There were many groups around in those far off days, if I listed them all it would
take quite a few pages. But It must also be remembered that because of us local lads
keeping the dance halls and clubs throbbing most nights the venue owners and agents
were able to bring in 'guest' groups from nearby Liverpool and Manchester, groups
that were beginning to make a name for themselves with a new raw R&B type sound and
we got to see them first before the rest of the world went crazy over them, The
Beatles, The Hollies, The Fourmost, The Undertakers, The Big Three, Lulu,
Joe Brown, the list is endless.
Ironically, along with The Vigilantes, we shared the stage with the Beatles the
very first time they played outside of Liverpool, at the Bell Hall in Warrington
on Friday 19th July 1962. We were the first to witness a musical revolution that
would change the world.
Pete Rigby relates his early experience of The Beatles
Click on the video link.
Pete also managed to capture us on cine in the early
days at the Co-op Hall,
Another good mate of mine is Mike Osbourne (Ozzy) of the Flamingos who eventually
joined ‘The Magic Lanterns’ and had quite a lot of success in the states, plus ‘Top
of the Pops’ over here. If we were in need of a good guitarist due to holidays etc
we could always rely on him.
Way back in 2009 the only memory I had of my days with the Rens was two tatty b/w
photos and no idea if any of the other lads were still around, since then, due to
computers and modern technology etc we are re-united and making music again plus
meeting up with a lot of old mates and the eventual making of this web site.
Courtesy of the BBC ‘Light Programme’ in the early sixties before VHF had been invented.
The renegades. They had a great drummer, but there again I am biased.
The Tudor Four. Spent many happy hours playing with this group before joining The
We had many local rival groups in those days, sharing the stage with them on most