Originally known as the Tornadoes, this short-lived British group was formed by bass player Ray Rogers. Completed by Wayne Gibson (vocals), Mike Todd (lead guitar), Peter Cook (organ) and Larry Cole (drums) this early line-up achieved fame as the resident backing band on BBC television’s Beat Room show. They enjoyed a minor hit with ‘Kelly’ in 1964, but Gibson was later groomed for an ill-starred solo career. In 1966 he completed a version of ‘Under My Thumb’, a track from the Rolling Stones’ Aftermath album, but his reading was roundly condemned by Mick Jagger. However the singer’s energized interpretation was later adopted by the northern soul fraternity, and it became a belated hit in 1974 when it reached number 17 in the UK charts.
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