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United Kingdom

Years: February 1965 - 1966
Styles: Beat, Mod Rock


Graham Gouldman - Guitar, Vocals (in band: February 1965 - 1966)


Bernard Basso - Bass Guitar (in band: February 1965 - 1966)
Steve Jacobson - Guitar (in band: February 1965 - 1966)
Kevin Godley - Drums (in band: February 1965 - 1966)

Biography Picture     The Mockingbirds were formed February 1965, with 19 year-old Graham Gouldman on rhythm guitar, with Steve Jacobsen on lead guitar, bongos (born Steven Jacobson), Bernard Basso on bass and Kevin Godley on drums.  Godley was ex-Group Seven and The Sabres, while the others had been in The Whirlwinds

   The Mockingbirds were managed by Kennedy Street Enterprises and Harvey Lisberg, who also had Herman’s Hermits under his supervision and who would later become the manager of 10cc.

    With Gouldman in their ranks, original material was starting to be written - some in the back of Bargains Unlimited, a mens clothes shop in the Manchester suburb of Salford, where Gouldman worked.

    It was here that Gouldman wrote the lines of his first millionseller "For Your Love". It was intended to be the first Mockingbirds single. The group recorded the song together with "That’s how it’s gonna stay", also written by Gouldman - which their record company preferred and was released.

The Yardbirds recorded it, making it a UK and US top 10 hit in 1965.


Singles & EPs

That's How (It's Gonna Stay) (Feb 12, 1965)
I Can Feel We're Parting (May 7, 1965)
You Stole My Love (Oct 8, 1965)
One By One (Jul 1, 1966)
How To Find A Lover (Oct 28, 1966)

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