The Senators (Leigh) 

Line-up included 

  • Johnny Worrall - lead (replaced Graham Yates)
  • Tony Ivors - rhythm
  • Mike Haslam - bass
  • Billy Corrigan - drums & vocals
  • Geoff Long - vocals
  • Brian Cook - rhythm, replaced Tony
  • Kenny Hayes aka Aussie - bass - replaced Mike
  • Roy McNamara - vocals - replaced Geoff
  • Graham Yates - lead guitar
  • Dave Lodge - drums
  • Billy Corrigan - drums (replaced Dave Lodge)
  • Brian Owen - drums
  • Brian Collier - rhythm
  • Roy Unsworth - drums, replaced Brian Owen


The Senators grew out of a band called the Crusaders (1962) and became the Senators in 1964.

Photo in the gallery is the original line up L to R Graham Yates Lead, Dave Lodge Drums, Tony Ivors Rhythm and Mike Haslam Bass joined shortly after this pic by Geoff Long on vocals.

Dave Lodge was replaced by Billy Corrigan and Graham Yates by John Worrall.

Next changes Tony Ivors joins the Vulcans and is replaced by Brian Cook and Mike Haslam by Kenny Hayes whilst drummer Corrigan shares lead vocals and Brian Owen takes the drummers stool.

The Crusaders now become the Senators and the line up is Brian Cook Lead, Brian Collier Rhythm, Kenny Hayes Bass, Brian Owen drums and Roy McNamara Vocals. Roy Unsworth replaces Brian Owen on Drums.

The Senators rehearsed at various group member's houses thanks to understanding parents.

THE SET LIST from memory as follows-


  • Apache
  • Man of Mystery
  • FBI
  • Kon Tiki
  • Wonderful Land
  • Dance On
  • Piltdown Rides Again
  • In The Hall Of The Mountain King
  • Walk Don't Run
  • Perfidia
  • Tequila
  • Let There Be Drums
  • Shazam
  • Zip a Dee-doo-dah


  • Move It
  • Dynamite
  • Living Doll
  • Blue Suede Shoes
  • Teddy Bear
  • Rubber Ball
  • Sheila
  • Be Bop A Lula
  • Lets Twist Again
  • You're Sixteen
  • It Doesn't Matter Anymore
  • Hello Mary Lou

DUETS (Geoff & Billy):

  • Well I Ask You
  • Forget Me Not
  • All I Have To Do Is Dream
  • When Will I Be Loved
  • I'm a Moody Guy


The Senators mainly played at Church Halls,Youth Clubs,School Dances and other functions within the Leigh, Atherton, Astley, Tyldesley, Lowton and Hindley areas.


Originally known as The Crusaders at the time, they were the first group I ever saw (at St Stephens Church Hall at Astley I think it was 1963). The only two members I can remember were Bill Corrigan who played drums and Johnny Worrall lead guitar.

Gary Woodward

Bass player "Aussie" (Kenny Hayes) later played with the Night Train and Mandarin. Tony Ivers joined The Vulcans and sadly passed away in the 1990's. Singer Geoff Long was later replaced by Roy McNamara.

Tony Owens - 12/11/2017


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