Johnny Scarlett and The Gamblers
The Gamblers
Blackpool/Fylde Coast


Johnny Scarlett and The Gamblers
Ron Pritchard R.I.P Rhythm
Tony Rea Lead
Frank Carter Bass (not in photo)
"Big" Graham Dean Drums
Johnny Scarlet vocals
The Gamblers
Ron Pritchard R.I.P Rhythm
Tony Rea Lead
Frank Carter Bass
Harry Parr Drums
Alf Kelly vocals

The "Gamblers" were one of Blackpool's favourite bands.

They worked all the pop concerts at the south pier with Marty Wild, Joe Brown, Vince Eager, Johnny Kidd, to name just a few.  They also worked at the Winter Gardens with  The Rolling Stones, The Fourmost, The Moody Blues & The Rocking Vicars.

They where also the resident band at the Picador Club, Bloomfield Rd.

Anyone who remembers us please leave your email.

Tony Rea


There you are folks.....That there is myself (Lead guitar just above Johnny Scarlett).

Ron passed away a few years ago.  Graham died also I'm not sure when. R.I.P Ronnie & Graham.

Tony Rea aka Tony Garcia

Johnny Scarlett, is STILL currently working the northern club circuit, as the "Johnny Scarlett band" ( Bloody Grabbers.) & an excellent sound they have too.

After Johnny left the "Gamblers" way back in the 60's he gave up the business to become a prison officer. I lost contact with him for quite a number of years but thanks to the advent of the www I was able to contact him again & we are still in touch with each other to this day.

I will ask him if there is  anything that HE would like to contribute to this site, he has photos, bi-ops etc.

Kind regards
Tony Garcia

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Topic: Johnny Scarlett & The Gamblers
Alan Cooney says...
I had the pleasure to video Johnny Scarlett recently in a new band - "Fogpocket" - playing at BJ's Rock in the Blues Club, Chorley, on 8th January 2015. Link to YouTube video.... ... Read More
22nd January 2015 9:32am

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