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Groups
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:

CSP
Rhythm/Vocals
Phil Fry
Rhythm/Vocals
Jim Laing
Banjo/Vocals
Terry Berrycloth
Bass
Mick Levene
Washboard
Tony Fry
Drums
Mark Fittock
Electric Guitar/Vocals

2) The second group in 1961 was known as 'The Two Tones' consisting of:

CSP
Rhythm/Lead/Vocals
Jeff Fulleylove
Rhythm/Vocals

3) The next in 1962 was called 'The Country Gentlemen' with:

CSP
Rhythm/Lead/Vocals
Terry Ewers(d)
Rhythm/Lead/Vocals
Tony Fry
Bass

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:

CSP
Rhythm/Lead/Vocals
Mick Almond(d)
Drums
Mick Reeves
Bass

5) They were  followed in 1966 by 'The Puppets' a very popular group from Preston.

CSP
Rythm/Vocals
Des O'Reilly
Drums
Dave (Ginner) Millen
Lead
Jimmy Whittle
Bass
Don Parfitt
Organ

6) The next group was known as the 'Candy Choir'. This was about 1967.

CSP
Rhythm/Lead/Vocals
Eddie Wheeler
Guitar
Brian Hatt
Guitar
John   Pearce
Bass
Danny Beckett
Drums

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.
CSP
Rhythm/Vocals
Gerry Stevenson
Lead
Geoff Hughes
Drums
Tony Skey(d)
Bass
Gordon Huntley(d)
Pedal Steel

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:

First iteration:
CSP
Rhythm/Lead/Vocals
George Plumber
Bass
Gordon Huntley(d)
Pedal Steel
Peter Piper
Drums


Second iteration:
CSP
      Rythm/Lead/Vocals
Peter Salisbury
      Drums
Mick Ford
      Bass

Third iteration:
CSP
       Rhythm/Lead/Vocals
Peter Salisbury
       Drums
Mick Ford
       Bass
Gary Silver
       Guitar/Vocals
Brian Star
       Guitar/Vocals
Margaret Rose
       Vocals

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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