The Renegades (Crumpsall)

info courtesy Peter Havery/Dave Hill

Line-Up included

  • Peter Havery - rhythm guitar 
  • Paul Choularton - lead guitar 
  • Terry Betts - bass guitar (replaced Rod)
  • Dave Hilldrums
  • Mile Harding - guitar (replaced Paul)
  • Wayne Gordon - vocals
  • Viv Stocks
  • Jimmy Reekie
  • Rod Stocks - bass 

"The group was formed in Crumpsall about 1961 and did its first gig at St Matthews Church Hall, Crumpsall.  Later went to Germany and played the American army bases with Wayne Gordon as vocalist. On their return, the group split as other bands were coming to the fore.

Bass player Terry Betts joined The Chaperones with Lorraine Grey. I went to Lee Paul and the Boys.

Other singers came and went in those early heady days including Viv Stocks (a little Brenda Lee), .Jimmy Reekie. a wee scot.

The first paid gig (5.00 pounds) was at the now demolished Balmoral Hotel on Rochdale Road, Collyhurst. I remember it for the fact that we stowed our gear in the luggage space on the 26 bus and the long seats at the back. Happy crazy days. "

Dave Hill

As I remember, Rod Stocks (Viv`s brother) was the original bass player before I joined. Rest of line-up was Paul Choularton (who went on to become a "head" on the Irish showband scene, Pete Havery, Dave Hill, Viv Stocks, and Jimmy Reekie.

Stuart Agnew was manager, later replaced by Bill Ashley, and Mike Parker used to be roadie. Paul was replaced on guitar by Mike (Rochdale Cowboy) Harding.

I left to join The Beatmakers, who changed their name to Bo Weevils after backing Bo Didley at the Oasis Club.

I then joined Lorraine Gray, along with Dave Tomlinson (St. Louis Union), drummer Trevor Morais who later left to join The Peddlars (replaced by Ronnie Pearson) and Keith Gresty.

I later joined up with Paul Choularton again, playing with The Internationals, went on the cabaret scene with The Three Days, before joining with Paul again to start The Carnival with Bill Woods from The Silvers. I am now retired and living in Durham city.

Terry Betts - 12/1/14





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