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RAINBOW PEOPLE, THE

Last updated: 03-07-2017
RAINBOW PEOPLE, THE

Basic Information

Area:
  • Unknown
Genre:
  • 60s Pop
Active Years:
C1967 - M1969

Musicians

Lead Vocals: Anne Statton

Vocals, Guitar: Pete Budd

Vocals, Guitar, Keys: Roger Cotton

Vocals, Bass: Dave Holgate

Vocals, Drums: Chas O’Brian

 

A brief mention for this adopted local band who are credited as being a Bristol outfit, a statement that doesn’t fully take into account their origins. Their roots lie in the Mecca retained function band The Tempos, who formed in Norwich in 1964, and were the support ensemble to The Ken Stevens Band at The Samson & Hercules Ballroom, Norwich. In March 1967 the group were offered a three month residency at  Mecca’s Lyceum Ballroom, London after which they found themselves at Tiffany’s, Bristol. The group’s guitarist John Urquhart had between venues returned to Norwich and was back at The Samson with The Ken Stevens Band. The newly named Rainbow People extended to a six piece by adding local musicians, most notably Budd who went on to join The Wurzels. The group’s first single in July 68 is well publicised with both performances on BBC Bristol’s, radio and TV shows. The group’s second release The Sailing Song,  featuring the Holgate penned track Rainbows was picked up for release in Australia and New Zealand. In Vernon Joynson’s, Tapestry Of Delights their track Living In A Dream World is  noted as a Northern Soul favourite and in 1979 was reissued on the retro label Casino Classics.

 

Discography:

7” The Walk Will Do You Good b/w Dreamtime

Pye Records 7N17582 released 12/07/68

7” The Sailing Song b/w Rainbows

Pye Records 7N17624 released 15/11/68

Astor Records AP1571 released 1969 (Australia)

Pye Records 7N17624 released 1969 (New Zealand)

7” Living In A Dream World b/w Happy To See You Again

Pye Records 7N17759 released ??/06/69

Residencie

Tiffanys, Bristol 1967-68

Mediography:

Tempos change H&N EEN 22/07/68 (P)

New Records Reviewed H&N EEN 22/07/68 (P)

TV:

BBC Bristol 68

Radio:

Radio One Late Night Extra 68

Bibliography:

Tapestry Of Delights (expanded edition) by Vernon Joynson

Publish by Borderline Productions 2014 ISBN 1899855193