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Paul Thornhill says...
Does anyone have any info on George Thornhill of The Odd Ones (mid - sixties)current address. I am his younger brother and have no info on his address in Jersey. Regards Paul Thornhill
30th May 2014 10:33pm
Harry Procter says...
Anybody know where Dave Smith ex lead gutarist with Red Hoffman and the Measles?
30th May 2014 10:34pm
Chrissie says...
Do anyone have a contact number for Dougie James?
30th May 2014 10:36pm
Stuart Wilson aka Brown says...
Thought you might like this all Sweet Chariot fans. Hoping that Paul doesn't mind my using the pic! remember the full stop after the youtu. Good luck.
30th May 2014 10:39pm
Paul webmaster says...
Certainly not - great to hear their music again.
30th May 2014 10:44pm
Dave Smith says...
Looking for mate of mine Dave Wolstoncroft who played in band 'Brain Child' in mid 70s regularly gigged at Wagon and Horses Oldham with great guitarist Alan Garret. Any one heard of them ?
8th June 2014 8:54pm
Grahame Rothwell says...
Great band! back then I was a working DJ and mentioned to the A&R men at CBS Records in Manchester they should have a listen. Listen they did and were quite close to doing something but in the way of record companies nothing transpired. Mainly ... Read More
10th June 2014 7:20am
mick ward. pt. says...
hi the bass player who joinde bjh was bass player craig fletcher ad is still with them, unfortunately drummer mel Prichard died of a heart attack and keyboard singer wholly wolstenhome commited suicide
22nd July 2014 4:23am
grahame rothwell says...
Thanks Mick. I remember Dave the keyboard guy was always very serious/intense. Sorry to learn of demise of him and Mel. A very talented pair!
23rd July 2014 3:02am
mick ward says...
hi you can get alan garret on facebook, mick pt.
12th June 2014 1:07am
dave smith says...
Im not on face book will get my wife to have a look for me, cheers
19th June 2014 9:32pm
Alan D. Jackson says...
There was a member of Barclay James Harvest who owned Pennine Recording Studios in Oldham. He was a massive fan of "Johnny Peters and the Crestas". Did you know him?
11th October 2014 2:30am
dave smith says...
I remember the Pennine recording studio on Ripponden rd Oldham.I thought John Lees had something to do with the place as he was a music tech.,but I may be wrong
12th October 2014 2:47pm
mick ward says...
hi I think it was co owned by john lees and john needham
20th October 2014 6:46am
John Needham says...
Hi Mick, Pennine Sound Studio was owned and operated by Paul Adshead and John Needham. John Lees set up his own place in Delph.
29th November 2014 11:08pm
mick ward says...
hi I think you mean john needam he was part owner of pennine studios
14th October 2014 9:55am
dave smith says...
can anyone remember the Top Hat club near Victoria railway station in the early 70s.It was destroyed by fire in late 70s I recall, or have I imagined it ?
11th June 2014 7:23pm
Steve Barclay says...
Any one remember 'Lynn Hart' Belle Vue Hotel?
18th August 2014 2:12am
Stuart says...
Lynn was a fantastic lady - always got me loads of unpoaid work (ho-ho). Seriously - she did a LOT for charity and specialised in Old Time Music hall shows - usually also starring Vic Holbrook, Jackie Trevor and Knox Chrichton. Great lady who ... Read More
11th November 2014 4:54am
Steve Barclay says...
Happy days Suart! Madam Ace, Jacky Charlton etc etc. I had a great time as a young 16 year old Steve Hutch .... Just starting out! Still at it looking forward to playing Dame soon with Cannon and Ball at Theatre Royal Lincoln. I remember working ... Read More
12th November 2014 7:21pm
brian higham says...
Paul mail me pc crashed....BH
3rd September 2014 12:44am
Alan D. Jackson says...
Has anybody got and recent information about brilliant guitarist John Murphy with whom I played as a member of Johnny Peters & The J.P.s?
26th September 2014 8:48am
Don says...
Sad to report that Johnny Rich (former member of the Corvettes) and long time vocalist around Ashton-under-Lyne has crossed over to Rock and Roll Heaven.
I believe he passed over following an heart attack.
Will post any more info as I get the details.
23rd October 2014 6:16am
Georgia Hudson says...
I'm a third year radio student at The University of Salford, studying a Television and Radio Degree. I have an upcoming radio show, of which me and my team have decided to make the theme 'The 60's'. We are currently researching the ... Read More
30th October 2014 10:23am
brian higham says...
3rd November 2014 1:12am
I am trying to contact Valentine Weaver and Tom Dewhurst who both lived in Farnworth in 1965 and were members of both Green Onions and Outrage.I believe that Val moved down south around 1969 or so and Tom went to The London School of art when ... Read More
2nd November 2014 5:51am
Keith Fairhurst says...
Does anybody out there know what happened to Paul Jones after he left The Chosen Few in 1965? Paul was the drummer of The Chosen Few and previously The Black Cat Bones. I've been told that Paul is no longer with us, can anyone confirm this?
6th November 2014 3:30pm
Don Fish says...
More bad nedws I'm afraid.

The legendary Pete Oliver (Sweet Chariot, Gypsy King in Phoenix Nights) has sadly passed away
26th January 2015 1:45am
Norma Jones says...
Just read on fb Pete Oliver of Sweet Chariot passed away R.I.P
26th January 2015 6:19am
denis ashton says...
29th January 2015 12:45am
Danny Carr says...
Sad to hear the passing of Pete, i worked Sweet Chariot many times over the years great band great memories.

Danny & Irene Carr
15th February 2015 6:06am
Charlie Bentley says...
Back in the early sixties, I played in a local Trad jazz band called the Savannah JB.We used to play at the many of the M/cr University Rag Balls. They always had BIG names on. I remember such as Cream, Moody Blues, Animals, Kinks, Bonzo Dog etc. ... Read More
10th March 2015 12:17am
Terry Marsh says...
I remember Pete talking to me in a bar called The Beatles Bar in Benidorm about Stackwaddy asking him if he knew a drummer that was good enough to play with them, he said he was think his term was gob-smacked.He was a singer in Benidorm he did The ... Read More
18th March 2015 8:18am
Graham Smith says...
Asking for help please if anyone knows the whereabouts of either Roy Wilson or Stuart Mills both from Middleton Manchester who were part of Mr Smith and Sum People.
25th March 2015 4:36am
Paul Mitchell-Davidson says...
If Terry Morton or anyone who knows him is reading this I would like to get in touch.
I'm back in the UK after 5 years in Portugal.
30th April 2015 10:05pm
Pavel Jager says...
Hello there.
I´m looking for Middleton Bands - Sixties Recordings CD-R compiled by Danny Hardman and Olaf Owre.
I´d like to buy it. Does any one this CD-R for sale or can make a copy?
Thank you for any information.
29th July 2015 4:14pm
bluetonemusic says...
Confessions first: been watching mbeat for months, only just got courage to ask the question (I don't do any other 'social media' seventies technophobe!!!). Anyone out there remember Bolton / Farnworth based band 'Seventh ... Read More
3rd August 2015 6:37am
shaun dunleavy says...
Hi Guys Yes this is me just been surfing the site one correction I was the Keyboard Player for Seventh Avenue Alan Johnson was lead guitarist absolutely amazing too rest his soul not with us anymore if anyone remember the old days love to hear from ... Read More
12th December 2015 3:18am
I am trying to find any information on ALAN JACKSON A SINGER around M/C in the 50s/60s possibly sang at BELLE VUE ,hard to find.Great site so many memories
9th August 2015 5:22pm
Alan D. Jackson says...
Hello Frank, I am an Alan Jackson but was always considered a bass player by Bobby Laine, Carol Kaye and Johnny Peters during my life in the '50s/'60s. Hopefully this helps: sorry if it does not, but I do not have the pleasure of recognising ... Read More
15th October 2015 2:08am
Sorry for the delay but the Alan I am looking for died in the 90s but thanks for replying
29th October 2015 6:01am
Alan D. Jackson says...
No problem, Frank, always glad to help. I hope one day that someone who knows how John Murphy is getting on will contact me.

5th November 2015 1:34am
Nigel Smith says...
Anyone remember a guy called Ray Robinson from Burnley? He was a "roadie" more than a member of any groups around 1967-70..ish
20th August 2015 12:31am
Keith Fawcett (Volvic France) says...
Ray Robinson was our manager in 1968 with The Hurt. Went down South to London & went roadying with Manfred Mann and The Allman Bros Band. Came back to England but passed away about 5 years ago. Keith!!
28th November 2017 12:32am
Nigel Smith (Bristol UK) says...
Thanks for the info Keith, Ray and I were mates around 1965 to 67 in Burnley. I didn't know he had passed away, did this happen in the UK? Were The Hurt a progression from The Estrellas? I knew The lads in So on and So Forth, Tex Comer was a ... Read More
28th November 2017 8:39am
Keith Fawcett (Volvic France) says...
Hi Nigel,Ray was probably living somewhere around London at the time of his death.Have a look elsewhere on Manchesterbeat for the groups and musicians that you used to know. look into groups of the sixties and you'll find So on and so forth,59th ... Read More
1st December 2017 10:24pm
13th October 2015 4:11am
Tony Gardner says...
Hello Pat,
I played bass for The Missing Links and Rowland Charnock played drums.
We left to join The Go Go.
Please check out the band on the this site for more details.
28th October 2015 10:06pm
Lesley Anne Jay-Murdoch says...
Does anyone remember The Auto Bar in Manchester? It was a small bar/restaurant a couple of minutes walk behind Mr Smiths. Tiny dance floor, close tables, never many in, but good food and exactly the dance music you wanted to 'strut your stuff ... Read More
14th October 2015 11:25pm
Chrissie says...
Deffo remember the auto club from the days I worked at Mr smiths.....always finished the night off in the Empire grill Albert square
6th December 2015 10:46am
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Location: rochdale - Posted April 30, 2010 6:19 am
Email: jivingjohnclarke [at] hotmail [dot] co [dot] uk

john Clarke

Gutted at the news that all the tickets have been sold before I even knew that a ticket would be needed. 400 tickets ? there weren't 400 oeople at the " The Old Boars Head " ever. I've been attending for the last five years and now it's over.

Posted April 30, 2010 5:41 am
Email: sales [at] mojorooster [dot] com




Location: prestwich - Posted April 29, 2010 3:07 am
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paul sutton

Anybody Know Danny Hardman's email address?

Regards Paul

Location: prestwich - Posted April 29, 2010 3:06 am
Email: sales [at] mojorooster [dot] com

paul sutton

Anybody know, do I require a ticket to gain entry to the Pete Cowap Music festival on Sunday 2nd May 10?


Location: denton - Posted March 28, 2010 9:36 am


hello still luck tracing name of the group who played at the guide bridge labour club around 1970s also any photos of stuart, les, pete etc resident folk who worked there on friday, satuarday and sundays.

Location: Morecambe U.K. - Posted January 7, 2009 10:14 pm
Email: tonycook153 [at] hotmail [dot] com

Nick Duval (Tremors, Country Gents)

I've just read what I wrote the other day - should read "14th Jan", not the 4th, STUPID!
Sorry Nick

Location: Manchester - Posted January 3, 2009 3:12 am
Email: m [dot] lynch131 [at] btinternet [dot] com

Mike Lynch (Money,Chapters,Cymerons etc)

Would like to hear from Tony Manton.Also 'Barney' ex roadie with the CHAPTERS.
Pete Kenny and Glen Oakley.
If you guys are still around,please get in touch.
Plus anyone else who remembers the above groups.

Location: Morecambe U.K. - Posted January 2, 2009 9:58 pm
Email: tonycook153 [at] hotmail [dot] com

Nick Duval (Tremors, Country Gents)

If anybody wants to go to Bonner's Funeral, it's on Wed, 4th Jan at Carleton Crematorium, Blackpool at 12.30. I've got directions if you need them - just email me and ask. Nick

Location: Warrington Cheshire - Posted January 1, 2009 2:47 am
Email: christine [dot] elam [at] sky [dot] com

christine elam

My husband although he changed his name to robert elam was known as robert toothill.He used to see the rocking vicars many times at the marlborough hall, and remembers John sutton very well also danny his mate who used to work for ripponden and district transport. john used to be in to motor bikes and worked at rileys toffee works for a while. my husband would love to hear from john you can contact us either via my e-mail or by our land line 01925813783

Location: Anglesey North Wales. - Posted January 1, 2009 1:58 am
Website - Email: higham15 [at] btinternet [dot] com

brian & Carole Higham


Location: Morecambe U.K. - Posted December 31, 2008 10:58 pm
Email: tonycook153 [at] hotmail [dot] com

Nick Duval (Tremors, Country Gents)

Received some very sad news this morning - Wed 31 Dec 08 - that Deke Bonner (Colin Smithies), formerly of the Tremors and The Rainmakers among others, passed away, aged 69, in hospital in Blackpool where he has lived for some years. He had been ill for some considerable time.

Location: Manchester central - Posted December 29, 2008 5:45 am
Email: dozenberrys [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] uk


Anyone need a 60's Style 'picker'(bit out of practise but knows his stuff)?

Location: Los Angeles, CA - Posted December 25, 2008 9:23 pm
Website - Email: jeff [at] labelfacingcamera [dot] com


Hi - I'm a megafan... early '30s located in LA. Man, I wished I got to see some of these bands live.

I'm looking (desperately) for The Factotums' "Mr. and Mrs. Regards" (written by Gilbert O'Sullivan" b/w "Driftwood" single. Those two tracks are my favorites of all time, but I never owned the 45 - only heard it from a friend. If anyone knows where I can pick up this rare 45 (or knows where the CBS master tapes are kept) please let me know - THANK YOU GANG!

Location: Manchester - Posted December 23, 2008 3:33 am
Email: red [dot] mist [at] btinternet [dot] com


Was the old Denmark Hotel on Denmark Street a venue? Certainly George Melly mentions it in his autobiography.

Location: Italy - Posted December 14, 2008 4:25 am
Email: a [dot] walmsley [at] alice [dot] it

Anthony Walmsley

For all you R&B, Soul, and silly Funkers in general:
When you've got through that, click on his "About me", and there are no less than four more of the same!!

Location: Liverpool - Posted December 10, 2008 4:01 am
Email: kenbonsai [at] aol [dot] com

Kenny Shalliker

Just came across your great site. I played bass with Deeke Rivers and the Big sound round 1963/4. I joind them after leaving Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes. I would love to get in touch with any of the lads again. If anyone can help that would be great! Keep on Rockin! Bassman

Location: Cheshire - Posted December 8, 2008 6:36 am
Email: jo [dot] burch [at] gmail [dot] com

Jo Tetlow Burch

Just wanted to say what a great site this is. My dad is Martin Tetlow formerly of Studio One Band and Money and various others....

He often regales us with stories of the stuff he used to get up to in his years in these various bands...mostly when me and my sisters have plied him with copious amounts of alcochol!

I love the old pics of him when he was a teenager !!!!

Keep up the good work.

Location: spain - Posted December 6, 2008 10:58 am
Email: justunal [at] hotmail [dot] com


powerhouse 6
can anyone help...quick?? would like to speak to any who was in the powerhouse 6 as my dad past away and would love to get a track that my dad played for my mum and me?? can u help.

Location: little hulton - Posted December 2, 2008 2:23 am
Email: seasons4men [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] uk


where is kenny edmound now

Location: Hitchin,. Hertfordshire - Posted November 30, 2008 3:51 am
Website - Email: ki_spirit [at] btinternet [dot] com

John Dixon

In answer to Nigel Smith. I remember Rowntrees Sound. Rowntrees Spring Gardens. The Jungfru. The Drokeweeny. The Under the Bedclothes Club. The Manchester Cavern. Mr. Smiths. The CIS. Tifanies. The Poco A Poco (Stockport). The Princess. The Domino. The Georgian.... Happy days (& nights). The Rowntrees Sound and Spring Gardens were FREE to get in too. The young-un's today dont know how good we had it do they??
Best wishes to all... John

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