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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
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
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
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
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
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
brian higham says...
Paul mail me pc crashed....BH
3rd September 2014 12:44am
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
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
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
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
Chrissie says...
Do anyone have a contact number for Dougie James?
30th May 2014 10:36pm
Harry Procter says...
Anybody know where Dave Smith ex lead gutarist with Red Hoffman and the Measles?
30th May 2014 10:34pm
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
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Location: northwich - Posted June 30, 2011 7:22 pm
Email: graham [at] americanautomags [dot] com

graham rennie

Hey Rabeeto

I was the singer in the band
and came up with the name.
I remember us playing at Bernard Mannings club one time and I think Brian broke a string; anyway, while he was changing it Bernard came on and roundly insulted us, much to everyones amusement !

Location: France - Posted June 15, 2011 12:21 am
Email: keith [dot] halson [at] wanadoo [dot] fr

keith halson

Hi folks, does anyone remember a group/band called Fairfield Wells who used to play the clubs in and around Manchester/Salford and the North West in the late 1960s/early 70s?
They played a number of times at The Talk of the North club in Eccles, l think.

Location: denton - Posted June 13, 2011 8:10 am


james write to stockport express for photo of poco a poco. heaton norris. Or stockport Heritage.

Posted June 9, 2011 6:03 am


Please someone, help me. Trying to find a decent picture of poco-a-poco or any information about a abnd called Shyner who appeared there. It was a band my dad was in and he has nothing from it. Its a surprise for him, please help xxx

Location: denton - Posted May 5, 2011 9:07 am


Hi still no info on guide bridge labour club and compare/drummer Pete/stuart or any photo`s would be appreciated. The name of the group who played there on thursdays too/pics required.Hope to hear of anyone soon, still waiting after almost 12 months of asking ----surely someone must know something.

Location: New Mills - Posted April 29, 2011 7:20 pm
Email: alandjackson [at] zen [dot] co [dot] uk

Alan Jackson

Can anyone who knows the whereabouts of John Senior, blues guitarist and singer, please contact me via e-mail.

Alan Jackson.

Location: Greater Manchester. - Posted April 29, 2011 10:57 am
Email: catetine [at] hotmail [dot] co [dot] uk



The Band 'Plasma' featuring 'James Charles Hodgson' = would be the section to look under.

Any further info would be welcome.



Location: Greater Manchester. - Posted April 29, 2011 10:50 am
Email: catetine [at] hotmail [dot] co [dot] uk



Message from - James Charles Hodgson.

Maurice Cassidy - Stockport ( Drummer ) whom once played as a Band member with James in the 70s.

Would be great to hear from you - share some memories !

There's also some information about James on the Manchesterbeat Site.

Hope to hear from you.



Posted April 20, 2011 12:31 pm


i am trying to find information about Johnny Dean and the Planets, my uncle Brian Thorpe was rythym player for about nine months in 1963/64.
The first band he was in was called Steve Ray and the Astrons? which disbanded and went on to form Black Cat Bones.
He used to be associated with Stackwaddy and said Mick Stott utilised feedback before Jimmy Hendrix.
Mark Stone made some recordings with Brian in the 1980`s
Brian Thorpe was a talented musician and made instruments does anyone remember him.

Location: Anglesey North Wales. - Posted April 12, 2011 8:09 pm
Website - Email: higham15 [at] btinternet [dot] com

Brian Higham

HELP...any body out there know the whereabouts of Ric Rothwell ex-mindbenders.if you do please mail me.Any help greatly appreciated. Brian Higham.

Location: Leigh, Lancashire - Posted April 2, 2011 1:48 am
Email: lilliebell1708 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Lesley Anne Jay

Just a bit of a non-music memory! Been watching '32 Brinkburn Street' all week on bbc.1 and what a surprise to find it was filmed on Fairfield Square in Droylsden! I used to go to Fairfield High in the late 50's AND had a real crush on Nidge Thomas out of the Factotums, as he lived on the Square and went to Audenshaw Grammar, but think it was his mate Andy who liked me, so a non-starter! It brought back memories of sneaking out of school, running up the square to go to the 'tuck' shop on the main road, but cannot remember the road name - Dundee biscuits never tasted so good. Was living in Denton at the time, then moved to Bradford in Manchester and later to Dukinfield. Believe 'Sophie' in corrie lives in Denton and went to Fairfield High, hope she had as much fun in her real life, as I did! How tragic to read Nidge Thomas had died in his 30's! The Square didn't look to have changed at all, just wondering if it was stilled 'cobbled' or was it just for the drama, it actually looked bigger than I remembered it! Lovely memories, thanks bbc.1

Location: manchester - Posted March 19, 2011 9:39 am
Website - Email: mickandvera [at] hotmail [dot] com

mick ward

does anybody know the whereabouts of HARRY THE FWERK GREEN. last seen staggering home in the manchester area,he was in tiger fog and pink engine to name a few, a good lad would like to get in touch, mike ward.

Location: Stockport - Posted February 8, 2011 4:22 am
Website - Email: martinbohen [at] hotmail [dot] com


Hi does anyone remember a band who played around Manchester early sixties called "The VIP's" my friend Tony was the Drummer..also a Stockport band called "The Cyclones" around 1964-66

Location: Anglesey North Wales. - Posted January 15, 2011 12:38 am
Website - Email: higham15 [at] btinternet [dot] com

Brian Higham

Ady Edlestone...We Lost Another One....BH.

Location: Anglesey North Wales. - Posted January 9, 2011 3:16 am
Website - Email: higham15 [at] btinternet [dot] com

Brian Higham

very sad to hear my old friend & work mate Ady has passed away.Ady Eddlestone was the part of the back bone of the Machester music scene & will be greatly missed by all who knew him.Goodbye to a true Manchester Musician & good friend.God Bless. Brian Higham.

Location: denton - Posted December 20, 2010 9:55 am


hi sorry the street was daisy st not bann st, where chez freddies coffee shop was. Banns the chemist was on the corner or sometimes called cohens. Bann st was further down hillgate before longshut lane.still pics of stuart, pete, and les at guide bridge labour club.

Location: Blackpool - Posted December 15, 2010 9:38 pm
Email: hughesdb5 [at] gmail [dot] com

Simon Hughes

Does anyone remember 'The High Spots' from Salford? I know they played all of the usual places in the early/mid 60's. They worked a lot for Bernard Manning. David Hughes/ Guitar Pete Harwood/Bass ????/Drums.

Hope you can help.



Location: denton - Posted December 12, 2010 10:13 am


Hi just read about chez freddies - the shop was previous a bakery - chez freddy`s mother own it. After the coffee shop - he opened a hardware/gift shop on hillgate - then had two other shops one on St petersgate and one in hazel grove.The coffee shop was on the corner of bann st, now a chinese restaurant. I have still not had any info on guide Bridge labour club and the artist who were there every fri,sat, sun. Names Stuart, Pete, Les any photos would be appreciated.

Location: Essex - Posted December 9, 2010 9:14 pm
Website - Email: roy [dot] nightingale [at] hotmail [dot] co [dot] uk

Roy Nightingale

Hi i would like to get in touch with Peter Oliver <Sweet Chariot> by email if you could help me please,re~Rovers Return~ in Portugal 1980 time. kind regards Roy

Location: London - Posted November 27, 2010 9:14 am
Website - Email: hazelhazel01 [at] hotmail [dot] com


For Phil Coggan.Hiya Phil,saw your name on the guestbook and thought i'd get in touch.Would love to hear from you and see how life's been treating you.

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