Graham Clough: Rhythm Guitar. J Mcdermott: Lead Guitar. E Hitchen: Bass Guitar.
M Roscoe: Drums: R Robinson Vocals.
Graham Clough: August 2013
"I was lead guitar and a founding member of The Great Expectations along with Roy Robinson on vocals. We gigged extensively around the Wigan area from 1964 to 1966. We played with many of the bands listed on Lanky Beat and your website has brought back many fantastic memories.
During that period we had the great Bob McKinley from The Long & The Short in the band and it was pretty amazing to play with him. I was pleased to see that he had great success later on. In 1966 we turned pro and sailed off to play the American bases in France and Germany. We had a great time over there and the G.I's loved us. The line up changed from time to time and we were lucky enough to take Kenny Fillingham of The Beat Boys and Johnny Kearns of The Vaqueros over there. Johnny mentions us in his blog on The Vaqueros entry. We even had Ronnie Carr of The Beat Boys in the band at one point.
The band folded in 1968 but we all continued playing in various bands. Martin Roscoe - on drums - stayed in Germany and is still living there. Oggie Clough on rhythm guitar, had a long solo career and Eddie Hitchens our bass player is still gigging in the Bolton area to date. Roy Robinson was the most successful, joining the rock band Titanic who released several big selling albums and who had a top ten hit in the seventies.
Thanks to the wonders of the internet we have have managed to find each other again. We have had two recent reunions and just talked through the night about all those great days in the sixties when we were young and the music was king.
Thanks for Lanky Beat. It is a great site."
Jim McDermott: December 2014