Formed at Leicester Art College, Leicestershire, England, in 1962, the Farinas originally comprised Jim King (b. 5 May 1942, Kettering, Northamptonshire, England; saxophone), Harry Ovenall (drums), Charlie Whitney (b. Richard John Whitney, 24 June 1944, Skipton, West Riding of Yorkshire, England; guitar/vocals), and Tim Kirchin (bass). Their primary influence was the Chess Records catalogue of the 50s, and blues rock ‘n’ rollers such as Chuck Berry in particular. The band recorded its solitary single, ‘You’d Better Stop’ backed by a cover version of Chris Kenner’s ‘I Like It Like That’, for Fontana Records in 1964. A year later Ric Grech (b. Richard Roman Grech, 1 November 1946, Bordeaux, France, d. 17 March 1990, Leicester, England) replaced Kirchin, while Roger Chapman (b. 8 April 1942, Leicester, England) came in to take over lead vocals in 1966. Shortly thereafter they abandoned the name Farinas and became first the Roaring Sixties then Family at the suggestion of American producer Kim Fowley.
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