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The Fortunes

Rod Allen (Rodney Bainbridge) vocal, bass guitar
Glen Dale (Richard Garforth) vocal, guitar (left 1966)
Barry Pritchard vocal, guitar, keyboard
Andy Brown drums
David Carr piano (left 1968)
Shel MacRae guitar, vocal (joined 1966)

This group from Birmingham contributed their incredible vocal harmonies to some of the most melodic and enduring pop songs to be released during the 1960s and early 1970s while also showcasing the talents of the hit songwriting team of Greenaway and Cook.

Originally called The Clifftones, they were formed in Birmingham as a vocal/harmony trio by founding members Rod Allen (born 31 March 1944, Leicester), Glen Dale (born 24 April 1943, Kent) and Barry Pritchard (born 3 April 1944, Birmingham). In 1963, they switched to electric guitars and were joined by drummer Andy Brown (born July 7, 1946 and previously with a local band called The Lawmen) along with keyboard player David Carr (born 4 August 1943, Essex).

The band became “The Merry Men” as backing group to London vocalist Robbie Hood (real name Mike West) who was managed by music promoter Reg Calvert. This arrangement did not last too long as Rod, Glen and Barry were already proficient vocalists in their own right. Also, the Robbie Hood gig involved wearing theatrical Merry Men outfits on stage including green tights which were likely an embarrassment to most of the line-up!

Re-named The Fortunes Rhythm Group, they managed to come first place at a beat contest held at Edgbaston’s Gay Tower Ballroom (at the time there was at least one other band active in the Midlands area called The Fortunes). The group projected a clean, well dressed image on stage and encouraged by manager Reg Calvert, included covers of Dionne Warwick, Gene Pitney and Broadway show songs into their repertoire.

The Fortunes were signed to the prestigious Decca Records label in 1963 and their first record release – under supervision of future Who and Kinks producer Shel Talmy – was a bizzare cover of the Jamies 1958 U.S. hit Summertime, Summertime (also attributed to “The Clifftones”). A second Fortunes single released the following year Caroline was adopted by the pirate radio station Caroline as its theme tune. Despite plenty of airplay, the song did not chart and subsequent single releases, although highly competent, were derivative of the current “Mersey Sound”. Compositions by group members in those days were usually confined to single b-sides such as Barry Pritchard’s Come On Girl which appeared on the back of their third single I Like The Look Of You released in 1964.

The Fortunes fifth single was a ballad written by professional songwriters Roger Greenaway & Roger Cook and the recording featured lavish instrumentation as well as the now trademark 3-part harmonies by the group featuring Rod Allen’s lead. The song You’ve Got Your Troubles, suited the band’s image perfectly with the record almost reaching the top spot in the British charts in August of 1965 and also climbing to No. 7 in the U.S. charts.
Rod Allen

With a hit formula now established, a follow-up Here It Comes Again (also composed by Greenaway and Cook) was released soon after and gained a No. 4 chart placing. With this success, The Fortunes were able to undertake a package tour of the U.S.A. along with Peter & Gordon and fellow Brum group The Moody Blues who were at that time enjoying the international success of their hit single Go Now.

In early 1966, the Fortunes 7th single This Golden Ring was released and reached No. 15 in the charts but that year also saw a minor scandal erupt when the group admitted during an interview that session musicians were responsible for the instrumentation on their hit singles excepting the vocals. Although this was not an uncommon practice back then or today, it may have proved detrimental to the groups’ credibility in some of the more serious circles at the time. A further more tragic blow occurred in June 1966 when the Fortunes’ manager Reg Calvert who also owned Radio City, a pirate radio station located in the Thames Estuary, was shot to death during a confrontation with an employee of Project Atlanta, which owned Caroline South. You can find out more details about this here: http://www.offshoreradio.co.uk/raid.htm

The Fortunes next few singles missed the charts and in July 1966, guitarist/vocalist Glen Dale left the group to go solo. He was replaced by Scotsman Shel MacRae but with the onset of the psychedelic era, the Fortunes’ record sales continued to decline although plenty of bookings were available for the band on the lucrative cabaret circuit.

In August of 1967, the Fortunes switched to the United Artists record label and released new singles consisting of self-composed material. The first of these was the excellent track The Idol by Rod Allen and Barry Pritchard. This change of direction, although promising, did not achieve chart results but the group soon found new success in recording “advertising jingles”, most notably It’s The Real Thing for Coca-Cola. This, along with regular bookings on the northern club circuit, sustained the band throughout the later 1960s.

Another interesting record release by the Fortunes during this period, was Fire Brigade, a song written by Roy Wood of The Move who were also from Birmingham. Although the single was a major hit in Britain for the Move in 1968, the Fortune’s version, which also may have had backing vocals by Roy Wood, was only released in the U.S.A. where it made little impact on the record charts.

David Carr left the group in August 1968 and by 1970 it seemed that The Fortunes career as a recording act was behind them. However, a switch to the Capitol Records label in 1971, saw the group hooked up once again to writers/producers Greenaway and Cook and the result of this partnership was a new single Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again which gained the Fortunes a No. 15 chart placing in the USA. The comeback was complete when the next single Freedom Come Freedom Go made No. 6 in the British charts followed by Storm In A Teacup a year later also making it into the top ten.

Despite further personnel changes over the next several years, The Fortunes continued as a major attraction on the club circuit and in 1960s nostalgia shows. Founding member Barry Pritchard left the group in 1995 due to ill health and became a resort operator in Spain. He died in January 1999 at 54 years of age. Remaining original member Rod Allen continued to tour and record with the present line-up of the Fortunes which also includes former Badfinger keyboard player Bob Jackson as well as veteran performers Paul Hooper (drums) and Michael Smitham (guitar). Unfortunately, Rod Allen passed away suddenly from cancer in January of 2008 leaving the group’s future at this time uncertain.

With Special Thanks to
Brum Beat
Copyright -© John R Woodhouse

Compiled by Keith Law

Velvett Fogg

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Biography


Velvett Fogg was formed in 1968
out of a respectable Brum band called Gravy Train.
They were fronted by soul singer Ernie Handy
and the guitarist at that time was Bob Hewitt.
The other band members were drummer
Graham Mullett, bass guitarist Mick Pollard,
and Londoner Frank Wilson
who played Hammond organ.
The band were soon off to Germany where they spent most
of the year playing at army bases and clubs.
Their exciting stage act included a light show and a go-go dancer
(who later married Ernie).

Upon returning to Birmingham, the band, now managed by an agency
called Inter City Artists, was given a record deal
by Jack Dorsey of Pye Records.
At this time it seemed that the more unusual or controversial a band was,
then the greater chance there would be for success in the record business.
The record label was looking to sign unusual “underground” acts
and Velvett Fogg were told to, in Jack Dorsey’s words,
“develop an image that would make people think you would piss on the pope”!

The initial line-up of Velvett Fogg featured guitarist
Tony Iommi (later to make the big time with Black Sabbath).

Tony stayed in the line-up for only one gig before leaving to be replaced
temporarily by Ian Leighton – described as “a great blues guitarist”
by his friend Frank Wilson.
It was during this time that Pye Records
arranged a photo-shoot of the band for the cover
of their proposed first album (more about that later).

Material for the Velvett Fogg album would be supplied
by local songwriter/guitarist KEITH LAW
who became a friend of the band.
KEITH was a veteran of the West Midlands music scene
having played in THE WILLIAMSONS, LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING
PAINT , and JARDINE

KEITH takes up the story; “I was in the Rum Runner
one night, when someone told me that Velvett Fogg
were looking for new material, and they introduced me to them.
I arranged to meet them at their rehearsal place, Langley Baths.
I went along the next day, and went through the following songs with them:
Yellow Cave Woman,
Within’ The Night
and Once Among The Trees
and that was it!
The next couple of days, they were in London recording”.

Before recording could begin in late 1968, Ian Leighton departed
Velvett Fogg and was replaced by guitarist/vocalist
Paul Eastment (a cousin of the band’s previous guitarist
Tony Iommi).
Paul Eastment was also to contribute original compositions
for the album along with Frank Wilson, Graham Mullet
and Mick Pollard.

Velvett Fogg recorded the tracks for their debut album
under direction of Pye producer
Jack Dorsey.
Apparently, Dorsey aimed to get the band
onto the then-popular “progressive” band wagon.
“I was a classically trained pianist but we all had to play way
below our capabilities” says Frank Wilson.
The band were also allowed to record covers of a few songs they liked
and these included psychedelic-sounding versions of
New York Mining Disaster 1941 by The Bee Gees,
and Tim Rose’s Come Away Melinda.

Velvett Fogg self-titled album was released on the,
Pye label in January of 1969.
Despite what some may have thought, the album stands up
as a fine example of late 1960s British psychedelia.
As well as the previously mentioned covers,
original compositions such as Yellow Cave Woman
and Once Among The Trees are both hypnotic if not compelling.
By contrast, other tracks like Lady Caroline
and Plastic Man had both homicidal and political overtones respectively.

By far the most controversial feature of the Velvett Fogg album
was the record cover.
It displayed the pre-Paul Eastment line-up
of the band wearing garish make-up/body-paint and costume
but also included two well-endowed young women
wearing nothing but strategically applied body paint!
This politically-incorrect package was accompanied
by a typically obscure sleevenote by the influential U.K. disc jockey

John Peel who commented

“There is a lot of good music on this record.
Remember Velvett Fogg – you will hear the name again.”


Along with theVelvett Fogg album,
Pye Records
also released a single by the group.
It was a cover of the Tornado’s
classic instrumental Telstar
and was recorded by the band
as requested by Jack Dorsey
who hoped to cash in
on the publicity,
surrounding the American moon landings
taking place at that time.

While receiving some radio play, the record did not sell
enough copies to chart and a big advertising campaign
planned by the record company to promote the album
never materialized.

The band did a bit of touring after the single came out.
Perhaps discouraged by poor sales of the Velvett Fogg album,
Pye seemed to lose interest in the band
so withdrew their backing.
In the autumn of 1969 the group disbanded with the members
going their seperate ways.

Frank Wilson says
“I personally thought the first line-up in Germany
was the best and most satisfying.”
He returned to London and joined Riot Squad
and then The Rumble Band before following in
Rick Wakeman’s footsteps to join Warhorse in 1970.

Paul Eastment started a Brum band called
Holy Ghost– later to become Ghost
with whom he recorded a couple of albums.
He later fronted another group called Resurrection
as well as recording with local folk singer Shirley Kent.

KEITH LAW stayed in the music business, is still writing songs,
and is now a successful entertainer in the South-West of England.

During the years since Velvett Fogg’s demise,
demand amongst collectors for copies of their
(now very rare) album has increased considerably.
Original albums have changed hands for high prices
with bootleg copies also known to be in circulation.
Fortunately, in 2002 the Sanctuary Records Group Ltd.
re-issued the album officially for the first time on CD (CMRCD619)
and it is strongly recommended for those who are fans
of the British psychedelic or early progressive sounds
of the late 1960s.

Yellow Cave Woman,
“in my opinion it is still
one of THE very best rock songs ever recorded.”
Robin S-YouTube

“Probably the best psych/prog song from the late 60’s”
camaladonna- YouTube

“This is one of the most druggy songs I’ve ever heard,
and is an absolute cert in my record collection”.
rurig

“in my record cellection….jupp”
Byggavdelningen

awesome!
NWOBHM87

“I do sense a relation to Black Sabbath-
kind of explains the origins of their sound-
even though Iommi is not on this recording-
his influence must’ve stayed with
Velvet Fogg at this time”
keltyk

“The music and the body painting are both great!”
00RockyAngel00


And Now

KEITH LAW is still writing and recording
and is also a successful entertainer

.

Frank
Wilson

is now
performing
as,
RUN VT
who are one
of the most
sought after
bands in
the
South East

.

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KEITH and Frank,at the Holiday Inn,Maidstone,Kent, UK. January 2009

KEITH LAW and Frank Wilson, founder member, vocalist and keyboard player,are back together writing and recording as Velvett Fogg Reloaded
and are currently working on their new new album
Velvett Fogg Reloaded

Like I Know Johanna
“Incredible music. Thank you for creating this. It is an inspiration for me.”
kulatopia -YouTube

Goblins and Kings
“Another great piece of music from you guys. I miss quality stuff like this. ”
kulatopia -YouTube

“Remember Velvett Fogg – you will hear the name again”…(John Peel. 1969 )
Read more: http://www.myspace.com/velvettfogg

Compiled by Keith Law

Keith Law

Singer/Songwriter

KEITH LAW, with 22 records released,
has composed over 500 songs including,
Yellow Cave Woman, Within’ The Night
and Once Among The Trees

on the highly collectable,
1969 Velvett Fogg album,
which is continually re-released


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KEITH has also written all the songs, and performs
on the JARDINE album LOOK IN THE WINDOW
released as an LP in January 2008
and as a CD in June 2009

KEITH’S solo album EYES IN THE WIND
was released November 2009
It features 12 songs, all written
and performed by him

KEITH LAW has 22 records released
with 1 currently in progress
His songs are continually re-released

on compilations and box-sets

__________________________________

Biography

KEITH LAW was born in the mid- forties,
in the “Black Country”, West Midlands, England.
a very industrial area, where the foundries
and heavy industry led to smoke and air pollution.

He attended the local primary and secondary schools.
When he was about 10 years old, his brother
came home with a Spanish guitar.

Many hours, weeks, months and years later
and with the help of numerous tuition books,
he finally learned a few chords and solo pieces.
He had always been singing songs he had composed and now,
with this new found skill,his composing took on a new dimension.

KEITH’S parents were always supportive
and once spent the whole week’s budget
to buy him his first guitar and amplifier.
It was a solid body Watkins Rapier electric guitar,
and a small Selmer Amp.
Thanks to this gift, his songwriting became more serious.
His first catalogued song was in 1965.

During this time KEITH was studying
for a Degree in Marketing at Aston University.
However he soon realized that his was to be a life of music.

It was during this time that he became involved
with other local musicians such as
Mickey Cox, and Paul Lockey
and their band Shooting Stars
He was to work with them both through the years,
and they are mentioned throughout this Biography.

About 1964, he and schoolpal, Alan Blunt
used to visit the Casa Bambu in West Bromwich.
It is here that they first met Bill Spilsbury,
and it was here where THE WILLIAMSONS were formed


THE WILLIAMSONS

(1965/66)

KEITH LAW was Lead Guitarist/ Vocalist
The band featured lead vocalist, and blues harp player,
Bill Spilsbury, Alan Blunt -rythmn guitar,
Anthony Basterfield on bass, and Graham Travers on drums
The band were a highly respected blues band
from Great Barr, Birmingham.
Originally called Devil’s Disciples,
their gigs included, The Macabre, Casa Bambu,
the West Bromwich blues club.
The Stork Club, Walsall Casino,
where they were often, the main band or,
support to the more well known bands at that time,
including The Moody Blues

THE WILLIAMSONS, supported the legendary Blues Artist
Sonny Boy Williamson when he appeared
at the Whiskey Go Go, in Birmingham,
in the late 60’s. Hence the dedicated name


Love and Understanding

(1967/68)

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Walsall based group, formed as a vehicle for
songwriter KEITH LAW ,and performed only
original songs, written by KEITH

KEITH and the band, which included,
Martin Hall, lead guitar/vocals,
Eric Timmins, Bass/Vocals,
and Roy Knight on drums
were signed to F.P. Enterprises,
and were managed by Chas Peate,
Chas was to become KEITH’S publisher,
Belsize Music
and would subsequently, publish
KEITH’S Velvett Fogg songs

Love and Understanding
performed at Schools, Colleges and Universities,
undertaking a six week University tour in ’68.


PAINT

(1968)

KEITH LAW along with Mickey Cox (former member)
and Harold Barber (former roadie)
of Robert Plant’s band ‘The Band of Joy
formed PAINT , when Robert left to join Led Zeppelin.

The band, which also included John Jevons,
ex. Hush on bass,
and Harold Barber on drums,
performed original songs, including the songs
KEITH wrote for Velvett Fogg
These original songs were mixed
with well known, R&B, and Blues.
The band appeared at Schools, colleges, US and RAF bases,
often as the main band, and also, as support to bands,
at that time, such as ‘ Slade
PAINT were regulars at well known local venues, such as
The Golden Eagle, Birmingham, Ship and Rainbow,
Hen and Chickens,Woolpack,
and Catacombs, Wolverhampton,
The Plazas, and The George Hotel, Walsall.

The band at one time continued as a trio

PAINT recorded tracks for Les Reed’s,
Chapter One
label.


JARDINE

(1969)

KEITH LAW , along with Mickey Cox
who had recently disbanded PAINT
(their previous band)
formed JARDINE ,
in the Winter of 1968/69
KEITH wanted a more earthy psychedelic sound,

KEITH LAW , who wrote all the band’s original songs
shared the vocals, and also played second guitar, and flute

Mickey Cox was the vocalist and lead guitar
and was previously with Led Zeppelin’s
Robert Plant’s, Band of Joy

Colin Hawkins was on drums,
and Brian Urquhart on Bass.

The band’s show was a mix of blues classics
and original songs, penned by KEITH
They were written about the same time as those
on the well known Velvett Fogg album
so possess the same air of psych KEITH LAW mystery!

The band played Universities, Colleges and schools
and the occasional open-air concert

In June 1969, ,JARDINE recorded and album in London
which was never released, until now!
During the recording sessions many musicians,
some famous, would come and join in.
They were,

Peter Frampton singer, ex’ The Herd
and then an international pop star
Andrew Bown ex The Herd
who formed the Andrew Bown Set,
and is now keyboard player with Status Quo,
Michael Berg, keyboard player and engineer.
Brian Appleyard, Drummer
ex East of Eden

“They’re on the recordings somewhere
but can’t remember where!”- KEITH LAW

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Left:-
KEITH
recording
the JARDINE
album,
at
Sound
Aquarian
Studios

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With the recent resurgence of Psychedelic music
and in particular the ever growing
popularity of Velvett Fogg
Demand for songs by KEITH LAW
has increased enormously!

KEITH found the ‘lost’ tape,
in his garage attic!
Still in perfect condition,
and still to tell the story!

So 40 years later,
here is JARDINE and their music,
that has been in the garage,
for far to long!
CD. NOW released Worldwide

Click on CD, to see Amazon Review

Look In The Window-
Jardine.
CD.

(2009) Lion Productions.
U.S.A. LION 624

Look In The Window-
Jardine.
LP.

(2008) Anazitisi Records-
ARLP 70-17F

…..
Reviews

Hannah, Wife Of Thomas Kite
Great Stuff It’s one of my favourite songs.
emmina78-YouTube

Velvett Fogg, JARDINE and KEITH LAW are GREAT!
This is one of my favorite songs of theirs.
Go and buy this guy’s music for reals.
KoroOutbreak-YouTube

Masochists Of Strangulation
…this song is amazing….awesome vibe to it…great!!!!
xojbabyxo-YouTube

What a great record
SPACEFACE70-YouTube

Ouch. This is too crunchy for words.
Swampmonster music on acid.
I love it.
groovemo-YouTube


Velvett Fogg

(1969)

KEITH LAW , was approached for original material
by Velvett Fogg who were formed in 1968
out of a respectable Brum band called Gravy Train.
The initial line-up of Velvett Fogg
featured guitarist Tony Iommi
(later to make the big time with Black Sabbath)

The other band members were drummer Graham Mullett,
bass guitarist Mick Pollard, and Londoner Frank Wilson
who played Hammond organ. The band was soon off to Germany.
Their exciting stage act included a light show and a go-go dancer.
Upon returning to Birmingham, the band, was given a record deal by
Jack Dorsey of Pye Records.
At this time it seemed that the more unusual or controversial
a band was, then the greater chance there would be
for success in the record business.
The record label was looking to sign unusual “underground” acts
and Velvett Fogg were told to, in Jack Dorsey’s words,
“develop an image that would make people think
you would piss on the pope”

Material for the Velvett Fogg album would be supplied by local
songwriter/guitarist KEITH LAW who became a friend of the band.
KEITH takes up the story; “I was in the Rum Runner one night,
when someone told me that Velvett Fogg were looking
for new material, and they introduced me to them.
I arranged to meet them at their rehearsal place,
Langley Baths.
I went along the next day, and went through
the following songs with them:
Yellow Cave Woman,
Within’ The Night
and Once Among The Trees
and that was it!
The next couple of days, they were in London recording”

Velvett Fogg self-titled album
was released on the Pye label in January of 1969

Despite what some may have thought, the album stands up as
a fine example of late 1960s British psychedelia.
As well as the previously mentioned covers,
original compositions such as
Yellow Cave Woman,
Within’ The Night
and Once Among The Trees
are hypnotic if not compelling.

By far the most controversial feature of the ,Velvett Fogg
album was the record cover.
It displayed the band wearing garish make-up/body-paint
and costume but also included two well-endowed young women
wearing nothing but strategically applied body paint!

This politically-incorrect package was accompanied
by a typically obscure sleeve note by the influential U.K. disc jockey

John Peel
who commented
“There is a lot of good music on this record.
Remember Velvett Fogg – you will hear the name again.”

During the years since Velvett Fogg’s demise,
demand amongst collectors for copies
of their (now very rare) album
has increased considerably.
Original albums have changed hands for high prices
with bootleg copies also known to be in circulation.
Fortunately, in 2002 the Sanctuary Records Group Ltd.
re-issued the album officially for the first time on CD (CMRCD619)
and it is strongly recommended for those
who are fans of the British psychedelic or early
progressive sounds of the late 1960s.

For the complete biography, click on
Velvett Fogg
AMERICAN
FAN SITE


1970 Onwards

KEITH toured
and played
in Germany, Denmark,
and Sweden
with bands,
including
Bob Catley’s,
(Next to.KEITH , on the far right)
‘pre-Magnum‘ band
Life,who performed
KEITH’S songs.
This band also included,
Chris Brown,
of The Band Of Joy
(Third from left)


KEITH was based in Stockholm, for some time,
where he worked with Swedish musicians
such as Kjell Eidendal and Catt Arfors.


On his return to the UK, he was soon involved
once again in the Birmingham group scene.

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KEITH LAW ,
continued writing
and recording songs,
with friends
such as
Paul Lockey,
ex- The Foundations
and Robert Plant’s
Band Of Joy

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KEITH was also produced by such prolific producers as Tony Visconti
(See My blog entry)


KEITH’S songs have been published by Acuff-Rose, Schroeder Music
(The Beatles), Apple Music and Belzize Music.


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One of KEITH’S songs
Harpsichord
was released
as a single
on the
United Artists label,
by the band
Stampede .

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Over the many years,
KEITH
recorded many songs
in his home
Studio One.
The tapes were stored
for years, untill now
thanks to
Anazitisi Records
a solo album,
of 12 of these songs
has been released.

EYES IN THE WIND KEITH LAW
(2009) Anazitisi Records. ARLP F0007034


And Now

KEITH LAW is still writing and recording
and is also a successful entertainer in the South West
and can be seen, in shows around Torbay, every week throughout 2010

Frank Wilson is now performing as, RUN VT
who are one of the most sought after bands in the South East


KEITH and Frank, met for a reunion at the
Holiday Inn, Maidstone, Kent, UK. January 2009

KEITH LAW and Frank Wilson, founder member, vocalist and keyboard player,are back together writing and recording
and are currently working on their new new album
Velvett Fogg Reloaded

Like I Know Johanna
“Incredible music. Thank you for creating this.
It is an inspiration for me.”
kulatopia -YouTube

Goblins and Kings
“Another great piece of music from you guys.
I miss quality stuff like this. ”
kulatopia -YouTube

“Remember Velvett Fogg – you will hear the name again”…(John Peel. 1969 )

Anonymous Bosch

Nick from Anonymous Bosch has sent this info about the band:

1984-86: Anonymous Bosch
Paul Strain: Vocal & Guitar
Mike Harkin: Guitar
Victor Foster: Bass
Nick Raybould: Drums

Gigged all over Brum; Peacocks, Aston University, Brum Uni. We did some London gigs and released a double A side single.

Camile

Nick from Camile has sent details of Camile, in his own words!

1982-83: Camille
Paul Sharkey: Vocals
Zog Milatinovic: Guitar & Vocals
Martin Yapp: Keyboards
Nick Raybould: Drums
Carl Freer: Bass

We were… Erm, post New Romantic pretty boys who hung around the Rum Runner. We played a couple of gigs at Snobs Nightclub, Valley Stadium, Redditch and had a feature and reviews in Brum Beat.

Psuedo Blue

Steve Daly from Street Crocodiles, Wolfpack and The Colts was also in Psuedo Blue!

This pic is of me playing Bass in Psuedo Blue a band I formed late 70’s new wave era ( thats the reason for the dinner suit!!) This gig was at The Junction harbourne.

The bass I am playing is a 1966 Fender Jazz Bass Custom color in Sherwood Green I bought it in 1976 and I still have it!! It’s a very rare beast I have always called it ” The Green Godess” the only other one I have seen belongs to the Bassist of U2 but his has the wrong neck!

I also used this bass in Street Crocodiles when playing live as it was fast and lighter than the Musicman.

Steve - Psuedo Blue

The Colts

Steve Daly from Street Crocodiles and Wolfpack sent another of his groups in to the archive, The Colts.

Here is a pic from late 70’s early 80’s of a gig at The Reformation which was in the basement of a Hotel ( I think!!) on Needless alley.
I think this was my band The Colts I have an old Brumbeat somewhere with a write up on us.
In the picture is Jill Smith singer and was my girlfriend at the time and Dave Kingdon alto sax.

Here is a pic of me with Mark Ogilvy Tenor Sax player from The Colts. The Colts were unusual for the time as we had two sax players in the band ( Dave on alto).

Mark moved to london, but we used to rehease at the old Rich Bitch studio’s run by Rob Bruce, this was a basement by a canal in Selly Oak/ Park that kept getting flooded! Budgie used to reheasre there too!! Anyway the reason I mention this is that Mark used to work in the R&D of Cadbury’s or somewhere similar ( never took a lot of notice) and he would come down complaining about some rabbit food bar he was working on that kept falling apart!!
It turned out to be the Harvest Crunch Bar!! Trivia I know!

I was still playing the Musicman Bass and in need of shoulder surgery!

Wolfpack

Steve Daly from Street Crocodiles also wrote in about another band he was in: Wolfpack.

We used to rehearse at the Aston Travern upstairs every Monday, Secondhand Band used the same room I think it was on a Thursday, they had a huge Cerwin Vega PA and very week we would mess about with the knobs on their mixer for a laugh!!

Street Crocodiles

Sean Daly, Keith Rotimi , Stefan Smaza , and Andy Inston formed Street Crocodiles in the 80’s and Sean has sent some info, links and pictures for the archive.

 

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