Saturday, 1 February 2014

Studio Six

A very popular Glasgow mod band in the sixties was Studio Six. Contemporary with the Beatstalkers and the Pathfinders the line-up was Colin McClure (vocals), Clive McClure (rhythm guitar), Neil Grimshaw (lead), Gerry Tedeschi (bass), Ricky Kerr (organ) and Ron Milne (drums). The band was originally managed by Carl McClure father of Colin and Clive. Cousin Chris was the singer of a rival band called Chris McClure and the Fireflies (later Chris changed his stage name to Christian).

The group amassed a sizable Scottish following and played regularly at the big dancehall venues. Studio Six played support to The Stax Tour on its visit to the Glasgow Locarno, with Booker T and the MG'S, the Markeys, Sam and Dave and Otis Redding.

Soon after they moved to London and signed to the Robert Stigwood agency and released four singles on Polydor Records. Stigwood’s other groups were the Who and the Bee Gees. He offered them two Gibb Brother songs i.e. 'The Square Cup' and 'The Turning of The Tide', but they preferred to record their own, 'When I See my Baby' in 1966. The single reached the Top 30 in the UK.

The group maintained a popular stage presence and toured extensively as the warm up acts for the Move, the Kinks, the Nice, Jethro Tull, Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick and Titch, Manfred Mann, and Pink Floyd.

Despite much public appreciation the group failed to make in roads commercially and had no significant chart success. Towards the end of the sixties Ron Miln (drums), RickyKerr (organ), and Gerry Tedeschi (bass) left and were replaced by drummer Jim Breakey (ex Poets) and George McNally (Organ), then Mike Sergeant. The band eventually broke up in 1970.

Worth a listen
When I See My Baby (1966)
Bless my Soul (I've Been and Gone and Done It) (1966)
Times Were When (1967)
Bless my soul (1969)

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