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ABC

ABC Genre Rock

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Songs (6)
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Recordings:

1. It's Alright

2. I've Got News For You

3. L.S.D.

4. Steppin' Out

5. Stop and Get A Hold Of Myself

6. The Train

Recording date: 1967
Group Members: Rick Hebblethwaite (vocs), Les Nicol (gtr), Steve Powell (bass gtr), John Rowe (gtr), Bryan Horberry (gtr), John Cambridge (drums), Keith Stutt (drums).
Additional Info: 

Following text kindly supplied by Ray Moody, John H. Warburg. 2014:

 

ABC formed in September 1966 in Kingston-upon-Hull, East Yorkshire,ffrom the remains of The Gonx (Steve Powell, John Rowe and John Cambridge). Most members came from another local act called The Attack (not the Decca recording group). The band were given their name by Steve Marriott (b. Stephen Peter Marriott, Thursday, January 30, 1947, East Ham Hospital, East London, UK d. Saturday, April 20, 1991, Arkesden, Essex, UK) (lead singer/lead guitarist with The Small Faces) at a gig in Hull where ABC appeared as a supporting act. Their first gig was on Saturday, September, 17, 1967 at The City Hall, Hull, East Yorkshire. In August 1967 ABC supported The Small Faces at The Skyline Ballroom, Hull. They were a successful live act who supported touring acts such as the Pink Floyd (at The Hull Art College Dance). In 1967 they recorded at Fairview Studios, owned by Keith Herd (b. 1936, Holmpton, East Yorkshire, UK) (ex-The White Thorn Ladies Duo, The Keith Herd Quartet, The Keith Herd Band) (see entry for: Fairview Productions). ABC split in Late October 1967. Guitarist John Rowe left the band on Saturday, February 4, 1967. Guitarist Bryan Horberry joined on Friday, February 10, 1967. Drummer John Cambridge left on Thursday, October 12, 1967 to join The Rats on Friday, October 20, 1967 with Mick Ronson (b. Michael Ronson, Sunday, May 26, 1946, Beverley Road, Kingston-upon-Hull, East Yorkshire, UK d. Monday, April 29, 1996, London, UK) before later playing alongside Ronson in David Bowie's Hype and in The Spiders From Mars. Les Nicol joined Methusaleh before forming Distant Jim with Craig Austin formerly of Finders Keepers (see entry). Ronson had joined Hull's top local band The Rats in 1966, joining Benny Marshall on lead vocals, Geoff Appleby on bass (b. Geoffrey Appleby, Friday, January 7, 1949, Kingston-upon-Hull, East Yorkshire, UK), and Jim Simpson on drums (who was subsequently replaced by Clive Taylor and then John Cambridge). The group played the local circuit, and made a few unsuccessful trips to London and Paris.

Special thanks to: Keith Herd, Steve Powell, John Cambridge, Lucy Cambridge, Ray Moody, John H. Warburg.

All photographic and recorded material copyright Steve Powell and John Cambridge. 2011.

The following publicity shots were kindly submitted by John Cambridge. 2012.

1967 - Left to Right

John Cambridge (Drums)
Steve Powell (Bass guitar)
Les Nicol (Guitar)
Bryan Horberry (Guitar)

Rick Hebblethwaite (Vocals)

 

1967 - Left to Right

Steve Powell (Bass guitar)
Rick Hebblethwaite (Vocals)
Les Nicol (Guitar)
Bryan Horberry (Guitar)

John Cambridge (sitting) (Drums)

 

1966/1967 - Left to Right

Les Nicol (Guitar)
John Cambridge (Drums)
John Rowe (Guitar)
Steve Powell (Bass guitar)

Rick Hebblethwaite (Vocals)

 

1966/1967 - Left to Right

Rick Hebblethwaite (Vocals)
John Cambridge (Drums)
Les Nicol (Guitar)
Steve Powell (Bass guitar)

John Rowe (Guitar)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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