Sleep

Line-up included

  • Phil Dale - Vocals
  • Paul (Sham) Marshall - Lowrey Split plus electric violin
  • Harry Greene - Bass
  • Geoff Parker - Drums, Vibes and Timps
  • John Senior - Lead Guitar
  • Denis Brennan 
  • Kev Bowden 
  • Alan "Joe" Wroe - Bass
  • Alan Yapp - Vocals
  • David Ludlum - Flute, Congas & Piano
  • John "Benny" Benson - Drums

One of the early Manchester "progressive" bands. 

Alan "Joe" Wroe replaced Harry "Fwerk" Green on bass in the late sixties and the singer was at that time Allan Yapp. The drummer was John "Benny" Benson and Lou Ludlum played Flute, Congas & Piano. No Guitarist after John Senior left.

The Band went to Germany in 1972 and imploded there.

Allan & "Joe" carried on a while until "Joe" joined the top German band "Kin Ping Meh". Allen returned to England and works on computers in London. "Joe" is still playing in Germany.

 

I put a number of people in touch with each other and from this Alan first formed The New Boston Sect around 1966.

Based in Whalley Range and practiced at the Whalley Range Methodist Hall, Withington Road. The line-up (fragmentary) was Alan Yapp- Guitar/Lead Vocals (now Systems Software in London ), Victor Constantinis - Drums ( Catering Business in Australia ) and Ian Tomlinson - Drums ( deceased ). I think that Barry Thornton may have been in the group for a short while on Guitar but as I was mostly in London at the time the rest is hazy.

1967 saw the change to The Henry Allen Blend.

The line-up ( part way through ) was Alan Yapp Lead Vocals/Guitar, Victor Constantinis - Bass, Ian Tomlinson - Drums. The group found a superb lead guitarist but his name eludes me. Paul ( Mash ) Marshall joined as Bass (I think) and he had a mate (Lou Ludlam) who could not play much but started to learn the sax and joined.

New members came and went (as usual).

Both groups were funded by Ian Tomlinson's dad who provided a full set of Marshall PA and a Morris J2 van. Ian acted as Manager as well as playing drums.

From memory The Henry Allen Blend fell apart during 1968.

Alan, at some point, met John Benson and John Senior from Sleep. Alan was developing his skills on the piano and with a bit of song writing and after his dad died, Alan went off to Hamburg ( Sleep?). After the group imploded Alan ended up in London and scratched a living playing the piano and singing in Bars and Clubs until he focused on a chance career in Computer Software.

Kim Vernon - 29/5/11

Remember Sleep from the days of the Electric Circus. Sham said that he'd play at my wedding. He never did.

I seem to remember him playing with a "supergroup" put together by Kennedy Street Enterprises called "Construction Company." Does anyone else remember this band?

Harry Spooner - 27/10/12

Hell fwuerkin lo, (John Senior has been dreadin this). Yes its ME !, AND THE WORLD WILL KNOW THE TRUTH !.  I was unlucky enough to join this group of Misfits, an I felt good, at first. They thought we played serious Muzak, an I couldn't be serious.

I just wanted to sh*g, smoke Bob Marley cigs, an have a Fwuerkin Good Time, an I did!. I got a bollickin from Ray Makin (Parabil Agency) for smilin on Telly (not cool!). I think the programme was called "Crocodile", and I made Lou nearly choke on his flute solo, (serves u right for leavin me to do a bass solo). 

Had a fall out at the Cavern (the real one) and was goin to jump on his flute and John Senior, Sham, and me had a Fwuerkin great punch up with skinheads at St Helens Town Hall. 

Aah the days of LOVE AN PEACE, I Fwuerkin Loved it.!!!. 

I will always cherish the days with u pals, even Gobshite Phil Dale tellin the Cops that the reason smoke was comin out of the van was cos it was a Steam Engine, and they thought it was so funny they made us unload the van, an checked it for drugs (good job we'd smoked it all), this was near the top of Barton Bridge. Thanks to ur Sister for takin us home x. 

I would love to be in a serious band again - I never laffed so much, It was FWUERKIN GREAT !!!!, Thanks Pals. My LOVE TO YOU ALL. XXXXXXXX. 

Harry (the Fwuerk) Greene.  

Where are they now?

  • Lead singer, Phil Dale, is now an agent in London (Artiste Management Group) after playing in Kandy Park (1970) and Pips Ways.
  • Bass player Harry "The Fwuerk" Greene (once dubbed "a part-time musician" by the Manchester Evening News) is the CEO of Bass Players Anonymous, a motley collection of ageing musos whose aim is to increase bass player's IQs into double figures. After a life-time admiring the ladies, seems appropriate he now lives near Bristol.
  • Alan Yapp has a career in Computer Software.

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