Formed in Perth, Scotland in 1964, the core of the Vikings revolved around Alan Gorrie (bass, vocals), Roy Fleming (guitar) and Dougie Wightman (guitar). Other early members were ousted in 1965 and were replaced by Drew Larg (vocals) and two ex-members of Dundee act the Syndicate, Mike Fraser (keyboards) and Donnie Coutts (drums). The realigned Vikings specialized in soul music and they became one of Central Scotland’s most popular live attractions. In 1966 they were signed to Alp Records, owned by local impresario, Andy Lothian. For their sole single the Vikings recorded ‘Bad News Feeling’, a Paul Simon composition. Its pop-styled arrangement was at odds with the group’s musical preferences and following a brief foray in London, the Vikings broke up. Fraser joined another expatriate act, the Senate, before becoming a respected session musician in Italy, working with, among others, Ennio Morricone. Gorrie formed several groups, before finding international fame in the Average White Band.
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