The Corvettes




Pictured left to right at Ashton Palais in 1963.

Johnny Rich, Lennie Crooks (Sax), Sandy Dyers,
Frank Davies, Jimmy Carr, Pete Bird aka Pete Barnes


My friend and I met the Corvettes in the sixties and even had a few dates with two of them. I remember very vividly being there when they beat Herman's Hermits at some competion but I can't remember where.

My 'boyfriend' was Pete Bird aka Pete Barnes.


I was out of work for a few months in the early sixties and acted as roady with my friend Graham Skinner (he was the one with the Van).

The competion referred to was at The Ritz in Manchester and was for The Best National group. All the bands tried extra hard that night as Mickey Most there looking for new talent. The corvettes did beat Hermans Hermits, but Mickey Most signed them and they went on to world wide hits. 

The Corvettes worked extremely hard and had lots of excellent gigs around the country.  They also had a residency at the Globe Pub in Ashton Under lyne (Manchester) for Sunday lunch times, with full house every week.

I am still in touch with Sandy, the drummer , but Jimmy the lead guitarist and singer, who was Sandys best friend, left home around three years ago, without telling him and hasn't been seen since. I have lots of memories and will ask Sandy to contribute when I next speak with him.

David Scott

My name is Tom Davis, my brother was Frank.  Sadly Frank died 1983.

Totally lost touch with the rest of Frank's friends - would like to hear from them.


Tom Davies

Reading this page brought back memories of The Globe in Ashton where my group The Invaders used to play now and again.

The pub was one of my favourite gigs - it was only small but always packed and the whole floor used to vibrate with the music.  The girls there used to ask us had we seen The Corvettes.  Sadly we had not but it seems they were very popular.

Alan Taylor

Hi there I am Frank Davis's nephew never got to see him as was only a baby... But heard lots about how great he was and his band the Corvette s God bless the Legends 

Andrew Bryan

Great to see this page devoted to a great group who I joined in 1965 or 1966 as a young 18 year old organist, rehearsing with them at the Globe in A.U.L. Lennie was a fine sax player as were all the other guys fine Muso's. Jimmy ''Corvette '' as he was known to me seemed to be headlining the band. Sadly, after a brawl broke out in a night club in Manchester, in which I believe the band got involved, they lost their main source of income, and for a time at least the band broke up. I never really got chance to do any pro gigs with them but can still remember hearng their powerful renditions of some good ''Philadelphia'' sounds around that time.

I went on to join one or more local bands and then led the trio on the opening night at the Band on the Wall Jazz Club in Swan St. Manchester, around 1975 for the next 3 or 4 years , and loved it to death. Would love to catch up with that very fine Sax player, Lennie, or any of the guys from 66, 67.

Pete Vernon

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Topic: Corvettes
John Cheetham says...
I played drums with the Corvettes after Sandy left I think around 1967, the band then was Frank (guitar) Jimmy (bass) Lenny (sax) and me on drums. We were resident at the Paddock club in Manchester City centre and also doing other gigs. They were ... Read More
7th September 2014 9:18pm
Pete Bird says...
Well John, we never met, but I must say the three band members you were left with were the best. Keep playing mate, your never too old.
7th July 2015 1:36am
Tom Davis says...
Hi Pete,great to hear from you glad your well,good to hear about the rest of the band sorry to hear about the members not with us now,hope your enjoying Thailand told my sisters your still on the go they are delighted we are all still in Glasgow ... Read More
1st October 2015 6:19am
Pete Bird says...
well Tom. nice to hear from you again and hope that the New Year brings everything you wish for. if we ever get to meet I'll give you Franks coat hanger. Best wishes to your family, Regards, Pete.
1st January 2016 3:34pm
John Hudson says...
Did you play at Lucayan Beach Hotel, Freeport, Bahamas in 1971-72?......
13th September 2016 7:23pm
clifford L says...
it is with sad news that Johnny Rich passed away today the 20th oct 2014
21st October 2014 3:46am
katie stelfox says...
i was friend with the vocalist johnny rich for many years but we have just had shocking news that johnny as sadly passed away RIP to johnny and may god bless your soul you was a legend and always will be
21st October 2014 10:30am
Russ Gratton says...
Local performer / artist Johnny Doran (aka Johnny Rich) has sadly passed away in hospital today, 20th October 2014. Johnny was in 'The Corvettes', part of the Manchester beat in the 1960's, along with Lennie Crooks (Sax), Sandy Dyers, ... Read More
21st October 2014 1:48pm
steve blowers says...
Johnny rich.
Just to inform you all,johns funeral will be on the Friday 7th November
St christophers church,Hurst cross
At 12pm.
Crematorium in dukinfield at 130pm
Then we all celebrate the great man at the broadoak pub,Ashton under lyne.
29th October 2014 1:51am
Kilo says...
I'm sad to say Johnny Rich (Doran) passed away on 20/10/14 aged 69yrs. I met him a few times over the years. He had a great voice and many in the Ashton area will miss him. RIP Johnny
1st November 2014 11:43am
Pete Bird says...
So sorry to hear about Johnny. Great voice.
7th July 2015 1:17am
sharon haigh says...
Dose anyone know Allen high he was a drummer. He was from dukinfield an used to play various clubs an globe Aston u Layne. If so do you know name if band,s he was in.
28th November 2014 10:43am
Richard W says...
My father played the sax in the band from 61 63 approx. His name was Alex Workman.i have an old picture of the band from maybe 61ish.
13th January 2015 1:16am
Pete Bird says...
Hello Richard. I probably have the same picture. Knew your dad well. He was a character. If he's still alive, please give him my best wishes.
7th July 2015 1:14am
Pete Bird says...
Just found this page and was amazed that people still remembered us. I, along with Sandy was a founding member of the band. Basically I left because the guys were either getting married or engaged (Lennie was already married) and didn't want to ... Read More
7th July 2015 1:09am
Sandy says...
Just discovered the Manchester Beat Scene web page and I'm so chuffed that you're still "Rockin'& Rollin'"in Thailand. Lost contact with most of the "Old Corvettes" after Franks passing but as you say Pete, ... Read More
30th December 2015 4:11am
Pete Bird says...
That really you Sandy? How are you? You still playing? You ever get back in touch with Jimmy? I checked this page so many times for replies to my messages and eventually gave up. New Years day here in Thailand and just opened this page not expecting ... Read More
1st January 2016 3:23pm
Sheila (Wythenshawe manchester) says...
Hi sandy lovely to find this site you was best man at mine and bob Farrington's wedding you were a great group and I have lots of happy memories from the globe and nice to see it's still a music venue after all these years . Take care my ... Read More
12th July 2017 5:12pm
Pete Bird says...
Hello Tom Davis. I noticed that they all spell your surname incorrectly (Davies). Frank used to hate that. We were all pretty close because we went through a lot of tough times together before things got better. Actually, I still have Frank's ... Read More
7th July 2015 1:30am
David Sullivan says...
Hi just to let band members know I visit Lenni(sax) each year,he is now in a nursing home in Llanfairfechan ,Wales just in the village ,I go there with Pat young,widow of Paul young(sad café/mike and mechanics.if you`d like to see him message me on ... Read More
21st February 2017 4:53pm
Sheila (Wythenshawe manchester) says...
Could you please pass on my love and regards to lennie brilliant saxophonist thank you xx
12th July 2017 5:14pm
Marion (Ohope) says...
Sandy, I remember you being a drummer. Broken leg and chasing a mini that was stolen outside the Napoleon, Botany Lane. Fond memories, would love a catch up if you are still out there. We now live in New Zealand but we have fantastic memories of the ... Read More
25th November 2017 7:55pm

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