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Minstrels, Poets & Vagabonds – The Poets

Following my recent review of the above super book (see HERE) I was delighted to hear from the writer Robert “Roberto” Fields himself who has subsequently very kindly provided me with the support, music, and approval to run a series of posts on at least some of the music which defined the Glasgow rock scene through the last five decades.

So as Mary Poppins would say it is best to start at the beginning, if not the real beginning, at least the beginning of Robert’s story.

Therefore please step forward The Poets.

A full biography of the band can be found at this impressive site :-

To me they along with The Beatstalkers spearheaded down different avenues the Glasgow Beat Scene in the 60’s

Andrew Loog Oldham auditioned the group, knocked out by what he heard at the audition, and by the riotous scenes he witnessed at a gig The Poets played that night, he had them whisked off down to London in quick time to record their debut single ‘Now We’re Thru’ / ‘There Are Some’ for Decca (F11995).  

Early 1965 saw the release of their second single ‘That’s The Way It’s Got To Be’ / ‘I’ll Cry With The Moon’ (F12074). With a rumbling six-string bass intro that echoed the future hit ‘Keep On Running’ by the Spencer Davis Group, (courtesy of one very young John Paul Jones see book below) and a furious maraca-shakin’ end coda, The Poets totally excelled on this stomping killer slab of hard-edged beat, or what is now forever (almost) globally termed, freak beat!

By the middle of 1965 and the group were heading for big changes yet around this time there was talk in fan club newsletters of a full-length LP by The Poets, which was at least half-finished, and it was hoped that it would be finished and in the shops by Christmas 1965. Of course, this never happened. More internal strife within The Poets camp resulted in one of the biggest upheavals of the group’s career, lead vocalist and chief melody / lyric writer George Gallacher announces he will leave the group at the beginning of the new year, 1966. He cites management problems and lack of support as being the biggest factor in his decision to withdraw from the group he helped to create.  Meanwhile, Immediate issue the group’s next single, Marvin Gaye’s ‘Baby Don’t You Do It’ / ‘I’ll Come Home’ (IM024). It’s the first time the group had recorded a cover version, offering for their fifth disc outing a rollicking, mod-i-fied take on this popular soul raver, adding in some restrained fuzztone, menacing bass and drums, and other reverberations all fighting for space in the murky mix, behind George’s pleading wail.

“Baby Don’t You Do It” – The Poets

By the time, Wooden Spoon/In your Tower came out on Decca in February 1967 there were no original members left.

“In Your Tower” – The Poets

Getting you hands on this great music is not easy but if you obtain this “almost but not really official” CD then you will be a happy camper.

More good information on The Poets can be found at this other great site

The prime Poet was to most, including writer Robert Fields was George Gallagher who has been given his proper place in Glasgow’s rock history (see book below).

With their attire as seen in the video above they paid homage to the ethos of Rabbie Burns as reflected in their band name Roberto has now labelled them the first “Bard Company” I just can’t get enough of this book.

Buy the book to find out what ex Poet has worked with George Harrison, was part of John & Yoko’s Dutch “bed-in” (whilst with his Apple signed band White Trash who after acting as a backing band for Marsha Hunt recorded and released The Beatles “Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight”) and has jammed with Zoot Money and Peter Frampton.

As for Roberto’s great book then you can get your hands on it HERE


January 15, 2010 - Posted by | Books, Old Music, Video | , , ,

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