The Missing Links

Pete Brown  
Trevor Carter vocals
Roly Charnock drums
Tony Gardner  
Pete Walker  

We formed The Missing Links and played at Chadderton Youth Club in the sixties.

We had a massive fan club organised by our Manager, Jimmy Print. He had a printing company and he put our Photo on 5,000 T-Shirts all of which we sold at gigs. I'd like to know does anyone still have a Missing Links T -SHIRT ?

Pete Brown, our songwriter, married Anna Bergman, she was a daughter of Ingmar Bergman the Film Director. He'd wake up and find a short note saying "See you soon, Honey, had to nip off to Hollywood, Filming for a while" Funny eh?. Pete wrote some great songs for Trev Carter to sing.

I once or twice bribed fans to rip Trev's shirt off while he was half way through a number. We all enjoyed that. The group played at Oldham's first outdoor concert in Alexandra Park and it didn't rain.

My first group was with Pete Mclaine as The Drovers, later The Four Teens.

The Missing Links were on the bill with The Kinks at The Empire on Sunday 25th October 1964 and on Sunday 8th Nov; with The Swinging Blue Jeans. Centre Circle 7/6d , Good Value. More Later Thanks. 

Pete Walker

Circa 1964. L:R Pete Brown, Roly Charnock, Tony Gardner and Trev Carter.

The Missing Links T-Shirt

I remember seeing the Missing Links with the Kinks at the Empire.  I was 14 and my dad knew the stage manager so I got to watch the show from the wings.  It was fantastic.  About three years later I bought my first Gibson guitar off one of the guitarists in the Missing Links.  I can't remember the guys name but I think he lived on Mough Lane, Chadderton.  It was a cherry SG and my dad paid £65 for it sometime around 1967.  It would be worth a pretty penny today if our roadie hadn't dropped it and snapped the neck off!!!!

Alan Mills

Hi Alan, thanks for the info; on the GibsonS.G. I bought it from Stock & Chapman, Oxford St; M/c and paid 160 Guineas for it. I loved that guitar to BITS!!! Nasty Roadie!!   I couldn't remember where it ever went to. It was Kirby Ave; near Mough Lane where you and your Dad came to to buy it. 

For years I sang and played as Leroy and Linda with Maureen my lovely wife. We were pro from '68 to '83. We eventually opened a guitar shop in Portsmouth Hants, P Js Guitar Store until' 2004 when we sold it.

We now play again as "The Cash Collection" with a 3 man Band. Trevor Fry on pedal steel and Telecaster, Nobby Glover on drums and the brilliant Tom Kent playing bass (look Tom up on Youtube)   The Missing Links years were great playing alongside Top Bands.   In the book "The Man Who Said No To The Beatles" by Pete Maclain of The Dakotas, and of the Clan, are pictures of my younger days with Pete and The Drovers.Then later, as The 4Teens, we made one record at Johnny Roadhouse Music Shop on Oxford St; M/c                                 

Pete Walker

Hi Alan, I always wondered what became of my GIBSON S.G. Now I know !!! Sorry to hear of the accident it had, hope you got over it ok.

Pete Walker

Dated Peter Brown through Hollings College.  Can remember some good times at the pub in Oldham, he ditched me for a film star !!!! UHMM!!! Great to see your web page I was reminiscing here in Canada.

Pat Bollans

Hi It's Pete Walker again. Canada eh? yeah Pete Brown dated you, did you get a Missing Links T-Shirt; (I bet you did; Lucky Girl).

We all loved that Group, we had some good fun  (fun? In Oldham!!!)yeah it's amazing to look back to all those years ago. Pete #And all the boys from the band.

Pete Walker

Still waiting for my missing links  t shirt. Where are the rest of the links these days?

Pat Bollans

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Topic: Missing Links
Peter Walker says...
Hi Pat, I am uncertain as to the whereabouts of the other guys from the Missing Links ,Trevor Carter was the singer from Failsworth, Manchester. So maybe he's traceable? you never know!!
15th May 2014 7:56pm
ron finn says...
I think the drummer was a guy called Dave Merrington and one of the guitarist was also called Dave whose parents had a newsagents on Oldham Road Failsworth.
19th May 2014 3:17am
Peter Walker says...
Hi Ron, we had a young drummer called "Roly" IN THE Missing Links don't know his whereabouts now
3rd June 2015 9:47pm
Trevor carter says...
my cousin got a links t shirt. long time no see Pete, happy daysSmile
8th April 2017 12:04am
ron finn says...
Hi Trevor
long time no see.I think the last time was at Pete and di,s wedding
8th April 2017 4:07am
Trevor carter says...
I remember u mate... glad some of us are still aliveSmile
9th April 2017 11:43pm
Tony Gardner says...
Hello Trevor,
Do you remember me? If you go on the AtoZ of groups and check out The Go-Go, then that will remind you. Roly, by the way, sadly died quite sometime ago.
Hope you are well. Regards, Tony.
9th April 2017 6:48pm
Trevor carter says...
course I remember u... I sed ur my favourite bassist . I'm OK 70 this year with COPD... nothing to do with smoking for 56 years of course Smile we will have to meet up one day... I knew Roly died it was years ago Sad
9th April 2017 11:41pm
Trevor carter says...
I heard Pete Brown died but it was only a rumour years ago.. hope its not true
9th April 2017 11:48pm
Peter Walker says...
Hi Trev, Maureen and me remember you as a brilliant vocalist. You were that good, deffo!!!!!No matter which song we put in front of you, you sang it in your own style perfectly. All your Fans ;; Ho Ho
1st July 2017 7:30pm
Trevor carter (Manchester) says...
Your both still alive... Good stuff.. Im 70 in October
26th September 2017 4:13am
Kevin Greenwood says...
Was Tony Gardner in the Missing Links and did he leave to join the Go. GO. a Chadderton based group who featured Rob Walker on Lead guitar Roland Charnock on drums and Jimmy Litherland rhyme.Jimmy later decamped to London and work with Lep ... Read More
6th June 2015 6:29pm
Tony Gardner says...
That man, Robert Walker, was the best guitarist of his day by a lon, long way. There's no way he should live in obscurity, what a waste.
23rd October 2015 12:24am
K Greenwood says...
Tony if you want to contact Rob Walker is Mobile is 07982 939366.Keep trying you'll eventually get him.
23rd October 2015 6:03am
Trevor carter says...
hi tony my favourite bassist, hope ur well mate, i'm still alive tooSmile
8th April 2017 12:07am
Kevin Greenwood says...
Sorry my comment about Jimmy Litherland and the Missing Links should have referred to Leo Sayer and not Lep.
6th June 2015 6:35pm
Kevin Greenwood says...
Forgot to mention Jack Stott the vocalist with the Go Go.He now lives in Moorside Oldham.Roly the young drummer who Pete Walker refers to in a previous comment is of course Roland Charnock who passed away about 5 years ago.
6th June 2015 6:56pm
Tony Gardner says...
I used to play bass for the Missing Links and The Go-Go.
I'm sorry to Hear about Rowley. I'm in contact with Jimmy Litherland. I have a photo of the band isf anyone wants it.
23rd October 2015 12:22am
Pete walker says...
Hi' The Missing Links were busy in the 60s playing all over the North West. Pete Brown was the Heart Throb of the Group and he married Anna Bergmann a Swedish Film Star. I bet Pete still thinks of YOU, Pat;
5th October 2015 11:16pm
mick ward says...
i remember the gig it was in Alexandra park in the lions den, in olhdam , excellent band from chadderton, mick pt
23rd October 2015 4:07am
Trevor carter (Manchester) says...
wheres Tony Gardner i sent him message months ago?
27th August 2017 7:24am
Trevor carter (Manchester) says...
Anybody... Tell Tony Gardner to contact me please
31st August 2017 7:01am
Trevor carter (Manchester) says...
Pete Walker are u still monitoring this site?
31st August 2017 7:04am
Peter walker (Tenbury Wells) says...
Hi to the group. "Missing Links"
I've got a photo of us all in our Famous Missing Links T Shirts.
I opened a guitar shop in Portsmouth 1993. It became very popular. We sold it in 2002 to the Management in a "Buy Out"
20th October 2017 2:09am
Trevor carter (Manchester) says...
Give me ur email i got loads links photos and news cuttings
21st October 2017 7:37am
Tony Gardner says...
Hi Trev,
Please send me what you can to :
21st October 2017 6:55pm
Tony Gardner (Los Alcazares) says...
Hello Trev,
I have tried to contact you before on this site a few times, but to no avail.
My email:
22nd October 2017 7:30pm
Trevor carter (Manchester) says...
Have sent u email with my cell number
27th October 2017 5:24am
Pete walker (Tenbury Wells Worcs) says...
Hi Trev,

Any bits of news about "The Missing Links" would be Greatly appreciated.

Hope you are ok. I seem to last ok.
24th October 2017 11:59pm
Trevor carter (Manchester) says...
Email please
27th October 2017 4:40am
Trevor carter (Manchester) says...
The guys in the Links pic were my mates but isn't there something "missing"
20th November 2017 8:25pm
Trevor carter (Manchester) says...
Or "someone" missing?
20th November 2017 8:30pm
Tony Gardner (Bury) says...
Yes there is something missing here. Wasn't there someone else called Sandford Walker who became Pete Clarke? Didn't he go on to be Linda Leroy, a kind of transvestite cuntry act?
20th November 2017 10:08pm
Trevor carter (Manchester) says...
Roland Charnock what an early end to a life that should have developed into a brilliant drummer. I liked Roly and his sense of humour. God bless you Roly
15th December 2017 4:01am
Linda jackson (Manchester) says...
I put a comment on this site about a week ago reminiscing about the good old days watching the missing links but it hasnt been put on do I resend it I am Trev Carters sister x
5th January 2018 2:55am
Linda jackson (Manchester) says...
I remember the Missing Links playing at The Empire with the Kinks and all their fans were crossing out The Kinks and putting Links we used to go and watch them practice over the butchers in the oldham arcade on Saturday mornings and then watch them ... Read More
5th January 2018 4:51am

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