|Alan Price Set|
Years: 1965 - 1968
Styles: Pop Rock, Rhythm and Blues, Rock and Roll
"Little" Roy Mills - Drums (in band: 1965 - 1967)
Clive Burrows - Baritone saxophone (in band: 1965 - 1967)
Peter Kirtley - Guitar (in band: 1965 - 1967)
Alan Price - Keyboards, Vocals (in band: 1965 - 1968)
Steve Gregory - Tenor saxophone (in band: 1965 - 1968)
John Walters - Trumpet (in band: 1965 - 1968)
Boots Slade - Bass Guitar (in band: 1965 - 1968)
Johnny Almond - Saxophone
Terry Childs - Baritone saxophone (in band: 1967)
Paul Williams - Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1967 - 1968)
Alan White - Drums (in band: 1967 - 1968)
A self-taught musician, primarily a keyboard player, Alan Price was a founding member of the Tyneside group The Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo, then renamed The Animals. His playing on their international hit "House of the Rising Sun" and other tracks was a key element in the Animals' success. His arrangement of "House of the Rising Sun," a traditional folk song, has become more recognisable than previous incarnations.
He left the band in May 1965, to form the highly successful Alan Price Set, which included Price keyboards and vocals, Clive Burrows on baritone saxophone, Steve Gregory on tenor saxophone, John Walters on trumpet, Peter Kirtlry on guitar, Rod "Boots" Slade on bass guitar and "Little" Roy Mills on drums. In the same year, he appeared in the film "Dont Look Back", which followed Bob Dylan on tour.
The Alan Price Set subsequently debuted in September 1965 with a punchy revival of the old Chuck Jackson US R&B hit "Any Day Now". The Set’s live ‘set’ comprised mainly contemporary Soul and R&B numbers with the occasional Ray Charles oldie thrown in for good measure (a combination that would eventually provide the formula for Alan Price Set's first LP, "The Price To Play"). Six months would pass before their next single, but when it came, Price’s compelling yet highly-commercial arrangement of Screaming Jay Hawkins’ "I Put A Spell On You".
Starting in 1966, Alan Price Set enjoyed singles success with "I Put A Spell On You", the Randy Newman song "Simon Smith And His Amazing Dancing Bear", and the original "The House That Jack Built", following it up in 1968 with the jazzy "Don't Stop The Carnival". The Alan Price Set underwent its first personnel change in the spring of 1967, when Terry Childs replaced Clive Burrows on baritone sax.
Price went on to host shows such as the musical "Price To Play" in the late 1960s, which featured Price performing and introducing the music of guests such as Fleetwood Mac and Jimi Hendrix. Alan Price Set's second album, "A Price on His Head" (1967), featured seven songs by Randy Newman, who was virtually unknown at that time.
In 1968 the Alan Price Set disbanded.
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