The Square Chex

Back Row - Ray Parr, Ian Meldrum and Jimmy Wyllie
Front - Danny Little and Mike Gillan

The Square Chex, known locally as simply The Chex, were formed in 1965 by Mike Gillan, Jimmy Wyllie, Danny Little, Ray "Smokestack" Parr and Ian "Mel" Meldrum.

Rather than performing the usual repertoire of most local bands, the Chex were more of a soul band doing James Brown and Otis Redding numbers.

They were initially managed by Monica Linton and Rodney Warr's Border Entertainments and performed at the Cosmo, the Market Hall and the County as well as smaller venues like the Kings Hall, the Queens Hall and Bonds in Queen street.

By 1966 they were supporting such headline acts as The Who and The Searchers when they appeared at The Cosmo or The Market Hall.


In 1967 The Chex got the chance to turn professional . Mike, Jimmy and Ray were all for it, but Danny and Ian decided not to take the plunge. Terry Sims joined the band as their replacement drummer.

Their first tour as professionals was to Sweden where the highlight of the tour was supporting Jimi Hendrix in Stockholm.

After the tour Ray Parr decided to leave the band and was replaced as lead guitarist by Frank Kenyon, formerly with The VIPs.

The Chex continued touring the UK until they were offered a tour of Germany. Before this tour Jimmy Wyllie left to join 22nd Street People and was replaced on bass by Neil Marshall who had been with The Street.

When they returned to Carlisle The Chex decided to change their name to Mythology which after several name and personnel changes led to Earth and Black Sabbath