The MAD CLASSIX
circa 1964-66 Sources - Broadgate Gnome http://www.broadgategnome.co.uk/bands-m.htm /
& Pete Chambers Godiva Rocked to a Backbeat
Formed around 1964, they quickly worked up material, switching from 'beat' to more blues influenced material. They cut demos around the middle of 1964 (including 'Keep On Looking'), hoping to impress EMI or Decca. They Appeared on 'Opportunity Knocks' in June of that year and had their hair dyed specially for the appearance with one white streak!
Toured Germany (where they released a single in December 1965) and added Johnny Williams (Sax) from The Chads whilst there in July 1965.
Ron Smith Left in April 1966 and was replaced by Jeff Lynne for a short while. He left the band and joined the Nightriders in Birmingham who became Idle Race - then to the Move and ELO.
They split later in 1966 after having their gear stolen.
Single: Honey Bunny (Germany 1965)
Pete Chambers - Godiva Rocked to a Backbeat
"Known for the mad stage antics, they played 6 months in Germany and the above single. Bev Jones was once a member
And from Pete Chambers Backbeat article - Cov Telegraph
Mad Classix with Bev Jones. Pic via Pete Chambers Godiva Rocked to a Backbeat
Tom Long added in a comment recently
Thought you might like to know this, as a addition to The Mad Classix story.
On Saturday 29/9/2012, Brian Fowdrey, the saxman and founder member of The Classix wed his partner of many years.
The original members of the band got together (minus the singer, who died a while back), and gave a half hour performance.
I had the honour of performing with them, as Gerry, their drummer hadn't played for over 30 years! We persuaded Gerry to play a couple of numbers with them, though.
Ironically, the first gig I did with Jason and the Canaenites was as support for The Classix, at The General Wolfe in Foleshill back in the 60’s!
Cheers, Tom Lane