Carol and the
went down a storm and we were very excited about the future but, alas, it was
not to be. The management group who were based in Blackburn decided they could
promote me more than the complete band and so they sent me out on my own to do
what they called ‘the five towns’: Blackburn, Burnley, Bolton, Clitheroe and
Wigan. I was never to see the Memories again.
I ended up singing for the following six months in various working men’s clubs
and casinos and hating every minute of it. I decided to call it a day and so I
After joining a band in Ellesmere Port we got ourselves an agent again and spent
the next two years traveling around clubs in Liverpool and North Wales.
In 1968 I was asked to join a band called the Image from Birkenhead and it was
while playing with the group that I met my husband Geoff, who was the bass
player. We married twelve months later in 1969 and have now been married 38
years in October 2007. We have one wonderful daughter called Donna.
Geoff and I have formed various bands over the years and have always kept in
touch with the music scene. We are both members of Merseycats and the Liverpool
Rock And Roll Society and manage to meet up on a regular basis with many
musicians from the Sixties, both the famous and not so famous.
In July 2006 we got together with Arty Davies on drums, Frank Van Russell, Gary
McInnes on lead and backing vocals, Geoff on bass and myself on lead vocals. We
decided to re-form Carol and the Memories.
We got down to some serious rehearsing and it is now once again starting to pay
off. We have played the Cavern three times so far and it’s great to see so many
young ones down their enjoying our music because we tend to stay true to what we
know and play music from the Sixties. We have several agents interested in us
and have numerous bookings in the pipeline.
I wouldn’t change anything I’ve experienced in the last forty years and I know
my Dad (who passed away in 1997) would be proud of me.
Because, after all, this is what memories are made of.
Editor’s notes: Carol has now been singing for more
years than she cares to admit, but she started singing with bands back in
1963.At that time she was seriously into Country & Western music and one of the
first songs she sang on stage was ‘I Fall To Pieces’ by Patsy Cline. She then
joined a band two years later called the Cheques and worked the clubs in
Cheshire and North Wales.
In 1966 she was asked to audition with a band from Liverpool called the Five
Aces who were looking for a female lead singer to join them on a tour of
Germany. The audition and the tour were very successful and they were offered a
recording contract with C.B.S. They recorded ‘Tears On My Pillow’ in the spring
of 1966 and the record was released on the 6th June of that year. The band at
this time was asked to change the name because of a similar named band in the
USA. They chose Carol and the Memories.
Carol stayed with them for about a year then left to form her own band called
the Renos. This band took her back to her first love ‘country music’ In 1968
Carol was invited to join a band on the Wirral by the name of the Image. Here
she met the bass player who twelve months later she would marry, Geoff and Carol
have been together now 37years and have formed several bands over the years
including the New Renos, Carousel, Cats Eyes, Savannah, Millers Bridge and now
finally back full circle to Carol and the Memories.
In 1966 Carol & the Memories comprised Carol Whitfield, vocals; Kenny Harvey,
bass; Steve Harvey, rhythm, Jimmy Chadwick, lead; Billy Bryden, drums.
The re-launched Carol & the Memories comprise Carol on vocals, and her husband