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THE ELECTRONS'

Burnley

 

David 'Whiggy' Wood: Bass Guitar. Brian Howe: Lead Guitar - Vocal. Roger Greenwood: Rhythm Guitar - Vocal.

Fred Howe: Drums. Freddy Howe: Keyboard.

 

  "There were at least two other groups called The Electrons' in the 1960's north-west. This is the Burnley-based group, begun in 1962 by father and son, Fred and Freddy Howe on drums and keyboard respectively - as part of a Boy Scouts 'Gang Show'.

 

Musical styles changed steadily, and bookings kept on coming, progressing from church hall's and youth club's to 'proper' clubs and ballrooms. Eventually Fred and Freddy left the band, and Jack Howorth appeared behind a drum kit. So we were now a four-piece. Roger and Brian grew their reputation as close-harmony singers and the repertoire featured more than a smattering of Everly Brothers and Hollies numbers. Venues were mostly in East Lancashire, but stretched between the Fylde coast and West Yorkshire.

 

Final gig: Burnley Miners' Club, 1965.

 
    
 

 

 By 1965 Roger and 'Whiggy' were bound for university and, despite promising noises from Chris Curtis of The Searchers and Tito Burns, the group disbanded. Brian and Roger then joined The Jensens. Jack continued as a club drummer - and still does; then Brian opted for a part-time career as a club singer. 'Whiggy' disappeared for a long time into the world of medicine. Roger also eventually entered the medical world and can be seen periodically in a multi-national band called 'The Kidney Stones'.

 

 

The Electrons reunion 2011..  
'I'm the one who looks like he'd rather be somewhere else! - just a camera illusion!'

 

  Then came The Electrons’ reunion – in 2006 after 40 years separated by time, distance and work. The venue was the Ighten Leigh Club in Burnley. Since then we’ve been seen in Barca - Manchester, twice more at Ighten Leigh, and in a tent in Bedfordshire. Our appearances are sporadic and unpredictable!"

Dave Wood: May 2011

 

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