|James King and the Farinas|
Years: 1962 - 1966
Styles: Beat, Pop Rock
Tim Kirchin - Bass Guitar (in band: 1962 - 1965)
Charlie Whitney - Guitar (in band: 1962 - 1966)
Jim King - Saxophone, Vocals (in band: 1962 - 1966)
Harry Ovenall - Drums (in band: Late 1962 - 1963)
Terry Cowlishaw - Drums, Percussion (in band: 1962 - 1963)
Ric Grech - Bass Guitar (in band: 1965 - 1966)
Roger Chapman - Vocals (in band: 1966)
James King and the Farinas were formed in late 1962 at Leicester Art College, Leicester, Leicestershire by Jim King on lead vocals and Charlie Whitney on lead guitar, vocals, with Tim Kirchin on bass and Harry Ovenall on drums.
Whitney had met harp playing vocalist King and drummer Ovenall at Leicester Art College all on a foundation course. In late 1962 James King and the Farinas played their first gig at Leicester Art College, Leicester. In the early days, the band would play at The Corn Exchange and Il Rondo, both in Leicester.
In 1965 the 21-year old Kirchin left the band. He then quit the music biz, got married and moved down to Brighton in East Sussex, where his wife came from. He was replaced by 19 year-old Ric Grech, who was of Ukrainian origin and had been born in France. He was educated at The Sacred Heart Primary School and The Corpus Christi RC School both in Leicester.
In 1966 James King and the Farinas became a five-piece when they were joined by 24 year-old lead vocalist Roger Chapman. He had been educated at Ellis Intermediate School in Leicester and had entered show business at 17 in 1959, the same year he made his first public appearance at The Palais De Dance in Leicester, which was with his first band The Rockin’ R’s? His second band was The Exciters with future James King and the Farinas bassist Ric Grech and guitarist Stuart Brown.
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