toy guns which someone was playing with and somehow the famous outlaw
Jesse James was mentioned which ultimately probably led to Nick’s stage surname.
Apparently in American currency one Nickel (Nicholl) equals 4 Cents and this is
where the Band name came from ‘Nicky James and the Four Cents’.
Nick developed fast and was soon an ideal front man being a good Vocalist with
good looks and he was also a good mover. Many of the numbers in our set were by
Elvis who was a favourite of Nicks’ at that time. What I am not sure about is
how long the Band was together although I seem to think it may have been 3 to 4
years at which point Nick moved back to Birmingham and I believe he joined
‘Denny Laine and the Diplomats’ but I suspect you know the story from there.
One of the things that Nick was well known for and which he never lost was his
broad Birmingham ‘Brum’ accent.
We played the dance hall and club circuits in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire and
appeared at most of the ‘larger’ venues at the various Towns such as Town Halls
etc. often supporting some of the big names at that time, such as:-
‘Nero & The Gladiators’
‘Shane Fenton & the Fentones’ (He was later to become Alvin Stardust)
‘Vince Taylor & The Playboys’
‘The John Barry Seven’
‘Don Lang & His Famous Five’
The Band used to go down very well with the crowds and this was of course primarily
due to our front man, Nick.
I honestly can’t remember what led to the Band splitting up, certainly I don’t
remember us having any serious arguments or disagreements and I know we always
got on well together, so I assume it probably just happened by mutual agreement?
Nicky James and the 4 cents were another late 50s early 60s group. I
never got to see them perform, but was told they were very good. Nicky James came along on one of the Jesters (my old group) bookings, he got up and sang several songs with us. i remember one of the songs was, Presley's 'One Night With You'. He stole the show, he was an excellent singer, great voice.
After leaving Scunthorpe, Nicky moved back to Birmingham where he had a successful recording and songwritting career
Nicky James & The Diplomats (Birmingham group)
There was a story that Nicky James had to attend an interview.
There were adverts, tickets and things that the Inland Revenue had
collected as "evidence". Nicky was casual in his approach and reasoned
that there were loads of 'Nicky James' who turned up at gigs and sang
with any band that cared to go under the name of the 4 cents on that night.
The Sunspots were a late 50s group, who would later evolve into the Cadillacs, the members were Johnnie Dobbs, Tony Borrell, Richie Underwood, Barry Garner and Keith Harrison.
The Worrying Kind 1969. A Barton on Humber based group with a huge following
About 1967 the Worrying Kind morphed into the Monday Morning Glory Band.
The line up was
Andy Boyd, lead guitar
Martin (Tweedy) Street, bass
Alan Beasty, drums
Dave Waterland, vocals
Bonk Johnson, keyboards
Brian Hayes, sax & flute
Rowdy ??? trumpet
Colin Baysford, trumpet
The band were on the go til approx 1970, They played Soul type music 'Blood
Sweat & Tears',Georgie Fame etc.
They did an audition for a Birmingham management team, which they passed
with flying colours. They recorded two songs at the Marque Studios, London.
Andy Boyd left 'Monday Morning Glory Band', in 1969 to form 'Grinning Frank'
The line up was
Andy Boyd, lead guitar
Martin (Tweedy) Street, bass
Jed Cox, drums
Spud Ruddock, vocals
They played 'Blues Rock type music, Rory Gallagher etc. The group were together
On one occasion, they were playing at the Oswald Hotel, Scunthorpe,in 1970,
unfortunatly, it was also the day England was playing West Germany in the
Mexico world cup and the match was on in the Bar. Midway thru the act, someone
pulled the plug out on them and told them to shut up, because they couldn,t
hear the match. Moral is, never get between a man and his football.
Andy later moved on to join 'Roller Coaster'.
Wall Street Crash started about 1973.
The line up was,
Andy Boyd, lead guitar
Mick Boyd, rhythm guitar
Pete Boyd, bass
Jed Cox, drums
Brian Gazi, vocals
The band play mostly soft rock music, Status Quo, the Who,etc.
They played outside the Bell & Anchor pub when it first opened
in 1973 or 74. The group disbanded in 1975.
Later members were
Jed Cox (drums)
Graham Boyd (bass)
Dave Dent (guitar)
Brian Hayes (flute)
Keith Mullard (guitar)
Dave Roe guitar/vocals
Nigel Hodgson drums
Steve Bird guitar/vocals
Cliff Chappel bass
The band did harmony numbers, Everly Bros, Hollies,The Beatles and The Stones. They started in 1963
when they were 14 and 15 years old, playing The Sherpa and The Queen Bess. They later branched out, to play all
over Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. They played at the first Beat Contest at The Baths.Dave Roe left the band in 1966
to go to university, the band carried on for a short time as a trio before disbanding.
The Kraakans , members
consisted of Dave Roe, Nigel Hodgson, Steve Bird and Cliff Chappel,
'The Relations' with Frankie Ray were at one time considered
one of the best groups in Scunthorpe. The lineup was Mac Adams
and Winston Matheson on steel drums, Winston Jaffier on organ,
Chester James on bass, Winston Lewis on drums and Frankie Ray
as vocalist. The were star turn at The Sherpa in sept 1967.
The Peighton Checks
The Peighton Checks started up about 1965 or 1966.
The groups first booking was at the Dog and Rat at Broughton, They
played mostly Mod music and Soul. They would open up with, 'Something
you,ve got Babe', which i think was a Moody Blue's number.
The original name of the band was Pleighton Checks, unfortunatly
Nick Cole got the spelling wrong on his Steelbeat column, and the new
The line up was
Mick West, vocals
Charlie Gillis, guitar
Bobby Chappel, rhythm guitar
the late Alan Tinkler, lead guitar
(Alan went on to join Roger Blooms Hammer)
later members were
John Parker, vocals
Colin McArthur, drums
Paul Spears, bass.
Peighton Checks 1967-68
drums, Colin Mcarthur
bass, Paul Spiers
rhythm, Charlie Gillis
lead, Alan Tinkler
vocals, John Parker and later Graham 'chalky' White
After Eric McHutchion left the group, he went freelance and session
drummer playing for lots of out of town groups. He started up again
with The Gloria Mayne Trio, with Hugh Gourley, and Keith Ashley
on guitar. Gloria's daughter Allison played keyboards for them at a later date.
Other members of the 'Gloria Mayne Trio'in 1970 were, John Vessey,drums,
and Cliff Batty, guitar.John Vessey left in 1971 to form 'The Soundbreakers'
with Stef Chriyinski. John rejoined the Trio in 1972.
“The Gloria Mayne Trio”
Gloria Mayne and
Triangle, consisted of Rod Clarke (bass), Don Lee (Drums) and Hugh Gourley (lead guitar), Roy Emmerson sang with Triangle for a while
Don had a short spell on drums with the 4 of Clubs. I remember he had a small bubble car, which we were fascinated by. The biggest problem with them was, if someone parked in front of you, it was impossible to open the door.
The Alpine Trio in 1977 featured Bob Short as vocalist/comedian
Mick Harriman on guitar and
Irving Brundell on bass
Tina & Tomorrow 1977
Tina & Tomorrow featured Maureen ?? on vocals
Mick Harriman on guitar
Gordon Brundell on bass and
Pat Bryant on drums
Mustard featured Steve Jackson on vocals
Steve Wright on guitar
Gordon Brundell on bass and
Roger Gammidge on drums
“The Turnabouts” (Back l-r) Mick Strangleman (Drums), Mal Turner (Gtr/Vocs),
Ernie Boynton (Gtr), (Front l-r) Mick Cowling (Trpt/Vocs), Paddy O'Connor (bass).
The Turnabouts were 1960s Scunthorpe group, whose members included the legendary Paddy O’Connor (bass guitar), Ernie Boynton (lead guitar), Mick Strangleman (drums). I believe my old buddy Dave Churchman, had a spell with them. Ernie had a beautiful blonde Hofner Guitar, which I believe was a Hofner Committee and which he played exceptionly well. We (the 4 of Clubs), played in a group competition at the Baths, the winners were the Bad Ladds and the Turnabouts came third, Ernie was so disgusted, he refused the prize money, which was very unusual for him. He was known to be extremely careful with money.
The judges had really been right in their choice, as the Bad Ladds evolved into a truly super group, as time has proven. I saw them at one of the Mega Bash nights at the Baths, and they were brilliant.
The Turnabouts called it a day in early 1967
Purple Sand 1971/74
Alan Harsley, lead guitar,
Dave Edwards, drums and
Thomas John (Cody) Cope , bass
They played their first booking was at Grafton House Lincoln on 6 Feb 1971
and their last booking at the New Inn Killingholme Haven on 5 May 1974.
Alan Harsley and Tom (Cody) Cope met first at the Blast Furnaces on App Frod steelworks. After several
long conversations they decided to form a trio. Dave Edwards (drums) was ready for a change and
was invited to join them. They started out being a run of the mill trio, playing their first gig
at Grafton House Lincoln. They started doing comedy to brighten up the act, and found this went
down with the audience very well. Among other things they did a very funny version of the Nancy
Sinatra/ Lee Hazlewood number 'Did You Ever', with Cody doning a wig and singing in falsetto while
singing some lewd lyrics to the song. They started doing the current chart numbers of the time
and got very proficient at three part harmonies, with songs by the Beach Boys, like Good Vibrations.
Memo by John Hill
They formed early 70's, probably even as early as '70. The founder of the
band was the late Tom (Cody) Cope, a big guy with an equally big sense
of humour. He seemed to arrive from nowhere after leaving the army and was
soon scouring the local area to put a band together and was adamant that
it would be a brilliant band, and ambitious/confident enough to say they
would soon be playing places like the Baba and Kiki clubs, Sprotborough
social and the the other big Yorkshire venues.
The lineup was Cody on bass and vocals, Dave Edwards on drums and vocals
and Alan Harsley, guitar and vocals. They became very proficient on vocal
harmonies and covered a lot of current chart material, which was going
through a really commercial period with stuff like "Knock 3 times"
"Chirpy chirpy cheep cheep" and threw in a bit of comedy stuff like
Benny Hill's "Ernie" and a particularly naughty take on Donovan's
"Catch the wind"
They were an excellent trio who turned pro for a period.*
I reckon they must hold the record for most gigs in a day, which was a
noon and nighter at a Grimsby club with a kid's Christmas party in the
afternoon and the midnight spot at Oaklands country club on the way home.
4 gigs in a day ain't bad!
Info by courtesy of John Hill
The Rebels (sorry no pics, can anybody help)
The Rebels 1963-65 featured Andy Mayers, bass, Mick Gravelling,lead, Keith Burdett, drums and Rick
Laughton on vocals. They won the 1965 Battle of the Bands contest in Scunthorpe.,,
They changed their name in 1966 to Moderation
Adaptation, with Hugh Gourley, Len (kip) Herring and Pete Swift.
Adaptation in several different formats were.
Len (kipp) Herring (drums), Pete Swift, the
late Keith Ashley, Alan Smith. Later members
were Mike Verran, Hugh Gourley and Terry Huish.
Mike Verron, Terry Huish, Kip Herring Pete Swift, Hugh Gourley about 1971
Pete Swift, Hugh Gourley, Kip Herring, Terry Huish.
Adaption new lineup
Alan Smith, Pete Swift, Len (Kip) Herring, Keith Ashley 1968/69
The Rock'n'Roll Revival Show, was another group of the late
sixties, Mally Halsall (later Raving Rupert) was the Lead vocalist,
Dennis Lonsdale, Steve Wright, Malcolm Halsall, Trevor Mitchell & Irving Brundell. 1970
The Rock n Roll Revival Show
Lionel Sargeant, Trev Mitchell, Mally Halsall, Keith Mullard & Irving Brundell. 1969
The Rock n Roll Revival Show
Gordon “Irving” Brundell, Malcolm Halsall,
Keith Mullard & Trevor Mitchell. Nov 69
enroute to Denmark
Pete Swift of Adaptations and Shelley, was telling me
how he first met Keith Mullard.
'My memory of Keith goes back to around 1968, when a few assorted
music fans used to come around to my house on Chaucer avenue for
a bit of a jam. There was Kip Herring, Keith Ashley, Keith's mate
Alan Smith and a girl called Sharon, who worked with me at
Bartle's the printers. Kip just used drummer's brushes on
various trays and things, Keith (Ashley)played guitar (he knew hundreds
of songs), and Alan, Sharon and I sang. Alan had a great ear
for harmony and we did quite a few Everly Brothers numbers.
Another cousin of mine started coming along just to listen,
and one week he said he would bring along a guy he worked with,
who, apparently, played guitar. He turned out to be a very
talented, but rather wild guitar player called Keith Mullard.
He came along to our "jam sessions" for a while, but then I
think he found a band more suited to his style, and the next
time I saw him I think he was with the Rock'n'Roll Revival Show'.
Other musicans of the time were, drummers Dennis Lonsdale
and Trev Mitchell. Trev went on to hold several records for marathon
drumming, one of these marathon was held at the old Brown Cow in
Ashby, in the seventies.
“Vince & the Velocettes”
Jim ? from Hull -Guitar/vocals,
Dave Jackson- Bass/vocals
At “The Brown Cow” about 1986
Trev Mitchell (above) during his first attempt at a world record drumming marathon in 1971
Other bands were Circle of Least Confusion, Dennis Lonsdale played
with them. They changed their name to Taskas Dynasty in June 68.
and worth a mention were 'Guvmint Catchem Fellas',
Maureen and the Freeways, popular Scunthorpe Group, member were Don Lee, Rex Garton, John Steveson, Kevin Landrick and Maureen (Goodley).
They were weekly performers at The Sherpa and Queen Bess Hotels in front of packed audiences who used to queue up at the doors to squeeze in. Maureen's rendering of Lulu's "Shout" was guaranteed to bring the house down.
In early 1965, Don Lee left the Group and was replaced by Jack Pearson. They went from strength to strength, performing at venues throughout Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire including Sheffield City Hall, the Mecca Ballroom Grimsby, and the huge working mens' clubs in Yorkshire.
The make up of the Group remained the same until around March 1966 when Rex had to take the decision to leave in order to study for and take his "A" levels.The Group have been on the same bill as the Moody Blues on 8th May 1965 and was also supporting group to Cliff Bennet and the Rebel Rousers later that year at Cleethorpes Winter Gardens. Although less well known, they also supported Tommy Quickly at Retford.
John Stevenson and Maureen are brother and sister.
Contest at the Baths, with a couple
of audience shots.
On the left, the line up for the contest
Maureen & The Freeways supporting act to The Moody Blues
at the Scunthorpe Drill Hall
Some "moonies" antedotes, from John Hill's group playing days..
Way back in time, while playing with the Cadillacs,and returning from a
Grimsby gig, we were overtaken by Maureen and the Freeways'van on the
stretch between Barnetby top and Wrawby.
As their van pulled alongside, we were treated to the unspectacular view
of John Stevenson's rear end, pressed tightly against the nearside window,
For one heartrending moment we thought it was Maureen, but no such luck.
More impressive, however, was the night when the Martin Brothers were
travelling on the M62 on our way to a gig (in daylight if you please) and
a police 12 seater pulled alongside and we were treated to moonies
in each of the side windows.
Another night we were travelling south on the A1 when a coach hurtled past us.
This was obviously a men's night out as the TV screen was showing a blue
movie. Jed put his foot down, but we struggled for miles to make much headway.
Trying to view a 16" screen from a distance is pretty near impossible so we
were relieved to reach a long downhill section where we made good progress,
but were thwarted at the last moment. As we inched towards the back of the
coach and the screen came into focus we had reached the exit where we needed
to get off the motorway
featuring Terry Pitchfork, Ann Hilder, John Cuthbert,
Tony Bee and Chris Jones
In 1966 The Overtones the lineup featured
John Hicks on bass
John Cuthbert on drums
Terry Pitchfork on rhythm
Tony Bee on lead
Jimmy Ryder and the Knightriders were another
major group of the late 50s and early 60s. The line-up consisted of
(lead guitar), Toyne Tomlinson (drums), Mal Turner (rhythm guitar), Pete
Hornsby and Pete Fenwick, Paddy O’Connor also had a spell playing Bass.
later teamed up with Jimmy Crawford to become
Jimmy Crawford and the Shantells. The line-up consisted of Jimmy
Crawford (vocals), Jimmy Ryder (lead guitar), Mal Turner (rhythm
guitar), Pete Hornsby
Photo above Pete Johnson, Jimmy Ryder, Jimmy Crawford
and Pete Hornsby
Left, a picture of Jimmy Crawford taken in 2008
I recall Jimmy Ryder accompanying the Jesters (with whom I played Rhythm guitar), on a booking to Doncaster Co-op Club, I was belting out our wild version of Lucille, when Jimmy rushed on the stage and joined in the singing. Everyone thought it was part of the act, so he stayed on and finished the spot off. Ian King came along that night as well. We finished off the night with sausage sandwiches all round at the Red Barrel Café in Donny.
Rock a Billy Rebels 1978
The lineup was Phil (Eddie) Birkitt on vocals
Irving Brundell on bass
Dave Jackson on Guitar and
Malcolm (Tees) Ford on drums
Malcolm Jackson on drums
Phil Birkitt and Dave Jackson
Country Ramblers 1982
The group featured Maggie McGee on vocals
Mike Steel on guitar
Ken Wood on steel guitar
Pete Jackson on drums and
Gordon Brundell on bass
Roller-Coaster (mid seventies)
Al Whelham bass, Dennis (big den) Lonsdale drums,
Spud Woodward vocalist, Keith Mullard guitar.
'Somebody's People' started up late 1967.
The line was Ian McKay (vocals), Pete Mitchell (vocals),
Dave Krynicki (drums), Mick Harrison (lead guitar),
Irving Brundell (rhythm guitar) and Bill Cunningham bass).
original members were
George Milton (drums)
Ivan Tate (vocals)
Steve Wright (lead guitar)
Gordon Blundell (bass)
Mick Harriman (rhythm)
later members were
and Ian McKay
They later changed their name again and became
Kaleidoscope. They were to disband within a short
time, after being ripped off by people who were
supposed to be helping them. A familiar story.
Irving Brundell, Steve Wright, Dennis Lonsdale,
Trevor Mitchell and John Brady – in Central Park. 1969
The Colestreamers, a 1960's danceband,
over the years, the personel consisted of
Jack Tugby, saxophone
Frank Reeves, piano
Bob Duck, saxophone
Don Torrie, trombone
Barry Bradley, drums
Stan Corp, piano
Colin ??, drums
Jack Spafford, drums
and Keith Nicholson, saxophone
The 'Skyliners' were a fifties dance band, they played at the Crosby Hotel.
They would later morph into the 'Continentals'. The Continentals had a
residency spot at the Priory Hotel. The band featured Tom Ellis, tenor sax,
Tony Watson, alto sax, Dave Howsham, alto sax,Bob Johns, piano, Dave Stocks,
bass and Pete Thornton on drums. Bayliss Thomas later replaced Pete on drums.
Shortly after Bayliss joined, the band became 'Lou Lewis and the Stardusters'.
They played all the big venues of the time in Lincolnshire, Corn Exchanges and
Town Halls etc.
Bayliss Thomas would later join up with Johnny Mann and form the 'Johnny Mann
Quintet' other members were, Trevor Wheeler, piano, Don Ross, guitar and a bass
player.They played the Baths Hall, the Bridge and the Priory hotels.
Another dance band of the sixties were the Milestones. The band featured many
musicans over the years among them were Tony Watson, alto sax, Dave Stocks, bass,
Cliff Swinney, piano, Will Freear, Piano, Nev Chapman, bass, Trevor Leaning,trumpet,
Jimmy Walker, guitar, and Roy Frary, on vocals.
The Southlanders were a Scunthorpe Group that
turned semi pro,
in the line up was a fellow countryman of mine Chuck Curtis
Terry Huish (bass), Jack Pearson (drums) and Paul Davidson
( whom I remember as a excellent guitarist, on lead guitar, I recall
being at his house with Terry Huish and he showed us some chords
to 'Everyday' that even Buddy Holly hadn't thought of).
They spent many months down
south, playing and rehearsing,
for a recording contract which unfortunately never came
before disbanding.Paul Davidson played with Maynard Fergusans band in america , had various periods writing music for many people ,then he ended up as a professor of music at Paul Mcartneys Acadamy in Liverpool.
Chuck Curtis worked as a solo artist after leaving the
'Southlanders'in 1967, He made a demo record with 'The Chills'
just before the band disbanded. He later emigrated to Australia,
where he sadly died, about 10 years ago
This is a demo The Southlanders made in the early 60's, unfortunately it will only play in Firefox internet browser,
but you can download it from the Demo page
Paul Michael Davidson 1981
Dave Krynicki on drums and Pete Humberston on vocals.
Pete Swift joined when Pete Humberston packed up, and over
the next ten years or so there were several different line-ups,
including Mel Oliver, Terry Huish, Pete Swift and Malc Hatton/
Stu Smith/Colin Hatton on drums, with quite a few well-known guys
'temping'. Mick Strangleman, Mal Evans, Pete 'Fenwick' Johnson,
Malc Hamilton amongst others.
“Shelley” - Mel Oliver, Pete Swift, Mal Hatton, Terry Huish
Shelley 1970's Pete Swift, Mel Oliver, Terry Huish and Malc Hatton
Mel Oliver on a gig with Shelley
with the mandatory facial hair of the period
Terry Huish and Mel Oliver
Another group on the go in 1985 (name forgotten)
featured John Stevenson (of Freeways fame) on guitar
Ian (Mash) Baxter on vocals
Irving Brundell on bass and
Roger Gammidge on drums
John Stevenson went on to reform the 'Freeways' in 1986
The lineup was John as guitarist/vocalist
Roger Gammidge on drums and
Gordon Brundell on bass
Triple Standard 1989
The group featured Shaun Shepherdson
Gordon Brundell on bass and
Steve Wright on guitar
Phase 5 (photos taken in 1967)
Richard Brady (Bass), Dave Kryniki (Drums), John Brady (Vocals), Billy
Cunningham (Guitar) and Irving Brundell (lead guitar). Irving would later switch to bass guitar, which would be his instrument of choice in later groups.
The lineup in sept 67 was Paul Ellerton (lead), Richard Brady (bass),David Krynicki (drums), William Cunningham (rhythm) and John Brady(vocals).
The Pip Welsh Foursome consisted of Pip Welsh (vocals), Mick Strangleman (drums), Pete Hornsby (bass)
later members were (on right)
Don Lee (drums),
Rod Clarke (bass),
Pip (Gloria Dene) (vocals)
The Jesters, Dereck Hodson, Angie Tidswell, Jim Gourley,
John Gouldthorpe Dave Churchman
John Gouldthorpe, Dave Churchman, Angie Tidswell, Jimmy Shields
Dereck Hodson, Jim Gourley
The Jesters used to run a dance and perform at the market hall at Crowle in the early sixties.They ran the venture for several months, but could not generate the crowds needed, to make it profitable. I guess Crowle wasn't ready for Jester's Rock n Roll,or maybe we were worse than we thought.
Dereck went on to play in several local bands including Quatrz and The Dolphins
Dave Churchman joined a new group after the Jesters.
The group was called Blues Syndicate and consisted
of Martin Danks (piano),Alex Moore (drums), Alan
Ardsley (Lead guitar) and Dave on Bass guitar.
Dave later moved to South Yorkshire, where he played in several major bands including a showband called Shimmer and several Soul bands
We (the Jesters) were setting up our gear, getting ready to play at a dance hall, i think it was somewhere near Bawtry. Dave our
bass guitarist was standing near the front of the stage with both mine and his guitars,which were still in their cases. Someone asked
Dave to check the lineup of amps and gear, not thinking he stepped back and fell about 5 foot off the stage. There was an almighty thud
and the guitars went flying in opposite directions across the ballroom. Dave was spark out on the floor, I jumped off the stage, stepped
over Dave and went after my guitar. Luckily it was not broken, just a bend machine head, I then went to the other corner of the hall and
checked his, which again luckily was ok. By this time Dave had woken up and was back this earth, i walked over to him and said, 'no damage done mate, the guitars are ok'. I don't think he saw the funny side of it.
On another occasion we (The Jesters)were playing a noon and night booking at Bel Isle Club,at Leeds. The resident drummer at the club,
was a bit of a character, he asked us if we would play at a nightclub in Leeds, after we finished our night spot. We
agreed a price and arrived at the night club about midnight. It was up a small alleyway, with the usual door with a hatch,
after the customary 'Louie sent me', we were allowed in. We had been to some weird places before, but this took the biscuit,
every kind of weirdo was there, ACDC,BBc,DVD and MP3, you name it they were there.I have never seen so many misfits in the one place
before. The drummer we had met, was also the croupier there, and he showed us why we should never ever play cards again.He could do
any thing with those cards. We played our spots and then got the hell out of there. You live and learn, or do you.
The lineup was Les Goddard lead and vocals, Frank Sikora on drums and Paddy O,Connor on bass,
Paddy left in Aug 1968 and was replaced by Rod Clarke.
“Quartz” - Colin Chambers, Bernie Owen, Simon Patterson, Colin Hatton
You'd get a few bob on ebay for those shirts!
The Dolphins, ,, ,, Colin Hatton, Dereck Hodson
Stuart Gibb (bass) and Tony and John Whiteley
Colin Chambers (above) has played in numerous band, he started out with
'Mal Pennell and the Starnotes', which later became 'The Metronomes'
His first pop group was 'Tandy and the Turnabouts'.He later joined
'Assortment' with Martin Danks, Ian King,Roger Gammidge, Mick Harriman
and Irving Brunnel.Other groups followed, including 'Quartz' and 'The
Dereck Hodson, Colin Hatton,
Chris Whiteley and John Whiteley
Mick Strangleman, Dave Churchman, Jim Gourley, Dave Stocks,
Hugh Gourley and Ernie Boyton all played football for 'Britannia'.
Other local musicans in football teams were, Pete Hood, Ian King,
John Stevenson and Ricky Hood.
Quote of the week comes from ‘The Les’ a new group in 1967, When asked what they were like, the drummer Peter Wright replied, “We’re a bit like the Beatles, but not as good”. Magic!
The line up was, Peter (13) drums, Steve Hudson (14) vocals, Arthur Leaning (13) bass and John Ryall (13) lead. The guys are all from ‘Thomas Sumper ‘school. They were firstly going to call themselves ‘The Left’, but settled on ‘The Les’.They were also considering whether to grow moustaches, to keep in with the present times.
The Del Vikings
now & then
The band was formed in 1963 ap-
prox. under the name of ‘The Vikings’
and the original line-up was Bas
Brader (Gtr/Vocs), Les Stringfellow
(Bass/Vocs), Colin Tucksworth (Gtr/
Keyboard/Vocs) and Pete Allison
Photo lineup L/R Bas Brader, Trevor Gammidge,
Richard Paul, Mal Smith, Les Stringfellow.
The group played the usual Scunthorpe haunts the Sherpa, Queen Bess, Jazz Workshop etc. Trevor Gambridge replaced Pete Allison on drums, and soon after Mal Smith joined the line-up. Colin Tucksworth left the group in 1967 and was replaced by Roy Emerson. Roy Emerson left in 1968 and was replaced by Richard Paul, about this time the group was renamed 'The Del Vikings'. Mal smith left in 1969 and Trevor Gambridge left in 1972.Dick Paul took over Mal's guitar role and John Cuthbert took over on drums. Shortly after this last change,the band disbanded in 1974.Del Vikings misc info (1969)
singer Richard Paul, stage name Paul Keene is a member of the Brigg
operatic society and also plays trumpet.
guitarist Malcolm Smith Plays violin in the Scunthorpe Youth
Orchestra. He also plays the Buzz Horn.
Guitarist Basil Brader doubles on Ryhthm as well as lead.
Drummer Trevor Gammidge comes from a long line of musicans,
his father was the Musical Director of the Brigg Operatic Society.
Bass player Les Stringfellow is incorporating the recorder into
The New Era
'The New Era' formed in approx 1969, lead guitarist was Keith Grice. The other members were Ron Oakden,Rhythm Guitar /vocals
Ron Blackburn,Drums / vocals and Eric Marris,Bass Guitar A later line up was Keith Grice,Lead Guitar / vocals
Peter Leadenham,Bass Guitar / vocals, John Coult,Drums / vocals Ron Oakden,Rhythm Guitar / vocals
Keith went on to play in "Redwood Country"with Marshall Lovell (Guitar) John Manderson(Drums) Keith Grice (Guitar) Pete Leadenham (Bass) 1978-1982
The New Era 1969
The New Era 1972
'The New Era' would reform with Keith Grice,lead/vocals, Pete Leadenham, bass/vocals, and Pete's son Tony Leadenham on drums/vocals. Phillip Green would later replace Pete Leadenham on bass/vocals and the band continued playing until 1997. They changed their name to the 'Back Beats'in 1994.
They were a sixties tribute band and played 'The Cavern'at Liverpool,the show that night was to recognize the passing of John Lennon on the anniversary of his death.
Keith has a website detailing the history of 'The New Era', there are also a dozen or so tracks of Keith playing instrumental hits, including a great version of 'Apache'
He is also a passionate astronomer and has a fantastic site entitled 'Griceland Observatory', which is well worth a visit.
The New Era supporting group to Carl Denver Showgroup 1971
The New Era was a Shadows tribute band.
Pete Leadenham replaced Eric Marris on bass and Keith Grice replaced Milton on lead guitar.
Milton was still in the army while playing in the group, the guys payed for him to leave the
army, and when he finaly left, he also left the group. Ron the drummer now lives in Australia
near Hank Marvin. Hank called in at their Shadows club one night and remarked that The New Era
were the original Shadows tribute band.... Praise indeed.
The New Era 1970
The New Era 1971 at Skegness
The New Era The Back Beats
The Four of Clubs
Jim Gourley, Hugh Gourley, Colin Hatton, Terry Huish
The Four of Clubs were mainly a nightclub/workingmans club group.
Although based in Scunthorpe, the played mostly in Yorkshire and
Grimsby. They had a resident spot at Titos Nightclub which was
at the Arrow Bowling Alley, Doncaster Road.
L/R Terry Huish (bass guitar, Colin Hatton (drums, Jim Gourley (guitar)
& Hugh Gourley (guitar)
He started out as a pianist but then turned his hand to the
drums, and this has been his instrument of choice since.
His early days were spent playing at The Friendship at Keadby.
My brother Hugh was in the group too, they went under the
weird name of Lenny Tombstone & The Skeleton. The line-up
was Colin on drums, John Hill (lead guitar), Rod Clarke (bass)
Hugh Gourley (guitar) and Lenny Radley (vocals). Ian King then
took over on vocals and the band was renamed Ian King & The
Classics. Whwn the Classics disbanded, Colin joined The Four
of Clubs and this is where i met up with him.Not only was he
an excellent drummer, he also taught the rest of the group to
drive. He spent many hours on long trips to a gig, sitting in
the passenger seat, instructing us, and never once getting irate.
Colin emigrated to Australia in 1965, we had a great going away
party at his house.His brother Malcom was also a drummer of note,
and he took over colin's role in the group.On his last night with
us, we arranged to have both sets of drums set up on stage. If i
remember rightly, it was at Redbourne Club on Cememtery road.
They finished the night off, both on stage playing together, a
Colin returned from Australia about 1972 and joined a local band
The Dolphins which lasted til the mid 80's. Later he joined another
local band The Quartz which lasted until the early 90's.
He has also been in The Scunthorpe Big Band and The New Trentsiders.
Another of his groups has been The Ancholme River Jazz Band.
Colin's brother Mal died in 2003, Mal, like Colin was an
excellent drummer, we played in The Jesters and The Four of Clubs
Colin has been a major player in the Scunthorpe Music scene and
long may he be so. Well done mate.
Mal Hatton, M Evans, M Oliver
Mal Hatton was not just a very good drummer, he was also
a very good driver. I recall, once, we (The Jesters) were
travelling to a booking in Rossington, I can't remember
the make of the van, but it was very large. We had all
the gear packed in it, and i think about seven or eight
of us as well. Mal was driving and batting on, suddenly
the road just finished, blocked off by two concrete
bollards, (they do things like that in Yorkshire). Mal
stood on the brakes, everything, including us, went flying
through the air, somehow he managed to steer us through
the bollards and onto the grassed area. this was the days
before disc brakes, abs, etc. etc. After giving him a good
mouthful for travelling too fast, we gave him a deserved
pat on the back, for an excellent bit of driving.
Pete Johnson, Pete Spencer, Johnnie Dobbs & Harry Meadows
Gerry Graham & His Beat Group
Tony Graham, Dave Markee,
Mally Turner & Toyne Tomlinson
The Mick Hughes Band
l/r Mick Hughes ( sax/vocals), Barry Garner (guitar),
Stuart Webb (Drums) and Wynn Hinds (piano)
The Dimples were one of Scunthorpe's premier groups of the late 60s.
The 'A' side was called 'Love of a Lifetime'
The flip side was 'My Heart is Tired of You'
The Dimples, Stu smith, John Jackson, Terry Wincott
and John Gladwin
Stuart Smith played football for Scunthorpe
before turning professional musican
with the Dimples.
Keith Hudson used to be the driver for the Dimples his nick name was Tax
The Dimples morphed into 'Gospel Garden' in 1966 , with Craig Austin, Steve Cox, and Jeff
Tindall, and in the 1970s, into ,Amazing Blondel,.
They would later change again into 'Methuselah'
Gospel Garden single 'Finders Keepers released May 1968
John Gladwin and Terry Wincott had been in a couple of rock & roll bands in
school together,before forming the Dimples.They then formed Gospel Garden,
with Craig Austin, Steve Cox, and Jeff Tindall, before evolving into
Methuselah which in turn evolved into Amazing Blondel.
Amazing Blondel were a trio whose members played instruments and songs dating
from medieval to Elizabethan times. The group consisted of three musicians from
Scunthorpe, John Gladwin Terry Wincott and Edward Baird
L/R Terry Wincott, John Gladwin and Edward Baird.
Gerry Dean & The Lincoln County Boys” (Geoff Marshall, Paddy O’Connor, Gerry Dean (Farnham) Pete Jackson, Maggie McGee, Stuart Taylor, Gordon Mumby
“Gerry Dean & The Lincoln County Boys” (Pete Jackson, ????,
Paddy O’Connor, Gerry Dean (Farnham) Pat Banks, Eric Day
A Few of Mel Oliver's Bands. Mel was and still is, a major player on the
Scunthorpe music scene. He has been the backbone and driving force
in many of Scunthorpe's leading bands. I would like to thank him for
the majority of the photos on this webpage. My thanks Mel, keep up
the good work.
Pete Spencer - Bass
Johnny Robinson - Gtr/Vocs
Greg Tomlnson - Gtr
Pete Jackson - Drums
Mel Oliver - Piano
Picture taken in 1971 the venue is Burton upon Stather, either 'The Sheffield Arms' pub or 'Westlands Club'.
The band played regularly also at 'The Brown Cow' (Ashby), 'The Priory' )Ashby) and 'The Iron and Steel Club' (Scunthorpe).
M Oliver, K Nicholson, T Tomlinson, A Harsley, M Evans
Trish Rickell, Jamie Huish, Terry Huish, Mel Oliver & John Medlar
Terry's son, James Huish (seen above) is doing
really well in Belfast N.Ireland, were he has
his own Michael Buble Tribute Swing band.
He is playing to packed houses, all over Ireland.
“The Cadillacs” - “Mill Road Club” - Mel Oliver, Alan Harsley, Mick Cowling, Tony Borrell, Mal Evans
Mel and the Gang
Mel Oliver, Greg Tomilson, John Ancliffe,
Trev Mitchell and front Ivan (spud) Tate
I Don't know much about this group
‘The Executioners’ (L-R) Roy Jepson (Lead Gtr), Mick Cowling (Drums), Terry Cowling (Rhythm Gtr), Ralph Beacroft (Bass Gtr), Tony Wallis
The Executioners later morphed into "Ral Shaun and the Bluenotes"
"Ral Shaun" was the late Ralph Beacroft. Not sure of the line up,
but Mick Cowling was the drummer and a probability of Martin Danks
and Roy Jepson or Alan Harsley on guitar.
Mick was a really big guy back then and would take it on himself
to jump around the stage from time to time. He did so one night
at the Embassy ballroom in Skegness with unfortunate results.
The front of the stage was covered with large mirrors and the
vibration from Mick's leaping and bounding dislodged one of the
mirrors, much to the band's embarrassment.
Mick and Martin Danks worked together at Burton's tailoring and
there were some hilarious tales of their antics there.
Johnny Mann Quintett) (L-R) Cliff Swinney (Piano), Bayliss Thomas (Drums),
??? (Bass), Don Ross (Guitar), Johnny Mann (Vibes)
Below a recent photo of
“Apex Jazz Band” (Allan Dickinson, Eric Johnson, Kevin Rogers,
Pete Tabois, Dave Howsham, Dennis Aylwin
The Apex Jazzmen lineup in 1966 was
Eric Johnson on trumpet
Mike Taylor on trombone
David Howsam on clarinaet
Ray Hodson on drums
Mike Saville on banjo
Owen Moorin on bass
???, ???, Colin Chambers, ??? - Alkborough Village Hall
The New Trentsiders,
Brian Cawkwell /Trombone, Kenny Blades /bass, Alan Morgan /piano
Hedley Hickling /trumpet, Colin Hatton /drums, Bob Duck /sax
Hedley and Bob have sadly passed on and have been replaced by
Frank Tartellin and a lady called Nickie Blackburn.
Scunthorpe Youth Centre (Back l-r Paddy O’Connor, Ralph Jackson, ???, Jimmy Ryder, Pete Hornsby, Mal Turner) (Front l-r Maureen Ford, Margaret Hickson)
Paddy O'Connor has been involved in many
local Bands, ranging from the late fifties
up to the present day. The bands include
Jimmy Ryder & The Nightriders,
Nick James & The Four Cents,
The Turnabouts, The Shantells and
The Lincoln County Boys
Photo taken in 1956 on their way to The International Youth Festival
Scunthorpe Youth Centre Group Photo (l-r Mal Turner, Snowy Wright, Johnnie Robinson, Phil Targett, Tony Graham, Pete Hornsby, Howard Bycroft, Tony Roddis, John Quickfall, Ken Smith, Frank Dexter. Front Trevor Wilson, John Espin)
“Tangled Garden”. The guys being (left to right) Jim Gash - acoustic Gtr
& Lead Vocals, Andy Tinkler – Lead Gtr & Vocals, Ken Gribben – Drums &
Vocals, Dek Strong – Bass and Mark Kiddle Rhythm Gtr.
The Band came together in 1976 and played original soft/ progressive rock.
They played local venues such as “The Priory” “The Berkeley” and also
the Folk Club in Brigg. Previous to this Band, Jem had won “The Melody Maker”
Folk Section award in 1974/5 with his friend Mick Walker. The Band broke
up in 1978, when Ken decided to travel around Europe.
Ken is currently playing in the classic country band “The Lincoln County
Scott-Davies Orchestra (‘Crosby’) – 1946
(Front L-R) Geoff Cheeseman (Piano), Les Markham (Guitar) (Back L-R) Bayliss Thomas (Drums)
“The Ambassadors” - Alan Kirkby (Drums), Basil Richardson (Bass), Winston Hind (Sax), Bernard Snelling (Alto), Audrey Emerson (Accordian), Freddie Fidell (Piano)
- Pete Johnson, Dave Stocks, (Piano?), (Sax)?
Dave Stocks was a regular at my old drinking hole, the
Snug in Britania Corners, we spent many hour there,
sorting the world out.
(we didn't do a very good job sorting it though, it's still
in a bit of a mess, oh well)
A young Jimmy Ryder and Pete Hornsby
The multi talented Pete Hornsby (Brennen)
Pete Hornsby started of his musical career in the
late fifties, singing Everly Bros style harmony
with Jimmy Ryder. They later transformed into Jimmy Ryder & the Night Ryders with the addition of Paddy O'Connor, Tony Sumper and Toyne Tomlinson. Pete later changed to playing bass guitar and the group line-up changed to Jimmy Ryder, Mal Turner, Pete, and Toyne Tomlinson. Once again they changed, this time to the Shantells with Pete Johnson Taking over from Toyne on drums. Eventually they teamed up with Jimmy Crawford
to become Jimmy Crawford and the Shantells. Mal Turnerhad moved on to pursue a solo career. Over the years Pete performed in other bands, including The Pip WelshFoursome, he also toured as a solo multi instrumentist/vocalist and comedian. Another great artist.
Jimmy Ryder and Pete Hornsby
‘Black Beauty’ (Concert Room) – (L-R) Mal Hamilton (Gtr),
Stuart Taylor (Gtr/Vocs) , Mel Oliver (Piano)
A little snippet of info from way back....
Lysaght's steelworks was a breeding ground for musicians in the early days.
How about this for a line up of people working in the central engineering
workshops all at the same time.
Paddy O'connor, Mel Oliver, Martin Danks, Tony Borrell, Mick Cowling,
Ralph Beacroft, Greg Tomlinson, Dave Edwards and John Hill. There was also
a guy who used to manage a couple of groups, Frank Conroy I believe.
Johnny Dobbs and Keith Harrison were in different departments as was
"Little Eddie", the original singer with the Freeways, who unsurprisingly
went by the name of Little Eddie and the Freeways before Maureen joined them.
The Cadillacs were booked to play at the pipe section dinner/dance one year
and Tony completely forgot about it and took a booking somewhere else.
Imagine the stick he got at work the following morning.
Memoirs of The Martin Bros. John Hill and Jeb Westby
We arrived at a shack called the "Ivy Leaf Club" which I think was in Retford.
We got the gear set up, ordered a pint and started to take stock of the venue,
noting that the lamp shades round the edge of the ceiling were in fact
plastic buckets. The concert chairman told us the roof was a bit dodgy and
these buckets were strategically placed to best combat any rain, adding
"I hope you're not too loud, we had a trumpet player here last week and
every time he hit a high note, a bit more fell off the ceiling". Talk about
bringing the house down!!!
The gig went fine and the audience was wonderfully appreciative.
We were loading the van at the end of the night and the steward put the till
and takings into his car boot after hiding some of the bar stock. He didn't
live on the premises but confided that the back door of the club wouldn't
lock and that anyone could just walk in........adding that they may not make
it that far without being stung to death by the nettles which were growing
up to 5 feet tall out back.
John Hill played with the Classics, Tony & the Cadillacs and the Johnny Ballad Group.
At that time Frank Coult was drumming, Barry Garner on rhythm, Mel Oliver piano,
Johnny Ballad (Dobbs) vocals, Mal Evans on Bass plus John on lead guitar.
John later went on to join up with Jed Westby in the early 70's to form the
I received this response from John Hill, who after reading my tale of woe on the 'Early Groups 'page, about The Four of Clubs van, decided to tell his own experiences on a Bedford Van
That article on the Bedford brought back some memories which are just as funny. The Martin Bros got a roadie with a Bedford shed for about 6 months and we had similar experiences. The guy was always having to bodge up to keep us on the road and a regular thing when he picked us up was to give a rundown on what repairs he'd had to do. He arrived one night with the apparently mandatory mole grips acting as gear lever and they only fell off twice during a round trip to Leeds. Our door fell off at a roadside cafe about 1-30am .....with a load of hairy arsed bikers peering through the cafe window. There was a hole in the floor sort of in front of the passenger's feet. We were going up the M62 and Jed Said pull off at the next exit. Bill reckoned we didn't want to be off yet, but Jed insisted. Pull over, said Jed. What's up??
The bit of rag that was stuffed in the hole in the floor was right above the exhaust and Jed calmly announced that "Der van's on foir"
One Sunday the sob story was the radiator was fkt, they didn't have one in the scrapper, so he'd used one from a Ford Anglia but had to burn the hose connector off one side, weld it up, then burn a hole in the opposite side and weld the connector on. He had pronounced the job"Good as new", which it appeared to be until we got as far as Crowle roundabout on the way home. Not having to use the can of water earlier, we seemed in luck until it transpired that there was no can of water. Anyway, being close to the canal it didn't seem to be a huge problem. We could just scoop water out of the canal in a container and be on our way. Except there was no container of any description in the van, on the van, under the van or anywhere near the van. Jed solved the problem admirably. "Who's got the biggest feet?" Bill admitted it was him. The Irish brogue disturbed the still, traffic free, bright moonlit night "Den ya'll haf at fill yer shoe a few toyms an' pass it up ta me" There was always a can of petrol and a can of water after that night.
Happy days, happier nights, like walking alongside the van in thick fog, advising left a bit, bugger.. Not that far. Or believing outright lies like "It's always got a quarter of a tank when it shows empty" John
My brother Hugh can't recall the name of this group from the early seventies
can you help?
Just been told they were called
The Stuart Taylor Band
I thought, The Jolly Sailorboys would have suited them better
Stuart (Taylor); Malcolm Hamilton; Peter Jackson; Hugh Gourley
The Badd Ladds
"Badd Ladds" Left to Right) Graham 'Chalkie' White - Trumpet / Vocals
Mel Oliver - Piano, John 'Boot' Ancliffe - Bass / Vocals
Steve Rickell - Guitar, John Cuthbert - Drums, Dave Lee - Sax / Vocals
(Front) Ivan 'Spud' Tate - Vocals
Mel Oliver, Toyne Tomlinson, Alan Harsley, Tony Borrell
Toyne has been involved in the Scunthorpe music scene
right from the early days.
He kicked off by playing in a skiffle group.
He later joined 'Jimmy Ryder in the Nightryders', playing
drums. The line up was, Jimmy Ryder (lead guitar), Mal
Turner (rhythm Guitar), Pete Hornsby (bass guitar) and
Toyne on drums.He then went on to join Nicky James and
the Four Cents. The lineup was Nicky James (vocals),
Paddy O'Connor (guitar), Mel Oliver (Piano), Tony Davis on Bass and Toyne on drums. Following that he had a spell with 'The Johnny Ballad Group'. A short spell with 'The Apex Jazzmen'followed. He then joined 'Gerry Dean and The Lincoln County Boys', before joining 'The Mel Oliver Band'.
All and all, a very busy and versatile drummer
Nicky James, &
Nicky James & the 4 Cents L/R Mel Oliver, Paddy O'Connor,
Toyne Tomilson, Nicky James & Tony Davis
Nicky James 1963
Steve Wright, Rupert (or Vince Lauderdale as he was known then), Dennis Lonsdale on drums
and Irving Blundell. Cocked Hat late 60's
Raving Rupert (real name Mal Halsall), is well worth a mention, he has been on the music
scene since the early sixties and is still going strong today. One of his early groups
was, an early version of the Rock n Roll Revival Show, Mal went under the stage name of
Vince Lauderdale, other group members were Steve Wright (lead Guitar), Dennis Lonsdale
(drums) and Gordon (Irving) Blundell on Bass. The music was 1950's rock n roll, with a
huge accent on Elvis Presley songs. They performed at the Cocked Hat Rock n Roll Club
in the 1960's. Raving Rupert and the Rock n Roll Revival Show took off big time in the
late sixties, when they managed to secure a London based agent. This resulted in major
bookings at home and abroad. The band members over the years were,Mal Halsall (Rupert),
Irving Blundell, Keith Mullard, Trevor Mitchell, Dennis Lonsdale,Steve Wright and Lionel
Sargeant. The massive amount of travelling and touring, took it's toll and Irving Blundell
left the band in 1971. After the band disbanded, Rupert carried on with several different
bands, still doing his 'Elvis' act. Rupert married Maureen of Maureen and the Freeways
fame, they are still touring today, Rupert as a Elvis impersonator and Maureen as a
tribute act for Tina Turner. He now holds The longest running Elvis Presley tribute in
the world, from the early 1960's til the present day. Gotta be a record.
Raving Rupert as he is today,
performing in Spain, 2010
Members left to right
Gordon Blundell, Mal Halsall, John Brady
Keith Mullard and Trevor Mitchell.
Enroute to Denmark 1969
- Chris Whiteley,
& Kevin Oades
Southbank featured John Vessey, John and Chris Whiteley.
Ocean Blue 1978
Ocean blue also featured John Vessey, John and Chris Whiteley.
Red Hot 1980-1981
Red Hot featured Keith Mullard on lead guitar,John Vessey the well know drummer on bass
The late Roy 'Animal' Allenby on drums,the vocalist was Spud Woodward from Grimsby.
The band played good old Rock'n'Roll, they had an unusual drum solo, in that, having
two drummers, John would swap with Roy during the drum solo in 'Wipe Out', Spud would
then take over on bass to finish the number off. On 'Shadows' numbers, John would play
lead guitar and Keith would take over on bass.
One night 'Spud' couldn't make it for a booking at Stainforth,
Jock McKay stood in, he did as little singing as possible,but
had the audience thrilled with his banter and jokes. On another
night, John Steveson stood in and went down great as well. So
good when you can talented backup like that, Scunthorpe has
always been awash with lots of talent.
Contact Four 1983?
Contact Four over the years featured Paddy Oconnor,bass, Roly Smith, vocals,
Toyne Tomilson,drums, Trev Mitchell, drums, and Frank Cornish,bass.
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