The Vampires (aka The Ranchers)
Salford

Line-up

John Brennan  
Dave Webb  
Joe McCabe  
Dot Smith guitar
Kenny Smith  

We had a skiffle group in Salford called the Vampires, in the early 60s, in the group was John Brennan, later, The Chapters, and the Ivy League, Dave Webb - Saint Louis Union.

We played every Saturday at the Broadway cinema in Eccles. We lived in the same street, Parkfield in Weaste Salford. Dot Smith and Kenny Smith were also in the group (not related but also in the same street).

It was unusual in those days to have a female guitarist - Dot Smith(DOROTHY) we won a competition and the prize was making a record. 

The organisers said we could not be called The Vampires on the record, and we had 5 minutes to change our name, which we did, to The Ranchers.

This is a true story and may be hard for you to believe today!

An added thought...memory In the same street of only 14 houses lived Mike Sweeney of the Salford Jets, now a famous DJ...

Joe McCabe
26/9/11





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