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The Equals

An energetic East London combo, the Equals balanced maximum R&B with plenty of pop, plus a few nods to vocalist Eddy Grant's West Indian background. Grant, born in British Guyana, moved to England with his family at the age of 12, and settled in a council estate named Hornsey Rise in northeast London. Four years later, he formed the Equals with schoolmates Lincoln Gordon (guitar), his twin brother Dervin Gordon (originally the vocalist), Pat Lloyd (guitar, then bass), and drummer John Hall. The band began gigging around London, amazing audiences with their apparently limitless energy and a distinct style fusing pop, blues, and R&B plus elements of ska and bluebeat.

By 1965, the Equals began doing dates in Europe as well, and released their first single on President Records. Though "Hold Me Closer" didn't perform on the charts, DJs began playing the flip side and by 1967 "Baby, Come Back" had hit the top of the charts in Germany and the Netherlands. One year later, the single hit number one in Britain as well, and brushed the charts in America. Subsequent singles lacked the immediate punch of "Baby, Come Back," however, and the Equals landed only two more Top Ten hits: "Viva Bobby Joe" and "Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys," the latter an apt message track from one of the few racially mixed bands of the era.

Grant left the Equals for a solo career in 1971, and though the band never charted again, they remained a popular live act, especially on the continent. Drummer Ronald Telemacque and guitarists Dave Martin and Frankie Hepburn were later added to the lineup. ~ John Bush
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Selected Discography

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Track List: I Get So Excited

1. I Get So Excited

2. Is It Right

3. Reincarnation

4. Cinderella

5. Look What You've Done To My Daughter

6. Lonely

7. Soul Groovin'

8. Laurel And Hardy

9. Be My Baby Tonight

10. The Skies Above

11. Love Potion

12. Good Times Are Gone Forever

13. Softly Soflty

14. All I Wanna Do Is Love You

15. I'm Gonna Dance All Night

16. Just Me And You

17. Baby Don't Cry

18. Sunday Morning

19. Green Light

20. Lonely Rita

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Track List: Black Is Black

1. Black Is Black

2. Viva Bobby Joe

3. Softly Softly

4. Rub A Dub Dub

5. No Place To Go

6. Michael And The Slipper Tree

7. I'm A Poor Man

8. Laurel And Hardy

9. You Lied Just To Save Your Name

10. I Get So Excited

11. Fire

12. Butterfly Red White And Blue

13. Can't You Hear That Melody

14. Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys

15. Christine

16. I've Got To Have A Little

17. Baby Come Back

18. Hey Baby, It's Time You Got Going

19. You Got Too Many Boy-Freinds

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Track List: Explosion

1. Baby Come Back

2. Can't Find A Girl To Love Me

3. Hold Me Closer

4. Ding-Dong

5. My Life Ain't Easy

6. Don't Throw Your Love Away

7. I Won't Be There

8. I Can't Let You Go

9. To The Church

10. She Reminds Me Of Spring In The Winter

11. Ooh That Kiss

12. You'd Better Tell Her

13. Giddy-Up-A Ding Dong

14. Another Sad And Lonely Night

15. Leaving You Is Hard To Do

16. Granny, Granny

17. Police On My Back

18. Give Love A Try

19. Teardrops

20. Let Her Dance

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Track List: A Best Of...

1. Baby Come Back

2. Giddy-Up-a-Ding-Dong

3. Softly Softly

4. Soul Brother Clifford

5. Happy Birthday Girl

6. Rub-a-Dub-Dub

7. Good Times Are Gone Forever

8. I Get So Excited

9. Soul Groovin'

10. Viva Bobby Joe

11. Black Skinned Blue Eyed Boy

12. Give Love a Try

13. Hold Me Closer

14. Laurel & Hardy

15. Michael and the Slipper Tree

16. Police on My Back

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Track List: The Very Best Of The Equals

1. Baby Come Back

2. Viva Bobby Joe

3. Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys

4. I Won't Be There

5. Hold Me Closer

6. Police On My Back

8. Fire

9. Giddy Up A Ding Dong

10. Softly Softly

11. Green Light

12. I Can See But You Don't Know

13. Soul Brother Clifford

14. Let's Go To The Moon

15. Michael And The Slipper Tree

16. Rub A Dub Dub

17. Stand Up And Be Counted

19. Help Me Simone

21. I Can't Let You Go

22. Honey Bee

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Track List: Unequalled Equals

1. Hold Me Closer

2. Can't Find A Girl To Love Me

3. Baby Come Back

4. Ding Dong

5. My Life Ain't Easy

6. I'm A Poor Man

7. I Won't Be There

8. You Lied Just To Save Your Name

9. To The Church

10. Fire

11. Hey Baby, It's Time You Got Going

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Track List: Baby Come Back

1. Baby Come Back

2. Black Skinned Blue Eyed Boys (1968)

3. Laurel And Hardy (1968)

4. Rub A Dub Dub (1968)

5. Michael And The Slipper Tree (1968)

6. I Get So Excited (1968)

7. Bad Boy

8. Softly Softly (1968)

9. Viva Bobby Joe (1968)

10. No Place To Go

11. Back Streets

12. Domino

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