Home.Band Members.Periods.Rooms.
Denny Laine
Clint Warwick
Ray Thomas
Graeme Edge
Mike Pinder
Rod Clark
Justin Hayward
John Lodge
Patrick Moraz
Justin Hayward - Rebels Rock Group Business Card
Justin Hayward - Rebels Rock Group Business Card
Rebels Rock Group 1957
Rebels Rock Group 1959
Rebels Rock Group 1959
Rebels Rock Group 1959
Rebels Rock Group 1960
Rebels Rock Group 1961 - Justin Hayward - Moody Blues
Rebels Rock Group 1961 - Justin Hayward - Moody Blues
Rebels Rock Group 1961 - Justin Hayward - Moody Blues
Rebels Rock Group 1961 - Justin Hayward - Moody Blues
Rebels Rock Group 1961 - Justin Hayward - Moody Blues
Rebels Rock Group 1961 - Justin Hayward - Moody Blues
Rebels Rock Group Autographs - Justin Hayward - Moody Blues
Rebels Rock Group Album - Justin Hayward
Rebels Rock Group Album - Justin Hayward
Rebels Rock Group Cutting - Justin Hayward - Moody Blues
Rebels Rock Group Cutting - Justin Hayward - Moody Blues
Rebels Rock Group Cuttings
Rebels Rock Group / Offbeats Cutting - Justin Hayward - Moody Blues
NEXT
The Offbeats
Rebels Rock Group 1960
Rebels Rock Group Reunion - Justin Hayward

 

 

Justin Hayward (Vocals, Bass)

Mike Collins (Vocals, Guitar)

Ken Emerson (Lead guitar, Vocals)

Keith Panting (Guitar, Vocals, Drums)

Jeff Bull (Drums, Vocals, Guitar)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rebels Rock Group began in 1957 as The Gamblin’ Saints, a skiffle group comprising Ken Emerson, Keith Panting, M.Morse and Jeff Bull, all keen members of the St. Mark’s Church Youth Group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1959, the Rebels, minus Morse played at St. Barnabas Church, Gorse Hill, Swindon.

 

Following Morse’s departure, Mike Collins took up lead vocals, seen here at the St. Emmanuel United Reform Church.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rebels Rock Group were photographed in 1960 at the Penhill Common Room

 

 

 

1960 also saw the four-piece entertain the crowds at Swindon’s Jubilee Carnival
from the top of the moving float, as part of the Walcot Youth Club  (with a wonderful
robot walking along-side!).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By November 1960,  Justin Hayward was to join the ranks, seen here for the very first time
on camera as part of the Rebels, sharing vocal duties at Queen’s Drive Methodist
Church in 1961.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the article says,  the 14 year old Justin had stepped in to help the repertory theatre perform  their Boy in Blue Jeans show at the Lyme Marine Theatre, whilst on holiday, staying until the end of the season, helping save their show.  Even then, his ambitions for becoming a professional singer were clear.

 

 

Keith Panting fortunately kept a pictorial record of the band’s performances in this, now tatty, exercise book / photo album. The inside cover displays the amazing full set of signatures,  including the earliest Hayward autograph seen and quite different to his more recognisable modern signature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1961 saw their final shows under this name, here performing at the Social Club at Headlands Grammar School,
now minus Mike Collins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1961 also saw newspaper reports that the band were intending to submit a tape of their material to a competition, with first prize being an audition with a recording company.  Unfortunately, It’s not clear whether this actually happened, or, what the tracks were.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile, Justin had kept in touch with his friends at the Rep
who invited him to join them once more for the 1961 summer
season.   The invitation also extended to his band, now known
as The Offbeats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the 1990’s the group had a reunion meeting, with Keith, Justin, Ken and Jeff (now sadly no longer with us).

 

Photos courtesy of Keith Panting