AS DJ at Bradford’s Gaumont and Majestic ballrooms in the 1960s, Derek Lister knew many local bands.

Thanks to Derek for these photos of female singers of the era. How many of them do you remember?

The Hornets and Carolanne are pictured in 1965. Says Derek: "Buttershaw girl Carolanne (Frances Ann Robertshaw) joined the group that year and was a good asset for the Hornets, who were one of the finest groups in Yorkshire until they disbanded in 1968.

In 1970 Frances said 'goodbye' to her many fans, and emigrated to the USA.

Here's a great band name - Brenda and the Dominators. "This photo was taken at Princeville Working Men's Club in the early 1960s with the popular Brenda and the Dominators crammed onto a small stage," says Derek. "Local girl Brenda (Brenda Husband) and the group played a large part in Bradford's rock n roll history. Brenda, as Brenda Martine, continued in the world of music after her time with the Dominators.

The Three Ds were Doreen,Marian and Nora. Says Derek: "The lovely Three Ds made a bid for fame between 1959 and 1960s. The girls all worked at English Electric and practised in the office. They paid for their dresses to made and got the bus to venues, mostly appearing with Bradford's Dingos all for 10/-(50p) each.

"Things didn't work out, but these Bradford girls had tried for stardom and deserve a place in Bradford's early rock n roll history."

Adds Derek: "In 1965 Ann McCormack (Ann Bailey) joined a new trio called Three Good Reasons who went on to have a recording contract with Philips. Success followed with a No.1 hit in Holland.

"Aged 15, Buttershaw girl Ann became lead singer with local group Branwell and the Brontebeats with Charlotte and later joined Three Good Reasons. After further success with single hits the trio parted, leaving their mark locally - and in Holland

"Sharon Vaughn (Sharon Holt) was a very talented and popular vocalist with the Caravelles. She's pictured in 1963 singing a number with her professional group at a local club. She later joined local group The Strollers and spent a a summer season at Butlins in Pwllheli.

"As a 15-year-old, Josie McCann was one of Bradford's earliest pop singers, with a wealth of talent. She came third in the Aim for Fame competition at the Alhambra in 1959, singing Connie Francis hits Stupid Cupid and Lipstick on your Collar. Josie went on to sing with many local groups in the late 1950s and early 60s and is always remembered when our local rock n roll is discussed.

This is a nice photo of Josie, and a nice photo of the times and houses. I knew her at the time and was in the same competition - I came nowhere with my group, but she was really good!"

Another talented young singer was Sandra Anstey. Sandie's voice was not unlike Brenda Lee and Little Eva, and she was much in demand with local groups," says Derek. "After an article in the New Musical Express she was offered an audition for EMI in London, but due to illness she was unable to attend. Unlike her cousin, Kiki Dee, she missed out on what might have been a glamorous career.

"I have always thought the photo of the Majestic, taken in 1961, was a lovely one. The manager, Mr Lawrence, was organising another talent competition while local girls looked on with apprehension. I know all their faces but not their names. It was 60 years ag0.

"Helen McCaffery of The Tomboys sometimes sang as D Lawrence and supported the Three Ds, backing the Dingos. In 1964 she emigrated to Canada with her father and with him formed a group called The Bradfords, enjoying some success with their recordings.

"Sandra Day is pictured on stage in 1962. Her real name was Sandra Ainsworth, she was discovered by Mel Clarke and performed at many venues as Sandra Day and the Mel Clarke Four."

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