Fronted by vocalist Denny Seyton, the Sabres additionally comprised John Boyle (guitar), Mike Logan (organ), Edward Murphy (lead guitar) and Dave Saxon (drums) - at least in their earliest incarnation. Formed just before the beat boom took hold, the group’s career bridged two distinct periods in British pop history and the schism often showed. After perfecting a live set dominated by imported US R&B covers, they made their recorded debut in 1964 with ‘Tricky Dicky’. It was not until their third single, ‘The Way You Look Tonight’, that they breached the charts for the first time. This up-tempo effort rose to number 48 in the UK charts in September 1964, but the group were never able to capitalize on this initial success. Like its forerunner, ‘Just A Kiss’ was a self-evident attempt to gatecrash the burgeoning Merseybeat movement, but failed to impress either critics or record buyers. It was to be the group’s final recording, and while an album, It’s The Gear (14 Hits), was released, many poked fun at its self-aggrandizing title. In fact, it was thus named owing to its inclusion of 14 ‘copy-cat’ versions of hits of the day. By this time Seyton had also acquired an entirely new line-up, with Tony Crowley on drums, Blink Dring on lead guitar and Lally Scott on guitar, but the new line-up sundered as quickly as it had been inaugurated.
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