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Geordie
United Kingdom

Years: 1972 - 1978 ; 1982 - 1983 ; 2001
Styles: Blues Rock, Classic Rock, Glam Rock, Hard Rock

Founder

Brian Gibson - Drums (in band: 1971 - 1977; 1982 - 1985)
Vic Malcolm - Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1972 - 1975 ; 1978; 1982 - 1985)
Brian Johnson - Vocals (in band: 1972 - 1976; 1978 - 1980)
Tom Hill - Bass Guitar (in band: 1972 - 1977; 1982 -1985)

Members

Dave Ditchburn - Vocals (in band: 1978)
Alan Clark - Keyboards (in band: 1978)
Frank Gibbon - Bass Guitar (in band: 1978)
George Defty - Drums (in band: 1978)
Derek Rootham - Guitar (in band: 1978 - 1980)
Dave Robson - Bass Guitar (in band: 1978 - 1980)
Dave Whittaker - Drums (in band: 1978 - 1980)
Rob Turnball - Vocals (in band: 1982 - 1985)
David Stephenson - Guitar (in band: 1982 - 1985)

Biography

Old Music Encyclopedia Picture    Geordie  were a rock band from Newcastle upon Tyne, England, most notably active in the 1970s.

    The original (from February, 1972) line-up included: Vic Malcolm , Tom Hill, Brian Gibson and Brian Johnson, who later went on to join the Australian hard rock band, AC/DC.

      Their first single, "Don't Do That" broke into the UK Top 40 in December 1972. In March 1973, Geordie released their debut album, "Hope You Like It" on EMI's Regal Zonophone label. Trying to compete with such British glam rock outfits as Slade and Sweet, they had one UK Top 10 hit, "All Because Of You" (April 1973) and one UK Top 20 hit, "Can You Do It" (July 1973) and several appearances on BBC Television including Top of the Pops in November 1972. But their second album, "Don't Be Fooled By The Name" (1974), including a cover of The Animals' "House Of The Rising Sun" failed to yield a hit. It is a pitty, because in my honest opinion, "Don't Be Fooled By The Name" is one of the best hard rock albums ever released.

      After their 1976 album "Save The World", frontman Johnson left for a solo project. The band's final album, No Good Woman, in 1978 consisted of three unreleased tracks with Johnson and new material recorded by Malcolm with future Dire Straits keyboardist Alan Clark, vocalist Dave Ditchburn, bassist Frank Gibbon, and drummer George Defty.

      The band signed a recording contract in 1980, but finally folded that spring when Johnson became a member of AC/DC to replace the late Bon Scott. Johnson first appeared with AC/DC on their album, "Back In Black.

      In 1982, the original Geordie, but without Johnson, re-grouped as a quintet and went on to record an album titled "No Sweat" in 1983 with new singer 'Doctor' Rob Turnbull and additional guitarist David Stephenson. The album was released on heavy metal independent record label, Neat Records, but had no major success.

      At the end of 2001, during an AC/DC hiatus, Johnson had a one off reunion, for a short British tour, with Geordie's 1977-1980 line-up, performing largely hard rock cover versions.


Albums

Hope You Like It (1973)
Don't Be Fooled By The Name (1974)
Save The World (1976)
No Good Woman (1978)
No Sweat (1983)

Singles & EPs

Don't Do That / Francis Was A Rocker (Sep 29, 1972)
All Because Of You / Ain't It Just Like A Woman (Feb 9, 1973)
Can You Do It / Red Eyed Lady (Jun 1, 1973)
Electric Lady (Aug 10, 1973)
Black Cat Woman / Geordie's Lost His Liggie (Nov 23, 1973)
She's A Teaser / We're All Right Now (Aug 9, 1974)
Ride On Baby (Oct 18, 1974)
Goodbye Love (Jun 27, 1975)

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