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The British Invasion: February 19th, 1966

September 18, 2012
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An inconspicuous beginning for Spencer Davis Group…

….with their Atco release of “Keep on Running” – one of two Atco releases for the group – This one peaked out at number 76.  The composition was later released by United Artists on UA 0115 a re-release b/w “Gimme Some Lovin” in 1973.  The original group (formed around 1963) included Spencer Davis (guitar), Peter York (drums), Muff Winwood (bass) and brother Steve Winwood (keyboards and great vocals).  The Winwoods were formerly with the Muff Winwood Jazz Band.  Peter York went on to form Hardin & York.  And Steve just plain went on and on (Blind Faith, Traffic, Ginger Baker’s Air Force and more).  Drummer Nigel Olson (Plastic Penny and later Elton John Band) would pass through the group with many others including Eddie Hardin, and Phil Sawyer (The Cheynes, Shotgun Express, and Fleur de Lys).

Back Beat A to Z: The Abdabs

The Abdabs

Formed in early 1960’s as Sigma Six, then the T-Set, The Screaming Abdabs and then the  Abdabs – & eventually morphed into  Pink Floyd – Members included at one time or another:

Rick Wright – Keyboards Formerly with The Sigma 6 (64) – Pink Floyd
Roger Waters – Bass Formerly with Geoff Mott & The Mottoes (62); then The Sigma 6 (64); next Leonard’s Lodgers (64)  Pink Floyd
Nick Mason – Drums Formerly with  Leonard’s Lodgers (64)
Syd Barrett – Guitar Formerly with The Hollerin’ Blues (62); then with Geoff Mott & The Mottoes (62); next Those Without (63); next Leonard’s Lodgers (64);  Departed 1968 – Pink Floyd – ; Later on with The Stars (72)
Bob Klose – Guitar Formerly with Blues Anonymous (61);  next Leonard’s Lodgers (64); Departed 1965
Chris Dennis – Vocals Formerly with The Redcaps; departed 1965
Dave Gilmour – Guitar Arrived 1968; formerly with The Newcomers (61); then to The Ramblers (63); next The Joker’s Wild (63-67); then Bullitt (67) – Pink Floyd

The British Invasion on the Hot 100 – February 19th, 1966

(from Billboard Magazine)

(Lou Christie – Lightning Strikes – #1 )

Number 13 – We Can Work it Out – The Beatles (down from #5)

Number 17 – A Well Respected Man (down from #13)

Number 18 – Michelle – David & Jonathan (2nd week at #18)

Number 24 – At the Scene – Dave Clark Five (up from #43)

February 19th, 1966 Hot 100 Invasion Debuts

Number 41 – Listen People – Herman’s Hermits (peaks at #3)

Number 93 – This Golden Ring – The Fortunes

“Bubbling Under” the Hot 100

Number 121 – Stop! – The Moody Blues

Number 130 – Keep on Runnin’ – The Spencer Davis Group

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