Pete and the Pulsators
Pete and The Persuaders

Vocalist Pete Taylor continues from his My Story pages ...


After a couple of months we changed our names to Pete and The Persuaders - a change of name a change of luck.

The line up was Peter Taylor (vocals), Sidney Overett (lead guitar), Brian Valentine (rhythm), Martin Sleater (bass) and Dennis Ashton (drums).

We worked very hard and with lots of practice, auditions, talent comps, and the like, we became very popular in the Manchester area.

We had a chance to audition for the Decca record company which we were all very excited about.

On Friday 23rd August 1963, we had a gig at a pub called The Queens Arms in a small village in Doveholes in Derbyshire.

That same night, The Beatles were appearing about three miles away in Buxton and naturally we expected to be playing to an empty house but this was not the case. 

We had a full house and lots of fun but this was not to last.

We left The Queens at about 12:15am on the 24th August, with a friend of the group at the wheel but we didn’t reach home.

Our van left the road and hit a cottage killing Sid Overett (19yrs old), and Brian Valentine (17yrs old). The rest of the group were seriously injured and hospitalised in the Stockport Infirmary.

The next few months were, at the least, traumatic.

We had, of course, lost our van and most of our stage equipment in the crash and due to help from The Beatles, Danny (Mr Moonriver) Williams, Karl Denver and many other Manchester artists, also many clubs in the area putting on charity shows for us, we were eventually able to reform the group, under the name of Pete Taylor and The New Persuaders with two new members whose surnames I cannot recall, the lead guitarist was Vic and the rhythm was called Peter.

Unfortunately, due to our past experience, I was unable to settle and I was not happy with the sound that we were getting, so I left the group in the middle of 1964 and for the next 18 months or so I didn’t do anything in the entertainment business.


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Topic: Pete and The Persuaders
John Aldaty says...
I used to live round the corner from Pete, my dad was an electronics engineer and once made, from a kit, a 100watt Bass Amp For Martin Slater, and did the odd repair for Val and the rest of the group. I went with them on many occasion to their ... Read More
18th April 2015 12:30pm
Nic Overett says...
I am Sid Overett's brother. I remember the early days so well, met all the members of the group, but most of all I remember the tragic night when nobody came home, in fact this is the first time I have ever talked about it. I did run into Dave ... Read More
9th May 2015 7:04pm
Douglas Gill says...
Hi Nic I was a good friend of Sid's and he would often come to my house with his guitar and sometimes he would sit in, if one of our guitarists was off sick. I was one of the coffin bearers at his funeral. Sid was one of the nicest guys I ever ... Read More
10th May 2015 3:31am
Douglas Gill says...
You can contact Dave and Yvonne in Australia via facebook
10th May 2015 3:37am
nic overett says...
Hi Doug sorry not been in contact but been off line for a few weeks, I'm not too good on the comp so if you could contact me by face book that would be great, lots to talk about, regards nic.
31st May 2015 2:16am
It is with great sadness that I let everyone know that Pete Taylor lead singer with the persuaders passed away today the 8th dec. Pete WAS the persuaders,without him it didn't function,not just a great voice,but a true gent,a lovely guy who will ... Read More
8th December 2016 9:59pm
Douglas Gill says...
Dennis, sorry to hear the bad news
13th December 2016 5:42pm
Frank Harrop says...
Really sad to hear of Pete's passing, I was his bass player in The Javelins (one of those whose name he couldn't recall) and the last time I saw him he was laid low with Pneumonia, then i went to oz so lost touch, but have never forgot him ... Read More
11th March 2017 9:43am
Douglas Gill says...
Hi Frank, does anyone remember Pete Hobson, he played in a few of Pete Taylor's bands. I used to go to school with him and his brother Wally. I often wonder what happened to them ?
11th March 2017 8:54pm
Frank Harrop says...
Hi Doug
Sorry but unable to help
14th March 2017 5:51pm
Peter hobson says...
Doug - I am still alive, but my brother Walt died a couple of years ago, I kept in touch with Pete Taylor and used to see him and Lynn two or three times a year until he died, I hope you are keeping well, all the best, Pete.
17th June 2017 9:57am
Douglas Gill says...
Hi Pete Good to hear from you after all these years. I am well thanks and how are you ? are you still an active musician ? Sorry to hear about Walt, I have happy memories of you both. Are you on Facebook ? Do you remember David Oxberry from Heald ... Read More
18th June 2017 9:29pm
Peter Hobson says...
hi Doug. I'm afraid I'm not on Facebook, but if you forward me your email address to I'll give you an update, etc.
Cheers Pete
20th June 2017 8:05pm
Andrew (Tacoma) says...
My Dad is the younger brother of Martin Sleater, He's told me this story a few times over the years. It's strange to think that the story of this tragic night has been apart of all our lives in different ways. He told me that Mimi (John ... Read More
8th December 2017 8:26am

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