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Guide to British Music of the 1960s

 

The Move

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Guitar/vocals- Roy Wood, vocals - Carl Wayne, bass/vocals - Chris "Ace" Kefford, drums - Bev Bevan, guitar - Trevor Burton

The Move came together in Birmingham towards the end of 1965. Trevor Burton had been playing with Danny King & the Mayfair Set and he met up with Ace Kefford from Carl Wayne & the Vikings. At a club a certain Davy Jones (later known as David Bowie) suggested they formed a group together. They brought in Carl Wayne and Bev Bevan from the Vikings and Roy Wood from Mike Sheridan & the Nightriders. The first gig was at the Belfry Hotel on 23 January 1966. The set consisted of US standards until the band discovered that they had an exceptional songwriter in their midst.

The Move are largely remembered for the fact that their third single Flowers in the Rain was the first record played on the BBC's Radio 1 in October 1967. However, the Move made an important contribution to the 1960s music scene with one of the country's top songwriters in Roy Wood.

Following Kefford's departure, Trevor Burton switched to bass with the group continuing as a four-piece. Burton decided to leave during a tour of Denmark and he was replaced by Rick Price. At the same time Don Arden replaced Tony Secunda as the band's manager.

The band played its only US tour during 1969 on a bill which included Joe Cocker & the Grease Band and Little Richard. The set was largely cover versions to appeal to the US audience. A live CD of the set, Live at the Fillmore 1969, was released in 2012.

Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne and Bev Bevan formed the Electric Light Orchestra. After a couple of singles Wood left to form Wizard bringing in Price on bass.

Carl Wayne died of cancer in September 2004. For the last couple of years he had been touring as vocalist with the Hollies.

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