Guide to British Music of the 1960s


The Vibrations

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Tony Jackson - bass/vocals, Martin Raymond - organ, Paul Francis - drums, Ian Buisel - lead guitar

Tony Jackson left the Searchers in early 1964. Basing himself in London he formed the Vibrations. The combination of female backing singers and Farfisa organ gave the group a quite different sound to the Searchers. Raymond had previously been in the Westminster Four, Buisel in the Hot Rod Gang (he later changed his surname to Leighton). Paul Francis had played drums with Rolf Harris & the Kangaroos. 

They released a number of cover versions as singles although only Mary Well's Bye Bye Baby was a minor hit reaching number 38 in October 1964 and remaining on the chart for three weeks. 

The group changed into the Tony Jackson Group and released more singles. Without any notable success Martin Raymond left and was replaced by Ian Green. Pye did not renew the group's contract after Anything Else You Want and Ian Green left to be replaced by bass player Dennis Thompson with Jackson switching to vocal duties only. The group toured in Europe and released the Tony Jackson Group EP which included covers of Sam Cooke's Shake, the Small Faces' Understanding, Paul Revere's Just Like Me and The Byrds' He Was a Friend of Mine. The group disbanded shortly after this. 

In 1991, Tony Jackson and Vibrations reformed and an album/CD of Jackson's material after the Searchers was released. 

Tony Jackson died on 18 August 2003.

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