Johnny Breeze and The Atlantics Blackpool/Fylde Coast
Line-up - Johnny Breeze and the Atlantics
rhythm guitar, later organ
bass - replaced MS
Line-up - The Atlantics
Ronnie 'Lee' Brambles
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.
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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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 pleasure,Cheers Ted Baxendale.
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 that performance. I was scared to death with stage fright and never performed live again. I did compose a song for the band when Johnny became lead singer. It was called 'Only Those in Love' and I saw them perform it at the Winter Gardens.