Years: 1965 - 1972
Styles: Beat, Garage Rock, Pop Rock, Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Ace Kefford - Bass Guitar, Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1965 - 1968)
Trevor Burton - Bass Guitar, Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1965 - 1969)
Carl Wayne - Vocals (in band: 1965 - 1970)
Roy Wood - Alto saxophone, Bass Guitar, Bassoon, Cello, Lead guitar, Oboe, Sitar, Slide guitar, Steel guitar , Vocals (in band: 1965 - 1972)
Bev Bevan - Drums, Percussion, Vocals (in band: 1965 - 1972)
Richard Tandy - Harpsichord, Keyboards (in band: 1968 - Jan, 1969)
Rick Price - Bass Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1969 - 1971)
Jeff Lynne - Drums, Guitar, Piano, Vocals (in band: 1970 - 1972)
The Move formed in Birmingham, England in early 1966 by Roy Wood, Carl Wayne, Trevor Burton, Ace Kefford, and Bev Bevan. By that summer, they had found manager Tony Secunda, who helped them sign to „Deram”.
Early the next year, The Move debut 45, „Night Of Fear” (based on the 1812 overture), had crashed into the UK Top 3. After another Top 5 hit, theirthird single, „Flowers In The Rain” (the first record to be played on the newly launched BBC Radio 1), was another to make the Top 3 in October ’67 on the recently formed „Regal Zonophone” label.
Their fourth succesive Top 5 hit arrived in early ’68 with „Fire Brigade”, quickly followed by the Top 20 self-titled album. The aforementioned singles were, for the most part, classy bubblegum psychedelia penned by the multi-talented Wood.
After a suprise flop, The Move scored their first No.1 early in ’69 with the single, „Blacberry Way”. They never emulated this, Wood becoming increasingly involved with his new project, The Electric Light Orchestra, in 1970. He subsequently departed, Jeff Lyne taking over the leadership, while he ended The Move on a high-note in mid-’72 with the Top 10 hit, „California Man”.
Remaining at „Harvest” records, Wood formed the 50’s pastiche rock’n’roll/glam outfit, Wizard (the band making their live debut at Wembley’s Rock’n’roll festival in June’72). They hit the Top 10 with their first 45, „Ball Park Incident”, following it with two chart toppers, „See My Baby Jive” and „Angels Fingers”. Around the same time (mid-’73), Wood disgarded his Wizzard attire (tartan troosers, multi-coloured robe, tooped with face-paint and multi-colured hair-do), entering the album charts with his solo (in every sense of the word), „Boulders” album. He continued to work on both projects simultaneously, scoring many Top 20 chart hits. Following his signed to the „Jet” label in 1975, the hits (bar a few minor ones) duly dried up.
The Great Rock Discography - Martin C.Strong, 1st Edition, Publisher: Crown Publishers, ISBN-10: 0812931114, p. 560
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