The Manchester Legends/The Legends/Bo Kelly Legend
Original info courtesy Rodney Ward and Ronald Pitt  

Line-ups  
   
The Legends  
Dave Fox  
Stuart Gratrix  
Ronald Pitt  
Harry Ingle  
Barry ? drums
Roger Henshaw lead guitar 1964/67
   
   
Bo Kelly and The Legends
Bo Kelly organ, harmonica, vocals
Gordon Lickfold lead
Rod Ward rhythm/vocals
Kenny Williams drums (ex Paul Fender and the Tigers)
Jimmy Buckly bass

Originally known as the Drovers. Later we became the Legends, then the Manchester Legends so as not to be confused with a band from Nottingham.

The groups most successful line up was when Harry (Bo) Kelly joined from the Thingamajigs. They played the local scene - resident at the Globe, A-U-L mid 60s but also worked in germany. Gigs included:

  • Famina Bar Bremerhaven Germany, October 66
  • Roxy Tanz Bar Bremerhaven Feb/March 67.
  • Big Apple Club Hamburg April 67.
  • Resident at Zum Stelldichein Bremerhaven for 6 Months.

 

 

Cover of a live concert from Bremerhaven.

The very first gig of the Legends
Top row left to right is Dave Fox, Stuart Gratrix,
Bottom row left to right is Ronald Pitt, Harry Ingle and Barry ?

The rest of the show was made up from some very talented kids from Culcheth Church, Newton Heath.

 


Sleazy's Bar Bremerhaven Germany,
Notice the old TVM Amp at the back.

Bo Kelly Legend on stage at the Beehive Swinton Sept 1966

 

Memories

I played/sang in the early days of the 'Legends' - fist gig arrived by Double Decker Bus (Newton Heath)circa 1961?, with Roger Henshaw (Hofner Broadway solid?), Dave Fox - (remember your Dad's Touring Troup!), Gordon Lickfold (with The Dansette Rythmn Group at the Culcheth Gates Hotel), Harry Ingle - Newton Heath Cricket Club -ala 'Find me a Golden Street' song and that shalac home made Strat played with a lot of 'Tremolo'!

After that I formed a band from school -'The Secrets of Manchester' - then played in 'The Citrons' + several others, and finally ended singing in the Puzzle.

Brian Cochrane

Bo Kelly here in sunny Perth, Western Australia, where I've been living for the past 21 yrs with my lovely wife Pat who has put up with me for the last 43yrs.

We have a great blues club here with many fine acts appearing, ie Charlie Musselwhite and people of that ilk.

It was great to read the write up on the Legends, as I ain't seen any of 'em for around 25 yrs. I've got so many memories of the music scene in Manchester from the old days that I could go on forever.

My musical career started in the late fifties listening to boogie woogie 78s at my aunt wins in Denton because we couldn't afford a record player.  She had a posh radiogram!

I went to a folk blues festival at the Free Trade Hall circa 1961/2 and I was hooked on the blues and I have been playing ever since.

I used to watch Cyril Davies playing blues harp with Alexis Korner at the Bodega and i learnt to play the blues harp the wrong way round if there is a wrong way round, its cetainly done me ok through my career.

After coming home from our last German tour in 1967, the Legends disbanded which was unfortunate because all that working 6/7 hrs a night had made us a very tight outfit, but the old story of musical differences and personalities put an end to that, plus the copious amounts of krout beer did'nt help!

Anyway, I played in a couple of small bands gigging in pubs, clubs etc, but I wanted a blues/soul band that could blow em away.  It took a long time for the finished product, but what a band, the late great Ray(the bear) Johnson on tenor sax, Brian Pearson, still the best drummer I ever worked with, Des Tongue on bass who left to do session work at Strawberry Studios, followed by Jack Shaugnessy, another very tight bass man, Dave Soloman on guitar, Austin Cleaver on trombone, Sid Hayhurst on trumpet, followed by Rod Dunthorne later, myself on organ, harp & vocals and former Art Nouveau singer Larry Edwards.

We named ourselves the Henderson Chambers Band and I loved it, we did some great gigs and we had some really fun times. 

We did a lot of radio work and played a few radio one club gigs at lunchtime which was always an experience playing live to 11million punters.

Before I go I've got to tell you this great story that concerns Larry Edwards. We were playing Leigh Casino one night and we were blowin the place away.

At the end of the show, Larry went off while we did the false tab for the encore, he slugged back a pint of lager as we played the intro to It aint nuthin but a house party by The Showstoppers. As he came back on under the spotlights he chucked up the lot all over front of the stage. He's goin to kill me for that (if he finds me). 

Anyway keep up the good work and best wishes to you and manchesterbeat.

Harry (Bo) Kelly

Emigrated to Perth WA in the early nineties where I 'luckily' got involved with a bunch of Poms who had a penchant for terrorising the local golf club and drinking the Aussies under the table.

One of the miscreants was none other than Harry Kelly.

Regular 'outings' (that's trips out... not the other kind.) were the go and if there was a band playing within earshot we could always depend on Harry to shuffle on stage, all humble like, prise the mike out of the hapless singer's hands and quicker than 'H' could whip out his chromatic, the singer had become a punter and the band had a new frontman. If he did it once, he did it a hundred times.

I came back to Blighty after 4 years or so, once I realised that Crocodile Dundee wasn't a caricature, but I'll bet my bottom dollar that he's still at it, like a 12 bar cuckoo.

Happy Days.

Roy Bowsher
9/7/10

I hope I've got my facts right here !. I moved to Blackley, Manchester in 1969 and joined The Henderson-Chambers Band on Bass. We were resident in an Ashton u Lyne club over an Indian Restaurant on Stamford street.
The lead guitarist was Tony and keyboard player Harry.
Sax was Ray Johnson. I can't remember the other guys' names, sorry, but it was a long time ago.

Sadly, due to being married and with a young family, I had to quit the band due to a cash shortage after the Band's residency finished. (I later quit the marraige due to her infidelity, Should have stayed with the Band !!!).

I was later contacted by the band and we had a re-union and farewell session in Denton Golf Club as one of the band was emigrating. By then I was in residency with a Jazz Trio at "The Last Drop" Bromily Cross.Bol;ton

I'll never forget the band as it had an exciting sound.

I met up again some years later with Ray Johnson when I joined the Art Lester Big Band. He was by then christened "Ray the Spray".If I have got the name right he was a car body sprayer and repair man as well as an excellent sax player.

Gerry Clayton
8/10/10

 

This is Roger Henshaw from the Legends of 1964 onwards. Sadly Jimmy Buckley passed away in hospital on Sunday 14 July 2013. It was after a heart operation.

I was in the group before Bo, andĀ  Gordon. I only left after the first tripĀ  to Germany. I was broke when I got home.

Big Jim will be sadly missed. He was a real loon on stage. There is only me, Roger and Rod left out of the original line up. Dave was the first drummer, then Ken joined.

I don't know if anybody has written about Ken, he was electrocuted in Germany. He stayed behind and got married.


Roger Henshaw
lead guitar 1964 / 67

I remembered meeting them for the first time at The Fusiliers in Salford when I was with the Melodybeats in 1965 and swapping business cards then. We were working for the same agency and playing the same venues at that time so we bumped into them quite often over the next year or so. I particularly remember one occasion we were booked at the same gig with them, after ‘Bo’ Kelly had joined them. At one of the changeovers we were all on stage together and set off a bit of ‘jamming’ to ‘I Got My Mojo Working’.

Talking to Mike Burns (Melodybeats’ drummer) recently he reminded me that we saw The Legends a couple of times at The Seven Stars in Heywood. This was a a year or so later and by this time they had improved a lot. We particularly recalled Rod’s rendition of ‘Gloria’!!!! and their version of ‘Outa Sight’ (James Brown). The last time we saw them they told us that they were turning professional and were booked for a tour of (West) Germany.

Glyn Connah
27/8/13

 

   
 



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