THE FIVE COMMANDMENTS
The Sabres: The Dollies: Lee Wade & The Wild Ones: Love Trade:
Ron James: Rhythm Guitar. Ron 'Bow' Harding: Lead Vocal.
Graham Barnett: Bass Guitar. Ieuan Griffiths: Drums. Phil Coggan: Lead Guitar
"I started playing guitar when I was about eleven and managed to save enough money as a deposit on a Watkins Rapier 33 from Bells of London. Shortly after I managed to get a Watkins Dominator amp.
Blackpool Conservative Club
The Five Commandments 2: Tony Harlett replaces Ron James on Rhythm guitar.
A group was formed and we played mostly Shadows instrumentals but later progressed to The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. The band started out as The Sabres and then to The Five Commandments.
My Guitar: 1965 Fender Regal by Harmony.
Weplayed clubs and dance halls in South Wales. The bass players mum and dad owned the VictoriaHotel, Station Street, South Shore, Blackpool. We moved there in 1965 and established ourselves there as a R&B band. We played all over the North and had a good following with a fan club too.
After about a year I decided to move on, and I joined a band called Lee Wade & the Wild Ones, we played Small Faces, The Who, that type of music again all over the north and supporting lots of 'names' like The Pretty things, Paul & Barry Ryan, Tom Jones, The Byrds etc. etc. We played Wigan's Room At The Top, Wigan Casino, Bury Palais, Bolton
Palais, The Cavern, you name it.
Later on we joined The Dollies - Manchester - as backing band.
Jack Threllfall: Drums. Diane: Janet: Phil Coggan: Nick Gribbon:
Then we put together another band with two girl singers called The Love Trade. In 1966 I left with Nick Gribbon - now of Nick Unlimited - to replace Lemmy as lead guitarist with The Rocking Vickers - but that only lasted for a couple of gigs.
In 1967 I moved back to Wales and joined many bands playing heavy metal to blues. I finished gigging about eight years ago, I now have my own studio where I still keep my hand in..
Phil Coggan: August 2010
Nick Gribbon: Bass Guitar. Peter Halliwell: Drums - ex-Bruce & The Spiders.
Paul Harwood:Lead Vocal. Phil Coggan: Lead Guitar. Stuart McGarry: Rhythm Guitar.
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