Graham Chick and The Coasters

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After Billy J. Kramer split with his first group, the Coasters, in January 1963, the Liverpool band resolved to continue with a new front man. Their manager, Ted Knibbs, found 14 year old Graham Jennings…
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After Billy J. Kramer split with his first group, the Coasters, in January 1963, the Liverpool band resolved to continue with a new front man. Their manager, Ted Knibbs, found 14 year old Graham Jennings (b. 7 June 1948, Liverpool, England), who had been performing with a children’s road show and renamed him Chick Graham. They were signed to Decca Records but had the misfortune to record a feeble Gordon Mills song for their first single, ‘I Know’. ‘When you think of all his subsequent wealth, it is amazing that he was pleading with us to record his song, ’ says Graham. They would have been better off turning him down but the record does contain unusual simulated guitar effects. Their second single, ‘A Little You’, also by Mills was later a hit for Freddie And The Dreamers. The group disbanded in 1965, disappointed that they had not had any success. Chick Graham went into mental nursing: ‘I never had the music business in my blood. I was 16 and I wanted to do something else.’