Label: Not On Label (Rockin Berries Self-released) - none • Format: Vinyl LP • Country: UK • Genre: Rock •
A version of the group, emphasising comedy routines as well as music, continues to perform to the present day. The Rockin' Berries were originally formed as a beat group at Turves Green School in Birmingham in the late s by guitarist Brian "Chuck" Botfield, and were so named because they played several Chuck Berry songs in their set. When another band was formed locally, by singer Paul Hewitt, guitarist Doug Thompson and drummer Terry Bond, Botfield agreed to join on condition that it used the "Rockin' Berries" name.
Later that year, the group went to Germany to play a series of club engagements, with Hewitt being replaced by singer and Elvis Presley impressionist Clive The Rockin Berries - XI. On their return, the group auditioned for promoter Jack Goodwho wanted to sign Powell but not the rest of the group.
After a few months, Powell left for a solo career, later leading the Five Dimensions who for a while included Rod Stewart. Thompson, Ryland and shortly afterwards Munns also left, and were replaced by singer and guitarist Geoff Turton —an old friend of Botfield's—and bassist Roy Austin.
The Rockin' Berries' version reached No. They also released a successful album, In Town. According to Richie Lady Night - Patrick Juvet - Lady Night at Allmusic : . A career strategy that put an eye on the "all-around entertainer" niche, however, led them to record many comedy numbers that have dated excruciatingly badly, and also ensured that they were denied artistic credibility.
They regularly featured Clive Lea's impersonations and group comedy routines, remained a popular live act on the cabaret The Rockin Berries - XIand appeared at the Royal Variety Performance. Geoff Turton left the group inand had a briefly successful solo career as Jefferson, with two Billboard Hot hits in the US in — Clive Lea left The Rockin Berries - XI and was replaced by Terry Webster.
The Rockin' Berries continued to perform as a music and comedy act in cabaret, with numerous later personnel changes. Turton returned to the group in the s, and, with Botfield, has remained with the group to the present day. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from The Rockin Berries. The Rockin' Berries. Retrieved 30 January London: Guinness World Records Limited.
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