Formed in Leeds, England, in late 1967, this West Indian sextet comprised Trevor Wisdom (b. Jamaica; organ), Owen Wisdom (b. Jamaica; bass guitar), Leroy Mills (b. St. Kitts; trumpet), Reg Challenger (b. St. Kitts; drums), William Hixon (b. Monseratt; lead guitar), Paul Douglas (b. Jamaica; tenor saxophone). Their big break came in 1968 when they were offered the opportunity to record at EMI Records with producer Norman Smith (later Hurricane Smith). After borrowing £25 to hire a van for the trip, they completed a single within a day. Two days later, their topical cover version of the Beatles’ ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’ was issued and a fortnight later it was in the UK Top 20. Unfortunately, their ethnic reading was outsold by Marmalade’s chart-topping version. For their follow-up, the Bedrocks recorded a version of the rugby song ‘The Lovedene Girls’, but the single received little airplay and failed to chart. It was to prove their last chance of commercial success.
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