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The Tremeloes

When UK chart-toppers Brian Poole And The Tremeloes parted company in 1966, few would have wagered that the backing group would outdo the lead singer. Remarkably, however, the relaunched Tremeloes went on to eclipse not only Poole, but the original hitmaking act. At the time of their reconvening in 1966, the lineup was comprised of Rick West (b. Richard Westwood, 7 May 1943, Dagenham, Essex, England; guitar), Alan Blakley (b. 1 April 1942, Dagenham, Essex, England, d. 1995; rhythm guitar), Dave Munden (b. 2 December 1943, Dagenham, Essex, England; drums) and Alan Howard (b. 17 October 1941, Dagenham, Essex, England; bass). In May of 1966 Howard was replaced by Mike Clark; however, a mere three months later his spot was taken by Len ‘Chip’ Hawkes (b. 2 November 1946, London, England), whose lead vocals and boyish looks gave the group a stronger visual identity. In order to keep up with the times, the group members abandoned their stage suits in favour of Carnaby Street garb and fashionably longer hair. Their second-generation debut for Decca Records was a cover of Paul Simon’s ‘Blessed’, which proved unsuccessful. Seeking more commercial material, they moved to CBS Records and covered ‘Good Day Sunshine’ from the Beatles’ Revolver. In spite of radio play, it too failed to chart, but their third release ‘Here Comes My Baby’ (a Cat Stevens composition) smashed into the Top 20 on both sides of the Atlantic.



An astute follow-up with ‘Silence Is Golden’, previously the flip side of the Four Seasons’ ‘Rag Doll’, proved a perfect vehicle for the Tremeloes’ soft harmonic style and gave them their only UK number 1 and their highest US chart entry (number 11). Having established themselves as a hit act, they notched up an impressive run of hits during the late 60s including ‘Even The Bad Times Are Good’, ‘Suddenly You Love Me’, ‘Helule Helule’ and ‘My Little Lady’. At the end of the decade, the Tremeloes seemed weary of their role in the pop world and broke away from their usual Tin Pan Alley songsmiths to write their own material. Their first attempt, ‘(Call Me) Number One’, was an impressive achievement, probably superior to the material that they had recorded since 1967. When it reached number 2 in the charts, the group members convinced themselves that a more ambitious approach would bring even greater rewards. Overreacting to their dream start as hit writers, they announced that they were ‘going heavy’ and suicidally alienated their pop audience by dismissing their earlier record-buying fans as ‘morons’.



Their brief progressive phase was encapsulated in the album Master, which won no new fans but provided a final Top 20 single, ‘Me And My Life’. Thereafter, they turned increasingly to cabaret, where their strong live performances were well appreciated. In 1974 Chip Hawkes went to Nashville, USA, to pursue an ultimately unsuccessful solo career (his son Chesney Hawkes would enjoy a brief moment in the spotlight in the late 80s). Blakley left the following January, and Aaron Woolley and Bob Benham were brought in as replacements. The Tremeloes continued to record on an occasional basis, with albums being released by DJM Records and their old label CBS. They were still active in the new millennium, with Munden and West joined by Joe Gillingham (keyboards/vocals) and Davey Freyer (bass/vocals). In September 2006 Poole and the band reunited after 40 years for a tour of the UK. The latest version of the Tremeloes featured Munden, Hawkes, West and newer members Gillingham and Jeff Brown.
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Selected Discography

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Track List: A's & B's 1966 - 1974

Disc 1

1. Blessed

2. The Right Time

3. Good Day Sunshine

4. What A State I'm In

5. Here Comes My Baby

6. Gentlemen Of Pleasure

7. Silence Is Golden

8. Let Your Hair Hang Down

9. Even The Bad Times Are Good

10. Jenny's Alright

11. Be Mine

12. Suddenly Winter

13. E In Silenzio

14. Suddenly You Love Me

15. As You Are

16. Helule Helule

17. Girl From Nowhere

18. My Little Lady

19. All The World To Me

20. I'm Gonna Try

21. I'll See You There

22. I Shall Be Released

23. I Miss My Baby

24. Hello World

25. Up Down All Around

26. Jacqueline

Disc 2

1. Once On A Sunday Morning

2. Fa La La, La La, La Le

3. (Call Me) Number One

4. Instant Whip

5. By The Way

6. Breakheart Motel

7. Me And My Life

8. Try Me

9. No Comprende

10. Right Wheel, Left Hammer, Sham

11. Take It Easy

12. Hello Buddy

13. My Woman

14. Too Late (To Be Saved)

15. If You Ever

16. I Like It That Way

17. Wakamaker

18. Blue Suede Tie

19. Yodel-Ay

20. Ride On

21. Hands Off

22. Make It, Break It

23. Movin' On

24. You Can't Touch Sue

25. Story For The Boys

26. Do I Love You

27. Witchcraft

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Track List: The Ones That Got Away

1. Slowdown

2. Open Up

3. The Three Bells

4. I Still Believe In Angels

5. En Tu Mundo

6. The Birth Of Spring

7. Baby I've Lost You Now

8. Circle Of Stone

9. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me

10. I'm Yours

11. Can't See The Wood For The Trees

12. Lean On Me Baby

13. Nothing Would Please Me More

14. Jerusalem

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Track List: Here Comes My Baby: The Ultimate Collection

Disc 1

1. Here Comes My Baby

2. Blessed

3. Good Day Sunshine

4. What A State I'm In

5. Run Baby Run (Back Into My Arms)

6. Silence Is Golden

7. Let Your Hair Hang Down

8. Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever

9. Round And Round

10. Even The Bad Times Are Good

11. You

12. Shake Hands (And Come Out Crying)

13. Be Mine

14. When I'm With Her

15. Gentlemen Of Pleasure

16. Suddenly You Love Me

17. Jenny's Alright

18. Happy Song

19. Negotiations In Soho Square

20. Sunshine Games

21. Suddenly Winter

22. Come On Home

23. Norman Stanley James St. Clare

24. Cool Jerk

25. Sing Sorta Swingle

26. I'm With You All The Way

27. Everyday

28. Travelling Circus

29. I Take What I Want

30. Ain't Nothing But A House Party

31. Rag Doll

Disc 2

1. Helule Helule

2. Girl From Nowhere

3. I'll See You There

4. You Don't Know Like I Know

5. Show Me

6. The Lion Sleeps Tonight

7. Alley Oop

8. My Little Lady

9. All The World To Me

10. I'm Gonna Try

11. I Shall Be Released

12. Reach Out I'll Be There

13. I Miss My Baby

14. Every Little Bit Hurts

15. Hello World

16. Once On A Sunday Morning

17. Fa La La, La La, La Le

18. (Call Me) Number One

19. Instant Whip

20. May Morning

21. Hard Time

22. All Pull Together

23. Till The Sun Goes Down

24. I You Know

25. By The Way

26. Breakheart Motel

Disc 3

1. Yellow River

2. Me And My Life

3. Now's The Time

4. I Swear

5. Willow Tree

6. Right Wheel, Left Hammer, Sham

7. My Woman

8. Hello Buddy

9. What Can I Do

10. I Like It That Way

11. Too Late (To Be Saved)

12. Wakamaker

13. Blue Suede Tie

14. Ride On

15. Hands Off

16. Make It, Break It

17. Movin' On

18. You Can't Touch Sue

19. Story For The Boys

20. Do I Love You

21. Ging Gang Goolie

22. Lights Of Port Royal

23. Silas

24. I Will Return

25. Words

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Track List: Silence Is Golden - The Very Best Of The Tremeloes

Disc 1

1. Good Day Sunshine

2. Here Comes My Baby

3. Silence Is Golden

4. Even The Bad Times Are Good

5. Be Mine

6. Suddenly You Love Me

7. Helule Helule

8. My Little Lady

9. I'm Gonna Try

10. I Shall Be Released

11. Hello World

12. Once On A Sunday Morning

13. (Call Me) Number One

14. By The Way

15. Me And My Life

16. Right Wheel, Left Hammer, Sham

17. Hello Buddy

18. Too Late (To Be Saved)

19. I Like It That Way

20. Blue Suede Tie

21. Ride On

22. Make It, Break It

23. You Can't Touch Sue

24. Do I Love You

Disc 2

1. Twist And Shout

2. Do You Love Me

3. Run Baby Run (Back Into My Arms)

4. Shake Hands (And Come Out Crying)

5. Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever

6. Cool Jerk

7. Too Many Fish In The Sea

8. Every Little Bit Hurts

9. You Don't Know Like I Know

10. Show Me

11. I Take What I Want

12. Reach Out I'll Be There

13. Ain't Nothing But A House Party

14. Everyday

15. The Lion Sleeps Tonight

16. Rag Doll

17. Willie And The Hand Jive

18. Alley Oop

19. Peggy Sue

20. Yellow River

21. Words

22. Angel Of The Morning (Live)

23. Games People Play (Live)

24. Proud Mary (Live)

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Track List: What A State I'm In: The Psych-Pop Sessions

1. Hard Time

2. What A State I'm In

3. Suddenly Winter

4. Willow Tree (Original 1970 Recording)

5. Let Your Hair Hang Down

6. (Call Me) Number One (2003)

7. Instant Whip

8. Gentlemen Of Pleasure

9. You

10. Shake Hands (And Come Out Crying)

11. Be Mine (Original 1967 Recording)

12. Norman Stanley James St. Claire

13. Girl From Nowhere

14. Come On Home

15. I Swear (Original 1970 Recording)

16. As You Are

17. Boola Boola

18. On Love

19. Too Many Fish In The Sea

20. Jenny's Alright

21. Running Out

22. Now's The Time

23. Good Day Sunshine

24. Anything

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Track List: Good Times : The Ultimate Collection

Disc 1

1. Blessed

2. The Right Time

3. Good Day Sunshine

4. What A State I'm In

5. Here Comes My Baby

6. Gentlemen Of Pleasure

7. Silence Is Golden

8. Let Your Hair Hang Down

9. You

10. Shake Hands (And Come Out Crying)

11. When I'm With Her

12. Even The Bad Times Are Good

13. Jenny's Alright

14. Be Mine

15. Suddenly Winter

16. Happy Song

17. Negotiations In Soho Square

18. I'm With You All The Way

19. Come On Home

20. Suddenly You Love Me

21. As You Are

22. Helule Helule

23. Girl From Nowhere

24. My Little Lady

25. All The World To Me

26. I Shall Be Released

27. I Miss My Baby

28. Hello World

29. Once On A Sunday Morning

Disc 2

1. (Call Me) Number One

2. Instant Whip

3. By The Way

4. May Morning

5. Me And My Life

6. Yellow River

7. Long Road

8. Now's The Time

9. Willow Tree

10. Right Wheel, Left Hammer, Sham

11. Hello Buddy

12. Too Late (To Be Saved)

13. I Like It That Way

14. Blue Suede Tie

15. Ride On

16. Make It, Break It

17. You Can't Touch Sue

18. Do I Love You

19. Witchcraft

20. One Of The Boys

21. Sad Goodbye

22. Windows Are Nice

23. I'm Sorry

24. Lights Of Port Royal

25. Words

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Track List: The Very Best Of The Tremeloes

1. Good Day Sunshine

2. Here Comes My Baby

3. Silence Is Golden

5. (Call Me) Number One

8. Hello World

10. By The Way

11. Helule Helule

12. Me And My Life

14. Too Late (To Be Saved)

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Track List: May Morning

1. May Morning

2. All Pull Together

3. Till The Sun Goes Down

4. Turn On With Thee

5. I Can't Even Breathe Down Here

6. May Morning (Reprise 1)

7. Anything

8. Think Of What You Said

9. Beer Duel

10. Hard Time

11. I'll Take You Home

12. Bunch Of Rapes

13. May Morning (Reprise 2)

14. I You Know

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Track List: Silence Is Golden

1. Even The Bad Times Are Good

2. Call Me Number One

3. Helule, Helule

4. The Last Word

5. Yellow River

6. Silence Is Golden (1999 Version)

7. Suddenly You Love Me

8. Me And My Life

9. Here Comes My Baby

10. Candy Man

11. Someone Someone

12. My Little Lady (Non Il Girti Mi) (Live)

13. Words

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Track List: Love Songs

1. Silence Is Golden

2. Good Day Sunshine

3. Here Comes My Baby

4. As You Are

5. Be Mine

6. I Miss My Baby

7. When I'm With Her

8. Suddenly You Love Me

9. I'm With You All the Way

10. Do I Love You

11. Girl From Nowhere

12. Once on a Sunday Morning

13. All the World to Me

14. If You Ever

15. I'm Gonna Try

16. By the Way

17. Me And My Life

18. Even the Bad Times Are Good

19. (Call Me) Number One

20. My Little Lady

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Track List: Master...Plus! The Early 70s Sessions

1. Wait For Me

2. Long Road

3. Now's The Time

4. Try Me

5. But Then I...

6. Before I Sleep

7. Boola Boola

8. I Swear

9. Baby

10. By The Way

11. Willow Tree

12. Me And My Life

13. (Call Me) Number One

14. Instant Whip

15. Breakheart Motel

16. Right Wheel, Left Hammer, Sham (New Stereo Mix)

17. Take It Easy

18. Hello Buddy

19. My Woman

20. What Can I Do

21. Anything

22. Wait For Me (Alternate Version)

23. Wait A Minute

24. Yellow River

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Track List: Even The Bad Times Are Good

1. Even The Bad Times Are Good

2. Helule Helule

3. I Shall Be Released

4. Do I Love You

5. Ain't Nothing But A House Party

6. Suddenly You Love Me

7. Rag Doll

8. Yellow River

9. Jenny's Alright

10. Breakheart Motel

11. Run Baby Run (Back Into My Arms)

12. Every Little Bit Hurts

13. Hello World

14. Here Comes My Baby

15. Me And My Life

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sgordon92
The great thing about these guys was that any one of them could step out front and take the lead vocals. Some of the Barry Gordy stuff did good. They had more hits than most of this era. cool.

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