The Nashville Men

Info courtesy Harry Proctor

Ian Goodall lead guitar & vocals
John Kirkham  drums
Bill Cook  bass
Ian  Fenn  piano
Harry  Procter roadie



In 1963, the group changed their name to TD and the Shakeouts to avoid confusion with the Nashville Teens.

Bill was married to the singer Avril in the big band at Hillstores Oldham and he left the Nashville Men to join the dance band at Hill Stores.


Yep...I'm glad that someone has a memory of this band .They were friends I think of our French Teacher Yvonne Slater, at Barlow Hall School and they played for us school kids at an end of term bash we had in the early 19'60s.

It led me to want an electric guitar and..I borrowed one from my mate Paul Hawkins...a white Vox Strat copy from his mum's Marshall Ward Catalogue.

Then my other mates at Barlow Hall namely Chris Smith, Alan Pover, Willy Hammond got instruments too, and we started to have a bash in our local Territorial Army barracks in Chorlton.  I ducked out because I didnt own my own guitar and couldn't play too good, but the others went on to be"The Dreamweavers" and the rest is history!

Chris Smith made it big time with the "Grit Band" and has his own Guitar business...not sure what happened to Alan Pover and Willy Hammond.

I live In Canada now..and have a couple of Yamaha guitars, and still cant play too well..but "The Nashville Men" kicked me off with the guitar bug way back then.
Derek Alltree

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Topic: Nashville men
Barry Ancill says...
I saw the Nashville Men sometime around 1963/64 at St Michaels Church hop at Sutton in Ashfield, Notts - what I remember they were very good...
so they must have played out of town a bit.
12th July 2014 1:03pm
Ian Fenn says...
Hi my names Ian Fenn I played piano with the Nashville Men. We were managed by a guy called Phil Smith from Nottingham who ran an agency /management company called City Enterprises. When we signed with Pye Records they insisted we change our name. ... Read More
16th July 2014 6:30am
John Hough says...
I think this group played at the wheel the very first
time I went would have been 63\64
29th September 2014 4:44am
Ian Fenn says...
The Nashville Men Played all the clubs in and around Manchester, Twisted Wheel, Oasis, Three Coins, etc. This would have been 1063 and early '64. In 1964 we were managed by a Nottingham company and after the record release, we worked all over ... Read More
6th October 2014 7:30pm

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