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The site is home to very many special memories. This page is our area for the many varied articles that are not easily classified.
Manchester Beat contributor's sites
- Mike Prince DJ
- Colin Brock - Life'n' Soul
- Kevin Lane - Notalgia revue site
- Dave Turnbull - ex Perfect Circle, Victor Brox
- Dave Bowker - ex Ivans Meads, Gin House and many others
- Rick Henshaw - drummer with The Pressmen
- The British Blues - a personal recollection by Alan (Fred) Pipes
- Hanky Park - Pete Martin and Tony Downes
- Paul Young - excellent site
- Eric Stewart's website
- Frank Young's website is www.frankyoung.info - includes his work with Toggery Five, Young and Renshaw, Herman's Hermits, Mindbenders, etc.
- Punks in Parkas - excelled Mod site featuring Manchester stuff
- Liverpool groups of the sixties at MerseyCats
- The Purple Gang official site
- Bob Webb Music - Bob Webb started playing with blues groups and pop groups in 1965. Turned professional in 1967 playing with soul band Stevies Fix (The Fix). Over the years he has been involved in the music industry on a variety of projects ... read more.
- Rockin Rochdale
- Deeply Vale Festival
- Tractor/The Way We Live and OZit/Morpheus records
- Kenny Dene (Anders) owns the Legend's 60s Bar in Fuerteventura - check out his website
- Peter Shelton - VERY interesting story!
- The Impossible Discographies - Fontana Records
This list covers Fontana singles until 1970 when Phonogram took over, and the record numbers changed into the same style as Philips and Vertigo.
- Record Researcher
Check out that rare track
- Sixties City
info on all chart singles of the era
- 45 rpm
A site that includes discographies of lesser known acts as well as the famous guys
- Britis Music Archive
The name says it all - good site
- Star Club, Hamburg
Site includes history of the club plus lists of groups who worked there (some linked)
- Northen Soul (and Lambretta)
Some good stuff and Manchester Twisted Wheel memories
- New Century Soul
As in the sixties, the NCH is home to the best of the NW music scene. Checkout this site to see just what is happening in the Northern Soul scene
General Band sites
- Bradford Time Line - great site. Check out their collection of programmes on https://www.flickr.com/photos/bradford_timeline/collections/72157625664747066/
- Official Graham Nash website
- Warrington Sixties Music - new site but keepm an eye out for it. Warrington was a great place to gig (and eat Hogeys)
- The Undertakers - arguably one of the best Merseyside groups of their time
- North-West Bands - current NW band site.
- Salford Jets
- Wayne Fontana Official Site
You can book Wayne Fontana and the Minbenders and a plethora of other 60s Artistes and Groups
- Brand X Online
Great site full of sixties groups - updated regularly and well worth a visit. Good links and pictures.
where musicians throughout the world are able to record their playing history, experiences and details. Here as a current or ex-band member you can add your own details to the family tree of groups and musicians, rock, country, jazz, folk etc which exist throughout the world.
- Tapestry of Delights
Great band resource - line-ups and discographies, no pix. Bad point - reckons Life 'n' Soul from Liverpool and confused over Sweet Chariot.
- Sounds of the sixties
Site full of many of the big name groups
- Sixties Rock
Site full of many of the big name groups and a few smaller names
- Sixties British Pop Culture
Good site for the famous groups
- Sleepy Joe
Features a lot of acts from Manchester - the Dakotas, Wayne Fontana, Peter Noone and also a band called PleasureDome.
- The Moone Brothers
- Geoff Wilson's Paul Young/Sad Cafe site
- A very good 10cc website with loads of rare pic sleeves etc.
- The official 10cc website & fanclub.
- Liverpool groups of the sixties at MerseyCats
- Derby groups of the sixties
- West Midlands groups of the sixties
- Kent MusicBiz - The index to South East Kent Music Motivators - lots of sixties groups
- Mersey Beat - Merseyside's Own Entertainments Paper. It's still happening, man.
- Coventry groups - including the Mighty Avengers, who played at the Manchester Jigsaw so regularly, they changed their name to Jigsaw (Sky High)
- UK Rock festivals - great site. Name says it all!
- Have a look at 'The Magic of Manchester' - a great article based around musical memories of Manchester (by Aidan O'Rourke).
- If you no longer live in Manchester (or even if you do) take a look at manmates.co.uk - great site full of memories. Be careful though, my Mrs thought it was a pickup site for blokes.
Sixties stuff in general
- Pirate Radio Hall of Fame www.offshoreradio.co.uk
Jon Myer's comprehensive history of pirate radio. Well worth a thorough read - especially as my memories are short on this area and limited to remembering Radio Caroline playing The Grumbleweeds "Hear my song" and "Mama" when they were very much an Irish Showgroup.
- The Zone online entertainment magazine - The all round Entertainments Magazine website featuring The Official Fortunes webpage and much more.
- Manx Giant - From the Wonderful Isle of Man
The Story Of Radio Caroline North 1964-1968
It tells the story of the offshore radio station which was anchored off the Isle of Man in the Swinging 60s. The book is the companion publication for the Manx National Heritage exhibition 'Pirates Of The Irish Sea' which will be open for the next six months at House of Manannan, Peel, Isle of Man until August 2009.
- Paul Wilde has created The Beatles in Manchester website to document The Beatles' public appearances and broadcast history from the city.
This includes first radio, first TV and first professional engagement under Brian Epstein to occur outside of Liverpool. And did you know the group took part in an outdoor festival, which is regarded as the forerunner to the popular music festivals that take place around the country today in a park in Urmston back in 1963.