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The Chapta at The Blenheim Road Motor Inn   —  Peter Gillette (Keyboards), Chris Fox (Drums), Sharon O'Neill (Vocals), Dick Whatson (Bass Guitar) and Kevin Bayley (Guitar)

Chapta was born (circa 1969) out of the demise of "Next Move" and for a short time, Sharon O'Neill was a member of the group.  The pic above shows from left Peter Gillette (Keyboards), who had replaced Ledley Cleland who in turn had replaced Stan White, Chris Fox (Drums), who was replaced by the late Kevin Toneycliffe, Sharon O'Neill (Vocals), Dick Whatson (Bass) and Kevin Bayley (Lead Guitar) who was replaced by Dave Kennedy, who had previously taken over from Doug Baker.  The group appread on TV's "Moving" Series.  Their first single was "Love Makes The World Go Round" // "Love Is Blue - I Can Sing A Rainbow" recorded in 1970 on the Festival label.  In 1971 they signed to HMV and concentrated on original material.  They made the finals of the Loxene Gold Disc awards in 1971 with their next single "Say A Prayer" // "Country Lady".  Two further singles, "You And I" // "My Way" and "I Can See You - Open Door" // "Colonel Pumpkin" were released in 1971 and then their last single "I Can't Get Sunday Out Of My Mind" // "Send Me No More Letters" secured them a finals spot in the Loxene Awards 1972 for the second year.  Two albums were recorded, "Chapta One" in 1971 and "Open Door" in 1972.  "Show The World", the lead track of the "Open Door" album was their entry in the 1972 Studio One Television Series.  Chapta folded soon after, with Dave Kennedy going on to form Link.


Blenhiem Road Motor Inn 1971 - Dick Whatson, Kevin Toneycliffe, Dave Kennedy and Ledley Clelland



The Chapta 1973  —  Dick Whatson (Bass Guitar), Peter Gillette (Keyboards), Kevin Toneycliffe (Drums) and Dave Kennedy Guitar/Vocals)



Les Inwood

Doug Baker

Stan White

Sharon O'Neill

Kevin Bayley

Ledley Clelland



Dick Whatson

Chris Fox

Kevin Toneycliffe

Peter Gillette

Dave Kennedy



Say A Prayer

Country Lady

Love Makes The World Go Round

Love Is Blue / I Can Sing A Rainbow