Outrage: Hells Angels: The Gonx: The Blue Chips: Green Onions: The Robins:
Jim ?: Drums. Harry Beddoes: Bass Guitar. Kenny Beddoes: Lead Guitar.
Kathy Barnwell: Lead Vocal. Jack Whitehead: Guitar. Jim Brierley: Lead vocal.
Kathy in the polka dot dress singing Bobby's Girl was taken at a wedding gig upstairs at
The Bulls Head in Walkden in 1962.
Me studying the fretboard on the Hofner bass was taken at
The Bee Hive in Swinton on the 18th October 1963.
The Boleros with Jim Brierley on vocals, 19 December 1963.
The ones on which I am not studying the fretboard are obviously when I had given up all hope of working-out where any of the notes might be and resigned myself to just playing anything on the off chance that some may actually be the correct ones. It worked well for me but not for audience members who seemed to far too discerning for my liking unlike modern audiences who don't appear to know their backside from their elbow and are also handicapped by cloth ears - What else would account for the overuse of the Antares auto tune?.
We played the usual youth clubs, weddings and church hall gigs and made the usual £8 -£10 a gig. Eventually I went on the form The Blue Chips and my Drummer, Brian Grant joined The Boleros who had now become a three- piece outfit re-named The Robins.
I joined Swinton band The Gonx and Brian went on to join Hells Angels in Salford with my pal Rod Gerrard and when they split Rod joined me in Green Onions who became Outrage. Meanwhile Kenny Beddoes replaced me when I left The Gonx."
Geoff Parkinson: May 2014
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