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Despite their name, this rock band was formed in the Midlands, England, during the mid-60s. Comprising Mike Brookes, P.J. Habberly, John O’Hara (ex-O’Hara’s Playboys) and Robert Trewis, the band…
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Despite their name, this rock band was formed in the Midlands, England, during the mid-60s. Comprising Mike Brookes, P.J. Habberly, John O’Hara (ex-O’Hara’s Playboys) and Robert Trewis, the band made its debut for CBS Records in 1967 with ‘Little Ship With A Red Sail’. Dressed in matching white pullovers, the succession of singles for Decca Records and Fontana Records that followed nevertheless featured some credible, energized rock ‘n’ roll. Their first release for Decca, a version of Warren Zevon’s ‘Follow Me’, was well received before they attempted a cover of another strong American single, Spanky And Our Gang’s ‘Sunday Will Never Be The Same’. Subsequent releases were heavily influenced by the growing psychedelia boom, a fact reflected in titles such as ‘The Cooks Of Cakes And Kindness’. By the end of the 60s the band had disappeared from view, leaving behind a final single, ‘Golden Apples’, which marked their return to CBS. No album was ever released.