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The Tremeloes

When UK chart-toppers Brian Poole And The Tremeloes parted company in 1966, few would have wagered that the backing group would outdo the lead singer. Remarkably, however, the relaunched Tremeloes went on to eclipse not only Poole, but the original hitmaking act. At the time of their reconvening in 1966, the lineup was comprised of Rick West (b. Richard Westwood, 7 May 1943, Dagenham, Essex, England; guitar), Alan Blakley (b. 1 April 1942, Dagenham, Essex, England, d. 1995; rhythm guitar), Dave Munden (b. 2 December 1943, Dagenham, Essex, England; drums) and Alan Howard (b. 17 October 1941, Dagenham, Essex, England; bass). In May of 1966 Howard was replaced by Mike Clark; however, a mere three months later his spot was taken by Len ‘Chip’ Hawkes (b. 2 November 1946, London, England), whose lead vocals and boyish looks gave the group a stronger visual identity. In order to keep up with the times, the group members abandoned their stage suits in favour of Carnaby Street garb and fashionably longer hair. Their second-generation debut for Decca Records was a cover of Paul Simon’s ‘Blessed’, which proved unsuccessful. Seeking more commercial material, they moved to CBS Records and covered ‘Good Day Sunshine’ from the Beatles’ Revolver. In spite of radio play, it too failed to chart, but their third release ‘Here Comes My Baby’ (a Cat Stevens composition) smashed into the Top 20 on both sides of the Atlantic.



An astute follow-up with ‘Silence Is Golden’, previously the flip side of the Four Seasons’ ‘Rag Doll’, proved a perfect vehicle for the Tremeloes’ soft harmonic style and gave them their only UK number 1 and their highest US chart entry (number 11). Having established themselves as a hit act, they notched up an impressive run of hits during the late 60s including ‘Even The Bad Times Are Good’, ‘Suddenly You Love Me’, ‘Helule Helule’ and ‘My Little Lady’. At the end of the decade, the Tremeloes seemed weary of their role in the pop world and broke away from their usual Tin Pan Alley songsmiths to write their own material. Their first attempt, ‘(Call Me) Number One’, was an impressive achievement, probably superior to the material that they had recorded since 1967. When it reached number 2 in the charts, the group members convinced themselves that a more ambitious approach would bring even greater rewards. Overreacting to their dream start as hit writers, they announced that they were ‘going heavy’ and suicidally alienated their pop audience by dismissing their earlier record-buying fans as ‘morons’.



Their brief progressive phase was encapsulated in the album Master, which won no new fans but provided a final Top 20 single, ‘Me And My Life’. Thereafter, they turned increasingly to cabaret, where their strong live performances were well appreciated. In 1974 Chip Hawkes went to Nashville, USA, to pursue an ultimately unsuccessful solo career (his son Chesney Hawkes would enjoy a brief moment in the spotlight in the late 80s). Blakley left the following January, and Aaron Woolley and Bob Benham were brought in as replacements. The Tremeloes continued to record on an occasional basis, with albums being released by DJM Records and their old label CBS. They were still active in the new millennium, with Munden and West joined by Joe Gillingham (keyboards/vocals) and Davey Freyer (bass/vocals). In September 2006 Poole and the band reunited after 40 years for a tour of the UK. The latest version of the Tremeloes featured Munden, Hawkes, West and newer members Gillingham and Jeff Brown.
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Selected Discography

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Track List: British Invasion Gold

Disc 1

1. Ain't She Sweet

2. Bad To Me

3. I'm Telling You Now

4. I Think Of You

5. Needles And Pins

7. Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying

8. Wishin' & Hopin'

9. She's Not There

10. A Summer Song

11. Ferry Across The Mersey

12. Yeh Yeh

13. Game Of Love

14. It's Not Unusual

15. You've Got Your Troubles

16. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away

Disc 2

1. A Groovy Kind Of Love

2. The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)

3. Sorrow

4. Wild Thing

5. Bus Stop

6. Sunshine Superman

7. See See Rider

8. Gimme Some Lovin'

9. Happy Jack

10. Georgy Girl

11. Pamela, Pamela

12. Here Comes My Baby

13. A Whiter Shade Of Pale

14. To Sir With Love

15. Love Is All Around

16. The First Cut Is The Deepest

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Track List: British Rock On Tour

1. Ferry Cross The Mersey

2. Trains And Boats And Planes

3. Tobacco Road

4. You've Never Been In Love Like This Before

6. Mirror Mirror

7. The Pied Piper

8. Baby Now That I've Found You

9. Silence Is Golden

10. Night Of Fear

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Track List: Haunted: Psychedelic Pstones, Vol. 2

2. Yellow Rainbow

3. Real Life Permanent Dream

4. Kaleidoscope

6. Suddenly Winter

8. Wicked Annabella

9. Spinning Wheel

10. Crazy Dreams

12. Auntie Nellie

14. The Flying Machine

15. Colour Sergeant Lillywhite

16. Only George

18. She's A Rainbow

21. Roundabout

24. Country Life

27. Phenomenal Cat

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Track List: Party Party

Disc 1

1. Let's Have A Party

2. Baby Come Back

4. Don't Ha Ha

5. Shout

6. Sha La La La Lee

7. Mony Mony

8. Judy In Disguise

10. Do Wah Diddy Diddy

11. The Loco-Motion

14. Shotgun Wedding

15. Yesterday Man

16. Black Is Black

20. Red River Rock

Disc 2

1. Good Times

2. That's Nice

4. Denis

5. Have I The Right

6. In The Summertime

7. Ya Ya

8. Balla Balla

9. The Wanderer

10. Hippy Hippy Shake

11. Twist And Shout

15. Dancing In The Street

16. Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'

17. Simon Says

19. Glass Of Champagne

20. Yummy Yummy

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Track List: Pirate Radio: Motion Picture Soundtrack

Disc 1

1. Stay With Me Baby

3. Elenore

4. Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)

5. Dancing In The Street

6. Wouldn't It Be Nice

7. Ooo Baby Baby

8. This Guy's In Love With You

9. Hi Ho Silver Lining

10. I Can See For Miles

11. With A Girl Like You

12. I'm Alive

13. Yesterday Man

14. I've Been A Bad Bad Boy

15. Silence Is Golden

Disc 2

1. Friday On My Mind

2. My Generation

3. I Feel Free

4. The Wind Cries Mary

5. A Whiter Shade Of Pale

6. These Arms Of Mine

8. Cleo's Mood

9. She'd Rather Be With Me

10. 98.6

11. Sunny Afternoon

12. Father And Son

13. Nights In White Satin

14. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me

15. Stay With Me

17. Let's Dance

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Track List: Rewind The Sixties

1. Delaware

2. My Old Man's A Dustman

4. Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen

5. Sailor

6. Midnight In Moscow

7. Warpaint

8. On The Rebound

9. (Dance With The) Guitar Man

10. Sweets For My Sweet

11. Holy Cow

12. Summer In The City

13. Distant Drums

14. Silence Is Golden

15. Baby, Now That I've Found You

16. Israelites

17. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

18. Yummy, Yummy, Yummy

19. I'm Gonna Make You Mine

20. To Love Somebody

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Track List: Seventies Ecco Edition Vol.2

1. Pretty Belinda

2. Yellow River

3. (Call Me) Number One

4. The Witch

5. Ma Belle Amie

6. Y.M.C.A.

7. Under The Moon Of Love

8. Dizzy

9. Sugar Baby Love

10. River Lady

12. Rock Your Baby

13. Ruby Tuesday

14. Rose Garden

15. Beautiful Sunday

16. When

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Track List: Sounds Of The Seventies

Disc 1

2. Young, Gifted And Black

3. Indian Reservation

4. In The Summertime

5. Lola

6. Rainbow

7. Give Me Just A Little More Time

8. You Can Get It If You Really Want

9. Me And My Life

10. Band Of Gold

11. Double Barrel

12. Banner Man

13. Black & White

14. Let Your Yeah Be Yeah

15. The Devil's Answer

16. Mouldy Old Dough

17. Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron

18. Dancing On A Saturday Night

19. The Man Who Sold The World

21. Kung Fu Fighting

22. Sad Sweet Dreamer

23. Everything I Own

24. Streets Of London

Disc 2

3. Girls

6. Oh What A Shame

7. I Believe In Father Christmas

8. You To Me Are Everything

9. In Zaire

10. Now Is The Time

12. Fanfare For The Common Man

13. Egyptian Reggae

14. Uptown Top Ranking

15. It's A Heartache

16. Matchstalk Men & Matchstalk Cats & Dogs

17. Jilted John

18. Knock On Wood

19. Hersham Boys

20. Love's Gotta Hold On Me

21. One Day At A Time

22. Rapper's Delight

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Track List: Swinging In The 60s Vol.2

Disc 1

1. For Your Love

2. Flash

3. Out Of Time

4. The First Cut Is The Deepest

5. Lovers Of The World Unite

6. You Really Got Me

7. Take A Heart

8. Puppet On A String

9. Downtown

10. Dear Mrs. Applebee

11. Poor Man's Son

12. Even The Bad Times Are Good

13. Needles And Pins

14. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

15. Have I The Right

16. Sha La La La Lee

17. Ain't She Sweet

18. You Were On My Mind

19. Hitchin' A Ride

20. Yesterday Man

Disc 2

1. England Swings

2. That's Nice

3. Friday On My Mind

6. Blackberry Way

7. A Whiter Shade Of Pale

8. Winchester Cathedral

10. I Can't Let Maggie Go

11. Everything I Am

12. Leader Of The Pack

13. Will You Love Me Tomorrow

14. Telstar

15. Happy Together

16. My Friend Jack

17. Cool Jerk

18. Substitute

19. Sympathy

20. Baby Come Back

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Track List: The 70's Album

Disc 1

1. Give Me Just A Little More Time

2. Can't Get By Without You

3. Indian Reservation

4. The Man Who Sold The World

5. Shooting Star

6. Everything I Own

7. Dolly My Love

8. Sunshine Day

10. Love Of The Common People

11. After The Goldrush

15. Knock On Wood

16. Brandy

17. I'll Go Where Your Music Takes Me

18. Fanfare For The Common Man

Disc 2

1. Band Of Gold

2. Lost In France

3. Where Did Our Love Go

5. Uptown Top Ranking

6. Banner Man

8. Alright, Alright, Alright

9. In My Chair

10. If I Had You

11. Kung Fu Fighting

13. Uptown Festival

14. I'm Doin' Fine Now

15. Double Barrel

16. Run For Home

17. Dancin' On A Saturday Night

18. Me And My Life

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Track List: The British Are Coming Vol.1

Disc 1

1. You Really Got Me

2. Love Potion Number Nine

3. Catch The Wind

4. In The Summertime

5. Pictures Of Matchstick Men

6. Tossing And Turning

7. Here Comes My Baby

8. He's In Town

9. Baby Now That I've Found You

10. I Dig Everything

11. Reflections Of My Life

12. Sugar And Spice

13. Silence Is Golden

14. Take A Heart

15. Colours

16. A Well Respected Man

17. I Put A Spell On You

18. Telstar

Disc 2

1. Wild Thing

2. Needles And Pins

3. All Day And All Of The Night

4. Bus Stop

5. For Your Love

6. A Groovy Kind Of Love

7. How Do You Do It

8. She's Not There

9. I See The Rain

10. I Can Hear The Grass Grow

11. Sunny Afternoon

12. Build Me Up Buttercup

13. Don't Throw Your Love Away

14. Even The Bad Times Are Good

15. Funny How Love Can Be

16. Ice In The Sun

17. Universal Soldier

18. You Said

Disc 3

1. Til The End Of The Day

4. Heart Full Of Soul

5. When You Walk In The Room

6. Tell Her No

7. Rainbow

8. Tobacco Road

11. Back On My Feet Again

12. I Can't Let Maggie Go

13. The House That Jack Built

14. Dedicated Follower Of Fashion

15. My Friend Jack

16. What Have They Done To The Rain

17. Suddenly You Love Me

18. Ice Cream Man

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Track List: The Sound Of Summer Vol.2

1. Here It Comes Again

2. Summer In The City

3. Surf City

4. Rock Your Baby

5. This Land Is Your Land

6. La Bamba

7. Elenore

8. Let's Dance

9. Leader Of The Pack

10. Da Doo Ron Ron

11. Everlasting Love

12. Those Were The Days

15. Silence Is Golden

16. Surfer Girl

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Track List: Under The Silent Tree: Psychedelic Pstones IV

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The great thing about these guys was that any one of them could step out front and take the lead vocals. Some of the Barry Gordy stuff did good. They had more hits than most of this era. cool.

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