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Over the generations, the Manchester area has nurtured thousands of musical acts, ranging in styles as diverse as music hall and Madchester.
But it was the sixties that was the first to bring the music to the people. There were groups in almost every street, kids playing their music without thought of fame - just fun.
Although many were adopted on a national scale, others were content to stir only local interest before their eventual demise.
Despite their lack of national commercial success, they were part of the tremendous Manchester area music scene that continues to play such a major part in our lives.
Proudly based in the sixties, these pages salute the groups, agents, disc jockeys, shops and clubs in the Manchester area that gave us all such a great time! Memories that have lasted a lifetime!
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Sad to hear of the passing of Blues legend Victor Brox.
Victor Brox page
The funeral service and celebration of the life of Ashton-born blues legend Victor Brox will take place on Monday March 20th. He passed away on February 20th. Victor's funeral service will take place at the Albion United Reform Church in Ashton (OL6 6QQ), from 12.15pm. Parking there is limited, however, so please consider using a local car park. Committal will then take place at the [b]Dukinfield Crematorium[/b], from 1.30pm. A special musical procession has then been planned from 3pm, going from the Band on the Wall venue on Swan Street in central Manchester, heading round to Matt & Phred's, which is on Tib Street. The wake will continue at Matt & Phred's.
More sad news
The reason behind setting up Manchesterbeat so many years ago, was that I felt some great groups were being forgotten and info on only those with chart success was being recorded.
We all have different time slots of memories - some the very early 60s and the rest of us bagging our own individual slots as the decade moved on. Mine, as a punter, was '65 onwards and as a group member from '68 onwards. I saw some great local groups and missed many others but my favourite was without doubt Life 'n' Soul (although I did enjoy St Louis Union and Rev Black).
So it is sad to report the passing of Stuart Charles aka Stuart Forster aka Caleb Abraham in later years.
I have NEVER seen such large queues outside New Century Hall as they had for the group (and they had top acts on most weeks), was amazed by Stuart's ability to part the huge audience as he roamed across the dance floor - gasp, a star!
Prior to Life 'n' Soul, he fronted the Stuart Charles String Band and later, the Rumble Fat Band.
Can you assist?
Anyone able to name the drummer/group? He may have been called Steve/ Stephen Thomas. Believed gigging around Manchester area late sixties.
Email me if you recognise the person - would have been a nice kit at the time.
- Any info on a group called THE MODS, around circa 1964.
- Any info on Kirk Daniels?
- Any info on Dennis and the Beatmakers?
- Any info on B.G.'s (from Bury area)
If any of you may be interested, I have just created a new site for our southern friends https://www.kentbeat.uk
No major links to Manchester groups but one thing may be of interest - there's pictures of me on there!