The Dinamos: The Four Minutes
The Federals guitarists name is Michael Walmsley. They changed their name however, when a southern group with the same name released a single taken from The Tornadoes sound style type of tune. It was called Boot Hill.
The Federals name was used so they could have the groups name on the bass drum in Fender Guitars' font. The name was changed to The Dinamos because of the 'southern' Federals who released Boot Hill.
Michael 'Mitch' Mitchinson: June 2013
They mostly worked the Preston and district Casinos' circuit and later Michael Walmesley became the photographer for Fabulous 208, Record Mirror, Beat Instrumental, Now, Disc and Record Mirror.
"In The Federals I was bass guitar - vocal, Terry McGill: lead guitar - vocal, Avo Alliste was the rhythm guitarist - vocal and John Wilson was the drummer.
The Dinamos and The Four Minutes - a name inspired by the nuclear 'Four Minute Warning' so I believe. We played all the main venues around Preston, Broughton Village Hall, Walton-le-Dale youth clubs, St Maria Goretti's School Hall and The Burnley Casino. We were also often to be found at 'The Swan' at Kirkham - a popular music pub in the area.
I remember other bands like The Outer Limits, The Marksmen and The Alpines, who formed a band so that they could each save up for a Sunbeam Alpine sports car. As soon as they achieved their goal, they disbanded.
There was Left Right & Centre and also The Modern Blues Quartet, - MBQ, with Herbert Malcolm Tansley: a.k.a. 'Tanz' Tyrell on guitar and Paul Varley - later of Little Free Rock on drums. They were fun times."
..and around Preston
"I went to Deepdale Primary School with 'Miffy' of - David John & The Mood. Tanz Tyrrel, Terry McGill, Dave 'Ginner' Millen and myself were all at the Preston Grammar School.
I remember seeing Ginner in Bob Johnson & The Bobcats down in The Catacombes Club in Preston with his glitter Hagstrom guitar. He later joined The Puppets with Jimmy Whittle on bass. The last time I met him he was playing with Miffy in a band managed by Peter Duce- the intrepid schoolboy who booked a little known beat combo from Liverpool called The Beatles for the Preston grammar school sixth-form dance. We were all standing around and I was thinking, what's a Rickenbacker?' and 'look at that funny violin bass guitar.'
I later met Paul Varley from Little Free Rock in London, where I was doing my photography training and he remembered that I played bass guitar. Frank Newbold had broken his nose and was in hospital getting it fixed - so he would be out of it for a few days. I came back up to Preston and did a couple of stand-in's with Pete Illingworth and Paul Varley as Little Free Rock at Blackpool Casino in the Glasgow holiday week - a bit rough it was - and also The Cavern Club in Liverpool.
Terry McGill owned an unusual brown sunburst Hagstrom Futurama that was of the Fender Jaguar shape with three pickups, a tremolo and a bank of push-button tone controls."
Michael James Walmsley: January 2015
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