Week of March 27, 2005

The Winkies

Mike Desmaris Drums
Guy Humphrys - Lead Guitar
Phil Rainbow - Vocals, Guitar
Brian Turrington Bass

The Winkies (Chrysalis CHR 1066) 1975

This pub rock band formed in mid-1973. Phil Rainbow was originally from Canada via the USA, where he'd been in a band called Saturday Night. Guy Humphrys had been in Holy Rollers and was later in Fallen Angels.

During February 1974 they toured with Brian Eno as his backing band. Soon afterwards they won a recording contract with Chrysalis. In July 1974, they recorded their first album, produced by Leo Lyons (of Ten Years After). It also featured on keyboard Chick Churchill (also of Ten Years After) and even Brian Eno on one track. Eventually the album was scrapped and remained unreleased. Another, to be produced by Guy Steves also failed to emerge. Eventually, an eponymous effort saw the light of day in March 1975.

Taken from The Tapestry of Delights - The Comprehensive Guide to British Music of the Beat, R&B, Psychedelic and Progressive Eras 1963-1976, Vernon Joynson   ISBN 1 899855 04 1

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