Coventry Hitmakers


One of the city’s first rock’ n’ roll outfits, based around the energetic vocalist Johnny Martin and guitarist Don Kerr, Mick Calcott-bass, Eddie Milton-rhythm guitar and Tony Chambers-drums. Sorrows guitarist Pip Witcher was later a member. Don and Johnny would eventually leave to join the Reg Calvert venture Freddie Were and the Werewolves. Don came up with the name the Atlantics, giving a British slant to the American trend of naming bands after classic cars; the car in question is the Austin Atlantic A90.




Atlantics-001“We had a lot of fun with Reg and the Werewolfes, but we moved on”, Said Don, “we did a lot of things music-wise, Johnny got to back Gene Vincent at The Orchid Ballroom and he eventually formed a country band The Big City Boys, as for me well I joined the Brook Brothers and played on the hit singles War paint and Ain’t Gonna Wash for A Week. I joined Stavely Makepeace in the late sixties”.

Don Kerr

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