RARE BEAT - GARAGE ROCK AND PSYCHEDELIC
THE ALAN BOWN SET
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Alan Bown was a trumpet player who organized a series of bands in the 1960s that got good reviews and attracted healthy live audiences instead of making hits for the mainstream. Bown's main interests were jazz and American rhythm & blues. His first group made it to the performing mecca of Hamburg, Germany, playing at venues such as the Star-Club and crossing paths with the Beatles, Tony Sheridan, etc. He formed the Alan Bown Set in 1964. They built up a reputation for exciting live shows and then headed for London, where their resourcefulness at filling their repertoire with obscure but worthwhile American R&B and soul numbers. In 1965, the Alan Bown Set were discovered by bassist turned producer Tony Reeves and signed to Pye Records. The group continued to succeed as a club band, and by the second half of 1965 had become a top attraction at the Marquee in London. Their recognition was such that they began getting offers to play all across England. After a few releases failed to chart, Pye finally hit upon the notion of simply recording a live set by the group, which was released as London Swings: Live at the Marquee Club. That LP is now considered one of the most important and essential ever released by Pye Records. From late 1967 the group go through a complete transformation, into a psychedelic band known simply as the Alan Bown, which was signed to the Deram label. With Robert Palmer on vocals, they finally enjoyed a minor hit single with "Still as Stone". Palmer left to join Dada and Vinegar Joe. The Alan Bown called it quits in 1971, with Bown himself becoming a member of Jonesy. Gordon Neville was later a part of Elton John's backing band. Mel Collins went on to work with King Crimson and Alexis Korner, as well as (seemingly) almost everyone else in British music over the next few decades.

MEMBERS:

Alan Bown - Trumpet
Jeff Bannister, Jess Roden took over Vocals - Keyboards and Vocals
Dave Green replaced by John Helliwell (later Supertramp) replaced by Mel Collins - Sax, Clarinet and Flute
Pete Burgess replaced by Tony Catchpole - Guitar
Stan Haldane replaced by Andy Brown - Bass and Vocals
Vic Sweeney - Drums
Robert Palmer from 1967 replaced by Gordon Neville - Vocals

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