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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
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: stockport - Posted November 3, 2014 9:53 pm
Website - Email: espam10s-ruskin [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] uk


Stockport gig Poco a Poco 1970- David Bowie appeared without the advertised Hype. The drummer had injured his hand. Bowie played solo accoustic, 2nd in playing order - after Purple Gang.

Location: Scotland - Posted May 13, 2014 2:24 am
Website - Email: stuartbrown777 [at] hotmail [dot] com

Stuart Wilson (a.k.a. Brown)

Just in case any of my old pals (not many left now) are interested - this Thursday May 15 12.00 BBC1 Bargain Hunt the "handsome one" is involved (ho-ho!)

Location: Manchester - Posted April 1, 2014 3:01 am
Email: redman1968pmt [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] uk

Paul Thornhill

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

Location: Nottingham - Posted March 11, 2014 3:30 am
Email: Cetarr30 [at] aol [dot] com


Do anyone have a contact number for Dougie James

Location: manchester england - Posted March 4, 2014 9:09 pm
Email: hp [dot] procter [at] btinternet [dot] com

Harry Procter Procter

Anybody know where Dave Smith ex lead gutarist with Red Hoffman and the Measles ?

Location: Scotland and Manchester - Posted February 27, 2014 5:35 am
Website - Email: stuartbrown777 [at] hotmail [dot] com

Stuart Brown a.k.a. Wilson

Thought you might like this all Sweet Chariot fans. Hoping that Paul doesn't mind my using the pic!
http.// remember the full stop after the youtu.... good luck.

Location: anglesey - Posted February 17, 2014 6:23 am
Email: higham15 [at] btinternet [dot] com

brian higham

any info on Pete.Birrel ex freddie * & the Dreamers.
any help greatly appreciated.BH

Location: london - Posted February 1, 2014 8:49 am
Email: thesaint556 [at] msn [dot] com

dave foulkes

does anyone know what happened to Derek Carr (drummer - ex Strictly for Cash)

Location: tameside - Posted November 16, 2011 6:28 am
Email: fireman_denis [at] hotmail [dot] com

denis jackson

hi les do you remember backing a folk singer called mike stevens around the time of hobo flats ?

Location: oldham - Posted November 5, 2011 8:59 am
Email: gmusgrove [at] live [dot] co [dot] uk

Graham Musgrove

I am trying to trace any people who knew Johny Masters, of john masters and the mastersounds. Johns son is a friend of mine and had not seen his father since he was 2 yr old. John would like to chat to anyone who knew him and if possible any photographs as he do's not know what his father looked like. I can be contacted at
Thank you
Graham Musgrove

Location: denton - Posted October 22, 2011 9:41 am


Hi still no luck with info- wanted on stuart, pete, les etc guide bridge labour club 1970s, photos etc, most welcomed for scrap book. Also any names and photos of the group who played there on Thursday nights.

Location: glossop - Posted October 21, 2011 5:04 pm
Email: fender_man44 [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] uk

norman carhart

looking to find old friend lead guitarist terry shaw played with me in the oringinal line up of the cadillacs terry and myself formed the band years ago would love to get in touch can anybody help . thanks norman.

Location: Manchester - Posted October 3, 2011 6:13 am
Email: paligap [at] hotmail [dot] co [dot] uk


Neil Carter DJ
Still looking for contact details of Neil Carter, ex dj Twisted Wheel, PR for R&B Scene magazine,connected to 'Uptightan Outasight' London

Location: south manchester - Posted September 30, 2011 6:30 am
Email: johnfeatherstone [at] tiscali [dot] co [dot] uk


does anyone know the wearabouts of paul geotz one of the singers with the chuckles ???

Location: denton - Posted August 2, 2011 8:17 am


Hi still no luck with info required on stuart,pete,les or name of group/pictures off same - who played at the audenshawe labour club in the late 60s early 70s.come on please someone must be able to help me in my quest-info for scrap book.

Location: montgomery wales - Posted July 23, 2011 7:12 pm
Email: pg [dot] shaw [at] virgin [dot] net

paul shaw

If Ian Goodall sees this message over in Cyprus or anyone who has his email address please let me know...Cheers, Paul

Location: Manchester - Posted July 22, 2011 6:46 am
Email: asaeaton [at] hotmail [dot] com


Andrea, if your still looking for info on Leslie Eaton lead singer from Pheonix City Smash get in touch may be able to help

Location: London - Posted July 20, 2011 1:10 am
Email: cfilsell [at] btopenworld [dot] com


I am the proud owner of Charlie Sidebottom's drum kit . Drummer with Deke Bonner and the Tremors. I got the kit from his son Gary and spent a long time restoring it. Unfortunately we don't have any pictures of Charlie playing it during the 60's. I believe pictures were taken of Deke Bonner and the Tremors playing 'The Cavern'many years ago.

Location: Isle of Wight - Posted July 17, 2011 6:21 am
Website - Email: jcatsunrise [at] aol [dot] com

Jean Wells

Hi, I was the lead singer in Fairfield Wells. Then became Expose Band. Appeared in Auf Wiedersehen Pet. Jean.

Location: S. Wales - Posted July 16, 2011 11:04 am
Email: kaned [dot] 2 [at] btinternet [dot] com

Jacqui Kane

In reply to Keith Halson -
My parents were both in the band Fairfield Welles and it was a lovely surprise to see them mentioned on this site - I will be directing them here as I am sure it will bring back fantastic memories for them.

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