Beatones (Rochdale)

Line-up included 

  • John Bracewell - Drums (1960/72 Ex Deltones Rochdale)
  • Mick Humphreys - Rhythm (Ex Deltones Rochdale)
  • Trevor McCollough - Vocals (Ex Deltones Rochdale)
  • Len Dyson - Vocals /guitar (1964/66 Ex Tremors (Middleton)
  • Ian Metcalf - Guitar
  • Pete Wolfenden - Vocals
  • Sandra Palmer - Vocals (1964 / 72 Ex TNT & Dynamites)
  • Josie - Vocals
  • Fred - Vocals 
  • Bob Daveney - Guitar
  • Barney - Guitar
  • Billy - Vocals
  • John Unsworth - Lead Guitar
  • Bob Dauber - Bass
  • Duncan Watt - Lead Guitar
  • Roger Tattersall - Bass
  • Les Jones - Bass
  • Peter Lawrenson  - Lead
  • John Schofield - Keyboards

1959

Got introduced to the Deltones at Castleton Rochdale, where Kieron Connels dad managed the band ..and I was in. Don't know to this day how long they had been together, with Kieron was Mick Humpheys (Rhythm),Trevor McCollough (Vocals) and Derek (bass).  We were raw, but gigs soon came with Youth Club dances and then you guest it, Working Mens Clubs. I think we were together about two years.

1961

We parted company to form the Beatones. We practiced at my mum and dads at Middleton, my dad Jack Bracewell managed the band.

Group members were John Bracewell (drums), Mick Humpheys (Rhythm) ,Trevor McCollough (Vocals), Len Dyson (rhythm and vocals), Ian Metcalf (lead Guitar) and Peter Wolfenden (vocals)

I think we all decided we needed a bit of glamour (and talent) up front, and in 1965 we were joined by Sandra Palmer (ex TNT and the Dynamites) singer from Oldham.

The group went in the direction of cabaret and we were soon to introduce comedy numbers, not unlike what was to follow in the Grumbleweeds ... we were a Comedy Showgroup.

Not to take anything away from our vocal talents with four part harmonies, doing Mammas and Pappas, Hollies, numbers.

We worked the Yorkshire/Lancashire club scene as well as the Domino and Southern Sporting clubs also memories of loads of pubs on Cross Lane Salford, Craven Heifer ,Bamboo Room, The Fusilliers.

Agents in those would have been Harry Morris and Globe Agency in Glossop.

The Beatones disbanded in 1972.

Sandra Bracewell ( nee Palmer) went on to form the Sandy, Citizen Band, and Krystal Kane Band.

oh ..and marry me..

John Bracewell - 26/6/12