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Ok, so here is a record that I think is Hugh Paul's death on Ancestry. His wife Julie's Twitter is based in Tyneside and this death is in Tyne and Wear. Puts his birth in 1955 and his death in 2013, a year before that tweet. I don't have access to Scotland's People so can't do any digging there, but copious stalking of Cleveland Jr.'s Facebook page threw up links which led to this page for Howard McLeod. From there, I found this page for Derek Henderson, which contains this photo from 2017:


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                                                   Howard on the left, Cleveland second in (so still alive in 2017?), Derek and Owen Wisdom.


Can't add much else since they're Scottish-based. Strange that Cleveland is nowhere to be seen in any pictures on his son's or ex-wife's Facebook pages. He's originally from the Caribbean - wonder if he's gone back?

Thanks! Yes, that's definitely Hugh Paul's death record. There's a family tree on Ancestry which uses it and the place of birth is given as Grenada in the West Indies and it says his wife was called Julie! Added.

Cleveland must still be alive after all then! I just thought it was strange how there was mention of him in a Barry White tribute band from c. 2008, then no mention or trace of him on Facebook since or on Scotland's People period. He's either laying low or,  as you said, has retired elsewhere... perhaps to the tropical climate of the Caribbean. Who could blame him?!


Pretty happy with that act now given their obscurity. I’ve scrubbed the notes section, bar the mystery of Stewart/Stuart Garden’s birth.

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13 minutes ago, Ulitzer95 said:

Thanks! Yes, that's definitely Hugh Paul's death record. There's a family tree on Ancestry which uses it and the place of birth is given as Grenada in the West Indies and it says his wife was called Julie! Added.

Cleveland must still be alive after all then! I just thought it was strange how there was mention of him in a Barry White tribute band from c. 2008, then no mention or trace of him on Facebook since or on Scotland's People period. He's either laying low or,  as you said, has retired elsewhere... perhaps to the tropical climate of the Caribbean. Who could blame him?!


Pretty happy with that act now given their obscurity. I’ve scrubbed the notes section, bar the mystery of Stewart/Stuart Garden’s birth.


I found a reference on Twitter to Cleveland still working as a tribute act in 2015, but the link broke when it was clicked. His absence is odd, but otherwise, there's no evidence he's dead anywhere. Glad to help. I'm leaving Rose Royce to @YoungWillz if he's game - I'm better on the domestic front I reckon. :lol:


Been looking into Sad Cafe - I assume you're aware Ian Wilson is still performing as Sad Cafe? Absolutely nothing online about a birthday though, which is frustrating. John Stimpson is far more slippery.

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Saturday Night Band
Discogs American disco studio group from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, composed of session musicians and assembled by producers Moses Dillard and Jesse Boyce, Jim Boling later played with Peabo Bryson and Donna McElroy is now a backing singer for Garth Brooks
Session musicians:
Lloyd Barry no info available
Jim Boling 18 Feb 1952 – 27 Oct 2018 (66) Mention of death
Jesse Boyce 26 Jan 1948 – 17 Aug 2017 (69) Local obit
Harrison Calloway 06 Nov 1940 – 30 Apr 2016 (75) Legacy obit

Roger Clark 26 Jul 1950 – 24 May 2018 (67) Billboard obit
Moses Dillard 30 Sep 1946 – 14 Jul 1993 (46) FindAGrave memorial
Ronnie Eades 09 May 1942 – Living
Vicki Hampton Nov 19?? – Living
Clayton Ivey no info available
Donna McElroy 01 Dec 1955 – Living
Cliff Parman 07 Mar 1917 – 03 May 1998 (81)
Tom Roady 17 Jan 1949 – 27 Nov 2011 (62) Obit
Harvey Thompson 12 May 1941 – Living
01/07/1978 Come on Dance, Dance #16
NB2: Ivey is an even stranger one. Appears to be living but despite a place of birth given online (as Florida) and a full birth name provided on Discogs, can't find his birth details. Still seems to be living regardless.

Telly Savalas 21 Jan 1922 – 22 Jan 1994 (72) Independent obit
Wiki American actor and singer from Garden City, New York, noted for his bald head and deep resonant voice, best known for portraying Lt. Theo Kojak in the television crime drama Kojak (1973–1978) and Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), his brother George Savalas (1924–1985) was also a noted actor
22/02/1975 If #1 Cover of a single by Bread
31/05/1975 You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' #47 Cover of a single by The Righteous Brothers

Leo Sayer 
21 May 1948 – Living
Wiki UK singer-songwriter and guitarist from Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, later emigrated to Australia, his first manager was former teen idol and singer Adam Faith
15/12/1973 The Show Must Go on #2
15/06/1974 One Man Band #6
14/09/1974 Long Tall Glasses (I Can Dance) #4
30/08/1975 Moonlighting #2
30/10/1976 You Make Me Feel Like Dancing #2
29/01/1977 When I Need You #1
09/04/1977 How Much Love #10
10/09/1977 Thunder in My Heart #22
16/09/1978 I Can't Stop Loving You (Though I Try) #6
25/11/1978 Raining in My Heart #21

The Scaffold
Wiki UK comedy rock group from Liverpool, Mike McGear is the brother of Paul McCartney
John Gorman 04 Jan 1936 – Living
Mike McGear 07 Jan 1944 – Living
Roger McGough 09 Nov 1937 – Living
01/06/1974 Liverpool Lou #7

Boz Scaggs 08 Jun 1944 – Living
Wiki American singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Canton, Ohio but raised in Plano, Texas, real name William Royce Scaggs
30/10/1976 Lowdown #28
22/01/1977 What Can I Say #10
14/05/1977 Lido Shuffle #13
10/12/1977 Hollywood #33

Lalo Schifrin 21 Jun 1932 – Living
Wiki Argentine composer, arranger and pianist from Buenos Aires, emigrated to the United States during the 1960s, known for composing the theme for television show Mission: Impossible (1966–1973) and films including Bullitt (1968), Enter the Dragon (1973) and the Dirty Harry film series (1971–1988), winner of five Grammy Awards
09/10/1976 Jaws #14 Jazz-funk version of the theme from the 1975 film Jaws

Wiki German heavy metal band from Hanover (then part of West Germany), formed in 1965, have sold over 110 million records worldwide
Francis Buchholz 19 Feb 1954 – Living
Matthias Jabs 25 Oct 1955 – Living
Klaus Meine 25 May 1948 – Living
Herman Rarebell 18 Nov 1949 – Living
Michael Schenker 10 Jan 1955 – Living
Rudolf Schenker 31 Aug 1948 – Living
26/05/1979 Is There Anybody There? / Another Piece of Meat #39
25/08/1979 Lovedrive #69

The Scotland World Cup Squad
Discogs ('74) / Discogs ('78) UK football team, 
played their first match in 1872 against England, these records comprised of members of the squads that played in the 1974 and 1978 FIFA World Cup, Erich Schaedler committed suicide on Christmas Eve in 1985, Danny McGrain was awarded an MBE in 1983, Kenny Dalglish was awarded an MBE in 1985 and elevated to knighthood in 2018, Denis Law was awarded a CBE in 2016
('74) Thomas Allan 05 Oct 1946 – Living
('74) John Blackley 12 May 1948 – Living
('78) Jim Blyth 02 Feb 1955 – Living
Billy Bremner 09 Dec 1942 – 07 Dec 1997 (54) Independent obit
('74, '78) Martin Buchan 06 Mar 1949 – Living
('78) Kenny Burns 23 Sep 1953 – Living
('78) Bobby Clark 26 Sep 1945 – Living
('74) Peter Cormack 17 Jul 1946 – Living
('74, '78) Kenny Dalglish 04 Mar 1951 – Living
('74, '78) Willie Donachie 05 Oct 1951 – Living
('74) Donald Ford 25 Oct 1944 – Living
Tom Forsyth 23 Jan 1949 – 14 Aug 2020 (71) Scotsman obit
('78) Archie Gemmill 24 Mar 1947 – Living
('78) Joe Harper 11 Jan 1948 – Living
('78) Asa Hartford 24 Oct 1950 – Living
('74) David Harvey 07 Feb 1948 – Living
('74) David Hay 29 Jan 1948 – Living
Jim Holton 11 Apr 1951 – 04 Oct 1993 (42) Independent obit
('74) Tommy Hutchison 22 Sep 1947 – Living
('74, '78)
Sandy Jardine 31 Dec 1948 – 24 Apr 2014 (65) Scotsman obit
('78) Willie Johnston 19 Dec 1946 – Living
('78) Derek Johnstone 04 Nov 1953 – Living
Jimmy Johnstone 30 Sep 1944 – 13 Mar 2006 (61) Guardian obit
('74, '78) Joe Jordan 15 Dec 1951 – Living
('78) Stuart Kennedy 31 May 1953 – Living
('74) Denis Law 24 Feb 1940 – Living
('74) Peter Lorimer 14 Dec 1946 – Living
('78) Lou Macari 07 Jun 1949 – Living
('78) Don Masson 26 Aug 1946 – Living
('74) Danny McGrain 01 May 1950 – Living
('74, '78) Gordon McQueen 26 Jun 1952 – Living
('74) Willie Morgan 02 Oct 1944 – Living
('78) Bruce Rioch 06 Sep 1947 – Living
('78) John Robertson 20 Jan 1953 – Living
('78) Alan Rough 25 Nov 1951 – Living
Erich Schaedler 06 Aug 1949 – 24 Dec 1985 (36) Mention of death
('78) Graeme Souness 06 May 1953 – Living
('74) Jim Stewart 09 Mar 1954 – Living

22/06/1974 Easy, Easy #20
27/05/1978 Ole, Ola (Mulher Brasileira) #4 Released as Rod Stewart & Scottish World Cup Squad '78

Sea Level

Wiki American jazz fusion band from Macon, Georgia, formed in 1976 as an offshott of The Allman Brothers Band and disbanded in 1981, bass guitarist Lamar Williams died from lung cancer in January 1983 – his doctors believed that it had been caused by exposure to Agent Orange herbicide during his Vietnam War service
Randall Bramblett 09 Mar 1948 – Living
Davis Causey 31 Jan 1949 – Living
Joe English 02 Jul 1949 – Living
Chuck Leavell 28 Apr 1952 – Living
Jimmy Nalls 31 May 1951 – 22 Jun 2017 (66) Ultimate Classic Rock obit
Lamar Williams 14 Jan 1949 – 21 Jan 1983 (34) FindAGrave memorial

17/02/1979 Fifty-Four #63

The Seashells
Discogs UK vocal duo, the two vocalists were sisters and the lead Vicki Brown was also a member of
The Vernons Girls, she was married to singer Joe Brown until her death from breast cancer in June 1991
Vicki Brown 23 Aug 1940 – 16 Jun 1991 (50) FindAGrave memorial
Mary Partington 1944 – Living
09/09/1972 Maybe I Know #32 Cover of a single by Lesley Gore

Secret Affair
Wiki UK mod revival band from London, formed in 1979 and disbanded in 1982, reunited in 2002 and now active as a duo, drummer Seb Shelton was later a member of pop band Dexys Midnight Runners
David Cairns 15 Nov 1958 – Living
Ian Page 19 Jun 1960 – Living
Seb Shelton 1952 – Living
Dennis Smith no info available
01/09/1979 Time For Action #13
10/11/1979 Let Your Heart Dance #32

Neil Sedaka 13 Mar 1939 – Living
Wiki American singer-songwriter, pianist and composer from Brooklyn, New York City, started his career as a member of The Tokens before going solo, to date has written more than 500 songs for himself and others
07/10/1972 Oh Carol (re-release) / Breaking Up is Hard to do (re-release) / Little Devil (re-release) #19
04/11/1972 Beautiful You #43
24/02/1973 That's When the Music Takes Me #18
02/06/1973 Standing on the Inside #26
25/08/1973 Our Last Song Together #31
09/02/1974 A Little Lovin' #34
22/06/1974 Laughter in the Rain #15
22/03/1975 The Queen of 1964 #35

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
Wiki American singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist from Detroit, Michigan with accompanying band, Seger has sold more than 75 million records worldwide making him one of the best-selling artists of all time, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012
Drew Abbott 13 Jan 1947 – Living
Chris Campbell no info available
Alto Reed 16 May 1948 – Living
Robyn Robbins 1951 – Living
Bob Seger 06 May 1945 – Living
David Teegarden 15 Nov 19?? – Living
30/09/1978 Hollywood Nights #42
03/02/1979 We've Got Tonite #41 Later popularised by Kenny Rogers & Sheena Easton

The Selecter
Wiki UK two-tone ska revival band from Coventry, Warwickshire, formed in 1979 and disbanded in 1981, later active between 1991 and 2006 and since 2010, David Amanor is now a journalist for BBC Africa, Anderson now lives in Bogota, Colombia
David Compton Amanor Feb 1959 – Living
Charley Anderson 30 Jan 1954 – Living
Charley "Aitch" Bembridge c. 1954 – Living
Pauline Black 23 Oct 1953 – Living
Desmond Brown no info available
Neol Davies 26 Apr 1952 – Living
Arthur "Gaps" Hendrickson 29 Apr 19?? – Living
13/10/1979 On My Radio #8

The Settlers
Wiki UK folk group from the West Midlands, formed in 1964 and disbanded in 1981 but reformed in 2018, originally called the Birmingham Folk Four, Cindy Kent was awarded an MBE in 2016 for religious broadcasting
John Fyffe 03 Jul 1943 – Living
Mike Jones 16 Sep 1943 – 11 May 2008 (64) Obit
Cindy Kent 07 Aug 1945 – Living
Geoff Srdzinski 10 Jun 1946 – Living
16/10/1971 The Lightning Tree #36 Theme to the children's television show Follyfoot (1971–1973)

Severine 10 Oct 1948 – Living
Wiki French singer from Paris, real name Josiane Grizeau
24/04/1971 Un banc, un arbre, une rue #9 Monaco's winning entry for the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest

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The Tremeloes
Wiki UK beat group from Dagenham, Essex, part of the British Invasion in the States
Alan Blakley 01 Apr 1942 – 01 Jun 1996 (54) FindAGrave memorial
Len "Chip" Hawkes 02 Nov 1945 – Living
Alan Howard 17 Oct 1941 – Living
Dave Munden 02 Dec 1943 – 15 Oct 2020 (76) Obit
Brian Poole 03 Nov 1941 – Living
Rick Westwood 07 May 1942 – Living
04/07/1963 Twist and Shout #4 Released as Brian Poole and The Tremeloes
12/09/1963 Do You Love Me #1 Released as Brian Poole and The Tremeloes
28/11/1963 I Can Dance #31 Released as Brian Poole and The Tremeloes
30/01/1964 Candy Man #6 Released as Brian Poole and The Tremeloes
07/05/1964 Someone, Someone #2 Released as Brian Poole and The Tremeloes
20/08/1964 Twelve Steps to Love #32 Released as Brian Poole and The Tremeloes
07/01/1965 The Three Bells #17 Released as Brian Poole and The Tremeloes
22/07/1965 I Want Candy #25 Released as Brian Poole and The Tremeloes
02/02/1967 Here Comes My Baby #4
27/04/1967 Silence is Golden #1
02/08/1967 Even the Bad Times are Good #4
08/11/1967 Be Mine #39
17/01/1968 Suddenly You Love Me #6
08/05/1968 Helule Helule #14
18/09/1968 My Little Lady #6
11/12/1968 I Shall be Released #29
19/03/1969 Hello World #14
01/11/1969 (Call Me) Number One #2

Updated both entries. 3 of the 4 surviving members are due to turn 80 over the next 18 months.

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And the one who isn’t turning 80 next year Chip Hawkes has battled cancer before iirc, so might be one to watch for the next few years...

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(part 3/9)

Sex Pistols
Wiki UK punk rock band from London, formed in 1975 and disbanded in 1978 with subsequent reunions in 1996, 2002–2003 and 2007–2008, regarded as one of the most groundbreaking bands in popular music history, responsible for initiating the punk movement in the UK, bassist Sid Vicious died from a heroin overdose in February 1979 after allegedly murdering his girlfriend Nancy Spungen (1958–1978), inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006 but refused to turn up and instead wrote a letter referring to the museum as a "piss stain"
Paul Cook 20 Jul 1956 – Living
Steve Jones 03 Sep 1955 – Living
Glen Matlock 27 Aug 1956 – Living
Johnny Rotten 31 Jan 1956 – Living
Sid Vicious 10 May 1957 – 02 Feb 1979 (21) NY Times obit
18/12/1976 Anarchy in the U.K. #38 Withdrawn by EMI after they dropped the group
04/06/1977 God Save the Queen #2 Rumoured to have outsold I Don't Want to Talk About it by Rod Stewart (#1 week of 11/06/1977) but that it was deliberately marked down
09/07/1977 Pretty Vacant #6
22/10/1977 Holidays in the Sun #8
08/07/1978 No One is Innocent / My Way #7 Released as Sex Pistols, Punk Prayer by Ronald Biggs / The b-side, sung by bassist Sid Vicious, is a cover of a single by Frank Sinatra
03/03/1979 Something Else / Friggin' in the Riggin' #3 A-side is a cover of a single by Eddie Cochran
07/04/1979 Silly Thing #6 Flip side was Who Killed Bambi? by Tenpole Tudor
30/06/1979 C'mon Everybody #3 Cover of a single by Eddie Cochran
13/10/1979 The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle #21 Flip side was Rock Around the Clock by Tenpole Tudor

The Shadows
Wiki UK instrumental rock band from London, backing band for Cliff Richard (1958–1968), originally called The Drifters but changed their name owing to the American group of the same name, fourth most successful act in UK chart history after Elvis Presley, The Beatles and Cliff himself, Bruce Welch and Brian Bennett both received an OBE in 2004
Brian Bennett 09 Feb 1940 – Living
John Farrar 08 Nov 1945 – Living
Alan Jones 06 Feb 1947 – Living

Hank Marvin 28 Oct 1941 – Living
Alan Tarney 19 Nov 1945 – Living

Bruce Welch 02 Nov 1941 – Living
08/03/1975 Let Me be the One #12 The UK's entry for the 1975 Eurovision Song Contest (finished 2nd)
16/12/1978 Don't Cry For Me Argentina #5 Cover of a single by Julie Covington
28/04/1979 Theme From The Deer Hunter (Cavantina) #9 Cover of a piece by Stanley Myers

Shag (aka Jonathan King) 06 Dec 1944 – Living
Wiki UK singer-songwriter and record producer from Marylebone, London, discovered and named Genesis in 1967, founded UK Records in 1972, produced songs for the Bay City Rollers and 10cc, convicted of sleeping with underage boys in the 1980s and sentenced to seven years in prison
14/10/1972 Loop Di Love #4 

Wiki American R&B and soul vocal group from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1977 and disbanded in 1991, later avtice 1996–1997 and since 1999, credited with helping to introduced body-popping to the UK
Gerald Brown 22 Aug 19?? – Living
Jeffrey Daniel 24 Aug 1955 – Living
Howard Hewett 01 Oct 1955 – Living
Jody Watley 30 Jan 1959 – Living
14/05/1977 Uptown Festival #30 Medley of hits, recorded by session musicians. It's success prompted producers to put together a "real" group.
09/12/1978 Take That to the Bank #20
24/11/1979 The Second Time Around #45

Sham 69
Wiki UK punk rock band from Hersham, Surrey, formed in 1975 and disbanded in 1980, reformed in 1988
Mark "Dodie" Cain no info available
Ricky Goldstein no info available
Dave Parsons 12 Apr 19?? – Living
Jimmy Pursey 09 Feb 1955 – Living
Dave Tregunna 28 Apr 19?? – Living
13/05/1978 Angels with Dirty Faces #19
29/07/1978 If the Kids are United #9
14/10/1978 Hurry Up Harry #10
24/03/1979 Questions and Answers #18
04/08/1979 Hersham Boys #6
27/10/1979 You're a Better Man Than I #49

The Shangri-Las
Wiki American pop girl group from New York City, New York consisting of two sets of sisters, formed in 1963 and disbanded in 1968, Mary Ann Ganser died of a drug overdose in March 1970 and her twin sister Marge died of breast cancer in July 1996
Marge Ganser 04 Feb 1948 – 28 Jul 1996 (48)
Mary Ann Ganser 04 Feb 1948 – 14 Mar 1970 (22)

Betty Weiss 27 Nov 1946 – Living
Mary Weiss 28 Dec 1948 – Living
14/10/1972 Leader of the Pack #3 Originally released in 1964
05/06/1976 Leader of the Pack (re-release) #7

The Sharonettes
Discogs UK/American vocal group, assembled by producer Simon Soussan, the "group" were in fact synthetic and Sherlie Matthews' lead vocals were added to the records without her knowledge
Patrice Holloway 23 Mar 1951 – 03 Oct 2006 (55) Mention of death
Clydie King 21 Aug 1943 – 07 Jan 2019 (75) Rolling Stone obit
Sherlie Matthews 10 Nov 1934 – Living
Paula Roussell no info available
26/04/1975 Papa Ooh Mow Mow #26 Cover of the single Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow by The Rivingtons
12/07/1975 Going to a Go-Go #46 Cover of a single by The Miracles

Rocky Sharpe and the Replays
Wiki UK doop-wop and rock and roll revival band from Brighton, East Sussex, formed in 1977 and disbanded in 1983, Rocky Sharpe and Johnny Stud were brothers in real life, Eric Rondo aka Mike Vernon is better known as a record producer and music executive – he received an MBE in 2020, Helen Highwater later became an actress and also wrote episodes of EastEnders and Heartbeat
Helen Highwater 1956 – Living
Eric Rondo (aka Mike Vernon) 20 Nov 1944 – Living
Rocky Sharpe 26 Nov 1952 – 05 Dec 2019 (67) Obit
Johnny Stud 1950 – Living
16/12/1978 Rama Lama Ding Dong #17 Cover of a single by The Edsels
24/03/1979 Imagination #39
25/08/1979 Love Will Make You Fail in School #60

Winifred Shaw 25 Feb 1907 – 02 May 1982 (75) NY Times obit
Wiki American actress, dancer and singer from San Francisco, California, better known as Wini Shaw
14/08/1976 Lullaby of Broadway #42

Gary Shearston 09 Jan 1939 – 01 Jul 2013 (74) Guardian obit
Wiki Australian folk singer-songwriter from Inverell, New South Wales, later became an Anglican priest
05/10/1974 I Get a Kick Out of You #7 Cover of a song by Ethel Merman

Sheer Elegance
Wiki UK pop and soul trio, formed in Croydon, London though by birth two members were Jamaican and the other Barbadian, appeared on the television talent show New Faces in 1975
Bev Gordon no info available
Dennis Robinson no info available
Herbie Watkins no info available
20/12/1975 Milky Way #18
03/04/1976 Life is Too Short Girl #9
24/07/1976 It's Temptation #41

Peter Shelley 1942 – Living
Wiki UK pop singer-songwriter and music executive from London, real name Peter Alexander Southworth, emigrated to Canada during the 1980s, his son John Southworth is also a noted singer, not to be confused with Buzzcocks lead singer Pete Shelley
14/09/1974 Gee Baby #4
22/03/1975 Love Me Love My Dog #3

Wiki Australian rock band from Sydney, New South Wales, formed in 1969 and disbanded in 1984 with several reunions since
Daryl Braithwaite 11 Jan 1949 – Living
Harvey James 20 Sep 1952 – 15 Jan 2011 (58) Herald Sun obit
Tony Mitchell 05 Sep 1951 – Living
Garth Porter 24 Sep 1948 – Living
Alan Sandow 28 Feb 1952 – Living
25/09/1976 Howzat #4

Bobby Sherman 22 Jul 1943 – Living
Wiki American singer-songwriter and actor, born in Santa Monica, California and raised in Van Nuys, California, regarded as a teen idol during the late 1960s and early 1970s
31/10/1970 Julie, do Ya Love Me #28

Pluto Shervington 13 Aug 1950 – Living
Wiki Jamaican reggae singer, engineer and producer from Kingston, real name Leighton Shervington, later went by the stage name of simply Pluto
07/02/1976 Dat #6
10/04/1976 Ram Goat Liver #43

Holly Sherwood c. 1953 – Living
Wiki American rock vocalist and actress
05/02/1972 Day by Day #29 Featured in the musical Godspell

Shirley & Company
Wiki American disco group, formed in 1975, Alvarez later became a pastor and released Christian music – he was later replaced in the group by singer Kenny Jeremiah, Morris, Oliver, Randle and Williams were also members of funk and disco group The Rimshots
Jason Alvarez 28 Dec 1951 – Living
Shirley Goodman 19 Jun 1936 – 05 Jul 2005 (69)

Walter Morris 24 Jul 1948 – 24 Mar 2011 (62) Obit
Clarence Oliver 07 Jan 1954 – Living
Seldon Powell 15 Nov 1928 – 25 Jan 1997 (68) Mention of death
Bernadette Randle 08 Jan 1947 – Jun 2016 (69) Obit
Jonathan Williams 29 Mar 1952 – Living
08/02/1975 Shame, Shame, Shame #6 The b-side "More Shame" is an instrumental version of the song by saxophonist Seldon Powell

Shocking Blue
Wiki Dutch rock band from The Hague, formed in 1967 and disbanded in 1974 with reunions in 1979, 1980 and 1984
Cor van der Beek 06 Jun 1948 – 02 Apr 1998 (49) FindAGrave memorial
Robbie van Leeuwen 29 Oct 1944 – Living
Mariska Veres 01 Oct 1947 – 02 Dec 2006 (59) Independent obit
Klaasje van der Wal 01 Feb 1949 – 12 Feb 2018 (69) Obit

17/01/1970 Venus #8
25/04/1970 Mighty Joe #43

Wiki UK rock and roll group from Leicester, Leicestershire, formed in 1973
Malcolm "Duke" Allured 27 Aug 1945 – Living
Dave Bartram 23 Mar 1952 – Living
Romeo Challenger 19 May 1950 – Living
Rod Deas 13 Feb 1948 – Living
Russ Field 01 Sep 1949 – Living
Buddy Gask 18 Dec 1945 – 07 Jun 2011 (65) BBC obit
Al James 13 Jan 1946 – 16 Nov 2018 (72) BBC obit
Trevor Oakes 09 Sep 1946 – Living
18/05/1974 Hey Rock and Roll #2
17/08/1974 Rock 'n' Roll Lady #15
30/11/1974 Hey Mister Christmas #13
22/02/1975 Sweet Music #14
17/05/1975 Three Steps to Heaven #2 Cover of a single by Eddie Cochran
06/09/1975 Heartbeat #7 Cover of a single by Buddy Holly
15/11/1975 Heavenly #34
29/05/1976 Trocadero #32
06/11/1976 Under the Moon of Love #1 Cover of a single by Curtis Lee
05/03/1977 When #3 Cover of a single by the Kalin Twins
23/07/1977 You Got What it Takes #2 Cover of a single by Marv Johnson
05/11/1977 Dancin' Party #4
25/03/1978 I Wonder Why #2 Cover of a single by Dion and the Belmonts
24/06/1978 A Little Bit of Soap #5 Cover of a single by The Jarmels
04/11/1978 Pretty Little Angel Eyes #5 Cover of a single by Curtis Lee
31/03/1979 Remember Then #17 Cover of a single by The Earls
28/07/1979 Sweet Little Rock 'n' Roller #15
19/11/1979 A Night at Daddy Gee's #39

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38 minutes ago, YoungWillz said:

Sheer Elegance.


See the article here: https://worldradiohistory.com/UK/Record-Mirror/70s/76/Record-Mirror-1976-01-10.pdf


2 Jamaicans and 1 Barbadian. Had been here some time. Band formed in Croydon.



FFS just look at the tonnage of shite in that week's albums chart - K-Tel cash ins and some m-o-r dirges

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Saturday Night Band.


Though I can't see it, there's a record coming up on Google Search for a Cliff Parman born March 7, 1917, d. May 3 1998. Could this be him? Link here saying he was working in Chicago in the 1940s and then Nashville. Plenty of records and songs with his name on them. http://thatsallritemama.blogspot.com/2011/07/ Seems to have been related to a Frances Parman (spouse?) and there's a record for a 92 yo living in London, Kentucky by that name.

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22 minutes ago, maryportfuncity said:



FFS just look at the tonnage of shite in that week's albums chart - K-Tel cash ins and some m-o-r dirges


It's a Christmas chart, so it's bound to be full of shite.

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7 hours ago, YoungWillz said:

Selecter – great, added!

Saturday Night Band – found this Cliff Barton on Ancestry too (full name Clifton Alton Parman) – he's the only Cliff Parman it seems so I did suspect it was him anyway. I had a look through multiple family trees and social security records. None of them mention that he was a musician. Just checked census records though. None of him living in Illinois in the 40s but there are records of him living in Tennessee in the 40s!

And as I was just about to post this, also found this. Billboard, 1947, referring to arranger Clifton Parman. 

Good enough for me. Added!

PS Why does multi quote never work for me? :(

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11 hours ago, YoungWillz said:

Thanks. I found her on Facebook using Fairfield County. Seems to be doing well and in good spirits. Went to Andrew Warde High. Found one of her yearbooks on Ancestry through that. Born c. 1953 – added.

Sheer Elegance – added the background details to their section. Sadly can't find any trace of the three of them.

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The Spencer Davis Group
Wiki UK beat and R&B group from Birmingham, lead vocalist Steve Winwood left in 1967 to form Traffic, before joining Blind Faith and then had a successful solo career, lead guitarist Davis later emigrated to the States and lived in Avalon on Santa Catalina Island, California
Spencer Davis 17 Jul 1939 – 20 Oct 2020 (81) Mirror obit
Eddie Hardin 19 Feb 1949 – 22 Jul 2015 (66) Ultimate Classic Rock obit
Phil Sawyer 08 Mar 1947 – Living
Muff Winwood 15 Jun 1943 – Living
Steve Winwood 12 May 1948 – Living
Pete York 15 Aug 1942 – Living
05/11/1964 I Can't Stand it #47
25/02/1965 Every Little Bit Hurts #41
10/06/1965 Strong Love #44
02/12/1965 Keep on Running #1
24/03/1966 Somebody Help Me #1
01/09/1966 When I Come Home #12
03/11/1966 Gimme Some Loving #2
26/01/1967 I'm a Man #9
09/08/1967 Time Seller #30
10/01/1968 Mr. Second Class #35


Superb group. Think at least half of all their hits are well known to contemporary audiences as well because of their use in popular media.

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Discogs American disco studio group, assembled in 1977 by producer Meco, Showdown was in fact an alias used by doo-wop group The Jive Five (from Brooklyn, New York City, New York) during the disco era with frontman Pitt providing lead vocals under the pseudonym Sampson
Richard Harris no info available

Sampson (aka Eugene Pitt) 06 Nov 1937 – 29 Jun 2018 (80) NY Times obit
Casey Spencer 12 Dec 1940 – Living
17/12/1977 Keep Doin' it #41
NB: Not sure how many of The Jive Five recorded on this. As per a quick Google, Pitt sung lead. Casey Spencer is often credited too and their Facebook page tends to suggest Richard Harris was on it. There may have been others. I think there were one or two female vocalists used too from listening to the track.

The Showstoppers
Wiki American soul vocal group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania consisting of two sets of brothers
Alex Burke 16 Feb 1948 – Living
Laddie Burke 31 Jul 1949 – Living
Earl Smith 1949 – Living
Timmy Smith 01 Feb 1948 – 12 May 2013 (65) FindAGrave memorial
30/01/1971 Ain't Nothing but a House Party (re-release) #33

Labi Siffre 25 Jun 1945 – Living
Wiki UK soul, jazz and funk singer-songwriter and poet from Hammersmith, London, real name Claudius Afolabi Siffre
27/11/1971 It Must be Love #14 Later popularised by Madness
25/03/1972 Crying, Laughing, Loving, Lying #11
29/07/1972 Watch Me #29

Silver Convention
Wiki West German euro disco group from Munch, originally formed in 1974 as a studio group which used session vocalists, the success of their early releases prompted producers Sylvester Levay (b. 1945) and Michael Kunze (b. 1943) to form a permanent group, disbanded in 1979
Session vocalists:
Betsy Allen c. 1945 – Living
Jackie Carter c. 1951 – Living
Roberta Kelly 23 Nov 1942 – Living
Lucy Neale 24 Jan 1948 – Living

Gitta Walther 14 Jun 1940 – 10 Oct 2014 (74) Mention of death
Jackie Carter see above
Rhonda Heath 19 Jul 1955 – Living
Penny McLean 04 Oct 1948 – Living
Linda G. Thompson 21 Sep 1948 – Living
Ramona Wulf 18 Oct 1954 – Living
05/04/1975 Save Me #30
15/11/1975 Fly, Robin, Fly #28
03/04/1976 Get Up and Boogie #7
19/06/1976 Tiger Baby / No, No, Joe #41
29/01/1977 Everybody's Talkin' 'bout Love #25
NB: The whereabouts of Betsy Allen are unknown. This suggests that she became a nun after quitting the music industry.

Dooley Silverspoon 31 Oct 1946 – Living
Discogs American singer from Lancaster, North Carolina, real name Dooley Witherspoon
31/01/1976 Let Me be the No. 1 (Love of Your Life) #44

Gene Simmons 25 Aug 1949 – Living
Wiki Israeli-born American singer-songwriter, bass guitarist, record producer and television presenter, born in Tirat Carmel, Israel before emigrating to the States aged eight where he was raised in New York City, New York, best known as frontman of heavy metal band KISS
27/01/1979 Radioactive #41

Carly Simon 25 Jun 1945 – Living
Wiki American pop rock singer-songwriter, pianist and children's author from The Bronx, New York City, New York, began her career as part of the folk duo The Simon Sisters with older sister Lucy Simon (b. 1943), inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004
16/12/1972 You're So Vain #3 Written about three men – the only one named publicly by Simon is actor Warren Beatty (b. 1937)
31/03/1973 The Right Thing to do #17
16/03/1974 Mockingbird #34 Released as Carly Simon and James Taylor
 / Cover of a single by Inez and Charlie Foxx
06/08/1977 Nobody Does it Better #7 Title theme to the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me

Joe Simon 02 Sep 1943 – Living
Wiki American soul and R&B singer-songwriter from Simmesport, Louisiana
16/06/1973 Step by Step #14

Paul Simon 13 Oct 1941 – Living
Wiki American singer-songwriter, guitarist and actor from Newark, New Jersey, best known as one half of the folk rock duo Simon and Garfunkel alongside Art Garfunkel, winner of sixteen Grammy Awards and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice (in 1990 as Simon and Garfunkel, then as a solo artist in 2001)
19/02/1972 Mother and Child Reunion #5
29/04/1972 Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard #15
16/06/1973 Take Me to the Mardi Gras #7
22/09/1973 Loves Me Like a Rock #39
10/01/1976 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover #23
03/12/1977 Slip Slidin' Away #36

Tito Simon 23 Sep 1940 – 20 Sep 2014 (73) Obit
Jamaican reggae singer and producer from Saint Mary, real name Keith George Foster
08/02/1975 This Monday Morning Feeling #45

Simon and Garfunkel
Wiki American folk rock duo from Queens, New York City, formed in 1956, one of the best selling acts of the 1960s, they won ten Grammy Awards and sold over 100 million records worldwide, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, the singers often had a volatile relationship and enjoyed time apart with successful solo careers
Art Garfunkel 05 Nov 1941 – Living
Paul Simon 13 Oct 1941 – Living
21/02/1970 Bridge Over Troubled Water #1
07/10/1972 America #25

Simple Minds
Wiki UK rock band from Glasgow, Scotland, formed in 1977, originally known as Johnny & the Self-Abusers, sold more than 60 million albums worldwide and were the most commercially successful Scottish band of the 1980s
Charlie Burchill 27 Nov 1959 – Living
Derek Forbes 22 Jun 1956 – Living
Jim Kerr 09 Jul 1959 – Living
Mick MacNeil 20 Jul 1958 – Living
Brian McGee 08 Mar 1959 – Living
12/05/1979 Life in a Day #62

Frank Sinatra 12 Dec 1915 – 14 May 1998 (82) Rolling Stone obit
Wiki American traditional pop, easy listening and jazz singer and actor from Hoboken, New Jersey, one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century having sold more than 150 million records worldwide, launched his career with Columbia Records in 1943 but as it began to stall he turned to Las Vegas in the 1950s where he joined the Rat Pack group of entertainers with the likes of Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin, Sinatra was married four times including to actresses Ava Gardner and Mia Farrow and model Barbara Marx, his daughter Nancy Sinatra is a successful pop singer, he won three Oscars, four Golden Globes, thirteen Grammy Awards and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1985
06/03/1971 I Will Drink the Wine #16
20/12/1975 I Believe I'm Gonna Love You #34

Nancy Sinatra 08 Jun 1940 – Living
Wiki American pop singer and actress from Jersey City, New Jersey, daughter of singer and actor Frank Sinatra, married to pop singer Tommy Sands between 1960 and 1965, also known for her duets with pop and country singer Lee Hazlewood
21/08/1971 Did You Ever #2 Released as Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood

Discogs American disco studio group, assembled by songwriter and producer Patrick Adams (b. 1950)
Craig Derry no info available
Venus Dodson no info available
Michael Lewis no info available
Kenny Simmons 12 Dec 1950 – Living
Richard Taninbaum Mar 1952 – Living
10/06/1978 Just Let Me do My Thing #33
NB: Plenty online about Derry and Dodson who are still quite active. Both have ties with NYC (and Dodson now lives on the U.S. Virgin Islands where I suspect she may have originated, hence why I can't find her birth record). Can't trace Michael Lewis.

Siouxsie and the Banshees
Wiki UK post-punk and alternative rock band from London, formed in 1976 and disbanded in 1996 with a brief reunion in 2002
John McKay 1957 – Living
Kenny Morris 01 Feb 1957 – Living
Steven Severin 25 Sep 1955 – Living
Siouxsie Sioux 27 May 1957 – Living
26/08/1978 Hong Kong Garden #7
31/03/1979 The Staircase (Mystery) #24
07/07/1979 Playground Twist #28
29/09/1979 Mittageisen (Metal Postcard) #47

Sister Sledge
Wiki American R&B, funk and disco vocal group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania comprising of four sisters
Debbie Sledge 09 Jul 1954 – Living

Joni Sledge 13 Sep 1956 – 10 Mar 2017 (60) Guardian obit
Kathy Sledge 06 Jan 1959 – Living
Kim Sledge 21 Aug 1957 – Living
21/06/1975 Mama Never Told Me #20
17/03/1979 He's the Greatest Dancer #6
26/05/1979 We are Family #8
11/08/1979 Lost in Music #17

Peter Skellern 14 Mar 1947 – 17 Feb 2017 (69) Guardian obit
Wiki UK easy listening and traditional pop singer-songwriter and pianist from Bury, Lancashire, wrote many pieces for television, film and stage, ordained as a deacon and priest in the Church of England shortly before his death from an inoperable brain tumour
23/09/1972 You're a Lady #3
29/03/1975 Hold on to Love #14
28/10/1978 Love is the Sweetest Thing #60 Released as Peter Skellern featuring Grimethorpe Colliery Band / Cover of a song by Ray Noble

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Silver Convention.


Pic: https://www.oocities.org/thesilverconventionstory/scbravo1.jpg From ages of other girls, suggests this from late 1975 or early 1976 - Betsy Allen 30, so born c.1945/46


Jacqueline Nemorin-Carter was and may still be resident in Balham:  https://www.192.com/atoz/people/nemorin/carter/sw12/1124143438/ so on Electoral Roll?


Edit: This from May 1975 suggests Jackie was 23 then, so born c. 1952, Mauritius. jrlart.jpghttps://www.oocities.org/thesilverconventionstory/jrlart.jpg

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2 hours ago, YoungWillz said:

Silver Convention.


Pic: https://www.oocities.org/thesilverconventionstory/scbravo1.jpg From ages of other girls, suggests this from late 1975 or early 1976 - Betsy Allen 30, so born c.1945/46


Jacqueline Nemorin-Carter was and may still be resident in Balham:  https://www.192.com/atoz/people/nemorin/carter/sw12/1124143438/ so on Electoral Roll?


Edit: This from May 1975 suggests Jackie was 23 then, so born c. 1952, Mauritius. jrlart.jpghttps://www.oocities.org/thesilverconventionstory/jrlart.jpg

Cheers, added. I've put it as c. 1951 for now. It must be at least that year or earlier because I found their marriage certificate and it's from 1967!

So either she married aged 16 or the record label trimmed a few years off her age!

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1 hour ago, YoungWillz said:



Might not be of much help but article here suggests Venus Dodson grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolina: https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/108122380/


This includes her education here: http://nebula.wsimg.com/73317d5ae4ac57be59c89fa116f2cb8d?AccessKeyId=B02E3AF3852E5EE44AB0&disposition=0&alloworigin=1

Good find but sadly turns up nothing.

According to Discogs her full name is Venus Edith Dodson. In one article she refers to herself as a native New Yorker. I think she was in reality born in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where she now lives again. It would explain why there's no record on Ancestry (U.S. and British overseas territories records are not on there annoyingly!).

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Wiki UK punk rock and new wave band from Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, formed in 1977 and disbanded in 1982, reformed in 2007–2010 and active since 2016, guitarist Adamson was later frontman of Big Country – he experienced problems with alcoholism and committed suicide in December 2001
Stuart Adamson 11 Apr 1958 – 16 Dec 2001 (43) Guardian obit
Richard Jobson 06 Oct 1960 – Living
Thomas Kellichan 1954 – Living
William Simpson 15 Aug 1957 – Living

23/09/1978 Sweet Suburbia #70
04/11/1978 The Saints are Coming #48
17/02/1979 Into the Valley #10
26/05/1979 Masquerade #14
29/09/1979 Charade #31
24/11/1979 Working For the Yankee Dollar #20

Wiki Australian rock band from Melbourne, Victoria, formed in 1973 and disbanded in 1980, with reunions in 1983, 1984, 1990 and 1994, lead vocalist Shirley Strachan died in a self-piloted helicopter crash in August 2001
Greg Macainsh 30 Dec 1950 – Living
Bob Spencer 05 Sep 1957 – Living
Bob "Bongo" Starkie 26 Jul 1952 – Living

Graeme "Shirley" Strachan 02 Jan 1952 – 29 Aug 2001 (49) FindAGrave memorial
Imants "Freddy" Strauks 21 or 25 Dec 1950 – Living
09/06/1979 Women in Uniform #73

Wiki UK hard rock and glam rock band from Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, formed in 1966, originally called The 'N Betweens, sold over 50 million records worldwide with their signature song Merry Xmas Everybody selling in excess of one million copies alone, frontman Noddy Holder was awarded an MBE in 2000
Dave Hill 04 Apr 1946 – Living
Noddy Holder 15 Jun 1946 – Living
Jim Lea 14 Jun 1949 – Living
Don Powell 10 Sep 1946 – Living
19/06/1971 Get Down and Get with it #16
30/10/1971 Coz I Luv You #1
05/02/1972 Look Wot You Dun #4
03/06/1972 Take Me Bak 'ome #1
02/09/1972 Mama Weer All Crazee Now #1
25/11/1972 Gudbuy T' Jane #2
03/03/1973 Cum on Feel the Noize #1
30/06/1973 Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me #1 The first artist to have consecutive releases enter the charts at #1
06/10/1973 My Friend Stan #2
15/12/1973 Merry Xmas Everybody #1
06/04/1974 Everyday #3
06/07/1974 The Bangin' Man #3
19/10/1974 Far Far Away #2
15/02/1975 How Does it Feel #15
17/05/1975 Thanks For the Memory (Wham Bam Thank You Mam) #7
22/11/1975 In For a Penny #11
07/02/1976 Let's Call it Quits #11
05/02/1977 Gypsy Roadhog #48
29/10/1977 My Baby Left Me – That's All Right (Medley) #32 Covers of singles by Arthur Crudup and Elvis Presley, respectively / Released as a tribute to Elvis Presley following his death in August 1977

Discogs American disco studio supergroup, assembled by Larry James and his wife Doris James, the group consisted of vocalists Benson, Benton and Ingram (collectively known as The Sweethearts of Sigma) with backing from funk group Ingram (who were all real life siblings) and R&B and funk group Fat Larry's Band
Carla Benson 16 Oct 1953 – Living
Evette Benton 12 Dec 1952 – Living

Barbara Ingram 09 Feb 1947 – 20 Oct 1994 (47) FindAGrave memorial
Butch Ingram 11 Jun 1948 – Living
Jimmy Ingram no info available
John Ingram 02 Feb 1956 – Living
Timmy Ingram 21 Sep 1958 – Living
William Ingram 30 Jun 19?? – Living

Doris James Jun 1945 – 25 Jan 2006 (60) Mention of death
"Fat" Larry James 02 Aug 1949 – 05 Dec 1987 (38) FindAGrave memorial
Larry LaBes no info available
Tony Middleton 
no info available

16/06/1979 Space Bass #16
15/09/1979 Sexy Cream #47 Banned from radio play in the UK
NB: This summary is pretty useful. The Collins Complete UK Hit Singles book says that Brandi Wells (1955–2003) sung lead vocals, as do many other places online. She isn't credited on the album and it seems that this mix up has arisen because she performed as part of Slick both before and after the release of the above records.
NB2: God knows what I'm doing wrong because I can't find the Ingram brothers on Ancestry even though their first, middle and last names are given on Discogs. I can find records of their sister and their parents oddly...

Wiki UK pop rock group from Glasgow, Scotland, 
frontman Midge Ure was also a member of Rich Kids, Visage, Ultravox and briefly Thin Lizzy (touring only), he also enjoyed a successful solo career and co-wrote "Do They Know it's Christmas?" by Band Aid – in 2005 he was awarded an OBE
Kenny Hyslop 14 Feb 1951 – Living
Jim McGinlay 09 Mar 1949 – Living
Billy McIsaac 21 Jul 1949 – Living
Midge Ure 10 Oct 1953 – Living
17/01/1976 Forever and Ever #1
08/05/1976 Requiem #24

The Slits
Wiki UK punk rock and post-punk band from London, formed in 1976 and disbanded in 1982 with a reunion between 2005 and 2010, drummer Budgie was also a member of Siouxsie and the Banshees

Viv Albertine 01 Dec 1954 – Living
Budgie 21 Aug 1957 – Living
Tessa Pollitt 01 Jan 1959 – Living

Ari Up 17 Jan 1962 – 20 Oct 2010 (48) Guardian obit
13/10/1979 Typical Girls / I Heard it Through the Grapevine #60 B-side is a cover of a single by Marvin Gaye

Sly and the Family Stone
Wiki American funk rock group from San Francisco, California, Sly, Freddie and Rose are siblings, first major American group to have a racially integrated male female lineup, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993
Greg Errico 01 Sep 1948 – Living
Gerry Gibson no info available

Larry Graham 14 Aug 1946 – Living
Jerry Martini 01 Oct 1942 – Living
Mary McCreary 08 Feb 1951 – Living
Elva Mouton 19 Jan 1951 – Living

Cynthia Robinson 12 Jan 1944 – 23 Nov 2015 (71) Telegraph obit
Freddie Stone 05 Jun 1947 – Living
Rose Stone 21 Mar 1945 – Living
Sly Stone 15 Mar 1943 – Living
Vet Stone 02 May 1950 – Living

08/01/1972 Family Affair #15
15/04/1972 Runnin' Away #17
NB: I'm not sure of the drummer on these tracks. Original drummer Greg Errico and his replacement are both credited on the accompanying album (Errico left the group in early 1971 during its production).

Small Faces
Wiki UK rock band from London, formed in 1965 and disbanded in 1969, one of the most influential mod groups of the 1960s, Steve Marriott left to form Humble Pie and the remaining members became the band Faces, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, Marriott died in a house fire in April 1991
Kenney Jones 16 Sep 1948 – Living
Ronnie Lane 01 Apr 1946 – 04 Jun 1997 (51) Independent obit
Steve Marriott 30 Jan 1947 – 20 Apr 1991 (44) NY Times obit
Ian McLagan 12 May 1945 – 03 Dec 2014 (69) Guardian obit

13/12/1975 Itchycoo Park (re-release) #9
20/03/1976 Lazy Sunday (re-release) #39

Hurricane Smith
22 Feb 1923 – 03 Mar 2008 (85) Guardian obit
Wiki UK record producer, engineer and singer from Edmonton, London, real name Norman Smith, worked as the engineer on all of the EMI recordings of The Beatles until 1965 and produced the early albums of Pink Floyd
12/06/1971 Don't Let it Die #2
29/04/1972 Oh Babe, What Would You Say? #4
02/09/1972 Who was it? #23

O. C. Smith 21 Jun 1932 – 23 Nov 2001 (69) Guardian obit
Wiki American soul and R&B singer, born in Mansfield Louisiana and raised in Los Angeles, California

26/03/1977 Together #25

Patti Smith Group
Wiki (Smith) American rock band from New York City, New York, formed in 1974 and disbanded in 1979, lead singer Patti Smith was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007 as a solo artist
Bruce Brody 11 Dec 1948 – Living
Jay Dee Daugherty 22 Mar 1952 – Living
Lenny Kaye 27 Dec 1946 – Living

Ivan Kral 12 May 1948 – 02 Feb 2020 (71) NME obit
Patti Smith 30 Dec 1946 – Living
Richard Sohl 26 May 1953 – 03 Jun 1990 (37) Mention of death
29/04/1978 Because the Night #5
19/08/1978 Privilege (Set Me Free) #72
02/06/1979 Frederick #63

Wiki UK rock band from Bradford, Yorkshire, formed in 1964, experienced a revival in fame during the 1990s after duetting with controversial northern comedian Roy Chubby Brown
Chris Norman 25 Oct 1950 – Living
Alan Silson 21 Jun 1951 – Living
Pete Spencer 13 Oct 1948 – Living
Terry Uttley 09 Jun 1951 – Living
19/07/1975 If You Think You Know How to Love Me #3 Released as Smokey
04/10/1975 Don't Play Your Rock 'n' Roll to Me #8 Released as Smokey
31/01/1976 Something's Been Making Me Blue #17
25/09/1976 I'll Meet You at Midnight #11
04/12/1976 Living Next Door to Alice #5
19/03/1977 Lay Back in the Arms of Someone #12
16/07/1977 It's Your Life #5
15/10/1977 Needles and Pins #10
28/01/1978 For a Few Dollars More #17
20/05/1978 Oh Carol #5
23/09/1978 Mexican Girl #19

The Smurfs
Discogs Dutch novelty act, assembled by Pierre Kartner and centred around the popularity of the comic and television series of characters
Father Abraham (aka Pierre Kartner) 11 Apr 1935 – Living
03/06/1978 The Smurf Song #2 Released as Father Abraham and The Smurfs
30/09/1978 Dippety Day #13 Released as Father Abraham and The Smurfs
02/12/1978 Christmas in Smurfland #19
NB: Can't seem to find who provided the voices of The Smurfs. Not too sure I want to know either.

Sniff 'n' the Tears
Wiki UK rock band from London, formed in 1977 and disbanded in 1983, reformed and active since 1992, Driver's Seat was a big hit in many countries but a problem at EMI's pressing planet meant that the single was scarcely available following their appearance on Top of the Pops
Chris Birkin no info available

Mick Dyche 04 Oct 1951 – 21 Dec 2018 (67) Obit
Alan Fealdman no info available
Noel McCalla 04 Nov 1956 – Living

Keith Miller 15 Apr 1947 – 17 May 2005 (58) Guardian obit
Loz Netto 1953 – Living
Paul Roberts 1948 – Living
Luigi Salvoni no info available
23/06/1979 Driver's Seat #42
NB: In the GRO, there are only two people called Luigi Salvoni. One born in 1948, the other in 1953. Both born in Islington, which is unhelpful.

Phoebe Snow
17 Jul 1950 – 26 Apr 2011 (60) Guardian obit
Wiki American singer-songwriter and guitarist from New York City, New York, real name Phoebe Ann Laub
06/01/1979 Every Night #37

Gino Soccio 09 Sep 1955 – Living
Wiki Canadian disco record producer and keyboardist from Verdun, Quebec
28/04/1979 Dancer #46

Sonny and Cher
Wiki American husband and wife rock duo who met in a Los Angeles coffee shop in November 1962, started their career in the mid-1960s as R&B backing singers for record producer Phil Spector, the couple later split, Sonny became a Republican politician and was elected as a Congressman in California but died in January 1998 from a skiing accident, Cher enjoyed a hugely successful solo career
Cher 20 May 1946 – Living
Sonny 16 Feb 1935 – 05 Jan 1998 (62) 
NY Times obit

15/01/1972 All I Ever Need is You #8

David Soul 28 Aug 1943 – Living
Wiki American/UK actor and singer from Chicago, Illinois, known for his role of Detective Kenneth "Hutch" Hutchinson in television action series Starsky & Hutch (1975–1979), later emigrated to the UK and became a citizen in 2004
18/12/1976 Don't Give Up on Us #1
26/03/1977 Going in with My Eyes Open #2
27/08/1977 Silver Lady #1
17/12/1977 Let's Have a Quiet Night in #8
27/05/1978 It Sure Brings Out the Love in Your Eyes #12

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Into the Valley a tune. Sky used to use it for ad breaks during the football. Big Country were an amazing band and you can hear their sound starting to form here.

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2 minutes ago, msc said:

Into the Valley a tune. Sky used to use it for ad breaks during the football. Big Country were an amazing band and you can hear their sound starting to form here.


Bruce Watson of Big Country and his son Jamie usually play with The Skids now as well.


Following on from the recent discussion about musicians' subsequent or supplementary careers, I knew Tom Kellichan of The Skids a few years back as he was living nearby for a few months.  At that time he and his lady had a temporary job as painters/decorators doing up a house locally.  Before that he had been a coach driver for Parks of Hamilton.  They were waiting to complete the purchase of a music bar in Tenerife.  I don't know if they're still there as we didn't stay in contact.

Funny thing, last year we went to see The Skids and were in the front row, and at the end the drummer came over and gave me the drumsticks.  Little did he guess that I was acquainted with his predecessor :D

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