Formed in Colchester, Essex, England, in 1963 as Dane Stephens And The Deepbeats, this vibrant R&B group consisted of Dane Stephens (vocals), Fred Gandy (guitar), John Acutt (guitar), Mick ‘Wimp’ Weaver (bass) and John ‘Twink’ Alder (drums). In 1964 they secured a ‘one-off’ contract with Decca Records. Having opted for the more contemporary-sounding Fairies, the group completed a hurried version of Bob Dylan’s ‘Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right’. Stephens left the line-up soon after its release and was replaced by Nick Wymer. Wymer had previously led another local act, Nick And The Nomads aka Nix-Nomads who had already recorded a single for HMV Records. ‘You’re Nobody (’Til Somebody Loves You)’ was pedestrian, but its b-side, ‘She’ll Be Sweeter Than You’, is an English R&B/punk classic. The Fairies were signed to HMV through Wymer’s association. Having passed on an option to record ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’, later a hit for the Pretty Things, the Fairies recorded ‘Get Yourself Home’, which the Pretty Things themselves had rejected. The result was another impressive slice of rhythmic R&B and, although not a hit, was one of the finest British discs of 1965. Sadly, the Fairies were forced to tame their image for their last release, the disappointing ‘Don’t Mind’. A chastened Wymer left the line-up and dropped out of professional music when plans for a projected group with Them’s Billy Harrison fell through. The Fairies split up soon after his departure. Twink joined the In Crowd and was later a member of a host of groups including Tomorrow, the Pretty Things and Pink Fairies.
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