Guide to British Music of the 1960s

Chicken Shack

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Stan Webb - guitar/vocals, Paul Hancox - bass, John Glasgow - drums

Formed in 1965 in Birmingham, Chicken Shack's career started to take off after moving to London and signing for the Blue Horizon label. The band was also expanded with Christine Perfect on keyboards and vocals joining Webb and Andy Sylvester (bass) and Dave Bidwell (drums) who replaced Hancox and Glasgow.

The first album release 40 Blue Fingers Freshly Packed and Ready to Serve was a success reaching number 12 in the charts in 1968. 1969's follow up, OK Ken, went as high as number 9 but only graced the chart for a single week. The first three singles released in 1967-1968 failed to reach the charts before a cover of an Etta James song took the group to number 14. I'd Rather Go Blind with Perfect on vocals was the band's biggest hit in the spring of 1969. Tears in the Wind also reached the charts but lower at 29.

Christine Perfect left the band in 1969 to join her husband John McVie in Fleetwood Mac. She was replaced by Paul Raymond. The following years were less successful as the blues were less popular and Perfect had the most distinctive voice in the group. However, the group continued to tour extensively.

Chicken Shack split in 1973 with Webb joining Savoy Brown and later forming Broken Glass. In later years, Chicken Shack was reformed around Stan Webb.

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