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Welcome to Swindon Music Scene

Swindon has had a vibrant music scene since the Forties when Johnnie Stiles And His Band were winners of the 'Melody Maker' All Britian Dance Band Champonship; through the mid/late Fifties when the first green shoots of Rock ‘n’ Roll began to appear; and on into the Sixties.

 

Swindon Music Scene was initially focused on these formative years; from the Forties, through the Sixties; when Justin Hayward was the most significant Swindon based musician to establish himself in the mainstream of popular music as a key member of The Moody Blues in 1966. However we have now widenend our scope to include any Swindon band or musician, from any period, who have been involved on the Swindon Music Scene

 

Our site will ultimately provide a single point of reference for all the musicians and the dance and rock bands to which they belonged, who laid down the foundations of Swindon’s musical heritage. With details of many of the bands and their personnel, backed up by a large number of mainly unpublished photographs, it will be possible to easily track the evolution of local bands, which has, with a few notable exceptions, been poorly chronicled by the media.

 

Please note that the base structure our website is still under development and it will then take some time to update the site with all of the content we have already gathered. The heart of the site is based on a content management system that will enable any new details of bands, musicians, memories of gigs and photos or whatever, to be included easily and thus ensure that the site remains fresh and interesting.

 

We want to hear from you too! If you were involved in the Swindon Music Scene in any way, please contribute any photos, memorabilia, other items of interest or simply fond memories that you may have, to be consolidated into what we hope will grow to be the de facto archive of the Swindon music scene.

 

If you wish to contribute any relevant material please complete our Contact Form and we will get in touch with you. We will also keep you posted regarding new developments planned for this site.

 
Swindon's First Rock Star

Justin Hayward

 

 

It was clear from an early age that Justin Hayward would carve out a career as a musician and singer, but few who heard him sing in the Church Hall at St Saviour's Church, Swindon in the late 1950s could have guessed that he would one day lead one of the world's most famous 'supergroups'.

 

Born in Dean Street, Swindon, on 14 October 1946, Justin was the son of two teachers. He went to Shrivenham Primary School and then on to Commonweal Swindon, and was already an accomplished musician when he left school at the age of sixteen. 

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Played Locally for 5 Decades

Dave Miller has been a musician playing in local bands for over five decades.

 

His first band was a skiffle group formed on March 11th 1955 and called The Red Devils. He then moved on to The Four Zodiacs, which was basically the same band with a different name. For the remaining part of the 50’s Dave played with Johnny Graham And The Dukes, who later became The Dukes.

 

As the 60’s came Dave played in a variety of bands all hoping to follow in the footsteps of the Beatles – the closest Dave got was playing all over Germany. He started the new decade in The Beatvendors and migrated to The Whispers and then All Things Bright, for his first tour of Germany, both bands featured Justin Hayward, later to become a key member of The Moody Blues of course.

 

Next there was The Coronets, with Chris Sandford of Coronation Street fame, and then back to Swindon, where he was with Justin Hayward again in The Shots. Dave finished off the 60’s with Doc Jefferson’s Medicine Show, returning to Germany for two further spells.

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