PINKERTON'S ASSORTED COLOURS

PINKERTON'S ASSORTED COLOURS
(aka Pinkertons Colours)
Formed in Rugby in 1964- 1969
Sources - Rex Brough / Wikipedia / Dean Nelson

Barrie Bernard - Bass replaced by Ian "Stuart" Colman - Bass

Dave Holland - Drums replaced by Paul Wilkinson

Samuel 'Pinkerton' Kempe - Autoharp, Vocals

Tom Long - Lead Guitar replaced by Steve James - Lead Guitar

Tony Newman - Guitar


Singles

Mirror Mirror / She Don't Care - 1965

Don't Stop Loving Me Baby / Will Ya? - 1966

Magic Rocking Horse / It Ain't Right - 1966 (Link is  a cover)

Mum And Dad / On A Street Car - 1967

There's Nobody I'd Sooner Love / Duke's Jetty - 1967

Kentucky Woman / Behind The Mirror - 1968


From Rex Brough


Reg Calvert, one of pop's legendary managers and manager of the Fortunes, was living in Clifton Hall, and spotted them when they were called The Liberators in Rugby in 1964. Following a brief hook-up with producer Shel Talmy, which resulted in one single, Wallbank exited the line-up, to be replaced by Dave Holland.The name came from Kempe adoption of a "posh" sounding name, and the groups array of colourful jackets. Their first pop single, Mirror Mirror, featured the jangling sound of Kempe's autoharp and is a pop classic. Tony Newman wrote this and another psyche classic "Magic horse", though sadly none of the other single achieved the success they deserved. They changed the name to Pinkerton's Colours and eventually eventually became Flying Machine. Steve James and Paul Wilkinson who joined the band later previously had been in the Peeps. Barrie Bernard later joined Jigsaw.

Dean Nelson says -

"..the first line-up of this band -- originally known as The Liberators -- was -

Samuel ("Pinkerton") Kemp on autoharp and vocals, 

Tony Newman on rhythm guitar, 

Tom Long on lead guitar, 

Barrie Bernard playing bass, 

John Wallbank on the drums

Pinkerton's Assorted Colours adopted brightly colored costumes for their stage act. Their sound was

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an amalgam of folk and pop, highlighted by the use of an electric autoharp, which the band used in a manner somewhat similar to that of the Lovin' Spoonful. In late 1965, Pinkerton's Assorted Colours were signed to Decca Records, and they cut their debut single that year with future Moody Blues producer Tony Clarke. That record, "Mirror, Mirror," a band original written by Tony Newman, became a No. 8 British hit in 1966. They had one more minor chart entry, "Don't Stop Loving Me Baby," later in the year, but that was their last hit and after the failure of "Magic Rocking Horse," they left Decca to sign with Pye Records, and even a name change to "Pinkerton's Colours" didn't make their records more appealing."

Stuart Colman, Pinkerton’s one time bassist, went on to become a BBC Radio One DJ, and later a producer for Shakin' Stevens, Cliff Richard and Billy Fury.








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