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From: London, England

This outfit consisted of Michael "Mick" Leslie Jones (guitar) and Thomas "Tommy" Francis Brown (drums) who called themselves Nimrod for one single in 1969. The record includes the outstanding ‘The Bird’ on its A-side.

In the early 60s, the duo had been in one of the many Nero & The Gladiators lineups, a band that enjoyed a couple of minor instrumental hits. It was during their performance at the Olympia music hall in Paris, France that the talents of Jones and Brown were spotted by French megastar Johnny Hallyday, who recruited them initially for his wife Sylvie Vartan's backing band. They later backed Hallyday himself, as regular members of his session men, the Blackburds.

When Hallyday decided to record a soul album, Jones landed the enviable job of going to the U.S. to record backing tracks with Otis Redding's band, with the plan of adding Hallyday's vocals to the mix later. "When Otis heard that Johnny was covering some of his songs, he flew to Paris and sat in on the sessions. That was unbelievable, hilarious! Otis would look at me and say, 'How we gonna help this guy get some soul?'", Mick Jones told Record Collector magazine in 1994.

While in France, Mick sharpened his songwriting skills and contributed to many recordings, including several movie soundtracks. In 1965, he gave Cliff Richard a Radio London Fab Forty Top 20 entry with his song 'The Time In Between'. In 1966, the duo briefly went by the moniker J & B (the initials of their last names) for one single. In 1967, they changed their name to the State Of Micky And Tommy and released a few more singles in England and an EP in France. It was in 1969 that they briefly changed their name to Nimrod and released the aforementioned single.

By the early 70s, Mick and Tommy had finally went their separate ways, with Jones forming the band Wonderwheel with ex-Spooky Tooth singer and organist Gary Wright in 1971. In 1973, both Jones and Wright reformed Spooky Tooth and issued three more LPs before calling it quits less than two years later. In 1976, Jones formed the hugely popular band Foreigner which he still heads up to this day.

Artist information sources include: the Radio London website.

Artist Compilations

State Of Micky And Tommy

This CD not only contains all songs by the State Of Micky And Tommy, but also the songs that Mick Jones and Tommy Brown issued as J & B and Nimrod.

Songs from this album played on TWOS:

  • The Bird

    (Original 45 Label: Mercury NCF-154664, A [French Single] - , 1969)

General Compilations

A Perfumed Garden, Volume One

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

Circus Days, Vol. 1 & 2: Pop-Sike Obscurities 1966-70

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

Psychedelic '60s: London Underground

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

psychedelic music
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