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Lesley Anne Jay-Murdoch says...
Hi Chrissie, my mistake re. Wimpy on Albert Square - you were right it was Empire Grill, apologies, it's an age thing!! I only worked occasionally at Mr Smiths, but was very good friends with Mike on the cloakroom (a.k.a. Miriam) who worked ... Read More
3rd January 2016 10:06am
Jamie G says...
Hi I am looking for anyone that may have known stuart wilson/brown a singer and musician from the 70s and 80s music scene in Manchester and then later working the cruise ships.....he is my father just recently passed away and I'm looking to find ... Read More
5th December 2015 4:43pm
Philip Infantino says...
Hi Jamie I'm truly sorry to hear of your loss. I first met your father in the summer of 1976. I had frequent contact with him until about 1984. He was an immensely charismatic man and highly respected by all who knew him. A chain smoker, an ... Read More
15th December 2015 11:26pm
Jamie G says...
HI Philip, thank you for your message if you are able to email me I will respond by email about what happened... my email address is Many thanks Jamie
22nd December 2015 7:00pm
Philip Infantino says...
Hi Jamie I'm truly sorry to hear of your loss. I first met your father in the summer of 1976. I had frequent contact with him until about 1984. He was an immensely charismatic man and highly respected by all who knew him. A chain smoker, an ... Read More
16th December 2015 3:05am
Jamie says...
hi thanks for the post...he got in contact with me 8 years ago but missed 25...i know he backed a lot of people and well liked but 8 years wasnt long to hear all his stories...I am keen to hear from anyone with stories lol...ive set up a facebook ... Read More
19th December 2015 12:09pm
Dave Moores says...
Does anyone have any photos of the Oasis Club, Lloyd Street, Manchester?
21st January 2016 10:12pm
brian lewis says...
As a boy in the late 60s/ 70s I remember groups used to practice in the scouthut at st Andrews church Levenshulme .has anyone got any information on this.
12th March 2016 7:45am
alec woodford says...
As a young man I played rythm guitar for a band called the STATESMEN who originated from BOLTON. I am trying to trace Dennis Halls who was the drummer.
thank you
6th April 2016 1:11am
dennis halls says...
Alex,still trying to make contact,Dennis.
21st April 2016 5:15am
Vicki says...
Hi does anyone out there remember a band called The Powerhouse 6 and the drummer Bernie Byrnes Kev Kurtis was the singer
10th May 2016 11:42pm
Anybody out there got pictures of
the CHASERS Group 1963-1966.Salford based
I'm the bass player. Eric
I live in America and I would appreciate
any info on the lad's.
16th June 2016 8:23am
Bob Ainsworth says...
Must be age but I have been wondering where Dave Melia and Mike Harrison are now (ex Sweet Life and others later)since I have recently heard that Sheila the singer passed away last November.
If they read this might be nice to make contact again.
4th August 2016 8:31am
harry procter says...
does anybody know of the whereabouts of Phill ( woodbine ) Cooper the the Oassis in the early 60s.
7th August 2016 3:29pm
geoff mullin says...
Just read Pete MacLaine's book Things Inside My Head - very funny and most entertaining. A good read for anybody interested in the 1960's scene.
29th September 2016 8:53am
Linda Preston says...
I saw a message from a Alex Theodosiou whose father omned several cafes in manchester in the 60's. I would love to talk or email Alex as Im looking for pals of mine,cypriots who worked in manc. in the 60's, Any info would help
4th October 2016 11:44pm
Frank Rhodes says...
Hello,could I leave a query that a friend has just asked me?Her father used to play in a band at the C W S in Manchester at regular dances and events in the 50s/60s in the CWS building,she doesn't know the dance band name and has not left me her ... Read More
8th October 2016 10:59am
geoff mullin says...
Very sad to hear of the passing of my old mate Les Heaton, a fine Manchester guitarist who played lead in our group The Yaks in 1965.
Geoff Mullin
28th October 2016 4:57pm
Hilary says...
Hi, I am looking for any information regarding the chilterns who ran the dance hall on polygon road crumpsall Manchester. Does anyone know when the dance hall opened, the first name of Mrs. Chilrern, and does anyone remember a harmonica player ... Read More
7th December 2016 9:23pm
Nigel Smith says...
I grew up in Lancashire in the 60s, now live in Bristol. Went to all the usual places, Nelson Imp, Burnley Mecca, Oasis, Beachcomber Bolton etc. I have a "quiz" for anyone interested. A footballer friend of mine played for England and ... Read More
17th December 2016 9:04pm
John Clarke says...
I think the singing footballer you're thinking of is Colin Grainger.
23rd June 2017 10:53pm
Alan Jackson says...
Dear Nigel Smith
I'd like to think that the footballer was Frank Worthington.
Alan D. Jackson
18th December 2016 1:38am
Tracy says...

my late husband told me he played with cliff bowes & the arrows ( only for a short time might have been only once) does anyone have any information his name was Terry Brown ( from Bollington)
24th December 2016 5:50pm
Brian says...
Sorry to have to inform those who knew him that my cousin Dave Morris, drummer with The Salford Jets, passed away on Christmas Eve. Funeral at Overdale Crematorium Bolton (west wing) at 10.30am on the 5th of January.
2nd January 2017 1:54am
Natalie Wiliams says...
Hi I'm looking for someone who was at the Beatles gig at the Middleton Co-op in April 1963? We are going to be launching a campaign to get a Blue Plaque with BBC Manchester and Blue Peter and need someone to talk to a reporter at the scene one ... Read More
13th February 2017 11:43pm
carl booth says...
My dad Frank Booth co owner of Mister Smiths Manchester died today age 81.
19th February 2017 11:13am
Alan D Jackson says...
Hello Carl,
Sad to hear about the passing of your dad. We used to spend late evenings/early mornings on Brazil St. after rehearsals and gigs. As part of the Manchester scene we were made very welcome and enjoyed some to class cabaret.

20th February 2017 3:10am
carl booth says...
Thanks Alan. He used to take me to Mr Smiths in the afternoon/ evening when I was 5-7 years old what a place.
6th March 2017 6:42am
julian says...
hello vinylists. i am a rave dj. i have enough records! lol. i own a 7" v.g.c. vinyl e.p. by rumpel stiltskin acompanied by fairfield welles: nihts in white satin(justin heyward) apache(jerry lordan) hang on sloopy (bert russel and les farrell) ... Read More
27th March 2017 2:03pm
bill masterson says...
Does anybody know of a Manchester 60s 70s band the BLUE SAPHIRES had a rhythm guitarist called Barrie Lee love to hear their history
1st April 2017 4:06pm
Henrik Hagberg (Goteborg) says...
Nice to se some Swedish bands on your page. Looking for a copy of the pooster or any photos of Tages

IDOLPARADEN With "Tages" among other bands
12th September 2017 6:59pm
mel gage (manchester) says...
Anybody know the whereabouts of Roger Moss regular at the "Wheel" and was around the city centre club scene from 64 onwards ?
12th December 2017 6:40am
mel gage (manchester) says...
Happy xmas to all my fellow contributers and clubbers Smile
25th December 2017 9:30pm
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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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