Back in 1967, the Group - The 'Fab' - wami - featuring - Tony Anderson - Vocals.(Brother of Jon Anderson - 'YES' band). Dave Wammy Walmsley - Lead Guitar/Vocals. Phil Cockett R.I.P.- Bass Guitar. Ray Walmsley - Rhythm guitar, (who later gave it up) and Alan Percival R.I.P.- Sonor Drums. - Notice the Water Tap' on the drums! (Bottom Photo) Alan Percival never 'Tapped' the drums, he whacked 'em!
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I was 23 years old when I left Mullard / Simonstone, I had all the let downs under my belt so I started at the 'PRESTIGE' factory in Burnley, again Press Toolmaking, (a new adventure). As I got familiar with the factory, I stumbled on this familiar face in the 'Blankers Dept'. "Excuse me" I said, "are you not one of the singers from the 'Warriors from Accrington?" "Yep" he replied. "What are you doing here" I asked - he told me the story about the Warriors being 'ripped off' and that they were heading to Germany. "I had to leave the band because I am married with 3 youngsters, I'm living on a council estate in Huncoat, I had to get a job!"
"Hell" I replied, "Now that's pretty bad news" - (he was still wearing the suede shoes - 'Hush Puppies' - that he wore on stage). As the conversation escalated I told him of my escapades and he said - "I'll sing for your band".
That was it !
I had a singer and a new pal, this was going to be exiting!
(All Photos c/o Pat Walmsley & Dave Wammy Walmsley).
Burnley Lane Baptist Church. - BURNLEY.
The Dolphin Club - COLNE. (Just after the Hollies had been there).
A Tap on the Drums?
Transport? No problem - Morris 1000 Van.
1947 Bedford Ex Army - Utility-Con Van. £20.00
This old truck took us all over the place - including holidays in Wales.
How things changed!
We were going great guns - John Mayall stuff, Eric Clapton 'Hideaway' Peter Green's 'Need your love so bad' and I was playing so good, thanks to Tony who pushed me to my limits, we were really rockin' untill !
Tony (the vocalist - ex Warriors), got a phone call from his brother (Jon from the band 'YES'), who was in London - he said "There's a band down here from SPAIN and they are looking for a vocalist! They call themselves 'LOS BRAVOS' are you interested?" Tony turned to me and explained the situation to which I said -
"Go down to London and see how the land lies you can't turn this opportunity down" . Yep! he auditioned and away he went - I wished him all the luck in the world - he was gone! my best mate. (It was such a sad departure). Time was passing by so fast.
After several years and much searching with again false dreams I started looking for another project and eventually, (Yea eventually), I stumbled on a Geordie guy that had the similar attitude as I. Cliff Stocker, a former vocalist with the 'Slack Alice Band'.
We discussed thing in quite some detail, he was 'IN', the ball started rolling once again. We had some good original songs between us and the 'door was open'. This was my last chance. (so I thought!!!!).
No more 'wami'. (Not that the name mattered).