The Love Trade

Line-up (as pictured left to right)
Jack Trelthall Drums
Diane Vocals
Phil Coggan Lead
Janet Vocals
Nick Gribbon Bass

In 1966, The Wild Ones, Nick Gribbon, Peter Haliwell, Malcolm Pearson (Roadie) and myself ceased being so wild and joined an established three piece girl band from the Manchester area called The Dollies.

Some venues billed us as The Dollies with the Mixtures, how embarassing!

The act was based on The Supremes etc. The girls were Davina, Maureen and Jill who was at that time engaged to Karl Green of Herman's Hermits. I can't remember their second names, it is forty years ago!

One of the gigs we played was Manchesters Belle View, Jimmy Savile was there as D.J. We also appeared on a tv show for Manchester Television.

We were paid £15 each a week, out of that we paid the roadie £2 each, the rest went on petrol and food. Most of the time we slept in the Thames van. We stayed in the car park of Knutsford Services (M6) for three or four days I remember.

After a few months we left The Dollies and went back to Blackpool and formed The Love Trade with a new drummer Jack Trelthall and sisters Diane and Janet. Janet was going out with Steve Morris from The Rockin Vickers. Again their second names escape me.

This band lasted just a few months, when we decided to rock again, this time with singer Dave John from Dave John and the Mood.

Phil Coggan


I noticed the name Davina from the Dollies .. I was getting REAL serious with her .. we were in Luv' !

The Dollies were just about to; or had broken up. I was about to quit the Richard Kent Style, and I did .. to go to Beirut of all places with Kirk St James for 3 months .. 3 months turned into 6 months , and by the time I got back Davina had moved on. I don't blame her!

I think she emigrated to Australia eventually . Davina was a great lady, and I was too dumb to hang on to a good thing .. a situation that has repeated itself over , and over again over the years!

I never saw the Dollies live, but I heard they were pretty darned good..(sigh) .

An unnamed ex-suitor



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