|Flower Pot Men|
Years: 1967 - 1969
Styles: Classic Rock, Pop Rock, Psychedelic Rock
John Carter - Vocals (in band: Sep 1967 - Nov 1969)
Ken Lewis - Vocals (in band: Sep 1967 - Nov 1969)
Ged Peck - Lead guitar
Gordon Haskell - Bass Guitar
Billy Davidson - Keyboards
Johnny Carroll - Keyboards
Tony 'Tex' Makins - Bass Guitar (in band: 1967)
Neil Landon - Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1967 - Early 1969)
Mick Stewart - Lead guitar (in band: 1967 - 1968)
Nick Simper - Bass Guitar (in band: Jan 1968 - Mid 1968)
Jon Lord - Keyboards (in band: Jan 1968 - Mid 1968)
Roger Hills - Drums (in band: Mid 1968 - Nov 1969)
Tony Hall - Tenor saxophone (in band: Mid 1968 - Nov 1969)
Ricky Wolff - Flute, Keyboards, Saxophone (in band: Mid 1968 - Nov 1969)
Robin Box - Lead guitar (in band: Mid 1968 - Nov 1969)
Carlo Little - Drums (in band: Sep 1967 - Mid 1968)
Tony Burrows - Vocals (in band: Sep 1967 - Nov 1969)
Robin Shaw - Bass Guitar, Guitar, Vocals (in band: Sep 1967 - Nov 1969)
Peter Nelson - Banjo, Piano, Vocals (in band: Sep 1967 - Nov 1969)
The Flower Pot Men were an English pop group created in 1967 as a result of the single, "Let's Go to San Francisco", recorded by session musicians, becoming a major UK Top 20 and Continental Europe hit in the autumn of 1967. The group's sound was characterised by rich, three-part vocalharmonies.
"Let's Go to San Francisco" was written and recorded by songwriters John Carter and Ken Lewis. The composition, psychedelic in nature, took vocal and instrumental inspiration from The Beach Boys. The name The Flower Pot Men was derived from the BBC children's show Flower Pot Men, with the obvious psychedelic era puns on flower power and "pot" (cannabis). In the US, they were commonly deemed The Flower Men on radio airplay to avoid the drug reference.
The duo licensed the recording to Deram Records, who had a hit but no group to promote it. Carter and Lewis, having no interest in going on the road to promote the record, created the group from a hand-picked collective of recording studiosession musicians and vocalists. Led by vocalist Tony Burrows, who had been in the Ivy League with Carter and Lewis, the band also included Billie Davis's backing band, and for a while (though not for recordings) later Deep Purple members Jon Lord, who replaced Billy Davidson on keyboards in January 1968, and Nick Simper on bass.
The follow-up to "Let's Go to San Francisco" was the similar-sounding "A Walk in the Sky", released in November 1967. It was not a hit in the UK, but reached No. 4 in the Netherlands and also proved popular in Germany. Carter and Lewis continued writing and recording new material, but Deram wanted another hit to rival the success of "Let's Go to San Francisco". When the third Carter-Lewis single "Man Without a Woman" / "You Can Never Be Wrong" failed to chart in April 1968, the label had the touring band record "In A Moment of Madness" by Roger Greenaway without the involvement of Carter and Lewis, which also failed to chart.
The line-up of the Flower Pot Men had changed considerably by then. Lord and Simper left in summer 1968, Neil Landon in 1969 to become lead singer of Fat Mattress. The remaining three singers stayed with Greenaway, added new musicians and changed their name to White Plains, who scored a hit with "My Baby Loves Lovin'" in 1970. The Flower Pot Men dissolved at that point.
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