The Basix
info courtesy Chris Bowden


John Morgan piano
Chris Bowden drums

After The Teenbeats I joined a Blues Band at Manchester University called The BASIX.  The main venue was the University Union but also the J & J Club Stanley Grove Longsight (Jim and Josie)

This was one of the finest Blues Bands in the North (if not the country) but of course on graduation most of the members had professional careers to follow.

A highlight for the band was the inclusion in Granada Televisons "Blues Train" (John Hamp) which featured a train leaving Manchester Central Station for "Chorltonville" (the first closed station on the defunct Fallowfield line).

The station was decked out with a pre assembled audience and after the train arrived (with the BASIX's) a lone figure walked down the track............MUDDY WATERS. also in the programme were Sister Rosetta Tharpe among other famous Blues artists.

Chris Bowden



Above: John Morgan on piano and Chris Bowden on drums

Right: Chris Bowden


Both posters 1964


The Blues Train 1964

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Topic: Basix
Andy Ellis says...
Just found this: do you know what happened to John Morgan? I remember coming back to Needham on the back of his motor bike from the J&J and his foot rest hitting the bollard in the middle of the road outside the White Lion on Wilmslow Road. He ... Read More
26th April 2017 8:11am

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