These are the major backing groups with whom Crispian has been associated over the years. He has performed with many others particularly when singing abroad. Often he would just use the resident group of whichever establishment in which he was appearing
There are numerous different groups named though many of them used the same group of musicians, sometimes the name of the band changed at other times only the members changed. Some lasted for years, others for only months. I apologise in advance for errors and ommissions
1) The first group was known as 'The Hard Travellers' dating from around 1956. This group consisted of:
2) The second group in 1961 was known as 'The Two Tones' consisting of:
3) The next in 1962 was called 'The Country Gentlemen' with:
4) Then, in 1963, came 'Beat Formula Three' (sometimes also called 'The PMix' or 'Peemix') who, in 1964, became known as 'Peter & The Wolves'. This group consisted of:
5) They were followed in 1966 by 'The Puppets' a very popular group from Preston.
6) The next group was known as the 'Candy Choir'. This was about 1967.
This was the time when Crispian hit the big time and for a while used numerous groups, generally anyone who happened to be available.
7) In 1971 Crispian released the song 'Country Roads' under the name of 'Wheels.' He later formed several groups using the same name. The first consisted of:
CSP Lead guitar and vocals
Jim Hatt(d) Bass
Brian Hatt Guitar
Barry Sibbet Drums
(Also known as 'CSP & Friends')
The second was:
CSP Lead guitar and vocals
Roger Shoesmith Bass and harmony
John Jacobs Jnr. Drums
This was around 1975.
The group was later reformed with the following line up.
8) He then formed his longest serving backing group named 'Old Crow'. With various changes of members this group is still performing today though no longer with CSP. The various members are thought to be as follows:
Note: For a short time after Crispians stroke in 1995, Anthony Wimshurst joined the group as replacement guitarist. The group has now disbanded.
9) The final group known is the 'Runaways', sometimes called the 'Swanley Runaways'. They have sung with and backed Crispian on many occasions.
Tim Adams Rythym/Vocals
Gary Bryant Lead
Kevin Clark Bass/Vocals
Malc Rafferty Drums
I am sure there were other groups and band members. If you have any further details or know of any I have missed please let me know.
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