Circa:  1962
Home town:  

  • Tommy Coulter – Vocals
  • Les Ujfalusi – Lead guitar.  Replaced by Alan Clemo
  • Doug Gregan – Rhythm guitar
  • Peter Guntrip – Bass
  • Brian Clemo – Drums

Les and Peter were classmates from Cranborne Boys High and got the band going whilst still at school in 1962.  Alan Clemo, although only 14 years old at the time, was said to be a real talent on guitar and way ahead of his peers.  His father was a professional musician in Salisbury.  The band were very active, playing at high school parties, the Forces’ Club, a variety of hotels (of which Sinoia was their favourite) and played on RTV’s “Teentime” (the back drop was a young lady stretched out across a huge spiderweb!  How groovy was that?).

One of the band’s members recalls that, for the 1962 Texan Rock Band Competition, every band had to play the Texan cigarettes jingle…

“Is it true what they say about Texan?  Has it really that true American taste?”

That was the official line which everyone had much fun corrupting to…

“Smoke Texan and cough like a cowboy

Smoke Texan and spit on the prairie

Smoke Texan and die with your boots on!”

On this occasion the band shared equipment with the STEREOS from Bulawayo, Hymie Pogar winning the prize for best bass player.

The VERTIGOS were to emerge from what was left of the VAMPIRES at their demise.

For Tommy Coulter see also CHEQUERS.