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& Rock Musicians of Manchester

Freddie and the Dreamers

Freddy Garrity of Freddie & the Dreamers

Freddie & the Dreamers was a
British group of the early 1960s that succeeded in making a
breakthrough in America as part of the British Invasion in the
wake of the Beatles. Their biggest US hit was in 1965, “I’m
Telling You Now”, which reached Number One in the charts. Their
comic and frivolous caught the mood of the period, despite being
slated badly by music critics. Freddie Garrity was born in Manchester
on 14th November 1940, and in his early teens he played guitar
as part of the skiffle craze sweeping the UK in the late 1950s.
Garrrity’s superficial resemblance to Buddy Holly was initially
credited with his rise to stardom but it was more probably his
comic, exaggerated dancing which accounted for his popularity
with young audiences. He was a member of a group Kingfishers
before deciding to form his own group. The other band members
were all Mancunians: they included Pete Birrell (bass), Roy
Crewsdon (guitar), Bernie Dwyer (drums), and Derek Quinn (lead
guitar). In 1961, the band auditioned for the BBC and soon appeared
on “Let’s Go” and “The Beat Show” on radio. They soon toured
England and Germany, and in 1962 they signed a contract with
EMI/Columbia Records.
May 1963, their first single, “If You Gotta Make A Fool Of
Somebody” reached Number 2 in the UK singles chart. Other
hits followed in succession, including ” I’m Telling You Now”
and ” You Were Made For Me”, “Do the Freddie” and “I
Understand”. After the band’s decline in the late 1960s,
Garrity went on to host his own UK children’s TV series called
” The Little Big Time” .
also formed a new Freddie and the Dreamers act in 1976, and
continued playing his old hits in the United States., Britain,
and Australia well into the 1990s.


Graham Lambert - Inspiral Carpets
Graham Lambert

The “Carpets”,
local lads from Oldham, including Graham Lambert, Stephen Holt,
Craig Gill, Clint Boon and David Swift, were largely ignored
by Manchester musicmakers in 1986 when they produced their first
demo music. First real breaks came at regular Saturday night
bookings at the Boardwalk, even though audiences were small
and professional abuse and derision dogged their efforts, while
they continued at daytime jobs to pay the bills. Described as
“a gang of working-class skivvies”; “A psychedelic band without
the drugs” .
Ordinary, unassuming, modest. Nationally favoured by 1989, with
TV (Top of the Pops) and live appearances. Their live concert
sold out at the G-MEX Centre in Manchester in July 1990. Major
albums and songs include :

  • Plane crash
  • Trainsurfing
  • Find Out Why
  • Keep The Circle Round
  • Garage Full of Flowers
  • Theme From Cow
  • Seeds of Doubt
  • Life
  • The Beast Inside


This Manchester trio featured Alan Brown,
David Brown, and Gregory O’Keefe, and was arguably one of the
best groups signed to the Ron Johnson record label. Powerful
and dynamic music with attacking staccato guitars typified their
sound. They first appeared in 1984 with a debut EP entitled
“Sink”, and within a year they had released the EP “Rigour”
on the Johnson label. After exposure in the New Musical Express
compilation of new talent, and several very successful releases
following that, the band eventually broke up, and several members
went on to form the new group “Great Leap Forwards”. Other music
includes :

  • Why Popstars Can’t Dance
  • Two Can Guru
  • Cubist Pop Manifesto


Blue Orchids

An “experimental” pop group, largely derived
from the Manchester pop group The Fall . The band featured Una
Baines (keyboards and vocals), Rick Goldstar (guitar), Steve
Toyne (bass), Joe Kin (drums), and Martin Bramah (guitar and
vocals). Lyrics had a rather sinister fell to them and were
usually spoken of half-sung, appealing to a limited audience.
Many band members were replaced, and by 1991 the largely reformed
band went on to produce singles like “Diamond Edge”. Their revival
of the Hammond Organ influenced bands like Inspiral Carpets,
and others. Other music includes :

  • Bad Education
  • The Greatest Hit (Money Mountain)
  • A View from the City

The Fall

Mark E Smith, The Fall
Mark E Smith

The Fall formed in Manchester,
in 1977, the brainchild of Mark E Smith. The group included
at various times – Mark Smith, Una Baines, Martin Bramah, Karl
Burns, Marc Riley, Mike Leigh, Yvonne Paulett, Craig Scanlon
and Tony Friel. Dogged by many changes in the personnel line-up,
their debut album “Bingo Master’s Breakout” was typical of Smith’s
surrealistic output. After a series of successful singles, the
group gained gradual acclaim. Their lyrics were highlighted
by frequently baffling word juxtapositions, and rhythms were
driving and insistent. Under Smith’s determined control they
won commercial acceptance, and are regarded as one of Britain’s
finest Rock Bands. Albums include:

  • Dragnet
  • Hex Enduction Hour
  • Perverted by Language
  • This Nation’s Saving Grace
  • The Frenz Experiment
  • I am Kurious Oranj
  • Extricate
  • Shiftwork
  • Code Selfish


Chameleons, Mark Burgess

The Chameleons were formed
in Middleton, Manchester in 1981. The group comprised Mark Burgess
(vocals and bass), Reg Smithies (guitar), Dave Fielding (guitar),
and John Lever (drums). After some early success on BBC Radio,
they went on to release “The Shreds” on the CBS Epic Label,
but without commercial success the group soon moved to the independent
Statik label and issued several successful albums which included
“As High as you can Go” . Regular tours built up a following
and acquired much critical acclaim. The group collapsed, however,
when their manager, Tony Fletcher died, leaving them in chaos,
from which they never recovered. Group members went on to form
new bands : Sun and the Moon, and The Reegs. Other music includes

  • Script of the Bridge (Album)
  • What Does Anything Mean Basically?
  • Fan and the Bellows
  • Strange Times
  • Tripping Dogs.

The Chameleons website
is at:

Crispy Ambulance

Crispy Ambulance

The group formed in Manchester
in 1978 and was made up of Alan Hempsall (vocals), Robert Davenport
(guitars), Keith Darbyshire (bass), and Gary Madeley (drums).
In many ways emulating Joy Division, another Manchester band,
Hempsall sang with that band on occasions. After playing cover
versions of other’s music, they produced their debut single
called “From the Cradle to the Grave” in 1979, which brought
them to the attention of Rob Gretton and Factory Records, and
this company produced their next record. The band broke up in
1981, but later reformed as Ram Ram Kino with additional members.
Other music includes:

  • Unsightly and Serene
  • Live on a Hot August Night
  • The Plateau Phase (Album)


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