NEW PEPPER SHOWGROUP
Phil Robinshaw: Drums. Tommy Brooks: Lead Vocal.
Frankie Chean: Bass - took over when Les left.
Ray Patrick: Lead Guitar-Vocal.
This band originated from Pepper in the 1980's.
Frankie Chean: January 2010
Les Wilding: Bass Guitar. Ray Patrick: 2nd Lead Guitar. Graham Ashall: Lead Vocal.
Brian Baxendale: Lead Guitar. George Croston: Drums
Tracks/Videos by Paul Baxendale
"Just to add some more info for the group Pepper. The groups original line up was Les on bass, Brian on lead, George on drums, Graham on lead vocals and a *keyboard player from Standish, Wigan.
The keyboard player turned down the chance to re-form the band so I joined the band as a second guitarist when they reformed. When the group split a new band formed with Les on bass, Ray on Guitar, Phil on drums and Tommy Brooks on lead vocal."
Ray 'Pepper' Patrick: September 2010
"I think the version of Pepper mentioned on the Band Index Page must have been a re-formed version?
The original Pepper were going at the same time as Pokie - ie: 1976. I remember that if Pepper were in the crowd watching Pokie, we used to say over the mike that if the audience didn’t enjoy us that we were called Pepper, if they did we were called Pokie. We were great friends and rival groups of the day.
Pepper used to focus on Elvis Presley and the sixties stuff and did them 'smookin'. Great lads with loads of enthusiasm and talent. I can remember Graham Lee Russel on lead vocal - he used to dress in the white-rhine gold suit.
Brian on Guitar and Les on Bass. George was on the drum kit and used to get off his kit and do a version of Brewers Droop, very funny. Brian, the guitar player sadly died but he has a son, Paul, who plays bass and I believe may have joined the reformed group in 1979? - Comments anyone?
Graham Le Russell went on a solo career and later did a recording of 'Pal Of My Cradle Days'/'Let The Little Girl Dance'. The record did really well at the time and sold many of them around the local clubs. I have not heard from any of them since."
Garry Hughes: Bass player - Pokie: May 2010
*The talented 'keyboard player' was a friend of mine who is sadly no longer with us who's name is Jimmy 'Leddy' Ledwith.
Allan Barlow: May 2013