The Dollies
courtesy Olaf Owre
and Davina Goldstein

See also The Feminine Touch

 


Original line-up  
   
Jill Davies vocals
Carole Parkes vocals
Rea Bancroft vocals
Gerri Oswald vocals
later members included  
Davina Goldstein vocals
Maureen Chapman vocals
Diana Pearson vocals


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Poster courtesy: Tony Peel

Pictured right:
Concert program for 1965 package tour.

The Shangri-Las had to pull out of the tour due to illness and were replaced by The Dollies


Diana Pearson, Maureen Chapman, Davina Goldstein.


Jill Davies and Karl Green (Herman's Hermits)


 

In 1966, The Wild Ones, Nick Gribbon, Peter Haliwell, Malcolm Pearson (Roadie) and myself ceased being so wild and joined an established three piece girl band from the Manchester area called The Dollies.

Some venues billed us as The Dollies with The Mixtures, how embarassing!

The act was based on The Supremes, etc. The girls were Davina, Maureen and Jill who was at that time engaged to Karl Green of Herman's Hermits. I can't remember their second names, it is forty years ago!

One of the gigs we played was Manchesters Belle Vue, Jimmy Savile was there as D.J. We also appeared on a tv show for Manchester Television.

We were paid £15 each a week, out of that we paid the roadie £2 each, the rest went on petrol and food. Most of the time we slept in the Thames van. We stayed in the car park of Knutsford Services (M6) for three or four days I remember.

Phil Coggan

 


Davina, Maureen and Jill

 

Discography

In addition to the 45 on Paddy Disc from 1968 they also released:

45: You Touch Me Baby/I Can't Go On UK CBS CBS 201788 (1965)

45: European Cup Final Souvenir record (pictured below)

 

       
Melody Maker 20/3/1965

   

Pics taken whilst touring with Jimmy Logan and Bert Weedon in the Gulf Stations in 1969 with Combined Services Entertainment.

Top picture - On left is Davina pretending to be the "Hostest with the Mostest" serving drinks to Jimmy and his wife on board the RAF plane that flew the artistes around the Persion Gulf.

Bottom picture - Di and Davina (minus wigs of course) showing the captain which way he should be going!!!!

This is the first Swedish pop-film(1965) and that it will be shown in this Swedish town, Sandviken 25 October, 1965.

All the other bands are Swedish.

I contacted the Swedish film institute if they had this film in their files and yes they do but cannot transfer it to dvd.

A shame as it would´ve been cool to´ve seen it.

Jörgen Johansson
Sweden
17/10/2015


 

 


Jill, Maureen and Davina in Germany entertaining the American Troops - about 1966-7.
   


The Stage June, 1968

Manchesterbeat.com


CapeTown Argus, December 1969

 

My mom Jean Veronica Kienberger was a fill in for the Dollies for a short while  in the sixties. Can someone please send me any information regarding this as she has forgotten most of it.  She remembers wearing a blond wig and touring all over. We lived in Manchester at the time.

Tracy Ralph
8/12/11

 

Lovely surprise to see this web page and all my wonderful friends from the past. Still rocking and rolling. Would love to hear from anybody. Happy New year from Barcelona!

Love Maureen
2/1/12

Hi Phil,
I do remember The Mixtures really well, didn't one of the lads have a father that roadied for us?
I remember that van - I have a feeling it didn't have any heating!
Did you come to Germany with us?

I have to search through my scrap books now for photos!
I have just found Davina and Jill after 40 years through Manchesterbeat. Davina lives in Australia and Jill in Cyprus. Do give some more info as somethings you forget.

Cheers


Maureen.x
12/5/12

Hi Maureen

I think the guys in "The Mixture" that you refer to are Paul & Rodger Mycock along with Howard( Eddie ) Edwards on drums. I know that Paul & Roger's father did shunt them about in his van. We reformed The Mixture in 1987, I replaced Roger on Bass as he was working in the south at that time, however, they have actually reformed their old band The Deltones and are still gigging in the Cheshire area, you can find them on facebook and send a message if you wish. I was only having a beer with Paul and Roger about a week ago at a gig in Marple " The George", great band well worth a look at. I now play in another band along with Eddie Edwards on drums, I hope this fills in a few gaps for you. Best regards.

David Roylance
Under The Wire Band.
( Stockport)    

Hi David,
Just looked at the site again...have been working in Africa! Yes I do remember all of them!
In fact the Dollies aka Feminine Touch have been invited to the Adelphi  Hotel in Liverpool this coming Sunday for a book launch, written about  all the bands that didn't make it big in the 60's.

The Dollies have flown in from Spain Cyprus and Australia where they are all  living now! Although we haven't seen each other for 40 years I am quite excited.
I wonder if you will be there..please come and say hello.
Ok thats all for now...bye Maureen.

Maureen
22/8/12

Hi Maureen, sorry only just picked up your reply to Manchester Beat, glad I could be of some help with the history thing. I will tell the guys in "The Deltones" about your posting on Manchester Beat. You can pick me up on facebook if you log in. Best wishes.

David Roylance
3/11/13    


Jill, Davina and Maureen (Liverpoool 2012)


Rae, Jill, Maureen, Carole and Davina (Liverpoool 2012)


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Maureen Donhoue
Hi,
it's so nice hearing from you again,where are the other guys based and do you keep in touch.
The Dollies meet up once a year now,after having lost touch for 40 years.
Both Davina Jill and myself will meet up this October again.
Anyway keep in touch,
Maureen x
6th March 2017 2:41am
Phil Coggan
Hi Maureen,

The last time I saw Nick who played bass and also sung...remember "Hit the road Jack" Smile was when I visited Blackpool in the 70's, as far as I know he's still in a band called "Nick & Co." I haven't seen Peter (drummer) at all!

I remember us having lunch at your parents timber framed Tudor house, with it's big inglenook fire place and there was a huge oak table in front of it. I also recollect a peep hole for spying up the road for unwanted visitors, is my memory correct?
6th March 2017 6:07am
Maureen Donahue
Hi Phil,
Yes that was the house that your talking about,in Cheadle Hulme,many a party was had there !
In fact i had a peephole in my bedroom and a fireplace,i believe it has been turned into two houses now.

There is a big Concert in October ,held in Stockport,all the old bands go and meet up,we met people and groups that we hadn't seen for years.
If you want to know more about it,let us know.
ok thats all i need to work.
Cheers
Maureen x
8th March 2017 3:45am
Davina Hannaford
Hi Phil
Wow that would be great if you could get the film copied. We had such fun didn't we. I have just looked at your work on Google - what a very talented guy you are. My mum lives in Wales, Aberporth. When I next visit in October maybe we could all catch up.
4th March 2017 10:13pm
Phil Coggan
Hi Davina,

I will do my best to get it copied.

There are a few other things here I have posted and with pictures, if you're interested.

The Five Commandments, Lee Wade and the Wild Ones, The Love Trade.....and of course The DolliesSmile

In the "After the 60’s" section check out "Skint".

Interesting to hear that your mum lives in Wales, I live twenty miles north of Cardiff.

Take care,

Phil.
5th March 2017 4:01am
Paul QuintonFive Steps Beyond
Hi Phil, If you would like a copy of the Limited edition vinyl EP with a track from The Dollies on it please let me have your email address. Donations go to teenage Cancer Trust and the EP has 4 tracks on it + I send out free downloads. Thanks, Paul - Five Steps Beyond-The Dollies
5th March 2017 6:39am
Phil Coggan
Hi Davina,

I will do my best to get it copied.

There are a few other things here I have posted and with pictures, if you're interested.

The Five Commandments, Lee Wade and the Wild Ones, The Love Trade.....and of course The DolliesSmile

In the "After the 60’s" section check out "Skint".

Interesting to hear that your mum lives in Wales, I live twenty miles north of Cardiff.

Take care,

Phil.
6th March 2017 8:00am
Phil Coggan
Hi Maureen, Jill and Davina,
Do you remember us (me, Nick and Peter) being fimed in a club for a tv show in Manchester I believe?
We played "Stop in the name of love" well, when it was broadcast my father filmed it on his 9mm camera, it's in black and white, not good quality and no sound but I have it somewhere, I will have to dig it out.
I remember the sound man having a good time fitting the concealed mics under your polo neck jumpers Laugh

Take care,

Phil
23rd December 2016 7:46pm
maureen Donahue
Hi Phil,
Omg...i remember that incident,how strange life is!
I remember you as well,please dig it out if poss !
The Dollies have got together after 40 years and have just recorded an EP with 5 Steps Beyond a boy band from London.It is being released this week and all profits to The Teenage Cancer Trust.I was produced by Paul Quinton of that said group ! What are you all doing now we would love to hear ! Love tou all
Maureen x
22nd January 2017 1:37am
Phil Coggan
Hi Girls,

I will dig out the 9mm film, actually my brother has it so I need to push him into finding it, I have an old projector somewhere so that shouldn't be a problem.
It's great to have replies from you after all this time.

I guess you remember Malc, the roadie we had, small thin guy with dyed blonde hair! Also the Thames van that we (not you) slept in most nights!!! It was very cold some nights:)

I moved back from Blackpool to Wales in 1967, and played in many bands, mostly heavy rock, I quit playing about twelve years ago, been engraving sporting guns for thirty years, type my name into Google images, you should see some of my work there.

I still play guitar but these days, I have a studio and do my own stuff Wink

Keep in touch,

Phil xxx
4th March 2017 9:16pm
Davina Hannaford
Hi Phil
Well that is a blast from the past. I've only just seen your post, which is strange as I usually get notification by email of anyone posting on our page. Maureen contacted me to let me know about your post. I also remember it very well. Oh how time flys. Hope that you are well and the other guys also.
Love Davina xxx
22nd January 2017 12:27pm
Five Steps Beyond
Hi Phil, Maureen has mentioned the Limited edition vinyl EP that The Dollies are on. Released 20th jan 2017 and being despatched at the moment to all the pre-orders. They are featured on the song 'All strung out'. Please contact me if you would like a copy. Thanks, paul_quinton@talktalk.net / TEXTS: 07710 688276 PS. I'm a Sale lad myself
26th January 2017 2:13am
Davina Hannaford
Hi Keith again! I meant to say please pass on my love to Trevor x
13th November 2016 1:04am
Davina Hannaford
Hi Keith
Did you have dark hair? If so, I have a photo of you. How fabulous that you remember us. Keep in touch.
Davina xx
12th November 2016 11:55pm
Keith Halley
Hi. Great memories of your CSE trip to the Gulf in 1969. I was on that RAF flight as a young PR officer attached from the MoD in Bahrain. I remember the three of you so well, and wish we had kept in touch. Still in touch with Trevor (the drummer). Hope you are all well. Keith Halley.
12th November 2016 9:44pm
Five Steps Beyond
Hi Keith, The Dollies and Five Steps Beyond have been recording again and have recorded and released a track on our Limited edition vinyl EP in support of Teenage Cancer Trust. Released 20th Jan 2017, the song is 'All strung out'. If you would like a copy please contact me at paul_quinton@talktalk.net or TEXT (UK)07710 688276
26th January 2017 2:19am
David Parker
Were is Alan clarkson
6th October 2016 11:19am
David Parker
Karl green ex hemans hermits good guitarist were is he now
6th October 2016 11:17am
victor greenhouse
I Met karls wife married 45yrs,former Dollies singer,reconize as jill on the site,still nice looking for 69yrs,We met nr Menai straits Angelesy 14/6/17 out on walk route with her pal Pat. Conversing, She mentioned the Manchester site
15th June 2017 8:19pm
Davina Hannaford
Hi Lesley Anne Jay
Sorry not me. I lived in Sale and my surname was Goldstein.
All the best.
Davina
13th September 2016 3:33pm
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