Formed in Yorkshire, England in 1965, the Shots comprised of Mick Rowley (vocals), Mal Luker (guitar), Phil Peacock (rhythm guitar), John ‘Zeke’ Lund (bass) and Geoff Gill (drums). They secured a slot on a contemporary package tour headlined by P.J. Proby, before decamping to a mansion in Essex at the behest of their millionaire manager, Alan Brush. Here he erected a marquee and p.a. system exclusively for rehearsals. The Shots’ lone single, ‘Keep A Hold Of What You’ve Got’/‘She’s A Liar’, was issued on Columbia Records in 1965. This punchy, garage-style release was produced by Monty Babson, but when it failed to sell the group abandoned their benefactor and returned to Yorkshire. In 1966, and with Peacock now in absentia, the remaining members re-established their contact with Babson under a new name, the Smoke.
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