London: Guinness World Records Limited. In early 1969 they were booked to appear at the Lanchester Polytechnic in Coventry, but did not turn up. Those early group names aside, their repertory was focused a lot more on the of , , and , than on or. Making up the rest of the group were Peter O'Flaherty born 8 May 1944, in , , Eric Hine born Eric Raymond Lewis Hines, 4 September 1944, in , Hampshire , and Tony Ransley born Anthony John Ransley, 17 May 1944, in Portsmouth, Hampshire. The group released one studio ; Without Reservation, on 1967 , and a compilation Amen 1980. The studio version of this novelty song—what else could you call it—had Dudley Moore on piano.
Their musical interests can be glimpsed by the choices that the brothers made between 1964 and 1965 in naming their bands, which included the Howling Wolves and the Road Runners. A rumor—deliberately circulated by the band and their press officers—went around that the Moles were, in fact the Beatles, fronted by Ringo Starr, and recording under a pseudonym. Frustrated as being seen as being pushed by their as a pop group rather than the soul band they had always intended to be, they disbanded in 1969 and the Shulman brothers went on to form the group. Then, in October of 1967, the group's management and record label decided to try moving in the direction of psychedelia. Unfortunately, the band was never able to follow it up, and after several abortive attempts at another psychedelic-style single -- including the first songwriting efforts by the brothers -- called it quits in 1969.
They were asked to allow him to stay on, and he was almost recruited as a permanent member. By then, however, their thinking about music had changed. A then unknown player by the name of was hired to fill in for an ill Eric Hine and he joined them on a 1967 tour in. Disillusioned by the drudgery of life as a constantly touring frilly-shirted pop group, after saving enough money to buy their mum a house their other brother Terry was their road manager , the Shulman brothers disbanded The Big Sound in 1969, laying low for a bit before launching Gentle Giant in 1970. You may know him better as Elton John.
Released on the label, the single did not give any hint of the identity of the artists, with both songs credited as written, performed and produced by The Moles. Due to their vast popularity during this tour, many sources, including Wikipedia previously, had erroneously classified this group as Scottish, when Hampshire is about as far away as one can get from Scotland. The group were signed to 's , under Dave Paramor. So think of this as like a jam with Gentle Giant and Sir Elton. Not that they weren't good.
The bandmembers were unhappy with the new song and the sound they were being asked to create, but they tried to make the best of it -- they experimented with a Mellotron for the first time, and used it pretty much as impressively as did. On 5 April 1968, Simon Dupree and the Big Sound appeared alongside , , and at The Odeon Theatre, , , on the first night as part of a twice nightly. The irony of this, of course, is that in their next incarnation as Gentle Giant, the Shulman brothers were in one of the most chick- repellant bands this side of Jethro Tull…. Archived from on 20 September 2012. Their debut album, , containing the first fragmentary examples of the group's original songwriting, was released in August of 1967, just in time to be overlooked as cheerfully irrelevant in the wake of , , et al. . Regarding themselves as brothers, they hated it as it was so unrepresentative of their usual style.
I discovered it in the mid-80s on a 45rpm single and long assumed that the group was a one-hit wonder of the psychedelic era—if that. Those names aside, their repertoire was focused a lot more on the songs of , Don Covay, and than on or. And then there is the fact that none other than he also played on a few of their recordings. Their support act played the entire evening. A more recent set, Part Of My Past 2004 , includes all their singles, album tracks and previously unreleased material prepared for their second album, release of which was cancelled at the time.
Rumours spread that it was an obscure release by , who also were under contract at Parlophone, with on lead vocals. The name change worked locally, because the group prospered on the club scene, its earnings reaching £300 a night, split after expenses between vocals, bass, saxophone , bass, guitar, violin , and sax, trumpet and their bandmates Tony Randell drums and bass. . . . .
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