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THE CHORDITES

Wigan

Alan Ashurst: Rhythm Guitar - Vocal. Bill Lythgoe: Lead Guitar.

Andy Moyers: Bass Guitar. Gordon Urmston: Drums. Sax: Frank Baynham.

 

Ed Rosbottom played sax with us for a while and later he played with The Sportsmen.

 

Bill Lythgoe was on lead guitar until he left to go to university in London when Jim Bibby took over on lead guitar. The original bass guitarist was Andy Moyers but when Bill returned from London he took over on bass.

 

  The Chordites were founded in 1958. They played a number of gigs in wigan and district including the Empress Ballroom, Hindley Monaco Ballroom and were the first group ever to play at The Court Hall Ballroom in King Street.

 

 

They were popular in Wigan and Chorley amongst other places and held regular Thursday night dance sessions at Pemberton's West Ward Labour Club for many years in the early 1960s.
Pics Courtesy of www.wiganworld.co.uk

 

The Chordites revival time..

 

Bill Lythgoe: Bass Guitar - Vocal. Alan Ashhurst: Rythmn Guitar - Vocal.

Gordon Urmston: Drums. Jim Bibby: Lead Guitar -Vocal. 

 

  

 

 

"Jim Bibby RIP, lead guitarist with The Chordites Group who Gordon Urmston RIP used to play with. Old timers like myself who liked The Shadows type music. I did a re-union concert with them in 2008 at St Mathews."

Ronnie Carr: August 2011

 

The picture at the Court Hall above shows Pete Schofield on vocals. He was always very nervous. On our first gig - they were called 'bookings' in those days - at West Ward he was worried that he would be recognised - he was an apprentice butcher in those days -not the rock star image he wanted! We all told him he'd be okay once he got on. We played a couple of instrumental's and he strode boldly from the wings, whereupon a young girl at the front shouted 'bloody 'ell, it's the sheep's yed mon!'

Alan Ashurst: November 2011

 

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