The Balls

Although this short-lived UK rock act barely managed two years of existence after being formed in February 1969, they are worthy of documentation as one of the first true ‘supergroups’, before that…
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Although this short-lived UK rock act barely managed two years of existence after being formed in February 1969, they are worthy of documentation as one of the first true ‘supergroups’, before that much-abused term was invented. The line-up of ex-Moody Blues singer Denny Laine (b. Brian Hines, 29 October 1944, Jersey, Channel Islands; vocals, guitar), ex-Move members Trevor Burton (b. Trevor Iresons, 9 March 1944, Ashton, Warwickshire, England) and Steve Gibbons (b. Birmingham, West Midlands, England; vocals), was augmented at various times by Keith Smart (drums; ex-Lemon Tree), Richard Tandy (b. 26 March 1948, Birmingham, England; keyboards), Alan White (drums; ex-Plastic Ono Band), Jackie Lomax (b. 10 May 1944, Wallasey, Merseyside, England; vocals), and Mike Kellie (b. 24 March 1947, Birmingham, West Midlands, England; drums, ex-Spooky Tooth). They released one single in January 1971, a month before they split-up, financially backed by their creator/manager Tony Secunda. ‘Fight For My Country’ failed, although it was heavily plugged by the UK pirate radio station Geronimo.