PUTTING THE RED ROSE COUNTY OF LANCASHIRE
ON THE WORLDS' ROCK 'n ROLL MAP..
This was my first band "The Waysiders" and the photo was taken in Westhoughton Cricket Club by Westhoughton Journal in 1964.
Pictured are are, back row left to right, my school friend David Littler (The Houghton Weavers), and family friend David Evans who is now living in the States but due for a visit to Westhoughton next summer. Front row left to right, Kenneth Rigby my old school friend (where are you now Kenneth?) and me. It would be great if we could have a full get together next summer, we could compare hearing loss, glasses and hair, or the lack of it in my case!
After the Waysiders went their separate ways (no pun intended) I plucked up the courage to reply to an advert in the Bolton Evening News under "Muscians Wanted", well I was only just 16. I rang the Little Hulton telephone number and a voice (Tom Casey) said "we'll pick you up in half an hour which they did. In an old Bedford van with sliding doors and an ice machine for a heater, it was winter time and colder in the van than out! Anyway, at the audition, I managed to pip a great guitarist from Leigh (who was miles better than me) for the job and I became an "Answer". The photo shows me doing my first Manchester club gig with The Answers at The College Theatre Club, Coupland Street, Ardwick in 1965. Left to right are: Tom Casey (drums), Me (lead guitar, Burns Black Bison), Graham Wray (bass, Framus) and the late John Davies (guitar, Eko Florentine). We would go on from here to do the rest of Manchesters great clubs over a period of seven years, happy times.
Brian Gibbs: December 2016
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