The Oddments

  • Dave Jones ( Deceased) - vocals
  • Brian Horrocks - lead guitar
  • Carl Stevens - rhythm guitar
  • Arthur Monaghan ( Deceased) - bass
  • Rob Shorrock - drums

The Oddments played lots of the clubs mentioned and one in particular that isn't. It was situated near the Dental Hospital just before Moss Side. I just can't remember the name of it, I think it might have been an Irish based club. They had groups and stag nights that type of thing. I hope someone can remember it.

I was the drummer in the group and myself and one of the guitarists were with Paul Young in his first group Johnny Dark and the Midnights in 1961. Nice lad the last time I ever saw him was in 1971 going home on the 101 bus from Manchester to Wythenshawe where we both lived.

Back on topic, the Oddments played all over the Wythenshawe area which was a big place. We played in Chester, Burnley, Liverpool's original Cavern club twice, Belle-Vue, and assorted venues in greater M/C. The Cavern gig was a competition held over two nights, the Fri and Sat between about twenty groups for Oxfam. The winner to receive a recording contract with PYE. We won the Fri night and came second on the Sat night.

When we won on the Fri night we went for a pint in a little pub just across the road from the Cavern, it was full of scousers out of some of the groups we just beat. We got a bit of abuse to say the least, we were lucky to get out alive. Bad loosers those guys.

I'm 66 now and was still drumming two years ago till the band folded. I played organ as well from 1969, and now also Tenor sax. Anyway hope I haven't bored you stiff, if there is anything I can add just let me know.

Rob Shorrock - 26/7/13





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