The Chimes

Formed in 1962, Gene Coben and the Chimes was one of the earliest local Brighton rock groups.

The Chimes were regular performers at The Starlight Rooms, The Florida Rooms and many other south coast venues.

Gene Coben & the Chimes became a professional outfit in 1964, with lead guitarist Tony Back, who later switched to organ, writing songs for the group.

The Chimes also included singers Denise Jones and Maurice Glanville. Denise later went solo and recorded under the name “Little Frankie”.

The Richmond Ballroom (above The Richmond public house) was a popular early rock venue.
The Chimes, Giants and Sapphires were often booked by local promoter Bob Harding in 62/63.