Johnny Breeze and The Atlantics
Blackpool/Fylde Coast

Line-up - Johnny Breeze and the Atlantics
Johnny Breeze vocals
Chris Riley rhythm guitar, later organ
Frank Blackburn guitar
Michael Stephens bass
Brian Hood bass - replaced MS
Ronnie Brambles drums
Line-up - The Atlantics
Chris Riley rhythm guitar 
Michael Stephens bass  
Frank Blackburn lead guitar 
Ronnie 'Lee' Brambles drums 



The Atlantics formed in 1962 in Blackpool, with Chris Riley on rhythm guitar (b. Christopher Riley, Blackpool, Lancashire, UK), Michael Stephens on bass, Frank Blackburn on lead guitar, and Ronnie 'Lee' Brambles on drums (b. Ronald Brambles, 1949, Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire, now in Cumbria, UK).  

Riley and Stephens, who had been close friends at school and founded this instrumental group that played Shadow's songs, adding exceptional guitarist Blackburn and drummer Brambles to the line-up.  

The Atlantics played six or seven nights a week in 1963. Also three members of the soon to form Blades, Ian Anderson (b. Ian Scott Anderson, Tuesday, August 10, 1947, Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, UK), Jeffrey Hammond (b. Wednesday, July 30, 1947, Blackpool, Lancashire, UK) and John Evans (b. John Spencer Evans, Sunday, March 28, 1948, Warley Road, North Shore, Blackpool, Lancashire, UK), saw The Atlantics play at the Catholic Church-run Holly Family Youth Club, just around the corner from John Evans' house in Links Road? Blackpool.  

On Friday, November 27 1964 The Atlantics released their only single ''Don't Say No'' / ''Send Him To Me.''  It was produced by Peter Sterling, who also arranged the A-side along with Ted Taylor, who also arranged the B-side.   

After they released this single the band became Johnny Breeze and the Atlantics, when the group took on lead vocalist Breeze. 

At some point Stephens left the band to join another Blackpool group The Blades, to play six-string guitar and was replaced by bassist Brian Hood (b. 1947, Blackpool, Lancashire, UK), who had been to school with future Jethro Tull bassist Tony Williams (b. Anthony Williams, Tuesday, August 19, 1947, Durham City, County Durham, UK), who had also been in The Executives with bassist Glenn Cornick (b. Glenn Douglas Barnard Cornick, Thursday, April 24, 1947, 117 Kent Street, Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire, now in Cumbria, UK) of Kendell Avenue, Carleton Village, Lancashire. 

Riley also stopped playing rhythm guitar and started playing organ. 

In early 1966 Riley left Johnny Breeze and the Atlantics because he did not want to play pop and R & B hits of the day, from the likes of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones which is what the band's manager wanted. He joined The Hobos with Ronnie 'Lee' Brambles and bassist Glenn Cornick, who had been in two Barrow-in-Furness groups, Joey and the Jailbreakers and The Vikings.


UK 45's

Friday, November 27, 1964 Don't Say No (Stewart, Colton)/Send Him To Me (Lewis, Lily, Levy) Windsor WPS 129 

Some Atlantics concerts: 

Sunday, July 5, 1964: The North Pier Pavilion, Blackpool, Lancashire, UK, supported Gene Vincent and the Shorts and The Animals, as did Patsy Ashe, The Sylos. The promoter was Austin Newman and the compère was Johnny More   

Some Johnny Breeze and the Atlantics concerts: 

Tuesday, November 29, 1966: The Public Hall, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumberland, UK, with The Powerhouse  

Some info from Greg Russo ''Flying Colours: The Jethro Tull Reference Manuel'' (Crossfire Publications, 1998). 

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Topic: Johnny Breeze and The Atlantics
John H. Warburg says...
Just added lots on info on Johnny Breeze and The Atlantics
29th November 2014 10:04pm
Paul Smith says...
I was the lead singer with the Atlantics for a very short time before Johnny Breeze. I sang lead at the Holy Family Youth Club mentioned above. We only knew about 12 songs so had to repeat a number of times. I even played 'Nutrocker' on piano at ... Read More
17th February 2016 10:24am
Brett Blackburn says...
I have quite a few pictures from the Atlantics, will try and add them if this is possible
21st October 2016 11:13am
Ted Baxendale says...
We (The Hurt) played opposite Johnny Breeze and the Atlantics at the Casino Blackpool in 1967 and I have to say they were a great band very polished and professional,I also saw them a few times playing at promenade pubs in Blackpool always a ... Read More
30th October 2016 2:55pm
michaelvee says...
i hear (mostly) femals singing on Don't Say No, any names of the ladies?
26th December 2016 3:56am


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