Years: 1968 - 1971
Styles: Psychedelic Rock
Alan "Bam" King - Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1968 - 1971)
Ian Whiteman - Flute, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Vocals (in band: 1968 - 1971)
Martin Stone - Guitar, Slide guitar (in band: 1968 - 1971)
Mike Evans - Bass Guitar (in band: 1968 - 1971)
Roger Powell - Drums (in band: 1968 - 1971)
The band was formed as The Boys in August 1963, in Kentish Town, North West London. After Peter Watson joined them as an additional guitarist in 1965, they changed their name to The Action. The original members were Reg King (lead vocals), Alan 'Bam' King (lead guitar, vocals), Mike "Ace" Evans (bass guitar, vocals and Roger Powell (drums).
Shortly after their formation, they signed to Parlophone with producer George Martin. "Land of a Thousand Dances" b/w "In My Lonely Room" was well received by critics, but sold poorly. None of the Action's singles achieved success in the UK Singles Chart.
After disastrous experiences with the Rikki Farr management, Peter Watson left the band in 1966. They continued as quartet, but were dropped from Parlophone in 1967. In the late 1960s keyboardist Ian Whiteman and guitarist Martin Stone joined the band and the Action moved toward a mid-tempo psychedelic balladstyle, and then into folk rock. Reg King left the band in 1967, and Alan King took over as main lead vocalist. In 1969, when signing to John Curd's Head Records, the band was renamed Mighty Baby. Alan King later went on to form Ace.
Notably, they are one of the favourite bands of Phil Collins, who performed with the reunited band in 2000. "For me it was like playing with the Beatles", he later commented on the experience.
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