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The band originated in 1968 coming together’ of four midland musicians, who in 1970, auditioned for Television's ‘Opportunity Knocks’ (a latter day ‘Britain’s Got Talent) and eventually appeared on the show in 1973.
The line up at that time was Mick Vaughan - Guitar & Vocals, Chris Morris - Guitar & Vocals, Cliff Fish - Bassist & Vocals and Philip Wright - Drums & Lead Vocals. They took the program and the imagination of its viewers by storm, Winning the show and the hearts of the viewing public for five consecutive weeks.
During this time they were spotted by two multi-million selling songwriters, Mitch Murray and Peter Callender. In 1974 their first hit “Billy Don’t Be A Hero” climbed rapidly to number one in the UK charts, selling over 1,000,000 copies. Their follow up single “The Night Chicago Died” climbed high in the UK charts, but reached number one in the USA, selling over 2,000,000 copies and earning the band a Platinum Disc, a major achievement for any British group. The third single, all about a musical motorbike gang “The Black Eyed Boys” gave them their third UK hit and further fame by achieving silver then gold status all over the world.
Their first album won them gold disc honours in Australia and Canada, while the guys toured New Zealand, Australia, Canada, U.S.A., Germany and Scandinavia, wowing the crowds wherever they performed. They appeared before H.R.H. The Queen Mother at the 1974 ‘Royal Variety Performance’ staged at The London Palladium and later, at the same venue, they starred with Mama Cass Elliott, the voice of the famed Mamas & Papas. In 1976, the bands members changed, Phil and Cliff were joined by Peter Oliver of ‘New Seekers’ fame and noted guitarist Jamie Moses - SAS Band, Red Sox, Ultimate Eagles, Brian May Band, Queen & Paul Rogers, (to name but a few.)
They toured extensively and signed a record deal with EMI, who released “I Think I’m Gonna Like It” with a Jamie Moses song “Lost Love” on the ‘B’ side. More recording and more touring until 1979, when they parted company to pursue individual musical careers.