b. Florida, USA. Though born in Florida, hard rock vocalist and songwriter George Hatcher was forced to relocate to England to form a permanent backing band. Accompanied by ‘Big’ John Thomas (guitar), Phil Swan (guitar), Steve Wren (keyboards), Harris Joannou (bass) and Chris Slade (drums), Hatcher enjoyed a glimpse of mainstream success in 1976 by acquiring support slots to Status Quo. The group made its debut for United Artists Records with the release of Dry Run later that year. Located in mid-tempo hard rock territory, with Lynyrd Skynyrd an obvious influence, it was well received by UK critics. However, when Talking Turkey failed to consolidate the band’s commercial position, the group folded. Hatcher was prevented from using the band name by record company litigation, though a further album, Rich Girl, did emerge for Shark Records after Hatcher relocated to Germany at the end of the 70s. Thomas subsequently joined Budgie while Slade worked with Uriah Heep, then the Firm and AC/DC.
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