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From: Glasgow, Scotland

The Poets are considered by many to have been one of the most creative and talented beat groups to come out of Scotland. The band was founded in 1962 by George Gallacher (lead vocals) and John Dawson (bass), who then recruited Alan Weir (drums), Hume Paton (lead guitar) and Stafford Hamilton (rhythm guitar). It wasn't long before Hamilton was replaced by Tony Myles (rhythm guitar) and they then became a popular live act, playing the various halls and clubs throughout Glasgow. They then met their first manager, Alan Singleton, whose family owned a string of cinemas and theaters around town and allowed them to play the Flamingo Ballroom on a regular basis.

By the beginning of 1964, the Poets were one of Scotland's biggest live attractions, playing standing-room only gigs all over the country, with many busloads of teenage fans regularly travelling long distances to be a part of the action. After heading down to London to record some test demos, they were discovered by the one and only Andrew Loog Oldham who offered to manage and produce them, and subsequently got them a record contract with Decca. Their debut single ('Now We're Thru' b/w 'There Are Some') was issued in the fall of 1964 and became a Top 40 hit, peaking at #31 on the U.K. charts.

In early 1965, the band issued a follow-up single (the outstanding 'That's The Way It's Got To Be'), which is an excellent slice of mod-freakbeat that should have been a hit, but was under promoted and therefore didn't sell that well. A third record ('I Am So Blue') was released in the summer of that year, but it too didn't hit the mark. It was around this time that Myles was replaced by Fraser Watson (guitar) and the group switched to Oldham's newly formed Immediate label for a few more 45s. Unfortunately these records too sold poorly and by the end of 1966, the band had found themselves without a record contract and decided to go their separate ways.

In early 1967, Watson didn't give up and reformed the band along with all new members Andi Mulvey (lead vocals), Ian McMillan (guitar), Norrie MacLean (bass) and Jim Breakey (drums). It was this lineup that re-signed with Decca and released their sixth 45 ('Wooden Spoon' b/w 'In Your Tower'), with both sides being nothing less than incredible. Amazingly though, this record also flopped, prompting the band to split again. McMillan then reformed the group with another totally new lineup including Hughie Nicholson (guitar), Johnny Martin (organ), Joe Breen (bass) and Dougie Henderson (drums), and issued a final record on the Strike Cola label in 1971. This attempt at stardom unfortunately failed as well, causing the group to break up for good.

Artist information sources include: The book, 'Tapestry of Delights Revisited' by Vernon Joynson.

Artist Compilations

Wooden Spoon: The Singles Anthology (1964-1967)

Songs from this album played on TWOS:

  • In Your Tower

    (Original 45 Label: Decca F.12569, B - February, 1967)

  • That's The Way It's Got To Be

    (Original 45 Label: Decca F.12074, A - February, 1965)

  • Wooden Spoon

    (Original 45 Label: Decca F.12569, A - February, 1967)

General Compilations

Acid Drops, Spacedust & Flying Saucers: Psychedelic Confectionary From The U.K. Underground 1965-1969

This compilation CD contains the following songs by this artist that are played on TWOS:
- In Your Tower

Chocolate Soup

This compilation CD contains the following songs by this artist that are played on TWOS:
- Wooden Spoon

Nuggets II: Original Artifacts From The British Empire And Beyond

This compilation CD contains the following songs by this artist that are played on TWOS:
- That's The Way It's Got To Be

That Driving Beat: U.K. Freakbeat Rarities, Volume One

This compilation CD contains the following songs by this artist that are played on TWOS:
- That's The Way It's Got To Be

The Freakbeat Scene

This compilation CD contains the following songs by this artist that are played on TWOS:
- Wooden Spoon

The Great British Psychedelic Trip, Vol. 1: 1966-1969

This compilation CD contains the following songs by this artist that are played on TWOS:
- In Your Tower

The Great British Psychedelic Trip, Vol. 2: 1965-1970

This compilation CD contains the following songs by this artist that are played on TWOS:
- That's The Way It's Got To Be

The Mod Scene

This compilation CD contains the following songs by this artist that are played on TWOS:
- That's The Way It's Got To Be

The Psychedelic Scene

This compilation CD contains the following songs by this artist that are played on TWOS:
- In Your Tower

The Rubble Collection, Volumes 1-10

This compilation CD contains the following songs by this artist that are played on TWOS:
- That's The Way It's Got To Be

The Rubble Collection, Volumes 11-20

This compilation CD contains the following songs by this artist that are played on TWOS:
- In Your Tower
- Wooden Spoon

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