Tommy Quickly & The Remo Four
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Tommy Quickly - vocals (born, Thomas Quigley)

Colin Manley - lead guitar/vocals (died 9th April 1999)

Phil Rogers - rhythm guitar/vocals

Don Andrew - bass guitar/vocals

Roy Dyke - drums






The origins of The Remo Four date back to the late 1950's when Manley and Andrew put the group together. After acquiring a strong local reputation in their home city, Liverpool, they turned professional in late '61 and secured work touring American airbases in France. The group played a mixture of musical styles - close vocal harmonies (The Everly Brothers, The Crickets, etc.) and instumentals (The Ventures, The Shadows, etc.).

In early 1962 The Remo Four teamed up with former Searchers vocalist Johnny Sandon. A combination that would last for almost two years.

Johnny Sandon & The Remo Four were signed by Brian Epstein to his management "stable" and released a couple of singles before Sandon left the band for a solo career.

After Sandon's departure, Epstein teamed The Remo Four with another of his signings, the boyish looking Tommy Quickly, formerly the singer with a group named The Challengers. He had first seen Quickly (then named Johnny) when he and the Challengers appeared on a bill with the Beatles at the Majestic Ballroom in Birkenhead early in 1963 and signed the singer, but not his group, to NEMS. Quickly was a dynamic live performer but, in spite of Epstein's enthusiastic support, none of his records achieved very much success.

 Disillusioned, Quickly retired from music in 1965. The Remo Four went on to replace The Dakotas as Billy J. Kramer's backing band, changing their name to "The New Dakotas" in the process before eventually splitting in 1968. Meanwhile, the Challengers joined forces with another Liverpool singer, Steve Aldo, and went over to Germany. On their return, they changed their name to the Big Boys and backed a girl singer from Chester named Rita Hughes as Jeannie & The Big Boys.

 

Singles

Aug '63

Tip Of My Tongue/Heaven Only Knows

Piccadilly 7N 35137

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1963

Kiss Me Now/No Other Love

Piccadilly 7N 35151

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1964

Prove It/Haven't You Noticed

Piccadilly 7N 35167

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1964

You Might As Well Forget Him/It's As Simple As That

Piccadilly 7N 35183

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 Oct '64

Wild Side Of Life/Forget The Other Guy

Pye 7N 15708

UK#33

Dec '64

Humpty Dumpty/I'll Go Crazy

Pye 7N 15748

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Johnny Sandon & The Remo Four

1963

Lies/On The Horizon

Pye 7N 15542

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1963

Magic Potion/Yes

Pye 7N 15559

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The Remo Four

1964

I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate/Peter Gunn

Piccadilly 7N 35175

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1964

Sally Go Round The Roses/I Know A Girl

Piccadilly 7N 35186

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Johnny Sandon & The Remo Four

 

Tommy Quickly & The Challengers (1962)

(l to r) Ray Pawson (bass), Robin Gilmore (guitar), Tommy Quickly, John Bedson (drums), Pete Wilson (guitar)