The Nobodies

Line-up ???
Cass vocals
Tony bass
Ronnie drums
Barry sax


The Nobodies where friends of mine (original line up} Tony  the bass player now lives in South Africa, Ronnie the drummer joined the Black Abbots now retired living in Blackpool when I last met Cass (vocals) he was an Undertaker.

I dont know what happened to Barry ( sax player ) - think he was a taxi driver.


Sitting thinking about the ''60s and how many great groups there were that never made it to 'the top', so to speak.

Remember working with The Nobodies in Sunderland, probably '66 or so and being struck by both their professionalism and ability to entertain.

I was a stand-up comic - when I could stand up - who also sang a song or two during the act and was known  professionally as Bobby Denver.

I have always found most Manchester acts and groups to be modest and easy to get on with.

Would love to get hold of some info on The Nobodies, if they are still working all these eons later.

All the best

Robert Smith Wright

I worked at Pontins holiday camp in Morecambe, `73 and`74 and The Nobodies were the resident band there.

They released a single called (Oh how I love you)Alison/or Alice Ann. They were a good resident band and done quite a varied set of gigs.

My favourite was their version of Mcartneys Hi Hi Hi.

Not heard of them since but I did buy the single. Now,hmm where is it?

Michael Kelly

I was a child of eight and a half in 1969; I was then from Texas and quite proud of it.

I was on the Isle of Man and staying at the Castle Mona with Mum and Grandparents (all from Liverpool). I would stand outside of the Bar area to listen to the music, I was not allowed into the Bar Area. They played a few Beatles tunes and at that age I was gaga for the Beatles.

One evening I was allowed in for one singular song and I believe it was Hey Jude. I got to sit up front and for a few moments I was treated like a little princess while they sang for me. I guess that was what started me on the road to loving Musicians. My dear departed was a Bass Player.

I always enjoyed out trips to England and our mini vacations over to the Isle of Man.

I think the Gentleman on the far right with the big grin stage name was Cass? That's all I can remember it was a long long time ago.

Best regards

Tonya Swinnea


I have a 7" single on LIGHTNIN records (no date ).

a.Warsaw Concerto
b.Alice Anne.

The b-side is very good and sounds current ? ie: indie / 60"S beat etc.
Lost with the "Classical a-side tho ! ?

Thanks for the info, I suspect this record was released in 74" ?

Steve Hewitt

I worked at Pontins in Morecambe in 1967. The Nobodies were the resident band at the time and very good they were. I sang a few times with them - they would always let me rehearse at lunchtime.

I saw them a couple of times in later years. Once at a nightclub in Mexborough in South Yorkshire. I went to talk to them,t hey were very friendly.

They were on New Faces - I think they might have even got through to the final. Happy memories. 


I too worked at Pontins in 1967 and remember the Nobodies in the Sundowner lounge in the evenings. I'm afraid I don't remember George but I do remember Kathy who was from Manchester and often sang with them. I wonder where she is now. Happy times.


I have just been informed that Cass died aprox 2 years ago (2011) INFO CAME FROM RONNIE HE DID NOT KNOW CAUSE OF DEATH.


I'm Ronnies daughter. I am always trying to find ways to get in contact with his old friends so if you know of anyone please make yourself noticed .

I have very early memories of the Black Abbotts which my Dad was in after the Nobodies or renamed. I'm not sure but what I remember they were AMAZING I always hoped they would have a reunion maybe one day  - I can only wish.

Alexandra Taylor

I knew the Nobodies , particularly Cass, in the early '70s when I was living quite near him just outside Bury. A friend of mine knew all the lads well and we went on several gigs with them, one in particular I remember was supporting Tom O'Connor.

They were particularly known for their comedy/music act but were great musicians in their own right. Cass' rendition of Warsaw Concertio was so moving it sent tingles up your spine. I sadly lost touch with them over 20 years ago when I moved back 'down South' but have always admired their talent determination. I believe they got to the semi finals of New Faces and came second to Les Dennis!

I am very saddened and shocked to hear of the death of Cass, he was a relatively young man and his talent will be sorely missed. I send my regards to all the lads and thank them for giving so much fun and pleasure to so many.

Maurice Churchill-Coleman

I also remember the Nobodies when they were the resident group at Pontins in Morecambe. We were holidaying with a group of children from a residential nursery in Manchester. All the nursery staff enjoyed listening to the band . I also bought their record Alice Ann , just been singing it in my head. I often wondered what happened to them.

Dianne Reddy 

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Topic: The Nobodies
Nigel Chapman says...
I did a summer season with the Nobodies at Cleethorpes Pier in 1981. I was the bass player in the pit band. As well as Ronnie, Paul and John were on guitar then, and Barry (Ashworth?) on bass. That was a great few weeks, I'd do anything to be 20 ... Read More
3rd July 2014 10:58pm
Joan curran says...
Like others who saw The Nobodies at Pontine I was a bluecoat at prestatyn in 1977. They were absolutely brilliant musicians. I sometimes thought their act went over the heads of the audience. So sorry to hear about Cass. One other favourite they ... Read More
20th August 2014 6:19pm
Pat Taylor says...
I am Ronnie's niece and remember them rehearsing in our front loungeroom in their early days. Seems like yesterday :)
31st January 2015 11:04pm
Norbert says...
Hello Pat, my name is Norbert and I am from Berlin. I heard the song Alice Ann by The Nobodies either on BBC when I was in England or on BFBS Germany. Unfortunately I can't find the lyrics. Have you got them by any chance? would be greatif you ... Read More
16th October 2015 6:55pm
Babs nee Roberts says...
I too fondly remember the Nobodies at Pontins in 1967. I was a Nanny and Kathy, from Liverpool used to get up and sing Summertime.All memories of a super time in my life.
8th May 2015 12:10pm
Kieran Ratcliffe says...
hi I'm Ronnie's grandson discovering all this about my grandad is amazing can't believe he was an actually a musician
5th November 2015 10:52am
Arthur Waterhouse says...
I know your Grandad,he used to come in my shop to buy fishing tackle on Cookson Street.I have met your Dad and your Great Grandad,Joe.Ronnie used to be a carp fisherman and a great drummer.Seen him many times in concert.I've not seen him since I ... Read More
11th April 2016 7:30am
Ross Hodgson says...
Hey Kieran, you're grandad was god pals with my dad (Peter Hodgson). Hope he and you're family are well.
8th January 2017 10:52am
fred berry says...
I worked at pontins morecambe in 1974 to1977 i was a cook in staff canteen new the nobodies city fans then i saw them in manchester very good band.
10th November 2015 12:40am
arthur robinson says...
i went on holiday with my brother and his family,to pontins,back in the very early 70s,and we saw the Nobodies,in i think it was morcombe,what a brilliant group,they yoused to do "ghost riders in the sky"and me and my bro loved was a ... Read More
24th January 2016 1:06pm
Linda alldritt nee greenwood says...
I had many holidays at pontins in the 60s 70s and remember the nobodies and still sing Alice Ann now age 52, I once won a cha cha competition with a girl named Gillian coulson from Northumberland in the late 60 s would love to hear from her x
20th November 2016 1:08am
Chris Goodlad says...
Where is Tony Lack now! Music must run throgh the genes of some families. ...... His cousin played the drums. And his cousins grandson was recently on the X factor.
30th November 2016 11:35pm
Charlotte Rennie says...
Wow, this is all amazing to read! I am Barry's daughter and can't believe The Nobodies have their own page on here!! I only found this last night, my dad has no idea. Really emotional reading all these comments
30th May 2017 6:03am
Nigel Chapman says...
Please say hello to your dad from me, I'm Nigel and played bass in the band on Cleethorpes pier in 1981. Barry, myself and Martin from the band had many nights out after the show. Martin sadly died a couple of years ago. I'm still playing, ... Read More
7th June 2017 8:47pm
Hugh and Mavis Gilbride (Derby) says...
For a while we run a pub i Bolton Town Centre called the Three Crowns.Barry was one of our regulars.Talking one day he told us about the group he worked in called the Nobodies.He invited us along to one of his gigs inHarrowgate Yorks,little ... Read More
3rd August 2017 12:41pm
Dave Johnson (Newcastle upon tyne) says...
Remember the Nobodies from Pontins holiday camp loved that much that I learned to play drums always looked out for them when they played in the north east gutted to hear that Cas has passed away thought they were great musicians and inspired me
6th August 2017 8:54pm
alan clark (hoylake wirral) says...
i was looking through some singles at a car boot sale...amongst them was a photo of the nobodies on stage..the guy gave it to me..
12th August 2017 6:15pm
Joe Owens (Liverpool) says...
I remember being at Pontins in Morecombe, 1970, and I can still remember the song 'Oh how I love you Alice Ann', being played while going for breskfast, with all the Bluecoats singing along to it.
4th September 2017 3:09am

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