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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: anglesey north wales. - Posted November 26, 2008 7:25 pm
Website - Email: higham15 [at] btinternet [dot] com

brian higham

sorry alan the link should now work.thanks for the info.....BH

Location: Anglesey North Wales. - Posted November 25, 2008 2:17 am
Website - Email: higham15 [at] btinternet [dot] com

Brian Higham

wanted.any info on m/c groups called the measels & the members etc.this request is from tony walmsley who lives in italy.Brian Higham.

Location: Sale Cheshire - Posted November 21, 2008 11:01 am
Email: musowiz [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] uk

Bob Ainsworth

Just posted info on Sweet Life to add to what Geoff posted. If Geoff, Dave and/or Mike pick this up, I'd like to hear from you again.

Location: South - Posted November 20, 2008 11:18 pm
Email: helena101177 [at] hotmail [dot] com

Helena Boyce

Looking for:
Kirk St James, Singer.

Worked with
Wild Silk

A few others i believe.

Any information as to how i may get in touch with him directly or anyone who may know him woul dbe GREATLY appreciated.

Many Thanks Everyone for your help!


Location: Luxembourg - Posted November 19, 2008 12:35 am
Email: mk [dot] luxy [at] gmail [dot] com

Mike Knight

Looking for....

Pete Greenhalgh

Pete used to run his own Electronics repair shop just off Oxford Rd - near the railway Bridge close to Graham and Annies A1 shop.

I believe he played bass (?) with Shane Fenton and the Fentones from time to time - last I saw him he was living somewhere between Old Trafford and Stretford - I think his wife's name was Annie.

30 years ago he sported a head of ginger hair and a tash.

I imagine he repaired quite a few amps and bits of PA kit in his time - so perhaps some of you might now how to contact him these days ? Contact me via MK.LUXY"at"GMAIL.COM if you do - I think the old bugger still owes me a beer!

Best wishes from Luxembourg,

Mike Knight
former DJ at such wonderful spots as "The North Westward Ho" "Pennine Apres Ski Lodge" "The Moon - in Duckinfield" "Tramp" "Woofers Mobile Disco" - and a rack of other places....including working with the Harbour Lights quite a few times at Bredbury Rugby Club - good days!!!

Location: bury - Posted October 28, 2008 8:19 am
Email: p [dot] waterhouse [at] talktalk [dot] net



Location: Cheshire UK - Posted October 28, 2008 7:15 am
Email: grahamerothwell [at] sytner [dot] co [dot] uk

Grahame Rothwell

can anyone help? I have read that John Wrigley may have died? drummer with Puzzle/Staircase etc. I grew up with John in Newton Heath,we lost touch some years ago. Please advise me if you can of circumstances. Thanks Grahame.

Location: macclesfield - Posted October 14, 2008 6:40 am
Email: d [dot] hulley1 [at] ntlworld [dot] com


Does anyone remember the Chris Nava Trio? they used to appear at the Yew Tree Pub on Wythenshawe on a Saturday night. I think the group was resident there for a while in the sixties. From memory Chris played keyboards in the band. Anyone any info/pictures please?

Location: bolton - Posted September 4, 2008 4:32 pm
Email: seasons4men [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] uk


does anyone remember a group called sparrow from the 70s

Location: now BRISTOL UK, ex-Bolton and Burnley - Posted August 16, 2008 7:00 pm
Email: nigelpn [dot] smith [at] btopenworld [dot] com

Nigel Smith

Some of this is almost too nostalgic, they were such good times. Reading through this site the memories come flooding back, I particularly remember some stunning performances by Pete MacLaine and The Clan, Johnny and The Avengers, St.Louis Union, Rocking Vickers (Vicars at the time but it didn't impress record companies!), Wynder K Frog (or Frogg?) I'm sure I remember The Nevadas supporting a few big names at Nelson Imp, possibly The Byrds?
Ian Crawford and the Boomerangs were exceptional, superb drum solos by Trevor Morais. I used to go to Twisted Wheel, not often due to lack of transport, when I moved to Bristol I used to come back to Lancashire at weekends and go to a club called Rowntrees Sound in Manchester, does anyone remember it?
Great site, cant stop reading through it, all the very best to any one of the guys in the groups mentioned who hopefully read the site, you made it a fabulous time to be a teenager in. Keep it alive.

Location: Stockport - Posted August 6, 2008 12:53 am
Email: ndavis1 [at] hotmail [dot] co [dot] uk

Nick Davis

For Simon Keegan: TVM if I remeber correctly was situated at the bottom of Chapel Street opposite the end of Bridge Street and just near to Victoria Bus Station. They made amplifiers and speaker cabinets to go with, mainly for PA, in modest quantities; did do some bespoke stuff - ask me more, it's a long story - and I think stopped trading in the late seventies (nineteen, that is). Hand built, basic, and reliable; the guys working there seemed to wear warehouse coats. Course, it's all changed now, what with those new-fangled transistors and so on!

Location: Merseyside - Posted August 4, 2008 9:54 pm
Email: majorplus [at] tiscali [dot] co [dot] uk


Can anybody help with a contact for a group from Manchester in the 60's, the group were called the Fanes or Faines, If they diden't make any records, they did do a demo disc, as they were in the studio just before we went in The Majority Plus. Would like to talk to them about that day at the recording studio. Keep up the good work, and long live the Sixties but spare a thought for the musicians big or small who have sadly passed away like Colin our keyboard player, and more recently Freddie Garrety God Bless them ALL, and thank you in anticipation for your HELP. Keep smiling its contagious so pass it on, and if you see anybody without a smile give them one of yours.

Location: Bolton - Posted July 30, 2008 6:36 am
Email: germcp [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] uk

Geraldine McPhee

Just to let anyone know Gilbert McPhee (of Walkden) and played sax at one time with The Powerhouse Six, passed away peacefully on 22 March 2008. If anyone remembers Gil and has any pics of Gil from those days the family would love to see them.

Location: Spain - Posted June 16, 2008 11:45 am
Email: robertparkes1953 [at] hotmail [dot] co [dot] uk

Rob Parkes

Have just seen a message from Arthur Barry!! I played drums with the Cyclones for a few gigs when I was about 12 or 13!! remember me from Heaton Moor Arthur? I remember one gig at the CWS Manchester, and I also remember your Guild guitar!! Happy days!! Kind regards!!!

Posted May 31, 2008 1:53 am


I think the mameloks/ndo guitar man was Les Beavers?

Location: Radcliffe - Posted May 30, 2008 9:26 pm
Email: simon_keegan [at] hotmail [dot] co [dot] uk

Simon Keegan

I have recently acquired an MK.60/PA AUDIO AMPLIFIER, the red cover has a badge on it saying TVM sound...I am after some information, a mate of mine was clearing his house out and said i could have this metal rather dangerous looking thing,, i took it home, cleaned it out and what do you know the thing still works, I play my bass through it am just curious as to it's history and since i acn't seem to find any references to TVM sound was hopingh someone could point us in the right direction.

Location: STOCKPORT - Posted May 26, 2008 1:19 am
Email: MXMUSIC [at] YAHOO [dot] CO [dot] UK



Location: West Yorkshire - Posted May 25, 2008 8:43 pm
Email: jenniferjvmccorry [at] mac [dot] com


I managed to get my e-mail address wrong on that last message. Some things never change! I remember getting the price nocked down on the tie Danny is wearing.

Location: West Yorkshire - Posted May 25, 2008 7:43 pm
Email: jenniferjoanvivien [at] mac [dot] com


Hi, I went into the a-z of groups and found 'The perfect Circle'. I have downloaded the photograph from the "Lord Mayor's Ball' and put it on my desktop! (I had lost mine) Thank you for some lovely memories

Location: Upstate NY - Posted May 23, 2008 9:23 am
Email: abarry [at] twcny [dot] rr [dot] com

Arthur Barry

Response to Martin Bohen about the Cyclones. I was lead guitar and Alan Kettle was the singer. We managed a reunion gig in 1989 just before he passed away

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