Leith Bands over the Decades

Jean Carnies Ladies Pipe Band.  Wilma Tatnell 2nd from right.  1960s
Tommy Sampson Band 1948

Back row: Chick Norton (hidden), Stan Hibbert, Stan Reynolds, Charlie Evans, Ron Simmonds, trumpets;
Ann Gray, vocals; Ken Goldie, Maurice Pratt, Bill Paxton, trombones.

Tommy was the son of The Salvation Army Corps Sergeant Major Sampson.

Learned his music at the Hall in Bangor Road
Frank Ferri, Vocalist and The Jokers in the Sixties
Performing in Leith Links during the Leith pageant.
Ian Ross, the Vocalist  and The Fugitives in the Sixties.
Performing in the Leith Bus Depot Club, Leith Walk
Stewart Atkinson (John`s nephew), Drums and the `small PRINT`,  2010
Alex Welch, Jazzist, 1960s
Toto McNaughton with the Crusaders- 1960s

L. To R. Paddy Dixon now playing Frank Connor's old Hofner; Ron Fraser (bass); Toto McNaughton (drums) and Frank Connor with recently acquired 'Cadillac green' Gretsch Country Club   Front, bandleader Tam Paton, organ/ keyboards/accordion, taken in a church hall venue somewhere in Viewforth, Edinburgh around July 1962.


Toto McNaughton, Fraser Speirs, Tam White and Neil Warden at 'The Fringe', Edinburgh Festival.

Archie Semple

Archie Semple had all the ingredients to become a cult figure of British Jazz: a highly inventive and distinctive player, played in some legendary bands, was plagued by ill health, retired from playing aged 36 and died nine years later. He emerged onto the Edinburgh Jazz scene in the late 1940s and, like a number of his contemporaries, notably Sandy Brown, Alex Welsh and Al Fairweather, he travelled south to join the burgeoning London Jazz scene. He joined the now legendary bands of Mick Mulligan and Freddie Randall before joining the band formed by Alex Welsh in 1955.
Jackie Dennis

Jackie Dennis was born in the Leith area of Edinburgh, and was discovered by the comedians Mike and Bernie Winters in 1958. The brothers brought him to the attention of the show business agent Evie Taylor, and he appeared on the television programme, Six-Five Special, at the age of 15,[3] and a subsequent film spin-off.

The kilt-wearing, spiky-haired pop singer enjoyed seven successful years in the world of show business and toured the world. "La Dee Dah" was his biggest UK hit, reaching #4 in the UK Singles Chart, while his cover of Sheb Wooley's "Purple People Eater" was his second and final UK hit peaking at #29.[4]

Dennis appeared Perry Como's US television show,[5] where he was introduced as 'Britain's Ricky Nelson' performing the song "Linton Addie".[6]

Dennis now works as a nursing home carer and lives in Pilton Park, Edinburgh with wife Irene, who he has been married to for over 25 years. He has a stepson Steven, stepdaughter Susan, and adopted son Andrew, as well as seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren