RARE BEAT - GARAGE ROCK AND PSYCHEDELIC
VANITY FARE
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A Band formed in Kent in 1966, originally calling themselves The Avengers. They played local clubs and were spotted by entrepreneur Roger Easterby who became their manager and producer. Having changed the name of the band to Vanity Fare after the novel Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray, they signed to Page One Records. Vanity Fare achieved a UK hit single with their first release, a cover of "I Live For The Sun" (originally recorded by The Sunrays in 1965) in the summer of 1968. They released their biggest UK hit "Early in the Morning", written by Mike Leander and Eddie Seago. It reached number 8 in the UK in August 1969 and number 12 in the US in early 1970. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. For their next release "Hitchin' A Ride" they added keyboardist Barry Landemen to the group. "Hitchin' A Ride", written by Peter Callander and Mitch Murray, gave them a second million-selling hit. This also received a gold disc awarded by the Recording Industry Association of America. During the 60's they used to drive around in a ford transit van, painted Psychedelic with the band name Vanity Fare on the side. Following the mid 1970s, and amid many band member changes, the group recorded only sporadically. In 1986, the band attempted to represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest, finishing third in the UK heat of A Song for Europe, with the song "Dreamer". They are still together today with a line-up of Hagley, Wheeler, Ellen and Steve Oakman. In his spare time, founder Trevor Brice sings second tenor with the City of Bath Male Choir, who reached the final of BBC One's Last Choir Standing. His son, Sebastian Brice, is part of the alt/rock band Avius.

MEMBERS:

Trevor Brice replaced by Kevin Thompson replaced by Jimmy Cassidy replaced by Steve Oakman - Vocals
Tony Goulden replaced by Eddie Wheeler - Guitar
Barry Landeman replaced by Phil Kitto - Keyboards
Tony Jarrett replaced by Bernie Hagley - Bass and Guitar
Dick Allix replaced by Mark Ellen - Drums

BEST LINK:

Vanity Fare official website



B. J. Thomas: Raindrops / Vanity Fare: Early In The Morning
Stevie Wonder: Yester-One, Yester-You, Yesterday / Peter, Paul And Mary: Leaving On A Jet Plane
Malaysia
Jarguare JEP 1020
Value: 40

Better By Far
Rock 'n' Roll Band
Holland
DJM 6102 308
Value: 15

Carolina's Coming Home
On Your Own
Germany
Page One 14736 AT
Value: 20

Carolina's Coming Home
On Your Own
Norway
Fontana POF 180
Value: 15

CCR: Lookin' Out My Back Door / Long As I Can See The Light
Blood, Sweat And Tears: Hi-De-Ho / Vanity Fare: Summer Morning
Thailand
TK Records TK-424
Value: 25

CCR: Travelin' Band / Who'll Stop The Rain
Vanity Fare: Hitchin' A Ride / Tommy James: Gotta Get Back To You
Thailand
Golden Records G.R. 371
Value: 25

Come Tomorrow
Megowd Something Tells Me
Belgium
Page One S.141
Value: 25

Come Tomorrow
Megowd Something Tells Me
Germany
Page One 14584 AT
Value: 25

Come Tomorrow
Megowd Something Tells Me
Holland
Page One POF 170
Value: 20

Daniel Boone: Annabelle / Roxy Music: Virginia Plane
The Sweet: Wig Wam Bam / Vanity Fare: I'm In Love With The World
Thailand
IT 009
Value: 25

Early In The Morning
You Made Me Love You
Belgium
Page One POF 142
Value: 15

Early In The Morning
You Made Me Love You
France
Fontana 260 244 MF
Value: 15

Early In The Morning
You Made Me Love You
Germany
Page One 14410 AT
Value: 15

Early In The Morning
You Made Me Love You
Holland
Page One POF 142
Value: 10

Early In The Morning
You Made Me Love You
Italy
Page One POF 11001
Value: 20

Early In The Morning
Highway Of Dreams
Japan
Philips SFL-1238
Value: 30

Early In The Morning
You Made Me Love You
Madagascar
Fontana 260 244 IE
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Early In The Morning
You Made Me Love You
Norway
Page One POF 142
Value: 20

Early In The Morning
You Made Me Love You
Spain
Movie Play SN-20.260
Value: 15

Early In The Morning
You Made Me Love You
Sweden
Page One POF 142
Value: 15

Early In The Morning / You Made Me Love You
Hitchin' A Ride / Man Child
Australia
Page One PGX 11.701
Value: 35

Early In The Morning / You Made Me Love You
I Live For The Sun / On The Other Side Of Life
Mexico
Fermata DE 77-14
Value: 20

Early In The Morning / You Made Me Love You
Hitchin' A Ride / Man Child
New Zealand
Page One PGX 11.701
Value: 35

Highway Of Dreams
Waiting For The Nightfall
France
Fontana 260 213 MF
Value: 15

Highway Of Dreams
Waiting For The Nightfall
Germany
Hansa 14266 AT
Value: 15

Highway Of Dreams
Waiting For The Nightfall
Holland
Page One POF 117
Value: 10

Highway Of Dreams
Waiting For The Nightfall
Spain
Sono Play SN-20.197
Value: 15

Hitchin' A Ride
Man Child
France
Page One 17551
Value: 15

Hitchin' A Ride
Early In The Morning
Germany
DJM 12673 AT
Value: 5
REISSUE

Hitchin' A Ride
Early In The Morning
Germany
DJM 13953 AT
Value: 5
REISSUE

Hitchin' A Ride
Man Child
Germany
Page One 14472 AT
Value: 10

Hitchin' A Ride
Man Child
Holland
Page One POF 158
Value: 15

Hitchin' A Ride
Man Child
Italy
Page One POF 11005
Value: 20

Hitchin' A Ride
Man Child
Japan
Page One XR-2658
Value: 20

Hitchin' A Ride
Man Child
Norway
Page One POF 158
Value: 20

Hitchin' A Ride
Man Child
Spain
Movie Play SN-20.331
Value: 10

Hitchin' A Ride / Music, Music, Music
Hey Baby / Man Child
Mexico
Fermata DE 77-17
Value: 20

I Live For The Sun
On The Other Side Of Life
Belgium
Page One POF 075
Value: 15

I Live For The Sun
On The Other Side Of Life
France
Fontana 260 175 MF
Value: 20

I Live For The Sun
On The Other Side Of Life
Germany
Hansa 14092 AT
Value: 15

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