Formed in Yorkshire, England, originally as the Blue Blood Group, the Accent relocated to London in 1966. Comprising Pete Beetham (drums), Alan Davies (bass), Rick Birkett (guitar) and John Hebron (vocals, guitar), the group secured a residency at Billy Walker’s Upper Cut Club in Forest Gate, east London. Their reputation in the capital partly established, they then recorded their debut single, ‘Red Sky At Night’/‘Wind Of Change’, for Decca Records in 1967. Produced by Mike Vernon, it demonstrated the group’s unusual songwriting, with the a-side including a propulsive guitar riff as well as several disorientating sound effects. However, the single did not fulfil Decca’s expectations and it proved to be the Accent’s sole release. Birkett later released a solo album (credited to Rick Heyward) for Vernon’s Blue Horizon Records, before joining Jellybread and the Zombies. ‘Red Sky At Night’ later became a cult item among UK progressive rock collectors, and was included on several posthumous compilations including The British Psychedelic Trip Vol. 1, Chocolate Soup For Diabetics Vol. III and Illusions From The Cracking Void.
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