The Four Dollars


The Four Dollars appearing on "Beat in The Borders"

Like many bands of the early sixties the Four Dollars evolved out of a skiffle group, in this case the Terry Degnan Skiffle Group.

When rock and roll took over from skiffle Terry Degnan left the group and they reformed as the Four Dollars.

The Four Dollars originally consisted of Bernie Summers on guitar and vocals, John Tickell on bass, Johnny Mack lead guitar and Gordon Hind on drums. Later Adele Martin was added on vocals.

They didn't totally forget their skiffle roots and retained some Lonnie Donegan numbers in their act even when they were essentially a rock and roll band - one of the first in Carlisle.

The band played in the Carlisle area, other parts of Cumberland, the south of Scotland, the north east of England and as far as Manchester. They also appeared in various talent competitions.

In 1966 Johnny Mack left and was replaced by Billy Edmondson on lead guitar for a year who was then in turn replaced on lead by Brian Caine. Brian had previously been a member of the Rebels and stayed with the Dollars for about 3 years.

Harry James took over on drums for about a year and then left to do a comedy act under the name of Nicky Gunn. Stewart Kenyon, who had also been one of the Rebels, then joined the Dollars on drums.

Bernie Summers is still performing with his son Keith as a duo. Bernie has moved to bass while Keith plays lead guitar. Both still live in Carlisle.


Paul Martin, now in Australia,
wants to get back in touch with
Johnny Mack - see Guest Book entry
12th Oct 2008 or contact this website
if you are able to help.