Buying the albums sampled on “You Can All Join In”.
Today we continue with “Melanie Blue”‘s notes in the CD insert:
“Already the owner of a serviceable bass guitar and amp, Patrick set about forming his own group. A huge fan of the R&B scene, and a collector of Blue Beat and Prince Buster records, he looked around for like minded individuals. He recruited Mickey Holmes (bass), Vic Griffiths (harmonica and rhythm guitar), Tony Duhig (lead guitar) and John Field (percussion), plus art student “Speedy” Keen (drums). (“Speedy” Keen would later provide Pete Townshend and the Who with their first psychedelic jewel in “Armenia City in The Sky”, and form the exceptional Thunderclap Newman.”
Together they became Second Thoughts and in a short space of time were working the London R&B circuit through the summer of ’65. Securing a residency at the Ealing Jazz Club, they provided the support for visiting groups, which included the Rolling Stones, Manfred Mann and Alexis Korner. Quickly gaining a reputation as a good solid R&B outfit, the group travelled [sic] to Germany to play the lucrative club scene there. Unfortunately they were ripped off by the promoters and despite working their socks off were left penniless and fed up. Worse was to follow when the German authorities unceremoniously sent them back to the UK.”
More next time.