The Hearts And Soul And The Wickeds

Line-up one # 

Melvyn Paul 'Mel' Pritchard drums, percussion  
Richard Leslie 'Les' Holroyd bass, vocals 
Rodney 'Rod' Buckley lead vocals 
A. N. Other lead guitar
A. N. Other 
A. N. Other 

Line-up two # 
Mel Pritchard drums, percussion  
Les Holroyd bass, vocals 
Rod Buckley lead vocals 
A. N. Other 
John Joseph Lees vocals, lead guitar 
Stuart John 'Woolly' Wolstenholme vocals, organ 

Mel Pritchard (b. Melvyn Paul Pritchard, Tuesday, January 20, 1948, Myrtel Close, Derker, North Central Oldham, Lancashire, UK d. Wednesday, January 28, 2004, Greenfield, Saddleworth, near Oldham, Greater Manchester, UK, of a heart attack) and Les Holroyd (b. Richard Leslie Holroyd, Friday, March 12, 1948, Thackeray Road, Derker, North Central Oldham, Lancashire, UK) had been friend's since Infant School, Holroyd living in the next street to Pritchard. Their parents knew each other. Both later went to Derker Secondary Modern School in Oldham, where they formed a school band. Later on they both formed six-piece Blues group The Hearts and Soul and The Wickeds. 

This band included Rod Buckley on lead vocals (b. Rodney Buckley), who was a great frontman. 

The Hearts and Souls and The Wickeds had a residency at The Human Jungle, a small club above Praggs Jewellers in Albion Street, Oldham, Lancashire. 

In December 1965 The Hearts and Souls and The Wickeds supported The Kinks at The King's Hall in Oldham. 

When the bands lead guitarist left the group in September 1966 to pursue a career as a teacher, Pritchard and Holroyd approached John Lees (b. John Joseph Lees, Monday, January 13, 1947, Greenslade Avenue, Oldham, Lacashire, UK) to replace him and he said he would only join if his friend Stuart 'Woolly' Wolstanholme (b. Stuart John Wolstenholme, Tuesday, April 15, 1947, Butterworth Street, Chadderton, Oldham, Lancashire, UK d. Monday, December 13, 2010, at his home in London, UK) could also join. So they both ended up in the new band and a new group was formed from a fusion of the two bands to became the semi-pro Blues Keepers. 

Some Hearts and Souls and The Wickeds concerts: 

December 1965: The King's Hall, Oldham, Lancashire, UK, supported The Kinks 

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Topic: Heart and Souls
Rod Buckley says...
Just to keep the record straight, line up 1: was Art'n'Soul and the Wickeds 5 piece blues band:- Les Holroyd/bass, Mel Pritchard/drums,Billy Nield/lead guitar,Arnold Broadhurst(Art)/vocals, Rod Buckley(Soul)/lead vocals & harmonica. 1963 ... Read More
5th October 2016 9:17am
dave smith says...
Saw Heart Soul&Wickeds play at various venues including Kinks gig at Kings hall. Rod Buckley probably best front man I've ever seen, and I've seen a few. B.J.H could have been great instead of good had they have kept Buck.
18th January 2017 9:43pm
Rod Buckley says...
Thanks for that Dave, I'm sure you could be right. Our direction in music changed when John Crowther took over, he wanted to make us a four piece band like the Beatles, instead of being a quality blues n soul band who where going along the lines ... Read More
19th January 2017 1:37am
dave smith says...
Yeh,'the rest is history' as you say saw your band at our school Halloween dance around 64 your brother got you the gig, think you did it as a favour to him, you ended up singing in bare feet and a bottle of whiskey in your hand, headmaster in ... Read More
19th January 2017 7:17am
Arnold Broadhurst (Freckleton near Ltyham) says...
Arnold (Art) says The original band also played a gig in Huddersfield and The top twenty club in Hollinwood arnold (Art) Rod (soul Mel les and Billy good blues band
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