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The In Crowd

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Keith Hopkins - vocals/harmonica, Les Jones - guitar, Ken Lawrence - drums, John "Junior" Wood - rhythm guitar, Simon "Boots" Alcot - bass guitar

The In Crowd evolved from The Four Plus One which had included Keith West (real name Keith Hopkins) and John Wood. Formed in 1964, The Four Plus One made one R&B single for EMI, a version of Time is On My Side which was not a commercial success. This was partially due to the fact that The Rolling Stones had recorded the same track, albeit an album track in the UK and a single only in the US. After the single, the band changed their name to The In Crowd after the Dobie Gray song.

After the first single, a cover of That's How Strong My Love Is had been a minor hit, Steve Howe joined on guitar. Howe had previously been in a band called The Syndicats. One night in August 1965, when The Fairies  were playing The Cafe des Artistes the band was being watched by Keith West and Steve Howe of The In Crowd. They asked Twink to join them.

Two more singles followed, some of the tracks written by vocalist Hopkins. The band gigged extensively including support slots for The Who, The Yardbirds, The Hollies and Donovan. Over time the sound had evolved from R&B through a more Mod/soul approach and was now more like psychedelic music. This led to another name change to Tomorrow.

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