We were a group of pupils at Worsley Wardley Grammar who followed the Invictors with great envy for their talent and for their equipment. Jim Lowe's Rickenbacker and then Gretsch were drooled over.
I went to the farewell gig in Bolton with my girlfriend, now wife of 35 years !! and what a sad night it was.
Some time later we saw Jim playing with the backing band for Hair in Manchester.
The Invictors were a great band and an inspiration.
Favourite songs: Bo Diddley's a gunslinger to start and 'Any day now' as all time favourite.
In 64/65 we played on several occasions at Maxwell Hall Salford, which is now part of Salford Uni but in those days was Salford Tech.
The gigs were usually on a Fri or Sat and featured at least 5 bands with one name act. We supported The Merseybeats, Undertakers and Kinks, I think.
Always a good gig and nice to play in a pretty large and at that time new auditorium......big stage and plenty of room ... bit of a feeling of isolation with the space though.
I remember my AC30 catching fire some distance behind me and I didn’t realise for quite a while during the song what had occurred - saved by Adrian Barratt as usual who was always helpful with his regular customers for gear in a rush.
Also remember a band called the ‘Chris Nava Combo’ who were on with us......can’t find any info now but they were pretty good I recall.
Paul G Shaw
Only taken me 46 years to pay this tribute to Jim Lowe, one of the most electric guitarists I've ever seen onstage - the fact he never went on to bigger things was a cryin' shame. He not only played the hell out of the thing, he had great stage presence.
I spent a year with him at Salford Tech (Mr. McLean's English Lit classes) and saw the Invictors play Salford CAT (College of Advanced Technology) a couple of times (1965?). As I actually saw "Hair" in Manchester years later, I very likely heard Jim without seeing him.
Hard to believe it was so long ago. Time is fleeting and madness takes its toll. Oh boy, does it ever. (PS: Is that Stuart Whittle, as in later a Manchester journalist? This may be an even smaller world than I thought.)
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