PUTTING THE RED ROSE COUNTY OF LANCASHIRE
ON THE WORLDS' ROCK 'n ROLL MAP..
Cavaliers - Falcons - Pepper
Owen Jones: Lead Guitar. Derek Hoosan: Drums.
Ray Taylor: Rhythm Guitar. Albert Cullen: Vocal.
Brian Baxendale: Bass Guitar
The Flyovers from Standish near Wigan. Brian Baxendale is lead guitarist on the far right of the first pic.
Paul Baxendale: March 2018
That guitar yourr dad's playing is called a Tuxedo. My dad had same guitar.
They were made by Dallas and beat the Watkins Rapier to the be first British electric by two weeks.
They were a band called The Cavaliers and the pics were taken in 1957 at Wigan Empress Ballroom. They took over the diary bookings of a band called The Falcon Skiffle Band who had split up and Brain Baxendale played lead guitar but sometimes bass as well.
The “Emp” was the top gig back then and your right about your dad being in a skiffle band before starting up his own Rock 'n Roll band called “Brian & The Flyovers”. They played in our front room at your mum and dads wedding. I think your Grandad Pinsent ended up in the shed as in his words, “can’t be doing with all that headache music!"
Your dad had just got a Cherry Red Horner Verythin at that time and was chuffed to bits with it. It was the nearest thing he could afford to Gibson 335 like Chuck Berry.
I remember Brian B playing in Pepper, understated, did his job for the band would have been just the man to fit into a band without trying to steal all the limelight, a rare commodity these days. RIP, fondly remembered. By me for one and I'm sure many others.
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