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

Memories

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
25/11/10

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.

Thanks.

Tom Davies
12/3/11

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
18/5/11

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
21/2/13

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
2/9/13

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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
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
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
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
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