Tony and The Varitones
Richard Wheatly (lead guitar), Malcome Cooke(rhythm), Dave Swingler(drums), Tony Collins (singer), Brian Stanley(bass).
photographs courtesy of Brian Stanley
Tony and The Varitones They were formed in 1960 as Tony and The Echoes - Rock Wheatley (lead guitar), Spike Cooke (guitar & vocals), Fred Breedon (bass), Pete Jeffrey (drums),Tony Collins (vocals). In 1961 they changed their name to Tony and The Varitones. In 1962 Dave Swingler replaced Pete Jeffrey on the drums and in 1963 Brian Stanley replaced Fred Breedon on bass guitar. They had an active fan club of over 700 and played clubs and dance halls all over the country supporting stars of the day including Shane Fenton, Chris Farlowe, Dave Clarke Five, Mike Berry etc. Starring with The Merseybeats at The Sherwood Rooms in 1964 attracted over 2600 people and two weeks later as the main attraction played in front of 2800 people at the same venue. Rock Wheatley was rated second only to Alvin Lee at that time. They disbanded late 1964 but still play two or three times a year for fun at local venues. (see below) Richard Cooke
The Varitones today; Spike, Ron Stockton (ex Senators) on sax, Rock, Brian and John Landon (Clockwork Toys)