Formed in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, Cops ‘N’ Robbers were a locally popular R&B/beat group of the mid-60s, whose live show won many admirers. Comprising Terry Fox (organ), Henri Harrison (drums), Brian ‘Smudger’ Smith (vocals) and Steve Smith (bass), they specialised in energised cover versions of blues and folk standards, typified by their treatment of Bob Dylan’s ‘It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue’, which became their third and final single for Pye Records in 1965. Two previous singles had been issued, ‘St James Infirmary’ and ‘Just Keep Right On’, but none of these took the group into the national charts. Smith had by now been replaced by Dane Stephens on vocals, and returned to his former group, the Pink Fairies. By 1966 Cops ‘N’ Robbers had disbanded, with Harrison subsequently forming the New Vaudeville Band.
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