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Denny Laine - Johnny Dean and The Dominators
Denny Laine - Johnny Dean and The Dominators
Denny Laine - Johnny Dean and The Dominators
Denny Laine - Johnny Dean and The Dominators
Denny Laine - Johnny Dean and The Dominators - October 1962
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Brian Hines (Johnny Dean / Denny Laine) (vocals, guitar)
Tim Bellamy (drums)
Dave 'Wongy' Wheeland (bass)
Tony Elson (guitar)

 

It was 1962 and Brian Hines heard that the Deltas were in need of a bass player for a few weeks, taking up the gig but refusing to travel with the band, the attraction of his new Vespa scooter too tempting, even if his bass had to be strapped precariously onto the back.

 

 

With confidence building, he and pals Tim Bellamy, Dave Wheeland and Tony Elson decided that Birmingham needed another band and they already had a killer name for their venture, The Dominators (after the Norton motorcycle), with Brian taking centre stage under the name of Johnny Dean.

 

 

 

The band quickly established themselves at the Mermaid, Stratford Road and the Say Mama, Maney Hall where Johnny Dean would demonstrate his gymnastic skills with backflips and cartwheels across the stage, to the delight of the girls in the audience and the displeasure of their Teddy Boy boyfriends.

 

 

Meanwhile, management trainee Bev Bevan was working at the Beehive department store and, being sent on a course over at Rackhams, it was here that he met up with Brian who had the enviable job of working in the store’s record department.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bev was intrigued to hear about Brian’s band and, impressed by his ambition, decided to take along his pal Phil Ackrill to the next Dominators show at Shamrocks, the Irish social club in Digbeth. After the show, the three walked home together, along the Stratford Road, plotting their future and so, Denny Laine & The Diplomats was born, with Brian now as Denny, Bev on drums, Phil on rhythm and their pal Dave ‘Wongy’ Wheland on bass.