Groupe Rock 'n' Roll Britannique fondé en 1959 et composé de Norman Sheffield (25/09/1939 - 20/06/2014), Norman Stracey (1941), Brian Parker (1940 - 17/02/2001) et John Rogers (1941 - 27/05/1963), puis Billy Kuy (12/12/1940 (après le décès de John Rogers)). Les Hunters ont accompagné Dave Sampson et en tant que groupe d'appui pour les tournées de Bobby Rydell et Jimmy Jones au Royaume Uni, et les artistes britanniques The Allisons, Frank Ifield, The Avons, Mark Wynter, Kenny Lynch et Michael Cox.
Rock 'n' Roll group originating from the Cheshunt area of
Hertfordshire and formed from the remnants of The Parker Royal Five, The Hunters
found work as a backing group for touring U.S. stars such as
Jimmy Jones in the UK, and British-based artists The Allisons,
The Avons, Mark Wynter, Kenny Lynch and Michael Cox. Their first major hit was
"Sweet Dreams" on the Columbia label as the backing band to singer
which reached No. 29 in May 1960. Sampson had written the song whilst at the
Curry Bazaar Indian Restaurant in Wardour Street, London West End in October
1959 with friend and neighbour
Cliff Richard in mind but record producer Norrie Paramor thought that the
song would suit Sampson more. They followed up with a
release in their own right with their most renowned track "Teen Scene" on the
Fontana label in the same year, though it did not actually chart. Further
releases followed with Dave Sampson and without him as instrumentalists in a
dual career that spanned 1960 and 1961. Though not denting the UK Singles Chart,
the band's singles sold enough for Fontana to grant them an album release in
1961 followed by a second the next year. The band in total released four singles
and one EP with Dave Sampson on Columbia Records and five singles (one
uncredited) plus two albums on Fontana between 1960 and 1964.
The Dutch rock band Golden Earring was named after their single "Golden Earrings".
The band also appeared behind Cliff Richard (a contemporary from Cheshunt) as The Shadows, when the latter were unavailable due to a car accident, including an appearance on the Sunday Night at the London Palladium TV show in 1958 and the NME Poll Winners Concert at Wembley Empire Pool in 1959. Instrumental tracks from the band have often been mistaken as that of The Shadows and retrospectively people have often wrongly assumed that The Hunters were copyists. In truth, there were a number of instrumental bands around in the very late 1950s and early 1960s, who played in a similar style and their sound was more a product of the guitars and equipment available at the time.
After The Hunters, lead guitarist Brian Parker, bass guitarist John Rogers and rhythm guitarist Norman Stracey were in The Roulettes (though not all at the same time), a band that was employed as the backing group to singer Adam Faith. Parker quickly moved on and with friend Buster Meikle from The Parker Royal Five, his earlier band from Cheshunt, went on to found and have a No. 1 chart success with the band Unit 4 + 2. Drummer Norman Sheffield went on to launch Trident Studios with his brother in London, used by many famous recording artists of the late sixties and seventies most notably Queen, whom Sheffield managed in the early years of their career, leading to their first chart success.
More recently, The Hunters found new success when their instrumental track "Teen Scene" featured in the 2009 movie An Education.
Talents : Norman Sheffield : Drums - Norman Stracey : Rhythm Guitar - Brian Parker : Lead Guitar - Johnny Rogers then Billy Kuy : Bass Guitar
Style musical : Rock 'n' Roll
Santa Monica Flyer (1960)
Golden Earrings (1961)
The Storm (1961)
How's M'Chicks ? (1961)
Years in activity :
|11/1960||SP FONTANA H 276 (UK)||.||Teen Scene / Santa Monica Flyer|
|03/1961||SP FONTANA H 303 (UK)||.||Golden Earrings / Tally Ho|
|08/1961||SP FONTANA H 323 (UK)||.||The Storm / How's M'Chicks?|
|1961||SP His Master's Voice 45-POP 830 (UK)||.||Michael Cox & The Hunters - Linda / Teenage Love|
|1961||EP FONTANA 465.188 ME (F)||Tally Ho / Golden Earrings / The Storm / How's M'Chicks?|
|11/1964||SP FONTANA TF 514 (UK)||.||Teen Scene / Someone Else's Baby|
|1961||LP 12" FONTANA TFL 5140 (UK)||Teen Scene - The Hunters Play The Big Hits - I Beg Of You / Someone Else's Baby / Theme For A Dream / Lipstick On Your Collar / Pepe / Teen Scene / Golden Earrings / Poor Me / It Doesn't Matter Anymore / A Voice In The Wilderness / A Summer Place / Tally Ho|
|1962||LP 12" FONTANA TFL 5175 (UK)||Hits From The Hunters - Runaway / All I Have To Do Is Dream / All Shook Up / Petite Fleur / Misty / The Storm / Love Me Tender / Walk Right Back / A Girl Like You / Hound Dog / Portrait Of My Love / How's M'Chicks?|
|1992||CD TNT Laser CD 542/572 (NL)||The Hunters - Volume 1 - Teen Scene : I Beg Of You / Someone Else's Baby / Theme For A Dream / Lipstick On Your Collar / Pepe / Teen Scene / Golden Earrings / Poor Me / It Doesn't Matter Anymore / A Voice In The Wilderness / Theme From A Summer Place / Tally Ho / Hits From The Hunters : Runaway / All I Have To Do Is Dream / All Shook Up / Petite Fleur / Misty / The Storm / Love Me Tender / Walk Right Back / A Girl Like You / Hound Dog / Portrait Of My Love / Hoes M'Chicks|
|1996||CD BGO CD 325 (UK)||The Hunters - Teen Scene (1961) : I Beg Of You / Someone's Else's Baby / Theme For A Dream / Lipstick On Your Collar / Pepe / Teen Scene / Golden Earrings / Poor Me / It Doesn't Matter Anymore / A Voice In The Wilderness / Theme From A Summer Place / Tally Ho / new album tracks : It's Now Or Never / Santa Monica Flyer / Hits From The Hunters (1962) : Runaway / All I Have To Do Is Dream / All Shook Up / Petite Fleur / Misty / The Storm / Love Me Tender / Walk Right Back / A Girl Like You / Hound Dog / Portrait Of My Love / How's M'Chicks|
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