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Tapestry of Delights (thank our Prophet - great Vernon Joynson):
This was one of Merseyside's very first rock groups who formed in Wallasey in 1961. Some members had previously been in an even earlier combo, Bob Evans and The Five Shillings. Still fronted by Evans, they used nicknames (though 'Mushy' Cooper was the only one to survive the passage of time) and lived up to their name by turning up to gigs in a hearse, black frock coats, embalmers' trousers and black top hats.
Before the end of 1961, a kidney ailment forced Evans to leave and Bugs Pemberton was his replacement. The next few months were spent building up a good live reputation playing powerful covers of US soul, R&B and rock'n'roll hits. Their most popular song seems to have been an obscure pounding dance number, originally recorded by Nat Kendrick and The Swans called Mashed Potatoes.
Early in 1962, Cooper left to join Faron's Flamingoes and a certain Jackie Lomax came on board from another Wallasey group, Dee and The Dynamites. They sometimes backed Beryl Marsden and a black vocal group, The Chants, who did lots of Coasters songs.
After McManus left to join The Renegades, they had their first of a series of spells in Hamburg. They were also signed by Pye but none of their three 45s really captured their exciting live sound on disc, although Just A Little Bit was a minor hit. They were mostly cover versions. Stupidity was a Soloman Burke song.
They later abbreviated their name to The 'Takers, but despite an appearance on 'Thank Your Lucky Stars' failed to achieve a breakthrough.
In August 1965, The Undertakers went together with The Pete Best Combo to the USA, where they were managed by Bob Gallo and his partner in NYC. Over the following month, both bands recorded an albums worth of material each at their managers studio (Talentmasters on 42nd Street). Chris Huston Recalls: "Pete and his guys played on our stuff and we also played on theirs. We were then sent up to Canada, supposedly to play gigs while our immigration status was worked out. It soon got to be winter, with snow flurries, and we had no money or winter clothes. We all sneaked back across the border and back to NYC. Pete and his group then went home to Liverpool, along with Brian Jones, our saxophonist. Bugs Pemberton and Jackie Lomax joined two American musicians and became the Gypsy Wizards, whilst I stayed on at the studio and started producing and engineering. I guess I was lucky!". Chris got to work with The Rascals, James Brown, The Who, Van Morrison, Ben E. King, The Drifters, Solomen Burke, Patti La Belle, The Fugs, and Question Mark and the Mysterians to name but a few. He also discovered The Pigeons and got them a deal with Atlantic where their name was changed to Vanilla Fudge. Chris:- "In early 1969, I went to California, where I started a production company/studio called, Mystic. I worked with Led Zeppelin there on their Zeppelin II album also H.P.Lovecraft and Screaming Lord Sutch. In 1969, I also started a long relationship with the band War and have earned many gold and platinum records with them. We are finishing another album "as we speak". I also produced the first Robben Ford album and worked with David Clayton Thomas and BS&T and was VP in charge of production for Far Out Productions during the late '70's."
Jackie Lomax was later in Lomax Alliance and also launched a solo career. Chris Huston now runs a successful Recording Studio design company, whilst Dave 'Mushy' Cooper sadly died in 1998. Chris: "I did not know of the passing of Davey Cooper. I have fond memories of him. He worked for a coalman and we would have to follow the coal lorry to the end of its route in order to get Davey in time for a gig. He would go on stage, black streaks of sweat pouring down his face - Good times and great music!!!" ~ (Vernon Joynson / John Carlile w/thanks to Chris Huston)
$CUT$01. (Do The) Mashed Potatoes 2:12
02. Everybody Loves A Lover 2:14
03. Money (That's What I Want) 2:50
04. What About Us 2:39
05. Just A Little Bit 2:24
06. Stupidity 2:00
07. If You Don't Come Back 2:36
08. Think 2:30
09. Be My Little Girl 2:39
10. She Said Yeah 1:43
11. I Need Your Lovin' 2:34
12. Tell Me What You're Gonna Do 1:47
13. Tricky Dicky 2:01
14. Irresistible You 2:23
15. Love Is A Swingin' Thing 2:14
16. Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey! 2:36
Drums – Bugs Pemberton
Guitar – Chris Huston
Guitar [Rhythm] – Geoff Nugent
Saxophone – Brian Jones
Vocals, Bass – Jackie Lomax
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