Mindbenders

Mindbenders

It’s fair to say there was a seismic shift in the Manchester music scene during 1968. Freddie and the Dreamers split up after a lack of chart success, Graham Nash left The Hollies and The Mindbenders folded after their latest album and single flopped. A potent mix of...
Hall of Fame – Tim Burgess

Hall of Fame – Tim Burgess

Anyone who turned up at Manchester Cathedral on the evening of Thursday November 15th 2012 could be forgiven for thinking they’d walked into the wrong place. For instead of the usual choir, the music was being provided by a Manchester supergroup to help the city’s...
Simply Red

Simply Red

Few would mention Manchester group Simply Red in the same breath as the Sex Pistols. One was renowned for polished, soulful vocals – the other for raw, rasping power. But the lineage of Simply Red, like so many Manchester bands of the 1970s, can be traced directly...
Hall of Fame – David Gray

Hall of Fame – David Gray

Life-long Manchester United supporter David Gray achieved world-wide fame when he released his smash-hit album White Ladder in 2000. It was actually the second time round for the LP as the Sale-born singer had originally released it in November 1998. It hardly scaled...
Beatles’ Play

Beatles’ Play

Barbara Dickson has vivid memories about auditioning for Willy Russell’s musical John, Paul, George, Ringo and Bert at Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre. It was the early 1970s and she was a little-known folk singer at the time. How would she cope with belting out a string...
The Smiths

The Smiths

It’s a commonly held belief that The Smiths started life when guitarist Johnny Marr knocked on singer Morrissey’s door in May 1982 and asked if he’d like to form a group. But there’s evidence that the two met well before then at a Patti Smith gig at Manchester’s...