Johnny Dixon and The Semi-Tones
info and pix courtesy Keith Leigh

Timperley based, the group later changed its name to The Semi-Tones.


Keith Leigh
Mike Smith
Stuart Sumner
John Dixon
Roger Heywood
(cousin to Kevin Heywood of The Lancastrians)

Rhythm Guitar and vocals
Bass Guitar
Lead Vocals
Lead Guitar

On stage at Glossop Town Hall the night we bought new Vox amps from Barratts.
John with Bedford van
Business card
Elizabethan Ballroom, Belle Vue
(I think we supported Mindbenders that night)

18 Dec 1964
The band sat on top of the van - looking cool!


You used to play at the Timperley Labour club &  then the Stamford Hall in Altrincham on Saturday & Tuesday nights.

Liz Connor

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Comments (5)

Topic: Johnny Dixon and the Semitones
Steve Barber says...
I went to Wellington Road School with Roger Heywood. His Dad was a referee in the Altrincham football leagues.

It was a pity that they lost a Talent contest to Hermans Hermits in Sale as the Hermits went on to much greater things.
14th May 2014 10:06pm
stuart sumner says...
we actually won the comp in Sale at the locarno but lost to them in Manchester a bit later
22nd January 2015 5:20am
Keith Leigh says...
I have the newspaper cutting from the Altrincham Guardian confirming "Altrincham's Own" Johny & The Semitones beat Herman's Hermits at the Locano
1st July 2017 5:09am
Arthur Wood says...
Did you ever release a record Stuart or Keith
18th August 2017 9:23am
Clive Ballantyne says...
I used to work with Mike Smith of the Semi-Tones at Henry Boots in Altincham.If I remember correctly he made a mammoth Base Amp in the joiners yard.How he managed to transport it in his Mini I'll never know.
15th May 2015 4:17am

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