1. Dance In The Smoke
2. Eastern Star, Western Sun
3. Mary, The Magical Fairy
4. Soul Cake
6. Wilbur's Wagon
Recording date: 1970
Group Members: Julian Burrows (bass gtr), Rob Moore (drums), Dave Bailey (keyboards), Chris Evans (vocs/lead gtr).
Formed in the West Midlands circa 1969. Julian Burrows had previously played in The Iron Horse backing Don Fardon (b. Donald Adrian Maughn, Monday, August 19, 1940, Coventry, Warwickshire, UK). Rob Moore and Canadian guitarist Richard Cole, replaced by Chris Evans, who had previously played in The World Of Oz (formed in January 1968) with Dave 'Kubie' Kubinec on guitar, organ (b. David Kubinec) (ex-Danny King's Mayfair Set (Danny King and the Mayfair Set), Tony Clarkson on bass (b. Anthony Clarkson, Sunday, July 15, 1945, Kingstanding, Birmingham, Warwickshire, UK) and David Reay on drums (who played on their first two singles). Rob Moore had also previously been the drummer for Paradox (see entry). Moore had also been in The World Of Oz, playing on their third single. Organist Geoff Nicholls (b. Geoffrey James Nicholls, Saturday, February 28, 1948, Birmingham, Warwickshire, UK) played on the second and third singles of The World Of Oz. Guitarist Peter Beckett (b. Peter Shaun Beckett, Tuesday, August 10, 1948, Aigburth, Liverpool, Lancashire, UK) had also been in The World Of Oz.
Kansas Hook were initially signed to MCA/Uni before switching over to Decca. They had two single releases, their début was for Uni on Friday, January 30, 1970 ''Echo Park'' / ''Manhattan Woman'' on UNS 515 and their last for Decca in February 1971 ''Nervous Shakin''' / ''Mr. Universe'' on F 13117.
Kansas Hook recorded several songs for the BBC circa 1970. Recordings: Mother Superior (Noel Edmonds Show, Radio One), Faces (BBC Paris Studio on Friday, July 31, 1970), The Earnest Of Being George - sections 1 & 2 (Johnnie Walker), Echo Park (Radio One Session).
Kansas Hook also provided backing for Gene Vincent and together they re-recorded a version of Be-Bop-A-Lula.
Special thanks to Rob Moore, John H. Warburg.
All recorded material copyright Kansas Hook/Rob Moore. 2011.
All photographic materials copyright Rob Moore. 2011