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The Casuals

May 18, 2016
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The original Casuals (formed in 1961) were from Lincoln in the U.K. and included John Tebb,  Howard Newcombe, Don Fortune and Zenon Kowalski.  There were several line-up changes along the way and by the time they cut their hit records, Alan “Pug” Taylor and Bob O’Brien had both signed up replacing Tebb and Newcombe – forming the group we see on the U.S. long shown below.

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It took them a long time, but the group landed a few singles on the British charts with their big one “Jesamine” landing in the #2 spot and their follow-up “Toy” topping at #28, both in 1968 on the British Decca label.  “Toy” would be their final flirtation with a hit record.  Decca held onto the group up until 1971 before dropping them.

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The Casuals moved to Parlophone and then to Dawn but experienced no further success, and finally called it quits in 1975 after a 14-year run.

I located this U.S. LP recently.  It is one of the few remaining long plays from the British Invasion era that I did not own (up until now).  The Mainstream Record Label apparently felt the need to place the “British” qualifier on their name probably due to the presence of other U.S. Casual groups.

BRITISH CASUALS (1) BRITISH CASUALS (2)

BRITISH CASUALS - MAINSTREAM BRITISH CASUALS - MAINSTREAM_0001

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